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Photography - Fashion - Design - Craft - Markets & More!

About Us the Crew

Jessica Howson Art Director Graphic Designer Writer/Editor

Jennifer Mapletoft Project Manager Graphic Designer Writer/Editor

Leanne McCleary Graphic Designer Writer

Malloree Nicholls Graphic Designer Writer

Priscilla Serio Graphic Designer Writer

Sarah Fal zon Graphic Designer Writer


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A Splash of Inspiration


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Believe in Yourself





Take A Stroll

Furniture Overhaul




Q&A With Chrissy Lau

How did you start and when did you get into illustration? I’ve always enjoyed drawing from a very young age and started to draw more during my degree at uni (2002). I studied Law and it was a lot of reading (40+ hours/week) so drawing was a big stress reliever. I’ve been illustrating commercially for 10 years now. I decided that I wanted to get my work out there for people to see so I started sending my portfolio out. It was a challenge to myself to see if I could get work even though I wasn’t “qualified”. My first commission was 5 illustrations for Orange Mobile (mobile phone company). I don’t know how I survived but I graduated with a law degree then scored an invaluable “learn on the job” role at a graphic designers/branding shop – I then went on to manage an art gallery. In 2010 I achieved a life goal, being a self taught artist I landed ILLUSTRATION: CHRISSY LAU WRITTEN: PRISCILLA SERIO


artist representation with The Illustration Room who I am still represented by. What is your favourite thing about illustrating? Being able to interpret words into a drawing and conveying a specific emotion that connects with the viewer. The part I enjoy the most is creating patterns and lines. Who inspires you or how do you find inspiration? I think Yayoi Kusama is an incredible artist, I love her collaboration with Louis Vuitton. I’ve been to 3 of her exhibitions/installations and they are mind blowing in terms of scale, patterns & colour. Inspiration generally comes from people making me laugh, eating great food, going for walks along the beach.

which was amazing. I’ve illustrated for Elle Girl, Gary Pepper Vintage, Pocketto Magazine, appeared in Cleo & Yen Magazine. Clothing designs for Mambo (currently shortlisted in the illustration category in Desktop Magazine’s CREATE awards) , surfboard design for Artboardz, CD artwork for various singers and also just designed a coin for the Royal Australian Mint. Here’s a longer list below: Women’s Weekly Smiggle Sunday Telegraph Sunday Magazine Anna Lemma Magazine Pearson Education CARGO Bar KOO Bar Toast Cafe TASCHEN’s Illustration Now! Vol 4 CURVY 5

What kind of works have you created?

Cleo Magazine

I’ve created dragon flags for the City of Sydney chinese new year celebrations this year, they were all around the city

AMMO Magazine

Blanket Magazine Domestic Etch Zine Spoonful Zine

What are the biggest obstacles in being an illustrator and how do you overcome them? Having to chase up have to be good with money if you’re doing it full time & that’s your only source of income. Sometimes art directors/ clients might brief you, you respond with a sketch and they’ll change their mind. Don’t take it personally, ask the right questions and eventually the finished piece will look amazing.


How long does it normally take to create a detailed illustration? I generally work at A4 size and can finish an artwork in a couple of days. For commercial commissions it will take longer as you need to get approval at the initial briefing, sketch, detail stages so sometimes it can take weeks. What’s coming up next in your creations? Currently working on another series of editorial illustrations for the amazing Pocketto magazine www.pockettomagazine. com, finishing up a large painting to enter into an art competition. If I’m not working on commercial commissions I’m working on personal projects to build my portfolio. Where did you study? I studied at the University of Sheffield in the UK (where I am originally from) and I studied law.


What advice could you give to someone wanting to be an illustrator?

If you weren’t an illustrator what do you think you would be?

I live by “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” – it’s something I say to myself all the time. When I was younger I thought if I drew nice illustrations that somehow someone would discover me, but it really doesn’t work like that, you have to “ask”, if you don’t ask, you don’t get the commissions you want – you create your own luck & future. Be proud of your work, don’t be disheartened by criticism, stay creative and the doors of opportunity will fly open.

I actually have a day job so this is easy to answer. I am a search manager for a media agency. This involves running online marketing campaigns for clients - I write ads that appear on Google search & Facebook. You also have to analyse data and create presentations! It’s very numbers focussed.

What did you want to be as a child? Might/Does sound completely morbid but I wanted to be a pathologist at aged 10, when I was 14 I wanted to be a barrister and then a judge.

Do you have any advice/ quote that you live by? “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” What is the best advice you have ever been given? I don’t really seek advice, I like to weigh up everything in my own mind but everyone always tells me “do what you love/what makes you happy”


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Knick Knack got together with one of our favorite up and coming designers Claire Coppins owner and creator of Tighttigers, a Sydney based fashion label, and had a bit of a chat... When did you realise you wanted to become a fashion designer? What was your inspiration? Ha! I don’t think it was a lightbulb moment as such. It was more of a “I want to run my own business and be president of it all and hire all my best mates to work with me!”. I always knew I would start my own thing, I just didn’t know what was going to be my first business. Luckily at the time I was managing a big group of cool kids at a very well know Sydney venue. I started making capes and sequin tights for some of them and myself to wear for all our parties. The more I made the more people seemed to dig the whole TT concept and the whole vibe behind the personality of the brand. It

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was kind of organic when you think about it, a bunch of hot-ass kids dancing around in capes and tights having a blast. People saw it and wanted a slice of the pie. Boom, TT was born! Where did the name Tighttigers originate/what does it mean? I get asked this so often... It honestly just came from that saying “tight like a tiger”, which generally meant that your pants are super tight. It used to make us laugh if one of us had some seriously tight pants on. Now when I think of it, I think more on the “she’s tight like a tiger” as in “yeah that chick is rad”. It however you want to interpret it! Tell me a little bit about your journey from the beginning to now. Jesus, lol, how many pages do you have spare in this magazine? The word dream doesn’t always sit well with me. I prefer the word “goal” or “idea”. Dreams tend be these things that people

think they can’t obtain. However, you can if you make it a goal of yours to get it done. Shove it on your “to do” list and your halfway there! Creatively you should just let the wind take you where it blows. The TT journey is still evolving, we started off with a bunch of friends whacking our stuff on at parties and fun photo-shoots to doing a full on runway show on top of a rooftop pool a year later. We have artists constantly using our stuff in their film clips and we are now about to re-launch our new shopping website where TT is exclusively sold. It’s only been 2 years but it’s been a lot of hard work. You also have to start thinking more realistically in the current economic times. You have to sympathise with how everyone is feeling, and how the market is changing. Its not all rainbows I’m afraid, but we try to make it as fun as we can for everyone involved.

Do you have your own design team or do you come up with all the designs yourself? I still do most of everything but I get a tonne of help from my pattern designer, Edwina Lye. My girlfriends try and test everything out constantly too, and they also have a tonne of criticism to heap onto pieces that just don’t work. Like I said, its all about the team around you. And by team, I don’t mean employees or colleagues, I mean your own personal team in life. Whether it be your dad and brothers, or your best friends from primary school, or your boyfriend, or a giant mix of everyone. 


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I hear there is a new range coming out this year? Yes we have new stuff coming out sometime this year, we are not really good with the deadline thing, Argghhh get it away! Its more street-wear: think blazers, lots of silver tights, some yoga pieces too. We are going to try and release one piece a week online. It lets everyone see everything a little slower and more clearly rather than giving you 30 items to look at one time. Describe the general process you go through to design a new garment? Usually I see someone wearing something on the street or a photo and I just think how cool would it be if this was different, or that was a little darker. I sketch it out, take it to Edwina and she draws it up properly. Then we sample and fit the piece. If we love it we shoot it on one of our girls then cross our fingers and hope you will buy it and love it like we do!

What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers? It’s more mentally tough than anything. You got to believe in yourself 250%. You have to have a great team of people around you, alot of mentors, and be prepared to fail and not get down about. Advice for people wanting to start your own business? You have to see failure as productive. If you can’t do that, maybe you should work for someone else yo! :) Who are some of your favourite designers? ACNE. Alexander Wang. Helmut Lang. All sharp labels with amazing fabrics and a cool ethos about them. What influence do they have on your designs? Actually not a lot to be honest on our designs. Our stuff right now is so different to all of those brands. Its more the way they present their brands and live their lifestyle that

influential. They are relaxed, they have fun, their people enjoy this life and want the most out of it, and so do their customers. Plus, they look damn good whilst doing all of the above. Where do you see Tighttigers heading in the future? Do you have an end goal?  An end goal? Whaaaa? More like a constant, overflowing list of goals. TT Men, TT Music, TT Films, TT Summits, the list is honestly endless, TT Airways? TT Post? Honestly I just want to flow where the world takes me. Who knows in 2 years we might be making a completely different product to what we are selling now? As long as we are constantly exploring, I’m happy. xxx Claire.

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Lilypad Designs is a Sydney based label. The range consists of handcrafted accessories made from Japanese and other contemporary & playful fabric designs.

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SWEET LITTLE THINGS Squeaky Toybox designs “Squeaky Toybox is the cute little world inside the mind of Australian artist Kirsten Rayner. She felt that all of her quirky and fluffy characters needed a place to call home, and thus the Squeaky Toybox was created.” That pretty much sums up Squeaky Toyboxs website quirky, fluffly and adorably cute characters. Kirsten is also the creator of “Bebe’s Playhouse”, a website with flash games featuring all of your favourite Squeaky Toybox characters. You can have Breakfast with Ru, Dress Up Popo, explore Soot’s Living Room and much more, in all a cute fashion, of course. Check out both these cute-as-pie websites! Squeaky Toybox: Bebe’s Playhouse:


Me and Amber


Karen and Amber are best friends & business partners. They started out building sandcastles in kindergarten together, from there have built the successful business known as Me and Amber. We got together with them to have a chat about their journey from sancastles to success! Hello Ladies… You both have been friends a very long time, when did you decide that you wanted to work together? We have both always had a real love for art and design. At high school, art was by far our favourite subject, and we’d spend as much time as possible in the dark room and art studio. In our final year of uni we were fortunate enough to collaborate on our ma jor project. We just loved working together, and it turned a stressful time into something really enjoyable. this got us seriously thinking about starting up a partnership, and Me and Amber evolved from there!

Tell us a little about your journey... We started with a small number of very elaborate handmade cards they were photocopied, stamped, stitched and hand drawn a definite labour of love! We trialled selling them at Published Art, a sydney design bookstore, and the response was more successful than anticipated. We then streamlined our range into a collection of screenprinted cards. with samples in hand, We popped into our favourite shops, trying to sell our wares! We were incredibly lucky with the response, and the business has slowly eveolved from here. We have since expanded our range to incorporate artworks, linen homewares, and other stationery items. It has definitely been a long journey, and we still have plenty to learn and improve on! Perserverence, patience and flexibility have helped along the way!

What/Who inspires you? Inspiration comes from all over the place… Visiting our favourite galleries, travelling to new places, vintage children’s illustration books, nature. Old books also inspire us the tactile quality of their worn pages, beautifully refined typography, hardback covers in more shades than you could dream of, and their sense of memory and nostalgia. Me and Amber has a love for love of sustainability and design, how do you keep your designs sustainable? We source recycled papers and use linen, which is the most hard-wearing, durable fabric requiring much less water than cotton to grow. We also produce everything locally, so our carbon footprint is really kept to a minimum! We even both work from home, which is quite an energy-efficient and cost-effective way of running a business, for now!


Right: Amber & Karen Below: A selection from their online store

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A splash of inspiration Q&A with illustrator Karen hull

What is your background and how you first got into illustration/what was your big break?

Karen Hull is a talented artist and illustrator working from her home in the Sydney suburbs. With a keen eye for detail, her work possess a quirkiness and realism that is hard to miss. Karen works in a number of mediums both traditional and digital to achieve these results. She has won a number of competitions and is a published illustrator. Continue reading to find out a little more about Karen, her work process and how she got where she is today.

Originally, I was a Registered Nurse for 25 years and I took up art as a hobby about 5 years ago. From there, I started to win awards, got asked by people to do commissions and created my own website. As interest in my art grew, I found that I was spending more and more time on art and so with the encouragement of my husband, I decided to leave nursing and pursue art as a career – that was three and a half years ago. I love drawing anthropomorphised animals and many people said to me that my art would be great in children’s picture books and so I contacted Illustrator’s Australia and set up a portfolio. From this site, I have picked up quite a bit of illustration work over the last few years, including several commissions by the Coin Club of Australia to

draw commemorative coins, some advertising illustrations and then in September last year I was contacted by Hachette Australia and asked to illustrate a children’s picture book Let’s Count Kisses which was published and is now available in shops from May this year. Has your style of illustrating changed much since you first started out? If so, what was the catalyst for this? My style really hasn’t changed at all – it tends to be quite realistic with a touch of quirkiness. I would like to be much freer in my drawing and illustration work, but have probably come into this career a little late in life to make any radical changes to my style. What is your work process like for completing illustration work? The first step is to research the job and get a feel for what the client is after. As much as possible, I try to use my own reference photos. After studying all

the reference material, I come up with a rough sketch, which is presented to the client. I do most of my illustration work in coloured pencil on drafting film and in most cases, this is then scanned and is then digitally developed further using Corel Painter and Photoshop. Do you ever have slumps? How do you get around these to get your creative juices flowing again? I do get creative slumps and usually get out of this by getting back to nature, reading art books and researching other artist’s work on the net. I also go through all my reference photos to see if something ignites an idea and inspires me to draw again. What do you love the most about your job? I love having the opportunity to be creative on a daily basis, working for myself, having flexibility with my hours and working environment, and most of all I love inspiring others.

What id the part of your job you like the least? The hours can be very long. Sometimes, I work 16 hour days, 7 days a week for very little return, but that is my choice – I don’t have to do those hours. I also find it quite isolating working alone from home, and so I try to spend about an hour a day networking online with other artists and illustrators in various on-line groups. Do you have any side projects that you are working on at the moment or have been recently? I get a lot of enquiries from other artists regarding the materials I use and my techniques, so whenever I am between jobs, I write art tutorials which I sell from my website and various other on-line sites. I also spend this time working on pieces that inspire me, and these pieces usually go into exhibitions.

What are your current and future projects at the moment and is there anything you that you would like to get involved in in the future in regards to illustration? I have just done a sample illustration for Hachette Australia for a second children’s picture book which is planned for publication in April 2014. Because I split my time between fine art and illustration work, I don’t actively pursue illustration work, but am happy to take on any projects that come knocking at my door. Do you find it hard balancing work and life commitments? I find it extremely difficult. I have four children, ranging in ages from 8 to 21, all still living at home and we also have a house filled with pets. Because I work from home, it can be a real challenge prioritising and making sure that everyone’s needs, including my own need for time out, are met.

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What is your #1 Tip and what advice would you give to those starting out wishing to break into the world of illustration? My number one tip is to get as much on-line exposure as possible so that people are seeing your art – I wouldn’t be doing what I am today if it wasn’t for the exposure I’ve received on the internet. Also work on creating your own style and being true to yourself. There are many illustrators out there who work in watercolours and their work is free and spontaneous and probably a lot less labour intensive than the style of illustration work that I do, and I really wish I worked in this style of illustration, but I believe the reason I have picked up as much work as I have is because my style is a bit different to much of the work that is out there. Check out more of Karens work at

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A Papered affair Paper Couture

Jo Neville - founder

As we walk into the studio of Paper Couture in Artarmon, the creative force behind this, Jo Neville greets us with a warm smile. It’s always nice to have a passionate and knowledgeable person in the industry willing to share their knowledge and thoughts. Her studio is filled with a plethora of paper wonders including chandeliers, clothing, cards, invitations, flowers, Christmas trees and a number of other paper delicacies. Jo Neville has been creating paper wonders under the Paper Couture name since the year 2000. Starting her career in graphic design after graduating from Swinburne University of Technology Jo then found her calling crafting paper into beautiful pieces


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drawing 2 and 3 dimensional works. Talking with Jo it is her passion and dedication to the art of paper and being an independent artist is clearly evident. Jo confesses herself that she “Lives, eats and breathes paper”. Paper Couture pieces are varied and included in a number of areas as a paper artist including fashion, magazines, lighting design, interiors, stationary, floral arrangements, fine art and installation. Jo goes through a number of her works in the studio with us generously describing materials and techniques used. A standout piece is a globe made from cut up maps which have been re-sewn back together. This technique of reusing and re-imagining paper materials is a constant in her work. This

concept of repurposing and “re-imagining” what is now discarded into something beautiful is a common work process for Jo. A favourite material to use are maps which can also be seen in a series of beautiful paper sailing boats that adorn the ceiling of the showroom, appearing to be sailing away on an invisible ocean. Papercraft is an art form that needs to be respected and preserved especially in a world where everything is done digitally, it is good that this form out creating is still taking place at the Paper Couture studio at the skilled hands of Jo Neville. Please come and visit Paper Couture and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!

You can visit the studio: 81-83 Dickson Avenue Artarmon, NSW Or visit online at au


Down That Little Lane Over the past three years I created and designed Down That Little Lane (DTLL) in my mind. I was always a book marker, I just couldn’t help myself. When I found something unique I saved it to come back too, I mean what if it hadn’t been able to find it again?! Oh the travesty!

We aim to attract an elite community of fine product makers an suppliers

My speciality is gathering unusual gifts and home décor and my friends were always asking for recommendations. I had lots of mini fist pump moments when they then bought those suggested products or someone asked me where I got the present that I bought their child as they wanted to buy one for someone else. I realised there wasn’t a one-stop shop to guarantee finding delightful gifts or home wares that I could send them. Using the treasured places I spent many years sourcing, I gather them all in one place where you can shop PHOTOGRAPHY: ©LEANNE McCLEARY WRITTEN: LEANNE McCLEARY

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form all sorts of different stores and checkout in one easy payment. From the look and feel of the the font, logo, and colours... I knew exactly what I wanted in the DTLL site. Our mission statement is “We aim to attract an elite community of fine product makers and suppliers and become the best on-line multi-store in Australia,” I think this reflects our commitment to selection every seller by their high-end, independent and niche products. Endless hours have been spent travelling to little boutiques, quirky markets, and visiting blogs to find items we know you will love. What’s more, Down That Little Lane has the added benefit that it’s easy to get to, and doesn’t involve bundling the kids in the car sitting in traffic or travelling long distances... Bonus or what!

Selling: What we are looking for We are looking to fill our pages with niche, high end, unique and bespoke products. The unusual and the quirky but the well made and well loved designers.... items that will always be “keepers”. We are a by invitation only website, that means that you may receive an invite from us without even expecting it or you can apply to be invited on our “apply to sell with us page”. The website has been created like this as we as we want to concentrate on quality not quantity and we do not want to have multiple stores of similar styles but a variety of boutique products that are found Down our Little Lanes.. Our aim is to attract an elite community of fine product makers and suppliers from all around the world.

‘be the person your dog thinks you are’ Tea Towel $20

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Key Me Up - Which one’s for my heart? Necklace $30.00

White Ceramic Bee & Bird Jars $20

Chocolate Bed Toppings $265

Felt Ball Trivet, 5 colour options $29.95

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One of a kind colourful resin jewellery and homewares

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Contempory Jewellery Design

bangles / earrings / necklaces / bracelets / rings / lockets / pendants / cuffs / brooches / bowls

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George Street, The Rocks T: 9807 5095 J's Sewing Workshop Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm, Selective Saturday and/or Sunday Please check out Facebook for details. Shop Location: The Rocks Market

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5 simple steps

Dreamcatchers are made and used by many. Here are 5 simple steps to your very own handmade, crafty dreamcatcher, using only a doily and pretty things like lace, ribbon and beads. In Native American culture, dreamcatchers were always handmade and used. It has been said that the point of a dream catcher is to weed out bad dreams that the dreamer may have. The bad dreams would get stuck and stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day and the good dreams would pass through and slide down the feathers to the sleeping dreamer.


Materials 2 long ribbons Thin ribbon

Needle and thread

Doily 1. Tea - stain the doily to create an old vintage effect and/or starch the doily to keep it firm.

Spare bead Beads

2. Thread some ribbon through a hole on the bottom and feed it through a second whole to make two ribbons dangling. Do this again with the second ribbon with a gap between each ribbon.


3. Feed some chosen beads through the ends of the ribbons and tie a knot with approximately 5cm of ribbon left at the bottom. Do this to each end of the ribbon, to make a total of four.


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4. Get your spare bead for the middle of the doily and thread it in place, through the centre of the doily with a needle and thread. 5. Feed the thin ribbon through an opening at the top of the doily to create a loop and tie it to make a handle to hang the doily.

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Sydneyside Artisan Markets THE GUIDE

If you are a market lover like we are at Knick Knack, you will love exploring the various artisan and crafters markets sprawled across Sydney which can be found in the inner and outer suburbs. Artisan markets offer a variety of handcrafted one of a kind items made by experts in the area. The nice thing about attending the market stalls is often times the stall owner is more then happy to talk with you to discuss the handcrafted item and answer any other questions you may have.

Here is a collection of a few different artisan markets that can be found across Sydney. Happy exploring! CREATIVE BEROWRA MARKETS When: 9am to 2pm 2nd Sunday Monthly Where: Cnr Berowra Waters Road and Hillcrest Road Berowra Ph: 0405 176 411 Why: Quality arts and gifts in a beautiful bush environment. markets.html EVELEIGH ARTISANs Markets When: 10am to 3pm 1st Sunday Monthly Where: 243 Wilson Street Darlington Ph: 9209 4735 Why: A platform for emerging and contemporary independent designers, artists and makers to showcase and sell their wares directly to the public.

glebe Markets When: 10am-4pm Every Saturday Where: Cnr Glebe Point Road and corner of Derby Place Glebe Ph: 0419 291 449 Why: Glebe markets showcase young designers, emerging fashion, vintage clothing, jewellery, accessories, CD’s and books. It’s a place to enjoy and relax, laze on the lawn and listen to live bands. ST IVES HANDMADE MARKETS/HERITAGE FAIR When: 9:00am - 3:00pm 1st Sunday Monthly Where: Mona Vale Rd St Ives Why: Handcrafts , Arts, Fashions , Jewellers and a vast variety of Quality Handmade Items on offer. Set in the scenic St Ives show grounds the Heritage Fair hosts a Free music event Live at every Fair.


Kirribilli Art & Design Markets

Mosman Village Art & Craft Market

When: 9am-3pm Every Saturday Where: Burton Street Tunnel, Milsons Point Ph: 02 9922 4428 Why: A great place for local artisans and crafts folk to gather and display their wares.

When: 8am to 3pm 1st Saturday Monthly Where: Mosman Square & Village Green, Spit Junction Ph: 02 9978 4181 Why: A fabulous selection of 150 stalls showcasing arts and craft, gourmet foods and musical entertainment. mosman/culture/market

Lane Cove Alive Art & Design Makers Markets When: 9 am - 3pm 3rd Sunday Monthly (except January) Where: Lane Cove Plaza Why: Quality jewellery, soft furnishings, millinery, women’s and children’s fashion, handmade cards, screen printed T-shirts, table linen, lovely lampshades and beautifully scented soaps and candles all are there to entice. Lane Cove Alive App available FREE from the AppStore

The Rocks Markets When: 10am-5pm Every Saturday & Sunday Where: Gloucester Walk The Rocks Why: The Rocks markets is a great place to visit for locals and tourists alike. There are a number of stalls selling a variety of cool things including skin products, art, crafts & more.

Arts & Crafts

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Believe in yourself

Interview with Philippa Enid Photography Setting your sights on becoming a professional photographer seems like an easy task. However in such a competitive industry it takes much skill, passion and determination to be successful. We had a chat with Philippa from Philippa Enid Photography to gives us an insight into the ups and downs of this ever sought after profession. As a child what did you dream of being? I always wanted to work with animals, At one stage I had intentions of being a zookeeper! What compelled you to choose to become a photographer? I loved what I could do & create from a small piece of technology. (Small in size!). And I love working with people — A little more than animals! Where did you study photography? Kingswood College of TAFE — Nepean Art & Design Centre.

What inspires you creatively? People & Fashion as that is changing everyday. You would never get bored!

What area of photography do you specialize in or do you prefer? I photograph lots of weddings at the moment, portraits too. Also a little bit of fashion photography; collaborating mostly with small and upcoming designers. Do you have any other photographers who you admire? Yes! British photographers; Tim Walker & Lara Jade. Aussie photographers; Corrie Bond & Steven Chee. Have you had any obstacles in your career that you’ve had to overcome? Plenty! Knowing how much to charge clients, learning to step out of your comfort zone... And all the other things that come with starting your own business.


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Do you have a dream photoshoot? I dream of doing fashion shoots in places like India & Africa where you’re surrounded by amazing colours and scenery! Is there another area ofphotography that you would love to try? I’d love to try some interior and architectural photography… Something a little different from photographing people. What is the hardest thing about being a photographer & How do youover come it? I would say the hardest thing is probably believing in yourself, and trying to do the very best you can and not screwing up!!! I think you just need to make sure you know your gear and equipment and you are prepared for the jobs you take on. What differentiates a good photographer from a great photographer in your eyes? I believe a good photographer will take only a snapshot. Yet a great photographer will be able to express a story to their

audience with a single photograph. What’s the best thing about being a photographer in Sydney? There are soooooo many opportunities in Sydney for photography! From Fashion to weddings, to spectacular events and so on. There are always things happening that you have the chance to get on board with. What was the best advice you’ve ever received? Keep asking questions! Try to make as many contacts with other photographers in the industry as you possibly can — You can never learn enough from others! Do you have any tips for aspiring photographers? Don’t get disheartened when you don’t get the ‘right’ shot that you had in your mind — Keep practicing and keep experimenting!

If your passionate and put your mind to it, you’ll get there!


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Ever thought to yourself, I wish I had a piece of furniture in my house that I made myself? No? Me either. But I always wanted more input into the things I owned. So, I decided to upcycle a piece of od furniture, and teach you guys along the way! 1. Pull apart your piece of furniture where ever it needs to be separately sanded and painted. In my case I took out the draw, took off the cushion and detached the draw slot thingy. 2. Put on your safety goggles yo! Safety first. Get your sander out and put it on a medium setting, with a rougher piece of sandpaper. Start going over the surface of your piece of furniture in small circular motions, and remember to keep the sander flat. Try to keep track of where you are sanding - keep note: it will not all sand back the same. You have to remember that this piece of furniture is old and that it has probably

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worn down in most areas. The aim of this first sand is to re-level the surface and get rid of the existing lacquer. 3. After you have gone over all the surfaces of your piece on medium, get out a brush pan brush and dust away so that you can see the suffice clean. Put on smoother sandpaper and turn your sanders setting down to the lowest available, and go over the surfaces again. This time it is about making the wood feel smooth and giving it a nice finish. If you have intricate or curvy parts of your piece that are hard to go over with the electric sander, feel free to go over it by hand with a piece of sandpaper. Use your intuition: run your hand over the piece and if it feels smooth, then it doesn’t need anymore sanding. Feel for rough spots and smooth them out. 4. Get a wet sponge and wipe over the piece, cleaning up all of the dust.

This makes sure that it has a clean surface for you to be able to start the painting process. Let dry. 5. TIME FOR PAINTINGGG… the undercoat. It’s very important that you get a primer undercoat for old furniture. If there is any lacquer left on it, the primer will cover this and ensure that the colour of the lacquer will not seep through the beautiful new paint colour you have chosen! Go over all areas of the piece with a pain brush and primer, thinking ahead of how you will have to move it around (turn it upside down first etc). Make sure there are not air bubbles or unevenness in your paint! If not, go over with the roller when it is still wet to ensure flatness. You may need to do 2 coats of primer, just to ensure even colour application. 6. Turn a fan on and let the primer dry. Go get some lunch. Watch a couple of episodes of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. This is

perfect drying time. It’s also hilarious. 7. Return and now for the fun part… painting it the colour you chose for it! Pretty much the same process as the primer, go over it with a paintbrush, evenly with no bubbles, then over again while still wet with a roller. Depending on what colour you have chosen, you may need to do 3 coats. I have chosen white so I only need to do 2, (thankgod!) and the waiting game begins. 8. When all the pieces are dry, assemble you piece back together again and voila! There you have it, an old piece of furniture looking new again. And all by you! Put it in your lounge room, put a couple of mason jars with flowers on it, some old books, a lamp. I don’t care. Make it look nice. It’s your piece of furniture now, you can do whatever the hell you like with it! 9. Enjoy!!!







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