Tuesday, August 14, 2018

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR A MOMENT IN TIME CAST IN STONE

Stallholder Profile for A Moment In Time Cast In Stone



Your name: Michelle Horne

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
A Moment in Time
My website domain is not yet working but a link to the current website can be found on my facebook page. 

The suburb/town you live in now:
I live in Tewantin, I will be moving to Southside (Gympie), once our house is built. 

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:
I make 3d impressions of hands and feet. I specialise in newborns, but these can be done a 1 or 101. These are a beautiful keepsake &a great gift idea for grandparents. 
We use the same product as a dentist uses to take moulds of your teeth and they are then filled with a high quality casting stone. 





What inspired you to start your business?:
I needed to go back to work after having my last baby, but I couldn't find anything where I could work around my partners hours (baker). It took 6 months before I decided to go ahead and do this. Now I can work around my partner but still have the family life we enjoy.  

How long have you been creating?:
I have been operating for 12 months, with a few months of trial and error before that. 

Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:
It's a part time business. I would love to be busy enough that I am working full time, by the time my 3 year old starts school in 2020.

Where do you sell your creations?:
I have been to markets before which didn't generate much business. I have a facebook page, website & I have had a lot of word of mouth business recently. I'm looking forward to starting up at The Handmade Expo and seeing how that goes for me. 




What makes you so special or different?:
Not so much special or different, but I love what I do and I will only give my clients the best. 

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?:
When people receive their new frames with their babies casts and seeing how happy they are. I have done some bereavement work and just knowing that they have a little piece of their loved one with them, makes me so happy that I can give that to them. Also meeting new people and getting to know them in the hour that I am there. I have met so many beautiful people in the last 12 months. 

What is your favourite product to make?:
It has to be the hands. It's like opening a christmas present. You never know how they are going to look until the mould is pulled apart. 

Do you teach classes or workshops?:
No I don't, but I am looking into DIY products. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ELEMENT HEART

Stallholder Profile for Element Heart



Your name: Melanie Jackson

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
website in works

The suburb/town you live in now: Noosa Heads

What is it you make and what skills do you use:
Currently I crochet all sorts of things and make fiber jewelry.
I'm a silversmith by trade, an old fashioned apprenticeship at a special school in Germany, where I learned to make cutlery, plates, bowls and other things out of metal and other materials. I've done a few other occupations in my life, but during both of mt maternity leaves, I've come back to being creative and dabbling in a few crafts.






What inspired you to start your business?
After having my first babe, I need to do something to keep my brain busy during the quiet days of breastfeeding and I needed something to help with post natal depression. I discovered many many websites and blogs, including this woman's blog where she used crochet to help with her depression. Unfortunately she decided to end her time and there was a tribute being shared which I chose to participate. So I retaught myself how to crochet after 20 something years,
And from there I started to build up a small business to try and supplement our families income. Big steep learning curve from with today's way of marketing and social media.

How long have you been creating?
As long as I can remember, but the business exists since 2016.

Is it full time/part time hobby or business?
Its part time, fitting around naps, housework, another business and daycare days.

Where do you sell your creations? online/markets etc.
I sell online on Facebook, Etsy and Instagram. My website is being updated and rebuilt at the moment. And I sell at markets like the Sunshine Coast Handmade Expo and Noosa Junction Twilight markets.




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Seeing a photo after someone received their order and its a tiny little babe being snug in their bonnet or blanket.
Also going shopping for supplies aka yarn, can't deny that, it's exciting.

What is your favorite product to make?
Baby bonnets are a very rewarding product to make, but I think I most enjoy making different and spontaneous jewelry. 

Do you teach classes or workshops?
I would love to start a crochet group, hopefully where newbies can come and join into learning crochet. Definitely on my list.

NEW ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR JENNIFER M RYAN

Stallholder Profile for creative Jennifer M Ryan



Your name: Jennifer Ryan 
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: jrcs.com.au
The suburb/town you live in now: Captain Creek
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: artist and author



What inspired you to start your business?: a need to create, meetings with other artists and authors
How long have you been creating?: for sale, 3ish years
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: part time
Where do you sell your creations?:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AA.agnesart/ 
Facebook: Jennifer M Ryan, author
Facebook: Studio Agnes 


What makes you so special or different?: probably not much :) but I have a story to tell, 
1. I am an emerging artist who like learning and being part of a creative community. I am adventurous artist, not afraid to be different, and like to experiment with new techniques and tools.
2. As a writer, I have been writing stories for my grandchildren, every Xmas, for several years. Granny Jen is Missing is one I took the next step with, and published. It is a uniquely Australian story that shows how important patience, teamwork and caring work to solve problems by having animals exhibit the good and bad aspects of these qualities. As an experienced teacher, this book is made to be read to children. It comes with an A4 phamplett that explains where some learning points are, and how you could use them.

3. I retired from full time work when my autoimmune diseases, SLE/lupus and RA/rheumatoid arthritis interfered too too much. I have created a coffee cup that explains/shows the hidden story via 'the story of the cup' and an It's A Flare Ladies image.

4. Photography

5. Digital art
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: all of it. Happy to be alive ... Walking, talking and creating. Sometimes all at the same time
What is your favourite product to make?: Nothing New Here series of art work, created totally from pre-used objects, that were not purchased for that purpose.
Do you teach classes or workshops?: yes. Captain Creek Sport and Rec Centre, art workshops, 10am Wednesday's.

Monday, August 6, 2018

NEW TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR CREATIVE AYUKO OBA

Stallholder Profile for Ayuko Oba



Your name: Ayuko Oba

Your Business name and Facebook name and link: I haven't had a business name yet.

The suburb/town you live in now: Gatton

What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I am making earrings, hair clips, hair ornament, etc. using TSUMAMI ZAIKU techniques. The techniques commence 300~400 years ago in Japan.





What inspired you to start your business? I love Japanese look.

How long have you been ‘creating’? I have learnt the technique of the TSUMAMI ZAIKU in Japan a few years ago.

Is it a full time/ part time/hobby or business? It is hobby for me, I eventually would like to do as a business.

Where do you sell your creations? I just sell only at The Handmade Expo Market at the moment.




What is the most rewarding part of what you do?  When people like my products, I am really happy. I also would like to introduce Japanese things to a lot of people.

What is your favourite product that you make? I love to make a Kanzashi comb which is a traditional Japanese hair ornament.

Do you teach classes or workshops? I haven't had a workshop yet. If people need to learn TSUMAMI ZAIKU, I am happy to teach it.

NEW AIRLIE BEACH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR AUSTRALIAN RED OCHRE CUSTOM LEATHER

Stallholder Profile for Australian Red Ochre Custom Leather



Your name:Di Quadrio
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Australian Red Ochre Custom Leather https://www.facebook.com/customleatheraustralia/
The suburb/town you live in now: Whitsunday
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:Leather crafter



What inspired you to start your business?:Love of leather
How long have you been creating?:all my life
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:Hobby but would like to make into a business
Where do you sell your creations?:At the moment just make for friends and family and sell custom made as requested. But soon I'll be at The Handmade Expo.



What makes you so special or different?:
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: Putting together customers ideas into a leather product.
What is your favourite product to make?:Everything, dont really have a favorite.
Do you teach classes or workshops? Not yet. Maybe one day though.

NEW BRISBANE NORTHSIDE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR CHLOE'S LIVING GIFTS

Stallholder Profile for Chloe's Living Gifts




Your name:Chloe Ditchburn
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:Chloe’s Living Gifts www.facebook.com/chloeslivinggifts
The suburb/town you live in now:Camira
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:I make living gifts and art. I especially use a lots of Tillandsia (air plants) and love to recuse, recycle and repurpose when ever possible. 


What inspired you to start your business?: I love being creative and friends started to buy my creations from me so it grew into a business. I also wanted to have a job that allowed for me to be with my kids when they need me.
How long have you been creating?:Forever
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?:This is my full time business
Where do you sell your creations?:I attend both the Ipswich and Northside The Handmade Expos. I will be attending the Botanical Bazaar in September. I also do many online sales.



What makes you so special or different?:I make unusual and quirky things. They add whimsy to peoples yards and houses
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: I love the smile on peoples faces when they look at my creations
What is your favourite product to make?: The Airplant Jelly fish
Do you teach classes or workshops?:no, not at this stage

Thursday, August 2, 2018

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LITTLE GEM JEWELLERY

Stallholder Profile for Little Gem Jewellery



Your name: Katrina Estreich

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: https://www.facebook.com/MyLittleGemJewellery

The suburb/town you live in now: Lismore

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I make handmade wire sculptured jewellery with genuine gemstones and non tarnish hypoallergenic wire. I use just my hands and a couple of basic tools such as pliers and a hammer to flatten the wire.





What inspired you to start your business?: I've always loved admiring beautiful pieces of jewellery and I've always been fascinated with all the different Gemstones so it was only a matter of time before i combined the two.

How long have you been creating?: I started of with making basic beaded jewellery about 11years ago but then fell in love with wire jewellery about 9 years ago and taught myself from there.

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

Where do you sell your creations?: I sell my jewellery at the Lismore Carboot Markets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, occasionally at the Lismore Farmers Market and soon at The Handmade Expo.




What makes you so special or different?: I love making my pieces from no tarnish wire as a lot of people have allergies to the metals in common jewellery. I myself found cheap costume jewellery hurt my ears so i like to make my pieces affordable and available to everyone.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?: I really enjoy seeing someone fall in love with a piece of jewellery i have made.

What is your favourite product to make?: I have a lot of favourites but making pendants is probably what i do more of. 

Do you teach classes or workshops?: Not at the moment.