We've curated some spectacular crafters, designers and all round creative Aussie minds that we just HAD to share with you. Keep a look out for these incredible antipodeans, and don't hesitate to support them too!
One name is essential in the current world of Chinese embroidery. That name is Margaret Lee.
Why? Just take a look at this image entitled ‘Harmony’.
Having learnt the way of traditional Chinese embroidery from her mother at a young age, Margaret Lee is now a champion of the art in both Australia and abroad.
Leaving a senior position in corporate banking in the mid 1990s, she “stumbled”(her words, not ours!) into teaching Su embroidery to an ever growing group of willing pupils.
Luckily; She never stopped. “One thing led to another” and over the years, she transitioned from being an extremely gifted home-grown artist, to world renowned master embroiderer and custodian of the art form.
In 2013 she published ‘The Art of Chinese Embroidery’ Foundation level, with the Art of Bead Embroidery – Japanese Style published in 2017. And, even more good news for budding embroidery artists this year, with the second volume of ‘the Art of Chinese Embroidery’ – Intermediate level: already in print and is due to be released in April of this year!
Every now and then we stumble across a real crafting gem. A blog, an explanation, or a book that can really disarm a less-than-perfect mood and bring us meditatively into a state of calm and center.
Ellie Beck, or Petal Plum, did just that, and we can’t thank her enough for it. Hailing from northern NSW near the border of Queensland, Ellie has carved out an enviable life for herself as a textile artist, creative maker, published Author and mum of 3 creative children.
As a writer, she published her book ‘Mindful Thoughts for Makers’ – comprised of 25 essays about bringing more intention to your daily practice, and a truly engaging blog (how we found her) that is terribly difficult to stop reading. We can’t recommend enough this post – on creating ‘slow and calm’ in this month, and we guarantee you’ll feel a change in outlook by the end of her article! Here’s Tip number 5 from her list in the blog:
“Do things simply and be content with a less is more approach.
Let some of your perfections slip a little; embrace imperfections.
Delegate and let someone else do a job, and allow it to be ‘ok’.”
The teacher in Ellie can show you many things too – like creating and using natural botanical dyes – if you’re up Murwillumbah way in January 2020 you should try and snag a spot – or creating beauty from the bits and bobs around you, such as fabric weaving on sticks and walks in nature.
For our global readers – you can still learn from this amazing crafter by downloading one of Ellie’s Online Courses, like Raffia Basket Weaving, Fabric Printing and Quilting to name a few.
It would be no surprise to us if you wanted to get crafting right away after spending some time on Ellie’s site.
Luckily, her shop has everything you could need to do so; including a loom weaving kit, natural wooden needles for basket or loom weaving, or even hand carved wooden crotchet hooks! Keen to browse through more? Her instagram page has what you need.
And, just because we can – here’s a little clip to bring you some peace and calm.
Being a self-described ‘Nap Queen’ is something that you wouldn’t necessarily assume about this Melbourne based DIY crafter, as her cute and fun designs show the kind of detail and care that one simply can’t do in their sleep!
When she isn’t teaching Art and Design to school students, Adelle graces her online followers with cute, stylish party bags and designs to suit any occasion, event, or requirement. Maybe, it’s a hankering for a DONUT PARTY? Unsurprisingly, she has us covered on her blog, and if you take a scroll through her instagram account, it’s sure to brighten your day!
And by the way – all her products are sustainable! *swoons*
The state of Victoria seems to have something special about it, if you consider the amount of great crafters, artists and creatives that reside there. Jennifer Frost is a local of Bendigo – Country Victoria, an inspiring Paper Crafter who sits in the top 100 Cardmaking Channels on Youtube! We’ve learned a lot from her visually stunning videos and we can’t wait for the next one to come.
You too can learn from her great tutorials here, or attend a craft class in person. With Christmas and the silly season just around the bend, its good to know that crafters like Jennifer are out there to help!
You can find even more on her instagram page here.
Full points for the name here! This family business comes all the way from Far North Queensland, in the tropical town of Cairns. The owners Emilie & Tribe not only manage to provide a vibrant fabric sewing service that showcases quirky and arty designs, but also a small army of 5 young kids! It really doesn’t get much cuter than showcasing unique designs on a little munchkin with a beaming smile.
If you want to support a small local business with a knack for the funny side of designs, then take a look at their Instagram, or go straight to the web store here. Our favourite pattern: Espresso Patronus!
This Perth/Berlin-based mother and daughter duo combine the talents of Emma (Graphic Design Guru) and Betty Young, who take their inspiration from the beautiful native flora of Australia and applying it to their creations in the form of distinctly unique women’s wear, accessories and home-wares. They also create swimwear, which Emma has tirelessly ‘Surf-Tested’ for our benefit. We are a little jealous, yes. Here’s the team below doing some diligent quality testing:
The process behind the prints is a marriage of Betty’s wonderful water colour paintings, which are then digitally realised and printed into a collection of repeat prints by Emma, and hand-sewn into gorgeous garments. On a special note; each and every design has a description of where you can find the species, their family, genus and even their Latin names.
We really love that Emma and Betty collaborate together between Europe and Australia, and hope that their business continues to blossom! Take a look at their Etsy Store or Instagram here.
Dannielle, A.K.A the Happy Little Crafter is a veritable Cricut Wizard from Brisbane that you should definitely check out. We love how much she is raising the bar on what can be created using a Cricut machine and a generous helping of clever inspiration.
This Vinyl Gin Bar decoration (below) was designed in the Cricut Design Space and then adhered to a chalkboard using a the Cricut ‘Maker’, adding even more effervescence to her sparkly drinks party! We think being told “You are the Gin to my Tonic” is a very welcome addition to any table top setting, and one we definitely can’t argue with.
With the festive season creeping ever closer, these Christmas Card designs that Dannielle brought to life are yet another reminder of the exceptional talent that this Island-Continent holds!
And, she has even made a handy tutorial with Cricut Australia & New Zealand for the Spring Carnival season which you can find on her Facebook page here.
Spring has well and truly sprung which means that Spring Carnival is in full swing! Check out Happy Little Crafter’s flowery headpiece tutorial to keep you looking fabulous not only at the races, but all Spring long!