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NEW in town

So I’m the NEW-by on the block at Blueboat, just over 1.5 months to be exact. I have also just come back from 2.5 years living in the UK, so everything is NEW again to me as I re-experience Melbourne – the city and the people, in all its glory.

A NEW job, a NEW house – a NEW space to decorate, a NEW suburb, a NEW outlook due to my NEW surroundings, NEW life through planting tomatoes and other herbaceous delights in Spring, NEW people to hang out with and bright, shiny NEW rings!

Rings are my favorite materialistic thing in the jewellery world. To me they tell a story, and can hold a lot of meaning and capture a memory – which adds priceless value to them as time goes by. While traveling I collected a NEW ring on every trip – one from Amsterdam, one from Spain and France, one for Scandinavia, Berlin, Budapest, Italy, Croatia, Thailand, Laos, Japan, London, and four from Scotland (my home away from home). A much better idea than collecting teaspoons!

Miriam's ring collection

Whilst unpacking my belongings from before I left for my overseas trip I felt like it was my Birthday, as I unwrapped the parcels wrapped in NEWspaper surrounding my precious things. They feel NEW to me, as when they were first collected, fragile, intricate, colourful, vintage, retro – anything but NEW to others, but excitingly (re-)NEW to me.

NEW can be closely likened to change, and change tends to scare most people. I usually feel revived and inspired with change – as long as it’s not happening too much, too soon. We are just about to explore this theme of change in a NEW project called ‘Positive Posters.’ It’s an international poster design competition for graphic design students, professionals and illustrators that aims to connect design and community. The winning poster is printed and posted on the streets of Melbourne taken across the globe. Wish us luck!

Link to Project –

Until next time, embrace the NEW as the Spring seeds embrace the wind…

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