Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meet the Maker - Kat Parsons - Kazzycaboodles Creations

This week we catch up with Kat Parsons PhD student and creative mind behind Kazzycaboodles Creations


Were you creative as a child/do you come from a creative family?
Yep I sure was – I have been drawing ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil. My parents are also creative - mum is a botanical painter and my dad likes to build things.

How would you describe your work?
A reflection of myself as a scientist, fossicker and cartoonist, most of my works are related to either one or all of these roles. 


How has your work evolved since you started?
I guess it has become more involved in terms of geology (active mineral collecting in the field) as well as more focused upon recycling and reusing found objects.

How did you start selling online/ Etsy?
I found out about Etsy through BrisStyle and decided to open a store. Since then I haven’t looked back. I have met so many wonderful people on there! :)


Who or what inspires you?
Science inspires me (specifically geology) and the rush of getting out in the great outdoors to find items. My fiancĂ© and family also inspire me along the way – keeping me motivated and contributing ideas.

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?  
Yep I sure do. I use recycled clothing and fabric remnants to make my fabric button stud earrings, use vintage buttons for my button earrings, salvage / recycle photo frames for original artworks or displays, and even use copper wire out of dumped televisions to wire wrap raw minerals.


Describe your studio/workspace?
Chaos! In all seriousness it is a room in our small three-bedroom townhouse.  In there I have my trusty table and chair (which I got for free) with an extensive collection of vintage buttons and minerals displayed in glass jars. I also have a large amount of vintage / collectible items in there too so it feels more like an antique store than workspace.

What is your favourite thing to make?
Oooh that’s a hard question! I guess it would be hand drawn wooden brooches as I can create something that’s small, colourful and full of character in one sitting.


How did your business/shop name come about?
My nickname is Kaz, I have the whole kit and caboodle when it comes to my creations (earrings, artworks etc).

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
I am hoping to become more involved in markets (whether that be volunteering or having a stall). I would really love to meet new artists and make friends.

What’s your top tip to others wanting to break into the handmade/creative market?
Create what you love. This ensures that you love every bit of the process. Also don’t give up. Persistence is key.


Describe your typical creative day?
PhD, craft, PhD, craft. Rinse and repeat. I tend to mix my creative hours between hours of study.

Favourite quote?
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” -  Norman Vincent Peale.

Music or movie while creating?
Indie / alternative music – Tired Pony, Snow Patrol, Interpol, Doves, Turin Brakes etc. The album I have on repeat at the moment is The Ghost of the Mountain by Tired Pony.


What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
A three pack of handmade hair bows from Lavender Latte. They are so cute and so incredibly well made!!!


Where can we find you online/stockists?
www.etsy.com/shop/kazzycaboodles
www.facebook.com/kazzycaboodlescreations
www.instagram.com/kazzycaboodles
www.pinterest.com/kazzycaboodles

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Etsy Design Awards 2014

Finalists have been announced for the Etsy Design Awards for Australian Etsy sellers and four of our lovely BrisStylers are on the list:

Alice - Alice Nightingale



Jess - Epheriell



Melanie - Kimono Reincarnate



Belinda - Belinism


The awards recognise unique, high quality design and craftsmanship and celebrate the people who make etsy.com a destination for great design. Nominees fall into five categories - new talent, home & living, art & illustration, fashion & accessories and business as unusual - and all are eligible for the community choice award. Entrants have a chance to win a trip to New York and be featured in the December issue of InsideOut and you can win yourself a $250 Etsy gift card by voting for your favourite item or shop.

To view all the finalists and cast your vote head over HERE

Monday, September 29, 2014

Peppermint Magazine : Issue 23

Have you snapped up the Spring issue of Peppermint mag yet?

buy a copy from Etsy here
This issue - "food for thought' is chock full of food related articles and interviews including chats with ten inspiring folks from around the world - including Simon Bryant, Stephanie Alexander, Liz Wolfe and Belle Gibson -  discussing everything from the environmental impact of food to its emotional resonance. You can learn how to make pantry staples from scratch with Emma Galloway, read about Ron Finley - the man transforming LA's food desserts into food forests, visit Kyneton in Victoria and find out how Claire Dunne survived a year of back to basics wilderness living.

And just inside the front cover* you'll spot a few of our fabulous BrisStyler's including - Handmade High Street, Each to Own, Jetta's Nest, The Art and Craft Cottage, Karissa Chase, Michelle Pujol, The Thinktree and Ministry of Handmade


Make sure you grab your copy soon.

*Peppermint Mag is the major media sponsor of BrisStyle Inc

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meet the maker - Angela Tracey - Poppy Wynter Designs

This week we meet the lovely Angela, creator of boutique stationery label Poppy Wynter


Were you creative as a child/do you come from a creative family?
Yes, I have always been inspired to be creative since a young age, my Nana who is now 92 still takes Art Classes for her bark paintings every week. And my mum who has been sewing since she was 15. I hope that I have inherited just a little of their creativity.

How would you describe your work?
Unique, I love doing custom designs for customers and have something that is different to the rest.

How has your work evolved since you started?
I have learnt a lot from other designers along the way but I think the moment I evolved was when I decided to go it on my own. This has been a huge learning curve and I am so excited about it.


How did you start selling online/ Etsy?
It was only natural to jump straight into the selling online scene and Etsy is just an amazing place to sell. 

Who or what inspires you?
Everything, I could spend hours looking through wedding blogs and homeware blogs love, love, love it!!  


Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process? 
I am always conscious of reusing and recycling.  

Describe your studio/workspace?
Sometimes at the kitchen bench, other times out on the deck. Depends what mood my 4 month old is in. But when I do get a chance to work in my studio its on my lovely vintage wood desk with lots of inspiration around.

What is your favourite thing to make?
My ‘love story’ invitations. I love getting my customers love story and creating it into a special custom invitation that is as unique as their wedding.  


How did your business/shop name come about (if applicable)?
I always said if I have a little girl I would name her Poppy Wynter. Um I now have a 4 month old and her name is Olive. So it became my business name.

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
I would love to grow my business to be more of a full time job. Would really love to build my brand by doing a lot more markets within Brisbane.

What’s your top tip to others wanting to break into the handmade/creative market?
Consistency. It’s really hard to stay motivated when you see nothing happening but keep that consistent flow of new products, facebook/instagram post and eventually you will start to reap the rewards.


Describe your typical creative day?
My brain starts at 5.00am. I always lay in bed with ideas of new designs, so this just gets me motivated to get up and put them down on paper. In between looking after the girl, I always sit down for creative time during the day.

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
When I got married I bought a beautiful “twigs and honey” headpiece. I think I will always have it on display.

Where can we find you online/stockists (links etc)?
Instagram – Poppy Wynter Designs

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September Kids School Holiday Workshops

Our popular kids school holiday workshops kick off this week. Here's some of our sweet participants from last holidays:



All workshops are hosted by the lovely Kate of My Aunty Anna. Kate is a textile artist and uber crafter - perhaps you've stumbled across her giant weaving projects at community festivals on the northside. 

This holidays there's plenty of sessions to choose from for both boys and girls ages six and up. Kids can get crafty making pom poms, torn paper collage, jewellery, string art, macramĂ© and pet rocks to list just a few.  
 

Here's the full program. Tuesday and Thursday workshops are $25* each or $45* for the full day and Wednesday sessions are $20* each or $50* for the whole day.
*+GST and booking fee


To book head over to BrisStyle and click on the image for the workshop you're after.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meet the maker - Deb Magee - Lady Brass Steampunk Garnishes

This week we catch up with Deb, the creative mind behind Lady Brass Steampunk Garnishes

 
Were you creative as a child/do you come from a creative family?
I loved drawing and art as a child through school & college and I was encouraged by my family to continue doing something I loved so I’m just about to finish my Fine Arts majoring in Assemblage Sculpture & Assemblage Ceramics.

How would you describe your work?
My Lady Brass work is an extension of that art background with my jewellery & garnishes being “assembled” and original pieces created in the Steampunk genre.

How has your work evolved since you started?
I find myself exploring and engaging in all the different styles within this look which has resulted in some fun pieces.   I was always being asked where I got my own jewellery from and said that I made my own so people wanted me to make them something and so my work evolved.
 
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Who or what inspires you?
The whole Steampunk genre. Just love it J and all things Vintage Victorian Steam Metal Clocks Cogs – things made to last! Things made by craftsmen with time honoured skills.

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?  If yes, how is your art/craft eco-friendly?
I use a lot of recycled parts/pieces and bits in my work as I love Metal! In all its forms and I’m a regular caller at the Brisbane Metal Scrap Yard!! I also love Reverse Garbage for some fascinating bits & bobs to create my garnishes.  I’m a bit of a bowerbird!

Describe your studio/workspace?
Haaha that’s funny as my family will tell you I’ve taken over the – garage!  The Study! and the entire dining  table!

What is your favourite thing to make?
I think I like assembling Brooches the best as I can combine so many elements to create a unique one of a kind piece.

 
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How did your business/shop name come about?
Whilst going over a number of name options – my gorgeous son came in and said “Mom you love Brass and you are a Lady – why not “Lady Brass” – now who could refuse such a lovely compliment! So Lady Brass Steampunk Garnishes was born.

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
Creating a more comprehensive range and for Men as well and expanding my work to bigger pieces such as gauntlets, chest strapping’s etc.

What’s your top tip to others wanting to break into the handmade/creative market?
Hey – take a Big Breath and Step Out – be confident in what your “mark making” is and the BrisStyle group are the best and most supportive people to start with!
  

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Describe your typical creative day?
Well – my dining table is right in the middle of the room with all my bits & pieces on it! so I’m always “doing” throughout the day J

Favourite quote
Life is like a Cherry – each bite is sweeter than the last!

Music or movie while creating?
Hee hee – “Flashdance” & “Star Trek”

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
A gorgeous brass heart split in the middle then riveted together – the imagery of the piece speaks volumes

Where can we find you online/stockists?  
facebook - lady brass steampunk garnishes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

{I heart craft} - creative development session - marketing and social media

Top tips on marketing via social media with Jess Van Den
Social media trends change by the minute. Let local entrepreneur Jess Van Den from Create & Thrive give you the latest on why social media is vital to your online business, and how to work smarter, not harder on your social media marketing strategy.
Jess Van Den
{ABOUT} Jess Van Den is a self-employed silversmith working under the Epheriell label. She has been making jewellery since 2008, when she opened her Etsy shop to sell her jewellery as a hbby, and turned Epheriell into her full-time occupation in 2010. Jess holds a BA, BSc. and BEd, and transitioned from traditional teaching to speaking and writing about handmade business best practice as she grew her jewellery business. She's the founder and editor of Create & Thrive, where people learn how to turn their handmade hobby into a full-time business from those who've done just that.

When: Saturday 13th September
Where: BrisStyle HQ - 1F/24 Macquarie St. Teneriffe QLD 4005
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Cost: FREE - BOOKED OUT - REGISTER NOW to be placed on the wait list