Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Festive cushions

New beautiful red cushions just dropped into store!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Queen Bee candles

Queen Bee candles are made from 100% beeswax, and a Christmas range has come into store, in time to snap one up to decorate your table for Christmas lunch.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

12 ANGELS now in stores

Twelve Angels was created in the spacecraft studio by Stewart Russell.

recollections on the origins of the idea:

It was a sunday, I was rearranging a bookcase when I came across an old

sketchbook... full of ideas for artworks, diagrams and descriptions. It was

from a long time ago, probably only a year or two out of art college. Some of

the projects had been realised, but I stopped at an idea I’d almost completely

forgotten. There were about six pages of notes and sketches of Angels, I

was trying to link an essay by Walter Benjamin, I guess 1940’s, and the Wim

Wenders movie, Wings of Desire which would’ve been early 80’s. On the last

page I’d scribbled down a line on Walter Benjamin’s critique of a Paul Klee


“ the angel of history - being drawn inexorably into the future by progress, but

travelling forward into the future looking backwards - facing our history”.

Then Grace and Flora came back and I realised the bookcase would have to

wait for another day - so I grabbed the camera and we went in search of Angels.

The process of recreating a photograph as a screen print is underpinned by creating a

halftone film from a continuous tone photograph. From that point, once the image is on

screen you can begin to explore the possibilities.

One evening, after a long session of testing print qualities, we were looking at a wall of

prints and discussing how to proceed. Then an idea emerged, pehaps we could show

the range of processes. So rather than making a decision on a single approach I decided

to make twelve Angels, created individually using sections of the studio backing cloth,

elaborately layered botanical imagery, masks, stencils, transparent and semi opaque

washes or simply priming fabric highlighting the qualities of the photograph.

Thanks to the spacecraft team that worked on this project, Clara Gladstone, Marina Breit

and Danielle Smyth.

Twelve Angels NOW IN STORES

spacecraft studio - new work

contact studio to discuss / view (03) 9329 4129


Now in store (click on image to see bigger)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Spacecraft T-towels

While searching the amazing archives of old Melbourne architecture we came across this gem, the Melbourne CBD plan from 1954. It's so extreme, you would be laughed out of the house if a planner came up with any one of these concepts today. To play a bit further with this one we asked our local bush foods expert about what could have been found in these areas previously, and added some localities for these too.

Australia always offers up good tales of historic authorship, especially in naming and giving things title. The gum we call 'Yellow Gum' and often print with was taken from the tree just outside the studio in North Melbourne, this beauty also goes under the name of 'Tarrk' for the Djadja Wurrung people or 'Rosea Leucoxylon Connata' in Latin. We're enjoying the play between the Indigenous and the Latin names.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

NEW Kids Clothes

New Kids Clothes have come into store, fantastic colours, and varying prints.

Friday, October 15, 2010

NEW Backing Cloth Artworks

(click on images for close ups)
Contact stores for further details:
Spacecraft South
527 Malvern Rd, Prahran 3181
+61 (0)3 9530 2530

Spacecraft North
225 Gertrude St, Fitzroy 3065
+61 (0)3 9486 0010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

NEW round cushions

We have a great new round cushion design in store now- Le Corbusier's ‘Unite d’Habitation’ in Marseilles. Available in three sizes.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

NEW Melbourne Artplay 3D

The Melbourne Artplay 3D sets, limited numbers in stores now
This set contains 1960's and 70's images of the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Victorian Parliament, The Mercy Hospital, and Melbourne streets.
Printed onto door pieces, 50's and 60's, floor boards from the Botany Bay Wool Store and recycled clear acetate.

(Click images for close ups)


This Artplay 3D set is a freeform model-making kit that gives the owner title to realise imagined city masterplans, cathedrals, low cost housing schemes, modernist residences, shopping centres, power stations, tree houses …

Artplay 3D is made by hand screen printing 1960’s & 1970’s photographs of Melbourne architecture onto wooden blocks fashioned from timbers salvaged from heritage buildings.

There’s a sense of familiarity working with these wooden blocks and images, they trigger memories, perhaps from childhood or a film, or even a constructed image from a story.

The photographs include architectural details from a range of genres and architectural styles, however the photographs were taken between 1964 to 1974 : Victorian Parliament, Mercy Hospital, Exhibition Building, tram commuters…

The wood comes replete with the tell tale signs of a previous life, a length of tongue and groove floor, a section of a 1950’s door, a keyhole… All the pieces in this set have a legacy both in their materials and their form.

The dark, fine grain beams were saved from the Botany Bay Wool Store, selected from rambled mix of original cut Australian timber, milled in 1846. The multiple species used proves a patchy early knowledge of the various timber qualities. The Wool Store was demolished in Nov 2009. Those original cuts live on in this set.

Another story of natural heritage is found in the exceptionally light 1950’s redwood door sections made from old growth Red Cedar from British Colombia, part of the giant arborvitae ‘tree of life’ group. Looking at the grain of this wood it’s possible to realise the scale and age of this species, 6m around and 80m high, living up to 1500 years and now found in this first edition of Artplay 3D.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

NEW Spacecraft Linen

Fresh into store is our new two colour Spirea duvet, printed onto a 400 thread count High grade Egyptian cotton.
We have also had a new run of patchwork duvets in Queen and King size come into store. Each patchwork duvet design is a one-off, and from a small production run.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

new products in store

New Barefoot stools and candle holders
Queen Bee 100% beeswax candles, among our favourite are the eco bulbs and the new bee hives.