Meet Amanda Owen-Evans, the founder of Paper Pickle, a qualified artist creating one-of-a-kind hand-painted artworks on fashion accessories including leather, faux leather or denim jackets.
Originally from London and also raised in Jakarta and Hong Kong, Amanda moved to Australia over 10 years ago with her husband (a Kiwi) and is also the proud mum of two kids and a Labrador named Ziggy Stardust.
What is your creative background/qualifications?
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Art Painting , from Wimbledon School of Art, London. I’ve exhibited my artworks in a number of London galleries and public exhibitions. I’ve also worked on a number of different artistic mediums including painting, photography, collage, sculpture and printmaking. I’m a photographer and painter with over nine years experience teaching and lecturing in photography and graphic design.
I have a thirst for knowledge and recently completed a Diploma in Art Therapy- as my other passion is teaching and working with young children.
Art is not only my passion, but my therapy!
Is this business your sole income or you do have a full-time gig?
For the moment Paper Pickle is not my current sole income, although I plan for it to be in the not so distant future.
Tell us about Paper Pickle, how did this come about?
I started Paper Pickle back in 2014, initially creating bespoke paintings and collages. That was until a friend who owns a bridal store requested a custom artwork on a jacket for her store. I soon realised I loved working with this new medium and what beautiful results can be created on leather, faux leather and denim jackets or accessories.
From there, I started creating bespoke artworks on jackets and accessories for brides and special occasions, and realised I just love it.
What products are included within your range?
I hand paint custom designs/paintings on jackets & accessories (such as sneakers, shoes, purses, wallets, compendiums, laptop bags, bags, etc). They can be anything from botanicals to deadly serpents - as long as it’s in keeping with my style and aesthetic.
I will have hand painted jackets and accessories available for purchase at TVM and accept items to custom paint and return to you.
You can choose to provide a leather, faux leather or denim jacket that is special to you, or one that matches your theme and occasion.
I recommend new or preloved jackets and accessories that are leather, faux leather, vegan leather, PU leather, pleather or denim.
To ensure your jacket is suitable for my artwork, I test the paint on a small patch on the inside of your jacket or in an inconspicuous area before I begin painting.
I use my own design process to get to know you and what you’d like to create. We start with you sharing your inspiration, followed by a 30-minute design consultation. From this, I’ll deliver two to three sketches for your approval, and only then do I start painting. This ensures you receive a beautiful bespoke piece, created just for you.
What inspires you creatively?
I am inspired by nature, culture, travel, Asian tattoos & other artists and designers.
Do you work from home, an office or creative workspace?
I have a small studio at my home where I can shut the door from the rest of the world and create alongside my side kick Ziggy. As I paint I listen to podcasts and lots of different music genres.
Do you implement any sustainable practices within your company, if so tell us about this?
If I can at all I try to be as sustainable as possible. I love painting on pre-loved jackets and accessories where I can bring items back to life.
Do you collaborate with any other local GC/Brisbane businesses?
I have collaborated with quite a few local businesses here on the Gold Coast, in Byron and Brisbane within the Wedding Industry. I am always looking to collaborate with other industries in and outside of the creative arts.
Why did you choose TVM as a platform for your business?
I've been coming to The Village Markets for quite a few years and have always wanted to showcase my work here. I'm always impressed with the talent and variety of new ideas, designs and trends. I can't wait to see what people make of my work/products.
Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?
I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, but am partial to the Acai bowls and ah-mazing breakfasts at Le Vintage Cafe near my home in Worongary.
Most recent read is: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
It's a bit of a mix: Offline with Alison Rice, Lets talk about sects and RA.
Favourite way to unwind?
Going for a run clears my head, helps me unwind and prepares me for my day ahead.
Websites or profiles you’re loving for business inspiration right now?
Business chicks, Justina Blakeney,
What’s your favourite TVM stall, if you have one?
It’s hard to say, I love all of them. I can't enough of my overalls from Olas Supply Co, they've travelled the world with me!
You can connect with Paper Pickle online, here.