Just doing some IT admin today and immediately got very distracted by these holiday pics taken back in 2012 and 2014 in Brussels and Barcelona , both of these beautiful cities have an amazing concentration of unique architectural details and ceramic tiles, so i though it was time to share these little documents of a designers perspective , it drove my partner insane at the time, stopping and taking pictures every few minutes , but hopefully with the fruits of this inspiration i have now been forgiven ?
This week to cheer you up we are giving away our famous custom gift totes, these are incredibly sort after and usually only for our customers who order our only one pieces. This week only ending next Monday, we will be giving away a custom tote bag with every purchase. It’s so exciting because they are all completely unique and customised from reclaimed fabrics and heat transfer vinyl remnants.
We have loads of fun in the studio with this bright colourful heat transfer vinyl, and our KNK MAXX die cutter. It allows us to customise our graphics to fit reclaimed fabric swatches, and quickly create unique mockups and one off bespoke creations. We also recycle all the inbetweeny bits as it creates unique little hieroglyphic patternations. Like allot of the Accessory Emergency unique pieces, they are often created via unplanned or surprise aesthetics which tend to reveal themselves midprocess.
We’ve also integrated some beautifully coloured foil tranfers that we found at Resource Rescue last week (read lasts weeks news for details on our wonderfully fun visit). Have a look at some of those metallics.
This matte yellow vinyl is looking fab against a wild Fluoro apricot 80’s fabric, had now idea how good it might look until I decided to lay some remnants on the table this morning.
It’s such a happy day when all these good things culminate in a unique design, and as a creative it’s just really critical that you push through those darker times, as nothing ever stays the same for long when you’re unplanning creativity.
In the struggle to fend of using ugly expensive and polluting virgin packaging materials, we took a little trip to resource rescue in Bayswater.
It was super fun and we found lots of delightful sparkly colourful tapes, cardboard and wraps.
I know it looks like it’s for kids, but aren’t we all just giant kids at heart.
Not your typical packaging materials as resource rescue has sourced these items from industry, so it seems like allot of the materials have come from the automotive and safety industry. That means you can look forward to some extra unique packaging in your next order.
It’s bussinesses like these that allow Accessory Emergency to consider an almost 100% switch to sustainable 0% footprint packaging materials.
It does tend to mean a little bit more work when designing our packaging, but it’s very satisfying and when intergrating these materials it becomes more like and art project than a dispatch as everything is non standard.
If your an artist, crafts person or have some little ones. A visit to Resource Rescue is a really unique and fun experience. Please allow yourself some time as well, we went at 10:30 am and got out of there at 1:00pm.
Next on the visit list is the Reverse Art Truck in Ringwood.
Reflector tapes, plastic with holes and some reflector film fabric stuff .
Celebrate the annual transition to Autum with our basics sale. Our cool grey, black and white neckpieces are on sale and also 1 very special trip to hex bangle in matte black. Ah melbourne full of grey and beautiful clouds, a time to appreciate the bright colour change in the trees and the more subdued palate in the sky. And for the next little while you might still be able to wear your neckpieces on the outside of you clothes :)
We love our DJ friends at Accessory Emergency, so we've decided to develop some very limited edition records bags, they are perfect for taking out with you for brunching and coffees, and the inevitable spot of record shopping. I know, you've told yourself no more, well, we all now that is just not true, so be prepared, save some trees, and embrace your obsession.
These very limited edition bags, well actually there are no 2 that are alike , so its really a bespoke AE curation, are completely guilt free (made with all reclaimed fabrics) and double stitched to keep all your new and old vinyl purchases perfectly safe while you transition to your evening or overnight distractions, with a special pockie for all your other important bits (actually just more money for records, because we all know DJ's don't pay for there own drinks and disco supplies ;0).
We are just in the graphical phase at the moment, but we hope to release these unique pieces slowly over the next month or so.
Little bits of design inspiration that catch you by surprise.
Look at these little patterns I caught reflecting of the studio wall , perfect and very Accessory Emergency, I tracked these little shadow patterns from out louvre windows this afternoon , very beautiful , thinking about how we can use them out next design.
Its just a testiment to not being always in control and how that is not a bad thing as it leaves you open to these little moments in time that are truly beautiful and might never repeat in the same way again.
So take a sec to look around you, so cliche ,and enjoy, and I absolutely promise not to put this on a slogan t or insta post in a nuptials font , never ever .
Our preferred production partners Shapeways can provide you with a direct service for the Tria to Hex bangles.
I believe these are manufactured at the New York Production Facility however they may use a different production house depending on your location. We love the rest of the world to wear these stunning pieces of wrist architecture so we thought why not allow our customers to go direct to the source. The manufacturing is on demand so you can have exactly what you want , with a larger range of colours , and i believe a relatively quick turnaround time expedition with your choice (5 days-2 weeks for a custom order i think is not too shabby).
The current bangle design is a round diameter of 66mm or 6.6 cms , this with suit a small to medium/hand wrist size , if you are uncertain simply check your existing bangle collection, please just make sure that you choose something with a round shape as oval like designs won't fit the same way.
Accessory Emergency is stocking hand dyed Black and Orange at the moment, however Shapeways has a whole range of other Accessory Emergency approved hand dyed colour choices. So much fun
Yes, Accessory Emergency has its own prototyping robot, it’s a beautiful UP BOX 3D printer and it allows us to play around with ideas visually and mechanically before going to manufacturing.
It’s a great way to play and nut things out before proceeding to the next stage, manufacturing is fraught with little problems especially when your doing it yourself, but we've come up with quite a few proprietary solutions for things with the 3D printing process that we would have taken allot longer to discover without it, this is great because it means we have much less waste, more time, and have shelved many things simply because they didn't cut the mustard at the prototyping stages.
Check out these little experiments created with a 3d printed tool , and cast silicone, and also a silicone tool made from a 3D Printed master model.
These are some tote bags we've been working on. These are all very handmade complete with anomalies, but they are all super strong double stitched and lined , and they all use quality reclaimed fabrics from end of roll, local thrift stores or garments that are damaged.. Also all the bits a pieces from the cut graphics are also reused in the designs, its a fun serendipitous form of collage which highlights the negative and positive shapes within the design. This process also insures that no to bags are alike.
A few of our very special customers have been receiving these sporadically, we hope they will used excessively and much loved. We love this because its a great way to package our products with something that is up-cycled but also functional and reusable.
These are fast becoming collectors items as they cannot be bought, and arrive as a special surprise with your purchase.
Well this was a while ago but it was a fantastic day of fashion and accessories, juxtopozed with the industrial sites of Footscray.
STYLING COMPETITION HAS STARTED ON INSTAGRAM GO TO @accessoryemergency FOR DEETS
We are delighted to announce our first ever competition, we love to see things from a different perspective, and when we see our designs and innovative fashion out and about we get really excited and inspired. We think it's its one of the few truly democratic arts forms of our generation.
All you need to do to WIN an Accessory Emergency Premium Goodie Bag is take a pic in an outfit that you think will complement our Accessories, post it on INSTA using the #accessoryemergencystyling # and tag us @accessoryemergency, the lucky winner will have the opportunity to style it up with our goodies and get some pro photos taken to feature on our website ( this one ) and insta account...... Its open to everyone. We are all very excited to see what happens next XO
Ever get that incredibly depressed feeling in a shopping centre, i have tried to nail exactly what it is about the shopping centre energy that's so dark, and i think that its not one specific thing in isolation but a major cluster fuck of sinister things occurring.
1.I feel like you're reminded throughout your shopping experience of the homogenius look that you're going to potentially walk away with, its in the advertising, the way you might be influenced or manipulated by alleged sales and in the clothing that people have already purchased and are walking around wearing. Yes, companies are charging people for clothes and then people inadvertently advertise their brand for the term of there depressingly short fashion cycle.
2. Why is it so cheap? Everyone knows about the elephant in the room of sub standard working/pay conditions. But there maybe a whole plethora of other reasons why, maybe the quality is substandard, or a large company wants to remove it from its inventory creating room for a more viable faster moving or higher profit margin line of products ( yes the items sale price does not necessarily relate to the wholesale price ) , i think the major problem with this is it creates a situation where people buy allot more than they require as they enter into the false economy of snagging a bargain.
3. I feel like there is no room in this expensive retail space for anything that does not either have a massive profit margin, or is fast moving enough to offset the items lower profit margin. Some of your money may go to the manufacturer but surely a huge amount is going to the shopping centre itself, and maybe not so much into the quality or care taken to make your clothing/jewellery :( :(
Wow thats all quite depressing, and a little bit ranty , but cathartic for us , so what do we do to try and counteract this mass produced conspicuous consumption boredom.
1. Our limited edition pieces that move to manufacturing are rigorously tested for quality wearability and design before creating any type of tool or investment in the fabrication process. Accessory Emergency tries to stay outside of trends and insidious fashion cycles and so quality is incredibly important as we hope that our customers can enjoy these pieces for many years to come and they become wardrobe staples.
2. We up-cycle and recycle whenever possible. Accessory Emergency does not up-cycle or recycle anything and everything, however if end of roll, manufacturing refuse or second hand material becomes available in the right quality and of course a general aesthetic that is loved by our design team, we grab it. The other great benefit of up-cycling is we end up with more unique items as often these materials are serendipitously acquired and are never available again.
3. We don't mass produce anything in the range, it’s just too boring for us and you, i would die of becoming an un-cool robot ( not the sexy kind of robot like Sorayama http://abduzeedo.com/node/76263 ) if i had to make every fabric neckpiece the same, argh, so we are often designing as we are making things and the designs will often inform us of how they want to be put together, cheeky things.
4. We make custom designs at our customers request, it could be some custom colour inserts for the Mondri only one pieces or adding those pieces to the mimof range, or as complex as a large fabric piece for a special event or just because.
In short there is nothing dreary about an Accessory Emergency design , and your unlikely to ever run into anyone else with the exact same Accessory Emergency piece, or if you do then you need to make a new special friend with amazeballs taste xxx
The Seddon Design Pop Up store is in planning stages currently.
Im very excited to announce that leading up to the Christmas period we will be opening a DESIGN POP UP. Although some of you are brave enough to purchase on-line without seing these beautiful pieces , they are so tactile and sometimes need to be experienced before your purchase, or come down and chat with me about creating you very own custom piece, and have a play. There will also be lots of unique samples and seconds that are not available to the general public, so come and have a rummage in the secret crazy box.
Dates and times will be available very soon , our POP UP will be in central Seddon 3011
We are working with a few local partners to insure a steady supply of up-cycled wrapping and packaging options as we know this insure the most minimal environmental impact.
Our tote bags that are made from fabric remnants sourced from thrift manufacturing end of roll and waste fabrics.
All the embroideries in the shop have up-cycled fabric backing.
New only one limited edition neckpieces and fabric pieces are popping up today .
When I was much younger physically ( not mentally there's been no change there ;) ) I loved my crayons , usuallly the crazy bright ones , and then there is always those strange colours that no one ever uses , but they make those crazy brights look even more popping. One day I left my beloved crayons in the sun and when I remembered where they were I naively went to grab them and found they had melted together in the lovely sun, it was a strange moment of disappointment and fascination as the meld/agglomeration was amazing and had even picked up some of the super shiny texture from the plastic they been resting on, i realise now that it was my first serendipitous moulding project ! Now I'm a little more technically competent but still child like in the joy I feel when experimenting with material and colours.
Our new Crayon Editions 4 and 6 neckpieces are the only one section in our Estore, lighten up its almost spring time XO Accessory Emergency
Select ACCESSORY EMERGENCY statement pieces have gone on sale
There are very limited stock on the Tria to Hex temple orange bangles, and a few studio samples in the fabric pieces section, yay ! lucky dip time, to insure yourself a truly limited edition or once of piece don't procrastinate to much xxx
Accessory emergency offers a bespoke service for the only one neckpieces , that is we can customise the coloured inserts and locations, just recently we completed this stunning piece for a customer who wanted the classic Piet Mondrian Colours , great idea , looks fab :) .
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