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 Artist Georgina Hooper talks to us about inspiration.

 


What is your most creative recipe?

Beetroot and parmesan ravioli with burnt sage butter.


What is your most recent obsession?

My 16 month old daughter!


Any new favorite colour / style in painting ?

I love the large scale colour field paintings of American Abstract Expressionist Marko Rothko. His work is what I would fill my dream home with if I could afford to. His use of large open spaces, simple composition and focus on the sublime beauty of colour and its effect on us spiritually and mentally is what I love about his work. Looking at art becomes a form of meditation. It is all about vibrational energy. It sounds hippy but it is very scientific. My favourite colour is probably best exemplified in Rothko's 1956 work 'Green on Blue'. “Green on Blue” (1956).

 

  

 CreditThe University of Arizona Museum of Art, Gift of Edward J. Gallagher Jr. Source 


What's your dream travel destination and why?

My dream travel destination is South East Asia. I particularly love visiting Hong Kong for its exciting pace and its juxtaposition between tradition and change, East and West. China is always going to be a great love for me too and of course divine Japan, which I still have so much to see yet. At the moment though, Bali is really calling me and we are thinking of visiting at the end of the year. There are a few artist residencies popping up away from the main tourist areas. Places where there is beautiful nature to experience and a sense of the spiritual and serenity in its people is what I am draw to.


What would you spirit animal be?

Ha ha probably a bird. Perhaps an eagle. They are strong, powerful and independent with a love of wide open spaces and when they choose their mate, they really do fall for them and are together for life.

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Georgina has limited edition prints available, check out her webstore of her latest work.

 http://georginahooper.com.au/products/soar-prints/


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The man behind the lense

An interview with photographer: David Collins

http://www.davidcollinsphotography.com/
 


You recently photographed dogstar Collection 2016. What did you think of the shoot and what did you enjoy the most?
I loved the recent shoot the dogstar team put together for their 2016 campaign. The postmodern, paper craft head piece with metal and silver accented accessories anchored our models character into the moody setting. My favourite moment in the shoot was when the two assistants were trying to balance an air-conditioning tube on a broom stick while the model posed for a portrait. The shots look great, but it felt like a surreal ‘behind the scenes’ moment.


What would be your 'dream gig' ? 
It may sound cliché, but there are days when I take a step back from the camera and see that I'm on location with amazing and talented people creating something together, and I realize just how much I enjoy this work environment.


We all look for inspiration on a daily basis. What drives you to continue in such a challenging industry? 
I have found traveling and injecting new experiences (both comfortable and unpleasant) keeps the cogs moving. One of the traps that photographers can fall into during busy season is to default into a comfortable shooting style. I’ve found constantly moving refreshes and informs the way I approach photography, giving me a sense of progression.


If you could photograph anyone or anything, past or present, who or what would it be? 
I think Jeff Bridges would make for a pretty mean portrait.


What is the best advice you have received relating to your career as an artist? 
Find someone you trust to review your work. It’s easy to develop attachments to images when you have a memory of a good, onset experience, rather than how the piece sits.


Oh, most importantly, what's your spirit animal? 
The Panda. 

 

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WHO IS SHE?

An interview with Makeup Artist: Billie Weston



Like all things creative, we start from a blank canvas. Tell us what inspires you?
As far as finding inspiration for makeup goes, I always turn to nature.  Especially texture and colour. From the most vivid contrasting colours to the softest, milkiest pastels, I can find inspiration there.   I’m a big sci-fi and post apocalyptic nerd and when there is the opportunity for it, I love to carry those otherworldly elements across into my work. I'm also inspired by my clients and love the process of helping them to create an alter ego or amplify a facet of their personality. 

Today’s woman is busier than ever.  What is the easiest/quickest way to turn a day/work look into something that works for night out?
A bold lipstick teamed with defined brows and mascara.  You can have barely any makeup on but look sleek and polished with a strong lip.

How would you describe your look?
I’m a bit of a chameleon when it comes to what I wear.  I really enjoy fashion and like to wear a lot of different styles. I find for this reason, I have never put all my eggs in one basket.  Clothes, hair, accessories and makeup are an integral part of how I express myself and I find it a really fun and creative process.  I’m a big fan of Japanese and Korean street style but I also love to incorporate elements of different fashion subcultures like industrial, post apocalyptic, punk and grunge whilst keeping it understated and sharp.  I wear a lot of black..black is everything.

What is your most memorable makeup you have done?
I have been very lucky to work on some incredible films and live productions with truly magical sets. Those moments are some of the most memorable for me. When you walk onto a large scale set it’s like walking into another world. You get this incredible rush and you are overcome with awe and gratitude.  To be amongst such talented artists and crew who are all part of this amazing collaboration is very humbling.

How do you define beauty?
Beauty to me is kindness and compassion, first and foremost.  But as far as beautiful aesthetic or ‘presence’ goes, I think it’s having a healthy and unbridled outlet for self-expression. Whatever that may be. When someone can express themselves and be immersed in their passion, they become comfortable in their own skin. I love witnessing people being whoever the hell they want to be. 

If you were placed in the world of dogstar, what do you imagine yourself to look like (from head to toe!)?
No other label can layer like Dogstar.  I LOVE to layer. I would want you to load me up with pieces until I could barely walk.

Use 5 words that define what you wear?
Sharp black spirited street pop 

Who is your Muse?
I have so many! But let's say...Gwen Stefani for wearing punk and alternative styles with such sophistication and Daphne Guinness for being an age defying alien empress.  

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Oh My Origami!

18/05/16 8:31 AM

 

origami

ˌɒrɪˈɡɑːmi/

noun

the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.

 

     

This winter season, we have gathered inspiration from all things origami inspired.

How do we define Japanese fashion? Most would think of the popular Harajuku street style or the traditional and placid Kimonos.

dogstar Laika has created it's own world.

Fold after fold, Masayo has worked hard designing with origami folds transforming flat fabrics into garments that is not only fitted for workwear but also any formal occasion.

This weekend we are styling up in the Deuce Top and Deuce Dress.

 

 

As a classic Laika design, we cannot go past the origami inspired collars!

Let us take you into the world of Laika, celebrating modern Japanese clothing the result of mixing bold prints and colours alongside traditional Japanese folds and pleats.

Take a chance with Deuce Top, a style of two looks. Recreate your workwear staples and add this to your wardrobe collection. A simple style to take you from desk to dinner.

Take notice next time you visit our dogstar store in Paddington and Gertrude street to find all the wonderful womens clothing inspired by origami.

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A Winter Window

11/05/16 4:04 PM


Winter is here!

 

With that comes a new window display at the dogstar Paddington store.

As always our displays are handmade, and this time with the help our interns Mutsumi san and Yuiko san.

Though it may not snow in Brisbane, it is certainly a beautiful sight taking our minds to winter in Japan.

 

 

 

 

Silent nights and the brush of a chilling breeze just says 'it's time to get Cosy!' 

With many wool blend cardigans and jumpers in store, what's not to love about Winter!

 

 

 

 

 

Layer up on your favourite dogstar styles with classic and multiwear designs.

Not sure which knitwear to go for?

Meet our stylists in store and they will be sure to guide you and find your cosy winter warmer.

Don't forget we also have our Melbourne store in Fitzroy!  

Unlike our Brisbane boutiques, dogstar Melbourne store s full of luscious wool coats and winter  scarves.

Be sure to visit and find your favourite winter outfit.

 

 

dogstar Paddington

2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

07 3368 2233


dogstar studio

1 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

07 3217 4055

 

  

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The festive season is upon us!

Meet and greet your friends and family in the festive Senna series and be the talk of the party!

Inspired by traditional morroccan colours and tiles, Senna series takes a twist on an elegant party dress. Don’t forget to match it with a bold pair or earrings, bangles or sandals.


This silk dress will become your wardrobe staple from beach wearing to the bar!

Summer party outfits sorted.

 


Top off your party by sharing a glass of moroccan inspired Mojito!

Needing an idea for a cocktail recipe? Here’s one for everyone to enjoy!


Makes 4 drinks
 
2 tablespoons black tea, such as English Breakfast
20 cardamom pods, crushed
boiling water (see instructions)
3 tablespoons (organic cane) sugar
3/4 cup packed spearmint leaves, plus extra for garnish
2-3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
5 ounces (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) white rum
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) dark rum
1 1/2 teaspoons rosewater
ice 
sparkling water


Take a photo of your mix and send it through to have it featured on our page!





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In the spirit of all things summer, we have been drawn towards the summer picnic style!

Falaise series is inspired by retro styled checkered fabric made into pieces both sophisticated and quirky.


  


Made from a combination of Cotton and Linen, this checkered series is designed for Summer!

Simple styles to suit all shapes and sizes.

These will become your wardrobe staple taking you through Summer and Winter layers.

We all like to feel comfortable in what we wear, especially in our Brisbane weather!

Don't forget your checkered dress this weekend! Lay your picnic rug down and enjoy the warm Summer sun.

 

 

 

 

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Introducing the talented musicians from Camerata of St Johns Orchestra!

Once again this season we have styled them in a combination of our Laika and Papershadow range.

A quirky combination of summer cotton prints, everyday dresses turned into elegant and professional outfits.

For more information on their upcoming season:

CLICK HERE

 Here is a small snippet from their Camerata's January newsletter!

 

Partner spotlight

This month our partner spotlight shines on, dogstar. Created by renowned Brisbane fashion designer Masayo Yasuki and her talented team, dogstar has gained an enviable reputation around the country for its designs and quality of manufacture. Our player's adore wearing the Camerata uniform designed by Masayo, and were thrilled when Masayo and her team opened their Laika Summer 2014 and Papershadow Summer 2014 collections for our ensemble to wear in the CamerataSeason 2015 brochure. All of the wonderful outfits from these collections are now available online at the dogstar website.


 

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As we all know, the Melbourne Cup races are on this week!

Taking a twist on the traditional racewear styling, dogstar has once again made an impression at the racetrack.

Working with Brenda from the House of Windsor, we have put together an unconventional outfit.

From black leather harnesses to a rock inspired tulle skirt.

 

Our take on the classic black dress has been transformed into an explosion of dark tulle.

Melbourne Cup 2015 here we come!

 

OUR CHOSEN MELBOURNE CUP OUTFIT!

 

Our favourite VIP's wearing their classic dogstar styles.

 

Half Top Hat made by Brenda from the House of Windsor

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dogstar in Collaboration with ghd hair!

Last night we were working with the talented Alan White and ghd Hair at their Podium event.

 

GHD invitation and Alan White (left to right)

 

Podium is a look and learn evening, inviting all creative minds who are interested in sharing ideas and experiences.

We are incredibly  thankful to GHD Hair Studios and Rashelle in particular for thinking of dogstar.

From left to right: from dogstar: Umesha, Jo-Elle, Akari, Rashelle (GHD)

 

It was a fantastic night working with Alan, a renowned hairstylist. Alan’s portfolio includes working with leading magazines like Vogue and RUSSH. More so, he has been responsible for styling the hair of high profile names including Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian and Nicole Kidman.

 

Thank you once again to ghd Hair and Alan White for an experience to remember!

For those who went or those who may have missed out, here are some snapshots from behind the scenes at the ghd PODIUM event.




Alan and the girls





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Flashback Friday

16/10/15 12:14 PM

It’s Flashback Friday!

Since the renovations have begun here at our Woolloongabba studio, we have uncovered many styles from our previous seasons.

You may have already seen some of our posts on facebook and instagram. These styles are one of a kind, pulled from Masayo’s treasured samples.

It is time to let them go and is all up for grabs!

Online only while stocks last!

 

Here are some of the one off pieces you can find online!

 

           

This jacket was found hiding in between our racks! With only 10 that were made right here at our Brisbane studios, this is the last of it's kind in size 10...

Is it made for you? Is it meant to be?

VIsit us at our dogstar studio!

1 Burke Street,

Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102

07 3217 4055

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Kick off Laika

30/09/15 4:38 PM

Masayo has recently come back from her travels where she has found a beautiful silk fabric.

With the festive season coming soon, we have decided to kick off the Laika range with Borealis Top and Tunic!

Taking on a wild inspiration from a lost galaxy reopened, the splash of bold colours and electrifying patterns is perfect for summer.

Don't be fooled by the strong colour combinations... dyed onto this delicate silk, you wouldn't miss out on seeing the fabric flow through the summer breeze.

Ecclectic, Festive, Bold and Light, how would you descirbe this print?

Juggle up your wardrobe and add a mixture of Borealis.

Read on in our upcoming blog to see the borealis Tunic handmade right here at our Brisbane Studio (Australia).

 

        

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Have you heard?

dogstar is at it again!

A few weeks ago, Masayo was approached by Heather from One Wybelenna Spa with her request for a dogstar uniform!

We started off by choosing some of Heather's favourite pieces from dogstar's archive (how lucky!)

However because this was to be used daily as a uniform, we had to reconsider many design features to accomodate practical needs for each therapist at One Wybelenna Spa.

 

One particular fabric certainly caught Heather's attention. That was the Tapis fabric, both textured and colourful.

From there we designed a neckline that was both tailored for the front of house presentation as well as soft for easy movement during treatments.

 

Would you know... they look fantastic!

Here are some snap shots of how our little meeting turned into an amazing project!

 

Dear Heather and the One Wybelenna team,

We hope you all enjoy wearing your uniforms as much as we have enjoyed making them for you!

Please keep us posted with images of your wearing the lovely tunics...

Wishing you all the best for the launch of the One Wybelenna spa!

 

Warm Regards,

Masayo and the dogstar team.

 

 

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A crispy morning start.

The roller door opens to let the early sun warm our studio...

With the garments all lined up in order, the steamer now turned on and garments are again checked over.

It is time to shoot the Papershadow Summer 2015 range!

This season Papershadow shows off the essence of natural fibers, handprinted designs and breathable lightweight garments to layer.

Here is a sneaky peak behind the scenes with your own makers of Papershadow...

See the entire range online here

 

 

 

 

Dave photographing Model

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And the beats go...

28/07/15 9:55 AM

Hear the beats go!

We recently had the priviledge to design a cuff for 
percussion soloist, Claire Novak.

Her upcoming performance with the Melbourne and 
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's required Claire to be 
attached to rope which is then attached to tubular 
bells! Intrigueing is it not?

Claire Testing out the new instrument. (image taken by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Instagram)

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Have you heard the songs playing at QPAC?
 
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