Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LLAMA LOUNGE DESIGN

Stallholder Profile for Llama Lounge Design



Your name: Julie Reibelt

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Llama Lounge Design 

The suburb/town you live in now: Witta, near Maleny, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I use resin and other mediums to create unique and beautiful pieces of art, homewares and jewellery. Resin is a fluid medium, which provides a challenge to work with - I love using different techniques and colour combinations to create something that is one-of-a-kind. 





What inspired you to start your business? I took a year off from the corporate world and moved back to Queensland after living and working overseas and in WA for the past 15 years. This year is all about trying new things and following my passions. Setting up my own business with Llama Lounge Design has allowed me to do that. 

How long have you been creating? I have been creating since I was a child - I had a grandmother who spent a lot of time teaching me how to sew, knit and crochet. This early love of creating things has expanded over the years, and I am now the aunt that does the creative arts and crafts with my niece and nephews. Moving to Maleny and creating Llama Lounge Design has allowed me to fully embrace my artistic side. 

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business? A business and a passion. 

Where do you sell your creations? I sell online via etsy (https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/LlamaLoungeDesign), at the monthly Witta Markets (3rd Saturday of every month), and at the Handmade Expo. 

What makes you so special or different? Resin is a really fun medium to work with, because it is so unpredictable. No two pieces are alike. I love being able to create functional pieces of art that are unique. This year, I have also started creating pieces of art for people to hang on their walls - you can create some beautiful seascapes and beach scenes, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Resin is a super glossy finish and the colours are incredible. 



What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Seeing people fall in love with the pieces that I create, and then seeing those pieces being used or worn, or decorating someone’s house. 

What is your favourite product to make? I love making cheeseboards, serving trays and stools/side tables - art that is both beautiful and functional, and can be appreciated every day. I have had a number of clients ask me to make custom pieces for them, to match the decor of their home, which allows me to play with colour palettes that I don’t normally create. I also love the challenge of creating pieces of art, since I get to experiment with different techniques and layering, to create different effects. 

Do you teach classes or workshops? I am planning on running workshops later this year - follow my Facebook page for updates on this!

SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LOOPZ

Stallholder Profile for Loopz



Your name: Karen Beckett
Your business name and Facebook/website name and link: Loopz www.Madeit.com.au/Loopz
The suburb/town you live in now: Yandina
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Infinity scarves and Bees Wax food wraps (cling wrap alternative).



What inspired you to start your business?: A number of things – With Loopz (Infinity scarves) a love of wearing scarves and shawls, a love of soft draping fabric and reaching an age where I wasn’t looking too good on paper when applying for jobs along with hundreds of other people on the Sunshine Coast, so I decided it was time to let the “inner me” out! With Wrappy Wax (Bees Wax Wraps) a desire to reduce the harmful impact we have on our plant by changing a day to day habit.
How long have you been creating?: Loopz - I’ve been sewing (off and on) for more than 40 years making my own clothes with their own distinct style. Wrappy Wax - My son & his girlfriend gave me some Bees Wax wraps for Christmas and a light bulb went on!
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: I’m aiming to make it into a business where I can work the amount of time I want to and have fun doing it.
Where do you sell your creations?: The Handmade Expo is the perfect vehicle for Loopz and Wrappy Wax.   I also have on online outlet at MadeIt.com.au/Loopz (just finished setting it up and now starting to stock it.). Two fine avenues for anyone’s creativity!



What makes you so special or different?: I’m special because I’m me – no one else quite like me – my husband can confirm that : 0.My scarves are special because they are unique too. They are made with love - a love of making something unique yet practical and oh so pretty. And the wraps are just a brilliant idea; they’re  so people and planet friendly. And they make you feel good that you’re no longer contributing to killing  our planet with toxic waste.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Being free to be creative, have bright (and not so bright) ideas and try them out – very rewarding when your idea works out!
What is your favourite product to make?: Turning fabric or a preloved scarf I have absolutely fallen head over heels in love with into a beautiful Loopz.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No, I don’t.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

THE HANDMADE EXPO RETURNS TO BRISBANE NORTHSIDE





After closing the Morayfield market a few years ago, The Handmade Expo have had plans to return in a new venue on the Northside of Brisbane for quite some time.

After doing some research on venues we decided on the Strathpine Community Centre for it's easily accessible location, indoor appeal with airconditioning for those hot months, ample carpark spaces and street parking and of course LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!

Our ethos of handmade, handbaked and homegrown will of course continue in our new location and applications are already coming in from excited businesses looking forward to our return to the Northside. The market will be pram and wheelchair friendly and have free entry as all our locations have.

The reopening of the Northside market will bring the total amount of venues to 8 for The Handmade Expo and our Ipswich market will be celebrating it's 10th Birthday in 2018!! We believe the success of the market comes down to the quality of the stalls and not allowing imported or secondhand items. You will always find something different each time you visit :-)

To apply to have a stall at our opening market or at any of our market locations pop over to our website at www.thehandmadeexpo.com.au to complete an application form. You will find all the dates, stall sizes and prices on the form.

Monday, February 5, 2018

STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SMALLPRINT SUNSHINE

Stallholder Profile for Smallprint Sunshine



Your name: Lauren Hook
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Smallprint Sunshine Coast https://www.facebook.com/smallprintsunshinecoast/
The suburb/town you live in now: Meridan Plains, Caloundra
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I create Sterling silver jewellery that captures a loved ones fingerprint, hand or footprint, drawings or writing. Each piece is handcrafted by me exclusively for each individual customer so no two pieces are ever the same.



What inspired you to start your business?: I had a two pendants made, a dog tag for my husband and a heart for me that have our son's fingerprint on them. They are such sentimental pieces and I wanted to share this with everyone. I also being creative and making the pieces.
How long have you been creating?: 1 year
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: At the moment its still in its infancy but am going to grow the business this year (fingers crossed)
Where do you sell your creations?: I have been attending markets and am broadening my field this year. I have an office set up at home where I have my full range on display and can take prints in a relaxed environment. Some pieces can be ordered online however the majority of pieces need to be made in person.
What makes you so special or different?: Each piece of jewellery made has a lot of sentimental value to the person receiving it and are made exclusively for that person.    



What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Seeing the joy on my customers faces when they receive their jewellery of their loved ones prints etc.
What is your favourite product to make?: Any piece with a fingerprint in it. There is nothing more unique and special than a persons fingerprint.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: No

NEW IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ICED TEA CO

Stallholder Profile for Iced Tea Co



  • Your name: MARCO AND IRAIS


  • The suburb/town you live in now: North Booval

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? Traditional iced tea made of organic teas. Iced Tea Co is an Ipswich based beverage company providing freshness with a twist. Our designed iced teas are carefully crafted to keep you fresh. Iced Tea Co practices are environmentally friendly:
    • Our processes are efficient and responsible, reducing waste, energy and resources.
    • All our cups, lids and straws are made from compostable plant-based materials.
    • All our trays are made out of 100% post consumer recycled paper pulp.
    • We supply locally our ingredients, driving growth to local business. 




  • What inspired you to start your business? We love iced tea and we love markets ;)

  • How long have you been ‘creating’? 1 year

  • Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? Business

  • Where do you sell your creations? Markets and stalls around Ipswich and Brisbane including, Kelvin Grove village markets, Milton farmers markets, Springfield markets and Ipswich Showgrounds markets amongst others.



  • What is the most rewarding part of what you do? Meeting new people :) that love our drinks.

  • What is your favourite product that you make? Pink Grapefruit iced tea!! Yummy!

  • Do you teach classes or workshops? Not right now but hey! There is a start for everything!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR SUZARTZ

Stallholder Profile for Suzartz



  • Your name: Sue Kirk

  • Your Business name and Facebook name and link:   Business name SUZARTZ          Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Suzartzcomau-123781814393948/ 

  • The suburb/town you live in now:   Greenbank

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use?  I like to paint quirky unique artwork and then turn it into merchandise like card, calendars, cushions and bags.




  • What inspired you to start your business?  My love of painting and sewing.

  • How long have you been ‘creating’?  I have been paint most of my life but only started my own business a couple of years ago.

  • Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business?     It’s a part-time business.

  • Where do you sell your creations and what makes what you do special or different?   I sell online via my own website and at local markets.  I believe using my own artwork to create my merchandise makes my work very unique.




  • What is the most rewarding part of what you do?  I enjoy everything,  the planning, the painting, the creating and the selling.  I particularly love to make people smile.

  • What is your favourite product that you make?  I love them all but if I had to choose one I think it would be my bags.

  • Do you teach classes or workshops?  I am self taught so have never attempted to give lessons.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ECLECTIC CREATIVE DESIGNS

Stallholder Profile for Eclectic Creative Designs




Your name: Ashleigh Adamson
Your business name and Facebook/website name and link: Eclectic Creative Designs
The suburb/town you live in now: East Mackay
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I create original and commissioned abstract Resin & Mixed Media artworks and home d├ęcor pieces from my studio in Mackay. There are many skills involved with this medium, a lot which I can not go into - if I gave away my secrets I wouldn’t be unique!  All the colours I use are mixed to your desire, some pieces are single layered and some multi-layered, but each piece takes a substantial amount of time to create.



What inspired you to start your business?: After becoming a Graphic Designer, and struggling with a few things in my life, my creativity stopped and I began resenting my job. I came across the medium but never thought I would have the skill or creativity to be able to try it myself.
A couple of years later I lost someone very close to me from suicide and I had so many mixed emotions that I didn't know how to overcome. I also had the realisation that life is too short to hold yourself back and that you can be your own worst enemy, so I decided I was going to try it.
I created my first artwork called "Peace" which is dedicated to the person I lost and a reflection of the emotions I encountered with their loss. It is one that I will always hold close to my heart.
My mission is to make people understand that it's ok to be yourself, that you're not going to be coping or ok 100% of the time, as all lives have great times and tough times, and no matter how alone you may feel there is always some form of beauty within it, you just have to look at it. This is why I create, I take inspiration from all parts of my life and nature and I create something beautiful for this exact reason.
Creating is my sanity and my business just evolved because of it.
How long have you been creating?: I have had my business for just over a year but was creating with this medium for a year or so before I started my business. 
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: I create in my spare time as I unfortunately work full time. I aspire to be doing this full time soon.



Where do you sell your creations?: I sell my pieces on Facebook, Instagram, The Handmade Expo and hope to be at a couple other markets this year.

What makes you so special or different?: All Artwork is handcrafted one off pieces, each piece personally designed and unique, adding functional abstract art with sophistication and uniqueness to your very own home. All my artwork is influenced by all things in life, especially nature, and I strive to share the beauty I see in these gifts through my artwork. Due to the nature of Resin I am able to capture all the complex details that life and nature bring, and combine them in my artworks. They are a way to express where all my inspiration has come from, and for me inspiration occurs at any moment in time and can spark all types of emotions.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: The reaction & emotion when someone sees the work I have created for the first time in person!
What is your favourite product to make?: I love to create large wall pieces as they allow much more freedom, but enjoy making all my products. 
Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not at this stage, but it is something I would love to do in the near future.