Originally trained in design I worked in the fashion world for a while, mostly based in Melbourne, Australia. I was designing, buying and producing collections for largish companies, It was an incredible experience and hard work but then in a moment of quiet reflection I decided to run away!
Now I'm back in the world of Makers and Workshops, Studios and Artisan craftsman. Back to the heart of why I became a designer - to make and create, puzzle out beautiful solutions to a creative life.
An integral part of my life has been keeping sketchbooks and journals about the things that inspire me - ideas, notes and drawings. Designs are inspired by many things; a painting, photos, memories, dreams, films, stories; It's endless, random and wonderful. In order to share these inspirations I'm building an on-line world, something like the inside of my sketchbooks...but functional as well. I am interested in how things work (colour, form, process and function), as well as the stories behind the creation of new and beautiful products.
My studio is squashed into the kitchen of my apartment in inner Melbourne. A Victorian mansion with apartments on the upper levels, my space used to be the main bedroom. On weekends I escape to my little farm in the hills of South Gippsland where walks with Harry the dog, renovation dreaming and exploratory tree planting fill my days.
Daniela Balcazar - Model, Graphic Designer, Artist