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I Heart Ken Done

I HEART KEN DONE!

This canvas is like the 80s, Australiana, a gum tree and Ken Done had a baby. A far, far far far less talented baby, obviously.

LISTENING TO:

S-Town. Incredibly, and oddly, engaging and intriguing. Brian Reed’s lilting voice is rather soothing giving the subject matter.

WATCHING:

GLOW. Clearly the colour inspo for this one. The attention to detail in the sets and costumes is incredible.

LOOKING AT:

Studio Mucci. So. Much. Colour. All the time.

Ken Done. Obvs.

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Buenos Dias

GOOD MORNING, FRIEND! This little fella is really freaking happy. About everything. All the time. He’s either really good company if you need a little cheering up OR if you are the one that is always happy about everything all the time too.

handmade clutch bag

small cosmetic bag

lined makeup bag

LISTENING TO:

The Faraway Tree audio book with/for the Tiny Humans of the household. It’s read by Kate Winslet and she is TOO delightful.

WATCHING:

Jane The Virgin. I had no intention of actually watching it. I was just going to watch 5 minutes and then tell Netflix to stop suggesting it. It’s ridiculous yet addictive. It’s like Bold and the Beautiful crossed with Desperate Housewives. Not sure I could sit down and watch it for the sake of watching it, but it makes for delightful, non distracting ear fairy floss while I’m painting or cutting or sewing.

LOOKING AT:

Plants on Pink, it’s exactly what it sounds like. And it’ll make you happy, I swear.

Say Hola. Bold. Bright.

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Messy Bags – An origin story

The Messy Bags come from very humble beginnings.

I had been making and selling versions of the Messy Bag in another corner of the inter webs for years. When I launched a Kickstarter campaign in August of 2015, I quickly realised I was going to need something other than just the clothes to offer as a reward. Given the whole point of the Kickstarter was to raise the capital needed to start manufacturing the clothing line, it had to be something I offer without spending extra cash.

So I started where I was, used what I had, and did what I could.

I had a roll of organic cotton canvas that had been sitting around for forever with the vague idea of one day making bags, and tiny little pots of screen printing ink that was too thick to flood a screen. It felt wasteful to just wash the ink away, even if it WAS eco friendly, non toxic and water based, so it sat on a shelf waiting for a purpose.

I pulled out the canvas, gathered all the tiny pots of ink, nicked a paintbrush off my husband and I started cutting and painting. There were 8 options to choose from for your bag.

After making WAY more of these than I could even dream of during the Kickstarter, I was pretty done with painting the same thing. The Messy Bags were shelved for a little while as I focused on manufacturing and production.

Mid 2016, I dragged out the last piece of canvas and the ink that was left. None of the colours went together and I wasn’t even sure there was enough to cover the whole canvas. I didn’t have enough of any of them to mix together to make new colours. I used an old spatula to scrap as much of the ink out of the pot as I could and a screen printing squeegee to spread it as far as possible. Once the canvas was covered and I was out of ink, I cut the panel into pieces to make the bags.

Each bag was one of a kind and never to be repeated and I was hooked on the process. Those bags sold out within the hour.

And so began the Messy Bags as you see them today. A tiny piece of a whole. A one of kind piece, cut from a canvas. Each bag in a collection feels like it’s brothers and sisters, but every one is unique.

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Inkling, and The Smallest Tribe, have always been about childhood. I wanted clothes that were comfy for your tiny kiddo, that let them play and explore their surroundings with ease. The Messy Bags are a natural extension of that desire to make childhood easy to experience. Their waterproof lining means they’re a practical solution to just about any kid mess you can encounter in your day. Mums, especially in those early years, are often last in the list of priorities. Sure, you might be dealing with a toddler who just wore their baby cino or ‘accidentally’ fell into the water at the beach, but at least you can do it with something that one of a kind and gorgeous to look at. A Messy Bag isn’t going to solve all of your problems…. but it’ll definitely help.

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The biggest ever release of Messy Bags is coming soon. Stay tuned for all the details!

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Candy Crush

Bit cheeky, kinda sarcastic, and she doesn’t like acai smoothie bowls. Fruit Loops over oatmeal, ice cream over frozen yoghurt.

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling small make up cosmetic bag

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling travel bag
Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling

Candy Crush Messy Bag by Inkling

LISTENING TO:

Ear Hustle

A Podcast by inmates at San Quentin about living behind bars. Nigel Poor sounds exactly like Sarah Koenig from Serial. The story about the frog in episode 4 makes the entire series worth listening to, in my opinion.

WATCHING:

House of Cards. Again. There’s nothing quite like dulcet tones of Frank Underwood taking down his next victim.

LOOKING AT:

rwang.design instagram

No such thing as too much pastel. Image from @rwang.design on Instagram

ugh neon sign

UGH. Via Pinterest

You can find this weeks release, Candy Crush, HERE.

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The One That Got Away

Each canvas that is created for a collection of Messy Bags has it’s own personality and no two are the same.

Sometimes they’re influenced by the weather. Wet, rainy, humid days means the ink takes longer to try and it can dictate what tools or techniques are used.

I rarely paint in silence. I always have podcasts playing or Netflix chattering away in the corner. Sometimes the colours I use are influenced by the imagery on the screen – House of Cards always ends up with deep, dark, moody canvases. Sometimes I’ll deliberately create a canvas that takes hours and days of slow sitting and pondering, anything to stretch out whatever podcast series I’m engrossed in.

I love finding new Instagram accounts to follow, ones that have visually intriguing content. I save tonnes of images to come back to for inspiration. Maybe it’s a set of stairs that is throwing shadows and the lines are appealing. Maybe it’s a colour palette that I think will work for a canvas (the ink can be finicky and there are colours that don’t play nice together, even though you think they should). Maybe it’s the way the image draws your eye in a certain direction, or the sparse or dense feel it has.

Each bag has its own personality, a splinter of the canvas it came from. They are practical, useful, utilitarian, but they’re also tiny little pieces of art in their own right. It’s about time you got to know a little bit more about each collection, got to learn a bit more about their personality too. Each collection that is released will have bio about the canvas published along with it, so, without further ado, let me introduce this week’s collection, The One That Got Away.

Inkling Messy Bag Large

large Messy Bag by Inkling

small hand painted clutch Australian made

small clutch bag

small make up bag

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LISTENING TO:

You Must Remember This – The Manson Family

Karina’s voice is oddly soothing while discussing some really disturbing events.

WATCHING:

Las Vegas Jailhouse

I have an affliction for terrible reality TV. It’s best we establish that early on. It’ll be a reoccurring theme.

LOOKING AT:

Inkling Messy Bag Inspiration

Bluuespace on Instagram

CURRENTLY READING:

Nothing. Maybe next week year?

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The One That Got Away, she has the potential to be that bad mood you can’t shake, but she’s actually the solution. She’s the reminder to not sweat the small stuff and make like Elsa and let that shit go. You can find her and her friends HERE.

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