Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
A beautiful plant
Deserves a beautiful pot
And that’s what I’ve got.
Tell us a little about the origins of Mrs N Handmade.
I’d always been a creative person, always trying to make something before I went out and bought it. After I got married earlier this year I had loads of succulents I used in the wedding that I wanted to plant. I looked around for nice pots, indoor and outdoor and just couldn’t find anything I loved at a reasonable price, so I took to making my own. I could make the shapes and sizes I wanted and style them however I liked. So I just started making them and once a few friends started to request them that’s when I decided to begin selling.
Describe your creative process.
It’s pretty simple, I take inspiration from the environment around me. I look for nice shapes that I can use as moulds to create different silhouettes. Once I get to the painting stage I develop colour palettes based on my mood at the time. Each succulent is hand picked to complement the pot.
What inspires you the most?
I get a lot of my inspiration from the weather and the seasons. Every season has a feeling and I like to try and capture that. My summer range is full of pastels and sweet colours which to me reflects the joy and happiness of summer.
What are your ultimate dreams for Mrs N Handmade?
To grow out network of stockists in sweet, little retail outlets across Melbourne and eventually interstate.
What will we find from Mrs N Handmade at our December Bend and Snap Market?
A range of concrete pots in my summer colour range. From small pots for your desk or bedside table to larger pots perfect for dining or coffee tables. Each pot comes with a Christmas gift box so you can pop it straight under the tree – no fuss. And if I don’t have the exact colour or style you want then place an order and it’s all your!
flyer designed by OLIVIA YORK.
Beautifully crafted handmade concrete pots and planters by MRS N HANDMADE.
Handmade products such as owl plush toys (specialising in pop=culture owl characters), embroidery hoop wall art, felt accessories and many more crafty things by crazy owl lady SCRABBLE KITTY.
Home-made soy wax candles hex-jars and amber bottles by ELIZABETH & MARY.
Jewellery from the minimalist to the straight up science to the more mystical with A PASSAGE OF TIME, ARTOMIC ART, INDOVINO JEWELLERY, OH DAKOTA and a special jewellery project from Narrelle M Harris, the esteemed author behind KITTY & CADAVER – A fictional band facing a zombie apocalypse devouring Melbourne and “raising rock ‘n’ roll hell to exorcise the dead!”. Yuka, Kitty and Cadaver‘s angry heavy metal Japanese drummer, wears jewellery made of the salvaged remnants of instruments destroyed when her first band accidentally summoned a demon and everyone but her was killed. Narrelle has collaborated with a number of local artists to create unique jewellery assembled with salvaged remnants of instruments.
Mad science and other curios with turning recycled electronics, antique medical equipment, found bits and pieces, modern oddities, and culinary creations into shiny science experiments by MAD SCIENCE AT WORK.
Original, Handcrafted, Delicate and Unique 3D Paper Sculptures, Artworks, Crafts and Photographic Prints by PLATED IMAGE.
Quirky, custom-made cards, posters, gift-tags, boxes, and, above all, children’s books by NICHE DRAWINGS. (be sure to see Nichla with your ideas – you can work with the artist to develop a story together, and let Nichla work her magic to create a completely unique, one-of-a-kind, limited-edition book, just for you).
In addition to celebrating the work of the local art and design community and our regard for shopping locally, we are proud be featuring a number of our philanthropic stall holders utilising their creations to give back to the community, for instance:
ARTOMIC ART – jewellery sourced the coolest scientific pictures discovered by various science students and researchers and created to raise awareness of such important research.
A portion of their proceeds is donated back into research towards the sourced image – for example, the Midnight Magic Cufflinks, these stainless steel cufflinks are made using an image produced during research into schizophrenia (image courtesy of Candace Wu (researcher at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health), for each purchase of the Midnight Magic Cufflinks, a portion of the profits will be donated to mental health research. http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/206216550/midnight-magic-cufflinks
Personalised vintage & pre-loved second hand clothing.
The Applique Vintage team, following their commitment to act sustainably, have launched their new initiative THE BIG CLOTHING DRIVE where they will collect your unwanted items which will then be sorted, and those that are of a high quality and suit the Applique Vintage style, will be sold in our store. The rest will be donated to charities including the Brotherhood of St Lawrence and the Red Cross. Then, next month they will be starting their monetary donation project, where 50% of all sales from your donations will be donated to a charity of your choice.
Melbourne based jewellery brand, creating unique pieces artfully hand-crafted from 92.5 sterling silver, 18ct gold plating & adorned with semiprecious gemstones, sourced from around the world. Each piece is purposefully designed with a high level of thoughtfulness and detail, and each crystal is carefully hand-picked, ensuring every piece is truly ‘one of a kind’.
Indovino Jewellery aims to use art and jewellery to bring greater awareness to the Water Crisis that is happening all over the world in Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. A portion of every sale will be donated to Charity Water – a charity dedicated to bringing clean water and sanitation to people in less developing countries. (see more here).
Image courtesy of Jasmine Dowling.