Here are some pics taken at the BrisStyle Team meet-up at The Book Café in Mt Gravatt last Saturday. It was a fun morning, with our Secret Santa swap, the drawing of the blog giveaway and enthusiastic planning for the upcoming BrisStyle Christmas Market
happening on Saturday 13th December.
I don’t recall that festive frog being in attendance. Frog face must have crashed the party after I left. Luckily another BrisStyler had left by then also. Would have been embarrassing because they were both wearing exactly the same outfits! Thanks so much to Em and Bel from EmBelISH
for making the awesome Ferrero Rocher Christmas trees and for organising the meet-up! A great time was had by all!
Now onto a few things that BrisStylers are currently up to. The Renaissance Exhibition
at Reverse Garbage
opened last Friday and included in the exhibit are lovely handcrafted eco-friendly pieces by Ali (jellygnite
), Bec (beckybean
) and Helen (ruby red studios
and ruby 2 go-go
). I visited on Monday and took a few photos while there.I am a Brisbane crafter and Art teacher and my work celebrates and is inspired by paper ephemera, vintage designs, memories, thriftiness and simplicity.
A big component of my making process is the use of salvaged and recycled materials: most of my work features at least 75% salvaged materials. I enjoy collecting and salvaging abandoned, old materials and transforming them, giving them a new and different life. I enjoy the extra ‘history’ salvaged materials bring to a piece as well as supporting the idea of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. So many wonderful materials can be found on the ‘scrap pile’! - Ali ChisholmMy inspiration comes from the materials themselves, and the story behind them. I love the idea that a soft floral linen used in a handbag may have once been a girl’s first tablecloth, stored in her glory box until her wedding day. Or maybe the big sparkly button on a bookmark once glittered under the lights of a blue light disco in the 80s.
My pieces say a lot about who I am. And who am I? My name is Bec, and I am a mum, a wife, a daughter and a sister. I sew and I sing and I walk and I play. And I really like tea and chocolate. - Bec HollisHelen is a local Brisbane Artist whose passion for nostalgia inspires her work. A part time air hostess, she is also heavily influenced by her intrepid travel adventures and surrounds. Viva the “re-purposed revolution”! Recycle, repurpose, reclaim, remodel, revamp, redesign, rediscover, recraft, rework, renovate, rescue, rekindle, reduce and revolutionise! - Helen Berthold(info sourced from the Renaissance Exhibition artist bio booklet)
These photos don’t do the pieces justice, so you’d best head on over to see how truly amazing everything is. The exhibition is on in the Echoes Gift Shop during regular Reverse Garbage
trading hours. This is one not to be missed! Fanflipintastic!
More giveaways! The big BrisStyle giveaway may be over, but four very generous and talented BrisStyle members are currently offering super giveaways on their blogs.Teneale (wickedchilddesigns) is giving away a cool Gothic Gretel doll.To enter click here. Quick! Ends Thursday 27th November.Hayley (Re-Read) is giving away a fab Fruity Goose brooch.To enter click here. Ends Sunday 30th November.Cat (madebymaisie) is giving away a sweet Christmas Maisie doll.To enter click here. Ends Wednesday 3rd December.Eliza (ElizasArt) is giving away a print of your choice from her new website.To enter click here. Ends Tuesday 9th December.And a big bunch of BrisStylers are busy preparing for this…To enter click…umm, nope. Just turn up! No clicking required. Phew! One more link and my head may explode!