Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Threaded :: Young Designers Night

Heading into the Valley this Friday night! Want to get threaded? Then come along to the Alhambra Lounge, 12 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane City.

Disco Entertainment presents :: Threaded :: Young Designers Night

:: Fashion shows by ::

:: Deejay sets by ::
Charlie Hustle
James Cameron

When: Friday, September 2
Cost: $10 before 11pm

Images courtesy of Denver Mackenzie

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Let's Go Shopping

It might be raining and pouring in Brisbane at the moment, but the BrisStylers are definitely not snoring! We work day and night with our Etsy stores open 24/7 for your handmade fix. Check out these beauties below!

Oz Wildlife Studio

Meggy Green

Kathy Panton

Made By Maisie

Roc Star Dog Boutique

To take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme, post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all the fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

In the Press!

Do you read the Sunday Mail's weekly 'HOMEMADE' feature? If you read it and love it as much as we do you may have seen some of our very own BrisStyler's showing off their crafty talents over the past few weeks.

There was Trish from TrishAlan Designs with her rainbow of hand-dyed yarns and fabrics a few weeks back.....

.....and last week it was Teneale from Wicked Child Designs with her 'coolest of cool' softie friends!

How awesome is it that such a widely followed publication has its very own 'HOMEMADE' feature? Can't wait for Sunday to roll around for our next 'HOMEMADE' fix!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Did you see us?

If you were watching the 7PM Project on Friday night you may have seen a glimpse of the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Markets. Tim Blackwell reported from the BiTM for the Metro Whip Around segment.....

This is Tim 'doing his thing' (and that's us in the background).....

You can also check out the full clip on the 7PM Project website here.....Thanks for the lovin' Channel 10!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Let's Go Shopping

A few sore heads in the BrisStyle office this morning after a raging BrisStyle Twilight Market last night.

The BrisStylers had a great night showing off their awesome handmade wares in Brisbane city's King George Square. We hope you had a wonderful night too!!

Now there's a lot of birthdays in August, and one a few BrisStylers are celebrating today is the Handmade Expo's 3rd birthday. So thought we'd send a lil happy birthday from us, and feature a few BrisStylers that will have a stall at Handmade Expo today. It's a beautiful day, so it should be lovely!! Get your bums over there quick smart though as it's only on till 2pm.

Chelley Bean Designs

Spoil and Indulge

Cute As Buttons


Kellie Christie

To take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme, post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all the fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market: FRIDAY!

Grab your shopping totes and head on into your favourite destination for everything handmade under the stars :: The BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market :: THIS FRIDAY!

King George Square, Brisbane City
Friday, August 19 2011
5.00pm - 9.00pm
We'd love to see you there!

Once again you will find an amazing array of constantly evolving handmade homewares, accessories and art.....all lovingly handmade right here in Brisbane!

Pop over and check out all of the participating Marketeers here for a taste of what will be on offer on Friday night. In particular, Steph from Wimcee will be back with her signature range of gorgeously embellished fashion and Mel from Kimono Reincarnate will have her new range of Japanese inspired brooches and jewellery on show.

BrisStyle Promo :: Freebies

The fab team from Hopscotch are once again supporting this event. They have some great 2 for 1 passes to give away to their new indie film 'Beginners' starring Ewan McGregor, Melanie Laurent and Christopher Plummer.

"Brimming with life - funny, poignant and romantic. It makes you sigh and swoon in equal measure". INDIEWIRE

To get your hands on a 2 for 1 pass just pop into the BrisStyle promo stand and mention that you are a newsletter subscriber. The BrisStyle stand will be nestled in with the cosy Co-op at the centre of the markets. You can also pick up copies of MixTape, Bespoke and Peppermint magazine from the promo stand for just $10 each. And.....last but not least, if you're looking for a stylish way to carry all of your handmade purchases be sure to pick up one of our BrisStyle limited edition tote bags for just $7.50.

Stylish BrisStyle Totes

Eat :: Drink
You can grab a delicious bite to eat from The Groove Train and a warm coffee from Coffee Hit!

Entertainment :: Brisbane Excelsior Band

While feasting your eyes on all the fab handmade goodies you'll be able to indulge your ears with the big band sounds of the Brisbane Excelsior Band. We are so looking forward to this!

Find us :: Rain, Hail or Shine

As always, we'll be trading rain, hail or shine, so if the weather is a little on the crazy side be sure to look for us up on the large undercover deck located above The Groove Train in King George Square. To access the deck you can take the lift up from the King George Square car park, take the stairs in the square itself or via the ramp on Anne Street.

King George Square is conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane's transit hub. With the new bus-way and King George Square carpark underneath and Roma St and Central Stations close by, it's super easy to come into town no matter what your preferred mode of transport. King George Square carpark offers cheap nightly rates after 4.30pm, up to 30 minutes is $6, 1 hour or more is just $12.

Sponsored by the Brisbane City Council, the BrisStyle Indie Twilight Market is an event not to be missed. So support your local community and shop ethically at Brisbane's HOTtest destination for everything handmade under the stars!

Edit: enticing icing will not be baking for this market, sorry

Monday, August 15, 2011

Shop Handmade: Cultiver

It's that time of the month again when we bring you the latest offerings in handmade and indie shopping. This month we caught up with Rebecca Lewis and Kyla D'Aubbonnett from Cultiver to discuss all things handmade, ethical and crafty!

Tell us a little bit about how Cultiver came into being?
Rebecca and I met whilst making coffee in a local Ipswich espresso bar. When we met we had no idea that it would be the start of something incredibly creative.  Over the 12 months that we worked together at the espresso bar we realised that we shared a love of handmade, up-cycling and all things 'granny'.

So, what is Cultiver all about?
Cultiver is the collaboration of our two handmade businesses into a brand new and exciting business.....Cultiver: Indie Arts and Design. Cultiver (cul-tee-vay) is an eco-ethical, handmade, fashion, accessories and homewares store with a designated atelier (workshop) for hosting formal workshops as well as a 'comfy zone' for informal craft clubs or simply lounging around and 'making'.

What are your individual creative pursuits?
Bec has her own label called Little Brown Dog. She is a self professed 'reverse engineer' finding new uses for old clothing and fabrics. I sell felt and fabric pieces under the Little Bird label. I am obsessed with vintage, retro prints and stationery.

How does Cultiver support independent artists and crafters and/or the handmade community?
Bec and I have been 'Craftisans' for a long time and have been through the hard slog of markets and online selling.  Through Cultiver we are determined to raise the status of modern, handmade designers and help them grow through promoting them in a retail venue.  There are over 40 Craftisans supplying Cultiver with their handmade goods and the number is growing with more and more exciting products filling the shelves every week.

How can local designers and crafters get involved with Cultiver?
If you are interested in becoming a Cultiver Craftisan you can send an email to and we will send you an application package.

Can you describe the Cultiver retail space?
The retail space is huge and filled with fantastic handmade goodies from all over Australia.  The feel is granny-chic, harking back to the good old days when handmade was a way of life.  We found all of the shop fittings in local second-hand shops, we had many adventures sourcing the amazing pieces.

Where can we find Cultiver?
The combined retail and workshop space is located at 2/126 Brisbane St, Ipswich, with street frontage in the thriving Top of Town precinct.

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday - Sunday, 8.30am - 1.00pm

A big thank-you to Bec and Kyla for taking part in our popular 'Shop Handmade' series. You can follow Cultiver online via their blog or facebook page.

All images courtesy of Cultiver

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Let's Go Shopping

Our BrisStylers are environmentally conscious beings, and you can see their love for planet Earth in their eco-friendly products.

Here's a few handmade lovely BrisStyle items to warm your heart this Winter.


Kitty Boo Boo


Sailor Mouth Soaps


To take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme, post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all the fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Visible Ink!

Visible Ink is part of Brisbane City Council’s Program for young people aged 12 – 26 (NB: There are also opportunities for those who tutor, provide services to or wish to run workshops for young people!! Also if you're 26-30 it's still worth getting in touch).

BrisStyle committee gals Helen and Rebecca recently went to visit their amazing space in the Valley (5 Green Square Close, Fortitude Valley) and met with Visible Ink staff Chrissie and Kate who are awesome and are dying to provide support for creative peeps. While we were there we checked out their space and were overwhelmed by the huge amount of support for creative peeps such as:

- Access to Visible Ink staff to help you with developing your creative business/activity
- Access to computers and internet
- Access to a photocopier, guillotine and other equipment (eg someone had recently popped in to the space to produce their zine - for free!!)
- Access to a meeting room, rehearsal space, art/craft workshop area, kitchen facilities
- Small private offices/studio spaces for creatives

AND IT'S ALL FREE!!! Provided you are:
- aged 12-26 (if so you should definitely get in touch with Visible Ink and take advantage of their resources)
- 26-30 is a bit shady so still worth getting in touch with the staff to discuss your needs
- a group catering to young people or with a significant amount of young members
- and anyone of any age who offers workshops or would like to provide support to young people.

Chrissie from Visible Ink is also on the look out for people who may be interested in being involved in doing workshops for a crafternoon, for example she was recently looking for someone who could run an embroidery crafternoon or a blogging/etsy workshop. If you run workshops and have a  blue card you should get in touch with Chrissie so she can keep you in mind for future workshops/events.

You can contact Chrissie to chat further about any of the above. Her details are:
Chrissie Nowland
Visible Ink

Also pop over to Facebook and become a fan to keep up with everything Visible Ink!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Let's Go Shopping

The Ekka is coming to Brisbane very soon, where we Queenslanders celebrate the history and agriculture of Queensland for ten days. And there's a nice little public holiday squeezed in there too...

Did you know the first showbag was a bag of coal? How sad, though I bet it was a treat at the time. Here's a bunch of stunning BrisStyle bags to keep all your cool stuff safe and looking awesome.

Red Tree Designs

Where's Becky Bean


Bon Tons

Shelley Berelli

To take part in our weekly Let's Go Shopping meme, post your Etsy finds on your blog then pop back here and add the blog post link below. Don't forget to link back to this post so everyone can check out all the fabulous Etsy finds. Anyone can play along so come join in the fun!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Romantic by Nature: The Collection

Earlier in the year we posted about a fabulous design collaboration between Visual Artist, Sandra, from Sandra Darling Visual Art Creations and Designer/Dressmaker, Jennifer, from Jennifer Gifford Designs

The results of the collaboration are beyond stunning, we are somewhat speechless to say the least.  Below are some images from the official launch parade as well as a gorgeous film clip from the event. We hope you enjoy!

The entire Romantic by Nature Collection is available for purchase through:

The Tribune
Shop 164B, Arthur Street
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

The collection is also available for order through Sandra Darling or Jennifer Gifford Designs.
A big congratulations to Sandra and Jennifer for designing an amazing collection, we look forward to future collaborations!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Celebrate the Arts

"Celebrate the Arts" is an all day art event organised and presented by The Moreton Bay Arts Council Inc. in partnership with the Redcliffe Art Society and the Redcliffe Musical Theatre Group. It's bound to bring out your creative side (which is why we're so excited about it) so get out your diary and mark August 20th with a highlighter so you just can't forget.

Things to look forward to on the day include:
  • A Poets Breakfast
  • 30+ stalls of handmade products
  • Workshops with leading artists including master pastelist Penelope Gilbert Ng
  • Children's Activities - activity tent, jumping castle, face painting and learn to hula hoop
  • High Tea Picnic featuring a Victorian Era dress up workshop, maypole dancing, cupcakes and fairy floss! Yum!
  • Plus loads more!
This event has something for the whole family (did I mention there will be a classic, vintage, hot rod car parade) and is sure to bring out the artist in us all.

For more details you can check out The Moreton Bay Arts Council Inc. website or simply be surprised and come along on the day.

"Celebrate the Arts"

Date: August 20th
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Where: Downs Street, Redcliffe, QLD