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Bridget Barnett

Staying true to her expatriate upbringing, Bridget splits her time between Hong Kong, London and the surf town of Noosa on Australia’s East coast. She runs jewellery label, Barnett, with older sister and fashion illustrator, Kate.

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Tropical Rebel: surf-inspired fashion by Emma Mulholland

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By Bridget Barnett in New Fashion on Thursday 19 April 2012

Australian fashion designer Emma Mulholland follows up on a killer psychedelic surf-inspired fashion collection with a new showing of a similar theme. Entitled Tropical Rebel, the collection includes a shark’s jaw print in swirls of bright blue and purple.

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Shit OscarPRgirl Says video and Twitter feed

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By Bridget Barnett in Video on Wednesday 18 April 2012

Shit Girls Say is at it again, this time with Shit OscarPRgirl says, which pokes fun at the PRs who work at prestigious fashion house, Oscar de la Renta. Check out the Twitter feed (@oscarprgirl) to see some original content, which includes Tweets such as ‘I just met with a man who had the chicest mohawk’.

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Fragrance replicates the scent of an Apple Macbook Pro

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By Bridget Barnett in New Products on Wednesday 18 April 2012

Diehard Mac fans can take their love to the next level. The scent of an Apple product being opened for the first time has been recreated by a group of Australian-based artists and a fragrance company called Air Aroma. Specifically, the scent recreates the smell of the plastic wrap covering the box, printed ink on […]

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Carbon Ballet: fashion design by Gareth Pugh

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By Bridget Barnett in New Fashion on Friday 6 April 2012

Fashion designer Gareth Pugh has turned his hand to costume design for a new ballet called Carbon Ballet, and judging from this first glimpse, you can expect the garments to have his usual excessive flair. The Wayne McGregor production has also called big shot producer Mark Ronson on board to write the music.

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Saturdays Surf NYC: Soho’s espresso bar and surf shop

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By Bridget Barnett in Cool Travel on Wednesday 28 March 2012

Saturdays is a surfer concept store down a small, cobblestone street in New York’s Soho. There is an espresso bar serving their own blend of La Colombe coffee and out back is a fully planted yard acting as a wood-decked sanctuary from the streets. It also sells surf wear and a killer collection of surf-inspired coffee books. A hidden New York sanctuary for anyone with an appreciation for surf culture.

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Amazing large-scale sand designs by Andres Amador

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By Bridget Barnett in New Art on Wednesday 28 March 2012

Artist Andres Amador makes some pretty amazing large-scale sand designs. The only downfall is their fleetingness: usually they’re washed away within hours of being created.

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Sad Stuff on the Street: pictures of lost objects

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By Bridget Barnett in Cool Websites on Wednesday 28 March 2012

Sad Stuff on the Street is a collection of pictures, submitted by readers around the world, of lost objects on the road, including deflated balloons and discarded shoes. I find the poor Ken doll that has been ripped limb from limb particularly poignant.

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Classic literary clutch bags by Olympia Le-Tan

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By Bridget Barnett in New Fashion on Wednesday 21 March 2012

Kooky French accessory designer Olympia Le-Tan has created a collection of silk bound, hand-embroidered clutch bags that mirror the covers of a host of literary classics, including The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Valley of the Dolls.

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Bioluminescent jellyfish paperweights

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By Bridget Barnett in New Products on Wednesday 14 March 2012

Although these jellyfish died of natural causes before they were frozen in liquid nitrogen and made into paperweights, they still make me shudder a little. At least the manufactures promise they ‘will not crack or break when dropped’. Good to know.

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Holloway: sunnies made from recycled skate decks

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By Bridget Barnett in New Fashion on Wednesday 7 March 2012

The Australian boys behind Holloway Eyewear use recycled skate decks and snowboards to make handcrafted glasses for the eco-friendly hipster.

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The Rabbit Hole: a cosy coffee house in Brisbane

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By Bridget Barnett in New Trends on Tuesday 6 March 2012

The Rabbit Hole is a pretty genius combination of cosy coffee house and creative work area. The sun-drenched space in Brisbane’s West End is full of long desks, bookshelves filled with creative mags and coffee table books, computers, projectors – even a boardroom- all there to help you get on with a project without confining yourself to a home, office or (worse) dorm. Add to that a never-ending supply of coffee and grazing snacks and you have yourself the perfect place to get your work done.

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Portlandia VIDEO: She’s Making Jewelry Now

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By Bridget Barnett in Video on Saturday 3 March 2012

The comedians at Portlandia are at it again with this clip, She’s Making Jewellery Now, which makes fun of people who, well, make jewellery. As I have recently joined the jewellery making trade, I find watching it simultaneously entertaining and painful. For all you non-jewellery-making folk, I trust you’ll simply find it entertaining.

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Art made from found objects by Emily Eldridge

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By Bridget Barnett in New Art on Wednesday 29 February 2012

Hong Kong-based artist Emily Eldridge is probably best known for her installation projects (including with department store giant Lane Crawford) but she also makes these sweet sculptures out of found objects including dustpans, toilet brushes and stationary folders. Cute and quirky, just like the designer herself.

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Crocheted apartment installation by Agata Olek

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By Bridget Barnett in New Art on Thursday 23 February 2012

Taking knitting to the next level, New York-based ‘yarn’ artist Agata Olek has created a totally insane, completely crocheted apartment installation. Titled I Do Not Expect To Be A Mother But I Do Expect To Die Alone the exhibition is in residence now at cult London gallery Tony’s.

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Lumps of paint photographed at close range

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By Bridget Barnett in New Photography on Wednesday 22 February 2012

New York artist Ben Weiner has photographed lumps of paint at close range to create these artworks, which aside from looking beautiful give me the overwhelming urge to want to reach out and touch.

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