Hi there and welcome to the BrisStyle Inc. community blog. BrisStyle Inc. is a community group of artists and crafters who live in and around Brisbane. We work to provide support and creative opportunities for our members through workshops, business and creative development sessions, markets (come and meet the makers), exhibitions and social get-togethers. Head over to our website www.brisstyle.com.au for more information.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Monday Maker - Meet Huis Design
This week I have selected another newcomer to Brisstyle as our Monday Maker.
Were you creative as a child/do you come from a creative family?
I was always drawing as a child and if I could get my hands on clay I
would go for hours. My Dad is very creative; he has spent much of his life
restoring antiques, and he is a painter, quite successful too.
How would you describe your work?
Bold, simplistic with touches of modernism and yet the timber softens
the look and adds natural elements.
How has your work evolved since you started?
I was following a vintage vibe for quite a while so it started with a
rockabilly feel. I am now developing and forever created my own look, I think
through my love of the retro era and art deco, my work has evolved into a
slight modern look.
How did you start selling online/ via Etsy?
It was a fairly natural flow on from the markets I’m doing, it’s so simple
to use with the appropriate apps etc.
Who or what inspires you?
I’ve recently come to find Lisa Messenger, she is very inspirational.
My sister-in-laws, they have their own businesses and have been a wealth of
support to me. Buildings, nature, shapes, the all play their part.
Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?
I try to use only local timbers, and the waste from larger cut objects
is always used in some way and all our products are painted with low VOCs.
Describe your studio/workspace?
It’s basically a 1200mm desk! Yes, I really should fix that! It’s
surrounded with colour swatches, art and quote, things I love.
What is your favourite thing to make?
Probably my triangle necklaces, I can mix each one up with metal and
spikey bead, they all start the same but once strung on leather the look
changes for each one.
How did your business/shop name come about (if applicable)?
My mother is from Holland, huis means home or house in Dutch, I have
plans to expand the homewares section of huis design and cross over into
Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12
At the moment we are looking into getting some pretty cool machinery
set up and from that bigger scaled items will be produced, homewares etc. It’s
going to be fun.
What’s your top tip to others wanting to break into the
If you love it, jump in.
Describe your typical creative day?
Do the school drop off and get into it, if I have a market coming up
I’m generally working in the studio putting pieces together. I’ll check my
email a few times a day and post at least twice a day on Instagram. There are
always tunes playing and copious amounts of tea flowing.
What is your Favourite quote?
Follow your bliss
Music or movie while creating?
What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
They are some very new stacking rings from Glass Rainbows, they are really
beautiful. Denise is so talented.