Charcoal Life drawing Tracy Graffin

Life Drawing

Since last year, I’ve taken to the charcoal & drawing tools with renewed passion! Life Drawing is a wonderful counter-balance to computer-based design work: it sparks creativity and helps problem-solving in design. I’m planning to set up a group for young designers and recent graduates who maybe didn’t get the chance to do life drawing while studying, or wish […]

Samadara Elixir

  I’ve had the pleasure of working on the Samadara branding and packaging since Sodashi launched the beautiful Face and Eye Crème a couple of years ago. The new Elixir is a luxury anti-ageing treatment and we evolved the elegant tall package to securely house the pump-bottle pack. The treatment is divine, and like all Sodashi products, completely chemical-free and natural. The […]

Bassendean Hotel revamped interior

Bassendean Hotel

In July, that most charismatic of clients, Stefano from The Kiosk, rang to say he’d “bought a pub” (is this every designer’s dream job?), and he’d be opening in early September. So, on a fairly tight budget and even tighter timeframe, we launched into the task of re-invigorating this 1930s suburban pub. We evolved a Brand […]

Butterick 6019 dress

Another vintage style dress pattern, inspired by the famed Alfred-Shaheen.  This project was a major construction job (42 steps just for the bodice!) with a fair amount of tweaking to get the, er, bodice right, but well worth the investment of time. It’s incredibly comfortable and I feel pretty special sashaying around pretending I’m on Hawaiian vacation! […]

The Kiosk Fremantle & Floreat

The Kiosk websites

Hey, there’s a new Kiosk on the southerner’s side of the river! We refreshed the original Kiosk Floreat Beach website & launched the new Freo site just a couple of days ago. Thanks to the OM4 guys for taking my ordered-but-mad design and making it work. Congrats & good luck to Jaqii & Stefano.

Iwanoff Sell-off

It’s the modernist dream house nonpareil. Where my love of cocktails, midcentury mod, architecture & swimming pool swanning meet in complete accord. The Paganin House on the Boulevarde, Floreat, is up for Auction – one of the stand-out examples of Iwan Iwanoff’s work. Also for sale, the Iwanoff Dianella House (Shannon Rd), a later construction, with […]

Josh Agle aka SHAG in Floreat Perth

Shag in Perth

Hey, Shag was in our house! So Shag – aka Josh Agle – is back in Australia, jetsetting into Perth’s Outré Gallery for his exhibition opening last Friday night. We caught up with Josh & Martin on Sunday  for a beachside breakfast at The Kiosk – with champagne, naturellement – followed by a tour of the modernist enclave of Floreat […]

Guy Grey Smith book

Guy Grey Smith book

Yippitee! I won the Rob Frith giveaway of the limited edition biography of Guy Grey Smith by Andrew Gaynor, photos by Rob Frith, Acorn Photography . I happened to know the answer to an obscure question about Rob & Andrew’s short-lived foray into the mad world of Rock & Roll  Country & Western, as Tragic. (Apparently the band inspired […]

Tracy Graffin CIT critique

Central Briefs

Hello CIT operatives! (I hope it’s OK that I swiped your photo from yesterday’s debriefing?) Yesterday I offered considered opinions & a few ill-considered puns to the students of Room 259 in the CIT Bunker. Thanks for your attention & your warm welcome via the Area57 Newsletter! Looking forward to seeing the results of your hard […]