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The Makers
I love the word ‘maker’ – it can mean so much in terms of creativity while at the same time still retaining a meaning in everyday life. It can represent something special and also something mundane. For the mundane, we ‘make’ dinner or ‘make’ a coffe
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Gypsy Weaver
Cathy Tobin is a textile artist who embraced the philosophy of Saori weaving four years ago. Saori is a Japanese freeform style of weaving: there are no patterns to follow, no rules and it encourages individual creativity. Saori gave Cathy a way to n
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Merrin Glasgow
The seed that grew to become Classic Couture Vintage and Bridal was planted long ago. Merrin Glasgow’s skills in pattern drafting and dressmaking, her experience as a costumier in theatre, and a career in teaching visual arts and textiles, combined w
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Eva Michelle Redux
An inveterate secondhand shopper and a confirmed repurposer and recycler, it was natural for Eva Michelle to be drawn towards the vintage Australian souvenir spoons that were the item du jour of the living rooms of the 60s and 70s, proudly mounted on
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Jen Eales
Jen Eales is a contemporary maker who creates a small object line of handcrafted pieces in Brisbane that features kinetic mobiles and jewellery. At heart an artist and metalsmith, Jen has engaged in many creative outlets. As a seamstress, Jen discove
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Wonderpants
Wonderpants was borne out of the idea that good underwear could be like wearing a hug. To feel special, held, loved. Creator and founder Kathryn McAllister set out to make ethical, organic, locally made underwear that makes you feel good. And she nai
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David Lester
Most lights are designed for purpose or beauty. David Lester’s lights are a little different. They also have a personality. Each piece is a luminous creature with a unique character. When illuminated, you get the comforting feeling you’re not alone.
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In.cube8r
Elle-May Michael has always been around creative, entrepreneurial people. With a sound-engineer father and a musician mother, her start to life was rich with big personalities. She moved with her family to the Blue Mountains when she was four and her
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Antipodean Tynker
The Oxley Highway in New South Wales is something of a mecca for motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s a strip of well-maintained road that runs for 200-odd twisty kilometres between Wauchope and Bendemeer. The highway climbs and crosses the Great Dividing Ra
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My Vintage Obsession
Meagan Browne has had lots of creative thinking jobs, ones that were practical and fun and some dead-set boring ones. She has always loved colour and texture and being creative with her hands. Now she is enjoying the challenges of running her own sma
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Louiseann & Kristian King
Makers can often be curiously solitary figures, the discipline and practice of their craft often necessitating an absorbed and protracted preoccupation with their medium that precludes or inhibits intimate interpersonal relationships. It takes a spec
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Julie Stephens Designs
For Julie Stephens, jewellery making is a natural extension of all the making and crafting she has done over the years. Ever since she was a child she loved to create, in whatever form, including drawing and painting, ceramics, mosaics, knitting, cro
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Barry Gardner
After 18 years working long hours on road construction jobs, Barry Gardner had an epiphany after attending a knife show in Adelaide in 1995. Barry was overwhelmed by the artisanship and beauty of the knives on display, igniting a passion for the craf
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Harry Millward
Harry Millward is inspired by the natural world, surrealism and abstract art, music, mythology, his travels through Asia, video games, gender identity, and the overall human experience. He hopes, in time, we can move away from the environmentally des
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Sue Garrard
Sue Garrard is a South Australian-based artist and jewellery maker whose work challenges perceptions of preciousness and demonstrates that a ‘second life’ can be both beautiful and sustainable. Her work focuses on sustainability and often uses recycl
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Kate & Rose
Suzanne Anderson began Kate and Rose in 2011. It was born out of a strong love vintage and upcycling, breathing life back into dusty old china. It began with teacup candles, with the addition of cake stands a few months later. After that came stamped
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Simone Linder-Patton
Simone Linder-Patton’s hand-built pieces investigate relationships and connections between people, objects and place. She graduated in 2017 with Honours in Visual Arts from Flinders University and Adelaide College of the Arts. Simone returned to her
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Emily’s Utopia
Based in Melbourne, EmilyAustin creates timeless quality pieces that have a bold minimalist edge. She has cultivated a loyal following especially amongst those who enjoy contemporary, unique and elegant accessories. Over the years I’ve worked with v
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Julie Fleming
Julie Fleming is a South Australian-based English-trained leading milliner. After five years undertaking a fine arts degree and completing post-graduate studies in painting and printmaking, Julie trained and worked in London learning the intricate ar
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Rarehare Designs
Rarehare Designs embraces sustainable, smart, ethical design and manufacturing, whilst striving for (and more often than not achieving!) zero waste. Working from her studio in the picturesque Adelaide hills, Rachel Hare designs and creates jewellery
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Amanda Du Plessis
Johannesburg fabric designer Amanda Du Plessis, founder of Evolution Product, explores South Africa’s unique botanical history through her hand-dyed fabrics and delicate sun prints. When she makes her exquisite “Botanical Blueprint” and “Silverprint
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Tootsie Handmade
Karen Warren is the seamstress behind Tootsie Handmade, a sustainable small business using vintage and reclaimed fabrics to design and create one-off homewares and accessories. She lives in the Adelaide seaside suburb of Semaphore and works from home
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Isabel Avendano Hazbun
Isabel studied fine-furniture and textile design simultaneously. This experience of learning how to work with these disparate materials had such an influence that the intersection of timber and textiles and the crossover between their techniques has
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Smyle Designs
Matt and Kylie are Brisbane-based designers with a passion for colour, retro design and creative recycling. Together they have created Smyle Designs, an ecofriendly jewellery and accessories range made exclusively from upcycled materials. Matt and K
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Carys Martin Ceramics
Carys Martin originally trained as a printmaker, completing her degree in 1996. In 2009 she revisited her love of clay and began to learn the technical skills to make clay her canvas. Carys is drawn to contrasts and moments in time where different c
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Pod
Ballarat, Victoria, has long held a reputation for its arts community, but now in a massive coup for the city, it has officially been recognised with a UNESCO listing as a Creative City in the area of Craft and Folk Art – in fact, Ballarat is the fir
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Bethany Alice
Bethany started her business ‘Bethany Alice’ not long after finishing her degree in Fashion Design at RMIT. Working in Ballarat and Melbourne, Bethany collaborates individually with her clients to create custom made garments for all occasions. She al
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Kate Judson
Challenging notions of rubbish, material value, designed obsolescence and precious metals in design, Kate Judson seeks to engage in the conversation about the human relationship with technology and the Earth in the Anthropocene era. All the materials
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The Makers
Here at Junkies HQ every day we are blown away by the talent and creativity out there. There is just so much inspirational and important work being created that embodies our ethos, and we realised that we can’t do justice to this galaxy of talent in
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Blarney’s Biblio Art Award
Back in 2009, we found ourselves with an oversupply of vintage books. These are the books that generally come with a large collection, and as we’d only opened our secondhand bookshop less than four years previously, we’d been taking a lot of large co
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