We speak with the beautiful Jennifer about me and you. And also about fabrics and other loves.
Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
Love knitting and designing
Tell us a little about the origins of me.u.
When I completed my degree in textile design, rather than work in the industry, I ended up working in an ice cream shop (where I developed more personality). Then later, I worked at a knitting yarn shop (where I picked up more handknitting skills and met more creative friends). Somehow my dream to work in design veered off and I ended up doing work in academic research. As an outlet for my creative side, I created me.u in 2007. When I created me.u, I wanted to explore the use of different materials and concepts in my design. I started off making jewellery with the philosophy that it should be quirky and a conversation starter. I wanted to create little art pieces that one can wear. In 2012, I returned to my textile design roots and created a range of printed textile designs that reflected the me.u philosophy.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is rather informal. When making jewellery, it usually starts with one main material eg. a vintage button or a piece of fabric. Then I will think, how can I best present this main material? Then the design evolves as each materials are added taking care to make sure that the starting material still takes center-stage. Sometimes as I add on another bead or wirework, I will stop and think, is this working? Then depending on the overall look, I will either stop or continue to work on the piece. I guess this helps to evolve the design. This is also a reason why I take longer time to create each piece especially for customised request. More often than not, the final design is different from my original intent. But this is the way I like it. 🙂
What inspires you the most?
Colours. When I am choosing materials to work with or designing a fabric, I always have a colour palette in mind. Sometimes I look at a picture and go wow, look at those colours! I would love to create a design with that colour combinations!
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
My friend Paulina is the artist behind Hanka. What I love the most is the philosophy behind her artwork. I love the use of recycled items such as egg cartons and the resulting abstract nature of each piece.
What are your ultimate dreams for me.u?
I would like me.u to take off and grow. I also hope to add on to the product range. Perhaps one day creating garments out of my own textile designs. I have been finishing up on my PhD studies and cannot wait to devote myself back to me.u.
What will will we find from me.u at our May Bend and Snap Market?
Brooches incorporating fabric and wire work such as Tea Time and Bloom. Necklaces made using a mix of materials including cardboard lettering such as What About Me? and Why Is It All About You?. Original fabrics of course, such as Piggy Delight. A whole of lot of quirky and fun cufflinks, earrings etc. I also have experimental pieces that will be available at discounted prices. Please come and see me.u at the market and say hi! 🙂
See you all at our next Bend and Snap Market day at 1000 £ Bend Sunday 26th May 11:00pm to 4:00pm, 361 Little Lonsdale Street in the city for all of the art design fashion vintage with many of our regular stall holders and a load of exciting new additions to our Bend and Snap fold with A LITTLE COY, AGNES & I, ANIMAL VEGETABLE MINERAL, ANTYK BUTYK, BAK SPACE VINTAGE, CANDLE AROMAS, COLOUR ME PLATE, DREAMING CO ♧, GIRLPETA DESIGNS, EELAV MCBEE, HELEN FLEUR DESIGNS, JACK’S CALLING, JEREMY WINGSPAN, JUX, HENNA courtesy of the talented KAJAL, LISA PURCELL, LITTLE BOXES, LOUIE AND THE FOX, MELBOURNE ALTERNATIVE CRAFTERS, ME U, MY GOAT SOAP, NINE YAKS, ONE SMALL DUCK, SEBO HANDMADE JEWELLERY, SPOONFULS OF LOVE,TREAD AND PEDALS and many more emerging artists and designers!!!
We are also pleased to have THE MELBOURNE ALTERNATIVE CRAFTERS darlings (check out their Bend and Snap interview here) presenting the May edition of our pop-up-snowfield Crafternoon Corner where you can indulge in a number of winter time fun like creating a miniature winter wonderland with DIY snow globe workshop. While you’re at Bend and Snap Market come chill in the Pop Up Snow Field, and take home your own tiny winter world from the DIY snow globe makin’ station.
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