Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Maker - Studio deShan

Hi de Shan, so nice to meet you.

Were you creative as a child?

It all started when I decided I wished I had a tail...

My mother ran my father's business from home, before I was school-age and she would get stacks of butchers paper, make a few marks on a sheet and then tell me to "go wild", and I did.

Every day I have her to thank for my creative wild side...

How would you describe your work?

Big eyes, big face, big personality... it probably falls into the lowbrow art movement, very pop culture, lots of sass and a dash of darkness...

All the characters I draw come from my show *100 drawings in 100 days (see note below...)

How has your work evolved since you started?

Well it started with my 100 ideas which was hard, and I drew some guy's shoes when I was on the ferry one day... now I get inundated with suggestions from people that I only have to draw them, and they are all becoming more and more detailed every year because I am able to just focus on drawing, not worrying about "what" to draw...

How did you start selling Etsy?

A friend of mine in the US started her shop on Etsy and I fell in love with Etsy... so it was meant to be, we're a perfect match!

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by a glossy magazine, a fresh pack of pencils, pens, or a new sketchbook. the smell of the ocean and the idea of tufted little fox ears on hair clips... seriously, a pot plant could inspire me!

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?

I do as much as I can - I only use paper bags and I have a stamp with my logo on it that I use instead of stickers. Also,  all of my suppliers are local to me, like within 25 km of my studio!

I try to keep it all on the Sunshine Coast so we support each other rather than getting supplies from overseas.

Can you describe your studio?

My studio always has at least two dozen projects in progress, in varying states of "done-ness". I normally have to high-step (and even leap) over piles of creations to get to the easel… It’s my daily accidental work out ^_^

I am one of those artists who requires noisy trains and buses and lots of birds squawking and some fantastic music playing really loudly in order to create. Oh good grief I work in chaos! I paint with distractions full on! The studio is practically ON a train station, so it's noisy, but it's a small town, so it's quiet when the trains aren't running... The studio is kept in a state of perpetual organized chaos!

Plus I have shelves, lots of them, and an easel, loads of paints in one of those large plastic shoe organisers, so that each colour family has a section and more coffee cups filled with brushes than i care to mention...

How did your business name come about?

My friend and I were throwing around names when I was first setting up a website 15 years ago.
It needed to sound like what I do is art, but also a bit posh.  I wanted to call it "That Art Girl" but it was taken...

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?

I am trying to get down to Sydney and Melbourne into some of the markets there and possibly Japan at some stage.

Do you have a tip for other creatives wanting to break into the handmade market?

Do your research in your area of expertise in other markets overseas - so google and get on Pinterest etc., to find stall layout ideas before diving in.

Go to some markets personally and find what excites you, and try to create that sense of wonder in your own way.

What's a typical creative day for you?

Work out first, coffee, procrastinate, make a list and then start crossing off that list.

Do you have a favourite quote?

"Well behaved women rarely make history" - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Do you have a favourite CD you like listening to while creating?

Either Cake or Garbage

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?

A gorgeous black and white striped vase that I use in my stall's so Dr Seuss!

Where can we find you online?


"Lamington" in Noosa
"Maisy Moo" in Caloundra

The Eumundi Markets
The Young Designers Market at Southbank
Caloundra Street Fair

Have you been a BrisStyle member very long?

Not quite a year.

And how did you find out about BrisStyle?

From fellow stall holders at The Eumundi Markets.

And what made you decide to join BrisStyle?

I like to be able to reach more people who may not know about my art yet and be more accessible to those in other areas, not just mine.

Why do you craft?

It's my oxygen.

* These are my coloured prints from my annual original pen and ink drawing series “100 Drawings in 100 Days ”, which I have done every year for 5 years.

This began when I was an abstract painter and felt the need to start drawing again to 'get back to basics'.

Now in its 5th year, the show is held in November and is a silent auction for one night, 100 minutes and the starting bid is $100. A percentage of the sales then go to RedKite Charity for children with cancer, a charity that I have grown with over the years.

All of the characters I have drawn are at the request of my customers at the markets, and followers on Instagram and Facebook - I like to involve them in my process so that they feel more connected with my art and the pieces they will then go on to own.

I have created many sets of characters from movies, musicians, TV shows, as well as historical figures, and have a range of calendars, matted prints on paper, limited edition canvas prints and greeting cards.

The originals are all pen and ink in black and white, and I then colour them one-by-one with Photoshop to create this luxe rendition of each character. And don’t worry, they usually have other companions… stay tuned and check back often as I will probably have the whole set soon!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Maker - Raynbow Crow Studios

Let's meet Bronny, the creative brain behind Raynbow Crow Studios.

Were you creative as a child and do you come from a creative family?
I remember from a very young age being really into making mud pies. The way the sand mixed with the water was mesmerising to me. I’d then add my paints to them and much to my mother’s dismay insisted on painting the side of the house with the coloured mud concoction.
My mother was a talented fashion illustrator in her late teens and would have pursued a job in the fashion industry but WW2 was still going and jobs were scarce, though she continued to draw for the love of it and taught me many basic skills which I have never forgotten.

I definitely inherited my passion for art from my gorgeous mum and I was always filling sketch pads with various scenes from my favourite films or comics during my childhood.

And how would you describe your work?
Unless I’m doing a custom order, my marbled creations are spontaneous for the most part. I adore spirals and swirls and marbling as an art form lends itself very well to these.

The colours of my work depend on my mood generally and also what it is I’m actually marbling at the time.

Has your work evolved since you started?
As I’ve researched more and practised my art form my confidence has grown. I’m not scared anymore to take chances on materials that before I would not have touched, for example metal and glass.

I’ve also become a lot quicker in my marbling, you have to work quickly before the paint degrades on the surface of your size.

How did you start selling on Etsy?
I saw the Etsy Resolution page on Facebook in 2016,  and made it a goal of mine to open an Etsy shop which I did. I found the whole process quite painless and also joining Brisstyle was a huge help and support.

Who or what inspires you?
Other creative people have always inspired me. Reading their stories of both the good times and the bad is a source of encouragement and a reality check when required.

I have been a nurse for 27 years and now my art is inspiring me to nurture myself in a new creative way.

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?  
I try to reuse and recycle where possible. Visiting op shops and sourcing materials is always a pleasure. I use a lot of newspaper in my marbling for cleaning and this always ends up in our compost bins. My marbling bath is water and carrageenan and this goes straight on the garden once it’s past its use by date.

Describe your studio?
My studio is under our house is quite spacious (when I’ve got the mess under control) and cool during summer. Like a lot people I always need more shelving to store stock in. My old massage table doubles as storage at the moment.

The walls are filled with colour from my marbling experiments on various types of canvases.
I just need the coffee machine to be downstairs as well.

What is your favourite thing to make?
I can’t give a straight answer to this question as it changes every time with each marbling. When I’m marbling feathers that’s all I want to do, as with satin and again with paper. Each material has its own charm.

How did your business name come about?
Raynbow Crow Studios – Rayn comes from the first part of my surname and the fact that I love marbling crow feathers fitted the second part.

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
I want to push myself more and try different things. The world of Ebru marbling is especially old school, which is fine as their creations are divine. I want test the boundaries of marbling and create new things. I am also considering teaching as well in the future.

What’s your top tip to others wanting to break into the handmade/creative market?
Just keep at it and at first make realistic goals. Research is never overrated and I am constantly reading up on various topics. Join a group like Brisstyle , they are fabulously supportive. 

Describe your typical creative day?
Check emails first thing. After school drop off I start on or finish off which ever project I’ve got lined up for the day. I try to be organised a week or so ahead if I’m having a marbling week or a week of photography and listing items/updating SEOs etc.

I still work as a nurse casually and so may be called in to work the day before which puts things back a bit. Truthfully, I could be way more organised and that is something I’m working on.

Favourite quote?
Each new day is a chance to make more mess

(haha, I love that.) Do you have a favourite handmade item that you have bought?
I am addicted to anything Dr Who related and so I own many earrings from Lisa at Rory the Fox handmade.

Where can we find you online?

How long have you been a member of BrisStyle?
One year or there abouts.

How did you find out about BrisStyle?
Through the 2015 Etsy Made Local Market and chatting to the lovely people there.

Why did you become a member?
To learn new things and to meet like-minded people.  To have great support on the market event days. 
BrisStyle is well respected within the handmade community and that was a huge influence on me joining. And of course to make new friends.

Why do you craft?
To be able to express that side of me that has been hidden/put on hold for so long. As a stress relief and to keep me sane. Making money as well is a motivator and always a lovely bonus.

At the end of the day I just love using my hands to create stuff, it’s that simple really. 
Thank you Bronny x. anita