Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saviours of the Lost Arts Thank You :: Take the Survey and Win!

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hearfelt thanks
Many thanks to all who busted out the Bernina and pulled out the 8ply.. and more... to embrace the inspiring creativity which was the 2013 Saviours of the Lost Arts (SotLA) program.
The aim of the program was to shine a spotlight on local creativity and engage the communities across Brisbane, which you all certainly did wholeheartedly!
The stars of the show were once again our Brisbane seniors with so many new and emerging craftisans of all ages twinkling brightly beside them.
Thank you to all involved for showing us just how strong creative hearts beat in Brisbane.
Read on and take the survey below so we can capture your experiences and keep the SotLA flame alive.
We'd love you to take a quick survey here to tell us about your 2013 Saviours of the Lost Arts experiences.
From visiting one of the BrisStyle markets to participating in one of the many SotLA craft activities, we'd love to hear from you!
By taking the survey you automatically go into the draw to WIN one of 3 SotLA souvenir packs.
Please take the survey by: This Wednesday July 31st.
Here's to keeping the Saviours of the Lost Arts spirit alive for future generations.
BrisStyle Inc. :: Saving the Lost Arts in 2013
A Joint initiative of BrisStyle Inc. and Brisbane City Council
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

You're invited to a FREE Etsy workshop in Brisbane!

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:: FREE Hands on Workshop with Etsy Photography Expert Heidi Adnum! ::
Join us for a day dedicated to the basics of product photography. Learn how to take great photos with a better understanding of your camera and light. Receive friendly coaching on making better use of your camera and its settings, using light, and simple but effective product styling. Come away with more confidence, tools and tips to enhance the look and feel of your Etsy shop.
DATE Sunday August 4th, 2013
TIME 10.30am - 2.30pm (Please arrive from 10am for a 10.30am sharp start)
VENUE Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St Brisbane
PRESENTERS Heidi Adnum and Sandrine Marsh from Image In Cafe
Places are limited BOOK NOW
*In order to attend you must have an open Etsy Store. Getting set up is super easy! Find out more HERE
Please bring along:
- Your camera. Cameras should be fully charged with a clean lens and an empty memory card.
- A selection of your products. This selection should cover your various product types.
- Notepad and pen to jot down ideas.
- Morning tea will be provided but please feel free to bring along any food or snacks to get you through the day.
- Any interchangeable lenses to fit your camera.
Please note it is not essential to have an expensive camera or interchangeable lenses to attend the workshop.
- Your camera manual.
- Any props that you normally use (if possible). Once again, it's not essential that you bring props, but you are welcome to do so if you are able.
- Any new props or display's that you've been wanting to use.
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.
Sandrine Marsh has been a BrisStyle member since 2008 and has been volunteering in various roles (Blogging, photography, meet ups for members, giving a hand when needed). She enjoys being involved in the creative and Etsy world, helping people creating connections and that sense of community and purpose that surrounds handmade whilst running her own creative businesses Image In Cafe and SM Boutique.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What's New :: City Hall :: BrisStyle indie Market :: New stalls!


Exciting News!

The BrisStyle indie Market  is back in City Hall this Saturday.

DATE Saturday July 13
TIME   9am - 2pm
LOCATION Ground Floor, Brisbane City Hall, Ann St Brisbane City

So...let's take a few sneak peeks at some of the amazing Brisbane artists who will be making their City Hall debut this Saturday.

Super Exciting! 

New Japanese inspired jewels from Kimono Reincarnate

Handmade and vintage upcycled wares from Discardia

Printed eco art pieces from the wonderful Mason Sinclair

Original artworks from the vintage inspired Savage Kitten

New season wearable art from Ties & Whimsy 

New pieces from the whimsical world of Belinism

Another "not to be missed" event in Brisbane!

See you there :)

Sandrine ❤

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Meet the Maker - Katie from KatieCake Designs

Hello friends.  Welcome to another week of our Meet the Maker series.  This week we're getting to know Katie from KatieCake Designs.

How would you describe your work?
I would describe my work as mostly home decor that can be suitable to ladies of all ages.  I like to make modern things to pretty up the home, with beautiful fabrics, and sometimes a vintage twist.

How did you start selling online?
My Etsy shop came into being from me spending my persoanl time after I graduated Uni making pretty things for my home.  I thought why not sell them?  I've always loved going to markets and talking to all the talented people there and have always had a bit of creative side myself.

Who or what inspires you?
I'd say that my mother inspires me a lot.  I got into craft because she had and she supports me 100%  Also I want to be able to share with people the things I love and help them brighten their homes!

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle?
In terms of reusing, I have been very much into vintage laces recently as well as doily's.  I feel these things have had way too much work in them and are much too beautiful to waste.

Tell us about your creative workspace?
At the moment I am only in a one bedroom apartment, so literally everywhere becomes my workspace! My sewing machine is a permanent feature on my dining table as is my cutting board.  My cross stitch and crochet is usually confined to my coffee table to pick up as I please.  Once I get a bigger place I will be sure to create a more organised space.

What is your favourite thing to make at the moment?
My favourite thing to make would probably be my fabric flowers at the moment, the more I make the better the bunch looks!  I am also enjoying making little crochet projects as I have just mastered it!

How did you decide on your business name?
I decided on my business name through one of my best friends from school.  She heard my Mum calle me Katie and then she decided to call me Katiekatiekatiecakes!  Thus the name.

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
I hope to see my journey taking me to many markets and learning the ropes off others.  I want to be able to share ideas and passion with the other people in BrisStyle!

What is your favourite handmade item?
There are just SO many handmade items that I have bought over the years (I blame online shopping) but a favourite of mine would have to be my vintage wreath, filled with flowers, beautiful fabrics and vintage lace (which is what inspired me to start making wreths in the first place).  Another would be some hand painted bunting that features 3 flags each with a super cute owl on each.

Where can we find you?
Other than my online sites (madeit and etsy) some of my products are available at Handmade Highstreet in Annerley (1/466 Ipswich Road, Annerley).

Thanks so much for sharing with us Katie :)


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Vote for Us at Grill'd Newmarket!

We are super excited to have been chosen as a local community group for the Grill'd Local Matters program at their Newmarket location (400 Newmarket Road, Newmarket).
To find out more about the local matters program head over here and if your in the Newmarket store during July we'd love you to vote for us by popping your token in our jar!!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

SHOP INDIE: Handmade High Street: PART 2

Hello everyone,

I am very happy to be back today to share our second part about 
Handmade High Street  inspiring story.

So please, make yourself "comfy" and let's listen a little more to our dear Kath about what makes Handmade High Street such a special INDIE Shop in town!


   1.    Where did the name Handmade High Street come from?

My husband and I lived in Ireland for 18 months and they call the strip of shops on the main street in town the ‘High Street’. It evokes a feeling of nostalgia for the way we used to shop – where everybody knows your name.
We also wanted the name to tell the customer what we sold before stepping in the doors. Hence Handmade High Street marries together the nature of our business and our retail philosophy.

2.    How does Handmade High Street support independent artists and crafters and/or the handmade community?

We believe in helping every artisan who walks in our door whether they decide to rent a space or not. I will always offer ideas and feedback on products if asked and regularly refer potential contributors to other handmade stores in Australia if I feel that their product would fit well with another store’s demographic.
Once a year we host Junction Fair along the shopping strip here which allows artisans from the community to showcase their handmade products.

3.    How can local designers and crafters get involved with Handmade High Street ?

We love Brisbane and Queensland crafters and we also support a small amount of interstate artists. Applications can be submitted on our website or by emailing

4.    What does a typical day at work involve for you?

I arrive in the store early to photograph new products, update our various social media sites and clean. We open our doors at 10am and look after a bunch of lovely customers for the day. Sometimes people will stay in the store for over an hour to peruse all the wonderful things we have on offer! 
After lunch it’s time to upload photos to our online store and Facebook. I usually spend some time tidying the store and continue to serve customers until closing at 4pm.

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

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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 inspiring chat about Handmade High Street again.

A highly recommended Indie Shopping destination in Brisbane.

If you have missed the first part of Kath interview please go and check it out here you will LOVE it!
All images courtesy of ImageInCafe.

Until next time...Happy making!

Sandrine ❤