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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

TrEnvy Australia introduces Joe Vickers to Australia exclusively direct from the OC,USA. Now on-line!

TrEnvy Australia introduces you to - Joe Vickers exclusively Down Under
Prints are now available on-line at

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

New Joe Vickers printed Framed

Framed and ready for sale.."Swell Blossoms" 11" x 14" Artist enhanced print and signed by Joe Vickers for TrEnvy Australia. $145.00

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Joe Vickers Fine Surf Art comes Down Under to TrEnvy Australia

TrEnvy Australia is extremely excited to introduce to you surfer, and up coming fine artist, Joe Vickers. 

Joe Vickers was born and raised in Florida where his love of the ocean first began, he spent his former younger years surfing, fishing and diving, anything that brought him closer to the water.

   Joe Vickers in his element!

His other passion was drawing and constantly loved experimenting in various styles and media's. 
Joe later on moved to California, where the Pacific Coastline inspired him to combine both his passions of the Ocean and Art. The OC (Orange County, California) is where he now resides and Joe has now developed and fine tuned his own, truly unique, surf art style.

Most of Joe Vickers work is mixed media as Joe explained to me when we skyped, "I use a combination of water color, acrylic, gouache, pen and oil based paint pen. Recently, I've been painting and drawing on pieces of wood that I find and clean up." Joe is real recycler in the sense of the word.

Joes works are bold in colour and simplistic in style, great lines and a fusion of 70's Surf Art, meets Pop Surrealism. Its almost like taking a step back in time with the likes of artist/designer Pucci who is synonymous with geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colours. Yet Joe's work is more reminiscent of our legendary Australian Surf Artist, Shane Egan. 

We have be given, very graciously from Joe Vickers, exclusivity to his works Down Under. 

We have a range of very Limited Edition Prints on beautiful high quality watercolour paper, which have extra hand embellishments and signed by Joe Vickers himself. 
Along with a few standard prints on the same high quality watercolour paper. 
These prints are taken directly from the originals on wood, reflecting even the wood grain on the print also, which is a unique aspect of Joe's work. 

Print sizes range from 11" x 14", 9" x 12" & 8" x 10" and upon receiving these amazing prints, in conjunction with the release of Joe Vickers Art to Down Under at TrEnvy Australia, we will be having an introductory giveaway with a small print of Joe Vickers Art.

If your interested in being one of the first Aussies to own a Joe Vickers Surf Print, email or inbox me via Facebook, email address is :

We look forward to showcasing Joe Vickers Fine Surf Art at TrEnvy Australia

    Swell Blossoms

   Rad Yellow Sunset

Monday, 30 September 2013

TrEnvy Australia is Repurposing for new Spring Collection

Spring is here and all through Winter we have been designing and creating our newest Spring Collection with a twist. This season we decided it was going to be a re-purpose, recycle season.

And why much these days is wasted due to our throw away society. So our idea was to collect over Autumn a range of old 60's and 70's Teak/Monkey Pod Bowls and servers to re-purpose.

They were always the highlights at my Nan's parties, she seemed to always put out some really unusual designed bowls, filled with cheese, kabana, crackers, gherkins and even her famed pickled onions.

I think most of us would remember them, and have some amazing stories about these unique little island style platters, bowls and severs. Now of course who could forget the ever popular Pineapple Bowls, probably the most famous of all these retro teak bowls, which also now seem to be the hardest to find, although not impossible.

Original Retro Teak Pineapple Bowl

So with an array of newly sourced Retro Bowls, Servers and Plates it was time to sand them back to their original state...plain, no oils or varnish.

Once sanded back the planned design was to paint them, but an added feature to the design, was to leave either the top or bottom of these retro beauties, in their original & organic state. To highlight, not only their age, but their former glorious craftsmanship. (Remembering these were handcrafted in the hundreds of thousands, by island villagers in places like the Philippines and Hawaii).
So sanding begins, washing off some of the original patina but not too much as I still wanted that unique retro quality to shine through when finished.
Painting the bowls was to follow, now you think this would be a simple task. Well to most it would be, but being a perfectionist, as I am, (OK, perhaps a tad anal, if I'm being absolutely honest). This proved to be quite the challenge. Colours changed several times, which meant sanding back many times, then when I thought they were perfect after spraying them outside, either a bug or small leaf would get stuck in the paint.. therefore another sand-back and re-coat began. Oh the trials and tribulations of not having a spraying room. Here is a few looks from some of the same bowls, just to give you an idea of these trials.



From the finished paint jobs, I then decided to continue the recycled/re-purpose theme, by adding off-cut vinyl, which was graciously donated by my sister Niki, she is a vinyl sign writer, her business MySigns located west of the Gold Coast in the small country town of Boonah. (If you need your car decal'd or wall/windows, perhaps even a sign done, Niki is your girl, check out her FBpage),

We thank Niki, as she was happy to supply me with a large amount of off-cuts, which I then sliced to prepare for the next stage of my re-purposed retro teak dishes.

  MySigns FB page
A vast array of coloured vinyl supplied by MySigns

With vinyl cut, dishes painted its time to decide colour choices and design...this is always the fun part. And here's a few pics of the design process and outcome.

So we come to a conclusion after a few trial and errors, always, Less is More!

Then placement begins, to complete.


The TrEnvy Australia Design process in block shots

  TrEnvy Australia Living Collection

Once the design process is complete it is time to finish off with our logo, again these are printed right here at TrEnvy HQ and each piece will receive its own unique TrEnvy Australia logo, we then high gloss coat in a waterproof varnish.


There you have it, our very own re-purposed TrEnvy Australia Retro Teak Dishes for our new Spring Collection. Each one as unique as you are. These will be uploaded to our TrEnvy Australia site very shortly for sale, please remember these are one of a kind and made by hand.

  TrEnvy Australia FB page
We hope you will appreciate our effort to maintain a little of the original teak mixed with our own personal TrEnvy - Trend Envy touch.

All rights reserved, copyright - TeePs (Trent) Firmin & TrEnvy Australia 2013

Saturday, 10 August 2013

nettle+fin...our latest Textile designer loves at TrEnvy Australia

TrEnvyAustraliaSundayArts is on..and today we wanted to introduce you all to our latest liking...Textile designers nettle+fin, their latest look is highly publicised and we are very excited about it. Spring/Summer is shaping up to be filled with gorgeous colourings and loads of Ocean Botanic's. Longtime friends Kate (who studied marine biology, and later travelled to study the reefs of Hawaii) & Molly (who studied graphic design) have joined and combined both their passions to create this truly magnificent and colourfully printed 100% Eco Linen collection, adorned with blown up microscopic algae's and seaweed amongst other unique sea plants, native to both the Indian & Pacific Ocean. 
One of Kate's friends, Peter,  who had for years been cataloguing both large and small sea life from the warm waters of the Hawaiian Archipelago also helped to create this unique and exciting Textile Collection. Together their colour palette brings to life the essence of the Sea, Reefs and Underwater plant life a of the Hawaiian Archipelago. 
This creative team have brought a new sense of life, crispness and design to the world of Interior Textiles.  We love the look and thank you for doing so nettle+fin.

This is TrEnvyTropicalLove at its best!

         nettle+fin Textiles

Their website is:
They are also on Facebook, Pintrest & Twitter.

To order a fabric sample $7 please email us

Their textiles are available through Holly Hunt DC

Washington DC

Holly Hunt 
Washington Design Center 
300 D Street SW 
Suite 619 
Washington, DC 20024 

Outside the DC metro area

Please contact us at 

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

TrEnvyAustraliaInteriorFiles 1 - When you think Country Interior....what does it mean to you?? Chicken Wire & Hessian??

Welcome to our new TrEnvyAustraliaInteriorFiles, we want to over the next coming months give you, our readers inspirational ideas when it comes to all things interiors, so we thought we would start with Country Interior Inspiration. 
When we think Country Interiors we think 2 things...Chicken Wire & Hessian..obviously it evokes different meanings to different people, sure there is the new 21st Century Country interiors like shabby chic, French provincial style, but traditionally in Australia, Chicken Wire and Hessian have been used for decades and are still being used with renewed vigour. So we wanted to bring you a few of our favourite sourced pictures, *we do not own these pictures and do not take credit for any of these* 
but inspiration comes in all forms and that is what we want to bring to you all tonight. 
We think Country Interiors should always include a little Chicken Wire and Hessian together or separate, even fusion and we hope you agree..

Chicken Wire used in Country Interiors at a glance..for inspiration, by TrEnvy Australia.

The first couple of images are the classic use of Chicken wire in the doors of Vintage Cupboards...

All classic Country looks and extremely easy DIY projects.

Chicken Wire is cheap and affordable so it's perfect for those DIY projects to give your Country Interior that something unique and individual, it can be painted or it can be rusted, either way it creates that classic, simple and elegant Country charm.

Basket, Cloches, Lamps and more... Functional and affordable...just think outside the box.

Painted white or another colour, chicken wire can be given a new lease of life.

Chicken Wire baskets are perfect for storage and again, are very functional items.

Chicken Wire Cloches have a range of different uses in a Country home and add that unique country charm. New, painted or rusty each and or all can be used inside or outside your country home.

Use Chicken Wire for lamp shades or candle holders, the limits are boundless, let your imagination run wild..

A great use of Chicken wire used with all these gorgeous and functional items for the country home.

But let's not forget the all original Hessian, traditionally Hessian was an easily obtainable and sustainable product, used for most groceries back in the day, the old Hessian Sack as it is known best   was a readily available product, so it is easy to understand why it was used, and is now used in most Country Interiors, new manufacturing techniques and fibres have been applied to make new finely woven Hessian blends which are perfect to use as curtains or upholstery, but the traditional Hessian still remains and reflects decades gone by, with new inspirational designs and concepts this fabric we think is still a staple for any Country Interior.

Hessian Sacks repurposed, used as a light cushions for side chairs or couches.

Some designers breed new life to Hessian 

Hessian can be be used in many ways to create that Country Chic and we mean Country Chic, not Shabby Chic. 

New Hessian Blends, available from most good fabric stores..Hessian Hemp blends, Hessian Linen Blends and more..

Now a combination of both can be the ultimate in Country Interiors we think..

We hope you have enjoyed our little country inspiration interior insight of Chicken Wire and Hessian, again these are just own opinions expressed on Country Interiors, we have scoured the web for inspirational pictures to bring to you, if you own these photos and would like them taken down or you would like us to recognise your business or company please don't hesitate to email us, we are more than happy to add links, recognition or take down if necessary.
We look forward to our next instalment of the TrEnvyAustraliaInteriorFiles.
Until then take care fellow TrEnvites.