Monday, July 28, 2014

Meet the Maker - Jessica Hallagan - The Good Thing

Hello there and welcome to another edition of our Meet the Maker series.  This week we're getting up close with Jessica from The Good Thing...


How would you describe your work?
I do custom cross stitch of family members, or bands or movie casts. I have              recently started doing another cheaper range without the option to customize.


How did you start selling online/ Etsy?
I haven’t stated an Etsy store yet; I am available through Facebook, Instagram and also for sale at Thousand IslandDressing, New Farm.

Who or what inspires you?
I am a big movie buff, I watch a lot of movies! And I also love music, it’s very rare when there not some background music on. Also my family, I have such a close relationship with my family and in fact the very first cross-stitch family portrait I did was a present for my sister-in-law and that’s what kicked off the whole idea to sell. We are a very creative bunch; I have always done craft with my mother, even at a young age watching her on her pottery wheel.

My husband is a bit of legend too, I often come home arms full of supplies and after a quick explanation- he has built whatever crazy idea I had had in my head! Ha, he’s great.


Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?  If yes, how is your art/craft eco-friendly?
For my cross-stitch portraits I try to use the same hoops over and over. I guess I could be more consciousness in this aspect.

Describe your studio/workspace?
I work as full time nanny in Norman Park so often I am working in the backyard, or park with the kids or in the lounge room when they are napping. Definitely a lot of time gets spent cross-stitching in my lounge room at home too. I bought myself a chest of drawers last year to keep all my frames, hoops and spare craft supplies in, that was a great fun decorating that.

What is your favourite thing to make?
I love doing the custom family cross-stitch. This is my main focus and my main joy. The are such a personal gift and I think the gift receiver can see how much time and effort and thought there loved one had put into their special present.

How did your business/shop name come about?
Ha, I took woodwork in high school- was horrible!- but I made a turtle shaped pot holder for my father for fathers day, it was so rubbish, the eyes were so uneven and all the joints underneath were so obscure. My father of course loved it- flaws and all- and has referred to it as “The Good Thing” ever since! It just seemed like the perfect name to start my business with.


Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
Omigoodness, everywhere. I would like to get my product into a few more shops and I have a PR friend urging me to let her approach magazines ect on my behalf (still a little daunting, TGT has only been opened 11 months). As my husband and I would like to start a family this year I’m looking forward to hanging up my nanny shoes and move into solely focusing on TGT and having this as my main source of income.

I would also like to get started on my Etsy store! And do a couple of markets. Joining BrisStyle was my first step in world domination, so its all go from here!!

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
So many things, I spent my early 20s in London and travelled a lot through Europe and found my self lost in many souks and markets. I adored a pair of handmade leather orange sandals that I had purchased in Morocco and burst into tears 2 years ago when I discovered my little puppy ate them.

Recently I have bought a customised portrait of my dog from Studio Cockatoo as a birthday present for my brother.

Where can we find you online/stockists (links etc)?

Instagram @Thegoodthingthings.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Meet the Maker - Aimee Porter - Aimee Frankie Designs

Hi there and welcome to an other edition in our Meet the Maker series.  This week we're chatting to Aimee from Aimee Frankie Designs...


How would you describe your work?
Original hand printed designs, inspired by travelling.

How did you start selling online?
I originally heard of Etsy when I first began blogging. The idea of selling my 

own product online has always interested me and with Etsy that’s possible. 

Who or what inspires you?
I love the work by Florence Broadhurst. She is the reason I began screen‐
printing, the detail in her work is truly amazing.  

Travelling to different countries has certainly inspired a lot of my own 
designs. I love finding unique motifs that are iconic to a city. They can be 

easily missed if you’re trying to see everything in one day. 


Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?
The cushion inserts I use are made from 100% recycled water bottles and plastics.

Describe your studio/workspace:
My studio is filled with lots of photo inspiration, colours and copious amounts of fabric. I also like to have inspiring quotes and affirmations to read while working. 

What is your favourite thing to make?
Cushions are my favourite item to design, having a visual merchandise 
background I have always believed that cushions and accessories are the 

finishing touches that bring the whole look together.  


How did your business name come about?
The name Aimee Frankie Designs originated from a vision I had of myself and how I imagined my life when I decided to move to Paris in 2012. My first name is Aimee and with my sausage dog Frankie, the name was created. 

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
In the next 12 months I would love to see the Aimee Frankie brand grow its 
online presence, be recognized within the Australian market and be available 

for purchase in selected stores across Australia.  

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?

A daisy bracelet I bought from the BrisStyle Twilight market years ago.  

Where can we find our more?
Find me on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram via my website, Aimee Frankie Designs.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meet the Maker - Michelle Auer - The Attic

Hello there and welcome to another edition of our Meet the Maker series.  This morning we're getting up close with Michelle from The Attic.

How would you describe your work?
I have a passion (obsession?!) with vintage ephemera papers that I love to incorporate into my works.


Who or what inspires you?
I have always created – for over 20 odd years I was an exhibiting artist with my mixed media and print making works. When we moved to Brisbane three years ago I just never got around to unpacking my art implements! Instead I sought out local markets and decided to incorporate my love of book binding and my vintage ephemera collection and focus on a niche that I hadn’t seen at any market or store anywhere.

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?  If yes, how is your art/craft eco-friendly?
I love to reuse and recycle all that I find along the way. A lot of my ephemera papers are things most people throw out like old invoices, movie tickets, stamps etc. Every little piece is ‘valuable’ to my collection and most have some story that I can weave into a new beginning. What I am unable to use I save and hand them on to others to use in their unique works.


Describe your studio/workspace?
My studio is ever changing. I am constantly evolving and creating and most times my mind is working faster than my hands! I have a small studio with lots of light that overlooks the local park. Nearly all of its walls are graffitied on! I use my walls to document my ideas, favourite inspirational quotes & other designers work hang in these surroundings. Then there are shelves upon shelves of musty old books & pages from books that have seen the passing of time!

What is your favourite thing to make?
My favourite thing to make would be my journals & my palimpsest wood blocks. I find binding my journals very therapeutic. As I work on each one, I create little stories in my head of who the journal will find to be its keeper.

When I find a gorgeous original photograph of someone long ago and incorporate it into its new home on the wood block, I build a story up of that person and hopefully when one looks at it, they too can see the connection of intimacy between the image and that of the ephemera papers I have used.


How did your business/shop name come about?
I have always been inspired by my Scottish grandmother, who loved to weave a tale about her travels as a young girl from Scotland to Australia. I always believed as a child that she had a secret attic filled with wonderful treasures from her trip over the seas and that I would find hidden in her tea chests, a collection of old photographs, books and love letters from a past long ago. When she passed away I discovered she didn’t have an attic! And the only letters she had were the ones that I had written to her as a young girl. At that moment I decided that one day I would gift myself her ‘attic’. Hence, this is where my name came from, The Attic.


Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
I can see already that I am definitely heading full circle back into my art. In the back of my mind I can see these little palimpsest wood blocks manifesting into major art works and I am excited at the prospect.

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
My favourite handmade item would have to be ‘ Jess’, my hoop art by designer Tracy Chaplin who’s label is GretelGirl. I love Tracy’s work so much!
  
A VERY close 2nd is the Sybella label by our own Belinda Chisholm. I have a lovely ever-growing collection of her divine bags!

Where can we find you online/stockists?

You can find my work at
The State Library Gift Shop


Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet the Maker - Amanda Richmond - Pollen

Hello there and welcome to another edition of our Meet the Maker series.  This morning we're cosying up with Amanda from Pollen...


How would you describe your work?
Pollen Clothing is a range of bespoke, high-quality clothes for children & women, handmade with love using unique, beautiful, fun fabrics.

How did you start selling online/ Etsy (if applicable)?
I first fell in love with Etsy a few years back as an avid purchaser. Then I jumped on board as a seller after being so inspired by gorgeous shops.


Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by my grandmother & mother’s fabric & trim collection which overflow with beautiful, gorgeous things.

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?  If yes, how is your art/craft eco-friendly?
I try & reduce wastage by using off cuts in jewellery, accessories & any appliqué work I create. I love vintage fabric & trims which have had a previous life & have been saved from being thrown out as useless.


Describe your studio/workspace?
My studio is in the down stairs spare bedroom. I work very well in chaos with the ability to, normally, know exactly where everything can be found. I love having majority of my fabric on display for inspiration & accessibility. With mood boards & quotes to lighten my day & keep me on task.


What is your favourite thing to make?
I love making boys shorts!! I have three boys!

How did your business/shop name come about?
I have been a florist since I was 18 & Pollen came about by my love for flowers.

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
Loads more markets & building brand identity.

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
Sconnie & Jam Bunny brooch

Where can we find you online/stockists (links etc)?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Welcome to Australia's first all day outdoor Fashion Precinct this Saturday July 5!




Welcome to Australia's first all day outdoor Fashion Precinct!


Emerge Australia is passionate about supporting and developing the Brisbane fashion industry and will be hosting some very cool events at Teneriffe Festival. 

The full day’s program includes pamper stations, pop-up shops, interactive styling workshops and fashion parades featuring BrisStyler Sue Flewell-Smith from Ivy Rose Design Studio!

Secure your GOLD VIP table package for the entire day to watch your favourite designers and boutiques from the runway side, enjoy private access to your own VIP bar, gift bag, designer and boutique prizes, mingle with fashion industry insiders and enjoy all seven shows. If you're a fashion fanatic and want a front row view to just one of our seven shows, purchase a SILVER VIP ticket today.

JOIN THE EVENT HERE.





{ HQ Happenings } Join us this Saturday July 5, to celebrate Teneriffe Festival!

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This Saturday join BrisStyle, Artslink Queensland and Mr Rush Cafe to celebrate the fabulously creative Teneriffe Festival "where the streets, laneways & riverwalks surrounding our new HQ will be saturated with colour, great music, fine food & over 50,000 local & interstate visitors."
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Meet. Learn & Create at BrisStyle HQ this Saturday! Bring along your own crafty projects; learn pom pom making or simply sit & talk local creativity!
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"Bonnie Jenkin's artwork is concerned with what lies in the peripheral vision of the everyday, observing the beauty and intrigue of the multi-faceted environment that surrounds us." Be the first to see Bonnie'sArtslink Exhibition direct from the Rosebud St Gallery
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Emerge Australia is passionate about supporting and developing the Brisbane fashion industry and will be hosting some very cool events at Teneriffe Festival. The full day’s program includes pamper stations, pop-up shops, interactive styling workshops and fashion parades featuring BrisStyler Sue Flewell-Smith from Ivy Rose Design Studio!
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Getting to BrisStyle HQ is super easy with public transport galore.
Ferry/ CityCat :: Terminals New Farm Park and Teneriffe Stops (1.2km walk or take the bus below)
Bus :: HQ is at stop 13A (010331) Zone 2 directly outside the front door of the HQ building (route 199 directly from the city and Teneriffe Wharf). The City Glider stops at Teneriffe Wharf too!
For more details visit the Teneriffe Festival 'Getting There' page.
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Meet the Maker - Fiona Woodhouse - Nomad Hattery

Hello there and welcome to another edition of our Meet the Maker series.  Today we'll be chatting with Fiona Woodhouse of Nomad Hattery.



How would you describe your work?I create handmade, unique, vintage inspired art for your head. I love using old, found objects that can evolve into something new and beautiful.

How did your Etsy shop come into being (if applicable)?I have only just started my Etsy shop and I’m currently adding my first items for sale. I decided to start an etsy shop to help in getting my headwear seen by the world and hopefully make some money in the process. (I definitely have the dream of being able to leave my day job and become a full-time artist)

Who or what inspires you?Living on the edge of Toohey Forest I am very inspired by my environmental surrounds. From the colourful and ever present singing birds to beetles and caterpillars and the varying hues of green and brown that envelope my home. Surrealist art, friend’s art, art Nouveau. I have always had a great love and respect for the bygone eras and the pieces that get passed down from generations before me. I find the old very intriguing. My garden, with the distant sound of frogs and my partner playing guitar on the deck and of course my dog who hangs out and offers support when things start to become stagnant. My life is forever fenced in music. Music allows creation to run free.

Do you ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ as part of your creative process?  If yes, how is your art / craft eco-friendly? Wherever possible I use materials that at some stage of their life have had another purpose. From making flowers out of old scarfs, vintage suits become Ivy caps, old buttons, tiny watch parts and bits and pieces collected from op shops and garage sales. I believe that whenever you are able to re-use something that would otherwise be adding to the giant holes in the earth we call landfill it is being eco-friendly. 

Can you describe your studio / work area? There used to be a room in my house we called the junk room. Now it is my craft room. It has a view of my front garden. It is small, well cozy and has a good vibe for creation.



What is your favorite thing to make?At the moment it is hats. Any kind of thing you put on your head from the logical to the inquisitive.

How did you decide on your business name?Ha ha. I actually didn’t. I knew that I wanted to incorporate something about the nomadic societies that made felt a long time ago as I was spending much of my time dying wool and felting winter hats. It had been days of trying to come up with something until I ran it past my partner. He said immediately ‘Nomad Hatter’. He still says I owe him big time for it. I agree.

Where do you hope to see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?I would love to have my art seen by many different people and would be especially happy to see people wearing my products. I would really enjoy if the world could see my art and appreciate it.

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?Wow! What a hard question. I have much adoration of handmade effects and try to support the people who create them as much as I can. I love travelling to countries like Thailand and Nepal where you are able to watch people hand-sewing bags and hand-carving jewelry from the dirt at the side of the road. When you purchase these things you always feel like you’ve really brought back a piece of the place and the person who put their time into making it. (I refuse to haggle for handmade treasures.) I think though my favourite is a sterling silver bird of paradise pendant that I bought from The Rocks markets in Sydney years ago. It was one of those times that I said “I’ll have to think about it” and every step I took further away from it the more anxious I became. I ran back and bought it and have never regretted it.

Where can we find out more about you and your work?www.facebook.com/nomad.hatter
www.nomadhatter.com.au
www.twitter.com/Nomad_Hatter
www.etsy.com/nomadhatter