Hello there and welcome to another edition of our Meet the Maker series. This week we're getting up close with Jessica from The Good Thing...
How would you describe your work?
I do custom cross stitch of
family members, or bands or movie casts. I have recently started doing another
cheaper range without the option to customize.
How did you start selling online/
Who or what inspires you?
I am a big movie buff, I watch a
lot of movies! And I also love music, it’s very rare when there not some
background music on. Also my family, I have such a close relationship with my
family and in fact the very first cross-stitch family portrait I did was a
present for my sister-in-law and that’s what kicked off the whole idea to sell.
We are a very creative bunch; I have always done craft with my mother, even at
a young age watching her on her pottery wheel.
My husband is a bit of legend
too, I often come home arms full of supplies and after a quick explanation- he
has built whatever crazy idea I had had in my head! Ha, he’s great.
Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as
part of your creative process? If yes,
how is your art/craft eco-friendly?
For my cross-stitch portraits I
try to use the same hoops over and over. I guess I could be more consciousness
in this aspect.
Describe your studio/workspace?
I work as full time nanny in
Norman Park so often I am working in the backyard, or park with the kids or in
the lounge room when they are napping. Definitely a lot of time gets spent
cross-stitching in my lounge room at home too. I bought myself a chest of
drawers last year to keep all my frames, hoops and spare craft supplies in,
that was a great fun decorating that.
What is your favourite thing to
I love doing the custom family
cross-stitch. This is my main focus and my main joy. The are such a personal
gift and I think the gift receiver can see how much time and effort and thought
there loved one had put into their special present.
How did your business/shop name
Ha, I took woodwork in high
school- was horrible!- but I made a turtle shaped pot holder for my father for
fathers day, it was so rubbish, the eyes were so uneven and all the joints
underneath were so obscure. My father of course loved it- flaws and all- and
has referred to it as “The Good Thing” ever since! It just seemed like the
perfect name to start my business with.
Where do you see your creative
journey taking you in the next 12 months?
Omigoodness, everywhere. I would
like to get my product into a few more shops and I have a PR friend urging me
to let her approach magazines ect on my behalf (still a little daunting, TGT
has only been opened 11 months). As my husband and I would like to start a
family this year I’m looking forward to hanging up my nanny shoes and move into
solely focusing on TGT and having this as my main source of income.
I would also like to get started
on my Etsy store! And do a couple of markets. Joining BrisStyle was my first
step in world domination, so its all go from here!!
What is your favourite handmade
item that you have bought?
So many things, I spent my early
20s in London and travelled a lot through Europe and found my self lost in many
souks and markets. I adored a pair of handmade leather orange sandals that I
had purchased in Morocco and burst into tears 2 years ago when I discovered my
little puppy ate them.
Recently I have bought a
customised portrait of my dog from Studio Cockatoo as a birthday present for
Where can we find you
online/stockists (links etc)?