I make things from my imagination, which is fueled by the underwater world. Sexy, scary, witchey, slimey natural world- colours, textures, fungus, bacteria, coral, crystals.
Animal Vegetable Mineral objects are from a magical fantasy deep sea Dragons lair and they reflect, refract and react in light. They are amulets and keep-safes and they all have a secret to share with their beholder.”
We chat to Ada, the designer behind Animal Vegetable Mineral, about her stunning designs and categorical inspirations.
Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
Nineties Ocean Girl
Green moss forest fossicker
Tell us a little about the origins of Animal Vegetable Mineral.
It is a hybrid of childhood games. On long road trips, my sisters and I would play ‘I spy..’ something beginning with.. O… and the first question asked would be.. it is Animal, Vegtable or Mineral? So everything in the universe can be categorized into one of the three.
Describe your creative process.
I sketch a lot and often the sketches translate into an object. Sometimes I’m inspired by materials – when I’m working on a pieces it can develop into something quite different than the original idea. I couldn’t be happier when I am experimenting and something goes awfully wrong, as sometimes the worst disaster can be developed into a magical mistake.
What inspires you the most?
I’m a diver, naturalist and conservationist. I love the underwater world. It’s exciting alive and vibrant. It’s fill of secrets and mysterious critters and is of course dangerous…
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
Kate Shaw, painter. Just sublime. A room full of her work would be my happy place.
Natalia Milosz-Piekarska. You just want to put everything she makes on your body.
What are your ultimate dreams for Animal Vegetable Mineral?
Animal Vegetable Mineral really describes me. It’s my inner workings presented as wearable pieces. I love every piece as if they were a part of a movie set of my life. I’m deeply involved and attached, so as I change and my processes change, I hope AVM will come along for the ride.
What will we find from Animal Vegetable Mineral at our May Bend and Snap Market?
A few samples from the current range featured on the Animal Vegetable Mineral website.
Lots of precious dangly colourful bursts.
See you all at our next Bend and Snap Market day at 1000 £ Bend Sunday 26th May 11:00pm to 4:00pm, 361 Little Lonsdale Street in the city for all of the art design fashion vintage with many of our regular stall holders and a load of exciting new additions to our Bend and Snap fold with A LITTLE COY, AGNES & I, ANIMAL VEGETABLE MINERAL, ANTYK BUTYK, BAK SPACE VINTAGE, CANDLE AROMAS, COLOUR ME PLATE, DREAMING CO ♧, GIRLPETA DESIGNS, EELAV MCBEE, HELEN FLEUR DESIGNS, JACK’S CALLING, JEREMY WINGSPAN, JUX, HENNA courtesy of the talented KAJAL, LISA PURCELL, LITTLE BOXES, LOUIE AND THE FOX, MELBOURNE ALTERNATIVE CRAFTERS, ME U, MY GOAT SOAP, NINE YAKS, ONE SMALL DUCK, SEBO HANDMADE JEWELLERY, SPOONFULS OF LOVE,TREAD AND PEDALS and many more emerging artists and designers!!!
We are also pleased to have THE MELBOURNE ALTERNATIVE CRAFTERS darlings (check out their Bend and Snap interview here) presenting the May edition of our pop-up-snowfield Crafternoon Corner where you can indulge in a number of winter time fun like creating a miniature winter wonderland with DIY snow globe workshop. While you’re at Bend and Snap Market come chill in the Pop Up Snow Field, and take home your own tiny winter world from the DIY snow globe makin’ station.
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