Thursday, June 27, 2013

Calling all Northside crafters :: FREE Craft Event :: Northgate Hall this Saturday June 29!

Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk and BrisStyler Julie Hillier from Ministry of Handmade. {Image courtesy of the Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star}

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Is coming to the Northside this Saturday.
Share in a morning filled with crafty tales, locally created handmade wares and craft demonstrations.
In particular the very creativeBrisbane Brown Owls will be on deck to help you get hands on experience with some new and very old crafts!
This is the last FREE Saviours of the Lost Arts event for 2013 so we welcome you all to come along to celebrate.
"Brisbane's neighbourhoods are filled with a wealth of artistic and creative entrepreneurs, so this is about bringing them together to help learn different ways of developing their craft." Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk
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WHEN Saturday June 29
TIME 10am-2pm
VENUE Northgate Hall, Corner of Scott and Ridge Streets, Northgate),
Representatives from:
 The Brisbane Brown Owls
 Vintage Soul LADIES Art and Craft Group
 in.cube8tor Gallery
 Creative Glass Guild
 The Brisbane Institute of Art
 The Embroiderers Guild Qld
 The Lace Guild
 BrisStyle
 Brisbane Brown Owls co-ordinator Rebecca Cason fromedward and lilly
 Tamara Haddon from Tambam Art and the Vintage Soul LADIES Art and Craft Group
 Fibre Artist Trish Goodfield from Trishalan
 Mixed Media Artist Vicki Sinclair and several Northside based artists from in.cube8tor Gallery
 Fibre Artist Tricia Smout
 Custume designer Evie Willsteed from tattaratscat
 Eco jeweller Lynne Eisentrager from ish handmade
 Eco crafter Helen Kelly from Helen K Kreations
 Ceramicist Vicki Belden from funky little flower women
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PLEASE BRING: If you are eco conscious, your own travel mug or cup.... and of course your sense of crafty fun and adventure!
PARKING Ample street parking.
ENTRY: Look for the Council and BrisStyle A-frames to direct you and we'll be right inside.
Looking forward to sharing a crafty morning with you on Saturday.
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We really look forward to sharing the day with you!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SHOP INDIE: Handmade High Street : PART1

Hello dear friends,

We are very excited to bring back our Indie Shop post back!

Today we have the great pleasure to share with you a little interview and visit to Handmade High street where I met with the super lovely Kath Chown!

A Huge thank you to  Kath for taking some time from her very busy schedule to have a little chat with us about what makes Handmade High Street such a great Indie destination in Brisbane!

1.    Tell us a little about your background and what path led you to open Handmade High Street?

I have worked in retail on and off since I was 15 and from the moment I stepped behind the counter I loved it. My dream has always been to open my own store but I was increasingly put off by larger companies who seemed to dominate in sales and the customer share. In the last few years since the GFC I started to notice a pleasing trend of customers returning to the ‘high street’ rather than predominantly shopping in large shopping centres. I think people felt like they were returning to a more honest and sustainable way of shopping which was also a great way to get to know your local community and support smaller businesses.
With my friends Benjamin and Ryan, we had always talked about opening an artist space which would support others to do what they loved. We tossed up between a practical theatre space, an office block which could double as artist workshops and finally decided on a store which could support artisans and crafters in Brisbane.
On 1st December 2012 we opened a shop with heart and that put the community and artists first.

2.    Tell us what Handmade High Street is all about?

We rent spaces to artisans and crafters and return 100% of the profits to them. We like to work with an artist to make sure they are well-equipped with the knowledge to make their crafty business a success.
We also offer a small amount of spaces to underprivileged members of the community. They have the opportunity to showcase their handmade products in a rent-free space for 3 months. After this time they can opt in to a paid space if it has been successful.

3.    How do you promote Handmade High Street?

We advertise through a few select publications which suit our brand (Peppermint and MAP Magazine) and through Our main promotions are through our social media sites; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. We also have a blog which is updated weekly.
We host special events on the strip including the Annerley Junction Jumble Sale in the middle of the year and Junction Fair at Christmas. We also set up the Annerley History Group to find out more about the history of our area to spark interest in locals to come back up to the shopping strip.

4.    What is your favourite item in the shop at the moment?
A recent addition to Handmade High Street is Candykins Crafts who makes the sweetest felt and embroidery dresses which are made into brooches. It’s like wearing a paper doll dress on your collar – just too sweet!

5.    What’s in store for HandmadeHigh Street in 2013 and beyond?

We are always changing and thinking of new ideas, new events and groups to join communities together. This year has already seen a huge number of projects undertaken by the team here so we can only assume there will be more to come!

6.    Do you run or plan to run any craft workshops at Handmade High Street.

We will be co-hosting the Junction Yarn Jammers at the Annerley Community Bookshop this Monday 17th June and over the course of the year. The group aims to give community members a space to knit or crochet with the aim to give the creations to charity groups in the form of blankets and clothing.

Ph: 0432 307 300
Address: 1/466 Ipswich Rd, Annerley QLD 4103

Keep in touch with the blog

Or you can visit:

SHOP Hours: 
Mon 10am – 4pm
Tue 10am – 4pm
Wed 10am – 4pm
Thur 10am – 4pm
Fri 10am – 5pm
Sat 10am – 4pm

Thank you again so much Kath for this little interview!
I totally loved learning a little more about what makes Handmade High street such a special Indie shop in Brisbane.

Handmade High Street is filled with amazing unique creations from local artists and designers and highly recommended  handmade shopping destination!


All images are Courtesy of Sandrine Marsh Photography via ImageInCafe.

A little PART 2 will be coming up with some more infos about Handmade High Street....
So stay tuned!

Have a fabulous day!

Sandrine ❤ 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Saturday 22 June - Market, Etsy Craft Party, Saviours of the Lost Arts!!!

Hi there

Have you heard about all the exciting things we've got planned for this Saturday?  Oh my much stuff all rolled into one big handmade ball of creative fun.

The biggest community crafting event in Brisbane this year (even bigger than the amazing SotLA launch!) is happening this Saturday 22 June from 9am-2pm at St Augustine's Church Hall and Grounds, Racecourse Road, Hamilton.

Shop with over 60 local BrisStyle members at our BrisStyle indie Market in the grounds and meet over 20 local craft guilds and groups in the hall.  Pull up a chair and be inspired by the creative journeys of local crafters on the stage.  Join in all the hands-on fun at the Etsy Craft Party and learn about eco crafting at the Reverse Garbage tassel making workshop.

Chocolate and Coffee Heaven will be back with their amazing heart-warming delights, just perfect for this winter weather and indulge in some yummy dumplings from Happy Little Dumplings while enjoying the sounds of Tim Sladden and his indie sounds.

Supported by Brisbane City Council and Peppermint Magazine, this is one day not to be missed!

See you there :)


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's new this week!

Hi everyone,

Back to share some news from the designer bench this week!

We are so happy to hear that the super talented  Shannon behind the label Rabbit and the duck has launched her new line of handmade goodness.

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And this with a brand new online store!

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How gorgeous is this new range.Well done Shannon!


Sandrine ❤

Monday, June 17, 2013

Major Media Sponsor - Peppermint Magazine

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Hi there

We are so excited to announce that Peppermint Magazine has come on board to support BrisStyle Inc. as our major media sponsor for 2013.

This means that we'll continue to advertise in all issues of Peppermint Magazine and that the Peppermint crew will be joining us at most of our events for the remainder of 2013!

We'd like to say a big handmade thank you (with an eco twist, of course) to Peppermint for the great friendship we've had with them over the years and of course for coming on board as our major media sponsor!  We couldn't be happier!!


The latest issue to hit the stands is filled with loads of interesting articles, amazing fashion and a fabulous recipe for zucchini, carrot & bacon fritters.....all with an eco twist so be sure to grab yourself a copy if you don't already have one!  You could even have a chance at winning a schmicko Fonzarelli O electric scooter valued at $3190 if you subscribe by August 19!

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In the latest issue you'll find a great collaborative ad featuring the following BrisStyle members:

and last of all, me....Jetta's Nest!

:: I ♥ Craft :: INVITATION :: Amazing Opportunity to Learn from Brisbane's Best!

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:: GETTING RETAIL READY - Pricing, Packaging & More ::
Have you been selling your creative work and not getting the retail success you are looking for; or just need a boost to keep you on the right track for retail success?
The June 27 Master Class is the perfect opportunity to learn the trade secrets from two of Brisbane's most successful artisans and business women.
The dynamic duo of Liana Kabel and Kylie Johnson are set to inspire you and equip you for retail success in this four hour intensive session!
For just a small investment of $80, you'll be up close and personal with these two amazing gals.
So if you’ve been selling for a while and would like to have greater succes in the retail arena, this session will help you take your business to the next level.
DATE Thursday 27 June, 2013
TIME 6.30pm-10.30pm
COST $80
PRESENTERS Liana Kabel and Kylie Johnson from paper boat press
Places are limited BOOK NOW
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:: REFINE YOUR BUSINESS PLAN – Map and Hatch Intensive ::
This four-hour workshop designed by author and printmaker Sally Wright from Flight Studios will take you step by step through the process of mapping out your hobby to turn it into a micro business.
Presented by successful craft artist, author and business coach Trish Goodfield, this class will show you how to apply business-planning tools and capture your ideas via way of a bespoke workbook.
By the end of the session you will have mapped your creative goals, giving you a plan to make your craft/hobby into a successful business venture.
DATE Thursday July 25, 2013
TIME 6.30pm-10.30pm
COST $80
PRESENTER Trish Goodfield
Places are limited BOOK NOW
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:: RETAIL RECON – Discovering the world of wholesaling ::
:: Do you create handmade wares and want to sell them in a retail environment? ::
The inspiring Kylie Johnson frompaper boat press returns with basic tips and tricks and loads of anecdotal experiences to get you retail ready.
DATE Saturday 20 July 2013
TIME 10 – 12.30 pm
VENUE Kenmore Library
PRESENTER Kylie Johnson from paper boat press
Places are limited BOOK NOW
Missed out on a session or just want to refresh?
Then grab a cuppa and sit back to watch all the sessions onlineHERE.
If you're not a member, then just set yourself up with a guest login and away you go. Happy watching!
Presented by BrisStyle Inc and supported by Brisbane City Council
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Keep up with all the 2013 BrisStyle action, via the:

:: The perfect time to become a BrisStyle Member! ::
Are you passionate about handmade?
Would you like to meet like-minded creative people?
Do you want to take your craft to the next level?
Are you keen to take part in markets and events?
BrisStyle Inc. provides support and creative opportunities for independent artists, crafters and designers who call Queensland and Northern New South Wales home.
The 2013 BrisStyle membership experience includes:
 creative business development sessions;
 markets, events and exhibitions;
 promotional opportunities;
 personal website profile;
 social networking;
 access to our online forum;
 Etsy team affiliation; and
 much, much more!!
For less than a ball of yarn per week, you too can be a member of BrisStyle’s fabulous and fun crafty community.
STOP PRESS: Join before July 1, 2013 and SAVE! Tell me more....