Tuesday, September 1, 2009

5 minutes with... Anna Kling

Who are you & what do you do?
I am Anna Kling, I am a full blood artist who is passionately painting large oil paintings of trees, vegetables and women.
From all my images I then create cards, magnets, journals, prints, blocks and even matchboxes to shrink these big things down to something smaller and affordable.

My business name is Anna Kling Fine Art Service.
You can order your painting in any size of whatever you like.

Can you please walk us through making one of your products, from conception through completion?
steps of making:
1. get inspired in the bush or garden or at life drawing sessions.
2. get my oilsticks or inks out and paint, usually very quickly. It has to be finished in 3 days, if not it’s crap.
3. put it on my wall, if I still like it when I come back to my house, I might make a product out of its image.
4. having exhibitions in galleries, public spaces or at home.
5. selling the artwork to a happy person who will treasure and enjoy it every day.

Where can we find you?
29 Westbourne Ave Wentworth Falls
:: The Nook, Leura Mall :: Moontree, Leura Mall :: Turning Page, Springwood Mall ::
:: Rare birds, Station St, Wentworth Falls :: 3 Sisters Tourist Information Centre ::
:: Mount Thomah Botanic Garden :: Longview Garden Centre :: Eden Gardens Lane Cove Rd ::
:: Kiku Gallery Bungendore :: Coast Gallery Milton :: Gallery Altenburg Braidwood ::

What are you looking forward to showing off at Mountain Makers?
Looking forward to presenting new smaller paintings with cheeky spring vegetables and all my products.

5 minutes with... Plus 1 Design

The Adorn Purse

Who are you & what do you do?
My name is Kirrily and I spend a lot of time sewing! My business goes by the name Plus 1 Design. My sewing mostly involves making girly things like handbags and purses. I'm not all that much of a girly girl, so I often have a giggle at this, but after sewing a lot of different things, I have decided that this is truly what I love doing.

How did you come up with your business name?
I went to see a band one night and my friend's name was on the guest list with a +1 next to it, so when we were going in, she introduced herself to the door person, and introduced me as +1. At the time I thought it would make a good tshirt. By the next day, I thought it would make a good business name and have been using it ever since.

Can you please walk us through making one of your products, from conception through completion?
The first step is usually the hardest - deciding what to make! As my range increases, this is becoming more and more difficult. Often though, it is dictated by a piece of fabric. So I'll choose one, then let it tell me what I should make it into.

If it is a handbag, then the next steps are deciding which of my patterns to use, or whether to draft a new one. This decision comes from a combination of things - what will work with the chosen fabric and what hardware (o-rings, d-rings, closures, feet etc) and coordinating fabrics I have available. Once that is decided, the fabric is pressed, cut out and interfaced where appropriate. Next is the sewing part which takes many hours. Then there is more pressing, adding the hardware, more sewing, tying off threads and a final press.

I'm a little bit pedantic about small details like making sure things are top-stitched, sewn straight, reinforced, centred, spaced evenly etc etc. This adds to the time it takes me to make something, but the perfectionist in me just can't let it go and I'm glad about that because to me, these little details make for quality work.

Where can we find you?
Etsy and my blog.

What are you looking forward to showing off at Mountain Makers?
Everything! But especially my Adorn Purses. I'm really looking forward to people being able to touch and feel my work. It's something that you don't get when you sell online. This will be my first time showing my work like this so I'm a little nervous, but it should be a great experience.

5 minutes with... planettreasures

Who are you & what do you do?
I'm Tess.
I design and make jewellery.

How did you come up with your business name?
My business name is planettreasures. It's been so long I can hardly remember.
15 years ago I started making jewellery and my neighbour was a printer and was hassling me to get a name so he could print some display cards for me.
I settled on 'planettreasures' because i am using materials from the earth to make jewellery. Treasures from the planet.
also I'm a big fan of"the planet" on Radio National with Lucky Oceans

Can you please walk us through making one of your products, from conception
through completion, in 5 steps?

1.My creations start with beads.
which involves actually going shopping for them.
I love the whole looking at beads and feeling them and selecting them in person.
I love beautiful, special and unusual beads.

2. I take them home and play with them.
I might store them in drawers and boxes with other beads.
Or just leave them on my desk.

3. when I decide to make something I usually end up making something different from what I had planned.
I might start off with a colour idea and then I drag beads out and arrange them on my table or my bead board, until I'm happy with the result.

4. then I string them or thread them or hang them depending if it is a necklace bracelet earring brooch.

5. Work out the cost. label and it's done.

Where can we find you?

The Nook, Leura
Glenbrook Market

What are you looking forward to showing off at Mountain Makers?
Earrings and lots of earrings! 'cus I love making earrings.
Also bright and bold necklaces, bracelets featuring Venetian glass, czech glass and handmade glass beads combined with gemstones and freshwater pearls.and some more dainty pieces that are hand woven using tiny glass beads.