Sunday, May 13, 2012

GIVEAWAY :: Etsy Success Sydney

Photo by Colourscape

Etsy Success Sydney will inspire, inform and connect local creative entrepreneurs who wish to learn new skills, understand the need for change in the new economy, and make their businesses sustainable and viable.Etsy Success Sydney, as part of  the Vivid Ideas Exchange at Vivid Sydney 2012, will take place in the newly-renovated Museum of Contemporary Art, with amazing views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. During Vivid Festival, the Opera House and the surrounding area are lit up with artistic installations creating an incredibly beautiful nighttime atmosphere.

Tickets to Etsy Success include day-long catering and an awesomely stacked delegate pack. To celebrate this amazing Etsy event we are lucky enough to be giving away 3 x double passes to attend the event! (valued at $100 per ticket)
Event Details
  • What: Etsy Success Sydney
  • When: Saturday June 2, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Musuem of Contemporary Art
  • Cost: $100 per attendee
To enter our give away, simply leave a comment (with your contact details - this is very important) telling us in 25 words or less how attending this event will assist you in achieving your creative goals. 
Entries are open until 6pm Sunday 20th May and are open to all Australian residents. Winners will be notified by 11am Monday 21st May and in fairness to all entrants please only leave a comment if you are able to make it to Sydney on June 2nd.
Tickets can also be purchased here.
Etsy Success Speakers:
Chad Dickerson, Etsy CEO
Keynote Address
Our very own Chad Dickerson will be making his first visit Down Under to share his inspiring presentation, “Finding Your Courage,” as seen at Hello Etsy in Berlin last year.
Georgie Swift and Milenka Osen, TMOD design // The Veggie Patch                                       
Workshop: “Maintaining Creative Inspiration while Building Business”
After graduation from The College of Fine Arts (COFA, UNSW) 6 years ago, the duo established TMOD as a vehicle to explore design boundaries and challenge expectations of functionality and purpose. Blending materials and processes, TMOD’s manifesto is to design without constraints. Across graphic, fashion, and product design, they celebrate the unexpected and consider the experience of every design outing. Their animated products trigger emotions, transport feelings and create memories.
Dr. Grace McQuilten, The Social Studio
Workshop: “Using Fashion as a Vehicle for Social Change”
Grace McQuilten is the founder and CEO of The Social Studio, a social enterprise that works to create education and employment opportunities for refugee youth through fashion design, clothing production, retail and hospitality. Grace is also a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she is working on a project that examines the relationship between visual art, design and social change. In 2008, she completed her PhD in Art History, and in 2011, she publishedArt in Consumer Culture: Mis-design with Ashgate Publishers.
Valerie Khoo, Sydney Writers Centre
Workshop: “The Importance of Networking and Building Your Personal Brand”
Valerie Khoo is an award-winning entrepreneur who founded the Sydney Writers’ Centre in Milsons Point. Also an author and journalist, Valerie has grown the Sydney Writers’ Centre to become Australia’s leading centre for writing courses. Valerie is an experienced journalist and small business commentator. With her dual passions in writing and business, she is currently writing a book on how to use the power of storytelling in business, to be released October 2012.
Stuart Buchanan, The NEST, and Chantelle Ellem, FatMumSlim
Workshop: “Online Etiquette – Ensuring Professionalism in Digital Formats”
As founder of the multi-platform agency The Nest, Stuart specializes in the delivery of web, social media, mobile and video solutions for the creative industries. His clients include Sydney Festival, Art Gallery Of New South Wales, MONA, Tropfest, Opera Australia, Sydney Writers Festival, Art Month, SBS and more. Chantelle is the founder of blog FatMumSlim, a social media editor,and the creator of the monthly photo-a-day challenges. She lives and breathes social media and blogging, and loves nothing more than spending time with her little family.
Rebecca Lowrey Boyd, Wee Birdy
Rebecca Lowrey Boyd is a former glossy magazine editor, a self-confessed bird nerd and the founder of the blog Wee Birdy. She’s been blogging since 2007, and Wee Birdy was listed as one of the Top 50 Design Blogs in the world by Times Online and one of the top 100 blogs in the world by The Sunday Times. She likes to make pom-poms.
Danielle Maveal, Etsy
Workshop: “Etsy Success for Starters and Newbies”
Danielle Maveal,’s Seller Education Lead, works to help artists and crafters make a creative living selling their work. She shares tips in the Seller Handbook, in the Etsy Success newsletter, and hosts live workshops in the Online Labs. Danielle, who is also a goldsmith, started selling on Etsy four years ago and within six months sold over 1,000 unique pieces. Less than a year after opening her Etsy shop, Etsy asked her to come work for the then small start-up, and she’s been mentoring the community ever since. Her focus is to encourage, motivate, and educate anyone running a small, independent business.
Belinda Harris and Robyn Dixon, BrisStyle
Workshop: “Effective Etsy Team Management”
Belinda and Robyn are both committee members of Brisbane’s premier Etsy street team, BrisStyle. BrisStyle incorporated as a not for profit business in 2010 and coordinates member markets and business development days as well as a host of other team activities. Belinda and Robyn will share a wealth of information about Etsy teams and management.
Lexi Kentmann, PottyMouthMama, and  Jo Walker, Frankie Magazine
Workshop: ”DIY Media and PR: A Practical Guide”
By day, Lexi works as a PR Manager, working with both Australian and New Zealand media. She has over 13 years experience in the industry and loves sharing stories with journalists. She says nothing beats the thrill of seeing your hard work in a glossy magazine, or up in lights on a blog – and watching the engagement grow with your brand. Jo Walker edits Frankie Magazine, a national bi-monthly committed to creativity and craft. She knits fairly badly and sometimes sews aprons.
Lara Hutton, professional stylist, and Heidi Adnum, professional photographer
Workshop: “The Basics of Product Styling and Photography”
Lara Hutton has worked as a magazine stylist for over 14 years. Lara has had an extensive career working as a fashion editor, fashion director and style editor for Australia’s leading magazines, such as Marie Claire, Sydney Morning Herald’s Sydney MagazineHome Beautiful and B Magazine. She is also a regular contributor to Inside OutCountry Style and Madison. Heidi Adnum lives in sunny Newcastle, Australia, with her husband. She works as a photographer, picture researcher, author, and crafter of Good Will Bunting®. Heidi’s first book, The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos, was released earlier this year. She has also written a popular series for the Etsy blog, “Photography Tips with Heidi Adnum.”

Etsy Success Sydney is presented as part of the Vivid Ideas program at Vivid Sydney 2012 (25 May — 11 June), a festival of light, music and ideas, and a major celebration of our creative industries. 

Enter now and good luck! 


Rishka said...

I envisage connecting & networking with creative entrepreneurs and learn skills to build a sustainable business in this ever-changing economy and survive :)

email: rishkajohnson (at) gmail (dot) com

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Unknown said...

Etsy - I read your success stories passionately.
This event would change my life and creative direction I've been starving. I want to "do" not "watch".

my contact details are hereiamloulou {at} gmail {dot} com

thank you


Anonymous said...

After the fantastic meet up at brisstyle last night, I would love to attend the etsy conference in Sydney. Plus Belinda I'll make sure I'm front row for your speech;).
Great meet last night really enjoyed meeting everyone.
My details
Cheers Penny

Amanda Whitelaw said...

Attending this event would be inspirational and help to make Hungry Designs a more professional handmade business. It would be a fantastic opportunity. Amanda x

amanda (dot) whitelaw (at) me (dot) com

My email said...

I truly believe the revival of the craft movement is a testimont to etsy, to listen to them first hand would be sew inspiring!

Anonymous said...

This type of seminar would be more than valuable to me and my craft. I am a registered nurse by trade however this has not educated me in business HEEEEELLLLLPPPP is really needed.

Karen Drew