Thursday, November 16, 2017

ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR KUMIHIMO BRAIDING

Stallholder Profile for Kumihimo Braiding



Your name:  Helen Jackson
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Kumihimo Braiding (no facebook/website)
The suburb/town you live in now:  Wandal,  Rockhampton
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Kumihimo braided necklaces with and without beads.  Polymer Clay Applique Pendants and other jewellery.



What inspired you to start your business?: I must be creative and I like doing different things
How long have you been creating?:   All my life
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:  Part time hobby
Where do you sell your creations?:   Only privately now and The Handmade Expo Market.
What makes you so special or different?:  I usually have craft first in Rockhampton , Queensland and Australia.  As far as I know no one is doing Polyclay Applique in Australia.  If they are they are not advetising



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Just the buzz of doing it and sharing it with others
What is your favourite product to make?:  he polymer clay applique as it is newer and I still love the Kumihimo
Do you teach classes or workshops?:  I do teach classes and have kits with directions for sale.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR TUPPENCE BY ANN

Stallholder Profile for Tuppence by Ann



Your name: Ann Grant

Your business name : Tuppence by Ann

Facebook/website name and link: https://www.facebook.com/tuppencebyann/ 

The suburb/town you live in now: Craignish (Hervey bay)

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make baby and toddler clothing, quilts, wraps. I have been sewing since high school and worked in fashion industry. 




What inspired you to start your business?: Uninspiring kids fashion, mass market. 

How long have you been creating?: 5 - 6 years 

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: part time hobby. 



Where do you sell your creations?: on line, Facebook, and select specialty markets like The Handmade Expo! 👌

What makes you so special or different?: I like to think my garments are boutique styling with most pieces individual and one off. 

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: selling them to mums and receiving photos of the little ones wearing them. 

What is your favourite product to make?: everything!


Do you teach classes or workshops?: no. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

NEW AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SP HANDCRAFTED BOOKS

Stallholder Profile for SP Handcrafted Books



Your name: Stephanie Pollard
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:      Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books.  /   Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SPHandcraftedBooks
FB: Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books
The suburb/town you live in now:  Riordanvale Rd
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  There are many different and assorted styles of journals made in my workshop using a variety of covers materials - From classy classics to crocodile & saddle leathers!! I make beautifully handcrafted journals, some using an ancient binding method called Coptic Binding, which main feature is, they lie flat for ease of writing fully on every page & other leather journals are bound with along-stitch method. All the journals being bound with imported wax linen threads from the USA. In most of the journals I have found beautiful papers for the internal pages that are 120gsm and specialise for the dry medium applications i.e. lead & ink writings & drawings, charcoals & chalks, glue stick for photos or scrapbooking and most other unimaginable uses as long as for this 120gsm it's form is dry based. I have thicker papers for those wishing to commission a journal specifically for oil paints artistry  or those mediums needing the thicker non-warping papers. 



What inspired you to start your business?:  I myself have used bought journals before making my own, to write daily thoughts and for writing in particular my own personal quotes (which recently I have collected my most special quotes written and my favourite photos taken over the last few years on our travels, resulting in my latest unique Handbound Edition called: Inner & Outer Journeys - A "Guided" Tour   /   Will be available for sale at the Christmas Handmade Expo
How long have you been creating?:  Creating??? Forever!! I have been an artist in one form or another most of my life - a singer for 25yrs, journal writer since 15yrs old (on & off), quilter (10yrs), bookbinder (7yrs), hobby photographer (30yrs) and other interests beckoning me to try!! Too many interests & not enough time for them all......
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:  I would looooove to be able to support my business as an ongoing concern. I have been working very hard full time over the last 5yrs with my full attentions to bookbinding, trying to inspire people to back away from their screens and write things down / draw etc in journals to leave a legacy of their character for future generations in a tangible form that won't be deleted or disappear with present technological "advances". A whole moment of our history could be totally wiped from view with present trends of communication & archiving!! So I encourage saving these precious family memories in the "old ways" by preserving them in long-lasting & beautiful journals!! 
PS. I have been working towards a very "novel" way of selling my journals, soon to be released, in the new year!!! "Creativity begins when we surrender to our dreams" by Stephanie Pollard 
Where do you sell your creations?:  I've sold at some markets as we have travelled over the last 4yrs, some shops & visitor centres across the country, privately as people come across what I do and through my online Etsy Shop(SP Handcrafted Books) and FaceBook (Stephanie Pollard Handcrafted Books). I particularly like selling my journals myself to get people excited about paper revivals and explain the handmade processes & skills needed to make these journals.
What makes you so special or different?:  I have a sense of adventure as a character, which is reflected in my willingness to find new & different ways of creating interesting covers to house the pages of my creations!! Leathers, Wood, Boxboard covered with Nepalese Handmade Papers just to name a few of the materials used. A book is a collection of similar thoughts that are bound together. If I can excite people to once again use journals for storing their thoughts, images or photos (as has always been a popular means in the past), then I feel that I have been able to keep alive a passing and almost extinct tradition. Throughout all times, there has been people who feel the need to preserve some part of themselves or family group for posterity.... I am one of those people as I am sure there are others. I provide the means to that preservation in beautifully handcrafted journals.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:  I had a friend who lost her partner a few years ago and gave her a beautiful journal with slip case and told her to write it ALL in her journal. Get everything out there in the open, hold back nothing to move through this emotional time of grief. She found it very helpful to do this exercise and ended up purchasing another journal for her son to do the same! I personally have found writing to be a way of getting rid of ineffective mind chatter by writing it down and seeing it for what it really is, and not the exaggerated looped mental version forever growing in our fertile minds!! Once I see it for what it is, through writing, the problems are self-solving. When you help someone on that level, there's no greater reward than to see them smiling once again!! Writing is therapeutic and not used for this purpose by people any more or as often as it maybe should be. You don't have to be a scholar to write your own unique story!!! Just write!
What is your favourite product to make?:  My Crocodile & Saddle Journal Collections have struck a chord with me and would probably be the most exciting product I make at the moment. This could change in the discovery of another material however!!
Do you teach classes or workshops?  If a group of people approached me with interest in what I do, that could possibly be a way I go. I'm open to possibilities always!!

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SUNHAZE

Stallholder Profile for SunHaze


Your name: Lana Reid

Your business name and Facebook/website name and link SunHaze, www.facebook.com/sunhazeaustralia www.sunhaze.com.au

The suburb/town you live in now: Mountain Creek

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Swimwear and Beachwear, I design and make all swimwear and beachwear.





What inspired you to start your business?:I started creating clothing for my sons and it just escalated from there.

How long have you been creating?: I started this business just over 5 years ago.

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: Owning your own business is hard it definitely requires lots of work in all aspects so I would say more than a full time job.

Where do you sell your creations?: I sell mostly online but love doing markets when I have enough stock



What makes you so special or different?: I design my own prints, have them printed in Australia with high quality, chlorine resistant, fade resistant and UPF 50+ fabric. All my designs are made here in the Sunshine Coast.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing people in my swimwear and loving it.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: Workshops is definitely something that I would love to do in a few years.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NEW TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR AUTHOR CASSANDRA STEPHENS

Stallholder Profile for author Cassandra Stephens



  • Your name: Cassandra Stephens


  • The suburb/town you live in now: Toowoomba

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? Author / Illustrator of children’s book ‘What Can I See?’






  • What inspired you to start your business?  My three children and our love for reading together

  • How long have you been ‘creating’?  I began writing several years ago while on maternity leave but only decided to publish my work early this year.

  • Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?  At the moment it is a side business, but I hope over time my book and future writing will become popular enough to sustain a full-time career

  • Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc.. What makes what you do special or different?  I have previously sold at markets and stores around North West Queensland.  I am new to Toowoomba so this will be my first appearance at a market, however my book is  available through Dymocks Toowoomba at Grand Central and the Wilsonton Community Gallery at Wilsonton Shopping Centre.  I also have an online presence so the books can be purchased directly through my Facebook page and website.


  • What is the most rewarding part of what you do?  I absolutely love reading to the kids!  It is amazing to see their faces light up as they explore the pages and shout out the answers and rhymes.

  • What is your favourite product that you make?  ‘What Can I See?’ is my first published work, however I have several other books waiting in the wings.  I am currently drawing the illustrations for my next book ‘There’s an Elephant in my House.’

  • Do you teach classes or workshops?  I haven’t as yet, but am always willing to help others and explore new ideas and mediums.  Cross pollination is the greatest way to expand your creative mind.

Monday, November 6, 2017

NEW HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BY FIRELIGHT

Stallholder Profile for By Firelight


Your name: Sara Storoy

Your business name: By Firelight
Facebook/website name and link: www.facebook.com/byfirelight and www.byfirelight.com.au
The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay QLD
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make a variety of pure Australian beeswax candles. I use a hand-dipping technique along with hand pouring into moulds. By not using any artificial colouring or fragrances so they are 100% natural. The colours I do use are derived from botanicals. Styles available currently are dinner tapers, small pillars, tealights, birthday and beehive votive candles.



What inspired you to start your business?: After learning of the dangers associated with burning paraffin wax, I desired a natural fragrance free alternative for the candles on my children's birthday cakes. Unable to find anything like I was looking for, I decided to have a go at making my own. I enjoyed it so much I continued to experiment with making different types. And the business grew from there.

How long have you been creating?: I started making candles in 2016.

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: This is a part time hobby that is gradually growing into a business.
Where do you sell your creations?: I sell my creations at The Handmade Expo, via my Facebook business page and my website.
What makes you so special or different?: By specialising in candles that are 100% beeswax, I am able to offer chemical and fragrance free products that can be enjoyed by anyone, particularly those with sensitivities to artificial fragrances. All products are packaged in boxes or reusable linen bags in an effort to be as close to zero waste as possible. I also sell a variety of styles that are not readily available locally.



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Being able to create something from scratch using only ingredients from nature and hearing the positive feedback from people who have used my products for the first time.
What is your favourite product to make?: My favourite product to make right now is the small beehive shaped votive. Its easy to make, small and yet burns really beautifully.

Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not at this stage, but it is something I would like to consider in the future.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

NEW ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR G&E BOUTIQUE

Stallholder Profile for G&E Boutique



Your name: Caitlin McCamley
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: G&E BOUTIQUE www.geboutique2017.com
The suburb/town you live in now: Dululu 
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I sew and create women's blouses, scarves and earring sets, hair on hide jewellery, western style jewellery



What inspired you to start your business?: I found it difficult to find clothing and accessories that I loved and represented my style and I now love designing and creating unique pieces to help people feel special, on trend and stand out from the crowd
How long have you been creating?: I started this business at the start of this year. 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: this is my full time business. 
Where do you sell your creations? Online/markets etc..of course you must include The Handmade Expo LOL?: mainly online but attend events including campdrafts, shows, rodeos and trade shows plus have decided to attend the handmade expo. 
What makes you so special or different?: my business focuses on women's clothing and accessories with a 'city meets country' style



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: hearing positive feedback from customers who love their products and seeing return customers 
What is your favourite product to make?: all of them! I love creating a whole unique outfit for people. 
Do you teach classes or workshops?: no