Hello Emily big thanks for taking the time to chat with us. We want to start this interview off with a simple questions - what do you love about markets?
Seeing all the insane talent on offer! There are so many vibrant, intelligent, and creative people at markets like the Holy Weekender. I always leave with a collection of cool things.
Definitely agree, it's great to meet with new creative people at the HW market. Being creative can be difficult for some and easy for others, describe how you continue to stay creative?
I find it important to surround myself with things that inspire me when I work, such as old books, art I like, plants, and weird little trinkets I’ve discovered at flea markets."
What memories do you have of the first market you went to?
I had so many great chats with other stallholders. It was so great to swap stories, share ideas, and bond over shared experiences.
We are also big fans of knick knacks! How did you come up with the concept for what you do?
I wanted to make jewellery that felt like it was straight out of fairy story; things that look like you could find them hidden in a hollow tree, or inside a fairy ring. I want people to feel magical and whimsical when they put on a piece of jewellery I’ve created.
That's really cool, nothing beats escaping to somewhere magical. What is the strangest thing or thought that has inspired your craft?
It really depends what you consider strange! I’ve recently done a few pieces inspired by headstones I’ve seen, and I draw heavily from witchcraft in determining the contents of my spell bottle pendants.
Is Melbourne art culture and community important to you? Why?
It’s so important to me! I love that Melbourne is a city where its easy to network with other creative types, and where there is always something happening and something to see. I’m so inspired and encouraged by the people I’ve met in the creative community.
You have met and chated with various other creative types. What would be your advice to people wanting to start their own brand?
Don’t be afraid to just do it! You don’t have to have everything figured out right now, it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay to not have everything nailed down when you start; there is always room to learn, change, and grow.
Headstones? That's real different! Where do you draw inspiration for your ideas?
My biggest sources of inspiration are folklore, and nature. I love trawling museums, and searching second hand book stores for old illustrated books. Arthur Rackham is one of my favourite illustrators, and a constant source of inspiration.
You don't hear to many people finding inspiration from folklore, really interesting the HW team will have do some folklore digging. Random one but how do you like your coffee? Did copshop (cafe) deliver?
Large latte, no sugar. The coffee was great, and even better with one of their amazing doughnuts!
Can't got wrong with a large latte. What pizza did you eat at the Holy Weekender?
I had the hot NYC, it was amazing!
Last question, have you had any memorable customers?
Absolutely! I really treasure moments where I can chat with my customers. This weekend I met some lovely ladies who tried a few of my new crowns, I hadn’t seen them on anyone else yet, so it was really great.