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THE LEADING EDGEWARE JOURNEY - My Blogs won't take long to read, it's a real and a somewhat tentative journey (because I'm currently new & a little nervous about writing blogs).  I am however ok to share my thoughts as I develop, change, evolve and move www.leadingedgeware.com.au along its way.  Thanks for reading.

June 2019

Superheroes

Couldn’t resist ranging wall art featuring super heroes and a Super heroine -Wonder Woman. The wall art is a series of retro tin signs. They’re made in the USA and bought in specifically by an Australian business south west of Sydney.

Appealing to young and old alike with no specific gender bias, Superheroes are just outright fabulous. Some did tend to lend themselves to the territory of the geek but mainstream now fully understands what the geeks already knew – superheroes are just plain awesome.

Movies are escapism and sometimes when there are troubled times and when we feel we’re on the edge, a superhero is just what we need. It’s a comforting thought to think there is someone that is bigger than life, stands for truth and goodness and would protect us.

The movies do appear to have been conceived with intelligence and sensitivity. Turning comic books into movies is such a feat.  It’s that rhetoric of the book being better than the film because we have our own ‘take’ on the book and believe there is greater depth. It seems that that depth and fantasy is captured in bringing these superheroes to life.

What’s great is that we believe in and care about our Superheroes – human conditions that are in all of us and which need expressing.  

Apart from the stories themselves, their origins are equally interesting. There’s a little information on each superhero in Category “Interesting Décor” but I’ve added al little more information about the origins of some of my favourites - Wonder Woman and Wolverine.

Wonder Woman is a founding member of the Justice League.

Wonder Woman's original story was that she was sculpted from clay by her mother, Queen Hippolyta and given life to live as an Amazon along with superhuman powers as gifts by the Greek Gods.

In recent years, DC changed her background with the revelation that she was the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, jointly raised by her mother an her aunts. Wonder Woman's muscular appearance was given to emphasise her Amazonia heritage. She has an arsenal of advanced technology including the Lasso of Trust, a pair of indestructible bracelets and a tiara which serves as a projectile.

She would be a great addition to any wall and a perfect gift for a wonder woman in your life.

Wolverine is my next personal favourite. The concept of enhanced physical capabilities, a powerful regenerative ability (healing factory) and three retractable claws in each hand is outright amazing. But it’s Wolverine’s vulnerability that is the most appealing. He has a sense of humility about him that sets him apart even though his nature is brooding. He is one tough antihero.

We know him as Logan and associated with the X-Men. His character evolved overtime and settled in around 80s.

There are a number of Superheroes available in the retro wall art range. Made in the U.S.A. and bought in by an enthusiast here in N.S.W., these retro tin signs are just plain cool. They look great displayed as a collection. 

Wolverine wall artWonder Woman wall art

 

Dimensions:  40.5 x 31.5cm (approx 1/2 mm thick).

Print screened on to tin.

November 2018

"Kintsukuroi" is to repair with gold, the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer understanding that the piece is beautiful for having been broken. When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damaged by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something has suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful. Such a lovely concept.

Certainly can teach us about feeling flawed. Thanks for reading. Shaun

Mended pottery with gold lacquer

 

February 2018

Grab your eco friendly bamboo tableware set and off you go! Glamping has taken off. I thought I would do something a little different for my birthday recently - an overnight stay glamping at Taronga Zoo; my first glamping experience. Apart from the tent being already set up for you !!! it's a sturdy structure with huge window panels allowing a breeze to waft in which you enjoy that view... and it has a homely and comfy feel. Concrete Playground profile a few gampling sites. Give it a go!. That American trailer at Byron Bay looks pretty cool.

Thanks for reading. Shaun

American trailerSydney Harbour from Taronga Zoo

June 2017

The Australian bushland is not enjoyed by most Australians. For no other reason other than survival, we congregate and settle around the coast. Our bush is harsh, can be stark, can change from dangerously hot to unbearably cold. It is however pristine, beautiful, and always willing to connect to those willing to tap into its spirit. It's a unique landscape that is in our hearts and we need creative scientists, architects, and eco tourism entrepeneurs to embrace what it has to offer. Here's an example of how it could work.Australian shed inspired architecture. Thanks for reading. Shaun

Australian bush house

 

 

February 2017

We all do our best with respect to recycling - there are some innovative people who can take recycling to the next level. They utilise materials in such a creative way that we get extreme delight and enjoyment from the use of the product and feel good about the environment.

I feel we're all embracing "reuse, reduce, recycle". Recycling is all about finding a purpose in used up items and coming up with new and different products. The benefits are undeniable from saving resources to protecting the envrionment. Some of the creative ways in which recycling has been used in the Leading Edgeware range is bags - made by big top and tent material; carafes, tumblers and platters made from discarded soapstone and the super popular bamboo range - plates, cups, bowls and stunning platters. These are created as follows; bamboo (even wasted bamboo) is turned into a powder, vegetable resin & vegetable dye added - then poured into a mould.

When products are utilised in such unique ways, we derive great joy. The bottom line is, when you can utilise recycled materials in a creative way, you are more like to use and enjoy their utility. Thanks for reading. Shaun

 

 

Details on national recycling week here

Thanks for reading. Shaun

 

June 2016

I'm in awe of the creative. In fact Leading Edgeware is a collection of products by creative people. Graffiti can be creative. It is arguably the most accessible form of visual art, as colourful murals and tags are an integral part of the urban landscape. Whether you think graffiti is fine art of one step above vandalism, there's no denying the skills and creativity involved. Probably the most prominent graffiti artist is #Banksy because he's unique. He's a famous pseudo-anonymous British artist whose works focus on topics such as politics, culture and ethics. He has a unique way of satirising the works of great masters while paying homage to their acclaimed pieces.

Banksy has an impressive ability to communicate his message in the grittiest of environments. His work is unique because he is doing it on walls and public spaces. His concepts are not necessarily original but the way he conveys them are. His skilful use of stencils and dark sense of humour make Banksy's work easy to recognise. His images appear unexpected in international locations like the wall that has been erected between Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. Why did he feature a cat in such a troubled location? Because more people are interested in cats on the internet than international issues.

Banksy's identity ranges from speculative to the unknown. Maybe it is a facade for an organised group of artists? Regardless Banksy's work is in demand; his unique and creative appeal has led to some people removing the walls that he has painted on. He has sold his work through galleries and auctions though he does so through an agent to protect his anonymity. Whether we find his work attractive, interesting or not, there's no doubt about the creativity.  Thanks for reading. Shaun

 

 

 

June 2015

The concept of "pay it forward" gives us depth as individuals. It's (sort of) explained as responding to a person's kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else.  So if someone somehow has helped you out, pay it forward by helping someone else out.  

Beautiful video here of "pay it forward" in action. https://www.facebook.com/Upworthy/videos/969921939715331/.

Thanks for reading. Shaun

March 2015

I was sent these words of wisdom ages ago; copied & pasted into my journal .... and found them recently. A Google search shows they're from "the board of wisdom". Wise words to share with you.

1. Throw out non essential numbers.  This includes age, weight and height (get it but I'd add here to work on being healthy)

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more; never let the brain be idle (an idle mind is the devil's workshop).

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether its family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next suburb but not where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them.

and remember .... Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

Great words of wisdom I thought. Thanks for reading. Shaun

September 2014

This quote has always resonated with me. 

"Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life. Don' be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary". Steve Jobs

July  2014

Social is all set up - Facebook, Google+, Twitter and my favourite, Pinterest (all under Leading Edgeware so check it out & connect).  My favourite category on Pinterest is Doors - yes, doors.  They are fascinating.  From modern (those steel or large wooden ones that swivel - amazing) through to century old church doors.  Beautiful.  I think they are an item that can easily be taken for granted.  BUT, if you have an interesting door, it seems the tone is set for your house.   Thanks for reading. I love quotes and I know they can be a little cliche but ....

Surround yourself with what you love - whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants or hobbies - whatever.  Your home is your refuge.

June  2014

The year certainly got into gear quickly!    I'm Sydney based and we've certainly had a long hot summer.  Australia is definitely warming with temperatures in the 40s (c) the norm - regardless of our views on climate change, we need to be respectful of our planet.  

Found some interesting products at a Fair - high quality (very good looking) bamboo cups, (travel cups too) & a few other bamboo made lines.  Before I say Bamboo should be the new black, I'll research its sustainability in terms of not wanting this planet over run by bamboo (it can be invasive).  But for now, I think it's a good thing.  I found 2 styles of shoulder bags made from recycled canvas tent material - great idea - and they are interesting.  Found myself looking at tiny specks/marks on the canvas & thought 'wish some of these weren't here' - but they are.  Recycled materials will do that Shaun!   We can be a little too obsessed with smooth, neat, nice - good to see some things a little 'earthy'.  

Enjoy some of the latest gifts and wares - slowly, slowly building the range. Love this quote, I am lucky enough to have a son.  

I may not be perfect but when I look at my son, I know that I got something in my life perfectly right. 

Cheers, Shaun

December 2013

The idea of creating Leading Edgeware came about in 2013.  Two compelling thought processes merged together (:/- ...).  I really like to find that perfect gift for someone...and I take pride in making sure it's the right gift in terms of bringing surprise and knowledge of the wholehearted thought behind the gift.  I also firmly believe we are all creative in our own way.  We create the most interesting spaces around us - whether it's our car, desk at work, our lounge room - it's who you are.

As consumers, we can do much better than duplicate the mass market.  I know they're selling a 'look' but you have to buy the entire store to get the look.  I just believe we can develop our own style and keep changing, moving, evolving and enjoying the change as we go.  In summary we're asked to consume too much of a certain style - I believe we're all much more creative than this.

Leading Edgeware's aim is to combine the ease of on line shopping (which includes browsing/surfing around, just 'hanging out' with no pressure) and having a decent browsing experience of products, ideas and other.  So the website will grow and evolve with the aim of always having something different to see.  For me, supporting Australian businesses is important.  I know that all products can't be made here but the ideas come from Australian businesses.

Finally, gifts and wares are fabulous but remember:

The best gift you can give to someone (and even yourself) is your time. (Anon)

Cheers, Shaun  (This is Milo the beagle)

 Milo the beagle