Share your memories to win

Share your memories to win

The best memories are made around the table. To celebrate the launch of our new Homewares Collection, we want to see your favourite memories from around the table. Whether with friends, family, at home or abroad, share your moments on Instagram for your chance to win a kikki.K prize pack featuring a curated selection of our gorgeous new Homewares.

HERE’S HOW…

1. Instagram your favourite memories made around the table
2. Tag @kikkiK_loves and #memoriesmade
3. Enter to win kikki.K Homewares

There are so many moments and memories to share. It might be a snap of your family around the dinner table, a special event or tradition you love, your favourite restaurant or meal you’ve eaten, a dish you made for someone special, or something that reminds you of wonderful memories made around the table.

The most creative and inspiring entry will take home this stylish set of kikki.K Homewares.

THE PRIZE…

This delicious prize pack includes:

• Teapot
• 2 x Cup with Saucer
• Milk Jug
• Wooden Tray
• 9.5cm Bowl Set of 2
• 10.5cm Canister
• 13.5cm Canister
• Vase
• Midsommer Scented Candle
• Printed Tea Towels 2pk
• Printed Dish Cloth

Hurry, entries close midnight AEST Sunday 25th May, 2014. Share your favourite moments today.

Like any delicious competition, there are Terms and Conditions. Read ours below before entering.

Terms and Conditions: Entries will be judged on creativity, originality and representation of the kikki.K brand. For your entry to be received, your Instagram profile must be set to public (not private). Entry is open to residents of all ages, excluding kikki.K staff. Entries close at 11:59pm AEST on Sunday 25th May 2014 and the winner will be announced and notified on Monday, 26th May via a comment on their Instagram entry, and on the kikki.K blog and Facebook page. By entering, you are also giving kikki.K permission to re-post your image on their social media channels, either as the winning entry or an example entry.

Bespoke Audi Fashion Festival windows at kikki.K Ion Orchard

Audi Fashion Festival

We’re so excited to reveal the two final winning designs as part of our collaboration with LASALLE College of the Arts. To celebrate Audi Fashion Festival 2014, we challenged students in the Diploma of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts to design a conceptual fashion outfit using the graphics and colours of our new Confetti Collection.

Judged by kikki.K founder, Kristina Karlsson, the two winning designs by Lin Bihan and Wu Yanling, and Zheng Jing Jing and Eric Zhu, will be showcased through the festival (May 14-18).

The design of Lin Bihan (pictured below) and Wu Yanling is currently exhibited as part of a bespoke window display at our flagship store at ION Orchard, while the design of Zheng Jing Jin and Eric Zhu can be seen up close on site at the Audi Fashion Festival tent from May 14.

If you spot the bespoke pieces out and about, be sure to take a snap and share the #KIKKIKFASHION with your friends and followers.

Shop the Confetti Collection online here.

Mannequins provided by Retailers Market.

kikki.K Ion Orchard Windows for Audi Fashion Festival

kikki.K Fashion Designs in the kikki.K Ion Orchard store windows

kikki.K x LASALLE College of the Arts Fashion Designs in the Ion Orchard store windows

Fashion design by Lin Bihan and Wu Yanling at kikki.K's Ion Orchard Store

kikki.K Fashion Design for Audi Fashion Festival

kikki.K Trestle Table in the Ion Orchard store

kikki.K x LASALLE Fashion Designs at kikki.K Ion Orchard

In conversation with Tess McCabe

Tess McCabe

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we chatted with Melbourne-based creative Tess McCabe. A successful graphic designer and coordinator of Creative Women’s Circle, Tess is an inspiration to women (and men) all over the world.

Tell us a bit about yourself… Tess McCabe

I’m 32 years old and I live in Melbourne with my husband and young son. I studied graphic design in Brisbane after leaving school, and worked as a designer for a large publisher in my first year out of university. I’ve since worked as an independent designer and run CWC part-time for the last 5 years. I love drinking tea, reading magazines, seeing movies and eating delicious food!

What motivated you to take over the coordination of Creative Women’s Circle in 2009?

In 2009 I was still a relatively new citizen of Melbourne, and I had also just gone out on my own as a graphic designer. It was a scary thing but I loved the realm of possibility of being a self-employed creative. But living in a new city, and leaving the social aspect of an employee position meant that pretty soon I was craving some creative colleagues and independent creative business people I could relate to.

I had been attending Creative Women’s Circle meet-ups semi-regularly for about a year, and had become friendly with CWC’s founder, Dearne Mills. In 2009, Dearne found herself too busy to continue running the get-togethers, but I had found being a part of a network of creative women in Melbourne who met regularly in person had been extremely positive for my work and creativity. On a whim I suggested to Dearne that I take the reigns of CWC. It has grown and evolved under my direction since.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in your work and what do you believe are the biggest challenges women in business and, in particular, those in creative fields face?

Different periods of my life have offered different challenges when it comes to work and being creative. As a design graduate, it was a challenge to land my first job in what was (and still is) a very competitive environment. Settling in a new city was exhilarating but there were also some hard times. More recently, starting a family has meant devising a new structure and more relaxed expectations with regard to my career and business, not just in the short term, but long-term as well.

Now more than ever, it seems that work & life (and not just my life, but my family’s collective lives) are inextricably linked, and this poses quite a few challenges that I’m sure many women can relate to! Some days, finding the physical space to be creative can be the biggest hurdle. Other days, finding the time and energy to be creative after all of the business-side of the business is taken care of requires super human strength. That’s where, ultimately, my passion for what I do has to override all the challenges and keep me going!

What’s been a significant learning during your career so far?

That you can have it all, just not all at once.

What’s one dream you’re working towards?

It’s been a goal of mine for a while now to hold CWC events in other cities around Australia. I just had to find the right women to collaborate with, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve got some trusted and talented women in both Sydney and Brisbane running events there this month and next (http://www.creativewomenscircle.com.au/upcoming-events/). Ideally, events in other locations around Australia will happen before the end of the year. It’s a very exciting (and nervewracking) time, but I’m confident women outside of Melbourne will love what CWC events do to strengthen their creative community.

Who or what inspires you?

I love listening to TED talks, Creative Mornings talks and podcasts about people’s lives while I work, drive or potter around the house. It doesn’t really matter who they are or what the subject matter is, anything is interesting if the person is talking about it passionately.

What made you happy today?

So many things. My son not waking up too early this morning; dinner plans for my birthday; easter eggs from a studio mate; a nice review of my book in a magazine; trains running on time; a funny YouTube video someone sent me; and a good cup of tea!

What does the future hold in store for you?

Later this year CWC will release its next book, Owning It: A Creative’s Guide to Copyright, Contracts and the Law. This is a big deal for me and CWC, working with a renowned Intellectual Property lawyer, Sharon Givoni, to put a comprehensive guide about the law into the hands of Australian creatives. We want it to be amazing and are throwing our heart, soul and respective talents and skills into making it the best it can be. It’s been a hard slog so far, but it will be worth it!

If you could share one piece of advice with other creatives, what would it be?

Be a creator, not an imitator. I understand it’s difficult when it seems like everything that can be created has been created, and there are so many sources of inspiration at the click of a button. But you CAN be original if you set your mind to it. Be confident in your creativity and great things will happen!

And, of course, what’s one stationery item you couldn’t live without?

My to-do list!

Visit Tess’s website here and the Creative Women’s Circle website here.

All images by Martina Gemmola.

Fettisdagen

Fettisdagen

Today is Fettisdagen (also known in other countries as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day). In Sweden, we celebrate Fettisdagen with the delicious Semla Bun – a white bun, flavoured with cardamom and filled with cream and almond paste.

Traditionally, Semlor were eaten in the final feast before pantries were cleared to fast for Lent. Nowadays, many forgo this tradition and instead, enjoy the Semla Bun with friends during Fika (Swedish for coffee break) over a large cup of coffee. Yum!