Monday, September 27, 2010

Ten Toes Yoga Giveaway!

Ten Toes Yoga is opening a beautiful new yoga studio right next door to the home of the BrisStyle Indie Markets in Racecourse Road, Hamilton. Nestled above Nourish cafe, Ten Toes Yoga is set to open at the beginning of October.

68 Racecourse Road, Hamilton

Ten Toes Yoga offers beginners classes, pregnancy yoga, mumsNbubs yoga, kids yoga and corporate yoga. Yoga classes at Ten Toes Yoga are a safe and peaceful way to regenerate and energise your body, mind and spirit - perfect for all those creative "Crafty Ladies"!

To celebrate the opening of the new yoga studio and the upcoming BrisStyle Indie Mother & Child Market on Saturday October 9th, Ten Toes Yoga is offering you the chance to win a "Ten Class Pass" to help you get a little bit of work/craft/life balance.

To enter:
1. Subscribe to the BrisStyle Newsletter (in the top right sidebar).
2. Spread the word via your blog, facebook or twitter.
3. Leave a comment here with your email address so that we can contact you easily if you win!

Entries close on Saturday October 9th - the day of the BrisStyle Indie Mother & Child Market.
Everyone is eligible to enter so start spreading the news!

Saturday October 9th, 9-2pm
St. Augustine's Church Grounds & Hall
Racecourse Road, Hamilton

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Australian Breastfeeding Association at BiMC!

The Australian Breastfeeding Association is Australia's leading authority on breastfeeding. Their mission is to educate and support mothers using up-to-date research findings and the practical experience of many women. They aim to influence our society to acknowledge breastfeeding as the norm for infant nutrition. The ABA will be at the next BrisStyle Indie Mother & Child Market on October 9th. They will have volunteers on hand to answer any questions you may have and they will also have a dedicated space for mothers to relax and feed their little ones.

The ABA's vision is for babies to breastfeed exclusively for six months, with ongoing breastfeeding for as long as mother and child desire. The ABA is a voluntary organisation made up of its members and subscribers. ABA needs subscribers to exist. You can subscribe over the phone, online or in person at group meetings. Subscription rates are $50 per year ($35 concession).

There are over 330 local ABA groups throughout Australia. Group discussion meetings, coffee mornings, new mothers' meetings, social events etc. are held in homes, halls and parks. Trained breastfeeding counselors lead these discussions and provide counseling. Visitors are welcome to attend a meeting before subscribing.

For more information or to contact the Australian Breastfeeding Association you can visit their website or call or visit their QLD branch office, shop or helpline.

QLD Branch Office
Behind Shop 2A, 26 Eva Street, Coorparoo
Open 9am - 2pm, Monday to Friday
Phone 3324 0577

Breastfeeding Helpline
1800 686 2 686 (1800 mum 2 mum)

The Mothers Direct Shop
Shop 2A, 26 Eva Street, Coorparoo
Open 10am - 3.30pm, Monday to Saturday
Phone 3847 5187

Saturday October 9th, 9am - 2pm
St. Augustine's Church Grounds & Hall
Racecourse Road, Hamilton

Thursday, September 23, 2010

BrisStylettes in the Press!

The latest issue of Peppermint magazine has hit the shelves - Issue 07, Spring 2010, the Animal Issue! This magazine is a must read, featuring heaps of great articles on ECO beauty, fashion and lifestyle finds. Spring has definitely sprung in this issue! Apart from all of the great eco finds you will also see lots of BrisStyle goodness amongst the pages. Below is our first full page feature advertisement featuring 12 of our talented artists and crafters leading up to the BrisStyle Indie Eco Market on November 6 which is sponsored by Peppermint!

We were also featured in the 'Peppermint Marketplace' section alongside heaps of other talented indie designers, markets and stores.

Several BrisStylers also featured on the back page.....Lemon Ink, 3 girls and a goat and Kitty Boo Boo. Congratulations girls!

Peppermint magazine is available at all good newsagents, by subscription here, or you can pick up a copy at any of the BrisStyle Markets. The next BrisStyle markets are on:

supporting chicks in pink as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Saturday October 9, 9-2pm
St. Augustine's Church Grounds and Hall
Racecourse Road, Hamilton

Sponsored by Peppermint Mag
Saturday November 6, 9-2pm
St. Augustine's Church Grounds and Hall
Racecourse Road, Hamilton

New to BrisStyle!

BrisStyle keeps getting bigger and bigger with even more new members joining up this month!

Make a statement with a gorgeous piece from Starring Nobody, the home of luscious knitted accessories.

The most delicate crochet stitches you'll ever see can be found at Sanshe Design including gorgeous crochet necklaces and cute little bunnies.

Ladies Auxiliary brings you gorgeous handcrafted wares drawing on styles, techniques and equipment of the past with a modern twist.

Check out the abundance of sweet treats at Hikaria, where you'll find handmade miniature sweets jewellery and accessories.

Have your loved one's fingerprint forever captured in these sweet pendants from Forever Inspired by Liv.

Head to The Paper Tie Affair for gorgeous paper products including sweet garlands, bunting, gift toppers and tags and memo holders.

Spoil yourself with gorgeous soaps and candles from Spoil & Indulge Natural Products.

And don't forget there's more shopping to be had at the BrisStyle Indie Mother & Child Market! Brisbane’s HOTtest destination for everything handmade with a Mother and Child focus.
St Augustine’s Church Hall and Grounds, Racecourse Rd, Hamilton
Saturday 9th October 2010
Time: 9am – 2pm

See you there!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

BrisStylettes in the Press!

The latest issue of peekaboo magazine - a boutique family lifestyle publication - is out now! Filled to the brim with lovely things for you and your little ones, this is one magazine you will want to get your hands on!

If you flip to page 48 you will see a full page feature showcasing the lovely wares of some of our talented BrisStylettes in the lead up to the BrisStyle Indie Mother & Child Market on October 9th.

To get your free copy of Issue 4 come along to the BrisStyle Indie Mother & Child Market or check out the peekaboo website for a full list of distributors. While you're there sign up to the Peekaboo mailing list to stay up to date with all things Peekaboo.

Saturday October 9, 9-2pm
St. Augustine's Church Grounds and Hall
Racecourse Road, Hamilton

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Artist behind Hungry Designs!

This week the BrisStyle team caught up with Amanda Whitelaw, the talented artist behind Hungry Designs.

How would you describe your work?
I would describe my work as being an eclectic mix of comic book style illustrations, cheese cake pin up and macabre styling - such as Day of the Dead themed illustrations or zombies. I design and draw/colour all of the illustrations used in my wearable art collection. These designs are then laser cut out of wood and made into brooches, hair clasps, necklaces, earrings and rings.

How did your Etsy shop come into being?
I started my Etsy store when I started to revamp my website. I had ordered goodies off of Etsy before opening my own Etsy store. It seemed to be a natural progression, I needed an online store to link to my website and I was rather taken with Etsy's low fees and brilliant exposure.

Who or What inspires you?
I am hugely inspired by modern American comics. I have been an avid collector since I was 16 and I feel this is reflected in my illustrations. I am also inspired by horror novels and sci fi movies. Retro and vintage fashion seems to be a new theme that I am becoming linked to. I love 60's fashion and feel that this is the main inspiration for the "Retro & Country Living" collections. My partner, Colin, inspires me on a daily basis and I can always count on his constructive and honest opinion. He's my fresh set of eyes.

Can you describe your studio/work area?
My studio is a mass of papers, woodcuts, glue and components. It's a large space and I make use of the walls, often sticking up postcards and photos that inspire me. I love books and have dozens of photography and graphic design books which I use as inspiration. It's an artistic mess but I always know where something is kept and take great pride in having my own space.....although my work station does seem to take over the rest of the house if I have wholesale orders or markets - much to Colin's concern! *grin*

What is your favourite thing in the shop at the moment?
I will always have a soft spot for the 'A Little Rain Brooch' - in blue and red. She was drawn on a whim and has fast become one of the most popular pieces in the store. She has even been tattooed on a wonderful fan, Liberty, which came as a complete surprise!

Do you have any other places that people can view/purchase your work?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

BrisStyle gets set to be Tickled Pink!

The BrisStyle Indie Mother and Child Markets are turning a brighter shade of pink this October in support of National Breast Cancer Month and there’s no better place to do it but in the heart of the festivities, their home at St Augustine’s Church in Hamilton.

The entire Racecourse Rd Precinct will come to life with pink balloons, yarn bombed trees and a myriad of festivities to support the Mater Hospital’s “Chicks in Pink” charity and the BrisStyle Indie Mother and Child Market is set to turn on festivities for all the family.

Not only will the Chicks in Pink team be onsite raising awareness for Breast Cancer but the BrisStyle artists, crafters and designers will be once again contributing their amazing wares to their now famous Charity Raffle to raise funds as well!

Last weekend the Breast cancer Awareness festivities kicked off with The Brisbane Festival’s “Close Knitting Circles” at the fabulous Lido Woodfire Decadence , Trattoria Italiana and Vagelis in the brilliant Racecourse Rd Precinct in Hamilton/ Ascot.

Steph from Wimcee, Knitted Pink Ribbons and Helen from Ruby 2 Go Go

BrisStylette Kate from Dash Robin led the knit down at Vagelis on Sunday along with Steph from Wimcee and Helen from Ruby 2 Go Go . Then up at The Lido there was more pink fun to be had!

1. Sandy from Chicks in Pink, Bev from the Lido and Jacqueline from Stitch and Bitch

2. Bev and the Lido team with the "boys" from the Hamilton Historical Society

3. Jacqueline from Stitch and Bitch and Kate from the Brisbane Festival and Dash Robin

A huge thank you to Bev from the Lido and to all the Cafe owners who turned on special treats from all on the day.So head down to see then all and grab a few friends and have a cuppa or better still a glass of Champaigne and some gourmet delights . There are baskets of knitting at every cafe so grab a few firnds and knit away the afternoon and contribute to the pinking of Racecourse Rd

So support the local Hamilton and Ascot community along with Chicks in Pink and get tickled pink at Brisbane’s HOTtest destination for everything handmade for Mother and Child on Saturday October 9th

BrisStyle Indie Mother and Child Market

“Brisbane’s HOTtest destination for everything handmade with a Mother and Child focus”

St Augustine’s Church Hall and Grounds, Racecourse Rd, Hamilton

Saturday 9th October 2010 Time: 9am – 2pm

Stay tuned in the coming days for more exciting news about all the fun that will be abounding at the Mother and Child Markets. In the meantime leave a comment and let us know how you'll be pinking up October!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Junkie Couture at Reverse Garbage

If you're interested in fashion and accessories handmade from salvaged materials, the Reverse Garbage 'Junkie Couture' exhibition is for you!

Featuring diverse works from emerging artists, designers and crafters from right around Australia this exhibition showcases all the latest in handmade 'eco' fashion.

BrisStyle members, Chrissy Foreman C, Kellie Christie and Samantha Gilkes will have their work on display during the 'Junkie Couture' exhibition and we've got a sneaky peek right here just for you.....

(fabric ring - Chrissy Foreman C - make art hug trees)

Chrissy will be exhibiting her fabulous new Moon Wedge Necklaces, fabric brooches, fabric rings, fabric hair combs, fabric earrings and upcycled fabric handbags. Featuring glorious fabrics and designs with a true tree huggin' feel these pieces are sure to catch your eye.

(Moon Wedge Necklace - Chrissy Foreman C - make art hug trees)


(Kimono Flower Headband - Kellie Christie)

Kellie will have a range of upcycled accessories on display including her Kimono Flower Headbands and Interconnected Circle necklaces guaranteed to stand-out with Kellie's great eye for colour and design.

(Interconnected Circles - Kellie Christie)


(Doily Cloud and Rain Brooches - Samantha Gilkes - Jetta's Nest)

Samantha will be showing new works from her Timber Doily range, handmade brooches made from salvaged Pecan wood and featuring hand-drawn details. There'll also be a few old favourites on display including the salvaged Silky-Oak, Wise Old Owl Brooch and the salvaged Pecan Wood Fruit series.

(Wise Old Owl Brooch - Samantha Gilkes - Jetta's Nest)

Opening night is this Saturday 18 September from 6pm - 8pm and will feature live music, nibblies, drinks and a henna tattooist as well as a light night shopping opportunity in the Reverse Garbage warehouse. Everyone's welcome to come along, just head over the Junkie Couture event page on facebook to RSVP.

The Crafty Adventures of Eliza from Elvenhair

This week the BrisStyle team caught up with Eliza from Elvenhair to talk about her chaotic and crafty adventures.

How would you describe your work?
My work is pretty chaotic. I always have several projects on the go at once. For example, at the moment I'm working on the Galozels, a species of crocheted toy that lives in the weeds of your garden, books about the Galozels, scented candles, baby clothing and sock monsters! That's between the times when I'm singing and playing the harp, naturally.

How did your Etsy shop come into being?
Years ago I use to sell my art on ebay. I had a very successful business going, but I felt a bit like a machine. I wanted something more personal, more human. I heard about Etsy and found it was a wonderfully warm place, with people who supported and did not compete, and who were willing to help out newbies. I was hooked! I soon stopped selling on ebay in favour of Etsy totally.

Who or What inspires you?
Everything inspires me - ideas seem to pop into my head all the time. For example, I was getting breakfast ready when I realised that the baby Galozels would fit into an egg carton, and when I was getting out cups and saw my never used but precious china in the back of the cupboard I thought about filling them with wonderfully scented candles. Inspiration is around us everyday if we are open to it.

Do you 'reduce, reuse, recycle' as part of your creative process? If yes, how is your art/craft eco-friendly?
The Galozels will soon be joined by the sock monsters. You know how you are always missing just one sock? Well, that's what happens to them - they crawl under the bed and turn into sock monsters! They will be in the book "The Pirate Adventure" - as the Pirates!

What is your favourite thing in the shop at the moment?
"The Great Adventure"! It's a book based on the Galozels that can be personalised to a child's name. In it, the Galozels go on an adventure that includes your child, all the while giving positive affirmations and learning about native Australian animals.

Do you have any other places that people can view/purchase your work?
I try to keep fairly up-to-date on my blog - Bambooslice.

Thank-you for your time Eliza!

Friday, September 10, 2010

BrisStyle Indie Designer Market Wrap-Up!

Last weekend we welcomed the onset of Spring and enjoyed the delights of the BrisStyle Indie Designer Market. Filled to the brim with handmade goodies, sweet tunes, tasty delights and good times, this market was out to impress.

The Market Crowds

Market goers were treated to an impressive array of handmade goodies, with shoppers stocking up on treats for themselves or getting in early with their christmas shopping.

Sweet tunes from Dennis and Aiden Geraghty of Music4You filled the air, with their take on Jimi Hendrix's 'Foxy Lady' - 'Crafty Lady' being the favourite of the day and receiving a round of applause.

Our tastebuds were not disappointed on the day with tasty delights from a Wood Fired Pizza Van, fresh coffee from Xpresso Coffee and sweet treats from our very own Bel of Enticing Icing.

On the day, we offered our support to the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation. Our raffle raised an amazing $294 so thank-you to all who visited and purchased a ticket. The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation does amazing work promoting the awareness and prevention of cervical cancer. They are currently working in Bhutan with the Ministry of Health providing the cervical cancer vaccine to women who would otherwise not have access to it. Over 90% of girls in Bhutan aged between 12-18 have now had 2 out of the 3 needed rounds of vaccine. The third is due in November. In Australia, by comparison, only around 80% of girls are being vaccinated. The work of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation will save many lives in Bhutan over the next 20 years as cervical cancer is the biggest cancer killer of women there.

On a final note we would like to say a big thank-you to the lovely peeps from Hopscotch Films who provided us with a stash of '2 for 1' movie passes to 'The Kids are All Right' to hand out to our supporters on the day.

The next BrisStyle event is the BrisStyle Mother & Child Market
Saturday October 9th, 9-2pm
St. Augustine's Church Grounds and Hall
Racecourse Road, Hamilton

Monday, September 6, 2010

Shop Handmade: Gone Dotti

We're so excited to share another Brisbane retail outlet with you as part of BrisStyle Shop Handmade series, Gone Dotti!

Gone Dotti is a gift shop with a difference, specialising in unusual and eclectic handmade items you won’t find everywhere! These handmade items are made with passion and quality by over 50 talented local artists and craftspeople. A feast for your eyes and a friendly smile will greet you when you come through the doors.

Gone Dotti provides a stage for local artists to display and market their incredible wares. A total community experience can be enjoyed, where artist and customer are brought together via their stories. Many of our customers feel confident to drop in on their way to an event, choose a fabulous handmade gift, partake in our free gift wrapping service and depart with a unique present in hand. We feel that our passion for handmade items fills the shop with positivity. The Gone Dotti experience is also a fabulously fun one for both the customer and the artist!

Who is Gone Dotti?
"Gone Dotti on Latrobe started in August 2008 with a dream to create a sense of community involvement and encourage talented people to sell their unique hand crafted inspirations. My name is Megan but some people call me Dotti..."

"If you look at the meaning of Dotti in the dictionary you will find it means:
• ·very enthusiastic or infatuated
• ·amusingly eccentric or unconventional....
I am very enthusiastic about handmade items and their individuality. I love to share the artist’s stories with the customer and this ensures that the gift is filled with a community spirit. For many years my creative outlook has been painting and recovering other people’s rejected items and redesigning them into treasures. I love to find discarded things and make them beautiful. I love to paint anything that doesn’t move! I am passionate about hunting down different, handmade items. This gave me the inspiration to open a shop that provided an outlet for others to do the same. It never ceases to amaze me how clever our artists are! I love to sell inspirational, eclectic handmade gifts, and provide a platform for small independent artists to sell and display goods that are handmade with love, laughter and passion."

Gone Dotti

200 Latrobe Tce, Paddington
07 3369 0006 or 0409 399 025
Open wed to sat 10- 4 or by appointment

For more Brisbane handmade retail therapy check out the rest of the Shop Handmade series here!