If you do a search on the word “scarf” on the blog you’ll notice there are quite a few posts that come up with me wearing a scarf – basically I love a good scarf!! I may have more than one person actually needs in one lifetime but that’s no need to throw shade my way. I see them as more than just an accessory that keeps you warm in winter. They’re a fashion statement and can completely transform a dull outfit into one that says NOTICE ME!
So imagine my absolute and utter delight when I received an email from Susie at Drunk on Water asking me if I’d like to feature her gorgeous designs on the blog. You bet your sweet patootie I did! I instantly fell in love with her designs and use of colour. They’re so vivid and vibrant that I thought it exuded A Red Lip And A Nude Shoe’s motto of living a colour-poptastic life! I was drawn immediately to the Kaleidoscope scarf and couldn’t believe that Susie gifted me one when I told her – I’m such a lucky girl!!
Check out my interview with Susie…
Susie Monte, Director & Designer, Drunk on Water
Hey Susie, please tell all the readers at A Red Lip And A Nude Shoe a little about yourself…
Hey Rosie! I’m Susie, I’m an artist and designer and I founded Drunk on Water in 2013 where I create vibrant, geometric inspired designs as prints, throw cushions and silk scarves which I sell at the Rose Street Market every weekend and also online at www.drunkonwater.com. I worked in many fields prior to starting Drunk on Water, I actually started off my career volunteering in developing countries in Asia such as the Philippines and Papua New Guinea and was driven to save the world and then worked full-time as a Graphic Designer for years in publishing but all along the way this urge to express myself individually kept nagging at me. I thought it was too hard for a long time to do my own thing and felt trapped working full-time until I chanced upon the Big Hearted Business conference in 2013 (run by Clare Bowditch). Here I had my aha moment when I listened to Catherine Deveny speak at the Big Hearted business conference. She said: “you’ve only got ONE life, it’s YOUR life, what are you going to do with your one, precious life?” This stopped me in my tracks and really boosted my confidence to think – I can do it!
Where did the name Drunk on Water come from?
My partner came up with the name Drunk on Water – he read it in a French philosophy book (he studied philosophy). For me, Drunk on Water is about being drunk on colour and life and it really means to extract as much as possible out of life. I seek to convey that beauty and joy of life through my designs and paintings.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I’m inspired a lot by nature – birds, flowers and their natural beauty and the colour and patterns you can find when you look close up. Also other artists and designers – Louise Olsen of Dinosaur Designs, Marimekko, Yayoi Kusama and Kate Tucker for their skilful use of form and colour. Art, like music, has the power to transform your mood, and I particularly like artworks that are energizing and uplifting.
Currently you design prints, cushions and scarves – are we going to see Drunk on Water branch out into other areas of homewares or fashion?
Yes! I’m currently collaborating with local brand, Ettitude, which manufactures eco friendly bamboo bedding and we’re working on a limited edition collection of pillow cases featuring my designs which I’m very excited about! The silk scarves, which are printed by the Social Studio (a social enterprise supporting refugees in Melbourne) are proving to be very popular and I would love to take this a step further and collaborate with someone to produce other lines of clothing such as pants, tops and dresses!
If you had to wear one colour for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
One colour? This would be hell! Well, I’d probably choose blue as I love it – it’s the colour of the sky and sea and is a naturally calming colour.
And finally, if Drunk on Water had a theme song what would it be?
This is a hard question! I’d have to say Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” Love it! (A lady after my own heart!!)
Here’s a little more info about Drunk on Water…
Drunk on Water launched in 2012 and has emerged as a premium destination for affordable fashionable designs.
Drunk on Water is all about getting drunk on colour and life and is the perfect place to find your unique, beautifully designed and vibrant fashion statement piece!
Boasting a distinctive style that is elegant, harmonious and vibrant – Drunk on Water can help transform any outfit with a splash of vivacious colour.
All scarves retail at $85AUD
1. Kaleidoscope Playground
2. Colour Planes
3. Geometric Ocean
Made in Australia, the scarves are created in conjunction with Social Studio who is certified by Ethical Clothing Australia. The range of scarves are 100% silk and are ethically made using only reclaimed and up-cycled materials gathered from the local fashion industry.
Do you have a deep and burning love for scarves like me? How many do you have in your collection? I’m honestly too scared to count!