Category Archives: illustration

Cigarette cards, Anatomy books & more

Recently, we got accepted to be a part of the wonderful Lepus Australis exhibition… SO exciting!! A very bunny exhibition featuring the works of so many amazing Australian illustrators- Emma Leonard, Sally Land, Lilly Piri, Courtney Brims, Kirbee Lawler, The Storybook Rabbit, McKean Studio just to name a few.

WHAT AN HONOUR to have the opportunity to have whatever we create hanging alongside the works of these stupidly talented peops!!

The question was: what to do?!

We’ve been a little obsessed with beautiful vintage printed anything- anatomy illustrations from the 1940’s, cigarette cards from the 1920’s, 1960’s animal studies books, 40 year old trashy novels in the discount pile.

We’ve  been hungry for exploring how to incorporate these images into an artwork.. not a copy & paste exercise but more a re-creation and re-interpretation of sorts (the desaturated and yellowed-with-age tones so easily lends themselves to this).

& so this was the path we took with our artwork: illustration & collage galore.

Here’s a few snippets of our work in progress as well as a little sneak preview of our artwork:

Full reveal of the artwork and more details of the exhibition to come- just keep early July free if you are a Melbournite!

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A collective sigh of happiness from us as we return to our blog after so long. We do apologise for the absence. Our feet had been run off. On such fun projects as this one here: Writing Things . One of a series of wonderful, thought-provoking guides for writers devised by Shaun Levin. We had the pleasure of illustrating objects aplenty for this nifty little writer’s guide. Can’t wait to get our one in the post soon. Writer or just plain lover of illustrations- you can get your hands on one too. Right about here. Love.

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Devils At Dusk

And after so long, a preview of our brand new artwork ‘Devils At Dusk’ created in collaboration with Made590!

Inspired by Christina from Made590’s vision of capturing the great Australian dusk, Me & Oli have created an artwork that celebrates the depth and richness of Australian flora and fauna at dusk- our favourite time of day when all things are imbued with the delicious warm hues of sunset.

This artwork is a textile yardage print to be featured over a number of delicious base cloths & oh-so-pretty garments from Made 590… & perhaps a limited edition range of something or other from Me & Oli… more to be revealed in the New Year!

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Boy have we been slack with our blog posting! We have just been busy traveling and exploring a beautiful part of the world… hoping some inspiration from our time exploring will start making appearances in our work. ‘Til then we will try to up our posting by a thousand plus one. Starting from today.

Here are some of our sketches from ‘on the road’. Most are taken via instagram (follow us @meandoli )

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Open Night at Gaffa!

If you are in Sydney, join us TONIGHT 6-8PM for the Me & Oli Open Night at our Pop Up shop at Gaffa! Off-the-rack goods & Made-To-Measure service are all available & it is sure to be a fun filled eve of art, fashion & drinks  ($2 at the bar) as we will be showing our work alongside a bunch of incredible photographic exhibitions opening as a part of Head On Photo Festival. Can’t Wait!
& if you’re around today, we are opened all day, drawing away… so pop in & say hello! We are only opened for a few more days!

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Launching new Print at the Me & Oli Pop-Up Shop

Less than a week to go until the Me & Oli Pop Up Shop opens during Australian Fashion Week at Gaffa*! April 30-May 5!
Not only will there be our Made-To-Measure service & off-the-rack goodies… but we will also be launching our brand new print, ‘Dollars & Cents’!!! Here is a sneak preview… can’t wait to show you in person! ♥ ♥

monday 30th april 10am-6pm
tuesday 1st may 10am-6pm
wednesday 2nd may 10am-6pm
thursday 3rd may 10am-8pm
friday 4th may 10am-6pm
saturday 5th may 11am-5pm


Thanks to…
Model: Bel Sheriff
Photography: Andrew Messer
Hair & Make-Up: Belinda Goodwin
♥ ♥

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Oh yes, it took awhile but we’re finally on Instagram.

Follow meandoli to see our work (big & small), love & everyday moments…

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Me & Oli Pop Up Shop At Gaffa

Australian Fashion Week is just around the corner! In celebration & because we want YOU to be a part of the excitement of the week, we are thrilled to announce that we will be opening a Me & Oli POP-UP SHOP at GAFFA , an art
& design precinct in Sydney’s CBD, for the week of April 30- May 5.

There will be fashion, there will be custom fitting, there will be LIVE drawing PLUS we will be launching new styles and our NEW PRINT- so for those of you that are in Sydney or are visiting, mark the date in your diaries and keep your ears peeled for more details of what we’ll be unfolding throughout that week of fashion!

Me & Oli Pop Up Shop

Gaffa. Arcade 1/281 Clarence St, Sydney CBD

Opening Hours:
Monday April 30: 10AM-6PM
Tuesday May 1: 10AM-6PM
Wednesday May 2: 10AM-6PM
Thursday May 3: 10AM-8PM*
Friday May 4: 10AM-6PM
Saturday May 5: 11AM-5PM

*Join us for drinks & nibblies Thursday May 3: 6-8PM!

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Frilled Neck Lizard

It’s funny, when we studied kangaroos for the Roomance print we created for the lovely shop Made590 we actually grew a slight fear of these furry animals.

However, when we drew this little fearsome guy for our brand new print (yes!! coming soon!!), we actually grew a love and appreciation for these frilly fellows. Oh the beauty of their ruffles! L’amour!

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Quilted Lie

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Me & Oli Open Night

Thanks to our good friend Clara and the residence of ‘Flodge’ who generously opened up their inner sydney home for us, we recently hosted a Me & Oli Open Night for a small group of friends.

Champagne was flowing as were delicious finger food from our talented friends, Clara, Sab & Sam, who also happen to be brilliant cooks. This gorgeous inner city home was the perfect canvas & we have everyone in the home to thank for helping in the setup of the Open Night, including our friend Jon who helped make everything look even prettier than we imagined.

Thanks also to our ever helpful friend, Luisa Bustos, whose benevolence through all our main events floors us every time, the night was a fun filled fare full of Me & Oli goodies from custom made service to off-the-rack offers.

The Open Night was so special that we cannot wait to plan another with the aim of the next one being open to a wider audience… including ALL friends of Me & Oli!! We shall definitely keep you posted!


From Top:
Flowers prettying up the night; Me & Oli installation featuring Made-To-Order samples; Our friend Clara being an awesome model; Clara in brand new Me & Oli dress ‘Mum’s The Word’; The gorgeous inner city home, a perfect canvas for the night

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a quiet

we have been feeling a little quiet since the turn of the year. we think this, one of the concepts that we created for an exciting new project (which we have been working away on & can’t wait to tell you all about it) , kind of reflects the hush.

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ode to cat

Drawn in loving memory of Puss. This is a tail for all pets loved & lost.

This artwork is a mixed media piece combining tender pencil lines & a fruity burst of collage.

Medium : Pencil, Collage, Flat Paint, Wood

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just in case you haven’t already seen…

1. we now have a BRAND NEW category on our online shop: TANKS!!!*

2. we finally have a BRAND NEW PRINT: PARLIAMENT**

so take a peek & see what combo of prints & shapes might catch your fancy!!

♥ ♥ ♥

* there are 3 easy-to-wear shapes available in the Tanks category prices range between $75-140AU depending on shape & print combo

** Parliament is a congregation of birds digitally printed onto a soft cotton tee fabric. It can only be found in the Tanks category.

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wrap up!

& we are back after a crazy time at the sydney finders keepers ss ’11!

thank you so much for those who took the time out in the wonder filled markets to visit us!

for those who didn’t make it, we thought we would share some pics of our stall which we were so happy with- thanks to the incredible work of our very clever friends!! (sorry the pics aren’t the best, we had to steal quiet moments so were a little rushed!)
as we really wanted to reflect the custom-made concept of our online store, we had a section of our stall where you could choose a me & oli print, match it to one of the shapes on the sample rack & we measured you up & started the process of custom making the garment! we felt like this went most smoothly & were really blown away to find so many embracing the concept & really taking part in our interactive stall!

of course, we didn’t forget we were in a market environment so had got fun things made up just for the occasion- like illustrated & digitally printed scarves, tees, tanks, totes & chrissy cards.

for lovers out there who didn’t make it to the market, rest assured we have put some of these ‘off the rack’ products aside for you. so stay tuned as we start posting up lots of these goodies this week… starting from today (just in time for your chrissy shopping!)

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