September 2012

but wait folks, there’s more…


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Available online NOW.  Enjoy! x

A NEW RANGE from Red Olive. A selections of various bottles, some new, some vintage- 
but ALL uber cool.
Use as a bud/succulent vase, tie it to a tree for a hanging decoration, 
group together for a talking piece at the table, whatever your hearts desire...
A sweeeet little gift, designed to delight + inspire. 

From my heart, to yours, to theirs..





WOW 1)


The OPEN STUDIOS weekend. Amaze balls. Thanks to each and every one of you who came along, met the gals, shopped, stayed, made sure I had coffee a’plenty. It was really wonderful to be back amongst it. Here’s a quick pic of two of my favourite visitors from the weekend ‘Choppo’ + ‘Schmoob’ with their Red Olive Loot.

I’m paying BIG TIME home fighting a cold and attempting to hide it from the Dr’s. Worth every painful swallow though. It was beautiful being in the space itself, surrounded the crew – who ‘get’s’ it, and why IT IS to begin with. It’s gorgeous sharing creative space with folks that have not just the eye, but the passion. There’s a special look – half joy, half contemplation when someone connects with a work, a fabric, a decorator piece, a scent that they love.

We see it – and it feeds us = there’s something truly divine there, and it’s why ARTspaces and the like exist. It feeds our soul, we feed yours with our joys and obsessions which gives joy, which feeds out souls which feed yours. And so it goes…

Sara Dowse, Jessica Watts, Gabby Malpas, Melinda Jordi are not just among my favourite Artists – they’re among my favourite people. It’s awesome walking in and seeing their works abundant on the walls. Mel Lovell – ‘the’ Organic Mama is in there too now, and oh my oh my, there’s some fabric fetishes happening big time. check out an image of my new cushion in my room. it had magical powers that made me want to clean my room and make my bed. i admit it looks a bit freaky sitting there stroking a cushion – but if you could feel it, you would understand. I left the dirty big double adapter on the headboard for your viewing pleasure. I had to laugh at one of our customers yesterday describing Mel’s fabrics as “so yummy she could eat them.” We do attract a… diverse crowd.

‘loobylou ‘ launched their candles over the weekend too. These scents are truly incredible, and it was a joy burning them in the space. a great test for them too – given the ARTspace is so big, the scent throw was truly everything they said it would be, and it carried through from Open to Closed. The website launched tonight for online sales: or follow them on Facey.

We were bombarded with positive feedback, people telling us they were inspired, local support and general joy seeing our space functioning as an ARTspace again. Here’s to many more…

I moved my Studio in amongst the madness and have set up a new fresh space. Because I didn’t have enough to do this weekend! it feels good back there in the “naughty corner”, and I’m full of great ideas on how to use, and what to do in the space. Don’t forget we have 3 spots or 1 normal, 1 large avail. at the moment so get amongst it. With summer coming, there couldn’t be a more spectacular place to create / be / breathe…

WOW 2)



We have just finished up another INCREDIBLE project that’s been a looong time coming for my little family. We finished ‘lola.’ Check her out on or follow Lola’s travels on Facebook: We’re heading to Brisbane this weekend for an old friend’s wedding, and taking her for her first spin. We can’t wait, and the getaway is long overdue, deserved and very much looked forward to. One of the catch phrases of the weekend was “Poverty breeds creativity.” And with Lola, we’ve proved it. Enjoy. We’ll blog separately about her soon.

WOW 3)


The only remote negative to going away this weekend is that we miss the Art Expo this weekend. I’ve heard simply extraordinary things! Our own ARTspace Jessica Watts will be there, having been busting hump for months in the studio to get ready for it. We’re all a little gaga over Jess’s new stuff (and her old, and her anything really). I highly recommend checking her out.

Here’s my favs’s. If you buy them – don’t gloat, it’s mean 😉


"Follow The Leader" 800mmx400mm Oil and Mixed Media on Panel
"Young Jacky" 600mmx600mm Oil and Aluminium Leaf on Panel

and of course, the birds. I’m all about Jess’s birds…

"Hello Cockie" 200mmx200mm Oil and Mixed Media on Veneered Panel (sold)

Our lovely Gabby Malpas is also there – but I haven’t seen the work she’s hanging! Waiting for her to blog too, so here’s a link for when she does…

Right, that’s it. Over and Out.




+++ AND THEN +++


THREE LITTLE BIRDS Art Auction for Kere



Well, it’s coming up a year ago since this AMAZING incredible and generous fundraiser took place. What was supposed to be the beginning of a period of healing, was the start of a relapse, and all the thanking, promoting, marketing for this incredible event just didn’t happen. 

Now, I’ve FINALLY gotten all the works online, on the new ARTspace website which we’re about to launch – but here’s a sneak peak! Let the gratitude begin. x


Weekend fast approaching…

open STUDIOS weekend


It’s nearly time for the Manly Arts Festival + OPEN STUDIOS + where you are invited to see, meet and greet the local Art wildlife in their creative surrounds. It’s such a fun weekend – you meet your favourite Artists – and we get to chat about our obsessions, I mean passions! We have an amazing selection of works for you to see on display in the Gallery too.

New works by: Jessica Watts, Melinda Jordi, Gabby Malpas, Vivianne Hazenveld, Sara Dowse – and even me!

Also, the lovely Mel from ‘the Organic Mamas’ is with us in Studio now and will have a selection of her beautiful organic wares, fabrics and clothing. Mmmm. And if that’s not enough, we have Emma from ‘loobylou’ – a up and coming enviro candle business aiming to bring you incredible scents which are kind to the planet – and NOT LIKE EVERYONE ELSES FRAGRANCES!

AND, if you’re that way inclined, while Petra herself won’t be there with her creative magic styling wand, we’ll be happy to assist you having a sneak peak in Petra’s Vintage – if you can get in. Petra’s clothes we deem Gizmo/Gremlins. Aj and I sincerely think she waters and feeds them after midnight at the rate they multiply….

It’s going to be an exciting weekend indeed. We’ll have the jug boiled, plungers at the ready and some snacks and cakes etc. for your browsing pleasure. It’s my first day in the ARTspace since ‘the nightmare’ so I’m all kinds of excited to see you 🙂


the whole kit and caboodle!


The coding for discounting specific items was starting to do my head in, so instead of 25% off handmade goods only – we’re giving you  25% off EVERYTHING in the Red Olive retail store!!! (Reduction does not extend to Art sales, Organic Mama, Petras Vintage or LoobyLou wares as they’re independent crafts people). Simply tell us you’ve read about this offer via this email on the day OR buy online using the code MANLYARTSFESTIVAL and the discounts are calculated automatically on the website.

AND because we’re so thrilled to be in an area which supports it’s Artists and crafts people – we’ve  decided to donate a percentage of all sales for the duration to the Manly Environment Centre. We live in the most beautiful place on Earth, and this is a small way of saying thanks to the team that keep it so! Sales (in shop and online) is valid until September 30th – but some stocks limited SO MOVE FAST!!!

2x  Super  Studios



We currently have TWO studios avail. One small, one large. Suitable for various uses – retail, Art studio, office space, holistic therapies…you’re limited only by your imagination. Come along and check them out this weekend. Avail. as soon as you need! Just ask for Kere or Adrian to show you around and give you the details. The ARTspace studios are run not for profit, guaranteeing you the best deal and hopefully the freedom to finally take that next step to following your dreams!

Carpet Court Competition… ‘Love the Look….’

In the sense of trying to be in it to win it, I entered the competition Carpet Court is running via Facebook.  There’s heaps of cool prizes along the way, and it’s a brilliant source of inspiration for those with a love of all things design and decoration!

What’s stopping you? It’s fun – and it’s made me take some time to look around my home, my little displays – and take some time to appreciate the memories. That’s what homes should be, somewhere to keep you safe, inspire you and surround in memories and joy.

As they say, “take some time to enjoy the view…”


1) The cross/cup holder on the left came at a particularly odd time. Suffering from cancer, and questioning my sense of faith I came across this at a Vinnies nearby. I intended the use for something else, but have always kept it like this. It’s dynamic, odd and makes an odd little impact – like me!

2) The medicine bottle/demijohn was purchased in a weekend getaway in the South Coast. It was almost identical in shape and shade to an original vintage one my husbands Grandfather had handed down (since broken) which we treasured very much.  At least this still reminds us of the original.

3) This bottle was one of the first presents my Grandfather bought my Nan. When my Nan went into a group home, this was one of the few things I travelled back to get – and inspired this collection.

* All other vases are either ebay, seconds or Op shop finds. And then theres my new favourite Glasshouse candle – ‘Coney Island’ tying it all together…

This is a little shelf in my bathroom. The shells, stones, and bits of driftwood have been collected and cleaned lovingly by my daughter. The large candlesticks were a Birthday present from an old friend, and the smaller one from my Mum. ‘The Black Lady’ came from my Nan. She meant to restore it for years, and I have since, yet she still remains broken – and beautiful. I think there’s poetry in that somehow…

This vignette started small, grows – and changes often. I thing your home should surround you with memories, layers and a sense of fun and history. There’s family hand downs (resin acrylic lump from Nan) Spools bought back from Japan, A Lamp made by my Aj’s Grandfather, An old sanding plane  (my first business card holder when I went into design) some of my beloved Dinosaur Designs collection – and various other layers of old…

OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND Sat 15th + Sun 16th September

Hey everyone,

It’s been FAR too long since we’ve opened our doors for an Art related event. We’re all thrilled to be invited to be a part of Manly Arts Festival – in particular their ‘OPEN STUDIOS’ part of things. Come along, met some of our resident Artists, have a cuppa, a look around our beautiful space – inside and out.

We will be Exhibiting but a few wonderful Artists for the duration (and some time thereafter) so feel free to contact us for after hours viewings of theres AMAZING New, (and not previously shown at the ARTspace) Works by Jessica Watts, Sara Dowse, Melinda Jordi, Rachel Carrol, Vivianne Hazenveld, Gabby Malpas and me! Also, our newest resident, Mel of the organic Mamas will be there showing her wares…

Also, Red Olive Retail area will be having HUGE sales on all things ‘Handmade’ such as our handmade Clay beaded and dynamic Jewellery, and Crochet and knitted cushions (which is handmade exclusively for us by both mine and Adrian’s Mothers!) Items included in Sale will also be avail. online on the 15th + 16th ONLY at these prices!!!


Keeping it real, colourful and accessible in our community!!!!

We hope to see you there. x Kere, Adrian + Lanya x

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