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The Village Markets

Boutique Fashion & Lifestyle Market for Creative Entrepreneurs - Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast & Stones Corner, Brisbane Queensland

Tag: Handmade

Stall Profile :: Little Knot Studio

Like many small businesses, Little Knot Studio was born when founder Rachael Coonan couldn’t quite find the product she was looking for in the market place. The Toowoomba based Assistant…

Like many small businesses, Little Knot Studio was born when founder Rachael Coonan couldn't quite find the product she was looking for in the market place. The Toowoomba based Assistant Manager in the plumbing industry used creativity passed down from her late mother to try her hand at creating her own macrame wedding arbor and the rest, as they say, is history.

"My love of Macramé started in 2018 when I was planning our wedding and wanted something that would stand out, for our arbor, I started looking into macramé hangings to put on a timber arbor but couldn’t find the exact style I was looking for, so I decided to try my hand at making one. It was a bit of a challenge tackling such a huge piece straight up but I ended up making a Macramé arbor that was almost 3m long and absolutely fell in love with the craft! I have been making macramé since then."


Do you have a creative background?

My mum was always into arts and crafts when I was young so a lot of my memories as a child were doing craft with her. She passed away when I was young, I didn’t have a lot to do with arts and crafts after that, Since picking up macramé I fell as though I’m defiantly channeling that creative flair from Mum again. My dad has also told me he did a stint of making macramé plant hangers when he spent some time in hospital to pass time so maybe I got it from him also.

Is this a side hustle or are you pursuing Little Knot Studio on a full-time basis?

Macramé is my side hustle at the moment, I work a full time job as assistant manager in plumbing supplies.

What products are included within your range?

I make all things macrame - macramé wall hangings, bags, earrings, key rings, arbors, buntings, owls & table runners, just to list a few. My greatest loves are the large wall hangings. I also love making custom orders, as I love making new designs.

What inspires you creatively?

My mother has inspired my step-mother, she is extremely creative, she has also helped me with the sewing side of things when I make linings on my bags.

Also the amazing things which can be done with macramé, I love seeing what new creations everyone comes up with.

What's your creative space like?

I create from home. I have a set up in my lounge room but I also love to set up my station outside when it’s not too windy.

Do you implement any sustainable practices within your business, if so tell us about this?

I live on a property so my natural timber dowels are sourced from around the farm.

Why did you choose TVM as a platform for your business?

I don’t live on the Coast but I have heard great things about TVM. I wanted to grow my following and experience the coastal markets.

Favourite way to unwind?

Making macramé of course. And spending time with my fur babies.

Websites or accounts you’re loving for business inspiration right now?

I am inspired by Jamie from JAC Home Heart and her growing business, this is where I get my natural cotton cord. I also love that she encourages other makers and brings everyone together.

Connect with Little Knot Studio at TVM, via Instagram or shop online, here.

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A Shack by the Sea | Children of the Tribe – Tribe Style

“Our home is filled with beautiful things from The Village Markets. There’s something really grounding about a handmade item, you can feel it. I love knowing where the item has…

"Our home is filled with beautiful things from The Village Markets. There's something really grounding about a handmade item, you can feel it. I love knowing where the item has come from, having met the maker and knowing it was made or sourced with love and creativity. I'm obsessed with Harvest Clay ceramics; I'm always collecting more."
- TVM Co-founder Marissa Bowden and her family recently featured on Children Of The Tribe's 'Tribe Style' blog chatting about her love of handmade and her shack filled with #TVMFaveFinds (see below for images).

Read on for more, here.

Harvest Clay ceramics from TVM

Au Fait Living plant, Attic Collective vintage woven plate and Maison & Maison skull, all from TVM. Sitting pretty alongside a handmade table from The Building Collective and chairs from Fossil Vintage in Byron Bay.

A vintage rattan rocking horse from Forgotten Modern at TVM, paired with a flag by Blacklist.

Just some of the rad #TVMFaveFinds Marissa has collected at TVM over the past eight years.

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Stall Profile: Corner Block Studio

Meet Natalie Lane, the crafty and quietly spoken yet undoubtedly clever lady behind Corner Block Studio. We have been eyeing off her Anesbury Book Frames for sometime, they are as stylish as…

Meet Natalie Lane, the crafty and quietly spoken yet undoubtedly clever lady behind Corner Block Studio. We have been eyeing off her Anesbury Book Frames for sometime, they are as stylish as they are sustainable.

You can find Natalie and her beautiful wares at The Village Markets Paradise Point this Sunday.

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Tell us about how and when your label was created?

Corner Block Studio was born on a corner block in sunny Brisbane earlier this year (2015). It stemmed from an impulse to make things by hand, an urge to turn ideas into tangible objects and the desire to work with materials that respect our environment and all things wild.

What pieces are included within your range?

My range features the Anesbury Frame Collection. It begun with the Anesbury Book Frame; a clever, minimalist frame for displaying books, open on your wall. This spring it has grown to include a Record Jacket Frame and Card Frame, each handcrafted from recycled Australia hardwood and cotton cord. I also offer original greetings cards including a Christmas card for this jolly time of year

What is your creative background?

Before founding Corner Block Studio, I studied Product Design and worked as an Industrial Designer. The arts and craft have always been a big part of my life from sketching and sewing to sculpture and metal smithing. What I do now combines my background in product design with my love for the handmade.

Where is the label designed and made?

The label is designed in my home studio and handcrafted in my workshop in Brisbane.

What inspires you?

Gift giving inspires me, I often create the first version of a new design as a gift for a friend or family and it grows from there. The function of the product takes lead when developing a new design, and the aim is to create something that is simple to use and timeless.

Latest collection consists of?

The Record Jacket Frame and Card Frame are the latest editions to the collection. They continue the theme of transforming items from around your home into personal, ever-evolving wall art.

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What's on your mood board?

A colour pallet influenced by my admiration for Australian bushland.

What’s your creative space like?

My studio is in a 1940’s Queenslander, in a room that was once the front verandah. The walls are classic VJ and the timber floor showing layers of worn paint. My desk is host to a pile of books, a sketchbook and my laptop. The workshop smells like timber and is full of handcrafted products at various stages of completion.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

Blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll have been spinning in the workshop lately; Brisbane local Mojo Web, British trio Daisy, Kitty and Lewis and Justin Townes Earle from the USA.

A day in the life of you consists of?

There is a lot of variation from one day to the next, but my favorites always starts in the workshop, hands on the timber, smelling the sawdust and listening to music.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

It’s a pleasure to set up next to Crystal Creek Flowers where the vibe is light hearted and the colors are glorious.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Regular reads are about what’s on locally; I follow the Four Thousand’s blog (www.thethousands.com.au/brisbane) and dig flicking through paper brochures from arts venues like Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s hard to pin favorites other than that as I swing between categories; psychology, Australian history, music, gardening, classic novels and craft magazines. The library helps.

What are your plans for the business for the remainder of 2015 and beyond?

The end of this year will take me to a number of Markets in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. It’s fun to get out in the sun and chat with people. It’s an important time of the year for makers as people start thinking about Christmas gifts. I look forward to growing my range in the new-year and to collaborating with local designers, craftspeople and artists.

Why TVM?

The Village Markets puts on an entertaining event with stalls, music, food and plenty of sunshine. It’s a place to support local small businesses offering boutique items and have a good time doing it.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

It’s a way to combine my work with a holiday – I bring my stall to the beach! I get to chat to people in the morning and always have a swim before heading back to Brisbane.

Connect with Corner Block Studio:
Website
Facebook
Instagram

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Stall Profile – We Got Wood

Introducing cool new handcrafted furniture stall, We Got Wood, by Emily and Daniel Guy. Find out more about this emerging small business below and you can also check them out this…

Introducing cool new handcrafted furniture stall, We Got Wood, by Emily and Daniel Guy.

Find out more about this emerging small business below and you can also check them out this Sunday 17th May at TVM Burleigh Heads!

TVM: Tell us about how and when your label was created?

WGW: We are new to the scene. Daniel is a carpenter by trade. We got wood came about last year when I was looking everywhere for a cool kind of ladder shelf to put all my bits and pieces on for an affordable price. I could not find anything. One day I came home and Daniel had made me a ladder and put it in my apartment. I loved it!

We realised after multiple compliments and questions that other people loved it too and started experimenting with making other wooden furniture pieces as well, but our ladder will always be our favourite piece!

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What pieces are included within your range?

I’d say our main piece is our ladder, however we make all kinds of wooden furniture such as coffee tables, bedside tables, trestle tables, blanket boxes.. We make whatever the people want really!

We try to use reclaimed timber wherever possible, we love working with pallets, wall studs, fence pailings, fence posts etc.

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What are your creative backgrounds?

Daniel is a carpenter and our passion is to work with timber and turn it into unique pieces that hopefully everyone will love as much as we do.

Where is the label designed and made?

We got wood is designed and handmade by the two of us in Brisbane

What inspires the two of you?

We are mainly inspired from the timber we are using. We love that it is reclaimed and we can give it another go at life. Seeing our customers happy and our pieces in their home/business inspires us to keep doing what we are doing.

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

We like to listen to chilled out music while we build, our playlist generally consists of Vance Joy, Chet Faker, Ball Park Music, Alt J, The Griswolds, Milky Chance, Sticky fingers.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

We love all the stalls! The Village markets have such an amazing vibe! The people are lovely, the music is beautiful, and the food is delish! We love absolutely everything about spending our Sunday at TVM!

Connect with We Got Wood:

Facebook

Instagram - @wegotwood

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Marissa’s Fave Finds

Both the Amilita sale and Rack Sale ‘radness’ made me a one very happy girl yesterday at TVM. I managed to score a number of amazing finds. Here are my…

Both the Amilita sale and Rack Sale 'radness' made me a one very happy girl yesterday at TVM. I managed to score a number of amazing finds. Here are my faves:

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Vintage shirt, Skye's Rack Sale, $10
Leopard leather Sportsgirl sandals, Rack Sale, $10
Valentines Day 'Star Wars - Yoda Loves You' handmade card by 5 year old Rafferty, Skye's Rack Sale, $5 ($2 including a little tip)
Amilita cape, reduced from $80 to $40.
Amilita black dress, reduced from $99 to $70.

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