Friday, February 19, 2010

MANIAMANIA: Real Life Awaits you...........

Launching over the summer 09/10, MANIAMANIA is a jewellery label
by stylist Tamila Purvis and art director Melanie Kamsler.

Working together behind the pages at Russh Magazine for over three years,
the pair developed their collaborative chemistry and mutually spirited visual language.

By pooling their extensive professional experience in styling, graphic design and art
with their love of vintage jewellery, MANIAMANIA is their love child.

Drawing inspiration from history and mystery over a range of eras, muses, music and places, MANIAMANIA’s aesthetic continually evolves.
As a label it cohesively unites niche influences into a contemporary cult collection,
which respects the notion of adornment as personal, intimate and primal.

‘Real Life Awaits Us’ is MANIAMANIA’s first comprehensive collection.
In the form of luxe handmade treasure, sterling silver and oxidized brass meet with Calcite, Harlequin Quartz and Tibetan Quartz crystals
across a range of rings, cuffs, amulets, neck pieces and earrings.

Initially inspired by the film ‘The Holy Mountain (1973)’,
the collection is a rich synthesis of Mesoamerican iconography,
geology, 1970’s handicrafts, shamanism and magic, creating a range of
new-worldly forms packaged in a soft, bone coloured leather pouch.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

In The Press.........

As featured in the Sunday Times on 13th February - Style Counsel:

3. Top Right - Karen Thompson "Picasso-esq" series store now!
6. Bottom Left - Phrenology store now!

Click on Picture for an enlarged view.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bluebird Vintage flies into Behind The Monkey

Popping up in The Cracked Gallery at Behind the Monkey –

Bluebird Vintage

Deborah Dickson and Steven Price, collectors of all manner of vintage object d'art and fashion, met whilst doing a Fine Arts degree at Curtin but found a mutual love of custard pies and black lady lamps, so spent the days skipping tutes and sneaking off to op-shops!

They still do the same thing now, except on planes to other parts of the world fossicking for unusual junk and treasures. Deb has been working in the antique scene for years, and managed the iconic Dr Russell’s Emporium in Highgate until they closed last year.

Now this creative pair has newly formed their own inspiring retail venture,

Bluebird Vintage

and it pops up for a limited time in

The Cracked Gallery whilst they establish their own bricks & mortar store, due to open early March.

Deborah and Steve love vintage decor and the nostalgic warmth it adds to contemporary interiors, especially the 60’s & 70’s where no matter how funky and stylised it became, it still remained organic and charming. From the atomic style of the early 60’s, to the wild 70’s bohemia, the Jet-age bringing inter-continental travel to the world and then the world travelling back into the living room. Asian and African inspired prints, bright colours and textures, Pop –Arty post-modernism and crazy kitsch.

The Bluebird Vintage team love the little trips these inanimate objects take – how a Bakelite phone in a London bank ends up at an Algerian flea market, or an Art Deco clutch purse from the local Salvos gets to go to the Logies...............

Preview the world of Bluebird Vintage in a wonderful retail installation room at

The Cracked Gallery
Behind the Monkey
479 Beaufort St, Highgate 92277886

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Lovin' Spoonful

Christie & Mike Lori apparently love Zoolander. Their lovely Mum Roberta (who loves them!) was inspired by this to buy them a Christmas Monkey package of our HUGE spoons. One each! If you’re a Zoolander fan, apparently you’ll understand!!!

Here they are just lovin the spoons! ............(they love their Mum too)............

AND ------New spoons (Not just for film fans) have just arrived in store – along with a new delivery of HUGE Forks and HUGE Knives (Not just for huge monkeys). Check them out.