Travel + Lifestyle
The most recent collection of tableware, named 'Trade Winds' is the result of Fliss' time living and travelling within the very diverse archipelago of Indonesia.
From local villagers farming salt in large clam shells to the subsequent trade in the local markets, the setting sun on an endless horizon, the rising moon and her tides, the dance of ripples on water from a gentle sea breeze, and the meeting of people from far and wide, have all had an enormous part to play in this latest range.
Designing with a monochromatic colour palette and using matt surface finishes with detailed hand carved decorations, typography and illustrations this collection is both simple, unique and beautiful in every detail.
This collection can be bought online from Ciao Mr Hal.
Raku means "enjoyment", "comfort" or "ease" and is derived from Jurakudai, the name of a palace, in Kyoto, Japan. It is traditionally characterised by being hand-shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead glazes and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot.
This design is the result of wanting a similar look to the traditional Raku crackle black and white finish but with a functional, non toxic and lasting result.
Fliss designed the surface decoration to sit within the clay body and create a crackle effect with hand drawn lines using an inlay technique with a strong and bold modern result.
This range sits eloquently in its stunning environment of the Raku Restaurant in the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Nusa Dua , Bali.
The illustrative imagery Fliss created for the Tiger Palm tableware were inspired from the everyday street vendors seen throughout South East Asia. Written words across plates look almost like old vintage newspaper excerpts from times past although they are definitions of lemongrass written in many varied scripts from Asian languages.
The restaurant’s diverse menu draws from the cultures and cuisines of Malaysia with direct influences of Nyonya and Thai cooking as well as food historically inspired by the Chinese traders and self-starting businessmen from Southern India.
The eclectic décor of Tiger Palm transports guests to the “Palm Court” of the Eastern and Orient Hotel, combining playfully rendered tropical mid-century modernism with vintage Malay and Tiki-pop highlights.
With Botanical illustrations and farm to plate idea at the forefront of the designs, Fliss set about drawing imagery which would sit both organically and complimentary on the tableware. She added her favourite text design on a plate, being definitions from many ingredients used within the dishes present at Hujan.
With a neutral/natural palette chosen for the glazes utilising the natural clay body colour combined with the illustrations and their fine pen lines the pieces sit comfortably within the restaurant with its cool green greys reflecting a pared down elegance.
Hujan Locale Restaurant by Will Meyrick is set in a narrow street in the hills of Ubud. The space casually reflects a cool tropical yet rural setting and an old world Asian charm. A distinct Old French Vietnam charm fills the interior, with a provincial and yet slightly urbanised ambience.
The Dari Mana ( trans; From Where) was created many years ago from an idea Fliss had while travelling, although it wasn’t until living in Bali and working as a freelance designer that she really developed the idea further in collaboration with Kevala.
Fliss wanted to create a range for visitors/ expats and locals in Bali to take home a piece that would evoke a memory of time and place. From the people you meet, the food you eat to the sights you encounter in each town you visit.
The Hong Kong ceramics range was an exciting, bespoke collection made exclusively for TREE, recreated specifically for Hong Kong highlighting places all around the island.
The range started out by handwriting (carving) each place name into the clay and then inlaying with colour using Fliss' distinct handwriting style that she taught to the carvers/artisans in Bali, to now using a decal technique which gives a more uniformed type face of Fliss' writing.
The 'Make believe' collection was inspired by children's amazing way of turning ideas into play and the whole role playing. Whilst living in Bali Fliss had a small amount of toys for her kids so they were very creative in play with what they found around them. There was a lot of drawing happening and ideas followed.
The colour choices were inspired by the immediate surroundings, the green rice fields the home looked out on, the yellow from the ladies clothing that would pass by on a motorbike and the blues and charcoals from the ocean and beach sands.
Practicality and simplicity was what Fliss designed to combine together for a collection which could be worn easily in play mode or more formal mode and be 'just that little bit different'.
Fliss decided to turn her illustrations into 3D by sewing each character herself back in 2002. From Penguins to Foxes and self made characters her toys fell quickly into the Craft movement and she gained recognition for her unique creations.
With a sell our window installation at Craft Victoria to a pattern published from the creator of Meet Me at Mikes - Pip Lincolne, Fliss kept illustrating but couldn't keep up with the demand so headed to Bali and sourced an ethical production house to turn her illustrations into 3D. Using end of runs from an Italian fashion label she kept true to her ethos of recycling and ventured into the imaginary world of Cape and Mask sets for children.
Each run was super cool, individual and gnarled a following for many years.
Fliss has designed, styled and photographed each one of her ranges.
Designed for Kevala Home using their simple functional shapes, the Blue and White collection combines hand drawn lines and dipped blue glaze effect. Fliss was inspired by the weavers and dyers in Indigo Shibori techniques to create this simple and strong range.
With a love for sculpture, Fliss in the past has created hand built pieces (abstract cows) and is constantly dreaming up new designs for collaborations as well as aiming to create again using the hand built technique....stay tuned.
Many of these pieces can be purchased online, hover over image for link.