Woven Bead Planter by Peaches + Keen (comment today to be in the running to win this sweet piece!)

Embroidered artwork by Peaches + Keen

Various beaded and crocheted hanging planters by Peaches + Keen!

Lily Daley and Lucy Hearn of Peaches + Keen – photograph by She is Frank, taken at Lily’s engagement!

Melbourne creative duo Lucy Hearn and Lily Daley are Peaches+Keen. (‘Lily’s nickname is Peach and Lucy is super keen!’).  They create a rather mad but fabulous little range of unique jewellery items, homewares and artwork with one thing in common – vibrant, buzzing COLOUR!

Lucy and Lily met in 2003 at Brighton Bay Art Design & Photography course in Melbourne – Lucy went on to study Gold & Silversmithing at RMIT, while Lily studied Visual Communication at Monash.  After uni Lucy became a jeweller (and a Mum!), while Lily started work as a Graphic Designer.

In mid 2011 an opportunity came up where this creative pair had access to a disused shopfront in the backstreets of Richmond, so naturally, they decided to have an exhibition! Within about a month they had cleaned up the space, created a substantial amount of work, and put on a show. Thrilled with the results of this spontaneous project, Lucy and Lily have been creating and exhibiting their cheerful handcrafted creations across Melbourne since then, under the name Peaches+Keen.

‘Our work is about bringing colour, joy and leafy delights into living spaces’ say Lucy and Lily. ‘We make hanging planters, artworks and jewellery that combine our love of all things bold and bright – handmade items that make people smile.’

A highlight for this clever crafty pair has been a window exhibition at the super awesome Dagmar Rousset last year – ‘we had the best time hanging out with Julia in her little fluoro universe’ says Lily!  More recently, P+K exhibited a Hanging Garden installation in the Craft Victoria window space, which they were super excited to work on – ‘everyone at Craft Victoria was so lovely and supportive, and we felt so fortunate to show our work at a Melbourne institution, where it could be seen by so many people’ say Lucy and Lily.

The ‘Fluoro Duo’ have got a lot on their plate at present – in fact, Lucy’s second baby is arriving today (!!) so that’s the most immediate item on the Peaches+Keen calendar! Later on in the year they’ll be getting stuck into a big project with the Harvest Textiles crew – which will include a residency at Harvest Workroom at the end of the year. Match made in heaven if you ask me!

Lucy and Lily have generously offered a sweet giveaway for one lucky reader!  The prize is one of their fabulous woven plastic bead planters (the white one with orange and pink triangles, pictured up top!).  To be in the running, simply leave your comment on this post before 10.00pm tonight, Melbourne time. A winner will be drawn at random and contacted by email tomorrow!

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To keep up with these two busy craftaholics, do check out the Peaches + Keen blog… and they’re on instagram – @peachesandkeen!

Embroidered artwork by Peaches + Keen

Various planters by Peaches + Keen