Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Monkey Has A New Cyber Treehouse!!

The Monkey's TOTALLY AWESOME jungle relatives, the LEO Lions, have hunted the internet jungle and pounced upon our new website!
Thanks to all that were keeping up to date here at Blogspot, we have now moved the blog to the website, along with other great content and info. So from here on in, keep up to date with everything from Behind The Monkey at
Hope you swing by.............

Sunday, October 24, 2010

In The Press - Asher Keddie

As seen in the Sunday Times Magazine 24th October.

Stylist: Claire Davies with Amelia D’Orsogna.   Photography: Karin Calvert

Asher Keddie wearing (left) Beth Allen Bracelet $550 and
(right) Moshiko Origami Bracelet with Resin & Sterling Silver $1000
In Store Now……………..

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Guy Sebastian Blew it in Style.......................

Guy Sebastian’s redeemed himself and retained a certain cool even after his infamous ‘Blew Me” slip up on X Factor – by wearing a Feather Pendant from Alister Yiap’s Malachi Collection

Friday, October 1, 2010

You can leave your hat on Miranda Green...............Yes...Yes...Yes....

Familiar words penned by Randy Newman and sung by Joe Cocker in those famous gravel tones but............put into practice by Miranda Green.

Behind the Monkey will be hosting a morning tea opening for Miranda on
Saturday 9th October between 10.30am-12.30pm  and all are welcome.

A self taught local West Australian Milliner who produces original designs of truly authentic headwear, Miranda Green is driven by the need to create for its own sake & motivated by the desire to produce items of beauty & integrity. Miranda’s work is highly sought after in Europe and America and she has worked tirelessly on her art form and integrating it into all areas of her life.

After the publishing in 2006 of her own book “A Milliner’s Tale”, Miranda has recently been approached by a Japanese publisher based in Tokyo. Presenting as a 20th Anniversary edition to celebrate the art of Millinery he invited Miranda to be a guest artist in the publication in recognition of her world standard work.  Available in Japan and throughout the world the book “Hats in Japan” has been added to Japanese libraries for the contribution it has made in documenting this fine craft.

Miranda Green’s practice reaches in multifaceted ways outwards and far past the art of hat making with even the photography used in her book being  an extension of her work and integrating emotionally with the creation it displays.  Importantly too, she explains that she strives to be original in design as well as ethical in all her work practices.

“As a business person of the 3rd millennium I have a responsibility to the wider community to act in the interests of all”

And she has, this textile artist is exploring the medium of expression both joyfully and with an inquiring heart by completing the first stage of The Lionheart Project Charity as a receptacle for her works.

The aim is to teach her contemporary millinery craft to Tibetan Refugee’s in India and then to on sell these items into Western markets to fund ongoing ethical workshops in the developing world.

Miranda Green is putting her vision into motion and it is planned that all future designs will be produced through The Lionheart Project. However Behind the Monkey is delighted to showcase a full body of work hand constructed by Miranda herself predominantly in stitched construction and flat pattern design methods. Her magnificent haute couture millinery, with its sculptured shapes, delicious colour combinations, exotic beading and beautifully textured flowers and leaves, will be on show in a stunning window exhibition at the store opening on Saturday 9th October through to Sunday 17th October.

These beautiful hats are fragments of heaven and delicately stitched Objects D’Art and are not to be missed as they will be available to purchase.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Mania Mania

Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis, co creators of Mania Mania, which is described 
as an intriguing, earthy and moodily beautiful jewellery label by columnist and 
friend Indigo Clarke, have released their 2nd collection ‘DUST’ for Summer 2010.
For Indigo’s full interview please visit -

and at Garance dore the beautiful Tamila.........

To view the collection visit Behind the Monkey – in store now!

‘Dust’ visits the iconography of ancient Egypt and the evolving aesthetic, mood and music 
of pop deity David Bowie.  Inspirations are derived directly from the icon – 
an image of a young Bowie dressed as a Sphinx in 1969 by photographer Brian Ward, 
the fabled story of how the colour of one eye was changed when he was hit in the eye by a hand 
with a heavy ring, his alleged fascination with Egyptology, aspects of the film ‘Labyrinth’, 
and lyrics from the song ‘Rebel, Rebel’. 
The occult symbolism of eye motifs, hieroglyphics, pyramids and crystal balls transcend and
unexpectedly combine with the candid nature of pop.  

Two short films featuring Bambi Northwood-Blyth and directed by 
Fiona McGee encapsulate the mood and spirit of the collection.

Afterlife Cuff & Perception Bangle

Kingdom Ring & Immortal Ring

In the Press - Mania Mania Bangle

Sunday Times Magazine - Tribal Warrior Feature 26.09.2010

Mania Mania Bangle $390 - In Store

Introducing to Behind the Monkey – Artistic Alloys by Sonya Kelly

Sonya Kelly’s emotive designs are representative of her own individual style 
and her trust in her own creative freedom.
All of her creations come from the heart and echo romanticism, 
leaving the impression that the piece could have been created over a century ago.  
A little piece of dug up treasure, an heirloom in the making.
Sonya has a great passion for pearls and adores giving them a rock and roll edge a
nd loves that her latest collection is a fusion of yesterday and today, 
delving on her personal passion for antique jewellery.
Using only precious metals, diamonds, precious and semi precious gemstones and pearls 
from around the world she is influenced and inspired by nature, life experience, 
the people she meets, antiques, medieval themes, tatoos and fellow artists! 
If Guinevere were alive today she would be adorning herself with Artistic Alloys..........
In store now............