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Stuart Michael's Blog

Stuart Michael's blog is dedicated in bringing you a photo diary of travel, fashion, inspiration and design.

Because It's Christmas

Stuart Michael


- Barry Manilow

It's this time every year most of us think back to when we were children and how Christmas made us feel growing up. Barry Manilow had the right lyrics when he sang 'Because It's Christmas', "Tonight the stars shine for the children and light the way for dreams to fly".

Christmas to me meant a whole lot of excitement and though I knew the truth about Santa Claus it never truly blocked my imagination in believing that maybe, just maybe he was actually real.

For many children the excitement of it all is waking up Christmas morning to a stocking filled with lollies, little presents and maybe that one really big gift sitting under the Christmas tree with your name on it and right below that the words 'from Santa Claus'.

Inspired by the idea of a child's imagination of Christmas and much of my own growing up, I decided to shoot and create something memorable for this adorable little girl.

Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas 2014.

Wrapping paper & mini house  Cotton On Kids
Wrapping paper Kikki.K
Origami made by Me
Photography by Stuart Michael


Say Hola

Stuart Michael

SAY HOLA is a collection of art and design by a fresh and emerging Melbourne based artist, Maria Flores. Maria is curious about colour and patterns merged with nature and culture. Her love for geometric shapes, monochrome and quirky typography is a common trend in her work.    

Her home studio is full of cacti, love and giggles from her two chicas who are a constructive part of her work, especially of CARLOS CACTUS, which grew from their interest in puzzles, making things and spending time in the garden.

The hand prints are an important part of Maria's artistic journey.  Inspired by the art of palm reading as well as the Hand of Fatima, which is a positive way of keeping the negative vibes away.  Every hand is different in pattern to demonstrate that we all have our own path to discover.

Each piece is created, designed and made with love by Maria in Melbourne Australia. Gracias for hanging around.

Maria Flores: @say_hola
Studio Home: @studiohome
Stuart Michael: @stumichael

Photographed by Stuart Michael for Studio Home