Thursday marked the first day of summer and the start of three great Instagram style challenges. I’m playing along (albeit sporadically) with She Writes and Kimba Likes‘ #summerstylefile challenge, Fox in Flats‘ annual #DAREcember challenge and Suger Coat It‘s Confident You photo challenge (#sugersconfidentyou) so jump over to Instagram and check out those hashtags to see who is doing what around the country (and world!).
What I Wore This Week:
In an apartment in Kangaroo Point, Tracey Heath creates a world of colour in the form of wearable art.
When I first spotted some of Tracey’s pieces at Paddington’s Thousand Island Dressing, I noticed that her collection of colourful statement clutches and earrings were the perfect blend of art and fashion.
And those who love a little dash of individuality will rejoice in knowing that no two pieces the same as they are each handcrafted from canvases which Tracey paints.
Tell me a little bit about your background before starting Theresa Evelyn Designs?
Originally I worked in retail and hospitality before moving into furniture design and freelance overseas buying which enabled me to travel to all the major trade fairs around the globe. Those fairs were a massive eye opener for me and gave me a greater insight into the world of design and colour.
How long have you been painting and what drove you to explore that?
I have painted since I was a small child and I come from a very creative family. I tend to see colour and design everywhere and I have such a busy brain so I really need an expressive outlet like painting. Plus, my clutches are a way of getting my style of art out there.
How long does it take you to create each canvas?
It can take me anywhere from an hour to a week because I usually have so many canvases on the go at once so that I can offer a variety of styles and prints to my suppliers and customers.
What was your artistic ‘aha!’ moment?
I feel like my creative brain has a million of those moments; there’s certainly too many to tell you about but one of the big ones would have been when I helped my friend put on exhibition for Anthony Lister. He’s a true artist and I was able to have these random chats with him. I’m sure he wouldn’t remember me, but I won’t forget him; his mind is the truth and it was an inspiring experience to say the least.
What is the inspiration behind what you create?
I search for colour and design daily. I look at what people are wearing; from the pattern of a dress to the different colour combos. Occasionally I’ll take photos of people so I remember the colour combination and I’m always looking at the latest UK Grazia magazine.
How do you keep your life in balance as both a mum and a new business owner?
This is difficult to master; I think I just move at super speed and hope I don’t forget anything. I’ve certainly found I’ve had to cut back on sleep and multi-tasking is a must!
What’s next for Theresa Evelyn Designs?
My clutches remain my focus at the moment as they’re selling quicker than I can make them but I’m also working on other hand painted items for next year . Silk printing also interests me a lot and I’ve seen the manufacturing side of this and it is amazing. Plus, I love floaty silk dresses so, let’s just see!
Find Theresa Evelyn Designs on Instagram or stocked at Thousand Island Dressing Paddington and Bulimba.
Well, colour me happy, there’s a sofa in here for two!
Okay, there’s no sofa in this post but there is a whole lot of colour and that should make you happy, scientifically speaking.
Why? Because science says that looking at certain colours triggers neurological responses in the brain and the release of certain hormones.
Looking at warm, bright colours such as red or pink, releases dopamine—the feel-good hormone—which can improve our mood, produce feelings of happiness, optimism and energy, and even boost our sex drive (if you immediately want to throw on a pink and red colour combo clothing-wise, check out my outfit here) while cool blue tones release oxytocin, making you feel a sense of calm.
If you’re ready to live your life in colour this summer, here are 17 ways to brighten up your world.
Blue is a relaxing colour. Picture a cloudless blue sky or the soft crashing waves of a bright blue sea, and you’ll probably instantly feel relaxed. Choose a bright new mug like this Pantone mug and brighten up your day from your first tea or coffee of the morning.
Research has shown that adults often link the colour yellow with happiness, hope and laughter so get yourself a keyring like this sunny tassel from SheIn for an instant mood boost.
Did you know there’s a prison in Arizona which puts prisoners in pink jumpsuits? Back in the late 1970s there was a hue called “Drunk Tank pink” which psychologists said could drain people of strength if they looked at it for two minutes. So if you’re in need of a hit of calmness, apply a pink nail polish like OPI’s Suzi Shops & Island Hops.
Happy Socks make for happy feet. If wearing bright colours out the outside isn’t your thing, add a pop of colour under your pants with Happy Socks (or even Happy Socks underpants!)
And if you can’t decide what colour you want, go all out with some of these fantastic multi-coloured products:
Bag Trader neoprene tote, $29 | SheIn Pink Metal Trim Sunglasses, $20 | Louenhide Baby Switch, $49.95 | Fossil Emma RFID Large Zip Clutch, $129 | Sunnylife See Thru Beach Pouch in Pineapple, $16.95 | Sunnylife Beach Umbrella in Wategos, $99.95 | Sunnylife Fouta Towel Baracoa, $39.95 | Rubi Shoes Flo Knot Lace Up Sandal, $15 | Oroton Forte Clutch Bag, $395 | Louvelle Dahlia daywear in Pink Painterly Floral, $40| Ruby Olive Atlantis Short Artisan Necklace, $80 | Nice Aprons Wayfind apron, $60
In what ways do you bring colour into your world?
Dinner at New Farm’s newest fine dining bar and restaurant, Allium (so delicious); opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza (an absolute must see and if you missed it, here’s a Q&A with Head of Wardrobe, Jason Brass), a fight night in Toowoomba and a bit of Christmas shopping was all wrapped into this action-packed week. I’m now on countdown to four days in Sydney this coming weekend!
What I wore this week:
Monday | Witchery tee | Active Truth Ultimate Full Length Tight (find them here and use the code ‘BROOKE’ for 10% off your order) | Seed necklace | Circus by Sam Edelman espadrilles
Tuesday | Zara dress | Witchery flats | Louenhide tote (find similar here)
Sunday || Zara top | Cotton On shorts | Seed Chunky Tassel Necklace | Witchery Gig Espadrilles | Pratten Belini Tote ( now on sale … find it here)
Welcome to my new feature, Five on Friday, a speedy little Q&A to introduce you to some of the super cool people I’ve met in my travels (or in Insta-land) who I think are all kinds of awesome.
The best part? It should only take you five minutes to read.
I’m kicking things off with Lisa Skinner, a gymnast who was a three-time Olympian and dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist who ran off to join the circus. Literally. She’s now an aerial performer with Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA and last night she performed her first ever show in Brisbane. How cool is that?
When did you join Cirque du Soleil?
I joined Cirque du Soleil in April 2006 and I’ve performed in their shows Quidam and Alegria, and now KOOZA. This is my first time performing in my hometown of Brisbane so I’m a bit nervous.
How did you end up working for Cirque du Soleil?
Cirque often have scouts at the World Championships, Olympics and Commonwealth Games and they’ll ask people if they’re interested. I was first approached when I’d just competed in Malaysia at the Commonwealth Games and I hadn’t seen any of their shows, or been to a traditional circus really, so I pictured elephants and caravans and politely said no.
What made you change your mind?
I was approached again after the 2000 Sydney games and by then I had seen some of their shows and I was blown away so it was more of a ‘No. Yes. No. Yes. No. Maybe.’ After the Athens games in 2004, I thought I’d see what it was like and try it for a year or two and I’m still here. It’s a fantastic place to work and it’s been very fun.”
What was the biggest challenge when it came to transitioning from competing to performing?
They’re like chalk and cheese, so completely different. In competition, you have to execute the move perfectly, or as best you can and block out the audience; it’s almost robotic whereas when you’re performing you have to try to included audience in the performance and bring them in to what you’re doing. You need to feel off their energy and excitement. And it’s a different way of moving and everything. But Cirque provides the opportunity to turn the acrobatic and artistic skills that people have spent so much effort perfecting into a career.
Who does your makeup?
I’m getting used to this new look; it’s probably taking me about an hour at the moment but I’ll get that down to about 40 minutes,” she said, adding that each performer is given a step-by-step photo guide on how to apply their makeup. They give you a couple of sessions to get used to it and then you’re on your own.”
If, like me, the thought of spending an hour each day applying your make up sounds like a nightmare, spare a thought for the performer who plays The Trickster as it takes him between two and half hours each day to apply his makeup!
And that’s a wrap. Happy Friday!
KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil is in Brisbane from November 24 to January 8. For tickets, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or phone 1800 036 685.