I know she isn't to everyone's tastes but I just love Jenny Kee. I find her crazy amazing life so inspiring, and while some of her prints are a bit too out there for me I do appreciate that she sticks to her own aesthetic and ideas and just goes for it.
For those of you who don't know who she is, she is one of Australia's top designers and artists, the height of her fame being the 60's - 70's - 80's. Her work is inspired by the Australian landscape. Her father was Chinese and her mother Anglo so she experienced some racism growing up in the 50's in Australia, but she didn't let it get to her, instead she attracted even more attention to herself with her colourful bright crazy clothes. She was part of the whole 1960's exodus of hip Aussies to London and famously posed nude on the cover of the controversial political/art magazine OZ.
In the 80's her clothes became really popular, above you can see one of her designs.
I really want to get this book (available at Target) about her life. I really want to know more about her amazing life. I love biography's about amazing women, they really inspire me to do more, create more, live more.
Anyway Jenny Kee has a new home wares range at Target Australia. Part of the "designers for Target" range. It's her 1st extensive range of home wares and Targets 1st celebrity designer to come out with a range of home goods. It probably isn't to everyone's tastes but I love the Opal range.
I love the bold colours on white, the kinda tacky Aussie-ness of the opal. It's sorta Romance Was Born but for the home...
This is the Mali collection, which is probably more easy on the eye. I do like this pattern, but if I am buying Jenny Kee I want crazy colour and pattern, not something so subdued.
Which is why I'm going to buy this vase. Its only $39.99 and its HUGE.
When I finally get a hall way table it will sit on it and welcome all the visitors to my home. What do you think? Is Jenny Kee to your taste?
I think I'll get her book too while I'm there. It's kinda funny how this all got released just as I have been thinking about her recently, and I had a few ideas for a shop in Japan selling Aussie crazy 80's tacky stuff, I think it would be really popular. Please don't steal my idea, lol, but its not like I can do it for a few years anyway.