Apr 28, 2011

Peninsula Animal Aid

I recently ran an auction to raise money for Peninsula Animal Aid.  Together, with the might of the internet, we managed to raise....


Thank you  to everyone who was involved, this would not have been possible without you sharing the auction.

Peninsula Animal Aid is a non-profit organisation that is run by unpaid volunteers with a passion for helping animals.  They rescue dogs and cats in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane.  The animals are strays, from council pounds, some are surrendered or abandoned and yet others are saved from horrible living conditions.  P.A.A. aims to find them 'forever homes' where they can have a loving family and be happy and safe.  These people are doing an amazing thing and I am proud of everyone for helping me to help them.

Do you have room in your home and heart for a pet that needs love?  Check out their website here, there are heaps of different ways that you can help.

*All photos are taken from the P.A.A. website and are of animals requiring homes.  Some of them are by Wet Nose Fotos, found here.

Apr 22, 2011

Creator Profile - BabyButton

I've been a bit slack with my crafter profiles and I am so sorry guys!  Uni just took over my life for a bit there!  This time I got to talk to Janell from BabyButton :).
Tell us about yourself
My name is Janell and I am a mother to my daughter Addison age 15 months. I am originally from California, USA and have been in Australia for almost 4 years now. I came over for school (I now have my degree in Psychology) and met my husband and had our daughter and this last November got married! I spend a lot of my spare time sewing and find that it is my hobby and relax time. My husband is always amazed at the level of patience I have when it comes to sewing!  
What do you create?
I mainly create baby/young kids items. I started the line by making breastfeeding covers and then I decided to continue expanding my line to include tag blankets (which are great quiet blankets that have ribbons around the whole thing for the bubs to suck on and play with) and dummy clips to save dummies from hitting the floor and even shorts and pants for older kids!
How long have you been making things?
I have been making things since I was a little kid. I remember being willing to make a small craft and try and sell it to the same sweet neighbours who were always willing to buy! I started seriously sewing in 2010 when my daughter was born and I didn't want to pay so much for all the cool baby items available out there. So I started to sew them  myself.
What was the first thing you made?
I started out making breastfeeding covers because I was not always comfortable feeding in public places. I thought I could help other mums who wanted to go out for a coffee with the girls, be comfortable feeding infront of others or even stop the distracted baby from looking around by making them. I have now made well over 300 breastfeeding covers for numerous women! :)
Where do you get your inspiration?

My daughter is my inspiration. I see so many great products out there that are overpriced and I just think to myself that she can have all the same things that are in the stores only mummy will make them. I enjoy being creative and seeing the end results makes me want to do it all over again.

How can people contact you?
I can be contacted through my website, facebook, in markets (Fairy Floss Bulleen) or a simple email.
Website: www.babybutton.com.au
Facebook: www.fb.me/babybutton.com.au
Email: info@babybutton.com.au

Apr 7, 2011

Creator Profile - Manx Minx

This month's first crafter profile is about the lady behind the wonderful creations of Manx Minx.  Read on to learn more about this talented eco-conscious lady!

Tell us a little about yourself
Manx Minx is art & craft created from salvaged textiles.  I first started the Manx Minx workshop in 2002 with the creation of the ‘Prehistoric Fish’ toy, quickly followed by the ‘Auntie’ handbag range.  Over the years I’ve created a kaleidoscopic range of toys & handbags that are eco-designed as much of the fabric used has been salvaged from showroom upholstery sample books, remnants, & discontinued end-of-line fabrics.  I’m not just interested in the shape, colour & texture of producing a unique product, but also the environment after generations of a throwaway mass-production based culture.  As I’ve always worked full or part-time, it meant working part time on my craft but now I’m a WAHP I’m trying to dedicate more time to creating.  However my 1yr old Heath keeps me busy!

What do you create?
There’s a few things I dabble in:

Handmade Toys:  individually crafted toys made from salvaged upholstery samples. 

Bags & accessories:  inspired by naive romanticism early 20th century style, with a bohemian twist.  Sewn from salvaged upholstery material & new trims, each one is different from the next. 

Jewellery:  designs incorporate stones & crystals, salvaged Perspex, & found objects.

Previous stock lines have included boutique cushions and clothing.  These items were sold on consignment at various shops and also market stalls at 4ZZZ Market Days, Adventjah festivals, and market locations around Brisbane .

How long have you been making things?
I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember.  

Originally I started as an exhibiting artist, having studied Visual Arts at QUT.  I worked mainly with stocking material, wire & hard plastic,  & exhibited at places like Soapbox, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Source 22, & various nightclub events in the Valley.  

My work took a turn when I was employed at Reverse Garbage as part of the CJP initiative.  I was one a few artists employed to make items from salvaged materials to sell in the (then new) gift shop.  Previously I hadn’t experimented with upholstery material having worked predominantly in weaving, dying fabrics, welding, ceramics, the usual dressmaker fabrics, & even leather/sheepskin off cuts.

One of the strangest things I’ve made was for one of my chickens:  Szechuan Chicken was her name & she always used to lose all her feathers in the middle of winter, so we’d have this scrawny, poor little shivering chicken running around our yard.  So I got some polar fleece & fashioned a chicken poncho for her to wear.  She lived til about 8 yrs old (that’s ancient for a chicken) so it must’ve helped!

Where do you get your inspiration? 
From the fabric textures and colours.  The impetus is consistent: a love of pattern, colour and texture to form quirky characters that talk through shape and form.   I try to utilise as much reclaimed and salvaged material in my products, as one thing we don’t need is more land fill!  I’m very environmentally conscious & try to do what little I can: whether it be the materials I use; supporting local businesses and artists; utilising eco-friendly products in the renovations of my house; the choices of my diet (I’ve been vegetarian since ’93); and the native plants in my yard grown to attract and feed birds.

How can people contact you?

People can find Manx Minx online at etsy and made it.  Every now and then I’m at various markets around Brisbane, stay updated via my facebook page and blog.

Apr 5, 2011

ARK Auction

The ARK Auction managed to raise $588.00!  All of this money will be going to help animals in Japan through the Animal Refuge Kansai.
Brooch donated by Hungry Designs.
I'm still going through all of the invoices but wow!  The generosity of people is truly moving!  Thank you all so much for being involved in this and spreading the word.  It could not have been done without you!

Bat donated by Carol.
 Please check out the pages of those who donated and tell them how brilliant they are :).

Swallow pendant donated by Jubly-Umph.

Apr 2, 2011

Kommon People Zine

I made a zine!  I've been wanting to make a Brisbane-focussed zine for quite some time now and I finally have!

Unfortunately I didn't have the time to get it printed out, so I have decided to make the first ever issue of Kommon People FREEEE!

To grab a copy, there are three options: click here to download the pdf, leave me your email address or shoot me an email at kommonerkraft@yahoo.com.au.

It is 12 pages of recipes, upcoming events, local crafter profiles and more!

Once you have a copy, let me know what you think and don't be afraid to share it with friends!
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