Friday, February 26, 2010

Only 3 more sleeps! Here's some gorgeous things to dream about.....

Designs by Rondelle uses vintage and recycled elements to create children's wall art as well as one of a kind Jewellery, Stationary, Home Decor & unique gift wares

Boorah Designs features Tammy's gorgeous collection of clothing featuring bright colourful, pretty frilly outfits for all the little girls and funky ones too for all the little men.

Vanessa's latest range of intriguing jewellery pieces from Mrs Smileys Lockets will give you your fix of everything whimsical and feminine

Moose & Bird's sweet softies and cushion designs are individually handmade with love and care from new and recycled fabrics and trims.

Hayley from REread creates brooches and other fascinating objects from old children's books and softies from recycled fabrics and other materials.

Obi Lane designs and creates beautiful tote bags, evening bags, silk scarves, silk and linen roses, and cushions with equally beautiful fabrics to die for

Rocstar Dog Boutique will let you and your pooch step out in style day and night. Make sure you take home some of Cindy's handmade dog treats as well!

Hungry Designs jewellery is sweet and often whimsical with a modern twist on nostalgic objects that you'll fall in love with

Retro Bird specialises in handmade and retro inspired gifts that will have you oohing and aahing over all day

At Blossom Child and Rellesh's stall you'll find Megan and Narelles' beautifully made children’s wear as well as lovable embroidered one of a kind canvases.

Bellabijoux's Jewellery is hand made with love and patience, with gemstones that are either AAA or AA and only high quality sterling silver or 14k gold fill findings - simply stunning!

Cute as Buttons pride themselves on combining quality materials and unique designs to create gorgeous gifts for small folk

Tracey D specialises in handmade cards, and from time to time, other beautiful things, such as toys, jewellery and handbags.

Tracey from
Denim Days is famous for re-using/recycling materials including of course, denim but you'll soon discover many other vibrant finds there too

At Wimcee's whims and chickadees you'll discover Steph's colourful bevy of the most delightful things from bags to jewellery, as well as children’s clothes and divinely made aprons - sigh!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

More HOT March Indie Marketeers....

Get your notebooks out and start your window shopping for the March 6th BrisStyle Indie Designer Market, cos' the next lot of marketeers are ready to roll......

Come and visit Shelley Berelli’ at the BrisStyle Co-op Stall and discover cool bags and accessories created using Shelley’s favourite new and found fabrics

Look out for Happily Ever Artist's range of unique jewellery featuring exquisite handmade beads and artworks by talented artist Sally Shepherd

Sybella Boutique was born out of an unhealthy obsession with handbags and beautiful fabrics. You'll find all these fresh, fun and funky finds in the BrisStyle Co-op.

Visit Tracy from Wildlight Studios for your fix of wild artglass beads and wearable art pieces to die for.

Industrial designer Patricia of PByers Design makes everyday things that make people smile as they experience them.

Visit Pattern Forest and find the most delightful brooches made using commercial and hand dyed fabrics with filling so soft it's like wearing a miniature quilt on your clothes!

The new jewellery pieces from Up in Annie’s Room feature stunning fabric covered buttons and quirky prints and prose that are loads of fun and totally unique

Lay back and feel luscious on one of Bella Mea's beautiful cushions each one unique and indulgent. Live La Dolce Vita.

Ange from Angelene goes to her happy place while hammering, gets rapt in wire wrapping and finds beauty in beading as we're sure you will when you experience her stunning jewellery pieces

Designs of the Heart has it all! Sarah's diverse range of quilt and stitchery patterns, magnets and accessories will have you oohing aahing all day

The most deliciously stylish range of children's fashion is back! Robyn from Hot Fudge has been sewing up a storm to bring you her latest range of designer clothes for girls and boys

Visit Ali from Jellygnite and be wowed by her latest ‘eco-conscious’ creations made from nostalgic re-purposed and ‘rescued’ materials

Chicuff magically turns materials which have come to their end into wild and wonderful wearable art. This year Daneve and her talented husband ( and newest BrisStyler ) Darren will also be introducing their amazing pics from Kish Photography to their colourful stall

Enticing Icing is truly the place where handmade sugar art creations abound for all occasions! Just add one of Bel's edible sugar creations to the top of your cupcake and let them take center stage

Alison of Alipink loves vintage and retro fabrics and all things bright and colourful to use in her brilliant bags and accessories.

Hot Toffee is back by popular demand with Nicole's highly sought after Japanese influenced jewellery and gift cards. Stop by and soak up the peaceful atmosphere which surrounds Nic and her stunning fused glass Jewell's

Stay tuned for the rest of the Marvelous Marketeers in the coming days but in the meantime...happy BrisStyle Indie Designer Market window shopping for Saturday 6th March! (Oooh nearly a week away)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Meet the BrisStyle Indie Marketeers!

The preparation is on all over Brisbane in readiness for the next BrisStyle Indie Designers Market on Saturday March 6th at out fav lil' Church St Augustines in Racecourse Rd, Hamilton.

Over the next couple of weeks we'll be showcasing all the stars of the show so you can get a sneak peak of what to expect. With all the BrisStylers being Etsy sellers, you even get the chance to shop online beforehand or place an order to pick up on the day – fabbo.

So sit back and enjoy the journey and get ready to rock and roll on March 6th with these red hot numbers:

Therese from Little Mary Moo has just a little obsession with hand screen printed textiles and loves the vibrancy, colour and originality that is found in screen printed textiles.

Sam from Jetta’s Nest has been working on some of the most sweet and funkiest hand carved brooches you'll see around. These 70's inspired must haves, together with her famous Bloomin' Buttonheads are set to rock the kasbah

Not Sew Shabby delivers the sweetest range of gelato coloured bags, accessories and children’s wear. Tara's designs are fresh and delectable and not to be missed.

Swoonable is the only way to describe Liz from Creative Arty Fact's stunning art glass beads and Jewellery. In addition to her fabulous cupcakes and roses are her latest range of delicate glass hearts ready to swoon over.

The Seamstress and the Daughters are a warm and friendly family collective who turn fabulous vintage fabrics into skirts, bags, hats, right through to greetings cards for all the family.

Miss Dish was created in Dublin, Ireland and now the gorgeous Natalie is home creating jewellery & accessories in her studio in Brisbane. Her latest designs are created from new and vintage beads, crystals and lace.

EmBelish will be back with their sweet range of brooches, hair clips and softies. They will also have fab new products along with other delicious treats from Bel's new store Enticing Icing ( see more details in the coming days).

Mimoo will be back in the courtyard area with her divine snugly baby wraps and latest range of contemporary designs ready for Brisbane's littlest fashionistas.

The team at Beckybean return by popular demand with many new additions to their now world famous range of eco friendly bags and accessories. Make sure you check out Bec and Jade's latest "coffee sack" range - it's guaranteed to give you a fix ...without the caffeine!

Recycling keeps getting more and more stylish with Ruby 2 Go Go's new ranges of vintage and preloved swish. It will still be a "Kitsch-22 situation" trying to decide what to just what to nab first from Ruby's new range.

Go where the wire takes you with El from Rock n Wrap's one off jewellery creations. Make sure you check El's stylish store as there are always a few surprises ...some of them not entirely caffeine free!

Sally and Fraser are set to take their work to new heights this market with a new range to add to their irresistible art prints and cards. Flight Industries is a celebration of creativity, imagination and a sustainable world and you'll find them right inside the main hall.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The crafty world of Wimcee

This week the BrisStyle team caught up with Steph from the colourful and eclectic world of Wimcee.

How would you describe your work?
Colour and pattern dominates, simple foundational styles and mainly natural fibres. I started out with aprons, then tried skirts, and went on to children's clothes, hats, bags, toys, jewellery, altered books, cards, tea cosies, knitted scarves and woolly hats, belts, hangings, and soft furnishings, so like so many of us, the output is extremely eclectic.

I also paint, upholster and upcycle furniture, and dabble in mosaic! In my other life I've been a painter and illustrator with a background in portraiture and oils for 30+ years, but a secondary interest in pastels links more closely to the colour world of fabrics.

'Green Apples' Pastel

I fell into sewing only very recently (birthday present of a new sewing machine) and now think crafting must be my niche - I am so much happier doing this than when I'm painting (so angst-ridden!) I hope also that there's humour in much of what I do…let's not let me get too serious about apron making as an art form!

How did your Etsy shop come into being?
My eldest son suggested Etsy as an outlet for my aprons - he and his girlfriend also set me up with my first market stall at West End as a Mothers Day present a few years ago. This is a special son (although of course all three of my sons are special!)

Who or what inspires you?
Ethnicity inspires me, and evocative patterns and colour combinations. I avidly collect books and magazines - temporarily from the library and permanently from book shops. There is a zone to get into when ideas feed other ideas about projects. Cressida Bell ("The Decorative Painter") maintains that there is no such thing as a new design, just new interpretations, and I firmly believe that's what we all do - put ourselves into the process to make something individual and unique. I also love the fact that people who buy from me are usually on a shared wave length, and that some pieces really speak to other people.

Do you ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ as part of your creative process?
A small part of what I do involves recycling - like embellished second hand cardies and straw bags - but my main thing is that I can't bear to throw away my scraps of fabric so I try to find uses for them…cards, brooches, collage and so on. My mum is also a great source of buttons, fabrics, trims and so on that she has collected or reclaimed over many, many years (she is the real seamstress of the family).

Head-dresses and doll

Can you describe your studio / work area?
Camp Chaos. It's when I find myself moving into other rooms as well just to find some open space - what middle son calls the creative creep - that I know it's time to clean up my act.

Wimcee supplies

What is your favourite thing in the shop at the moment?
La vie en rose blouse. The rose fabric is so special, a Japanese cotton print designed by an Australian it has, bizarrely, a French feel to it, and the pinks, reds and teal blues of the other fabrics seem to inter-relate. Mainly I enjoy fabric for the way it works with other fabrics, but occasionally there's something that's really special in its own right.

Do you have any other places that people can view/purchase your work?
I do but I neglect them, sorry…New Year's resolution is to get better about those things.

Thanks Steph, check out loads more gorgeous Wimcee creations here.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Big BrisStyle Giveaway!

Are you ready for The Big BrisStyle Giveaway?

We're so excited to announce the first in a series of Big BrisStyle Giveaways where at the start of each month a group of BrisStylers will be hosting a giveaway on their blog!

So, what are you waiting for? Get clicking and check out these great giveaways. BrisStylers will be entering links on this post throughout the day so check back later for more glorious giveaway updates!

Please note only members of BrisStyle are eligible to enter their link below.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The crafty world of Chi Designs

This week the BrisStyle team caught up with Chi from Chi Designs, the perfect place to stock up on gorgeous handmade bags, clutches and accessories.

How would you describe your work?
I try to create bags and accessories that I would be happy to use myself. I spend a lot of time sourcing unique materials and fresh ideas to keep things interesting. I create a limited range of each design to keep items one-of-a-kind.

How did your Etsy shop come into being?
I began sewing as a hobby in March 2009 to fill in my spare hours. After making many mistakes and learning how to sew through many online tutorials; I found I was able to create a few bags that others really enjoyed. I opened my store on Etsy to spread the enjoyment and to fill my creative void.

Who or what inspires you?
I am continually overwhelmed and inspired by the work of the crafty folk found in Brisbane and interstate. The young design community is constantly surprising me with the interesting work that they create around me. And I am constantly pushing myself to emulate the wonderful creations I find daily on Etsy and Australian design blogs.

Can you describe your studio / work area?
I work full time, so my creative work area can be found wherever and whenever I can find the time to fit it in. At any which time; you can find fabric, pins, scissors and glue in my bed, by my TV, in our study and on my balcony.

What is your favourite thing in the shop at the moment?
I love my Love Clutch design, at the moment. It is designed using an organic hemp/cotton blend fabric by Umbrella Prints. It is bright and cheery and makes you think about love!

Check out more from Chi here

Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Let's face it roses and chocolates for Valentine's Day are a thing of the past! Our fabulous BrisStylettes point you in the direction of one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, perfect for spoiling your friends and loved ones this Valentine's Day.

Cute little LOVE magnets from Designs of the Heart say it all; Be my Valentine edible fondant cupcake toppers from brand new Etsy shop Enticing Icing will look super sweet on your Valentine's Day baked treats; spoil her with a gorgeous Love Clutch from Chi Designs or Chicuff's jaw-dropping Adult's Love Heart Yo Yo necklace made from recycled environmental 'green' bags - who could resist such scrumptious treats!

Think outside the hoop with these stunning Gold and Tanzanite Tear Drop earrings from Shazzabeth or pretty yourself up in the sweet Big Pink Heart ring from Denim Days; Sandra Darling's You are the Bloom in my Heart Fine Art Print is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face, and nothing says I love you quite like Hungry Designs' All My Love Necklace.

For the sweetest of gifts you can't go past these lovelies. Hey Harriet's Psst... I Love You set of 4 TtV photos, Mrs Smiley's Vintage Sheet Music Silver Charm Bracelet, Pink Silk Flower Brooch from Obi Lane or 'make like bunnies' with this Kawaii Bunny Rabbit Love Pendant from Kimono Reincarnate.

We all love a good romance on Valentine's Day and who could resist this romantic Wedding in Rome upcycled notebook from Jellygnite or the super eco Organic Valentine Purse from Little Mary Moo. Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all about pink - think outside the square and pin your heart on your sleeve with a Kitty Boo Boo Valentine my heart is blue for you brooch or spoil her rotten with this divine Shattuckite Chrysocolla Wire Wrapped Gold filled pendant from Rock'n'Wrap.

Pretty, perfect and practical gifts like these Red Valentine magnets from TIGA Designs and Pretty in Pink wristlet from Shelley Berelli are sure to be a hit; show the love with a stunning Love U Focal Heart Bead from CreativeArtyFacts, and to top off your Valentine's Day feast how about these fabulous Pig and Glutton hand embroidered vintage napkins from Artdecadence, because a napkin speaks a thousand words!

Still haven't found the perfect gift? Check out more BrisStyle gift ideas here.