Fabric supplier & sewing and textiles teacher
The Dancing Queen
Teresa Dair - www.dairing.com. Teresa is a purveyor of unusual yarns and knitted garments...she is definitely inspiring to me. I love the way Teresa has (kind of) re-invented knitting... ("craft" = dirty word)... her label Dairing attracts CROWDS at the Craft Shows. Her take on knitted garments not to mention knitted accessories is so contemporary and stylish. Nothing pastel or nanna in sight.
Helen Kocis Edwards - www.helenkocisedwards.com.au. I adore a painting I have by my visual artist friend Helen Kocis Edwards. Fifteen years ago when I first opened the Dancing Queen Helen gave me a painting that is her interpretation of The Dancing Queen business logo. The painting is entirely covered in a range of carefully selected Dancing Queen fabrics, over which Helen painted a version of the leg lamp. Customers admire it constantly, often standing mesmerized just gazing at it. I sometimes think that if (god forbid) there was a fire and I only had a minute to salvage something I'd grab the leg lamp, the painting...and the dog.
Pierre et Gilles. I find the highly stylised photography of French artists, Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard - "Pierre et Gilles" - beautiful and disturbing (at the same time).
David LaChapelle - www.davidlachapelle.com.Photographer and director who works in the fields of fashion, advertising and fine art photography, and is noted for his surreal, unique, sexualized, and often humorous style.
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