Sparkly Thoughts

Welcoming Independent Designer HellyDee to the Sparkle Gang

Welcoming Independent Designer HellyDee to the Sparkle Gang

HellyDee is an independent Melbourne creative, working from her home studio. Covid times have meant that the life she is living has changed, with her full-time work on pause she has found herself back at the sewing machine and inspired to create. Originally learning her sewing knowledge via working with her father in his auto upholstery business - working in the studio with him learning the art of pattern making and working in 3D - along with how to use those incredibly fast industrial machines.... The new collection consists of 9 designs (currently), ranging from Plain (perfect for regular washing - and can even be purchased in a bundle) through to more decorative ones including chains, leather feathers, and lace.

A Summer like none we have ever seen before

A Summer like none we have ever seen before

The Summer season is usually one of colour and excitement here in Australia - sparkles aplenty. But 2020 has been very different - first came the fires and now Covid-19.

Guest Blog: Social researcher Marty Bortz explores how festivals really can be 'transformational'

Guest Blog: Social researcher Marty Bortz explores how festivals really can be 'transformational'

These questions have driven some of my recent work. In my non-festival life, I am a social researcher. My current schedule affords me the time and space to look into all sorts of interesting areas. Given this, I thought I would take the time to look in more depth into concepts of ‘transformation’. How do events like Rainbow Serpent shape people? 

Eco Bali - Why it resonates with our Eco Swimwear

Eco Bali - Why it resonates with our Eco Swimwear

It’s the discovery of this special land that’s equally stolen my heart and is helping to shape the future of me as a designer and my brands. The location of the shoot was predominantly in a hotel called Katamama. It’s the resort attached to Potato Head, the well-known beach bar located in Seminyak. Upon hearing this it would be easy to presume that they are one of the biggest polluters on the island but I was exceptionally excited to see some of the systems they have put into place...

Valentines Day Special

Valentines Day Special

Every February 14, all around the world, chocolates, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. This year we're helping to ensure gifts are a little more long lasting than the traditional flowers or chocolates ...

Happy Sparkles Valentine Promotion

Happy Sparkles Valentine Promotion

With friends, lovers, partners or in an increasing movement (that I totally support), of individuals, remembering self-care and to gift yourself ...

A look at 2018, a Retrospective (previously on our separate site)

A look at 2018, a Retrospective (previously on our separate site)

It feels like the perfect time of year to take a moment and celebrate a few of the highlights that we achieved and shared in 2018. Without the support of our clients, friends, online cheer squad, suppliers, studio assistants, our intern, many models, photographers, dear friends and studio warehouse landlords – we wouldn’t have had such a magical year or achieved so much. Your all incredible unicorns, and every part you play is eternally appreciated

Rainbow Serpent **Sparkle Gang** Photoshoot - ALL WELCOME!!

Rainbow Serpent **Sparkle Gang** Photoshoot - ALL WELCOME!!

How exciting that it’s the time of year to announce the Rainbow Serpent Photoshoot!!!!

It’s now firmly wedged its way onto the Sparkles calendar, having begun in 2017 and grown exponentially in 2018... I’m excited to see what we create together in 201...

January 19th: Pre - Rainbow Serpent Studio Open Day

January 19th: Pre - Rainbow Serpent Studio Open Day

The the perfect opportunity to come along and try before you buy! Last minuet festival garments are always needed... buy them before getting on site so you can plan the rest of your outfit to go with your new sparkly treasures!... also means you have more time for fun when there, than having to go shopping in that 42’c sun!

Welcome to 2019

Welcome to 2019

This time of year can mean so many things for different people. It can be a time of family, friendship and celebration, maybe even a vacation from work or life. It can also be one that brings challenges for many, memories and experiences can tarnish how one feels. I hope whichever boat you sit in, that the year ahead fills you with excitement and offers you prospects that motivate you in one way or another.

Happy Danniversary! <3

Happy Danniversary! <3

It was such an amazing process to work with her and her personal stylist to create an outfit that was not only a show stopper on the stage - so many sparkles, but one that was comfortable to move in and also functional to dance in.

Eco Recycled Plastic Swimwear Fabric - What does that actually mean and why did we choose it?

Eco Recycled Plastic Swimwear Fabric - What does that actually mean and why did we choose it?

When planning out and designing our first Swimwear collection, I had needs and wants that the garments had to offer before I would be willing to make them. My non-compromise list so to speak. Much of this came down to the fabric that I would be using...  

Its made of 100% regenerated nylon fibre's, taken from pre and post consumer materials - basically plastics being pulled from the oceans - like fishing nets, fishing lines and ropes right through to items like carpets, clothing, plastic rings from cans... the list goes on...