Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Freda is one of those people that you feel drawn to, a person who's smile can light up a room. Freda is the brains behind Raw Ceramics, a Brisbane based business that specialises in beautiful handmade ceramic homewares and jewellery and it's safe to say her light shines through her products. Trust me, these pieces are as delightful as Freda is. I will never forget Freda speaking at a BrisStyle meet up, her happy-go-lucky nature and can-do attitude was infectious! Her little slogan "I can do that." inspired me and I'm sure many others at that BrisStyle meet up and now I like to think of "I can do that" as being Freda's unofficial catchphrase. I hope you have your cup of tea at the ready, because Freda's journey into creating handmade ceramic pieces is a fun and interesting one...
How would you describe your work?
Quirky vintage inspired ceramic giftware which captures the simplicity and beauty in everyday items.
My current collection features hand screen-printed original designs on ceramic pots, bowls and jugs.
Freda, tell us about your background and what path led you to your brand Raw Ceramics?
My love for art started as a young child, growing up in my parents' store in Cairns where they sold artwork by local artists.
From here, I developed a fascination with drawing portraits which eventually led to working with special effects and sculpting.
After a 20 year career as a make-up artist spanning across many fields including photographic shoots, weddings, feature films, and special effects, the switch to ceramic art was a natural progression. Clay has always been in the background and it slowly started taking over my life many years ago.
Once I had a proper studio set up with a kiln there was no stopping me....my passion is clay.
Who or What inspires you?
As a visual person, inspiration comes to me sometimes from the simplest things; from finding an object on the beach to rummaging around in an antique store.
My favourite saying is "when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change".
Talented artisans doing what they love, including the encouraging BrisStyle community continue to inspire me.
Can you describe your studio / work area?
My studio is in an old building with 5 other artists, we each have our own space. All of our kilns have their own special corner.
There are a few different work areas to my studio, one area is designated especially for screen-printing to keep it away from the clay.
The clay work areas where I spend most of my time have the walls decorated with drawings, art, inspirational messages and to do lists.
Music is essential too, and no matter how messy the day gets, I clean up at the end of the day so I have a fresh start the next day.
What is your favourite thing in the shop at the moment?
My favourite thing in the shop changes all the time. At the moment it is the "Dishy Dishes"...the name came to me on a whim.
I just love making them and am teaming them up with handmade soaps for gift sets.
Do you have any other places that people can view/purchase your work?
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Let's support pink today with our Tuesday Treasury!
|Image Source Etsy Treasury|
For more details about those pink treasures...
Happy pink Tuesday!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
So much news to share today ** Squeal**!
Firstly, I would love to introduce you to a new Etsy shop freshly opened and looking amazing already!
Meekz Contemporary Jewellery by Jemica Ostrofski.
A beautiful beautiful shop filled with Contemporary and recycled jewellery all handmade by Jemica.
|Image courtesy Meekz Contemporary Jewellery|
Now on the new products side...
Candykins Crafts has been launching a new range called "High tea in spring".
Delicious handmade felt brooches with delicate hand embroidery stitched by Candice.
|Image courtesy Candykins Crafts|
InPinkInk has been creating some delightful handmade teacher's Christmas cards.
Yep, hard to believe it...But not long to go!
|Image courtesy InPinkInk|
Raw ceramics has made it easy for us!
You can now find a "new products" section on their fantastic Web site...
|Image courtesy Raw ceramics|
With all those new creations , I had to share that little quote :)
Friday, October 26, 2012
That holiday season is approaching fast...
It might be time to start looking into some inspiration for pretty packaging, right?!
Loving that simple idea on Country living using recycled newspaper.
They would look fantastic on some brown paper!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
|Image courtesy Hey Maker!|
Thursday evening will see their creative business talk kick start with our wonderful "Brisstylette" Jess Van Den from Epheriell who will be talking about social media... with price and booking info here.
Information and bookings are available over here.
Well done Hey Maker! team :)
Hello lovely creatives!
Welcome to the weekly roundup of helpful and though-provoking posts about running an online business. Since I just gave a talk on using social media for your crafty biz for BrisStyle last week (were you there?) I thought I'd focus on social media this week.
- How to Stop Social Media from Becoming a Time Drainer on SocialDivas
- 3 Ways to Grow Your Email List with Twitter on Social Media Examiner
- How to Use Twitter to Collaborate with Customers on Epheriell Designs
- This week's video is the panel - Tips from Top Sellers - from Etsy Success Sydney in June. We cover a lot of different areas, but we have a good chat about social media, and how to best use it for your crafty biz.
Have an awesome week all!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
It's safe to say I'm a big kid. I know that people often say that they are big kids at heart but I think for me it's more than that. When I see handmade toys and clothes that are meant for kids my heart does a little happy dance and I want to buy the toys, while I wish the clothing came in adult sizes. There certainly is some amazing stuff for kids out there and adding to the amazing products meant for kids is BrisStyle member Kiss My Patootie. Owned and run by Donna, Kiss My Patootie's wares are as adorable as the name itself. And while I could probably get away with using one of her Monster Purses, I don't think I can squeeze myself into one of the small children's tees... Here is Donna's story, I hope you have your cup of tea at the ready...
How would you describe your work?
My creations are bright and colourful and make people smile. They bring out the inner child in people. The main thing I make is kids clothes, but I have a huge range for adults too, including clothing, hairclips, purses, handmade soap, painted glass, cushions and more. I am always trying to learn new skills and try to keep my range of creations growing.
How did your Etsy shop come into being?
I used to sell on ebay, but the costs were getting quite high, so I thought I’d try etsy. Since it is focused on handmade, I figured my clothes and gifts would fit right in. Unfortunately my online sales have never been as good as selling through shops.
Who or What inspires you?
My kids inspire me, I first started Kiss My Patootie when I became pregnant with my 1st child (he’s now 12). I found it hard to find kids clothes back then, especially for boys, that were unique and colourful.
Do you ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ as part of your creative process?
Although all of the fabric I use is new, I do try and use recycled products when I can. My toy owls and cushions are all stuffed with polyester offcuts that I get from an air conditioning business, these would otherwise go to landfill. I also use all of my scrap fabric for small things like pockets on clothing. I try to reduce waste as much as possible.
Can you describe your studio / work area?
As my family has grown, my work space has shrunk. I have gone from a whole sewing room to a small corner of my bedroom where I have my sewing table. My work storage space it pretty much spread out in every nook and cranny of my house, from under beds to the tops of every cupboard in my house. I cut all of my patterns on my lounge room floor and screen print on my kitchen table. Although it can be hectic and frustrating not having a set work space, at least every corner of my home is filled with creativity.
What is your favorite thing in the shop at the moment?
My latest favourite thing that I have been making has to be my monster colouring in bags. They are made from corduroy and fit a colouring in book inside. On the front I have sewn on a monster with crayons for teeth. Very cute!
Do you have any other places that people can view/purchase your work? (
I only have a small range of my creations for sale online. The turnover in the shops that I sell to is quite fast, so I can’t seem to keep up with online sales as well. The shops I sell in are: Handmade Highstreet (Annerly), The Collective Store (Wynnum), Jolie (Brighton), Side Street Vintage (Bulimba), Park Lane in Pittsworth (Pittsworth) and Manna / Cool Shirts (West End).
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Mark it in your diaries, this Friday 26th October is the BrisStyle Indie Designers Twilight Market! I'm excited and I hope you are too. Brisbane's King George Square will be bursting with talented designers and artists showcasing their wares. These markets give you the chance to browse handmade goodies and chat to the designers who made them. You can find out more about the event on our Facebook Event Page.
Where: King George Square, Brisbane
When: 26th October 2012
Time: 5pm - 9pm
See you there!
Hello and welcome back to our Tuesday Treasury!
Let's see how spooky we can be today :)?!
|Image Source Etsy Treasury|
For more dark and intricate details...
details you can check the treasury here!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Well what a fabbo session that was! Filled with lot's of tips and tricks from the ever so knowledgable Jess Van Den. Many thanks to all those who attended for their enthusiasm for all things creative and of course to Jess for captivating us once again.
Thanks again to all our fabulous volunteers who came early and stayed late to help the session run so smoothly and of course to everyone who brought along their sweet treats for morning tea, too!
Please read on for the top 5 tips from the day.....
::Social Networking for Creatives ::
Top 5 Tips from Jess Van Den
1) Twitter.com - is like a virtual cocktail party so be yourself and balance your tweets by the rule of 3rds: personal / business / sharing others work.
2) Facebook.com - set up a facebook page for your crafty biz and use the rule of 3rds as above to connect with your audience and keep it fresh.
3) Instagram - a great place to share all stages of your work - planning, making, finishing, packaging, the finished product...and even it wrapped up ready to post. To view and manage your photos online: Statigram
4) Pinterest.com - great for collecting images for your social media outlets as well as for connecting globally with like-minded creatives.
5) Blogging - Once again, be yourself and remember your aim should be to inform, entertain and teach. Share your work but don't make it all about you.
Last but not least, is a common thread lately and that is to get connected. Building strong relationships with other creatives breaks down barriers and fosters creativity.
Forums and Threads: Get connected with like-minded souls:
Speaking of getting connected...we'd love to kick our heels up with you all at this Friday's (Oct 26)
From 5pm - 9pm in King George Square, Brisbane
Then just around the green corner is our BrisStyle indie Eco Market on Nov 10.
So mark that in your diaries for one not to miss before the Nov 17 Market 101 Creative Development Session.
See you all then!
About BrisStyle Inc.
For less than a ball of yarn per week, you too can be a member of BrisStyle’sfabulous and fun crafty community.
BrisStyle aims to provide support and creative opportunities to independent artists, crafters and designers. BrisStyle membership is open to individual crafters, designers, artists, artisans and anyone else interested in craft, design and visual arts in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.
For a full list of BrisStyle membership benefits and application informationplease check out all the crafter friendly details HERE.
For more information about becoming a BrisStyle indie Marketeer please check out all the information HERE.
Thanks once again and we really look forward to sharing another great
Presented by BrisStyle Inc. and supported by the Brisbane City Council
Saturday, October 20, 2012
It is time for news with the next BITM is only few sleeps away...
Today we are sharing what's new and Fresh this season with our talented creators!
Some fantastic news for the Whizzbangle fans!!
You can now indulge in some beautiful vintage inspired resin vases.
Ooh and the cherry on the cake is... that those beautiful vases are also featured in the latest issue of Cleo Magazine!
|Image Source Whizzbangles|
On the Ties and Whimsy side, there is an awesome new collection of headband/ fascinators.
They are made from recycled leather and upholstery fabric and will be featured in the Undress Brisbane Sustainable runway tonight and at RAW Provocations on the 24th!
How great is that!!
|Image courtesy Ties & Whimsy|
With our dear Edward and Lilly another little bird told me that some new beautiful Jar cosies are going to make an entrance at the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market on the 26th of October.
A little preview for you...
|Image Source Edward and Lilly|
|Image Source Danidot Designs|
Lots of fresh new Designs are coming to life this season,
so stay tuned for more fresh news next week!
Friday, October 19, 2012
With Halloween around the corner it may be kids costume time :)Non!?
hmmm, let's take a look at some of the awesome D.I.Y costumes out there.
You never know when you will be hit by an urgent costume request, don't you!
Chicken you said?!
How cute is that version from Martha Stewart :)
Oooh what a pretty little peacock costume here at the train to crazy!
|Image Source train to crazy|
at Make it and love it.
|Image Source Make it and love it.|
So much fun, aren't they :)
Did you bookmark them?
Remember... you never know when this "urgent" costume call will be coming :)!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Hello lovely creatives!
Welcome to the weekly roundup of helpful and though-provoking posts about running an online business.
- Why Changing Your Mind is Completely Okay - by Sister Diane on The Maven Circle. Oh wee - not this one resonated with me! I'm always chopping and changing - coming up with new ideas and projects, and walking away from those that don't suit any more. Good to know I'm in good company.
- Dirty Little Secret - by Tara Gentile. Is your business model scaleable?
- Big Failure, Big Success. 12 People to Keep You Going - by Danielle LaPorte. You may have failed. So did they. But then look what happened!
- Why Making Your Customers Wait is Bad for Business - by Megan Visser. A simple but profound story on why you shouldn't make your customers wait.
- Why No One Cares What You Think (and how to stop being so freaking boring) - by Jon Morrow on Copyblogger. A fresh take on what you should be blogging about!
- Finally, this week's video comes from April of Blacksburg Belle. It's 10 Questions to Answer Before you Create your Next Product or Service.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
:: How to Sell Your Craft Online ::
It was a stellar crowd of over 100 local hobbyists and creatives who descended on Brisbane Square Library to find out new tips on taking their hobby to the next level.
Thank you to everyone who brought the first in this series of mini creative development sessions to life with your attentiveness, inspiring questions and engaging crafty conversation during the morning tea networking time.
The lovely Amy from Brisbane Libraries captured the session here so take the time to explore the Library facebook page to keep up with all their crafty pursuits. Many thanks to Sandra, Emma and all the Library team for making these sessions a reality!
Below is a snapshot of the session and details to book in for the next one...
:: Market Research - have you discovered your niche?
First up were some handy tips and questions to help develop your creative niche to stand out from the online selling crowd. These included
There are still two sessions left in this series before we start on some more intensive creative business focused sessions next year.
I doesn't matter if you have missed the first session as we will recap at the beginning of each one. Here are all the details to register: