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 along its way.  Thanks for reading.

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

June 2018

"Life audit (n, origin unknown): An exercise in self reflection that helps to clear the cobwebs of noisy, external goals and current distractions, and revisit or uncover the real themes and core values that drive and inspire you".

I was recently introduced to the concept of a life audit. I did a little reading into this and it is an interesting exercise to do, particularly if you know you need to do something different, may be 'stuck' or aware that you need to evaluate your well being. Here's a great outline on how to carry out your own life audit. It is written by Zimena Vengoechea. Thanks for reading. Shaun

How and why to do a life audit

Life audit post it notes

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

December 2017

The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect and look forward. It is also a time for the dreaded discussion or thoughts about resolutions and what we'd like to achieve next year. What a load of pressure. But it's only pressure if you have been thinkng about change - anything from eat better, exercise more ... you know that voice ... through to ticking one thing off the bucket list. So if you have been thinking about something, my view is to start actually scoping out and planning what you want to achieve - then just do it. 

Go with that little voice in your head that says to do things. They range from managing social media habits to being a better listener. They are all good things - so do them - serious change may just be a matter of implementing those things your inner voice says. A little more inspo here.  Be great.  Thanks for reading. All the very best for the New Year. Shaun

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

September 2016

Just a few words to acknowledge what it takes to create those unique, different and interesting products. In our world of instant gratification and on-the-go consumption, it seems we only focus on the finished product and we often overlook the proess that went into its development. We all know and realise the extent of the creative process, we know innovative items when we see them however we scroll past them without given it a second or two of our time.

We're never really captivated by the innovator, the creator.

It's important to reflect for a moment on the process that occurred to produce that item - from concept to fully fledged idea through to production. Time, organisation, a few tears, sweat, doubt, thoughts, more deas ... are all part of the creative process behind what we are viewing.

When you think about the creative process, the final artwork (or interesting object) is the tip of the iceberg of creative processes. I feel we'll get a lot more out of that piece by appreciating the process of its development and the innovator behind it.

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

April/May 2016

The concept of "paying it forward" is getting some traction. It really is a lovely idea. In the marketing arena it is often referred to as 'cause marketing'; regardless of the intention (to attract attention, customers and make a contribution) we all like to give and it does give us as consumers, and small/medium businesses an opportunity to do so, even on a small scale. I think it could go even further - for example, this small cafe, or any firm who enters into a paying it forward concept could silently match the contribution of its customers. Check out the details of this cafe's initiative here:

Paying it forward in a Melbourne Cafe

September 2015

An emotional blog here. I've outlined a quote here from Mia Freedman who expresses exactly how I feel at the moment. I have a son who will sit his HSC shortly and he will soon turn 18. He's not leaving home and the article is not about that (as the link implies) but it's about the emotional state we're in when your only child is in that transition phase - or perhaps its really me in that transition phase? .... anyway, beautifully expressed by Mia Freedman. Thank you.

Excerpts from her essay:

"I love the man he has become but I miss, the toddler, the child, the boy and even the adolescent that had to leave behind to become that man. I miss them, all of them. I miss every incarnation of my beautiful son from the moment he was born. I loved them all with all my heart. I still love them and grieve for them at a level far deeper than I can articulate. I miss how much all those little lost boys needed me while at the same time being heart-swellingly proud of my big boys independent spirit and his ability to navigate life so well, sometimes much better than me."

"Our unbreakable bond. Our friendship. Our connection."

Mia Freeman captures the emotion perfectly when your son turns 18

Thank you again Mia Freedman for articulating this so well. I too say to my son go well into the next phase of your life .... (and like all Mums) I will always be here for you for every phase.

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.

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