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AW15 Scarf Collection

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It’s been a busy 6 months people! I’m excited to finally share with you the AW15 collection that will join my existing range of silk scarves.

 

Cha Cha

This Polaroid was shot back in 2008 at the Camden Show in Sydney, Australia. The 669 peel-apart film lends itself perfectly to this shot of an amusement park ride sign. The over saturated colours, particularly that intense aqua/teal sky, and the double exposure bring some extra playfulness to the print.

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Cha Cha silk scarf from the AW15 Collection

ChaCha

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Cherry Blossoms

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Cherry Blossom design

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Port Melbourne

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Port Melbourne design

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Southbank

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Southbank design

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In addition to the AW15 collection, the previous silk scarves are still available online. Summer is currently on sale for just $70, including free postage!

Summer 2013 range: (clockwise from top left) Tokyo Dreaming, Summer, Spring and Swanston Street
Summer 2013 range: (clockwise from top left) Tokyo Dreaming, Summer, Spring and Swanston Street

Be sure to head over to my online store and check out the full range :)

 

Auckland

New Zealand, Polaroid 180, 669 film, 2011.
New Zealand, Polaroid 180, 669 film, 2011.

I tagged along with Alan for a work trip to Auckland a few years ago. I’m always interested to visit new places, but really had no interest in Auckland until I researched it a little. I quickly discovered that there was an amazing little island called Waiheke 17.7km off the coast from Auckland and just a 30 minute ferry ride.

Waiheke Island, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.
An accidental Polaroid double exposure / Weiheke Island, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.

According to Wikipedia “it is the most populated, with nearly 8,730 permanent residents plus another estimated 3,400 who have second or holiday homes on the island.” We booked a tour guide, expecting a full mini bus – but were fortunate enough to be the only tourists! Our guide drove us around the entire island, which was a fantastic way to see how diverse the landscape was. There were cute little private coves, lush farmland, and over two dozen wineries – which has helped it developed the nickname ‘Island of wine’. I’d always been fans of New Zealand whites (notably the Marlborough region), but this really cemented by love of NZ reds – particularly Syrah.

Karekare, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.
Karekare, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.
Piha, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.
Piha, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.
Karekare, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.
Karekare, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.
Piha, New Zealand. Polaroid SX70, Artistic Time Zero film in 2009.
Piha, New Zealand. Polaroid SX70, Artistic Time Zero film in 2009.

As with most of my overseas trips I always try and meet with a local photographer. I was fortunate enough to have a fellow Polaroid lover and all round awesome gal Teresa showed me around Auckland. She picked us up from our hotel in the city and we made our way towards the western beaches. I had no expectations, and really had done no research. I’m really not great with car travel, and it didn’t take me long to get car sickness from the 45 minute windy drive towards the coast, but my gosh was it worth it! First we arrived at Karekare and explored one of the waterfalls. Being late in the afternoon, and not being too good at taking shots in low light conditions – none of my photographs really turned out. We then decided to try and catch the setting sun.

Being from the east coast of Australia, sunsets over water aren’t all that common an occurrence to witness. So this was a pretty special moment to witness the sun setting over the water. My first surprise was actually the colour of the sand. I am use to growing up near some of the whitest sand in the world, so to come across a dark volcanic grey sand really made me feel a long way from home! But the light was absolutely incredible. The sand just glistered in the late afternoon sun… If the moment wasn’t magical enough, as soon as I peeled the first shot of 669 film I was just blown away. The way my Polaroid 180 camera picked up the light was amazing, and in true 669 style, the colours were incredible.

The result…

Piha, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.
Piha, New Zealand. Polaroid 180, 669 film.

Road Trip / Wales

Really early in our road trip planning for England, I knew I had to go via Wales. Just a quick google search always revealed amazing scenery, stunning sunsets (thanks to the west coast!) and the ever lust Snowdonia National Park.

Not long after leaving Manchester we crossed the Welsh border. Immediately we started seeing town names displaying both English and Welsh versions of the names. English on top, Welsh at the bottom.

Unfortunately we didn’t make it to Snowdonia – well, you can’t count driving around the edge I suppose? But the sights we did see has made me want to go back. Conwy is a typical tourist spot: beach side down, gorgeous ruins of a castle and fantastic bustling town. Despite all this, it’s still up there for my favourite spots. Alan had somehow forgotten he’d been there before, and let’s be honest – forgot he’d even been to Wales full stop (shall we blame the craziness of Contiki tours and not knowing which borders you’ve crossed?), so I explored Conwy Castle alone. Seriously this place was amazing. It’s my perfect castle. And when I say perfect, I’m not after any pristine castle with intact render. I’m after a castle showing it’s age. Missing mortar, crumbling archways, but intact stairwells. To me, being able to climb up the damp windy stairwells just get the heart pumping. And as soon as you take that last step and see the view, you can suddenly imagine how much this town has changed whilst this medievil structure has remained. Over 800 years of history and I’m standing on top of this structure… Incredible I tell you.

Conwy, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Conwy, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Conwy Castle, Wales. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection film.
Conwy Castle, Wales. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection film.

Llandudno was another favourite location. This beachside town boasts a west coast sunset and an amazing pier, full of amusement park rides and games. I’d never been to anywhere with a pier like this, and I know Brighton has a world famous one, and even New York – but in my defence, I haven’t ventured to the east of London, and haven’t even visited the US yet.

We arrived late afternoon, checked in to our accommodation, and immediately dropped our gear and wandered around the pier. The light was so magical as it lingered for hours… I don’t often find I have the opportunity to take that many photos while the light is still perfect, so I really does stick in my mind.

Llandudno Pier, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Llandudno Pier, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project SX70 Color Protection film, 2013
Llandudno Pier, Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project SX70 Color Protection film, 2013
Llandudno, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Llandudno, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Llandudno, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Llandudno Lovers, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Llandudno, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Llandudno, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.

Although we missed Snowdonia, we did make our way to the next castle we stumbled across – Dolwyddlan Castle. This castle was situated on private property, and with very little signage it was a little confusing. We arrived just as a farmer was loading in hundreds of sheep into a truck and as the skies opened up. We soon got directions and made us way past the farm house and on a windy wet path – seemingly in the wrong direction. The path was slippery, so we jumped between the grass, gravel and path to make sure we didn’t slip. Once we got past the mini rainforest, we had to cross the field. So close to the castle I then managed to completely stack it. I slipped backwards and just managed to avoid a humongous and still warm cowpat right next to my hand. Slightly bruised tailbone, I swallowed my pride we finally explored the castle. There wasn’t really all that much left of the main building, but we carefully made our way up a small set of stairs into the ruins. And this was the view that we were struck with. I only had chocolate type 100 film loaded into my 180, and although it works perfectly with the texture and mode of the location, it doesn’t do justice to my memory of the colour of the scenery.

Dolwyddelan Castle, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Dolwyddelan Castle, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Dolwyddelan Castle, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.
Dolwyddelan Castle, Wales. Polaroid 180, choc type 100 film.

Wales, you’re definitely on my list of places to visit again. I just don’t feel like I saw enough of your beauty!

12.12 Project: A year in review

Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX100 Cool film.
April / Surrealism: ‘Untitled’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX100 Cool film.
Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project Color Protection film.
November / Reflection: ‘Reflecto’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project Color Protection film.
The Life And Death Of A Lego Character
February / Childhood: ‘The life and death of a lego character’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection film.
The Secret Pass
October / Secret: ‘The Secret Pass’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection film.
The Spaces Between
May / Silence: ‘The Spaces Between’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection film.
Lisztomania
December / Hysteria: ‘Lisztomania’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Prohect PX70 Color Project film.
Let There Be Light
August / Light: ‘Let there be light’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Cool film.
Mystique
September / Mystery: ‘Mystique’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Cool film.
Every Flower Is A Soul Blossoming In Nature
January / Bloom: ‘Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Color Protection film emulsion lift.
The Passing Seasons
June / Transition: ‘The Passing Seasons’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Cool film transparencies.
The Stranger
July / Stranger: ‘The Stranger’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Color Projection film.
Two Worlds
March / Connection: ‘Two Worlds’. Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX70 Color Projection/PX70 Cool film transparencies.

November / Reflection: 12.12 Project

Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project Color Protection film.
Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project Color Protection film.

I choose ‘Reflection’ not only because it’s quite an open theme, but because it could garner some interesting results. Whether it’s reflecting upon a moment, the choices in your life, or even as simple as the way an image reflects upon a surface…


From time to time it’s good to reflect upon the journey we’ve taken. For me it’s about reflecting upon my choices, even the small ones. It’s often challenging to analyse yourself, but gives us some certainty that we’re on the right path, and to get a glimpse into what the future could be.


The 12.12 Project was conceived by Tennessee based film photographer Penny Felts, during a period where she felt that her photography had become stagnate and predictable. She wanted to challenge and push her creativity in new ways. Already connected to a worldwide pool of instant film photographers, she invited 11 women to participate. The women she selected were photographers whose instant photographs she respected and admired, and The 12.12 Project was formed.

Every month each photographer chooses a theme, one that challenges each other, pushes each artist out of their comfort zone, and generates creative photographic responses to powerful thought starters. This website is dedicated to the unique results generated from each of the artists in the group.

Polaroid silk scarves are finally here!

Tokyo Dreaming Scarf

My my, what a crazy few months. This has been a dream of mine for many many years, and I am finally proud to say that I have produced my first range of silk scarves! I hope you’re just as excited as I am! They measure a generous 110 x 110cm (43 x 43 inches), hand rolled rolled hem, and 100% silk. They come gift wrapped, and I offer free postage on all worldwide orders.

The KAT WHITE S/S 2013 scarf collection are available from my online store, so be sure to head over and take a gander at these beauties!

Spring Polaroid Silk Scarf
Spring Polaroid Silk Scarf
Tokyo Dreaming Polaroid Silk Scarf
Tokyo Dreaming Polaroid Silk Scarf
Tokyo Dreaming Polaroid Silk Scarf
Tokyo Dreaming Polaroid Silk Scarf
Tokyo Dreaming Polaroid Silk Scarf, close up
Tokyo Dreaming Polaroid Silk Scarf, close up
Swanston Street Polaroid Silk Scarf
Swanston Street Polaroid Silk Scarf
Swanston Street Polaroid Silk Scarf
Swanston Street Polaroid Silk Scarf
Summer Polaroid Silk Scarf
Summer Polaroid Silk Scarf
Summer Polaroid Silk Scarf
Summer Polaroid Silk Scarf

April / Surrealism: 12.12 Project

The 12.12 Project was conceived by Tennessee based film photographer Penny Felts, during a period where she felt that her photography had become stagnate and predictable. She wanted to challenge and push her creativity in new ways. Already connected to a worldwide pool of instant film photographers, she invited 11 women to participate. The women she selected were photographers whose instant photographs she respected and admired, and The 12.12 Project was formed.

Every month each photographer chooses a theme, one that challenges each other, pushes each artist out of their comfort zone, and generates creative photographic responses to powerful thought starters. This website is dedicated to the unique results generated from each of the artists in the group.

This was my submission for the first month and the first theme: Surrealism.

Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX100 Cool film.
Polaroid SX70, Impossible Project PX100 Cool film.

You can follow the second round of The 12.12 Project via Facebook.