Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hello Heartland



Howdy folks, it’s Emma.

It’s been a while. In September 2013 I left Harvest to have my third child Alby – who, by the way, is the sweetest little gem. We are all smitten!
As babies do his arrival marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. Since co-founding Harvest way back in 2010 I’ve been on an exciting and fun-filled journey. But now it feels right to embark on something new.

I call it Heartland.
Taking time out with my newborn son Alby gave me the space (well, bits and pieces, in between the sleepless nights) to reflect on what I really loved doing in my working life. I realized I needed somewhere to document all my conceptual and personal projects and collaborations. I also knew I wanted to focus more on visual storytelling and help tell the stories of others whose creative message resonated with or reflected my own.
So, I have ended up combining the two and calling it “A Bespoke Creative Agency”. It has a certain ring to it that I like and gives me the freedom to head off in all sorts of directions which suits my crazy ideas-filled head!

I’m excited about starting a number of collaborations in the coming months, kicking off with a textiles project with my long-time friend Clara Vuletich, a former designer-in-residence at Harvest.
I am also moving in to a brand new atelier with Popcraft’s Pauline Tran-Cecil and some other very talented textile makers that will launch towards the end of the year. We will all be feeding off each other with our skills. It’s going to be amazing, I promise ;-)


But back to Harvest for a moment.

Jess, Lara and I all brought our own special talents to Harvest. We are all designers and that is why we came together in the first place but otherwise my natural leaning was towards the business, marketing, branding and social media side of things. So many inspiring people came through the studio over the years and there was always something interesting happening – I loved telling that visual story through pictures on instagram and our blog (have a look at the slideshow below to see what I’m talking about – there are just so many great moments that I documented).
To nurture a humble print studio and help it blossom into such a dynamic and inspiring place for so many people was so satisfying.



Our print room was a constant source of action. It is just so much fun getting up to your eyeballs in inky goodness - have you tried it? If not, you should.You can't beat it.
When I wasn’t getting my hands dirty I often had my camera slung around my neck or my iphone handy, ready to document the vitality of the studio. I loved being able to give people a look behind the scenes at Harvest, poke around in the residents’ studios and generally play chief-snoop! It was heaps of fun styling and shooting our finished products for lookbooks and promotion too.

I was also very lucky to be able to host screenprinting and shibori dyeing workshops. The opportunity to share our space and knowledge with the people who attended these classes was just such a pleasure. Teaching is loads of fun - I’ll continue to seek out opportunities to teach into the future.

Hundreds of interesting people came through our studio and I’m so grateful I got to meet them, whether they were artists-in-residence, workshop students, customers at our xmas market or studio buddies.
Each person brought with them their own personal story, which became part of the bigger Harvest narrative. The visual magic that was woven as a result was such a pleasure to document. 
Thanks for being so talented you creative people!

So, while it’s a fond farewell to Harvest I’ve nothing but excitement and anticipation for the next chapter.

Stay in touch and I'll see you at Heartland! 

Em x

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

sophie morris june-july resident

sophie morris june/july 2013 artist-in-residence

For the last month we have had the pleasure of hosting Sophie Morris as our June/July artist in resident. 
Sophie is trained as a potter and spent her month with us creating work for a new brand she is launching called Bakerhouse. Tonight marks the end of Sophie's stay with us an the launch of her Bakerhouse range. Please come and join us tonight from 6-8pm at Harvest Workroom, 510-512 Lygon Street, East Brunswick.  Come by after work for a drink and snap up a bargain from this exciting new range.

sophie morris june/july 2013 artist-in-residence

sophie morris june/july 2013 artist-in-residence

sophie morris june/july 2013 artist-in-residence


Last weekend Sophie hosted a workshop called Porcelain Painted Treasures , the students produced some beautiful work and due to popular demand we have listed some more dates in for the year you can check them out here - get in quick people the first workshop sold out so fast!

painted porcelain treasures workshop with sophie morris- july 2013

painted porcelain treasures workshop with sophie morris- july 2013

painted porcelain treasures workshop with sophie morris- july 2013

A great part of our residency program is getting to see many different artists and makers in their creative process. It was lovely to see Sophie in the window of Harvest at her wheel, throwing clay and each day seeing more work appear.

sophie morris june/july 2013 artist-in-residence

A range of necklaces and planters from Bakerhouse will be available in store at Harvest Storeroom from this coming weekend. Be sure to stop by and check it out. Its been a pleasure having you around Sophie and we look forward to watching your new brand grow!

x
Lara 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

beautiful beattie

Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013 Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013 Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013 Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013 Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013 Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013 Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013 Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013
The Harvest Textiles x Beattie Lanser collaboration project has been so much fun...it has taken us on all sorts of adventures and resulted in a whole lot of laughter and new friendships formed. We have loved the experience so much that we will be coming together again this Summer for another capsule collection. (We have a secret plan to woo Beattie to come and live in Melbourne - ssssshhhhh!)
It all started last year when we met Beattie at the Finders Keepers market in Sydney and we fell in love with her fun spirit and of course her beautiful clothing.
We floated the idea of a possible collaboration and she was positive about coming to Harvest Workroom and spending time with us to make a small limited edition collection.
In Beattie's words:
"Meeting the Harvest chicas - as I like to call them - in Sydney, I never dreamed we would actually do a collaboration!
Combining the amazing Harvest prints with my classic shapes and patternmaking new designs has been  so good. Thanks Ladies. I can't wait to do the summer range."
Our online followers will be interested to know that the collection is now listed on our online store. The piececs have been very popular and whilst we have sold out of some of the sizes we wanted to give our online friends access to some of the pieces before it all well and truly goes.
So hop aboard our online store and get a piece of the action.

Em xo


Thursday, May 30, 2013

sydney here we come!

Tomorrow we head off to Sydney to have a stall at the Finders Keepers where we will be launching the  Beattie Lanser x Harvest collaboration.  We will of course be bringing up lots of Harvest Textiles products as well, it has been very busy around the studio printing, cutting and sewing in preparation.
For Melbournians the range will be in store at Harvest Storeroom the following weekend the 8th and 9th of June.
Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013
We are really looking forward to seeing lots of new and familiar faces at the market , please come down and say hi!
The market has a new home, its still in Eveleigh but at the Australian Technology Park - make sure you look up the new venue on the FK site.
Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013
Shoppers can expect to see new products, colours and prints at the stall as well as fabulous market prices on both the Friday and Saturday.
Our shop the Harvest Storeroom will be open this weekend  so if your in Melbourne you can stop by and check out our May/June artist in resident Alice Oehr she has been working on some super fun prints and will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 10-4pm.
Next Saturday on the 8th of June Alice will launch her work from the residency titled Making Faces as well as a portrait of Jess, Emma & I ! We will let you know more info next week.
Harvest Textiles and Beattie Lanser Collaboration - March/April 2013

Have a great weekend.
xxx
Lara
  

Monday, March 25, 2013

workshop mayhem

Super School - March 2013 Design and Print Your Own Fabric - March 2013 Design and Print Your Own Fabric - March 2013 Super School - March 2013 Design and Print Your Own Fabric - March 2013 Super School - March 2013 Super School - March 2013 Super School - March 2013 Super School - March 2013 Whilst we have been a little quiet on the blog front it is not because we haven't had a whole lot going on behind the scenes. Here at Harvest HQ we are cooking up all sorts of goodness that will be announced over the coming weeks.
We have also hosted some great screen printing workshops over the past few weeks that we want to update you on.
Our new Super School format is a total success with the students moving in and basically taking over our studio for the week - injecting all sorts of fun energy. We have just posted new dates for the next available one and have consolidated the format into four action packed days - if you are at all interested in attending I recommend booking in quick as there are limited spaces and they will go like hotcakes.
Our recent weekend classes (Learn to Print in a Day and Design and Print Your Own Fabric) have also seen some lovely folks coming through with a number of people cashing in on the gift vouchers they received over the festive season. Once again it is so cool when someone walks through the door announcing that they have no artistic talent and leaves with a satisfying bundle of beautifully handprinted fabric tucked under their wing.
We didn't have our camera on hand for our inaugural paper printing workshop that was hosted a few weeks back which is a great shame as the work that was made over that class was phenomenal. For anyone interested in handprinted works on paper we have a couple of places left in our first Make Your Own Stationery and Mini-artworks workshop coming up in April.
For some extra pics of our screenprinting workshops have a look here.
Em x

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

fancy some string art?

Harvest Textiles String Art Project for Rogerseller Harvest Textiles String Art Project for Rogerseller Being a part of the string art project last year was great fun and the pieces were flown around Australia to hang in various Rogerseller showrooms. You can see a great film about the process here.
They all arrived back in our studio over the summer break and have brightened up our workspace over the past few months.
Unfortunately for us we now need to say goodbye to these four pieces to make some much needed room in our print room and so we are offering them up for sale to anyone who is interested in taking into their lives a large colourful artwork.
If this is something that appeals to you we have listed the works on ebay - have a look here.
Em xo