Thursday, February 12, 2015

Meet the maker - Linda Fountain

Its time to kick off our first maker interview for 2015. So grab a cuppa and a biccy and settle down to read all about feisty jeweller Linda Fountain of Wildcat Creations.

Were you creative as a child/do you come from a creative family?
Yes, my mother was a seamstress and my father a carpenter. Being from a large and relatively poor family we had to be creative.


How would you describe your work?
This is a difficult one to answer. My pieces have been described anything from stylish to downright bizarre.

How has your work evolved since you started?
Looking back on some of my early work, I now see some pieces clumsy and uninteresting. These days I sketch my ideas and work out the details before I commence. Although I do love to sit down and just let inspiration come to me. I seem to have developed my “style” also. I’m much more critical of my work these days.

How did you start selling online?
I do have an Etsy store, but have yet to make a sale. It will happen!


Who or what inspires you?
Nature inspires me. I have a love of the ocean. Pearls often feature in my work, as does cuttle bone casting.

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?
Yes! The silver I use is recycled. I also cast with my scrap. I re‐use whatever I can. I have an old copper hot water tank which I upcycle. I also use old china plates. Blue willow and silver look stunning together.



Describe your studio/workspace?
Spacious, neat and tidy or chaotic depending on what I’m working on.

What is your favourite thing to make? 
Anything cast in cuttle bone. The results are always a surprise.



How did your business/shop name come about?
Wildcat was the nickname given to me by co‐workers years ago. Seems I had a bit of a temper. I’ve mellowed but the name stuck.

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
I hope to keep learning and improving my skills.

What’s your top tip to others wanting to break into the handmade/creative market?
Just take that first step. If you love doing what you do and believe in yourself, take that first step

Describe your typical creative day?
Time has no meaning. If I let myself get totally immersed in whatever I’m working on, the outside world disappears.
Most days, I have a plan of what I need to create and stick to it, other times, it’s all experimental.



Favourite quote?
Don’t regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many.

Music or movie while creating?
Neither, usually the sound of the birds outside, the wind, or just the quiet of the bush. (I live out in the sticks)

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
A wooden jewellery box. It’s a simple design, made from beautiful wood.

Where can we find you online? 
Etsy - wild cat creations
www - wild cat creations

Friday, December 12, 2014

BrisStyle twelve gift guides for Christmas - decorations

It's time to deck the halls, dress the tree, share kind words and christmas wishes with loved ones and most of all enjoy the spirit of Christmas with the BrisStyle Christmas Decoration Gift Guide.


Clockwise from top left - mini dream catcher ornaments - Spirit Fire, snowflake and sheet music garland - 3 Girls and A Goat, origami ornament - Kimono Reincarnate, Dalek Christmas card - Planet Pickle, assorted gift tags - The Print Press Studio, hand painted reindeer magnet - Marta Walenda, felt star ornament - In Pink Ink

Don't forget it's the final City Hall Indie Market on Saturday and it'll be your last chance to pick up some fab handmade cards and decorations from your favourite BrisStyler.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BrisStyle twelve gift guides for Christmas - presents for the eco conscious

Looking for something for the eco warrior in your family this Christmas? Many of our lovely BrisStylers incorporate ecologically sound practices into their work. From those who creatively reuse paper and found objects to those who only use recycled fabric, findings and silver there are plenty of eco friendly goodies to keep the greenies happy this festive season. Here's just a small selection to whet the appetite:


Clockwise from top left - vintage map necklace - Myclectic, recycled papier-mache earrings - Flight Paths for Paper Birds, one of a kind necklace - Wimcee, woodland decor - Kuber Store, screen printed cushion - Easter Bonnet, raindrop necklace - Epheriell, tallowood possum brooch - Core 

Don't forget it's the final City Hall Indie Market on Saturday and it'll be your last chance to pick up some fab handmade wares from your favourite BrisStyler.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BrisStyle twelve gift guides for Christmas - girls under 10

Quirky and unique gifts for girls under 10 are easy to find with the BrisStyle Gift Guide! From lego jewellery to bath products and even something for the little chef, there's something to make every little girls christmas wishes come true.


Clockwise from top left - My Tote House - Red Fox Ink, fine art print - Poppy Wynter, Rabbit brooch - I make it au, apron and chefs hat - C.HottesStuff, hair pins - Kimono Reincarnate, lego ring - CacyCat, bubble bath cupcake - Oasis Products Au.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BrisStyle twelve gift guides for Christmas - work colleague

Looking for a special something for a work mate or friend? Marta has collated a collection of BrisStyle goodies to help you with the last of your Christmas shopping.


From top left corner clockwise - silver earrings - Two Plums, cake plate - Take Two, coin purse - Shelley Berelli, Japanese fabric, resin and silver earrings - Kimono Reincarnate, Twist, turn and tie 50 Japanese Braids - Braid and Bead Studio, polka dot crochet hook - The Spotted Hook, music note earrings - Myclectic, writers blocks - Red Fox Ink, glass covers - C.HottesStuff, textured silver bracelet - Small Green Leaf, handmade soap - Oasis Products Au

Monday, December 8, 2014

BrisStyle twelve gift guides for Christmas - Mum

With the tradition of the twelve days of Christmas I've brought you twelve gift ideas by BrisStyle members for Mum. These gifts cover craft, art, homewares and the much needed bling of uniquely made jewellery. You may even find something you like! Happy holidays and enjoy the selection.

Michelle Pujol


1. open pod earrings - Two Plums 2. Japanese print wristlet - Shelly Berelli 3. stacking art work - Cross your heart 4. polka dot crochet hook - The spotted hook 5. yarn bowl - Servant Ceramics 6. teardrop earrings - Small Green Leaf
7. blue woven fused glass fruit bowl - Simone McCluskie  8. ruby throated hummingbird fine art print - Winnifred's Daughter, 9. sterling silver open drop earrings - Kimono Reincarnate  10. art work wooden block - Mon Manabu
11. new growth specimen pendant - Michelle Pujol Jewellery 12. tree branch slice necklace - Mon Manabu

Sunday, December 7, 2014

BrisStyle twelve gift guides for Christmas - geek gifts

Are you looking for something for the geek in your life? Looking for something a little different? Something original? Are you a supporter of local artisans? Then check out these geek gifts, handmade by our wonderful BrisStyle members.

Tianni


From top left corner clockwise - Star Trek gold earrings - Planet Pickle, Tardis bobby pin hair slides - ChocRain, robot crayons - Poppisox, Dr Who Ood wallet - Sharlzdolcz, linen thread nest sculpture - Kuberstore, Troy crystal point necklace - Love Chrissa, Starry night brooch - Edward and Lily, acrylic black cat - Short Cuts Laser