I recently got back from a two month buying trip to the states where I lived in the California desert for two months, rummaging through desert thrift stores and writing music. I returned a month ago with suitcases of vintage and pre-loved gear that I can’t wait to share!
The things that inspire me the most would be nature, open spaces, music, cultures, new environments and creative self expression. I am motivated by pushing limits, comfort zones and getting the full experience life has to offer.
My background is in the performing arts and the idea to start Brooklyn Dimes was when I was living in New York City for a year and a half pursuing dance full-time in the Broadway Theatre District. I lived in Brooklyn which was a totally different atmosphere to midtown and I would spend hours unwinding from the hectic pace of life searching for timeless vintage and started collecting.
I don’t really have a creative routine but I do have an abundant amount of energy, and so I find I am more productive in all aspects when I’ve had a few hours to outlet movement and music into my day. I also have a good habit of writing lists, lists within lists, timelines and goals down which helps to get things finished.
I would say other artists that inspire me would be musicians, actors, dancers, choreographers and costume / set designers. I love to go see gigs and shows, dance performances and the theatre.
Spaces that inspire me the most would be old dance studios with wooden floors and ballet barres, empty rooms with grand pianos, New York City up close and from a distance and an open desert road.
Photography + styling by Jamie-Lee from Brooklyn Dimes Vintage, Model: Morgan Phoenix, Location: Betty Lane Rehearsal Studios // Wonder valley // CA
Devour all of the dreamy Brooklyn Dimes vintage at our upcoming market day at 1000 £ Bend THIS Sunday 18th October 12:00pm to 5:00pm, along with tasty treats, curated art and design stalls, live music and all round good vibes.
Discover a range of innovative and handmade wares from jewellery, textiles, homewares and sweet treats, each lovingly made by an assortment of our of playful makers with experimental and creative concoctions from crystal and macrame fusions with peacock ore and tassels by EQ Creations, vintage heaven from Brooklyn Dimes, raw oxidised silver pieces by Sebo Handmade Jewellery, knitted carnations and other creations by Sharon Margaret, Yum!‘s delicious resin jewellery and homewares inspired by food and many more.
October Stalls include: Brooklyn Dimes, Ceridwyn, EQ Creations, Kylie’s Sweets & Treats, Plated Image, Scentsational by Sophie, Sebo Handmade Jewellery, Sharon Margaret, SisterWorks, Spherule Designs, Tinka the Label, Unfazed and Confuzed, Yum! and many more.
We are also privileged to be having our friends from SisterWorks join us at our upcoming market day showcasing a diverse range of creations and live henna painting demonstrations throughout the market day.
SisterWorks Inc. is a grassroots social enterprise based in Greater Melbourne. SisterWorks mission is to enable the most vulnerable asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women to work towards financial independence by developing the skills they need to settle happily into Australian society.
One example of the extensive work done by SisterWorks is providing the “Sisters” support in developing their own microbusinesses, nurturing creativity and empowerment by facilitating Design Labs. These Design Labs are held twice a week with view to help improve the design and quality of the products made by the Sisters as well as improving their business, social and English skills. Read more about SisterWorks here.
The Sisters who will be joining us at our October market include:
Anu worked as an IT teacher in India and now has
become an entrepreneur. She currently is making baby summer dresses, she make henna paintings and beautiful scarves from her native India.
Petronia, a senior Sister in SisterWorks, works in a cooperative with her mother and daughter to share traditional Burundi woven baskets. She has also learned skills at the Social Studio including, sewing, pattern making and printmaking. With her mentor Mia, Petronia is creating new textile homewares.
Elizabeth (Ukraine): Elizabeth has been in Australia for over 40 years, she worked very hard but she is so proud that her children and grandchildren have a bright future ahead. She knits beautiful dolls.
Alejandra (Chile): Alejandra worked as a journalist in Chile and she has a Masters. When she first came here she felt sad that no one noticed her skills due to her lack of networks and language skills. Now, her brand Kelkay is starting to take flight.
Enjoy the Sunday afternoon browsing the wonderful wares along with the unique opportunity to meet and chat with the diverse selection of makers of each of the covetable wares that tickle your fancy.
Pick up some new skills and invaluable insights from each of our incredible stall holders at our upcoming market day, followed by live music by Big Smoke as part of Holy Days in The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo, a series of stripped back sessions running throughout the month of October (presented by Parlour Gigs).
October Bend and Snap Market
Sunday 18th October 12:00pm to 5:00pm
361 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne
Upcoming Market dates:
Sunday 18th October 2015, 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
Sunday 29th November 2015, 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
Saturday 19th December 12:00pm to 5:00pm.