Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku
Two sisters who love to
create and have fun
paying it forward for our Mum
Tell us a little about the origins of Beena & Ro
When our beloved and beautiful Mum passed away early 2015, we were both bereft. Mum suffered her first stroke in 2008 which robbed her of her physical independence but not her inspiring kindness, care and love. Mums second stroke in 2015 was too great to recover from. Not long after, Rose started making polymer clay necklaces and Bern began finding uses for the driftwood she collected on the beach where she lives. Neither of us had ever done anything like this before. At the beginning these were gifts for friends, but as we made more things we thought “ wouldn’t it be fun to have a market stall?”
It allowed us to create things we love and to spend time together. We wanted to do something for our Mum, so we decided that we would provide information at our stall for anyone who was interested to know more about the warning signs of stroke and to donate 20% of any profits we made to the National stroke Foundation.
Describe your creative process
Rose finds ideas in magazines, online blogs and just asking friends what they like. She tries all sorts of designs and colours and challenges herself to continually create new and unique designs with her necklaces, pendants, earrings and bracelets. Rose loves trying new base materials including polymer clay, silicon, wood and metal.
Bern gets her ideas from her love of animals and the beach. Both sisters are passionate about animal welfare and the environment. Bern has found newfound skills in woodworking and loves the challenge of new projects that help develop her skills.
What inspires you the most?
Kindness inspires us both. We get this from the kindest most wonderful soul we ever knew, our Mum.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers
Bern loves indigenous artists and any artist who cares about their craft, Rose loves funky, bright designers. (As we are just getting into this area we can’t name any specific people but we respect and admire anyone who puts time into making things that make others happy).
What are your ultimate dreams for Beena & Ro?
That we continue to enjoy creating and enjoying going to markets and having people love what we do. To raise awareness and funds for the National Stroke Foundation.
What will will we find from Beena & Ro at our July Bend and Snap Market?
A delightful range of quirky, unique homewares featuring animals and recycled wood as well as gifts for your “ furry children”. Gorgeous, colourful and funky necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings that make great additions to your look. We can assure you that you will find something for that “ hard to buy for person” and for those that are interested they can feel good that part of their payment will go to the National Stroke Foundation.
See Beena & Ro at our upcoming celebration of divine art and design along with a curated selection of Melbourne’s finest movers and makers. Our next market day at 1000 £ Bend will be Sunday 31st July 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Stallholders include: BEENA & RO, BRITTANY SHEMMELD, BROKEN KROWN, HEIDIXE, HOOK AND HOP, HOUSE OF HOCUS POCUS, JEN CLARK DESIGN, KAT RELISH, MIKAELA EATON, ONE ART PLEASE, ROCK PAPER SILVER, SARZI DESIGNS, SAZZ AND FLEUR, SISTERWORKS, SKRUB, THIS IS NOT A TOY and TWEET STORE.
For a little more winter warming, Hook and Hop will also be running Crochet Classes throughout the day. Bookings are essential: http://www.hookandhop.com/product-catego…/classes-workshops/
Be sure to also check out their many knitting and crochet kits with foolproof patterns from totes to rugs to kitty caves: http://www.hookandhop.com/product-category/crochet-kits/
We are also pleased to be having our friends from SisterWorks join us again at our upcoming market day showcasing a diverse range of creations and live demonstrations throughout the market day.
SisterWorks 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 on their website http://www.sisterworks.org.au/
July Bend and Snap Market
Sunday 31st July 11:00am to 4:00pm
361 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne