Earlier this month, the Stitches and Craft show landed in Melbourne, Australia. The show brings together retailers and designers, as well as craft labs for attendees to learn new craft techniques.
My favourite part of the show though would have to be the ‘Incubator’ section, which features independent crafters and designers from all over the country.
We are spoilt for choice in Australia when it comes to independent fabric desginers and I managed to steal one away for a quick chat – the very funny (& honest), Shannon from Aunty Cookie.
FQ: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your artistic background?
Shannon: ‘I remember it was pretty early on in primary school when I knew I was pretty OK at drawing! I used to make these quite elaborate headings for projects and even in high school it was the only thing I felt I was any good at.
I went on to study painting for two years and then completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Victorian College of the Arts – where I majored in drawing.
But of course for those three years did very little drawing in my major works, lots of photography, wanky installations and text based stuff. Most of my stuff now has elements of text in it, similar to my artwork from years ago.
After uni I worked at a few dodgy jobs, not drawing or creating anything at all for atleast 6-8 year, mainly doing graphic design work. It was only when I had my daughter Lola (who is now 6) that I started working for myself and making again.
I never planned to be doing what I’m doing now – combining freelance work with running my own small business. I’ve kind of just kept plodding along – it suits my life at the moment so I guess I won’t be doing much else for a while yet!‘
FQ: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Shannon: ‘Everything and anything. Magazines, blogs, movies, music, mates who craft – mates who can’t craft, my dodgy attempts at making something, conversations I have in my head whilst schlepping the kids about.
I’ve got a little notebook I carry where I write down random stuff I like, stupid things I’ve heard. I’m not a sit in the park and stare at nature kinda girl, ideas will eventually come to me, I don’t need to look for them.’
Shannon: ‘Most probably the LETTERHEAD design. It came together really quickly and I have been able to milk it and stretch it into so many products!!’
FQ: Where do you see Aunty Cookie in five years?
You can see more of Shannon’s designs here.
The incubator also showcases some of Australia’s independent crafters. It was great to put faces to names and meet some of the crafters whose work we have admired.
The show was a hub of inspiration and creativity and it was great to see so many different styles and crafts under the one roof.
Claire from Craft Schmaft with her stunning sock creations.
Lisa from the Red Thread with her unique softie kits and panels.
We will draw the winners on Sunday 23rd May.