We always shriek with delight when we hear of a new handmade retail outlet opening in crafty Brisbane. This week we were so thrilled to catch up with Sasha, owner of Fabric Fusion to discuss all things fabric, craft and handmade.
Tell us a little about your background and what path led you to open Fabric Fusion?
I have loved fabrics and creating for as long as I can remember, and when I did a ‘learn to quilt’ class in my early 20’s, the obsession was revived. When Brad and I started our little family, I couldn’t make my career as a lawyer work with how we wanted to raise our kids, so I became a stay at home mum. That led to lots of playing with fabric, starting an Etsy shop, buying fabrics in larger quantities, and the rest is history! Fabric Fusion opened as an online fabric shop in September 2009, and we opened our shopfront retail store in North Queensland, in July 2010. Since then a transfer has brought us (and all the fabrics and craftiness) to Brisbane, which we love J
Tell us what Fabric Fusion is all about?
I wanted to start a craft and handmade shop that didn’t feel like a shop – it should feel like you are coming to visit me in my craft room, can sit down, have a cuppa and a chat and stay as long as you like. We aim to support Australian fabric designers and handmade artisans, and try to feature as much local product in store, both by way of supplies and handmade items, as possible.
Where did the name Fabric Fusion come from?
Brad and I tossed around names for weeks, but I kept coming back to Fabric Fusion. It really feels like the right fit for our concept – fresh, interesting, different, a mix of old and new – not your average craft and handmade shop!
How does Fabric Fusion support independent artists and crafters and/or the handmade community?
Does Fabric Fusion have any exciting upcoming events?
- ideas for workshops and classes;
- we are starting a Crafty Mums Group, where Mums are welcome to bring along their kids for an organised activity while you get some crafting done (Wednesdays at 10.00am);
- 'meet the artisans' in-store sessions, with local handmade creators;
- and perhaps a Grand Opening in the New Year - any excuse for a glass of champagne.
|All images courtesy of Fabric Fusion|
What’s in store for Fabric Fusion in 2011 and beyond?