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Stall Profile :: Amber Days

Crafting ethical and non-toxic childrenswear was a top priority for new Mama Corina Muir when she launched Amber Days after the birth of her daughter. Combining her background in photography…

Crafting ethical and non-toxic childrenswear was a top priority for new Mama Corina Muir when she launched Amber Days after the birth of her daughter. Combining her background in photography with a scholarship to Billy Blue College, Amber Days was born in 2018 and debuts at TVM this Sunday as our StartUp Stall recipient.

Tell us about your background?
Prior to launching Amber Days, I worked in environment and community organisations. I love this kind of work but after 10 years it can really wear you down and it is definitely an area where you do have to sacrifice a lot.

After leaving high school, I studied photography. Motivated by environmental justice and inspired by ethical fashion I shot my final folio mostly using vintage clothing or ethical brands. I then moved to Sydney after receiving a scholarship to Billy Blue College for fashion design. After 5 months in Sydney, I missed my family too much so I moved back to Melbourne.

In between my work in community, I would plot away at working on my label which at the time was an ethical yoga wear label.

What made your pursue your creative passion?
I gave birth to my beautiful daughter in 2016, and Amber Days was also born. I have always been passionate about the environment and people so when falling pregnant with my daughter, finding clothing that didn’t use harmful chemicals in their processes was really important to me.

After doing some research into the fashion industry and the toxins and practices used, I was pretty terrified. This really reinforced the importance of transparency in the fashion industry and buying from designers that use organic fabrics that have been dyed with non toxic dyes and produced ethically.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
The real push was when I had my daughter and I went back to work. She came with me to work which I am grateful for but I found the whole work system not set up for mothers. It was then that I decided to take the leap and launch Amber Days.

What does your brand consist of?
Amber Days is a Melbourne based ethical children’s wear label that is inspired by the Australian bush, desert and sea. Amber Days is made for mindful, adventurous, free spirited little ones, who are the next generation of change makers.

Amber Days consists of ethical and sustainable hand made baby and children's clothing. We have essentials for everyday wear and a few seasonal pieces all made out of quality natural fibres. Our hand made garments are made to last and wear to their full potential. We believe that there is nothing more special than being able to pass down your favourite garment to your next child or generation to come especially when that garment holds onto so many beautiful memories.

Where is the label designed and made?
Amber Days is designed in Melbourne and hand made in Melbourne. I also source all my trimmings from a little shop in Melbourne and the essentials range is printed on GOTS certified organic cotton which is knitted and printed in Melbourne. Supporting local small business is really important to me.

The fabric used in our essential range are designed by different Aboriginal Women. This range we collaborated with the beautiful Lara, Worimi mother and artist behind Yukul Art.

What inspires you?
My daughter Sapphire is my biggest inspiration. Her creativity and love for life is just the most inspiring thing in the world. I am also constantly inspired by the bush, desert and sea, my family, friends and by my culture. These are things that give me the most inspiration.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
I hope that my business can grow to support a community of women and mothers and also inspire other women to follow their dreams! I really love creating beautiful, ethical clothing for little ones so I hope that my brand can continue to grow enough for it to be able to sustain me and my daughter <3

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
The biggest challenge I found when launching my label was having the confidence to believe in myself and my brand. It is also just really challenging doing everything as ethically and as sustainably as you can. Fashion will never be sustainable unless we start shopping second hand and don't produce anything again which is so extreme so it's just working out the best way to do things with as little impact on the environment and supporting the people that are doing the right thing.

What is the best thing about having your own business?
The best thing about having my own business is the freedom it brings to be a present mum to my daughter. There is so many pressures in our modern world for mums to be a full time stay at home mum and to also work full time and this is obviously quite challenging as being in two places is impossible. It is really empowering to be a single mum, be able to financially support my child and be a present mum! And doing this in an ethical, sustainable way that supports other women to do so to, is just the best feeling.

Connect with Amber Days

amberdays.com.au
@amberdays

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Dive in :: Seamone Swimwear

We chat to local designer Simone Ainsworth prior to her debut at The Village Markets this Sunday, 18th November 2018, about her eco-luxe cozzie label Seamone, the inspiration behind the…

We chat to local designer Simone Ainsworth prior to her debut at The Village Markets this Sunday, 18th November 2018, about her eco-luxe cozzie label Seamone, the inspiration behind the brand and what makes her tick.

Tell us about your background?

I had a fantasy childhood, literally raised on the beaches of Sydney. Inevitably finding comfort in the salt and sand while learning life's greatest lessons from the sea. As a young girl I was able to understand the importance of nature and discovered I was a deeply visual person while traveling around Australia's entire coastline in a caravan my surfing father, beautiful gypsy mother and adventurous brothers. Our family then settled into a idyllic 70's beach house in Coolangatta, simply because the surf was consistent and the weather forever perfect. My late teens and early adulthood was an exploration in discovering new tropical destinations, traveling around Australia Solo, uncovering the layers of my spirituality, and experimenting with undeniable creative desires. Now with several years experience in the fashion industry... my free spirit, obsession with romance and strong sense of nostalgia plays the role of expressing the alluring femininity and sentimental emotion of the unique swimwear designs for Seamone. I am currently back living in my family's Coolangatta home, of now 20 years... Im very lucky and grateful to have the people I love around me and supporting me on this new chapter of my life... right now the world is my oyster and I'm so blessed to be in a position to welcome love and success into my life with arms wide open.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

After working in the fashion industry for different companies and labels for sometime, having studied Business and also gaining Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Web Design and IT qualifications, it just felt like the right time to put all my passions into one. It feels like all the pieces of the puzzle have finally come together to create the bigger picture. Now looking back on my life I can appreciate all the life lessons I have learnt and all the experience I've accumulated that has brought me here running an entire business completely on my own. Beacuse of my creative passion, I just woke up one day and just started working on Seamone and just haven't stopped since.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

I began working on Seamone last year in 2017 and launched the label and website site just before Christmas last year, So the business is still within its first year being available to the public, it's still very small and new indeed. I have developed 2 annual collections so far 'Black Rose' and 'Surrender' and currently making plans to begin the design process of my third collection, that will include RTW apparel as well as swimwear.

What does your brand consist of?

The second swimwear collection SURRENDER, Crafted in premium Italian fabrics and introducing an exciting new technology that microencapsulates skin-nourishing antioxidants including Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.... works as the body activates the material, allowing the skin to be hydrated, soft and luminous. SS19 Is a simple collection with thoughtfully placed panels, quality handmade trims and romantic lingerie inspired tailoring. These limited edition separates spread over a romantically luxe palette including our new Antioxidant Infusion 'Sea Black', our gorgeous 'Sea Blue' magically made from recycled fishing nets and of course our much anticipated exclusive print 'Sea Jungle' that visually depicts our story of Surrender. Designed for those in an uninhibited and fearless pursuit of liberation and love.

Where is the label designed and made?

Seamone Swimwear is designed on the glorious Gold Coast. The patterns are all original and expertly cut in-house, fitted and refitted until the most superior shapes are achieved. The exclusive prints are either designed by myself or commissioned through artists I personally admire the most. The collections are then meticulously handmade in the peaceful, nature based island of Bali. Committed to ethical business practices, I truly value my role in the employment and well-being of my team and artisans. It is my goal to contribute positively to the staff and the communities in the area so that I can be involved personally as well as professionally in Bali when I am there. The journey to create each Seamone piece defiantly takes patience and dedicated ‘island time’.

What inspires you?

This is defiantly the hardest question. Because if I say 'everything', it still won't feel like enough...maybe its limitless topic on what inspires me. I guess all the usual suspects on the surface... art, culture, religion, nature, music, fashion are always fluctuating with offerings. I always try to widen my perspective on a lot of things... knowledge, understanding and appreciation must always come first. Right now in life I'm inspired by people who are brave, I'm totally inspired by technology and for some reason lately I'm finding myself completely obsessed with swimming pools! ( I even had to start a private "pools" moodboard on Pinterest to fuel this... ha!)

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

I have only just embarked on this remarkable journey and I'm so inspired to learn more about this industry and continue to slowly grow. I founded Seamone only after I had researched and sourced the worlds most eco-conscious fabrics, eco-conscious operations and eco-conscious team of people. I hope to collaborate with like minded businesses and individuals to make a positive change in the fashion world. The plans for the label are to stay slow, exclusive and boutique, create beautiful, luxury, timeless resort wear pieces for women around the world... 'sustainability', not just in an environmental sense but also in regards to longevity of the label. Personally I hope this all leads me to a place where I'll meet my mystery forever person, I'm single and my dream is to have my own family to come into my life soon. Everything I am doing now with Seamone is for them, with the future in mind. Maybe I'll meet the man of my dreams at the markets! 😉

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

The biggest challenge for me is defiantly the emotional roller-coaster, I'm naturally a very soft/watery person...very sensitive, very shy. I run the label completely solo, so to stand up and take the role as a boss woman is a huge 180 for me to step out of my comfort zone. I have also felt this struggle to keep the fashion and my spirituality seperate... I've felt a collision, and been on a quest to find balance and merge the two... I have to mediate alot on certain things, the intention for what I am doing has to be from the heart. I like to be a very private person in all aspects of my personal life... so putting something out there to the world that deeply reflects who I am... has been a really scary thing to do.

Seamone Swim

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The best thing about having my business, is the creative control and having the freedom to express what I think is beautiful. Combining all my passions into one. My favourite part is shooting the content, that's when I push myself and can let my imagination run wild. As a start up its hard to know if your on the right path or not, and I'm really just trying to let go and enjoy the lessons and the process as much as I can. I think the most positive thing I have noticed... are the changes with in myself... I've become stronger in the sense of my values, using my voice and taking control in reaching my goals.

Connect with Seamone Swimwear

@seamone.swimwear

seamone.com.au

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Tales from the Sea by Weave and Willow

We’re always inspired by creative entrepreneurs doing their bit for Mother Earth so when we were told about the latest campaign Tales from the Sea by our friends Michelle and…

We’re always inspired by creative entrepreneurs doing their bit for Mother Earth so when we were told about the latest campaign Tales from the Sea by our friends Michelle and Jess at Weave and Willow we had to share it.

Weave and Willow are the makers of a beautiful and conscious collection of 100% pure linen beach towels. The label has decided to highlight the importance of ocean conservation by encouraging all customers to ‘take the pledge’ to stop the use of single-use plastic bags and straws. They are doing so by gifting each customer with two bamboo straws and two organic cotton re-useable string bags with purchase. The brand also donates 1% of profits for the planet.

You can shop with Weave and Willow and make the pledge at TVM this Sunday 18 November 2018, and online here.

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Stall Profile :: ArchNOllie

When it comes to cute kids swim, there’s one brand you MUST know about… ArchNOllie. We chat to designers and founders Renea and Candice about the inspo for the label…

When it comes to cute kids swim, there's one brand you MUST know about... ArchNOllie.

We chat to designers and founders Renea and Candice about the inspo for the label and its humble beginnings as they prepare to join TVM for the first time this Sunday 7th October.

What's your background?
Both Candice and I had very different backgrounds. Candice was an event manager, travelled the world for international brands such as Rolex and Kia before she took on the role of Motherhood and then ArchNOllie.

Myself (Renea) was worked in creative arts in some form. Whether it was Drama, dance and later as a School teacher with an interest in performing arts and special education.

What made your pursue your creative passion?
ArchNOllie was created by sisters Renea and Candice, borne from a shared passion for creating things that are unique, beautiful and made to be loved. The brand was inspired by the arrival of Renea’s children Archer and Olive, who epitomise the vitality and spirit for life that exists in all of us. What started with custom design headwear has so quickly grown into so much more.

With the brand continually growing we hope you will always find that special something you are searching for. Always stylish, always different, whatever you choose you can be content knowing that ArchNOllie doesn’t follow trends. We always design from the heart, and hope you can find something that will bring some joy to yours.


When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
It never started as a business, we have grown organically from the beginning. After making items for my son and daughter people would ask to buy or 'where is that from' on my Instagram and when I saw other people were wanting what I made, I started as small big cartel website and we have been growing ever since that day.

What does your brand consist of?
Originally known for our headwear consisting of headbands and hair jewellery we expanded into hats and Summer apparel for both boys and girls. We have a huge following and love of our UPF 50+ rated reversible long sleeve swimwear.


Where is the label designed and made?
The label is designed in rural NSW behind the hills of Byron Bay (a 40min drive) Our manufacturer is in China.

What inspires you?
Our children and their love of play. So both colour and the environment inspire us daily.


What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
Our plans are the international market as we have lots of interest in.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
As sisters, working and living in two states of Australia can be a challenge. Also, no retail experience caused a lot of headaches in the infancy of ArchNOllie.

What is the best thing about having your own business?
Being able to work from home and around the needs of our very busy family lives

Connect with ArchNOllie

aerchnollie.com

@archnollie

Photo credit: Miller Roberts Photography.

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Stall Profile :: Maple Organic Wear

New to TVM this Sunday 19 August is Madeline Butel with her label Maple Organic Wear. Read on to find out more about this passionate young entrepreneur. Prior to beginning…

New to TVM this Sunday 19 August is Madeline Butel with her label Maple Organic Wear. Read on to find out more about this passionate young entrepreneur.

Prior to beginning Maple Organic Wear, I worked in many industries incorporating fashion and intern - consumerism. Through working within the industry, I realised how corrupt the fashion industry can be in terms of pollution and waste. This led me to creating a brand based around the moral fibre of garments and their production/time on this earth, not their quick turn around and the profit margin generated.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

My love for nature and our world led me to pursue the ideal of an entirely cruelty free clothing brand with everything I have.

What does your brand consist of?

Maple's current range, Amore, incorporates five different minimalistic yet flattering garments.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is designed on the Sunshine Coast, QLD by myself. Every garment in the Amor range has been made locally on the Coast by an incredibly talented Seamstress and manufacturer.

What inspires you?

Literary waking up in the morning inspires me. I am very much in love with all aspects of this world and it's magic and want to make it my mission to help protect it in every way I can!

In terms of my design inspiration - my recent travels have inspired a lot of my new work in terms of creating things that make woman feel empowered and beautiful on the inside and out and combining different cultures, colours and climates.

Alongside this, I am inspired to give younger target markets the opportunity to buy clothing within their style niche that's healthy for themselves and the environment.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

My ultimate plan for Maple is to give back in every way I can. I endeavour to generate an income throughout sales in which allows me to begin my own charity work in as many countries as I possibly can.

I wish to educate generations and cultures on the importance of protecting our world and our animals. I also aim to teach families and villages sustainability and horticultural knowledge so they can sustain themselves and their families.

Alongside this, I want to begin workshops and organisations which help empower people with purpose and go against the tide of conventional brands who aim at making girls in particular feel like they 'need' to fit a certain beauty standard and they can only do this through certain clothing.

I want my clothing to ooze positivity and self love and most of all conscious living and teach generations about this along the way.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

The biggest challenges so far have been learning! I started Maple with no prior knowledge to the industry so have had to take every step slowly and source from industry professionals as much as I can. Being only 19, this isn't an easy thing to do! I often feel judged, questioned and somewhat degraded for wanting to create something so huge, so young.

Although this has been challenging, it has been integral in me questioning myself daily and not blindly creating something that could one day fall. It's also been my main motivation to keep going!

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Freedom! Doing something I believe in and LOVE. Not conforming to the mundane ritual of a 9-5 job.

I love being free, creating, meeting like minded people and never knowing what's to come next.

Connect with Maple online, here.
Follow Maple on Instagram, here.

 

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Stall Profile :: Ghost & Lola

Meet Wendy Powitt, founder and creative behind jewellery label Ghost & Lola. Read on to find out more about this experienced fashion powerhouse who handcrafts bespoke pieces from her rainforest…

Meet Wendy Powitt, founder and creative behind jewellery label Ghost & Lola. Read on to find out more about this experienced fashion powerhouse who handcrafts bespoke pieces from her rainforest home set on 100 acres.

I studied Fashion and Textile Design at Sydney College of the Arts and worked in the Fashion Industry in Australia and USA as a Fashion Designer, then Illustrator and then Creative Director before deciding to move up North to Byron Bay. In Byron I studied Fine Arts Sculpture at Southern Cross University and started making jewellery. Ive always been fascinated with vintage fashion and I had been collecting the pieces long before I started to make jewellery. Once Ghost and Lola was born there was no turning back. It is the perfect combination of fashion and craft. I love the hands on artisan making and also meeting with people who get the label and understand the vision of making something new from something old.

What made your pursue your creative passion?:

I have always been creative and I always believed in making things. It was how I was brought up. Dad was building the house around us and mum was always creating. It was just a normal way to be.

We all have a creative spark, the trick is to believe in yourself and allow it to shine.

What does your brand consist of?

I make Ghost and Lola jewellery from vintage components. I source the pieces from all over the world through vintage and antique dealers and also travel and explore to find precious pieces.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is designed and handmade by me in Northern NSW. I have a studio in my house that I work from. My house is surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful rainforest so it provides endless inspiration.

The pieces that I collect connect me to a past once vibrant and now largely forgotten. I am inspired by Mythology, Alchemy and tales of the past when the world was interpreted as less scientific and more spirited and creative. And I like to connect that to our contemporary lifestyle because I believe that we all need a little more meaning and to feel special.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

I am hoping to share Ghost and Lola with a larger audience. I find that my style attracts customers of all age groups and people are fascinated with the product because it is so unique. The marriage of old with new is immediately apparent when you see the pieces. I love hand-making the pieces and want to retain that aspect, so it will always be an artisan brand and each piece will be limited and special.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I am committed to working full-time with Ghost and Lola, so sometimes the unpredictability of cash-flow is daunting. Also learning to navigate a fresh world of digital Marketing is a 'thrill'. I have learnt so much since launching the brand, from my customers and I truly want them to feel special that they are wearing something unique and handcrafted that is sustainable in its use of re-purposing what is already existent in the world.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Freedom! Creative freedom, and freedom in each day. I love what I do so nothing is an effort!

Find Ghost and Lola online, here.
And follow on Instagram, here.

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Stall Profile :: Allure Art

New to TVM this Sunday is Allure Art, by Cassandra Ashton Thomas. Founded in her studio at Runaway Bay in May 2018, Cassandra a graphic designer, works with alcohol ink,…

New to TVM this Sunday is Allure Art, by Cassandra Ashton Thomas. Founded in her studio at Runaway Bay in May 2018, Cassandra a graphic designer, works with alcohol ink, ink and watercolors to create original art pieces.

TVM: What inspires your work?
CT: My inspiration comes from the colours and forms found in nature. Living on the Gold Coast I am surrounded by a never-ending wonderland of oceans, lush green forests and a bounty of colourful flora. Using colour as language, my work is alive with emotion through the movement of inks and luscious layers. Each painting is filled with layer upon layer of ink, building a rich history into each piece.

What do you find to be the biggest challenge in having your own business?
For me one of the biggest challenges in being a full-time artist is the pressure to compete with big box stores and items made cheaply in other countries. Also reserving uninterrupted creative time in amongst busy days! It is the cornerstone of growth and success for my business since its vibrant nature is what differentiates it from others.

If you were to offer any advice to other emerging artists, what would it be? 
To listen to what others have to say—friends, family, experts, even yourself. When it comes to things that have to do with your entrepreneurial goals, be a sponge. As you learn, start to work out the idea in your head. Write things down. Keep notes from all the resources you come across to develop a detailed plan. Don’t go it alone! Call on your trusted advisers and contacts to help work through and get you back on track.

You can find Allure Art at TVM this Sunday 15 July.

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Stall Profile :: EST 1971

The GC is cooling down and lucky for you, you can catch new stall EST 1971 at TVM this Sunday, peddling their Windy’s. What’s a Windy you say? Read on…

The GC is cooling down and lucky for you, you can catch new stall EST 1971 at TVM this Sunday, peddling their Windy's.
What's a Windy you say? Read on to find out more about EST 1971 co-founder Jayne who alongside her business partner and bestfriend Sophie, will be bringing her brand all the way from the Mornington Peninsula to join us at TVM for the very first time this Sunday 6th May.
In a short paragraph, tell us about your background — what did you study or what field did you work in prior to starting your business?
Jayne: After completing an Economics Commerce Degree I found my way into  Advertising, which I have been doing for the past 20 years. I have worked both here and overseas in a variety of roles. Some of my major clients were fashion brands which helped fuel my desire to one day start my own label.
What made your pursue your creative passion?
I grew up with a very creative mother who had my sister and I on the sewing machine making dolls dresses from a very young age. If we weren't sewing, we were embarking on some other creative pursuit from pottery to jewellery making. My mother passed away from Ovarian Cancer when she was only 56 and I was 34 years old. There’s nothing like losing your mother at a relatively young age to make you realise life is too short not live your passions.
When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
It took another ten years and the birth of my two children, Maggie and Sammy, for me to finally start my own label with one of my oldest and dearest friend’s Sophie. We have known each other since we were 12 and can pretty much guess what the other thinking.
What does your brand consist of?
Style essentials. We want to create pieces that can be worn and worn and you always feel good in them. We have launched with the much loved ‘windy’ (sweatshirts). We agonise over every detail and won’t put anything out there unless we absolutely love it and don’t want to take it off.
Where is the label designed and made?
The label is designed here in sunny (ok mostly rainy) Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula.
What inspires you?
Travel, where I live, nature, art, vintage fashion. I adore colour and texture and find inspiration everywhere from a painted door to a piece of ribbon.
What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
As long as people keep buying certain pieces we will keep making them and will add new pieces as we perfect them. We want to keep our brand purposeful and true to our essence - everyday style essentials that you can wear and wear.
What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
Believing in myself. I think you have to just decide to give it a go and do it. My mother used to say to me all the time “The only difference between you and them is they are doing it”.
What is the best thing about having your own business?
The ability to make and back your decisions — good and bad.
One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?
You can waist so much time and energy doubting your idea or capabilities but not everything has to be solved in a day. Just get started, focus on what you are passionate about and everything else you can figure out along the way.
Connect with EST 1971:
Website
Instagram
 
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Designer Profile :: Amanda Monique

This week we chat to designer Amanda Yarsley, who launched her locally designed and made women’s fashion label Amanda Monique in July 2017. Tell us about your background, in a…

This week we chat to designer Amanda Yarsley, who launched her locally designed and made women's fashion label Amanda Monique in July 2017.

Tell us about your background, in a nutshell?

A: I was originally undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology whilst working casually in fashion retail, which was where I ended up finding my real passion. I decided to leave my current course to study Fashion Design and Technology and went on to work for a major Australian Swimwear brand.

What made you pursue your creative passion?

A: I’ve always enjoyed being creative. I love fashion and how there are no limits to what you can do with it. The support and encouragement I received from my fiancé helped push me to pursue my dreams too.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

A: The creative process began in 2016, but a lot of the hard work was done last year before the launch in late July 2017.

What does your brand consist of?

A: Women’s casual clothing. I wanted to start with a range of functional and comfortable women’s dresses and go from there. I have just introduced a range of t-shirts now too, which is pretty exciting.

Where is the label designed and made?

A: My whole collection comes from right here on the Gold Coast. The design process takes place in my Burleigh studio and is made locally here as well.

What inspires you?

A: Creating unique and fun staple pieces. I like getting inspiration from my environment, different eras and cultures, and I love the idea of reworking different elements of fashion. I don’t want to make disposable pieces – I’m not into fast fashion.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

A: My plans are to grow the brand into something amazing and unique, and I hope it takes me everywhere!

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

A: Of course, taking the plunge financially was always in the back of my mind, but doing everything for the first time was the biggest challenge for me, especially as I was doing it all on my own. Each step was a learning curve, but I’m all the better for it.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

A: I love the freedom it gives me to pursue my ideas. Being in charge gives me a chance to explore creatively as well as being able to stick to my moral compass by using local companies in the production process and having the freedom to gather all of my materials from ethical sources.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?

A: Start as soon as you can, and don’t listen to anyone telling you that you can’t. Figure out what you really want to do and don’t spend too much time trying to get it perfect before you start – you can always build and change things along the way.

Shop online with Amanda Monique, here and find her at TVM.

 

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Designer Profile :: Little Bliss Skincare

Meet Melissa Rose, founder of Little Bliss Skincare. This teacher-turned Organic Cosmetic Science graduate and beauty brand entrepreneur, has created a brand that is visually stunning and importantly, inspiring women…

Meet Melissa Rose, founder of Little Bliss Skincare. This teacher-turned Organic Cosmetic Science graduate and beauty brand entrepreneur, has created a brand that is visually stunning and importantly, inspiring women to prioritise self care.

"A few years ago, I was casual teaching in London and got really caught up in the daily grind. I was getting pretty stressed and my skin started really reflecting that. It was super sensitive and reactive, but when I went searching for natural skincare products, the large majority of them seemed to have either questionable synthetic ingredients, known irritants or high levels of essential oils, even if they were advertised as ‘organic’ or ‘hypoallergenic’. It was then that I decided to study Organic Cosmetic Science to create my own skincare range."

TVM: What made you pursue your creative passion?

MR: Once I started studying, I was spending all my free time formulating. When I was at work, I couldn’t stop thinking about getting home to create new face masques. Time flies when I’m in research or creating mode and I realized that sharing self-care rituals to inspire women to prioritise themselves is what I really want to be doing all day every day.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

It’s been a long time in the making, but I officially launched the Little Bliss website In January, 2017.

What does your brand consist of?

Currently the Little Bliss range consists of the first vital step of any skincare regime,  exfoliation. The coco coffee scrub is an all over body scrub and the detoxifying charcoal masque is a very gentle exfoliation for the face. I’m working on finalising some exciting new formulations also.

Where is the label designed and made?

I formulate each product and make them myself in small batches by hand, here in Burleigh Heads.

What inspires you?

I’m constantly inspired in everyday life. But mostly by travel, nature, friends, family and people who have the courage to pursue their dreams and passions.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Wearing so many hats, having to be everyone at once. It’s a very steep learning curve, but I love it!

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Getting to set my own daily schedule, which usually means a morning beach walk and swim with my husband. It beats working for a boss any day.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?

You’ll be surprised the things you can achieve when you believe you can. Just believe, and start. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be progress. You will work out the rest as you go.

Find Melissa and Little Bliss Skincare at TVM, this Sunday 18 February 2018.

Connect with Little Bliss Skincare:

Website, here.

Instagram, here.

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Stall Profile :: Salty Soul Surfwear

Meet Priscila Gonzalez, founder of Salty Soul Surfwear and find her this Sunday 17 December at TVM. Tell us about how and when your label was created? I am a…

Meet Priscila Gonzalez, founder of Salty Soul Surfwear and find her this Sunday 17 December at TVM.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

I am a graphic Designer and I always dreamed about becoming my own boss. I love the ocean and I love swimwear. I am also very passionate about our beautiful planet, I am always willing to do something to help the environment and I never really found a brand that makes ethical, comfortable, good quality swimwear that I love... So I decided to create my own.

What pieces are included within your range?

We have bikinis, one piece, long sleeve surf suit and cropped vest. From size 6 to 10, for all the ocean lovers out there.

What is your creative background?

I Studied Graphic design back in 2009. Finished in 2011. Since then, I have been working in offices doing magazine and advertising designs. Not really what I loved to do but it paid the bills for a while.  I used to do some freelancing just so I would be a bit closer to what I really loved to do. In 2014 I decided to pursuit my dream and started drawing a swimwear collection and some prints. I fell in love with the whole idea and decided to create Salty Soul Surfwear.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed here in Australia and made in Indonesia

I traveled to Indonesia once I had all my designs and prints ready so I could find a place to produce the bikinis. I tried to keep it local but my budget was really small. So I found a family owned business over there and met everyone involved with my bikinis. I think it’s important for every business owner to know exactly what the work conditions are when manufacturing products overseas.

What inspires you?

Surfing. The Ocean inspires me.

Latest collection consists of?

Mimpi Collection is our very first collection and it’s all about pursuing your own dreams.

What's on your mood board?

Lots of perfect waves in a clear water, paradise island.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Bob Marley. He inspires me anywhere, anytime.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Eat, Surf, Create, Surf, Sleep. And a few other things in between haha

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Dusty Child. They have some super cute clothes for kids.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Travel Books. I love to travel. 😉

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2013 and beyond?

We want to expand our range to make some spring suit neoprene next year. All sustainable, without costing the earth.

Also getting involved with more projects to help the environment.

I’m not sure if I mentioned but we have partnered with Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund and are going to plant 1 tree for every product sold.

Why TVM?

I Just love the incentive that TVM gives to brand new local businesses. Love to see the community helping each other out. I went to the last 2 markets and the vibe was just amazing! You guys rock!

What do you love most about attending TVM?

I love the friendly vibe, the live music and the yum food!

Connect with Salty Soul Surfwear, here.

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Designer Profile :: elodie Jewellery

Meet Elodie Darwish, founder of beautiful handcrafted contemporary jewellery label elodie Jewellery. Tell us about how and when your label was created? About 12 years ago when I completed my…

Meet Elodie Darwish, founder of beautiful handcrafted contemporary jewellery label elodie Jewellery.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

About 12 years ago when I completed my design studies. I started off making jewellery on the side of my day job, and 12 years later I’m still doing it.

What pieces are included within your range?

Everything from rings to cuff-links to necklaces and bangles.

What is your creative background?

I studied Industrial Design at Uni and then went on to do jewellery design at TAFE in Melbourne.

Where is the label designed and made?

Until now I’ve been hand making my designs.  Although as I’m ready to grow the business, I’m in the process of considering other avenues of getting my designs partly produced so that I can finish them off.

What inspires you?

Mostly form, geometric and organic.  I’m often inspired by furniture and lighting and other design objects I see in lifestyle magazines, in stores, online.

Latest collection consists of?

I’m just working on a new collection at the moment that will introduce some new rings and new earrings.

What's on your mood board?

I don’t have one….but I have heaps of Pinterest boards that I trawl through to spark ideas and I can tell you now there is no theme or trend…it’s the biggest miss mash of boards you ever did see.

What’s your creative space like?

To be honest a little messier than I’d like.  I’ve nailed keeping my room clean and tidy now that I’m a grown up…but somehow I’ve not managed to extend that to my studio.  Working on it.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Generally nothing.  I like working in silence, most people think I’m crazy.  Occasionally I listen to the radio if I feel like a bit of top 40 fun or I’ll listen to pod casts.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Well on a studio day (when not at the day job) I like to start early after I’ve been for a walk.  What I’m doing varies from week to week, whether I’m making rings or making parts to earrings or painstakingly working out what I could do on social media, that part kills me.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Ummmm….because I haven’t actually had a chance to check everyone else out yet, as I’ve only done one market and was there solo, BUT, I did make my way to Mio Wraps to get the most delicious buckwheat wrap!! They are my favourite!

Favourite reads/blogs?

I love scrolling through Scandinavian design blogs and design websites in general.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

Something super comfy - jeans and a top or an easy dress.

I’m not much of a label girl.  I’ll buy what I like no matter where it’s from.  The wardrobe spans across quite an array of labels from something second hand to the staple Aussie labels to the occasional (Aussie) designer piece.   I LOVE bright colours. I’m not afraid to where the most vibrant colours possible….and then some days I do the Melbourne thing and wear all black…usually that day means it’s bloody cold outside…often it’s unintentional.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

well, I’m working on new pieces at the moment…I don’t know how it will unfold.  Basically my plan for here on in is to get my work out there.  I’ve been a little lazy over the years but I’ve been given the kick up the bum I needed and so it’s time to bust out.

Connect with elodie Jewellery, here.

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Stall Profile :: Calm Body and Home

Introducing Sandy Cousens, founder of health and lifestyle business Calm Body and Home. I’ve been in the interior design field for nearly 15 years, starting as a mural artist for…

Introducing Sandy Cousens, founder of health and lifestyle business Calm Body and Home.

I’ve been in the interior design field for nearly 15 years, starting as a mural artist for the residential and commercial sector. This organically lead into colour consulting, interior styling then renovations, opening up a retail store and then the joy of furthering both my design and art skills.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I’ve always found art to be a form of meditation for me, and through a health journey, that enhanced my spiritual journey, I realised I wanted to be a compass to my sons and live my passion; so hopefully I’m showing them that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

It was after meeting my now husband 15 years ago, and deciding to pursue my creativity. However, my real passion, Calm Body and Home eventuated about a year ago, and I’ve just launched the new site, products and social media these last few months.

What does your brand consist of?

Calm Body and Home is all about gently guiding people to live a healthier and calmer life. Through my design, I’ve created a series of artworks, aromatherapy products and workshops that are geared towards living a holistically healthier life.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is created on the Gold Coast.

What inspires you?

This life that I’ve been so blessed to have, my sons, my health and the beautiful souls I get to meet daily.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

Eventually I would love to see someone running the Calm Body and Home products so I can concentrate on the creative and host more workshops to spread the word. I’ve been blessed to meet people from the UK who have shown interest in my products so I would love to see them over there and even team up with like souls to host some workshops abroad too. I would love to see people realise that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be healthy and by using the kits I’ve created, people from all demographics can do just that.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I’m in my forties, and as much as I don’t like to use that as an excuse, I’ve never used social media up until recently, so this has been a whole new expertise and learning experience - but I’m getting there! A challenge is always good for the soul (!).

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The feeling of achievement, being able to attend events at my children’s school and having such beautiful comments of how it’s helped people in various aspects of their life. It’s such a blessing.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?

Have all your ducks in a row, be brave with social media, but most importantly live your truth; don’t suffer from ‘comparitonitis’, as by living your passion, you will raise your vibration and attract like souls or those that need to be attracted to you. If you live your truth, all will unfold at the right time.

Connect with Calm Body and Home, here.



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Stall Profile :: Staple and Hue

We love a good startup story and this week we’re thrilled to be presenting you with the latest TVM Startup Stall recipients, Sera Bagnall and Tal Graham of STAPLE &…

We love a good startup story and this week we're thrilled to be presenting you with the latest TVM Startup Stall recipients, Sera Bagnall and Tal Graham of STAPLE & HUE.

So ladies, how did STAPLE & HUE come to life?

We first both met working in retail, and since then starting a label was a topic we often spoke about. We always loved experimenting by altering clothes to how we believed they could look better.

Both of us have always been so drawn to simple pieces that we can make our own, so the concept for Staple & Hue flowed really organically. The creative/business process for Staple & Hue began in June 2016.  From the moment we first spoke about creating our own label, we knew that we wanted to design staple pieces that we could mix and match to create either dressy or casual looks. Along our journey, we were blessed to have become friends with an amazing lady named Ann Wilson, who naturally became our mentor.

Neither of us have studied fashion or business at university but we worked hard every single day for over a year to get our label off the ground.

With our strong amount of passion, drive and guidance from Ann, our dream became our reality and Staple & Hue launched July 2017.

What pieces are included within your range?

  • The Staple Bodysuit
  • The Staple Halter
  • The Staple Mini Dress
  • The Staple Jumper Dress
  • The Staple Parka
  • The Staple Silk Scarf
  • The Staple Wide Leg Pants

What is your creative background?

Sera: I have been obsessed with fashion since I was a little girl and designing clothing has been a dream of mine since as young as I can remember. I have always had an eye for fashion, styling and putting all kinds of things together creatively. I believed that at some stage in my life, the universe would allow my passion to find its way to me, and it all started from a very low point in my life. For that, I am thankful & allow that to be my driving force. I am also so lucky to have found a best friend in Tal. We are both passionate perfectionists and we make the best team. Everything flows naturally.

Tal: My creative background comes predominantly from dance and fashion, which both go hand in hand with each other. I grew up dancing, doing competitions and shows my whole life as well as maintaining a professional career in dance for 6 years. I was constantly surrounded by costumes and wardrobe and from a young age this fueled my love for fashion.  When I wasn’t dancing I was creating outfits and experimenting with different styles. Sera and I met when we were just 22 years old and instantly bonded over our love for all things fashion, style and creativity. We always knew that one day when the time was right we would follow our dreams together. Knowing now that we have, is the most satisfying and fulfilling feeling in the world.

Where is the label designed and made?

Staple & Hue is designed by us locally on the Gold Coast and manufactured overseas in China.

What inspires you?

Sera: Music, traveling, fashion photography, being creative with my own personal style, discovering upcoming trends/fashion influencers and also my best friends – we inspire and motivate each other so much and we are all creatives in some form.

Tal: I love seeing other people follow their passion and truly succeed in doing so. This to me is so inspirational and gives me a huge amount of motivation and drive. Family and friends inspire me endlessly as well as fashion, music, culture, art, travel and style. I find that he more creative I allow myself to be, the more inspired I become.

What's on your mood board?

Our mood board consists of fashion photography, trends we dig, photo filters, brands that inspire us, celebrity style pictures, fabrics and colors we love and also photoshoot location inspo.

What’s your creative space like?

Sera: I feel most creatively inspired when I’m listening to music in my living room. I have a beautiful view of the ocean & sky. I find my creative juices flow when my mind is calm and I am in an open space.

Tal: My creative space is constantly changing like my life and I've learned to adjust with it. When I am feeling inspired I can work anywhere as long as I have music playing and some yummy food!

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Music is our motivation. We are obsessed with hip hop and RnB music, both old school and new school. Our favorite artists we are currently listening to are Gold link, Ty Dolla $ign, Partynextdoor,  Jhene Aiko, Masego, SZA, Kaytranada, French Montana, Drake, The Weekend, J Cole etc…

A day in the life of you consists of?

At the moment both our lives are pretty hectic! We both work full time jobs, we live in separate states and both in-between and outside of our day jobs we are working on Staple & Hue. FaceTime meetings are a daily occurrence to go over all things work (and life) related. We both believe in the importance of being organized by setting time-frames when working towards our goals.

Favourite TVM stall?

(Former TVM stall and now international success) Grace Bijoux! We met the owner Lisa when she first started at TVM. Since launching Staple & Hue, Lisa showed support by lending her incredible pieces to style with our first collection for our photoshoot.

Favourite reads/blogs?

We don’t really have a favorite blog as such, however we are constantly inspired by what and who we discover on Instagram. Some of our favorite fashion influencers at the moment are: Rachel Tee Tyler, Rahnee Bransby, Xanetia Unnarae, Maddison Bear, Shannen Jai, Yan Yan Chan, Nadia Fairfax, Bella Hadid, RiRi & we can’t forget the Kardashians!

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

Either a full Staple & Hue outfit or at least one piece of our collection paired with denim & cute sneakers.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2018 and beyond?

Our next collection will have a more feminine vibe and features lots of bows, along with more vibrant, summer, tones for our next color hue release. Expect to see another bodysuit, mini dress, crop top, maxi dress and some cute refreshers. We can’t wait!

 

Connect with Staple and Hue at TVM this Sunday 10 December and online via their website, here.

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Designer Profile :: Yoga + Sculpt

This week we’ve chatted to Samantha Hopper, founder of Yoga + Sculpt. Find her this Sunday 5 November at TVM! Tell us about how and when your label was created?…

This week we've chatted to Samantha Hopper, founder of Yoga + Sculpt. Find her this Sunday 5 November at TVM!

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

It was September 2015 when I started this journey! As everyone knows LIFE GETS BUSY!!

I was fitness instructing everyday and I starting searching for the perfect exercise mat... They were all so boring! There was nothing in the market that was inspiring me and encouraging me to get up and go and exercise. So... I decided why not MAKE MY OWN YOGA MATS!

The design process was fun because I’ve always been a creative person. You can check out my blog post The Yoga Mat Dream to see some sneak peaks of my original inspiration and step by step design process.

After a couple of years delay I finally decided to dedicate my time and energy back to YOGA+SCULPT and follow through with getting my mats manufactured. It was the best feeling when they arrived in Australia and I could finally start sharing my passion and hard work with everyone.

What pieces are included within your range?

When you purchase a Y+S Yoga mat you receive a 100% quality organic yoga mat, a strap (which you can use in your practices, a yoga guide poster which gives you 16+ exercises to do on your mat, plus a couple of Y+S designer stickers.

What is your creative background?

I have no official design background however I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and a creative person. I love interior design and fashion design so I guess I wanted to bring that flare and print excitement to yoga mats!

Where is the label designed and made?

The Y+S mats have been designed locally on the Gold Coast. They are manufactured in China.

What inspires you?

I draw inspiration from many different aspects of my life; travel, scenery, fashion and the genuine feelings within myself when I feel connected or moved by something. Specifically for the Y+S mats I wanted vibrancy and happiness! I was envisioning rolling out the mat on the top of a hill, looking out over the horizon. I wanted to bring nature into the designs; which is why I have chosen all 4 designs to feature some sort of leafy pattern for continuity.

Tell us about your collection?

This is my first collection, it consists of four designs:

The Freedom Yoga Mat’ which is a vibrant blue/purplish colour, a little more neutral only having one colour for people who like simplicity.

The Vitality Yoga Mat’ which is the timeless and very on trend green palm pattern. I believe this suits all environments and is great for someone who loves nature!

The Tranquil Yoga Mat’ is more sophisticated and stylish. Incorporating black and white with a splash of colour. The very vibrant colour pop is amazing and so striking when it’s rolled out! The pink abstract flowers have a watercolour effect that I think gives even more style and design to the mat.

The Bliss Yoga Mat’ has the most going on in terms of pattern. The Bliss features triangles that are a reference to balance, palm leaves that suggest lightness and airiness and the super cute pebble stone polka dot clusters that again is a reference back to natures different textures.

What's on your mood board?

My mood board was covered in geographic print inspo! It had ample colour references and different leaf designs. You can see some of the examples on my blog post.

What’s your creative space like?

My creative space is not that creative. It is my home office that consists of a natural timber desk, plants and my husbands surfboards. I don’t need to be in a super creative space to dive into my creative mind. I am very in touch with my inner self. Yoga does that to people.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I love easy listening, something with a good beat but chilled out at the same time. Usually Spotify playlist like ‘The office stereo’ and ‘Just Chill’.

A day in the life of you consists of?

My weekdays start with morning yoga classes or a fitness class from 5am or 6am until 10am. Next I’ll get onto general jobs and tasks i.e. emails, meetings, cleaning, walking the dog, grocery shopping. From 4pm more yoga or fitness classes! I live a pretty simple life; I like it that way. I try to fill my life with thing and people that make me happy.

 

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

The next collection I would like to release a couple of designs that are more masculine. I get SO many men asking if we do different designs.

Connect with Yoga + Sculpt:
Website
Instagram

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Local Artist Profile: Tesse Terrell

Our amazingly talented friend, local artist, Tesse Terrell, debuts her first solo exhibition ‘Death Collection’ this Saturday 21st October at Maverick Hair and Art Space in Coolangatta. Inspired by her lifelong…

Our amazingly talented friend, local artist, Tesse Terrell, debuts her first solo exhibition ‘Death Collection’ this Saturday 21st October at Maverick Hair and Art Space in Coolangatta.

Inspired by her lifelong passion for Mexican culture and arts, Terrell draws inspiration from the Mexican Dia de Muertos, commonly known as Day of the Dead, and presents a curated line-up of artists that passed away during 2016 and 2017.

A passionate painter, Terrell’s first solo exhibition expands on her signature style, a combination of painted timber and mixed media, finished in a 3D setting. Each artist is completed in infinite detail and depth, credit to Terrell’s fine style and attention to detail.

Leonard Cohen, Prince and David Bowie are part of the 20-piece collection that celebrates these iconic artists. Terrell’s portrayal of each artist is authentic, light-hearted and voices true respect to the talent they were and represents the impression they’ve made on her as an artist.

 

Tesse Terrell’s Death Collection exhibition runs from 21st October to November 4th.

Each original piece will be available for purchase and we suggested you get along to the event to check out her work.

Connect with Tesse @tesseterrell here.

This is one stall we hope to see at TVM soon!

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TVM Startup Stall :: The Sleep Suite

Fresh new creative talent to hit TVM this Sunday and winner of our TVM Startup Stall initiative for this week is, Amy Parr and her label The Sleep Suite. “The…

Fresh new creative talent to hit TVM this Sunday and winner of our TVM Startup Stall initiative for this week is, Amy Parr and her label The Sleep Suite.

"The Sleep Suite was created in July 2017 after my partner and I finally decided to bite the bullet and follow through with our idea - and once we did, it happened really quickly! I was really over buying or receiving expensive sleepwear that didn't fit me properly, and was not eco-friendly or ethical. In the beginning, it was a small dream I didn’t think would ever come to fruition. I started researching fabric suppliers that fit in with our beliefs and before we knew it, our island holiday turned into a business deal and we had officially made our first line! We created our items with the aim of being able to wear them from the bedroom to the beach, thereby minimising at least 1 extra item of clothing people bought and creating change in the ‘fast fashion’ industry.

What pieces are included within the debut collection?

We feature sleepwear and beachwear made from beautiful, natural fabrics such as linen and cotton. At the moment we have menswear and ladieswear that can be worn as sets or separates.

What is your creative background?

I would like to say I have a large creative background, but I don’t! Nathan is quite the creative guy, but after I took an interest in fashion, the extent of my background is buying a sewing machine this year and researching how to make sleepwear! I could never draw, but I like to think my creativity extends into the design process.

Where is the label designed and made?

Our items are designed here on the Gold Coast and then our ideas are taken to our awesome little tailor in Indonesia and brought to life with their help. Without them our items would only be ideas.

What inspires you?

Our amazing backyard: The Gold Coast. But also anything island vibin' and natural.

However a big inspiration is our aim to create change in the world and inform people there’s more to fashion then buying cheap throw away items. I’m motivated by helping people with their purpose on life and giving back to the lives of others. I really want to help create transparency in the fashion industry as well as give people quality items that are made with love and worn with love.

Latest collection consists of?

Think uber cool linens and cottons in natural colours and stripes. We have also teamed up with an Australian company to develop plain organic tees with unique screenprinting to bring relaxed summer vibes to life.

What's on your mood board?

My mood board consists of good food, health posts, natural fibres, fabrics, island inspiration, quotes and anything that fires me up at that point in time.

What’s your creative space like?

My creative space is my uni workspace that I have transformed into my sewing space. Here I have my workbooks, fabrics, crystals and candles. I don’t like to be confined to one space, so I take my laptop to my favourite coffee shop down the road and zen out with a coffee.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

This varies a lot! Depending how I am feeling and what I am creating, I listen to anything from Northlane and Parkway Drive to INXS to pop music.

A day in the life of you consists of?

At the moment no two days are the same. As I’m a nurse, I usually get up early, grab a soul warming coffee from Frankie Espresso, then go to my nursing job for the day. Afterwards, I head to the gym before heading home and cooking up a hearty dinner. On my days off you will find me enjoying the sunrise followed by coffee and then full days of researching and designing for The Sleep Suite.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

I LOVE all the food stalls, especially Mio Wraps because let's face it, who doesn't love food?! But I always love peeking my head into the latest fashion and jewellery stalls such as Annette Daley Designs, Frankly My Dear and Akazi.

Favourite reads/blogs?

So many books! I absolutely love Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.

I’m also really into Collective Hub and Peppermint Mag as they have great reads on entrepreneurs and small startup businesses.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day?

Something super comfortable and breezy. I do like to support local businesses so it could be overalls or a dress from The Bare Road.

Any favourite labels?

I love The Bare Road, Kivari The Label and Faithfull the Brand.

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

I am planning on joining forces with designers to create unique, sustainable pieces whereby a portion of sales will be dedicated to charity and communities that are affected by UNfair and unethical trade. We aim to travel to various countries and source unique fabrics for individualized items that people can design themselves, all while supporting workers who get forgotten and underpaid.

As for our next collection, we are planning on creating light, earthy slips and sleepwear combos that suit the GC climate and are made from organic silks, cottons and natural dyes. Keep those eyes peeled!

Why TVM?

I love the ethics and values of TVM. I think it’s an incredibly valuable community where people appreciate your work. It’s also the best place to network and find out what people actually want!

Connect with The Sleep Suite on Instagram and check out the wares on Sunday 15 October at TVM!

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Designer Profile: Room One Collective

Bringing a little piece of Melbourne to the GC, we chat to Room One Collective’s, Arlia Hassell about her creative collective and inspiration for her jewellery brand. Tell us about…

Bringing a little piece of Melbourne to the GC, we chat to Room One Collective's, Arlia Hassell about her creative collective and inspiration for her jewellery brand.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Room One Collective came about when Arlia Hassell moved up to the Gold Coast from Melbourne. Arlia suddenly found herself feeling a little homesick not being surrounded by the constant creative juices Melbourne offers up on a platter - so she decided to create her own space that would fill the void.

What pieces are included within your range?

Room One Collective is made up jewellery, ceramics, prints and textiles. Our collection is diverse and eclectic, most of our pieces are one off creations or very limited runs.

What is your creative background?

I attained an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery Engineering in late 2014 and was then approved for the NEIS program, studying all things business. Although I've has had to take some time off jewellery making due to a traumatic brain injury I sustained just after graduating, I've has been able to return to the bench over the last 12 months.

Where is the label designed and made?

All items stocked in Room One Collective are handmade by artists from all corners of Australia. We support local artisans creating their art, generally, from their home studios.

Credit: Scott Powick

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by creating a platform to showcase some Australia’s best creatives. I know how hard it can be for creatives to find a space where they are able to show, and sell, their craft.

In my personal work, I am inspired by ancient techniques. Ways in which jewellery was created all those years ago. I’m also inspired by nature and all the textures that it comes in.

Latest collection consists of?

Our collection is diverse and don’t necessarily follow ‘trends’. Instead, our work is creative and interpretive. Much of our collection is bold and certainly makes a statement.

What’s on your mood board?

You can find anything from antique Egyptian jewellery to 3D printed masterpieces. You’ll find different metal alloys and even a few pops of colour!

What’s your creative space like?

It’s a workbench I inherited off a jewellery friend, tools as far as you can see and a healthy collection of books that inspire my making process. The space is in the garage at home, a space with natural lighting and a few potted plants.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I’m a sucker for 90’s RnB! I put my headphones on and go back in time to create.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Every day is different! We will check over, any overnight orders or enquiries we’ve received on the online store. Spruce up the store and make sure it is customer ready. I’ll spend some time creating jewellery and sometimes a little more time delving deep into the rabbit hole of Pinterest. A piece of jewellery takes more than just a day. Generally, I’m working on multiple projects, in varying degrees of completeness. I could be working on turning a client’s vision into a sketch to finishing off another client’s brand new ring.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

Does the coffee cart count? No, but really, I love the rack sale. You never know what you’ll find, what a treasure chest!

Favourite reads/blogs?

For most part I’ll spend more time on Pinterest and Instagram getting inspiration. I also enjoy reading through the inspiring articles on The Design Files and Design Milk.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

I am a bit of a plain jane and tend to wear a lot of black, keeping it low key with maybe a little pop of colour of some fun jewellery from Room One Collective 🙂

What can we expect from the next collection/what are your plans for 2013 and beyond?

Room One Collective is always finding and being approached by uniquely crafted, Australian work. Keeping our store is always fresh and inspiring. We are also working on putting together a beautiful collection of engagement and wedding jewellery.

Then as well as all of the above we are really excited to be ironing out the final details of Studio Sessions. This will be a space offering creative workshops that give back to the community, offering a % of ticket sales to host classes for Acquired Brain Injury survivors.

Why TVM?

I’ve been following TVM for a little while now! What a fantastic platform for Gold Coast creatives to get together and showcase their work.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

The people are friendly and the sun is (mostly) shining! You never know what goodies you might find on the day.

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