Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Interview with Moo Woo Artists’ Category

ruffled pants, baby frilly knickers, frilly knickers, funke pants

1. Tell us briefly about the person behind the scenes at Shop Funke Designs  e.g. who are you? Where are you based? How did you arrive where you are now? What is most important to you in your life?

My name is Leslea, I live in outer Melbourne with my hubby who has been in the Royal Australian Air Force for 34 years, so we have moved around a bit and lived in many cities and towns. I have two wonderful children – my daughter Jamie still lives at home and has her own business; Jamie Beloved Photography & Design, and my son Ben and his girlfriend live and work in Foster N.S.W.

Sewing was second nature to me.  It was a wonderful hobby to keep me occupied whilst constantly settling into new communities.  I loved sewing for my children and I my work would grab the interest of family and friends who would ask me to make or design for them.  I got hooked!! I had found a hobby that I could work with no matter where we were posted. Markets became a great place to meet people in our new locations, and the extra financial assistance was a great help when paying for the myriad of hobbies and sports our children loved!

So after twenty years of trudging off to the markets early, encountering wet days, hot days, windy days, you name it…my daughter told me it was time to get on the World Wide Web. With her help I jump in, and that’s when it all change. I now receive emails from all over the world requesting my products. I send Funke Pants, fairy and flower girl dresses all over Australia on a regular basis.

I feel like I have my second wind at life and I love it, all thanks to my beautiful daughter.   Markets are still the place I come back to as that’s where it all started!

2. Shop Funke Designs is…

a place for Mum’s and Grandma’s to purchase that something special for their little princess.


3. Do you have a personal mantra that you love…that gets you through the day?

Coffee and Chocolate must have…

4. What is one of the most challenging aspects facing you as a working mum? How do you try to overcome this?

When the kids were little it was finding ‘me time’ as I am at my best when my brain is designing something new. With my hubby away a lot you learn to run the house hold as if you are a single mum so time management was important.  It was also important to teach the kids that helping out was not a chore but being part of a family – everyone helps out, things get down, and then there is more time for fun. But now they’re grown up its easier to balance family, part time work at the local boarding cattery and my home business. I have always put family first and always will – life is to short not to.

5. Finish this sentence – I’m at my creative best when…

I have coffee and chocolate in my hand – this is so me!

6. Time out and relaxation is rare for working mums.  If you can steal time to have break what are your ultimate forms of relaxation?

My hubby and I love to go antique shopping – finding that something special is priceless.

7. What are your dreams…where would you LOVE to see YOUR BUSINESS in 5 years’ time?

I hope I will still be bringing delight and joy to little girls as they put on one of my outfits.


8. OK – your work travels to Kununurra, in the remote Kimberley region of WA…where it is loved!!  WITHOUT Google or any other assistance give us 5 things you know about Kununurra or the East Kimberley!!

Let’s see, it’s too hot for me, big croc’s, a big lake…I visited there when I was about 13 years old, I wish I could remember more about that trip. It’s near the border (as the crow flies) and red dust (lots of it).

9. If you were able to hand deliver a delightful parcel of your products to Kununurra – what 3 places would you like to visit (OK now you can Google)?

I think 3 places is too hard to decide – I would like to see it all again if that’s OK!

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

felt creations, felt craft
1. Tell us briefly about the person behind the scenes at tumblemonkey handmade?  E.g. who are you? Where are you based? How did you arrive where you are now? What is most important to you in your life?
My name is Catherine Nolan-Biondic. I married the man of my dreams and am now the mother of 3 precious kid, living in suburban Melbourne. I was originally a Graphic designer working in the magazine/book publishing world. After baby No.3, I needed some kind of creative outlet and ‘felt’ became my guilty pleasure…I use it as my me time and now that it is earning me money I feel less guilty about taking the time to make things with it. The most important thing in my life is to be a good, kind person, to make people laugh and to help my children be the happiest, best version of themselves as possible.

2. Tell us about felt – why has this become your passion? 

My baby daughter was given a felt ball for her birthday and I couldn’t get it out of my mind….I picked up some felt and had a go at making a ball and the rest in history…you could say I became obsessed with the stuff…I like the idea of making things out of felt that no-one has…shapes, vehicles, creatures, functional pieces that feel so lovely… I like to call myself a craft feltress!

felt creation. felt craft, tumblemonkey

3. Do you have a personal mantra that you love…that gets you through the day?

Get it done and get out of there…I cannot let things sit..I cannot relax until all my orders are finished and this is a problem…this is why I have such a quick turnaround most orders…I get it done so I can relax.

felt craft, felt creations, tumblemonkey, mood balls, mood recognition

4. What is one of the most challenging aspects facing you as a working mum? How do you try to overcome this?

My children are always saying they wish I didn’t work all the time…my office is in the loungeroom…which seems the most practical place for us at the moment BUT as a result I am never really switched off…this is a constant work in progress for me…I try and make sure they all get quality time and if someone wants a cuddle I drop everything and do it!! I am a strong believer in making sure my kids (and husband) feel ‘seen’… so this is very important to me.

5. Finish this sentence – I’m at my creative best when…

I have the music turned up loud, the house empty and my hands emerged in a bowl full of hot soapy water.

6. Time out and relaxation is rare for working mums.  If you can steal time to have a break what are your ultimate forms of relaxation? 

I love a massage of any kind (my husband gives a killer foot rub…still after 22 years of being together) and a glass of sweet wine.

felt craft, felt art, felt creations, craft kits

7. If you could deck out a famous family with your products – who would it be, and why? 

Princess Mary and her little ones..it would be amazing to see some of my nursery items (playmats, ducks, babushka dolls and owl families etc) and garlands in there home…I strive for a quality product and this would be wonderful.

 8. What are your dreams…where would you LOVE to see tumblemonkey handmade in 5 years time? 

I would love to save enough money to take my kids to Disneyland (that was my original dream)…I always joked about finding the product that would make me my millions…I think my dryer balls could be the thing…but I use the rest of my range to keep me creative and keep my facebook likers interested. I would LOVE to have a factory and hundreds of people making my products…I always joke that I want to cover the world in felt!!!

9. OK – your work travels to Kununurra, in the remote Kimberley region of WA…where it is loved!!  WITHOUT Google or any other assistance give us 5 things you know about Kununurra or the East Kimberley!!

  • My parents thought it was amazing when they visited…
  • There is a big river there…
  • I always think of Crocodile Dundee country…very remote
  • gorgeous sunsets (I imagine)
black rock

10. If you were able to hand deliver a delightful parcel of your products to Kununurra – what 3 places would you like to visit (OK now you can Google)?

  • I would love to see a Boab tree up close
  • The Argyle Diamond Mine
  • Ord River
  • Black Rock Falls
  • Kelly’s Knob lookout
Editors Note: Thank you tumblemonkey!!  We LOVE your products, so organic and wholesome!!

Read Full Post »

handmade hair accessories, pretty hair accessories, non slip hair clips

1. Tell us briefly about the person behind the scenes at Madeleine Designs? E.g. who are you? Where are you based? How did you arrive where you are now? What is most important to you in your life?

My name is Kylie and I am a mother to 2 wonderful children, 6 & 4 and married to a beautiful, supportive husband. We live in the Central West of NSW in the country town of Orange, renowned for its fabulous wineries, orchards and produce.

I am a Hairdresser by trade who owned and operated a salon for 18 years (known as the “MADELEINE”). After the birth of my daughter, I found it very hard to find accessories to stay in her very fine hair. I had always been crafty but never stayed at one project for terribly long, but used these skills to start creating my own clippies and bows. I spent hours and hours researching on the internet and had many a failed product.  However I never gave up and it did not take long for this hobby to grow into a passion. As time passed my ideas soared and “MADELEINE DESIGNS” was born. I have not looked backed and my little “hobby” is now 4 years old and a supportive business to my family. Family is my everything and I feel so blessed to be home with my children yet still be able to feed my creative side and earn an income.

madeleine designs hair accessories, handmade hair accessories

2. Madeleine Designs is….? 
Beautiful handmade hair accessories, “Fit for every Princess”. I love
to provide unique and gorgeous products which are sure to be an eye catcher,
yet remain practical and wearable.

3. Do you have a personal mantra that you love…that gets you through the day?
I have many a mantra but I keep it simple with “Belief, Strength & Drive”

4. What is one of the most challenging aspects facing you as a working mum? How do you try to overcome this?
Definitely balance! Its hard to focus in the workshop when there are 10 baskets of washing, school activities and shopping to be done. The best way I try is to work to a timetable. Allocate time for everything.

handmade hair accessories, hair clips, unique hair accessories, ballerina, dancing

5. I’m at my creative best when…
…when I am peaceful and I am happy!

6. Time out and relaxation is rare for working mums.  If you can steal time to have break what are your ultimate forms of relaxation?
We love heading away for short breaks and quality family time together with no interruptions and stress of normal everyday life. We love the NSW coast or anywhere you can enjoy peace and quiet.

7. If you could deck out a famous family in your hair accessories – who would it be, what would they be wearing and why?
I would have to say the tribe of Brad and Angelina. For one the exposure would be fabulous! Madeleine Designs in Hollywood.

hair accessories, handmade, unique hair accessories

8. What are your dreams…where would you LOVE to see Madeleine Designs in 5 years time?
Operating fully by its own website and in selected boutique’s and online handmade sites. Perhaps with an assistant!

9. OK – your work travels to Kununurra, in the remote Kimberley region of WA…where it is loved!!  WITHOUT Google or any other assistance give us 5 things you know about Kununurra or the East Kimberley?
Ooooh tricky. I know of the Lake Argyle and magnificent diamonds. A friend told me of fabulous Barramundi and I do know its an area of beautiful national parks…..I can only do 4 without google!!

the kimberley, WA, remote wa, bungle bungles

The Bungles - kindly borrowed from travelblog.viator.com

10. If you were able to hand deliver a delightful parcel of your products to Kununurra – what 3 places would you like to visit (OK now you can Google)?
I’d need a day trip to the diamond mines….Durack museum…….and  I’d have to see the Bungle Bungles…

Editor:  A beautiful interview and a delighful and practical product!  Thank you 🙂  Moo Woo

Read Full Post »

Handmade sun hats, girls hats

1. Tell us briefly about the person behind the scenes at Winnie&Clem? E.g. who are you? Where are you based? How did you arrive where you are now? What is most important to you in your life?
My name is Anita. I am a mum to two gorgeous kids and live on a farm in rural NSW with farmer hubby. Before moving to the farm I lived and worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Sydney. After the move to the farm, and the kids were born we decided it was time for me to start my lifelong dream of a handmade business. Initially I had wanted to make bags, but as beautiful, well made hats became hard to find for the kids I thought there may have been an unmet need. After introducing bucket hats and customers asking about other styles, I just worked on more and more designs and as I introduced these it became apparent that Mums wanted some for themselves, so I developed patterns for the mums too. I continue to look for new inspiration and am always working on new patterns and designs for new hats.

Family is the most important thing in my life, but second to that is time to create. If a few days passes and I haven’t had a chance to make something I start to get a little flat.

2. Winnie&Clem is….?
The home of hats!

Handmade sun hat, girls hats

3. Do you have a personal mantra that you love…that gets you through the day?
“Never give up”

4. What is one of the most challenging aspects facing you as a working mum? How do you try to over come this?
Balance between work and family time is certainly a challenge, particularly when you are running a business from home. It can be very hard to close the door and switch off from work. I am still working on this, but I have developed a weekly timetable to try to manage all aspects of business and family life. I am also looking at taking on some help so that Winnie&Clem can grow to its full potential without impacting on my family time.

5. If you could deck out a famous family in Winnie&Clem hats – who would it be and why?
Princess Mary, Prince Frederick and the kids, and why? Well who wouldn’t want royalty to wear their products!!!

6. What are your dreams…where would you LOVE to see Winnie&Clem in 5 years time?
My dream since starting Winnie&Clem has to been to become the “name” of hats. I hope to continue to grow, establish my own website and employ some staff with the intention of supporting other mothers who want to work from home. I also hope to develop a local network/ group to support other mothers in rural remote areas in setting up an online, work at home business.

7. OK – your work travels to Kununurra, in the remote Kimberley region of WA…where it is loved!! WITHOUT Google or any other assistance give us 5 things you know about Kununurra or the East Kimberley!!
It’s a mining area
It’s the home of the Argyle Diamond Mines (oooh nice!!!)
It’s in Western Australia
Lots of crocodiles
It’s a lot warmer than where I live!!!

8. If you were able to hand deliver a delightful parcel of Winnie and Clem hats to Kununurra – what 3 places would you like to visit (OK now you can Google)?
1) Definitely a visit to the Argyle Diamond Mine.
2) Absailing at Black Rock Falls
3) And having a farming back ground if I was travelling with hubby we would need to have a look at the developments at Lake Argyle and Ord Valley

Black Rock Falls during the Wet Season

Read Full Post »

kimberley adverntures, Kununurra, WA, travel the kimberley, outback adventures

1. Tell us briefly about the person behind the creations? Who are you? Where did you come from and how did you end up being based in the Kimberley?

I am not very good at doing nothing and always seek new ways to fill my time. I have been living and teaching in Kununurra for 11 years, prior to that I taught in Mullewa for 5 years. Born and bred in Kalgoorlie, I am definitely a country person. I went to Uni in Perth but deferred in the middle and went off to explore new things. In this time I spent 5 year in Port Hedland before working in Perth as an office manager among other things. I returned to Uni to complete my studies always knowing I would head north again. Kununurra was about as far north as I could go and now I have no idea where I would go after being here. When I drive to work in the morning (all of 5 mins) I pass some of the most magnificent landscapes – every day it is different. People pay a fortune to see what I see daily. It is a pretty special place.

In 1982, my first year at uni, I discovered pottery and fell in love with it straight away. I did not do it again for a number of years but new I would return to it someday. When I am working on the pottery wheel I am not thinking of anything else – it is my meditation and it helps keep me sane – or relatively sane.

boabs, caren's collections, kimberley, outback adventure, kununurra, wa

Caren’s Collection only recently came into existence. Although I have been working in pottery for a number of years the glass is a recent addition. Glass has allowed me to explore new things and keeps throwing challenges at me to keep me grounded.

2. Carens’ Collection is….?

my sanity. I am not good at doing nothing so I need to channel what I do. Caren’s Collection is a reflection of my creative energies. I make many things that are similar but they are never the same. The day I feel that I am repeating myself is when I change direction and work on new ideas.

pottery, dichroic, necklaces, jewellery, fashion jewellery

3. Why Caren’s Collection – what does it give you?

I work in a range of materials and do not want to limit what I will work with. My work is a whole – I do not separate the glass from the pottery, or the pottery from the mosaic. I am just starting to work with Silver Clay and it is all part of the same idea. It is one collection – my work and where it takes me.

4. How does the Kimberley inspire your work?

The nature of the Kimberley is of grandeur and originality. The landscape and the vegetation is so localised it is spectacular. I drive to Perth every year and reveal in the landscape and animals from one end of the state to the other, but I always have that special feeling coming back into Kununurra. I try to capture this feeling in all my work, both the boab and the geography.

boab trees, kimberley, outback adventure, kununurra, wa, touring the kimberley

5. Of all that you create, what would be your favourite thing to make and why?

All are special. They are never the same. Working with heat, both with glass and pottery, you never know exactly what the end result will be. It is a challenge to see how you can make each piece individual and unique.

6. Tell us about your favourite East Kimberley location

Parry’s Creek – always something different. After 11 years I never felt I was looking at the same thing. The drive from Kununurra to Wyndham is inspirational in itself and I never get bored of it.

kimberley travel, outback adventure, kimberley's, wet lands, Kununurra, WA


7. If you had to sum up the Kimberley with 3 words what would they be?

Amazing, unique and inspirational


8. You had a famous visitor to the Kimberley for one day only – what would their tour be?

boabs, kimberley travel, kununurra WA, outback advertures

Read Full Post »

1. Tell us briefly about the person behind the scenes at Itty Bitty? E.g. who are you? Where are you based? How did you arrive where you are now? What is most important to you in your life?

I’m a busy mum of two very sweet girls (Ruby 4yrs and Alice 13 months). We live on the Sunny East Coast of Tasmania. It’s a beautiful spot beside the beach and the bush. In a few weeks I’m returning to work as teacher, but only for 1 day a week, so I’ll still have plenty of time to create itty bitty goodies! Itty bitty came about over 3 years ago. I was loving being a stay at home mum, so I decided I needed to find something to assist with our bills! It makes life very busy, but I love it so much!

2. Itty Bitty is….?
The perfect excuse to indulge my fabric obsession (I’m seriously addicted!). Lots of handmade sweetness! (we totally agree!!)

handmade hair accessories, hair clips

3. What inspires your work?
My two beautiful girls! I’m finding that my product range changes as they grow! I added bead jewellery last year for little Miss Ruby! Another inspiration is my mum. I grew up surrounded by all her wonderful handmade goodies! Mum always had a project on the go!

4. Of all that you create, what would be your favourite thing to make and why?
I really enjoy making the bead jewellery! Ruby loves to sit beside me and make her own creations, which is lovely!

handmade, handmade jewellery, beaded jewellery

5. What are your dreams…where would you LOVE to see Itty Bitty in 5 years time?
I’m loving creating items which are totally unique to us! I’m planning on extending our custom designed range. At some point I’d love to learn how to sew!

6. OK – your work travels to Kununurra, in the remote Kimberley region of WA…where it is loved!! WITHOUT Google or any other assistance give us 5 things you know about Kununurra or the East Kimberley – off the top of your head…be honest!!

Hmmm…tricky! 1.The loveliest online store in WA is based there! 2. The very lovely Kelly lives there! 3. It’s the outback 4. Amazing landscape: gorges, rivers and rock formations 5. Its HOT! Oh dear! My knowledge really needs developing…maybe one day I’ll hand deliver an itty bity parcel! I still find it amazing that my little goodies are enjoyed on the other side of Aus! Thank you!!

7. If you were able to hand deliver a delightful parcel of Itty Bitty stock to Kununurra – which time of year would you travel and what 3 places would you like to visit?

Bungle Bungle

Image from The Artery - Aboriginal Art Blog

I’ve just googled! It’s so beautiful!! I’m thinking I’d like to visit in Winter to escape the Tassie cold! First up would be: a scenic fight, second a trip to the Bungle, Bungles and then a visit to the diamond mine!

Image from mining-technology.com

handmade, handmade hair accessories, handmade gifts
We love what you do Itty Bitty and look forward to each and every parcel you send!! Thank you for sharing!

Read Full Post »

1. Tell us briefly about the person behind the creations? Who are you? Where did you come from and how did you end up being based in the Kimberley?

I am a Self confessed paper addict by night…wife, mother of 2 beautiful girls and teacher by day. A born Territorian turned Sandgroper at the age of 8 and fortunate enough to have inheritated my Mums creative Genes (although hers is material and I don’t do material that well!!!)

After finishing boarding school in Perth I went on to study primary teaching and scored a scholarship to do my Bachelor of education in Broome. The red dirt has always held a special place in my heart, in Broome I felt right at home. Upon completing my Bachelor I applied for a teaching job anywhere up north really, when the phone call came I was offered various Kimberley locations. Kalumburu was the first place I was offered and accepted not even knowing where I was going. I was just excited to have a teaching job in the Kimberley! When I got the map out, I looked at my folks in disbelief….I was really going to one of the most remote communities in the whole Kimberley!!!

I met my wonderful husband there and after 3 years decided to move closer to civilisation….as my husband was based in Kununurra it wasn’t a hard decision to make. The rest is history really and although I had always dappled with crafts after my first daughter was born I found I needed something for me…..that something became paper craft.
Kimberleys, Kununurra

2. Kimberley Red is….?

A home based business that provides unique cards and albums with a little Kimberley touch to every creation.
handmade card, paper craft, greeting card
3. Why Kimberley Red – what does it give you?

It gives me time out to be creative…something to take me away from the daily grind yet something I immensely enjoy and am particularly proud of. I have friends to thank for inspiring me to take my work to the local markets where from humble beginnings the business has grown into what it is today.

4. How does the Kimberley inspire your work?

Everyday the Kimberley inspires my work. In particular the magnificent boab trees and the colours that surround us. Since we have quite a tourist market I have a unique Kimberley selection of cards.
Kimberley, Kununurra

5. Of all that you create, what would be your favourite thing to make and why?

I love to make paper bag Albums….although they are extremely time consuming; I love the reaction from customers. They are truly unique and a beautiful gift for someone special. I love that someone has appreciated all the effort and time that has gone into them.

paper bag album, paper craft, kimberley red, handmade, gifts
paper bag album, paper craft, kimberley red, handmade, gifts

6. Tell us about your favourite East Kimberley location

It would have to be hands down Zebedee springs at El Questro. I just love everything about it, from the Livingstonia palms, the natural waterfalls to the temperature of the water. It makes you feel a million miles away from anything….I just wish it wasn’t so crowded in the tourist season!!!!

Western Australia, Kimberleys

7. If you had to sum up the Kimberley with 3 words what would they be?

It’s Gods country!

8. You had a famous visitor to the Kimberley for one day only – what would their tour be?

Definitely the Triple J tour of Lake Argyle then Lake Kununurra. It is so informative and truly beautiful. All our visitors over the years have never been disappointed and have rated it among the best tour they’ve ever done.

Kununurra, lake Kununurra, Upper ord river

Elephant Rock, Lake Kununurra

Thank you for sharing Sara! We hope further success and expansion of Kimberley Red in 2011!
Kellie xx

Read Full Post »