Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to a cleverly creative DUSTy Diva - meet Jay of Finki Handmade at Olive Grove Studios !
Dear readers, I confess, as an Etsy Addict and lover of Australian Handmade, I made a purchase from Finki many moons ago - a funky Smokin Geisha Notepad ! The notepages are gone but I still have the cover as I just adore this image.
I have had a chance to reconnect with Finki through the Maddabling Photo Challenge and looking through the Finki Handmade store, there are so many new favourites that I simply MUST share with you now..... starting with the Raspberry Bouquet Jersey Skirt
followed by the Textured Tunic, both of which are made from super comfy jersey fabrics.
I must also share with you this Funky Little Notepad - too too cute !
Dear readers, time to grab your handbag and explore the Fabulous Finds at Finki Handmade and of course to read the story of a very creative DUSTy Diva ! See you all this evening for the final instalment in the Maddabling 22 Day Mid Month Photo Challenge.
Fabulous Finds at Finki HandmadeWho is Finki Handmade?
Finki is the result of my obsessive need to create something on a daily basis. I think, no I know I have been drawing, sewing and making STUFF since cocky was an egg, so it was inevitable that I would end up making this my life.
I only started to take my craft seriously when I hit my 30’s and since then have just followed my heart from my humble beginnings in my little Etsy shop, to markets and now to a space in an awesome brick and mortar shop in Melbourne called Olive Grove Studios.
Way back when, I can remember sewing clothes for my cabbage patch on mums big old metal singer. I would design summer clothing ranges for barbie and spend all my time doodling on scraps of paper. Oh and much to my siblings delight I would dress them up, do their hair and makeup, create sets and take photos. Looking back now, I’m surprised they ever let me get away with it. But I guess it was all leading up to a creative life today.
One that I didn’t really allow time for until I was on maternity leave with baby number two. A part of me just did not want to return to the rat race, so I started selling my crafty wares on Etsy, which after a few months gave me the confidence to step out into the world and sell face to face. It was such a scary concept to me, to open myself up to criticism and speculation but it has been well worth it. You just gotta put yourself out there or you never make that allowance for opportunity to come your way.
What inspires you ?
Gosh...everything! I remember after having my daughter, I was so eager to learn as much as I could about the world of art, so I decided to return to study as a mature age student...I felt like a nanna...but it was the best thing ever.
I did a diploma of visual arts and was exposed to so many different ways of capturing the world around you. Through photography, print, ceramics, jewellery, paint and more... so as if i wasn’t already enamoured with all the fine details in the world around me, this course flicked a switch and I suddenly found inspiration in even the most mundane things.
What mediums do you work with - do you have a favourite ?
Well I have many a medium to work in and quite often have people say to me that I need to stop learning new skills, but I yearn to learn and fill my world with many a curious set of skills.
At present I sew, paint, screen print, bead, play with resin and spend far too much time on the computer. I tell myself that I’m working on my graphic designs, but really I’m off on pinterest, F.B or blog hopping instead. If only I could get paid to Blog hop ( :
At the moment though, I’d have to say Resin is my new love, it’s ability to magnify, and encapsulate images of old, giving them a new life in a pendant or earring makes my heart skip a beat.
What kind of things do you make/create ?
When i finished the diploma of arts, i really fell in love with the jewellery making component of the course and followed on to study that at TAFE.
So my heart lies in making jewellery, which I still do, but I also dabble in making screen printed clothes, cushions, journals and cards.
Gosh, how could I choose a favourite, they are all my babies. I guess my favourite is always the one I just finished. But really, everything I make is something I would and do wear myself. I think that’s key in being a maker. You have to make the things you love.
What are your future plans/dreams/aspirations ?
One day, when I’m old and grey or maybe sooner if fate allows I’d love to have my own shop. A shop with a little display of Finki goodies whilst the rest of the place was brimming with handmade wander from all my crafty Australian friends.
Want to see more dear readers ? Or perhaps do a spot of shopping ? Here is how you can connect :
Buy gorgeous things at the Finki Etsy store here : http://www.etsy.com/shop/Finki
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