TOOLS OF THE TRADE // Studio visits 2015

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE // Studio visits 2015

We have had an amazing year at Rad HQ.

An absolute highlight has to be the launching of Yes! Journal and getting the opportunity to visit some beautiful studio's and work environments to profile our incredible list of Wonder Women. To wrap up the year we revisit these spaces and the personal details caught so beautifully by Yes! Journal Chief Photographer Breeana Dunbar.

AUGUST: ESTHER OLSSON, Artist & Illustrator

Detailed images opening and above taken from artist Esther Olsson's Melbourne based studio. 

We first discovered Esther’s work after she posted a picture of her gold Radical Yes! toe tappers on Instagram. When planning our collaboration shoot for our Kip & Co project, Esther instantly came to mind as the perfect Radical Yes! ambassador for the campaign. Her personal style is radically aligned with her work, featuring pop colour accents, oversized silhouettes and mixed prints – clothes to be comfortable and cool in, just like her.


JULY: KATIE BRANNAGHAN, Hipkin Kids boutique online store owner 

We caught up with Katie and gorgeous second daughter Yvie at her beautiful home in Melbourne.

Katie is a visionary. She is determined and tenacious and has achieved an unbelievable amount in the three short years since she launched her now (literally) world-famous online store. Starting as a home based business selling a select few brands and some hand picked vintage pieces Katie has gone on to discover and source some of the most premium kids brand names in the world (including the likes of Acne Miniature, Bobo Chooses, I Dig Denim and Cheap Monday Baby).

Self taught in almost every capacity - from buying and product sourcing through to photoshop and website maintenance - the store now has a phenomenal following of loyal mama's keen to catch the Hipkin edit on what's next.



MAY: MARIA FLORES Artist / Printmaker from Say Hola! 

Maria took us on a tour through her light filled and inspired work space. Full of family, colour and paint. We were over joyed by the warmth of the images from Maria's shoot. 

Maria embodies so much of what Radical Yes! is about and is influenced by many of the same loves as we are; patterns, unexpected colour clashes that somehow work, and with a point of view that is built first around family and then a creative lifestyle. 



JULY: RUBY PILVEN, Ceramicist 

We were lucky enough to catch Ruby on a crisp Sunday afternoon at the whimsical Mudbrick home-studio she shares with her family in Ballarat.

In our interview Ruby explaied that "for me the studio is a very special place, as I spent many hours as a child watching my parents making ceramics and it was where I started my ceramics career and passion. It is a space of nostalgia and a place where I can only truly focus, a special creative haven."




Victoria practices and teaches in the Mysore tradition, and also runs a blog and super unique Ashtanga Yoga inspired tee-shirt label in between taking care of her 3-year-old son Casper. 

Victoria, and her Architect partner Tim Hill live with Casper in a converted 1880s stable which Tim redesigned into a modern urban cottage. Being a truly radical woman who likes to move and be moved, for this amazing photo essay shot by Yes! Journal Chief Photographer Breeana Dunbar, we met with Victoria in her amazing home and asked her to select and style her favourite toe tappers from our 'Let's Dance' collection. 


A massive thank you to all our wonder women who so graciously opened their work spaces and hearts to share their inspiring stories. We can't wait to share more amazing wonder woman stories with you all in 2016. 

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