Perth designers Tane Andrews and Kira Goodey have impressed local, interstate and overseas buyers with their jewellery label “Of Cabbages and Kings”. Their latest range, The Collector, features beautiful silhouettes and materials that traditional jewellery designers shy away from. Tane recently shared some of his inspirations and ideas with Dropstitch….
What is the significance of the name Of Cabbages and Kings?
The name ‘Of Cabbages & Kings’ is from the Lewis Carol poem ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’. We grew up reading Carol and love how many hidden subtexts there are within his work.
Where do you find inspiration for your collections?
Porn, Children’s story books, Medical journals, Erotic art, 1800 phone conversations. You know, just the regular places.
Which materials are your favourites to work with?
Lions and tigers and bears. In that order.
Does the fact that Of Cabbages and Kings is based in Perth work as an advantage or a disadvantage for the label?
A little from column (A), a little from column (B):
Perth is an amazing city and there are so many talented people here, but there are obviously more opportunities in larger cities. I guess it dosen’t matter where you are, it’s just about making yourself heard and doing your own thing.
What does the future hold for OC&K?
Heavy drinking and sexual dancing.
Where can we find Of Cabbages and Kings?
Harry Highpants – William St, Northbridge.
FORM -Kings St Arts Centre, Perth.
Empire Homewares – Scarborough Beach Rd, Osborne Park.
Dobry Den – Crown St, Surry Hills, NSW.
Alice in Euphemia – Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC.
Craft Queensland – Fortitude Valley, QLD.
Unity collection – Newmarket, Auckland, NZ.
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Finish this sentence: Perth fashion is…?
Like a poem I can’t remember, a song that may never have existed and a place I’m not sure I’ve ever been to.