Friday, 10 April 2009

Introducing... Simone Madigan of States of Nature

Simone Madigan is one of our newest additions to the COUNTER flock. Her label States of Nature includes goodies like screenprinted wooden brooches and floaty cotton scarves - perfect accessories for beautiful autumn days. Founded in 2007, Simone specialises in screenprinting using water-based inks which she prints onto cotton, hemp and to create her lovely accessories and garments.

We must admit, we have run out of most of Simone's scarves but rest assured, more will be arriving soon.

Check out Simone's great collection of German pottery in the background!

About me and my label…
I did a graphic design degree in the 90’s and my first job was as an illustrator for a big fashion company in Melbourne. I travelled around and worked in design and illustration for fashion and interiors, and I have also taught at design colleges, but throughout my career and travels, I always found ways to make prints from my drawings and photographs. I sometimes do prints based on found objects in my garden and surrounds, and I am a collector of vintage fabric and ceramics, inspired by the patterns and colours I collect.

Simone's vintage fabric stash

The journey so far…
Well it has been a really great journey, with both smooth and rough patches. Sometimes things just don’t seem to work, no matter how hard you try, and other times everything just falls into place. I think the lesson for me has been to persevere and to trust my instincts.

Some of Simone's screens.

I am inspired by…
I am constantly inspired by designers and makers whose work I see. There’s a great momentum now I think for independent designers in Australia and world-wide. My favourite exhibition this year so far has been the Rosalie Gascoigne show at the NGV in Melbourne, and last year I really loved the Fiona Hall show at the MCA in Sydney.

Another of Simone's collections - vintage ceramics

The first thing I do in the morning…
I take my dog for a walk along the beach; it’s my favourite way to begin the day.

...and the last thing before bed,
I read at least a couple of pages of the latest novel I’m reading - at the moment it’s The World I Made For Her by Thomas Moran.

From the garden

I can't live without…

If I could do anything in the world tomorrow, I would…
Wave my magic wand and make the world a peaceful and just place. Right after boarding the plane for an extended European adventure!

The 'prototyping bench' a.k.a. where the magic happens!

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