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Stall Profile :: Trance McShady

Nick Maricic is one interesting chap. Read our interview to find out more about this charismatic creative and founder of label, Trance McShady. You can find him at TVM this…

Nick Maricic is one interesting chap. Read our interview to find out more about this charismatic creative and founder of label, Trance McShady. You can find him at TVM this Sunday 16 December at Burleigh Heads.

I first studied Communication and Cultural Studies with a major in performance at Curtin University in Perth, but that was really a waiting ground until I was accepted into the renowned acting course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, which I completed in 2008.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I always had a passion for story telling, as a child my brother and I would take my Dad's video camera and make shlocky films of our own creations. In my younger years I was congratulated as a performer, so I thought this is what I'm meant to do. However later I realised through writing, directing, and producing my own play "Playgiarism", and the webseries "Felix Barbosa and the Dilettantes" (currently in post production) that I'm not the type to say the lines given to me, I have my own stories to tell, and they're bursting at the seems... there is no choice for me but to release them, and my label Trance McShady provides me that platform.

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

I was writing screenplays, drawing, producing and directing short films, creating vaudeville characters, and making music, but aside from the humanitarian and environmental themes, there was no real uniformity across my work. I had dabbled with screen printing and fashion design earlier, and one day it all clicked. I'm actually telling the story of a lifestyle of ethics.

Fashion is just another form of story-telling; we dress the part we want the world to perceive us as, so what better way to change people’s consumer habits then by providing an affordable, ethical, and environmentally friendly apparel label with attitude?

What does your brand consist of?

Trance McShady is attention to detail. Every step of the process from manufacturing to marketing is scrutinised to have the smallest environmental footprint, and the biggest social impact, so when buying Trance McShady the shopper has the confidence knowing it's as good as it gets.

All garments are 100% organic cotton and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) certified, which unlike other certifications requires every step from harvesting the cotton to manufacturing it to be organic. All garments also have Fair Wear Foundation accreditation, a not for profit independent organisation overseeing that the makers are paid a good wage, under good working conditions. Most of the garments are manufactured solely using renewable energy (solar and wind), and I hand print each one myself with solvent free paints.

My adults only Donald Trump colouring book "Making Coloring Great Again" is printed with vegetable based inks on 100% recycled paper. All packaging is made from recycled paper, and even my business cards are made from recycled cotton off-cuts from the t-shirt industry.

The best way to understand the broad nature of the brand is to listen to the podcast I gave about it to Double Star Collective Maker and Creator:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/maker-creator/id1395134028?mt=2

Where is the label designed and made?

The garments are manufactured in India and Bangladesh, and I hand print them myself in Australia. All the prints are my own designs, along with the colouring book which is manufactured in Australia.

What inspires you?

The environment, global standards of living, word play, pushing boundaries, dark humour, and your mum.

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

The dream of Trance McShady is to be in a position of constantly creating and getting my ideas out there in whatever medium I see fit. It's hard to define where this will take me, as I already have ideas for ethical jewellery, keep cups, a zero waste/no disposables cafe, a million movies to make, all under the umbrella of the Trance McShady brand. But looking to the immediate future, it seems my baby range is super popular, so carrying on that and a children's book about the environment seem like the next likely steps.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Staying motivated. At times it feels completely over whelming, but you just got to take everything one step at a time, you may not get where you were expecting to go, but you'll get somewhere.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The best thing for me about having Trance McShady is how it inspires me to do better. I've always cared about the environment, but the attention to detail of the environmental aspects of Trance McShady, along with constantly asking is this in line with the ethics of Trance McShady, has forced me to look harder at myself. I'm certainly not perfect, but I feel like since starting Trance McShady, I've improved.

Find Trance McShady at TVM this Sunday 16 December at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am until 1pm.

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Stall Profile :: My Qi Aromas

There’s a new stall in town this Sunday 9 December at TVM – meet Katie Bernays and Bianca Baker, cousins and creators of My Qi Aromas. We are cousins that…

There’s a new stall in town this Sunday 9 December at TVM - meet Katie Bernays and Bianca Baker, cousins and creators of My Qi Aromas.

We are cousins that have a love for natural living and low tox options. Katie, a Chinese Acupuncturist and Bianca, the blender extraordinaire! My Qi Aromas was a long time in the making and we were so excited to finally launch in August 2018.

TVM: What made your pursue your creative passion?

We both have young families and husbands who own/run their own businesses so we were craving a “creative outlet” to add to our busy lifestyle that really filled our cups and created more balance - something that gave back to our hearts and our souls, but that also served others. Creating and blending natural perfumes, infant roller blends and grown up roller blends that provided a natural option to common ailments seemed the most obvious, as we were doing it anyway, but now we could share our passion with others.

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

August 2018 we launched, My Qi Aromas was over 18 months in the making.

What does your brand consist of?

My Qi Aromas ha there ranges:

Natural Perfume Oil (My Empowerment Qi, My Love Qi, My Balanced Qi)
Infant Roller Blends (Mini Sleep, Mini Airways, Mini Peaceful, Mini Immune, Mini Teething, Mini Tummy, Mini Growing, Mini Warrior, Mini Focus)
Grown-Up Roller Blends (Relax, Happy, Immune, Sleep, Headache, Pain Free, Sinus)

What inspires you?

Helping others to add chemical free options into their homes and daily living - especially for the little ones! The less chemicals we are exposed to the better our health can be.

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

We are currently in the process of getting Australian Certified Organic and would love to reach people Australia wide.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Deciding on a name (Qi - pronounced “Chee” means ‘life energy’ in Chinese)

We are still working on best ways to market our brand as we are not experienced in this area at all!

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The chance to be creative and also the flexibility with a young family is great!

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Stall Profile :: Shawnee Made and Found

A painting degree, teaching art and English in India and establishing a love for well-made fabrics and materials lead Shawnee Dean to create beautiful handwoven wall-hangings, cushion covers, pouches and…

A painting degree, teaching art and English in India and establishing a love for well-made fabrics and materials lead Shawnee Dean to create beautiful handwoven wall-hangings, cushion covers, pouches and accessories, with care and intention. Coupled with a 'found' collection of vintage ceramics and other curated vessels, the brand Shawnee Made and Found was born.

Tell us about your background, were you always creative?

I graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts majoring in painting at Queensland College of Art in 2016, before this though I spent 3 months teaching art and English in India. I've always been drawn to well-made and handmade fabrics and materials, and India is so huge on textiles, so these inspirations coupled with my desire to constantly learn new ways of making things and share that with people I think led me quite naturally to fibre arts and hand-weaving.

When I learnt about the art of loom weaving and saw some of the things people were making with it I became obsessed and eventually made my own loom and taught myself to weave. It's been about 2 years since I started weaving now and I feel like I've evolved a lot but I am continually learning new things about this process and where it can take me.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I think the biggest driving force was my own need to be doing something creative with my life, and then when I started making the things I am now, the comments I got from people about how much they liked it or how unique my products were really solidified my beliefs that I was on the right track with this and I could take it somewhere.

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

For about the last year I have been working on things that had a customer or audience in mind, rather than just making them for myself, but having a part-time job and studying full time at university was distracting me from really focusing on turning this creative outlet into a business and a way of life for me. So in October this year I was at a point where I felt like I was really happy with the things I was creating but didn't have the time to invest in it properly, so decided to quit my retail job and take the plunge into working on my business full time. So far it's been a great decision, but I still have so much more growing to do.

What does your brand consist of?

Handwoven goods and art pieces, fibre based earrings and other accessories, handmade baskets and original artworks.

I also have a found collection that I hand select items I feel resonate with and compliment the items I make.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything handmade is designed and created by me (Shawnee) on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Being a one-woman show means I limit the amount of things I can make and how quickly they are made, but I think it adds value to my products that they all have evidence of the hands that made them and are all original in their own way.

What inspires you?

I am extremely inspired by the Australian natural environment, so far as colours, shapes and materials. I use a lot of things from nature, and try to source as much of my materials as I can from within Australia, as well as hand dying some of my yarns and fibres with plants I can find locally. These processes of foraging and utilising the the environment around me continually inspires my work and design process.

Also, as weaving is such an ancient art form, I also get a lot of inspiration from textiles and tapestries from throughout history and across cultures.

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

My main goal for this brand was to prove to myself that I could support my way of life by making things with my hands and using my skills. I like the idea of sharing my creativity with the community to enrich it rather than keeping it to myself. Long term plans are to be creating bespoke woven art pieces for people's spaces all around the country, as well as teaching workshops to share my knowledge and skills.

I am currently in the process of making a website and an online sales point as well, so that is my short-term plans for the brand.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I think my largest challenge is time, and the pressure of a consumer culture that wants things fast but still to an excellent quality. By choosing to pursue hand-weaving, the qualities that I value in my products can't be achieved quickly, and the idea of making enough products and on a frequent basis is daunting when thinking about the slow nature of my process. But I think more and more people are appreciating the extra time and often higher quality of hand-made and slow-made, artisan products these days, and I think are more willing to wait longer and pay more for something truly original and high standard that supports an individual artist, rather than a large corporation.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

I have only just begun the journey of owning my own business and being my own boss, and I have a lot of space to evolve and master the art of it, but so far I have found the work I do is so much more fulfilling and I am proud of what I am doing. Being able to dictate my work life and be in control of the direction I take is extremely satisfying.

Connect with Shawnee Made and Found online, here.

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Stall Profile :: Halcyon Daze

Meet Sally and Elke, mothers to a tribe of boys, surfers and creators of Halcyon Daze – the brand new swimwear label you need this summer. As well as being…

Meet Sally and Elke, mothers to a tribe of boys, surfers and creators of Halcyon Daze – the brand new swimwear label you need this summer.

As well as being a mother to three young boys, Sally has an environmental science background as well as working as a town planner and project manager for the last 10+ years. She was very much in need of a creative outlet when the idea to create Halcyon Daze came about.

Elke is a mother of two young boys and has a background in fashion and design, having worked in sewing and alterations for years.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

The story of Halcyon Daze is one that begins with friendship. Two women connecting over a shared love of the ocean, a passion for surfing, avid bikini collecting and motherhood.

We are the type of women that seem to live in our swimwear year round, as you never know when the opportunity to sneak in a surf or a quick dip in the ocean may present!

Born from a desire to create unique, comfortable, flattering and functional swimwear......it seemed like a no brainer that we put our creative passion into use creating our own swimwear range.

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

We took the plunge mid 2017, learning the ropes along the way. Our first range "Love Song" was launched in October 2018.

What does your brand consist of?

Our swimwear embodies the slow fashion ethos in the swimwear landscape, focusing on using Vita lycra- a high-quality Italian lycra made from recycled post-consumer plastics, making this beautiful swimwear not only environmentally conscious but more durable and longer lasting to ensure that you can wear your favourite pieces for many summers to come. Our styles and prints are vintage inspired and include one pieces, mix and match bikini sets and surf suits.

We also have capsule collections of resort wear, including 70's style jumpsuits and slip dresses on their way.

Where is the label designed and made?

Our clothing and swimwear is designed by us, in Byron Bay. We have also designed our own prints too.

Our manufacturing is done in Bali.

What inspires you?

Our daily life in Byron is a constant source of inspiration. We are surrounded by incredibly talented and creative friends who help drive our startup business and inspire us to chase our creative passion. They have shown us that running a successful business and juggling a family life can be done with style and grace.

Our love for everything summer, surfing and our environment are our main source of inspiration.

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

We hope to be running a successful swim and resort wear label, scouring the world for exotic tropical locations to shoot (& surf) and seeing women around the world in our swimmers.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Our biggest challenge has been learning the production process and time-frames, however we have a great team and loads of support, so this will get easier.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The best thing about owning our own business has been working together as friends and creating a product that we both love and are passionate about. Work has never felt like a chore, as we are doing something we both love.

The other perk would be our never ending bikini supply!

Find Halcyon Daze at TVM this Sunday 4 November and check them out online here.

@halcyondaze_byronbay

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Stall Profile :: Zero Waste Earth Sisters

Meet sisters, earth warriors and founders of Zero Waste Earth Sisters, Zoe and Jasmine. What made your pursue your creative passion? We found it was difficult to find affordable products…

Meet sisters, earth warriors and founders of Zero Waste Earth Sisters, Zoe and Jasmine.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

We found it was difficult to find affordable products that were supplied by a company who held the same values as us. Earth Sisters was ignited through a combination of Zoe's entrepreneurial attitude and Jasmine's immense passion and drive.

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

We started designing, planning and creating about 6 months ago! On the 15th September we launched our website and on the 16th of September we held our very own stall at TVM! We couldn't be more honoured.

What does your brand consist of?

We sell zero waste products that promote the methods of reducing, reusing and recycling! Think beeswax wraps, reusable material snack bags, produce/bread bags, bamboo cutlery and much more. We are more than our products page, we are a community hoping to provide people with the power, knowledge and tools to make sustainable choices and reduce their waste.

Where is the label designed and made?

Our products are sourced locally and internationally. We love that all of our products have a story. For example our bags are made in a small country town, near where we grew up, by people with disabilities. By using this small business we are providing disabled people with a fair paying job and safe working conditions.

What inspires you?

Our enormous passion for the environment! I truely believe the quote "be the change you want to see in the world".

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

Our plans are to spread our message far and wide! We hope to inspire people to make small changes that make will add up to make huge differences. We would love to travel and teach courses, speak on behalf of the earth and create a #newnormal!

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

A lot of things to be honest! We are just two small town gals that had an idea and went all in! We didn't have any experience in business, web design, marketing etc., however that didn't matter to us. We are both extremely hard workers and we took something our Dad used to say into our stride, there is no such things as challenges, just new approaches.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Being able to work on my laptop while soaking up some vitamin D!

Connect with Zero Waste Earth Sisters, here and find them at TVM this Sunday 21 October 2018.

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Stall Profile :: Bowl de Coco

We’re all a little crazy for the coco! So we were excited when Cat Wyman swung us an application to join the TVM lineup with her brand Bowl de Coco….

We're all a little crazy for the coco! So we were excited when Cat Wyman swung us an application to join the TVM lineup with her brand Bowl de Coco. We chatted to Cat about her journey from hairstylist to the stars (hello Kate Moss!) in the big smoke of London-town, to coconut bowl entrepreneur on the sunny shores of the Gold Coast.

Tell us about your background, what field did you work in prior to starting your business?

I was a hairstylist living a busy life in London travelling every week doing hair for people such as Kate Moss and doing Campaigns for brands such as Calvin Klein. It was a crazy busy life.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I didn't want to do school anymore so at age 15 I had the choice of an apprenticeship or staying in school so I chose an apprenticeship in hairdressing.

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

I decided I didn't want a crazy busy London life anymore last September, so at the end of December I moved back to Australia and set up the business at the beginning of the year. I didn't anticipate it doing well, it was more of a project I suppose... and it ended up being a hit.

What does your brand consist of?

My brand is currently just Coconut Bowls however we are currently in the process of expanding to be more of an 'Eco-Friendly store' Soon you will be able to get spoons and also even more Eco-friendly bits that everyone should have in their Eco-friendly kitchen.

Where is the label designed and made?

I work closely with a beautiful woman named Mai and we work together picking what the store should have and engraving my logo onto each piece, she is based in Thailand and I am here in Brisbane.

What inspires you?

The beauty of the world inspires me to try and influence others to keep the earth and oceans as plastic free as possible.

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

The sky is the limit with the brand, I hope we evolve into being a really big Eco-Friendly store and supply to all the cafes and retail stores around the world. We have just launched world wide shipping and already we are flooded with orders so I think there is no limit to where this business will end up.. I am just hoping to make a change and influence people to be more waste conscious and have more Eco-friendly and sustainable items in their lives.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

The biggest challenge is trying to create change in the communities, to try and stop cafes using plastic bowls and have coconut bowls instead, however most people are becoming more aware of the waste we create and are wanting to make a change.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

I can work anywhere...I get to go to the beach almost when ever I want. That was a huge highlight of the summer after living 4 years in London all I wanted to do was be at the beach.

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

'Whether you think you can or you think you cant you're right' - Henry Ford

Find Cat and Bowl de Coco at TVM on Sunday 3 June and connect online via Instagram and the online store.

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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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Stall Profile :: Born Bair Swimwear

“I wanted to create a swimwear brand that supports the real images of women along with an added self reminder to love yourself and be you”. Read on to find…

"I wanted to create a swimwear brand that supports the real images of women along with an added self reminder to love yourself and be you". Read on to find out more about founder of Born Bair Swimwear, Nicky Bell and find her and her gorgeous women's swimwear this Sunday 6th May at TVM.

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?

I studied a dual degree at UQ; Business Management and Event Management

What made your pursue your creative passion?

Currently being a blogger on Instagram I felt a need for more of a positive body image especially for younger women. Self-love and confidence really lacked and with the use of social media there can be a wrong impression left with who and what we are supposed to look like. A lot of women conform to unrealistic expectations and that why I wanted to create a swimwear brand that supports the real image of women along with the added self reminder to love yourself and be you.

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

I took the plunge last year in March and started planning my business model and line.

What does your brand consist of?

My brand at the moment consists of a small collection of simple designs that accentuate the real you. All of my swimwear fit very comfortably and are made of fabrics that are soft and wearable.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed here in Brisbane and is made overseas.

What inspires you?

I am inspired everyday by my friends and family – but most of all, my partner who lost his mother recently from MND. His passion and courage to finish an Ironman to raise money for MND encouraged to think that anything is possible if you have the passion and determination.

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

Currently, I am in the process of having my second collection made and will be launching it at the end of August/early September. I would love to be a regular TVM stall holder and even possibly look to try and get the brand into some local stores.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

The biggest challenges we’re actually doing rather than saying. I took inspiration from friends and family and also did a lot of market research to understand the current market. Finally seeing all of your hard work come together during the photoshoot was very rewarding for me – I love hearing and seeing women feel confident and comfortable in their swimwear. This gives me the most joy.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

I would have to say that it doesn’t feel like hard work when its for yourself. I could work 7 days a week morning and night and not complain for a second. It would be my dream to do this full time as this is where my passion lies.

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

Just do it – you are only going to gain more knowledge and confidence by starting something you didn’t think was possible. If I had a dollar for every business idea that I said I would do, I would be rich! If you have the passion and drive you can make it happen.

Connect with Born Bair Swimwear:

Website
Instagram

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Stall Profile :: F O R A G E D Byron Bay

Fresh new talent to grace TVM this Sunday is Nicole Jenner, with her beautiful eco and ethical homewares label F O R A G E D Byron Bay. “I have…

Fresh new talent to grace TVM this Sunday is Nicole Jenner, with her beautiful eco and ethical homewares label F O R A G E D Byron Bay.

"I have a varied background, after completing a Bachelor in International and Community Development I spent 10 years working in the Foreign Aid industry. I travelled the world, visiting disadvantaged communities, learning their culture and witnessing first hand their beautiful wares and their simple way of life."

What made your pursue your creative passion?           

I have always been interested in design and interiors, but travel gave me a real passion for supporting small producers and ethical products.  I then studied Interior Design at CATC whilst still working, in a hope to learn more about the homewares industry not really having any plans to pursue it, it was more just out of a genuine passion to be a more ethical consumer.

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

Just under two years ago, we made the big move from Sydney to the Byron Hinterland. After coming up on a short holiday we made an impulsive decision to move and only 8 weeks later we had purchased a small block of land. It is only 7 acres but still a HUGE change from our tiny 2 bedroom inner city apartment in Sydney. It was a big learning curve, but we have loved every minute of working the land and cultivating a garden and building a new slower way of life. Over time, and a lot of googling we have managed to plant out a growing herb garden and made efforts to live more simply and sustainable, including making a lot of our own household products.

What does your brand consist of?

Our label is based on my passion of Eco and Ethical homewares and consists of a full range of small batch, 100% natural and vegan cleaning products and an eco-linen range.

The F O R A G E D cleaning range includes kitchen, laundry and floor cleaning options. We are passionate about producing a high quality, low impact product and therefore use only the highest-grade essential oils and include home grown produce where-ever we can. All Foraged products come packaged in 100% recyclable materials, from the glass bottle to the waterproof label. We would also like to encourage the minimal use of plastics in our products so all our products are sold with a recyclable aluminium cap allowing you to  reuse your last plastic spray trigger or lotion dispenser should you wish.

We also stock a beautiful eco linen range made from 100% Belgian flax linen in a range of beautiful dusky pastel tones. This beautiful range of linen was awarded the 2015 GALA Gift & Life Instyle ‘ECO’ Award. A stonewashed linen, made in Belgium under the Masters of Linen Certification, which is a guarantee that the European flax is grown and processed in accord with strict environmental and labour standards.

Where is the label designed and made?

All our products are designed and handmade in Australia using ethically produced, low impact ingredients.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by people mostly, strong people carving out their own path through hardwork and being true to themselves. I love to travel and see how small communities work together to build beautiful things from skills passed down and simple materials. I want to use this thinking to give more options for people to still live beautifully but also tread lightly.

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

What began as a small roadside market a mere 10months ago is now being stocked in 8 beautiful outlets and showcased in the homes of some of the beautiful, stylish people that have inspired me throughout the years. I am already so grateful for what I have been lucky enough to achieve. Going forward I would like to expand the brand, the more I learn about the daily items we use the more opportunities I see to find better ways of doing things whilst still being luxurious and beautiful. I am always hunting for beautiful things, fabric, patterns, process etc.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Having your own brand and business takes a lot of work and starting out means you have to put yourself out there which can be daunting. But I have found if you love what you are doing and are passionate about it you will find a community of people who love it too!

What is the best thing about having your own business?

So many things! Having a little one the flexibility is amazing! I probably work more hours a day than I would with a full time job but I have the flexibility to still get a lot of time with him, which is very important to me. It is also so rewarding! It’s true, when you buy from a small business someone does a happy dance!

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

There is so much push and pull out there it can be easy to lose your way. Find your individuality, what it is you love, your image, write it down and stick with it. There will be trends they come and go and whilst it’s important to grow and develop, don’t lose what makes your brand yours!

Connect with F O R A G E D Byron Bay, 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.

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Stall Profile: NIKKE HORRIGAN

We’ve personally been there before…..When life throws a curveball at you and your nine to five falls comes to an unexpected end, you turn the negative into a positive and…

We've personally been there before.....When life throws a curveball at you and your nine to five falls comes to an unexpected end, you turn the negative into a positive and create your own path. It's the push you need to follow your passion and create a job you love.

That was the case for boilermaker turned coal miner turned entrepreneur and designer Nik Horrigan who joins TVM for the first time this Sunday with his label, NIKKE HORRIGAN.

We were inspired by Nik's story and thought he was the perfect fit for our recently launched TVM Startup Stall. We chatted to Nik about how he got the kick start he needed to launch his business.

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I grew up in a small suburb in Ipswich called Brassall. I did a bit of everything, my dad pushed me to become an apprentice boiler maker and plumber. But I wanted to see the world so joined the navy to become an aircraft tech but I hated being told what to do - so that didn't go down well! Then I found myself working as an underground coal miner.

What made your pursue your creative passion?
I felt that I was different, a bit of an outsider growing up. I always wanted to live my life with a certain sense of identity and live in a way that allowed me to be happy. I always had good fashion sense growing up close with my mother. But it was after I was unfairly dismissed from my job when I was working at an underground mine, everything changed. I promised myself that I wouldn't let myself be treated like that again. And I started focusing on what I love.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
I've been chipping away at if for a few years on and off while I was working. But it wasn't till last year when I lot of personal things happened to me that I knew I had to make the change. So I quit my job and travelled Europe to reboot. And I told myself, "If can get through it all, I can do anything". I had seen the light at the end of the tunnel, and I realized I have what it takes, so I launched the label at the end of last year.

What does your brand consist of?
At the moment it's tee's, shirts, jeans, shorts and headwear. But I'd like to get into eyewear, underwear and fragrance in the future.

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Where is the label designed and made?
Crazy story, I tried make my clothes in Australia but none wanted to work with me because I was a no-body. I decided to take the leap of faith and buy a ticket to China and bang on every factory door until someone would help me. So long story short, I got lucky and found an Australian factory based in China, and the strangest thing was that the owner and I went to the same school in Ipswich!

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What inspires you?
That life is what you make it.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
I'd like to see the label become a lifestyle brand and compete with the major high end brands like Saint Laurent, Balmain and Alexander Wang. I hope to travel the world and live in different places and meet people from all walks of life.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
Patience and investing money and time into yourself. It's hard not to compare yourself with people around you because when you choose a non-traditional path in life there's not a lot of people around you.

What is the best thing about having your own business?
It's very fulfilling.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?
Think twice before you sign something.

CONNECT WITH NIKKE HORRIGAN:

Find Nik Horrigan at TVM this Sunday 18 September +

Website:  nikkehorrigan.com
Instagram: @nikkehorrigan
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Stall Profile: Kiss Create

Recreate. Revive. Reclaim. Meet Amanda Kitchen, of Kiss Create, a long time TVM stall peddling painted and up-cycled vintage furniture and homewares. Tell us about how and when your label was…

Recreate. Revive. Reclaim.

Meet Amanda Kitchen, of Kiss Create, a long time TVM stall peddling painted and up-cycled vintage furniture and homewares.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

I have created and worked with design for the last 16 years working for myself. My first business dizzi dezine was online designer wedding stationery. I needed a new creative outlet and sold dizzi and started Kiss Create. I had been painting furniture for my own home and family from my early 20’s and had always had a passion for colours and styling. I have also had an obsession with vintage since I was a young girl. I am a keen collector and don’t like to throw away things that can be re-used. So with my loves of vintage, painting and recycling I came up with Kiss Create.

What pieces are included within your range?

My range is forever changing depending on my finds. Each piece is unique. I do always have my old windows that I have upcycled into photo frames as well as a dresser each market, which is a favorite of mine to do. Every woman and girl needs a Kiss Create dresser. My door tables with 50’s legs and chairs are also proving popular.

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What is your creative background?

I have always loved photography and anything creative. I created an online DIY stationery mega store for brides as well as designing a new range of wedding stationery each year. I worked with Cosmo bride and other bridal magazines as well as won awards while in the wedding business.

Where is the label designed and made?

I work from home surrounded by a rainforest with lots of space and nature. When I find a piece of furniture I normally have a vision of how I would like it to be after the makeover.

Sometimes I turn off that path and it ends up being something totally different. I love being able to work in my own creative space away from the hustle and bustle.

What inspires you?

Ohhh so much. The internet is an amazing tool as well as home magazines. I am always looking at old buildings and colours as well as my travels through Europe & Africa. I love mixing new colours and playing around with different techniques. I am forever learning.

Latest collection consists of?

I have an amazing Barn Door Table with benches made from another door as well as a large sized coffee table made from a bed base with 4 drawers and the top being old tounge and groove. I love these one off unique pieces.

Of course there will be retro and mid-century pieces as well as kids & nursery furniture.

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What's on your mood board?

Colours, painting techniques, samples of collected vintage wallpapers, Styling tips, & photos.

What’s your creative space like?

I am lucky to have a few spaces to work in. I have my outdoor studio which is in a beautiful rainforest filled with birds and wallabies. I also have a few verandas to work on if the weather is not too good as well as my workshop and storage area which is where I have all my wonderful paint, tools and stock. There is my photography studio where I take all the pictures of my makeovers as well as my office .

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I have JJJ playing in my workshop all the time. At the moment I am loving Dan Sultan, first Aid Kit, Angus & Julia Stone and some oldies Rodriguiz, Xavier Rudd & Ben Harper.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Visiting my salvage yards, Auctions, Op shops and Collectors I buy from to pick up stock.

Cleaning, sanding, painting & distressing furniture as well as accessories. Styling and photographing the refreshed pieces. Working on my blog/website and uploading daily photos on Facebook and Instagram. Quoting and getting in touch with my lovely customers that have requested me to paint their furniture. I also try and fit in custom paint jobs where I go to my customers house to paint their furniture.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

So many, all of them. I Love Crystal Creek Flowers as each market day I buy flowers for different vases or bottles I am using for styling on the day. All the vintage stalls of course are fave’s. Love the coffee and juice guys and the music is always amazing. I am also loving the fashion for both me and my 4 daughters.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Real Living magazine. A couple of blogs I have been following at the moment is Vintage Revivals & Coco & Kelley

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

I am a vintage label lover so whatever label I can find is my favorite. I love the Village Market rack sales.

What are your plans for the remainder of 2014 and beyond?

I now have an amazing collector that I am working with who finds me the most amazing retro & mid century pieces.

I am forever playing around with new techniques and colours. I will be releasing some more pieces using wallpaper as well as some metallic colours.
There will also be some amazing upcycled furniture using quality pieces and fine workmanship. Exciting times.

Why TVM?
It’s the best market of course. I love that it is a boutique market and so many amazing stalls. It’s wonderful to be working with other creative people and there is so much well chosen talent.

TVM are so professional and amazing with marketing and design.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

The vibe and music is always good. Lots of lovely people both stall holders and customers. I love that I can share my passion with others. x

Connect with Kiss Create:
Find Kiss Create at the next TVM, Sunday 16th November 2014 at Burleigh Heads State School 8:30am - 1pm
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Stall Profile: Paradise Pantry

This one is for the tastebuds! This weekend at TVM Paradise Point, we welcome new food stall Paradise Pantry. A divine selection of fresh, healthy ready to eat products, made locally…

This one is for the tastebuds! This weekend at TVM Paradise Point, we welcome new food stall Paradise Pantry. A divine selection of fresh, healthy ready to eat products, made locally by Holly Shelley.

With a menu including rice paper rolls with optional satay dipping sauce, choc walnut biscuits with peanut butter cream and strawberries/banana, paleo pumpkin bread with avocado slices, sweet potato brownies (vegan), it's safe to say we're pretty excited! And for all those Paradise Point pooches, there's even banana peanut butter dog biscuits on the menu!

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Tell us about how and when your business was created?

I created my blog Paradise Pantry a couple of months after moved to Paradise Point in May last year. I am incredibly passionate about healthy food and wanted to share some of my ideas, and so a food blog was born. I was struggling to come up with a name but then my boyfriend (genius) came up with Paradise Pantry, I loved it. It’s a great way to share my recipes, get inspired by other food blogs and communicate with my friends and family interstate and overseas.

What products are on the menu?

All healthy items, I want to give people options if they are vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten free etc. Or if they are just looking to live a healthy lifestyle.

There will be ricepaper rolls, all filled with fresh veggies and rice noodles and a choice of turmeric tofu, soy marinated mushrooms and chilli, sesame pumpkin. Also optional dipping sauce will be available, sweet chilli or homemade satay.

Sweet potato brownies (vegan), no bake lemon tarts topped with blueberry chia jam (gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free), choc, acai and coconut bliss balls or choc walnut biscuits topped with peanut butter cream and fresh berries or banana, paleo pumpkin bread with avocado slices (paleo, gluten free), seed crackers with hummus topped with roasted chickpeas and last but not least peanut butter, banana and parsley dog biscuits, we can’t forget to treat our best friends!

I use organic ingredients where possible. Free range eggs and most of my items are from a local health food store. Please ask if you want to know specifics.

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What is your background?

Healthy food lover since I was born, I grew up in the bush with a massive veggie garden and health conscious parents. I became more and more interested in what food could do for my body in high school. My health journey continued as I discovered ideas and recipes when I was living in Canada and had to cook all my own meals. Now I’m currently studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University here on the Gold Coast.

Where are you based?

In my small yet beautiful kitchen in Paradise Point, QLD.

What inspires you?

I can spend hours looking at food blogs, scrolling through instagram, reading nutrition articles, hearing about new food items and flavours just waiting to be made. I love hearing people discover how healthy things taste amazing and then start their own health journey. I hope to encourage more people to make healthier choices, because what we eat is such a big contributor to our overall health. 

What's on your inspiration board?

My to make list. Little facts about what certain foods are good for. Photos of my boyfriend, nature and our dog Blaze.

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What’s your creative space like?

Clean, everything has its spot. I try and make it fun and pretty though with pops of colour and quirky little finds. I love having photos that remind me of fun times, they always make me smile.

What music do you listen to while in the kitchen?

Coldplay, Pierre Lapointe, Chet Faker, Asegir, Triple J.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Having something delicious and nutritious for breakfast before heading off to uni. I love options that are quick during the week. Banana granola, smoothies, chia puddings and breakfast muffins would be a typical brekky. Pancakes and eggs on weekends. Then there is a day of going to lectures and labs, my lunch will usually consists of a salad I’ve made the night before. If I’m at home I’ll get a bit more creative and make veggie sushi or miso salmon. I’ll make my boyfriends lunch in the afternoon and have a smoothie or kombucha. Dinner is usually packed with veggies, such as baked sweet potatoes, raw pad thai or cauliflower crust pizza. A peppermint tea and loving chocolate / pana chocolate are my favourite dessert options.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

I love Hatha yoga, and Galerie Wa. Wish I had more cupboards to store both things in! I’m obsessed!

Favourite reads/blogs?

Green Kitchen Stories, My New Roots, Sprouted Kitchen, Teresa Cutter, Nutrition Stripped, This Rawesome Vegan Life.

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

I love my Lululemon and Hatha gear, so comfortable yet stylish. Country Road is a dangerous shop for me to walk into, I love their clothes as well as their homewares. Oh and exciting news, a beautiful fashion boutique called Hidden has just opened in Paradise Point. I bought clothes from there that I’m sure I will be wearing on market day. Definitely an apron, as I don’t want to get anything dirty!

What can we expect for the remainder of 2014 and beyond?

I’m always trying new recipes and would like to change the Paradise Pantry food options with the seasons and customer preferences.

Why TVM?

Because it’s the best market I’ve ever been to, full stop. The quality of each stall is amazing, and it has such a great vibe. You can feel the passion in the air from the market stall holders and the excitement of customers findings all these cool things. Sounds cliché, but its true. I noticed there was a gap in the market for healthy food options and I wanted to fill it. Paradise Pantry in Paradise Point? Yes please.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

Well I haven’t been as a stall holder yet but I’m sure it’ll be fun, I’m quite nervous as I want everything to be perfect. It really excites me to think people (will hopefully) buy my food! All I can say from a customers perspective I couldn’t wait until the last Sunday of the month, every time I’ve gone I’ve found something I love.

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