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.

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.

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!

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.
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{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

Monday, September 8, 2014

Meet the Maker - Kristina Pusakowa - Needlefruit

Welcome to another edition of 'meet the maker' this week we're getting to know Kristina from Needlefruit

Were you creative as a child/do you come from a creative family?
Hmm, I don't think I was overly creative as a child. My mother and grandmother were both very good at sewing. I remember a few childhood princess costumes and flared pants in my teens that they have made for me.

My dad used to wood carve little scary masks when he was young and there are still a few in my parents home. I like them even though they are scary :)

I never thought I had any creative talent throughout most of my adult life. Then I started getting into sewing and hand embroidery and slowly noticed there might be something creative bubbling to the surface ;)

How would you describe your work?
I make hand embroidered wall hangings, some would call them hoop art I think, and cushions.

How has your work evolved since you started?
It started as a hobby as for most handmade micro business owners. And then I had the amazing opportunity to teach sewing for beginners for a lovely sewing studio in Paddington and absolutely loved it! I was working full time in the “real world” job and was teaching at nights and the weekends.

The business had to go on a break and I soon started missing the laughs and stories and the proud faces of the students. So I decided to start teaching hand embroidery.
Long story short, I started Needlefruit in June this year (2014) and cannot wait to start the next round of classes!

How did you start selling online/ Etsy (if applicable)?
I have not started selling online yet. I am still working on making wall hangings and cushions for my first market with you guys (BrisStyle) in September.

I have sold embroidery classes on my website in July and am planning more classes for September as well. Uh, I can't wait I love teaching embroidery!

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by Russian folk art and their amazing use of colours and I think there is a bit of English rose garden, mixed media and our beautiful nature in the pot as well.

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?  If yes, how is your art/craft eco-friendly?
Yes, I sometimes do use fabric scraps that I have left over from sewing dresses and just bought a pile of fabric from Reverse Garbage. I am hoarding even the tiniest leftover scraps, just in case they come in handy one day haha!

Describe your studio/workspace?
I am very lucky to have my own little sewing/ workshop room at home. It's small and packed with stuff but I love it!

What is your favourite thing to make?
I love making my wall hangings, especially the more complicated ones. They can take a couple of days to finish, but I am a little proud of every single one of them.

How did your business/shop name come about (if applicable)?
I like the idea of something growing out of my needles, like fruit from a tree. It takes some rain, sunshine and time to grow fruit but when they are ripe they are delicious. Hahaha! Is that too cheesy?

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
I will be running regular classes at Knitch (a beautiful yarn shop in Paddington with an amazing studio space underneath).

I am also planning to get involved in regular markets and meet some of the amazing creative people out there. I would sell a few things as well :).
An online shop would be neat too, but I have not made my mind up where to set up shop.

What’s your top tip to others wanting to break into the handmade/creative market?
Gosh... I have only been doing this full time for a couple of months and it still feels a little weird.
I would say try to get involved in social media groups and meet like-minded people at markets. It definitely helps me a lot to talk to people who are doing it, you know?

Describe your typical creative day?
I try to get up early. I have just started running again (well it's more walk walk run walk walk...) so that's the first thing I do in the morning.

Then I am off into my room and start stitching or create a new design for the next wall hanging. In between I am still working on my website, branding and class structures.

Music or movie while creating?
Depending on my mood, I like to listen to very different music. I might go with relaxing spa music or Rock and PunkRock ;)

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
It's a beautiful turned and hand sawn wooden wall/window decoration from Germany. It's traditionally a Christmas decoration, but I have it hanging out all year. It's a winter woodland scene with deer, birds and squirrels and it has a built in light. When you switch in on the little wooden creatures look magical.  It reminds me of home and of cold snowy winters and warm houses.

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

{ Become a Marketeer } Oct 24 Brisbane Twilight Markets :: Applications NOW Open!

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BrisStyle Member: $55 (Inc.GST)
External Marketeers: $66 (Inc. GST)
 3x3m SITES :
- Grand Ramp Sites: These are pole position sites located on the ramp which leads from Adelaide St up to the Square (the main access point if coming from Queen St Mall)
- Centre Pod Sites: There are four 3x3m marquee sites to one pod and have great exposure. All sites here are corner sites and ideal for those sharing a stall.
- Side Sites: These sites run along the City Hall side of the markets and are in the high traffic area which take pedestrians from the City through to Roma St Station and surrounding hotels.
BrisStyle Member: $99 (Inc.GST)
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

{I heart craft} - heart to heart with Maryann Talia Pau

This Saturday is your chance to meet and have a chat with weaver, artist and designer Maryann Talia Pau.

Born in Apia, Samoa, Maryann is now based in Brisbane and describes herself as  practising to be a Matuauu or a lover of weaving.

Maryann's woven breastplates have been seen on singing sister's Vika and Linda Bull, ABC broadcaster Namila Benson, Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote and in a fashion collaboration with The Social Studio for L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, 2011. She is also the first artist of Pacific Island heritage to have work purchased by the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists for the NGV.  In 2012 Maryann embarked on what became an international weaving project - 1 million stars to end violence - in response to the rape and murder of Jill Meagher in Melbourne.

I had the good fortune to attend a workshop with Maryann at the Brisbane Unleash Creative where she taught us some weaving basics and shared a little about her inspiring creative journey. This is truly a lady with making in her soul, keen to share her love of making and connect with her community so don't miss this chance to meet this lovely woman.

Time: Saturday 10:30 - 12:00pm
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane City
Cost: Free
Bookings Essential: directly through Brisbane Square Library - 07 3403 4166
places are limited so book now!!

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.