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Creatively Speaking – Kerrie Brown

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Friday is with us again and that can only mean one thing, time for an interview with another fantastic creative in the world of design and interior design.  If you are looking to add a shot of colour, history and culture into your home then Sydney based designer Kerrie Brown is a must stop.  So grab your coffee, tea and a chocolate brownie and sit back and relax….

How would you describe your work and style?

My style has developed from my years as a set decorator and so is quite eclectic, like many film people I have a short attention span and so am constantly designing new ranges. I love things that are bold, colourful and playful so I think my work usually encompasses these elements.

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What, where and/or who inspires you?

I’m inspired by so many people and things both past and present . At the moment I love the work of Yayoi Kusama and Aida Makoto … brought on by a recent trip to the Mori Art museum in Tokyo … so much colour, fun and wit ! They are both incredibly inspiring

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Yayoi Kusama – Source Whitney.org

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Aida Makoto “monument for nothing” Source gadabout.jp

I also thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I saw the new Comme des Garcons range in the Isetan department store again in Tokyo. It was all exaggerated kabuki style in mind blowing pattern and colour.Love , Love , Love … I think I’m turning Japanese !

Which is your favorite personal project and why?

My favorite personal project is always the current one … so at the moment it’s the development of my new printed furniture range .Just added to my website and on the cover of Real Living this month.

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You have worked on a number of big name film sets. How did you get into this line of work?

I used to design clothes (many lifetimes ago ) and a friend asked me to design the costumes for her film… so I just fell into the film world and quickly figured out working with inanimate objects (furnishings ) was more fun than trying to deal with actors !

Were there any funny moments that you can tell us about?

I seemed to be laughing all the time when I was working in film but I’m not sure if it was because it was always funny … it was more like  a sense of constant madness …  there was a lot of “you want what” .. “your kidding right”? It was brilliant training though , nothing phases me now, customer requests are very tame by comparison !

You have been nominated for an Acadamy Award for set decoration on the film Babe.  What was that moment like?

I didn’t find out until mid morning the next day when a friend rang me , it hadn’t occurred to me it would be nominated . I was working on some crazy American TV series starring Robert Wagner it certainly made me popular with the American crew for a moment and then It kind of picked up momentum as it sank in ! It was amazing to me , when I got to L.A, how seriously the American’s take the whole thing …  but great fun … going to the awards .

What has been the most exciting point in your career to date and why?

So many exciting things .. landing any job overseas is always very exciting , being nominated for an academy award was exciting , realizing I have a new career in textile design is exciting……

 Do you have any major projects in the pipeline at the moment? Can you share these with us?

Nothing I can talk about just yet … but will definitely let you know when reality hits !

If you could have your work displayed anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be displayed?

That’s hard … the Mori Art Museum , (this weeks choice , sticking with the Tokyo theme ) as it would mean I was uber cool , smart , original , amusing and fascinatingly interesting !

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What would be your dream commission?

To be commissioned to design the soft furnishings  décor for a boutique hotel, .. anywhere !

If someone were coming to visit your home town where would be the must stop place or places to visit?

ARTBAR at the MCA always fun, Wednesday evening at the Art Gallery of NSW…  love night art , The Camelot Lounge in Marrickville always a winner !

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Describe your perfect day.

Any day that isn’t boring or involves doing accounts !

If you were to board Noah’s Ark and were told that you could take three things with you.  What would they be?

My macbook pro , ipad and iphone and my glasses and some kind of solar panel to recharge the batteries … is that more than three ?

Now as much as I love your work, I love cooking and am always eager to find out a new recipe… what is your favorite dish to cook?

Sorry I can’t cook anything … no affinity with that art at all … sad to say !

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Spice of Life – Indian Interior Influence

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Source anindiansummer.com

India is synonymous as the country of colours. whether it be the colourful culture, the streets, the tales that you hear told, the religious symbolism or the sari’s and jewels. From the deep reds of a wedding dress, the orange marigolds displayed in celebrations, or the spices and dyes that laden the markets.

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Source – Open Travel

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Source roughdreams.com (Calcutta Holi Best)

One commentator on colour has suggested that;

“a country as diverse and culturally vibrant as India, it is perhaps the common, simple expressions of colour that hold together the multitudes of outlooks, lifestyles, and traditions. The symbolism of colour stands out and controls every aspect of life in India, be it religion, politics, festivals, or celebrations. In India, be it the north, south, west, or east, colour and culture go hand in hand.”

So in honour of this vibrance, and perhaps because I am writing this on a very grey day in Sydney, I thought I would showcase a few interiors and accessories which take inspiration from this celebration of colour and culture.

From using a dash of celebration to bring to life a predominantly white space.

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Source ElleDecor

I love this idea to make a small child’s room seem spacious, it certainly beats a racing car bed or an over explosion of pink! New york based interior Photographer Pieter Estersohn has created a little palace for his son by creating a wallpaper from one of his photographs….

Source Elle Decor - Photograph Pieter Estersohn

Source Elle Decor – Photograph Pieter Estersohn

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Maison Coloniale

Spicy Accessories

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From these unique and whimsical blinds by Sydney designer Kerrie Brown.

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To recycled vintage Sari Quilt covers from Niki Jones

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Vintage Kantha Quilts – Niki Jones

My favourite has to be this light shade from Kerrie Brown…..

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Kerrie Brown Indian Princess with Lute Lampshade

Hand blown glass pendants from Rockett St George are the perfect way to add a subtle flavour of indian colour to your home.

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Or on a cold day snuggle up in these kantha quilts from Be-still.com.au

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Which is your favourite?…. mean while on with the colourful adventure..

 
 

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Hollywood Influence – From Film Roll to Roller Blinds

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Not many textile designers can say that they have an Academy Award nomination under their belt, but Sydney based Kerrie Brown can claim just that.  Taking the influences of her 25 years as a set decorator, Kerrie has launched a dramatic soft furnishings collection which has created a limited edition range of lampshades, cushions, blinds and tableware.  Kerrie uses her research of different centuries and cultures, which she used to decorate a number or well known film sets, and fuses these together with a luminous colour palette to give original mix of “whimsy, sophistication and fun.”

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Kerrie Brown – Source Habitas Living

Kerrie has worked with industry greats such as George Miller (on Babe), Phillip Noyce (The Quiet American), John Woo (Mission Impossible) Andrew Adamson (on The Chronicles of Narnia) and recently Guillerno Del Toro (on the soon to be released Don’t be Afraid of the Dark).

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Botanticals, Historical cities, urns and female historical figures all provide inspirations for the prints included in Kerrie’s range…. Whatever your colour palette there is something to suit.

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Roller Blinds

One of my favourites has to be the whimsical roller blinds which allow you to bring a little bit of historical architecture into even the most modern of interiors…. For example the chandelier below…
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 …. or L’occupation Kitchen blinds….

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Lampshades

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The perfect way to add a little drama and or colour to your interior….

Whimsical Wallpaper

For those of you who want to go the whole whimsical hog, then Kerrie has also launched a wallpaper range…. … these are ordered by the metre and are available in wallpaper or upholstery fabric…
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So whilst the big and bold may not be for everyone, those of you searching for a little whimsy can still indulge with a small piece here or there…. or maybe it is time to embrace your inner theatrical and go for the all out dramatic statement using the wall paper or lighting….
….on with the colourful journey…..

 

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