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Profile :: Tracey Moakes Photography

We had the pleasure of hosting local photographer Tracey Moakes at TVM recently with her Christmas photobooth, where she was able to capture her signature natural candid shots of our…

We had the pleasure of hosting local photographer Tracey Moakes at TVM recently with her Christmas photobooth, where she was able to capture her signature natural candid shots of our community and their loved ones.

Tracey kindly returned in January to snap a typical TVM morning and we have shared some of her images below - we love them! Here we chat to Tracey to learn more about how she turned her hobby into a business and what we can expect from her in the future. Grab a cuppa and enjoy the read.

I grew up loving art and have always enjoyed creating, often crafting cards or wall hangings, or playing with a bit of paint. I studied black and white film photography during high school and totally loved it. After high school I studied graphic design where I started to learn my way around Photoshop.

Tell us about your journey into photography?

I bought my first DSLR camera when I was pregnant with my first child. A friend had shown me theirs and I was keen to learn more. After my son was born I had plenty to photograph.

Seeing how quick my own kids were growing, I knew it was important to capture every little moment I could. I wanted to do the same for other families.

When did you decide to create a business out of your creative passion?

It kind of happened accidentally, I started taking photos for friends, and friends of friends, mainly of babies and families. I decided to turn it into a business and I have never looked back. I've learnt so much along the way and I'm pretty proud of how far my work has come.

What style of photography do you focus on?

I currently shoot mostly newborns, maternity, and families. I want to document your life. I aim to capture real moments. I want real smiles and real interactions between you and your family. Capturing your everyday moments that one day you will look back on and go, "Oh remember when (your child) used to do that!" and you will wonder how you had ever forgot.

What inspires you?

Definitely my kids, watching the funny little things they do has me running for my camera every time. And beautiful light. A beautiful sun flare coming through a tree will always make me grab whatever camera is nearby, I've been known to use friend's phones if I don't have my own handy. I'll usually come back to that spot again with my kids and my DSLR.

What are your plans for your business in 2019 and beyond?

I would love to grow my business bigger, shoot some more weddings and possibly branch out into other types of photography. One day I hope to own a studio and also have printing capabilities to be able to offer prints to clients too. But I really just want to continue my documentary approach to family photography and help capture those precious memories for families.

What were the biggest challenges when starting your own business?

Learning about running a business and learning to respect it. Learning to say no to free shoots. Letting go of what a perfect photo should look like (many of my favourite shots have imperfections that I now love).

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Freedom! I book in sessions for when suits me and my family, and I can still be there to watch my kids get an award at school etc. Also creative freedom.

Connect with Tracey Moakes Photography, here.

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Your Summer Sunday is Sorted

It’s our favourite day of the week and we’re lining Burleigh with the most beautiful selection of stalls, plus it’s the first Sunday of the month so come early and…

It's our favourite day of the week and we're lining Burleigh with the most beautiful selection of stalls, plus it's the first Sunday of the month so come early and raid the Rack Sale + there's live tunes from this touring act! Yas!

Sunday 3 February 2019 8.30AM-1PM at Burleigh Heads State School

Image by Tracey Moakes Photography

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TVM Preview :: Sunday 3 Feb ’19

TVM is happening this weekend and it’s set to be a sweet Sunday indeed! With boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes by three incredible touring artists and our monthly…

TVM is happening this weekend and it's set to be a sweet Sunday indeed! With boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes by three incredible touring artists and our monthly pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales (it could just be our best ever lineup!) - you wont want to miss it. Spend your Sunday at TVM and soak in the good vibes!

Food stalls by Hungarian Food, Jardin Juice Co, Lalah Bali & Jamu Jawa, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Little Wahaca, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey Magic (dumplings), Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Weiner Haus and more.

Stalls include A Happy Home, Alan Wehipeihana Art, Alegna Woodfire Pizza, Attic Collective, Au Fait, Born The Label, Coastal Coral, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellry, Dust, Figbowl, Fritz&Lola, Haize the label, Halo & Horns Company, Hemp & Nettle, Huckleberry Flowers, Jbk, Lakiki, Lewd., Little Leas, LOCA SPORTSWEAR, Lokoa, Lotus and Luxe jewellery, Louv, Manning Made, Min Ceramics, NIGHT TIGER, Olas Supply Co., Rustic Peppermint, santography by Danny Santangelo, Soulti Surf, the Bondi Alchemist, The Lobster Shanty, The Woven Store, Two Tykes, VASH + MOOI, zeffa and fosse, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

Tunes by Katie Miller and JimmyBay and Adam Scriven under the trees.

TVM | Sunday 3 February 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets


Image by Tracey Moakes Photography

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Touring Artists set to play Tunes at TVM this Sunday

We’re super excited to have some incredible touring artists join us for live tunes at TVM this Sunday 3 February at Burleigh Heads. Come and join us from 8:30am -…

We're super excited to have some incredible touring artists join us for live tunes at TVM this Sunday 3 February at Burleigh Heads. Come and join us from 8:30am - 1pm to shop, eat and soak in those good vibes and great sounds.

Emerging Adelaide musicians Katie Miller and JimmyBay have been on the road this month for their combined Eastern Australian Coastal Tour. Both artists have a strong following and support in Adelaide, touching many with their original and raw story telling, song writing and melodies.

UK born, Darwin based artist Adam Scriven will also join us this Sunday.

Tell your friends via our Facebook event, here and be sure to tag your photos this Sunday so we can see them @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets.

TVM Sunday 3 February 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

JimmyBay
Blues-folk vagabond JimmyBay has been travelling Australia for the past four years in a beat-up Kombi. In that time this multi-instrumentalist, originally hailing from outback South Australia, has captured audiences far and wide with his honest storytelling style and mesmerizing live performances. His offbeat character and intuitive songwriting provide a breath of fresh air and realness.

Katie Miller
'Raised in the tropical North of Australia, Adelaide born Katie Miller has found her way back home the long way around via the UK, Canada, USA, Africa, Europe and many places in between. Her wisdom and wordly experiences, human connections and life's journey full of roller-coaster lessons have all influenced in her singing and songwriting. With a wide range of musical influences, Katie's deliverance is an original and very unqiue blend of hauntingly sweet notes to a contrast of deep, earthy folk tones, raspy roots and a heavy warm soul.
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Adam Scriven
'Adam Scriven is one talented man; a singer-songwriter guitarist weaving together harmonicas, percussion and yidaki(didgeridoo) in a one-man band style performance. Born in England and based in Darwin, Adam has been amazing audiences throughout Europe and Australia with his passionate and emotive delivery of his songs.

With a long list of shows under his belt including Glastonbury and Shambala Festival in England, Woodford and the National Folk Festival in Australia, a regular at Darwin's iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and the Ghan train station and a finalist in the 2017 NT song of the year awards. Adam's talents are a must see at any venue, market, street, or festival.'

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Sunny Sundays at TVM

Come hang at TVM today and enjoy a sunny Sunday shopping the best in boutique market stalls. You won’t leave hungry with our line up of street eats and there’s…

Come hang at TVM today and enjoy a sunny Sunday shopping the best in boutique market stalls. You won't leave hungry with our line up of street eats and there's live tunes from 8.30AM.

See you at Burleigh Heads State School today 8.30AM-1PM

 

 

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Stall Profile :: Loca Sportswear

Former ironwoman-turned-swimwear graphic designer, Amy Nurthen and her younger sister Karlee, a professional Ironwomen and videographer created their label Loca Sportswear one year ago because they believed there was a…

Former ironwoman-turned-swimwear graphic designer, Amy Nurthen and her younger sister Karlee, a professional Ironwomen and videographer created their label Loca Sportswear one year ago because they believed there was a gap in the sportwear market for fashion forward, active, fast-paced women who love street style. They wanted to let their ideas run wild and create something from the beginning. From designing styles to photography to branding and everything in between.

Talk us through the process you went through to create your business?

One year ago we decided it was time to start putting time aside to work on our dream. We had hundreds of sketches of different styles, t-shirt and textile prints across all our books. We bought the domain and business name and the past year has been the most challenging, rewarding and interesting year of our lives.

What does your brand consist of?

Loca is a movement empowering women to Be Rare. We have created bold, unique styles to allow women to make it their own. Style it, accessorise it, own it and be proud. Our first campaign consist of sports bras, shorts, tights, bags, sunglasses, hats & tees.

Where is the label designed and made?

Loca Sportswear is designed, tested and manufactured on the Gold Coast. Representing small Australian businesses and working close to our maker chain is a positive and unique aspect of our brand. From pattern making, fabric cutting, embroidery, screen print and sewing. We use regenerated fabric across all our crops & tights. By collecting discarded fishing nets from our oceans, we can make an essential contribution to the marine ecosystem helping reduce damage to the environment. Turning trash into treasure.

What inspires you?

When women connect to our brand and our message. Seeing women put on our styles for the first time and their eyes lighting up.

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

Our plan is to have a summer and winter range each year, full of new styles, colours and looks. To create exclusivity to particular retail stores who would benefit from Loca. To have women connecting with our message and empowering others to be proud of who they are.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Having our stock completed in time for the launch was a challenge, we work with small businesses and our work load was quite big for our manufacturing team.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Being able to be creative, run with ideas, there is no barriers, its really unknown.

Connect with Loca Sportswear online, here.

 

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TVM Preview :: Sunday 20 January ’19

It’s almost the weekend and time for TVM, come and join us for all the Sunday good vibes! Find us at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am – 1pm with…

It's almost the weekend and time for TVM, come and join us for all the Sunday good vibes!

Find us at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am - 1pm with boutique market stalls, street eats and live tunes.

Here's a sneak peak at the lineup:

Eats by Alegna Woodfire Pizza, Hungarian, Jardin Juice Co, Kokonut Kid, Lalah Bali, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Monkey Magic, Mr Whippy Vans Australia, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Weiner Haus, Matsu Shaved Ice and more.

S w e e t  Child of Mine, Attic collective, Au Fait, Bali Batik at Home, Bam Loves Boo, Bonnie and Dyed, Coastal Coral, Collect and Conquer, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Earth + Sage   Stass + Co, Figbowl, Forgotten Modern, Frocktail Party, Gnash Swim, Haize the label, Halo & Horns, handmade dreaming co, HAUS, Hello Lola, Herb Homes, Jbk,, KESA + KONC, Lakiki, Leather Me Baby, Lewd, LI'L DAKS, Limbo, Little Leas, LOCA SPORTSWEAR, Lotus and Luxe, Louv, Love St, Lowanna Collection, manning made, Mermaid Collective, NIGHT TIGER, Ocean Luxe, Olas Supply Co, Omaira - The Label, Rustic Peppermint, Salty Fox, Shawnee Made & Found, Sleep-in Society, Sunday Dreaming, The Freedom State, The Lobster Shanty, the pod.me, Two In The Sun, Two Tykes, Urban Bambino, VASH + MOOI, WILD HEART, Wilde Willow, Zeffa and Fosse, zella swim, Zoozap Eyewear, Seamone, Tahlee and Bench, Lewd, Olas Supply Co, Huckleberry Flowers, Drfit Trading Co and more.

TVM | Sunday 20 January 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets

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Tunes at TVM :: Sunday 20 January ’19

Live tunes at TVM this Sunday are going to be super sweet thanks to two local lads. Come and hang with us at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am -…

Live tunes at TVM this Sunday are going to be super sweet thanks to two local lads. Come and hang with us at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am - 1pm and enjoy boutique market stalls, street eats, live tunes and epic Sunday vibes. See you there!

The lineup:
8:30am - Jackson James Smith
11am - Nick Cunningham

TVM | Sunday 20 January 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets

Jackson James Smith


Nick Cunningham

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Our Stones Corner Debut!

We wrapped up 2018 with our first ever Brisbane event – and it was a beauty! We lined the main street of Stones Corner with boutique market stalls, street food…

We wrapped up 2018 with our first ever Brisbane event - and it was a beauty! We lined the main street of Stones Corner with boutique market stalls, street food vendors and epic live tunes. The Craft Parlour joined us for a kids creative workshop and there was street entertainment thanks to The Circular Witch. Locals embraced us, visitors flocked and cafes were heaving with friendly folk all keen to see what the fuss was all about. You came, you shopped and we had a blast!

We will be trading at Stones Corner on a quarterly basis with our next event on Sunday 31 March and we can't wait.

We're also hoping to partner with like-minded businesses in the area for TVM Stones Corner, so if you're interested we would love to hear from you.

     

 

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Stall Profile :: Elke The Label

This Sunday at TVM there’s a brand new kids label in town – meet Tegan Bryers, founder of Elke The Label. My background is in Child Care. I’m a lead…

This Sunday at TVM there's a brand new kids label in town - meet Tegan Bryers, founder of Elke The Label.

My background is in Child Care. I'm a lead educator in a local child care centre and have worked there for the last 13 years. While I was at University I worked in retail and my mum has always worked in retail. I have always been around clothes and the latest fashion thanks to mum.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I have always loved clothing, but it wasn't until I had my eldest daughter that I realised how much I actually loved children's (in particular girls) clothing. There's just so much gorgeous stuff out there for girls, so I wanted to try and make my own children's clothing range.

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

Elke the Label started off as Harper's Place 6 years ago, but I just could never really get my ideas together and make it work as a label. This year I had a complete change of idea and business name, and this time it has finally worked and I have something to show for it.

What does your brand consist of?

At the moment we have created our very first range of tween girl's clothing- its a summer range consisting of dresses, skirts, tops and shorts. We are currently working on our Autumn/ Winter Range and have so many ideas for our next Summer range. I would love to one day include shoes and accessories.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed here in Australia and is manufactured in Bali. I have worked really hard to try and find a factory that has ethical and sustainable practices in place, as I want to try to ensure my brand is as kind to the people who make it as it is to the people who wear it. And I want it to be kind to the planet as well.

What inspires you?

My daughter is the true inspiration behind Elke the Label. She has never fitted into any 'box' and is often described as unique, eccentric and different. But she just beats to her own drum and I love her for that. When she turned 6 she really wanted to start having a say in what she wore, but couldn't find anything she liked- she was never a fan of any of the traditional 'girl' clothing- pink, purple, frills, flowers, etc,. Even as a toddler she refused to wear it. So after talking to her about what she wanted to wear, we worked together to create Elke the Label- this is as much her brand as it is mine. She had a say in every item, every colour and every print we have created.

What are your plans for Elke The Label in 2019 and beyond?

I would love to see Elke the Label stocked in our local shops- I spent so much of my youth working in and shopping at the Gold Coast shopping centres that it would be a pinch me moment to see something I created hanging in a shop window. For now I'm just happy for Elke to do well enough that I can continue to produce new ranges each season......and then one day conquer the tween clothing world.

What were your biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I had no idea what was involved- I honestly thought you just came up with some designs and then find someone to make them. But it's so much more complicated than that, especially in the start up phase. It's like a never ending list of things to organise, people to contact and bills to pay. I would liken it to building a house- time-frames and budgets go out the window pretty quickly.

What's the best thing about having your own business?

I absolutely love every aspect of it - even the parts that cause headaches. When my first box of samples arrived I nearly cried with excitement. To see and hold my products was just so amazing.

Connect with Elke The Label online, here and find Tegan at TVM this Sunday 6th January at Burleigh Heads.

Images by Jenna Agius Photography.

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Tunes at TVM :: Sunday 6 January 2019

Catch live tunes at TVM this Sunday 6th January, by three talented local artists: 8:30am – 10am: Hannah Campbell 10:15am – 11:15am: Loki Liddle 11:30am -1pm: Adam Harpaz TVM |…

Catch live tunes at TVM this Sunday 6th January, by three talented local artists:

8:30am - 10am: Hannah Campbell
10:15am - 11:15am: Loki Liddle
11:30am -1pm: Adam Harpaz

TVM | Sunday 6 January 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets

Hannah Campbell

Adam Harpaz (image by @chlo_sch0__)

Loki Liddle (image @backbone_bar).

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TVM :: This Sunday 6 January!

Happy New Year! We hope you’re feeling well rested and sporting a banging summer glow following an amazing few weeks with your most loved. We’re kicking off 2019 this Sunday…

Happy New Year! We hope you're feeling well rested and sporting a banging summer glow following an amazing few weeks with your most loved.

We're kicking off 2019 this Sunday 6th January at Burleigh Heads, with an epic lineup of boutique market stalls including local designers, artists, curators and collectors, live music and street food vendors, as well as our highly coveted pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales. Come and hang with us!

Stalls include Sweet Child of Mine, JBK Designs, Olas Supply Co, VASH, Wild Wood Ceramics, Annette Daley Designs, Lewd, Little Leas, Night Tiger, Zoozap Eyewear, Attic Collective, Baby Bird, Collect and Conquer, Desert Wanderer, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Dust, Elke the Label, Fritz and Lola, Huckleberry Flowers, Leonelle The Label, Life In The Tropics Collective, Limbo, Love St, Manning Made, My Qi Aromas, Nicotte, Olas Supply Co, Rustic Peppermint, Sahara Blue Co, Seamone, Swell and Solis, Tahlee and Bench, The Lobster Shanty, The Woven Store, Tusk Linen Co, Xander and Lou, Zeffa and Fosse, Lokoa.

Food stalls include Kokonut Kid, Lalah Bali, Matsu Shaved Ice, Monkey Magic, Raw Earth Organic,The Weiner Haus, Jardin Juice Co, Smoothjuice, Little Sprinkles Bakery.

Tunes by Hannah Campbell, Loki Liddle and Adam Harpaz.

TVM | Sunday 6 January 2019 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets

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Shop Small at TVM Stones Corner Today!

Today you’ll find us at our final TVM for the year and a first at our new Brisbane location, on Logan Road, Stones Corner. Shop a beautifully curated lineup of…

Today you'll find us at our final TVM for the year and a first at our new Brisbane location, on Logan Road, Stones Corner.

Shop a beautifully curated lineup of small creative businesses, enjoy street food and live music, plus the Logan Road is filled with eateries, boutiques and charming businesses to explore.

All this plus, live tunes by Jackson James Smith (10am - 11:30am) and Jerome Williams (12noon - 2pm).

And extra activities including:

10AM-2PM Sunday 23rd December 2018 at Logan Road, Stones Corner

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TVM Stones Corner Preview :: 23 December ’18

The final TVM for 2018 is here! Join us this Sunday 23 December for our first ever Brisbane event at Stones Corner. We’re lining the street with boutique market stalls,…

The final TVM for 2018 is here! Join us this Sunday 23 December for our first ever Brisbane event at Stones Corner. We're lining the street with boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes and creative workshops, plus the street is filled with eateries, boutiques and charming businesses to explore.

Stalls include Akazi, Alton Goods, Aneara, Attic Collective, bam Loves Boo, Bonita Havana, BRIWOK, Caz Creations, Chinkara, DEGOEY PLANET, DESERT WANDERER, Drift Trading Co, Dust, Earth and Sage, Eco Sister, Flea Fibre Art, Flow Yoga Wear, Frankly My Dear, Frocktail Party, Grotti Lotti, Halo and Horns, Hello Lola, I AM IMPERIAL, inBLACK the Label, Isola Swim, JbK designs, Kiki J Designs, Lava Living, Lewd, Life In The Tropics Collective, Little Leas, Lokoa, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, Manning Made, Melon & Goliath, Moni The Label, Nicotte, Night Tiger, NIKKE HORRIGAN, Olas Supply Co., One Fable, Prospere, Rustic Peppermint, SAHARA BLUE CO., Sayulitaswim, Seamone, Smith and Ink, Son + Moon, Soul Quartz, Stonehouse Music Supply, TFPR&Co., THE BLONDE REPUBLIC, the Bondi Alchemist, The Elements Co., The Lobster Shanty, The Pup Club, Tracey Moakes Photography, Tulasii, Two Brides Presents, VILLA GAIA, Wanderers Co, WILD HEART, Zeffa and Fosse, Zoozap Eyewear, Wild Willow and more.

Plus grab your street eats from Little Wahaca, The Wiener Haus and Iced Tea Co.

Live tunes by Jackson James Smith (10am - 11:30am) and Jerome Williams (12noon - 2pm).

Activities include:

Pickup a Good Vibes shirt or tote from the TVM Information tent and make sure you tag your pics so we can see them: @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets #TVMStonesCorner

TVM Stones Corner | Sunday 23 December 2018 | 10am - 2pm | Logan Road, Stones Corner

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See you Sunday Stones Corner!

TVM Stones Corner is happening this Sunday 23 December and as well as an incredible lineup of boutique market stalls, street eats and live tunes, we have some fun workshops…

TVM Stones Corner is happening this Sunday 23 December and as well as an incredible lineup of boutique market stalls, street eats and live tunes, we have some fun workshops and entertainment lined up for all ages.

TVM Stones Corner :: Sunday 23rd December :: 10am - 2pm :: Logan Road, Stones Corner

ACTIVITIES

LIVE TUNES

10am - 11:30am @jacksonjamessmith
12noon - 2pm @jeromewilliamsmusic

Come hang and shop small and local this Christmas!

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This is it! The BIGGEST TVM of the Year!

It’s your last chance to shop small and local at TVM Burleigh this year today (unless you’re planning on joining us at Stones Corner next Sunday 23rd December!). Browse the…

It's your last chance to shop small and local at TVM Burleigh this year today (unless you're planning on joining us at Stones Corner next Sunday 23rd December!).

Browse the biggest lineup of locally made and designed gifts on the Goldie, chill out with live tunes and fill that post-shopping belly with our street eats.

Sunday 16th December 2018 8.30AM-1PM at Burleigh Heads State School

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WIN with our friends Louv

To celebrate their stall at TVM this Sunday, our friends Louv are running a little giveaway where you can win yourself or a loved one a Louv bralette of your…

To celebrate their stall at TVM this Sunday, our friends Louv are running a little giveaway where you can win yourself or a loved one a Louv bralette of your choice, valued at $55.

'The bralettes are made using Tencel™. This ultimate sustainable fabric is made using eucalyptus pulp. The patented process is a full loop one with no waste created. It's non toxic and biodegradable. All our dyes are slowly made using plants. We have been working ethically for 10 years now, with a small team of talented artisans in Bali.

Our bralettes are designed to be super comfy, pretty and healthy for you, the planet and the makers! They also fit busts sizes from small to extra large.' Cat Charest, founder of Louv.

To win, simply leave a comment below about why you'd love some Louv this summer. The winner will be drawn on Saturday 15 December at 5pm. Not transferable or redeemable for cash.

Follow them on Instagram at @louv_kind
And Facebook at @louvkind
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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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