Monday, April 1, 2013

The Artist Series with Rachel Castle







photo's from The Design Files


Ohh seriously, Rachel Castle - c'mon! Can you believe that Uber Rachel of Castle fame agreed to create a header for The Beetle Shack? I'm literally pinching myself.

Look at it up there in all it's colourful glory. It's magnificent!

I suspect you are already a fan of Castle linen. Perhaps you own some neon polka dotted sheets or a rich velvet duvet. Maybe a fruity pillow with a pom pom on top? A confetti garland or if you're really, really lucky, a Rachel Castle original artwork.

Castle Bedlinen was founded in 2008 as a one woman show. These days, while enormously successful, Castle remains 100% Australian made and owned. Each and every fruity cotton linen is made right here on our shores and each fun filled, decadent embroidered artwork is sewn by Rachel herself.

It doesn't stop there though. In 2012 Rachel Castle pulled together a solo show for Koskela. Think crisp white walls lined with neat rows of solid oak frames containing layers of pastel hues and serious neon pops. I don't know how she does it but Castle's work always get the balance right - just enough neon, just enough polka dots, just enough black, just enough blank space, just enough white - never too much of anything.





























Rachel Castle is known for her use of vivid colour and mastery of neon but she should also be known for her great humility and generosity - Thank you Rachel for giving a little bit of your time and talent to The Beetle Shack. I'm humbled and honoured in equal measure.

Header design and drawing by Rachel Castle. Colouring and rendering by Lauren Merrick.

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40 comments:

  1. LOVELY Em! Love the colour-combos Rachel Castle uses, such kind promotive words you use to describe her and the work! ...Plus your new header...to die for! Its surely a keeper!? x

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    1. Oh they are ALL keepers aren't they! I have loved every single one!

      xx

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  2. Oh my Em!! That header is incredible! xo

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  3. love the header....

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  4. Love, love, love.
    So perfect for your space!

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  5. Seriously!! It's magnificent alright! As is ALL of the images above and EVERYTHING in them. Love, Love, LOOOOOVE!

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    1. I know, she is over the TOP amazing. so much style. I'm envious!

      xooxoxo

      and you've got some pom pom castle love don't you lady!

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  6. You always get the best artists making your blog extra gorgeous!

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  7. AMAZING! those colours make my cheeks hurt (in a good smiley way!)

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  8. Oh Em, that header packs a great punch! i love it! That Rachael is certainly one talented cookie...off to check out her gorgeous delights xx

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  9. Oh. My! That header is stunning! The Beetleshack to a tee!! & oh so Castle!!

    As always, I adore this series - you are one lucky lady to be rubbing shoulders with these magnificent creatives.

    Sar xx
    #alltheexclamationmarks

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  10. I think you should probably stop your artist series now, just so you can keep that fabulous header! As for the linen....swoon! x

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    1. i know, i know- but next months is SO good too! Just wait, i promise!

      xo

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  11. Love love her linen and artwork and LOVE your header! Yay for you. Sam x

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  12. WOW! WOW! WOW! Love it! Love the header and I'm so excited you've introduced us to this talented lady! I'm off to explore her work!

    Sophie xo

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  13. That header just jumps out and smacks you in the face- in a good way, of course! Fabulous!

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  14. Love the header! Her use of color is just brilliant.

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  15. Love your new header! My favourite so far. Castle is gorgeous. Rachel is super talented and tasteful and I LOVE her studio or house???? Gorgeous! x

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  16. My heart just skipped a beat - The very super cool Ms Castle in the same post as spunky Ms Beetleshack - HEAVEN!! xx

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  17. love love love the new header! rachel is so talented, i don't think there is anything she does that i don't like xx

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  18. What a supergreat collaboration :-)

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  19. O.M.G. I have a mega crush on Rachel Castle. I'm not one to play favourites - but I think maybe you should keep this header for EVER.

    You and RC = match made in neon heaven!

    Lou xx

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  20. Love that header, love Rachel and all she does too :)

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  21. This.Is.Awesome !! Rachel Castle is a dream boat - and what a fab collaboration the two of you make x

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  22. The header is fabulous!!! It's like one big awesome colouful autumn scarf xx

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  23. Pretty! I've DIYed some castle-esque art before, and probably will again, but of course would love to own some of the real deal.

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  24. SO awesome!!! Love her work and LOVE your new header to bits.
    Ronnie xo

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  25. LOVE Rachel Castle and LOVE your header, you lucky thing!

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  26. I love her stuff and your header is FABTASTIC! Pinch, pinch!! x

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  27. Love the new header! I am lucky enough to own a Rachel Castle quilt cover & pillow cases. The yellow velvet one is my most favourite for propping me up when reading in bed. Just divine.

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  28. love it all...the header, the linen, the colour xxx

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  29. Love Rachel Castle's work! And it totally suits your space em! Just a little bit envious that you scored a post on her with a personal work of your own for the top of the blog. Send her my way will you! ;)
    Long live fruity.
    Sheree x0x

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  30. I was trying to find which post was about your gorgeous header that I absolutely adore -- figure it was Rachel Castle, I have loved her stuff for a long time now... squeal-- so exciting she did this for you!

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  31. Em, love that header and Rachel's work! The linen, colors, photos, words all simply beautiful! xx

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em