SHAME Target, SHAME

30 06 2015

Regular readers will know of my love of Peaches + Keen – gorgeous women, beautiful artwork, amazing process and just all-around wonderfulness.

Perhaps you saw the segment featuring them on ABC 7:30 Report last night (29th June 2015)? If you haven’t yet, get on it.

Effectively Target – the retail behemoth – has been caught ripping off their designs.

SHAME Target.

I ask how can they possibly defend such an act?
The answer is pretty clear that they can’t – they ‘declined’ to be involved in the segment.

I can’t help but wonder:

  • did they buy the design from someone external to the organisation? If so, have they ceased all contracts with that external group, for they are essentially THIEVES
  • or were the designs made in-house? If so, Target is guilty of THEFT. Unacceptable.

It is absolutely certain this isn’t the first and only time – how many times have you done this Target? When will you STOP doing this?

Peaches + Keen have my highest regard and utmost respect … they already did, but they were so impressively strong and dignified in this interview! I feel they’ve handled this horrid situation in an elegant and courageous way. As many have said on their Instagram feed, “nailed it”.

If this were to ever happen to me (of course that’d require me to make something worthy of admiration and replication … so that’s clearly almost impossible), I would contact the IP lawyer in the ABC segment and also the journalist. If this has happened to you, perhaps you could do the same.

I hope this gives other independent artists encouragement to name-and-shame any retailer doing the same. I think it’s important to highlight such SHITTY behaviour. There is so much support in the community, you can be assured of like-minded makers and lovers-of-makers to get behind you and withdraw their spending from organisations engaging in such disgusting behaviour.

Also: my story from a number of years ago , “Copies and rip-offs

Know what though? I bet Peaches + Keen want to put all this behind them… and I really really hope that being so brave to tell their story will mean that many many more people will become aware of their amazingly beautiful work and that they will be loved more and by more ❤

Want to see some lovely things? Check out previous stories …





Peaches + Keen ‘Botanical Calamity’ @ Modern Times

27 03 2014

Oh you all know of my fondness of Peaches + Keen. It’s unashamed I tell you.

The colourific ladies have a show of some new prints in ‘Botanical Calamity‘ at Modern Times.

installation

installation

It’s not a gallery space but one of my favourite kinds of stores, a mid-century furniture store … be still my beating-for-rosewood heart! And for my mind the beautiful prints sit quite a peace next to the gorgeous furniture.

The new work continues to showcase their love of nature. The motifs are delicate, gold-leaf is used sparingly for highlights (but for the outrageously fabulous cactus, where it is generously applied to fabulous effect) and their playful feel for combining colour is evident.

installation

installation

I think I say this about every one of Peaches + Keen’s exhibitions – it was a delight and a joy. I always walk away from their shows with a smile.

Botanical Calamity‘ is at Modern Times until 3rd April 2014.

Other shows from Peaches + Keen:





Quick calendar update

27 05 2013

The beautiful ladies of Peaches + Keen are launching their new range of earrings this Thursday evening. Yay!

See their blog for the magical invitation – too gorgeous.

Details below:

Hope you are staying warm and cosy in this grey weather. We’ve just created a colourful new range of earrings and would love you to join us for a little launch night celebration.
We can guarantee a good dose of bright honeycomb patterns, triangles and gold foiling, all in the form of some limited and one off designs. We can’t guarantee these will be available for long, so please join us if you don’t want to miss out.

Golden Peaks Launch
6-8pm
Thursday 30th May, 2013
At The Windsor Workshop
Level 1, Tenancy 1
115 Chapel St, Windsor

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Update (14th June): how gorgeous is this photo of their work! amazings (used here with artist permission)

used with permission; click on image for original source

used with permission; click on image for original source

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Peaches + Keen ‘The Hanging Garden’ @ Craft Vic

27 04 2012

Peaches + Keen latest show, ‘The Hanging Garden‘, in the window of Craft Victoria, is gorgeous.

Joyful. Colourful.

The Hanging Garden

There are enamelled vessels and hama-bead jewellery from Lucy Hearn.
There are embellished prints from Lily Daley.
There is a large terrarium; crocheted hanging planters; and new beaded hanging planters (I loved them!!).

The Hanging Garden

I only managed to see the window on a public holiday, and so wasn’t able to pop inside – which I really want to do soon, as I want to see the book they’ve made too (the open pages in the window are lovely!).

The Hanging Garden

Make sure you check out their blogs … so much to love.

The Hanging Garden‘ is at Craft Victoria until 5th May 2012.

A few more images below….

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