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Mattt, VIC

Matt Thomson made his first backpack when as a first year engineering student he needed some way to carry his textbooks to and from uni on his Vespa scooter. As it turns out the bag making was much more interesting than the engineering, and when friends and family started asking him to make bags for…

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Chocolate Brownie, VIC

Meet Eleisha Nylund, founder and head honcho at Melbourne’s Chocolate Brownie, maker of beautifully handcrafted leather goods. (Photo by Salona Chithiray) Tell us about the name Chocolate Brownie, how did that come about? Before starting Chocolate Brownie, I was a jeweler for eight years and also taught jewelery making. During this time I had a…

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The Roaming Spit, SA

FOODIE TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS Ivan Tomic’s boutique catering company, The Roaming Spit, is known for its incredible charcoal spit-roasting – of ethically raised, South Australian Berkshire pork and premium lamb, slow cooked for five hours the true European way. Creating real, ethical food is a way of life for Ivan. So it’s no surprise…

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High Tea with Mrs Woo, NSW

“Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it.” High Tea with Mrs Woo is a small family business based in Newcastle NSW, and the design collaboration of three sisters. Rowena, Juliana and Angela Foong grew up in Malaysia, where their family home was also their grandparents’ century old goldsmithing…

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Such Great Heights, SA

Ryan O’Connor and Jo Fahy started Such Great Heights after the birth of their two daughters, Grace and Daisy. Uninspired by what they found available in the world of children’s products they got creative – making high quality playthings, furniture and clothing to nurture their children’s sense of wonder and joy. The Adelaide based couple…

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The Spotted Quoll, TAS

Tamika Bannister came up with the idea for The Spotted Quoll over a weekend in a secluded shack in Tasmania’s beautiful Freycinet National Park. Inspired by the nature all around – and with the aid of a few glasses of fine Tassie Pinot – she developed a plan to create beautiful, ethical wares featuring original, environmentally…

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Studio Cockatoo, QLD

First-time Bowerbird exhibitors husband and wife team Luke and Kate Bordessa design and print a range of beautiful geometric art prints under the label, Studio Cockatoo, based in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland. Studio Cockatoo has just celebrated its first year in business, how did it get started and what has the response been like…

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Kitty Came Home, SA

It’s been 10 years since Adelaide jeweller Katrina Weber started Kitty Came Home, as a small side business, which united her love of vintage fabric with contemporary design. Over the past decade the Kitty Came Home label has grown its range from the Original Vintage Fabric Button Clutch and Super Clutch, to now include a…

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Tread & Pedals, VIC

Emma Dinkgreve and Ivan Hackel are the creative duo behind Tread and Pedals, a design studio in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges creating handcrafted sustainable wares for him, her and home using upcycled bicycle parts.   You say Tread and Pedals combines your shared loved of bikes, design, the arts and recycling. Is this your dream business and…

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Zillpa, QLD

Clare Collyer is a Brisbane based designer maker, whose ‘bit of fun, playing around with rope’ has led to the development of a stunning range of homeware items, using an old technique for using up fabric scraps by wrapping them around pieces of rope and stitching them together. You say Zillpa was born out of…

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