Were you creative as a child?
I think I was imaginative but not very creative. I liked drawing but talking took up most of my time ;)
Where does your inspiration come from?
Everywhere but mostly from looking at the shapes sitting around on my desk and moving them together.
I get great colour inspo from mostly fashion and fabrics but there are only so many acrylic colours so it is a bit like colour haiku - you have to make what you have on hand work.
I’m obsessed with finding new acrylics. I drive most suppliers here and overseas mad with my quest for new colours.
Can you tell us a bit about your workspace?
Messy, colourful, messy, fun but mostly messy.
I am building a new light filled, clean, organised, breezy workshop down at our farm and intend on making that very messy too.
What is your favourite thing to make?
New things - I get sick of the old things very quickly, hence I seem to stick to seasonal ranges.
I’m not sure why I have to make everything that comes into my head but I do.
How did your business name come about?
From opening my Etsy shop, realising that I could take the leap and leave work to do this full-time but mostly having to pay the overdraft I got for the laser cutter off ;)
What’s your top tip to others wanting to break into the handmade/creative market?
Start small and slow and start NOW.
Make what you believe comes from a true, original place from inside you.
Stop watching telly and work days and nights. Just work really hard.
Let go of things that aren’t working and find a new way.
Describe your typical creative day?
After school drop off I grab a coffee and hit the workshop. I fill orders until school pick up and then straight after the kid’s bedtime, and try and have a play around with new ideas.
Daytimes for working, night times for dreaming and problem solving and creating.
It is not really a quote but please watch Ira Glass’s video “The Gap” - it will give you all you need to create and keep on creating.
What do you like to listen to while creating?
Nothing a lot of the time. I am a person that really can’t concentrate on more than one thing at a time. If I am listening to music or a podcast, my mind just goes off with those people and I’m not really present.
I listen to the hum of the machines.
I really love it when the cutter is doing a job and it gets into the rhythm or squeak of a song you know. It happens every now and then and I love that.
That is the hardest question ever because I love every handmade thing I own and I buy SO much handmade stuff. It would probably be my Sharon Muir Mountain Bud Vase or my Laurie Melia “Smoking Ladies” - obsessed with ceramics!
Do you have any suggestions on how to get noticed by stockists?
I think that you have to really study up hard on whether they are the right shop for you and then approach them - the worst thing that they can say is no.
I had never approached stockists until early this year when I did a mail out with a pair of earrings to 80 stores that I had researched around Australia and NZ. I ended up getting about 10 new stockists from that - I’m not sure if that is a good strike rate or not. Probably not! Maybe I am the wrong person to ask! :D
How long have you been a member of BrisStyle?
4 years I think.
How did you find out about BrisStyle?
Why did you become a member?
I wanted to join an Etsy Street Team because I was a bit clueless and they were the Brissie one so they got me :)
Why do you craft?
I don’t want to go and work in the real world again! No, in honesty, I do it because it gives me a really happy life :)
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As well as running her own business full time, Kirsten is President of BrisStyle.