Hello The Makers and Shakers : Emma + Lee

 
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I am super duper excited to be part of The Makers and Shakers Canberra this June. It is a one day art and design market, so, if you're in town, pop in to say hello. 

The Makers and Shakers Canberra
Albert Hall, 100 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla, ACT 2601
23rd June 2018

Here, I'm excited to share an interview of Emma Morris + Lee Glezos. How it all happened. What inspired them most. Their cute dog with a super cute name. These guys are so funny together. I always tell Emma she should do a talk show or a podcast (anything, so I can tune in hehe)

Read all about it below!

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1. Tell us a little bit of yourself. And how did you meet Lee? 

Emma: It was in 2005 so before dating apps and social media. That means we met the old school way - at Bar Open on Brunswick St in Fitzroy (in Melbourne). But I approached Lee because I had seen him at the State Library for months (and we both used it as our office and I learnt that we were both studying for our Honours). 

Lee: I agree with that story. I’d also add that 2005 really was a unique time to start a relationship. Melbourne was changing rapidly with things like the start of speciality coffee and small bar scene, there was tonnes of exciting energy coming from new-beginnings and change when we first got together.

 

 Meet the founders. Image via themakersandshakers.com

Meet the founders. Image via themakersandshakers.com

2. We know you have cute dog named McNulty. 

Emma: McNulty - he is very cute but he's a Jack Russell so very opinionated about how the world works (and at 13, very set in his ways). His latest obsession is carrots. He can't get enough of carrots. 

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Lee: I love that dog. When we adopted him, we did a six week 'basic manners course', where he learned things like how to sit on command, come when called, and not bark at people that came to the front door. Each week he was top of the class, but at home he flatly refused to do anything he'd leaned in class. He was making conscious choices to disobey all of our commands! In the end we just let him be free range. He sometimes likes to cuddle up on the couch, but often he's off doing his own thing.

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 Emma Morris in super cute vintage outfit at Round She Goes. Image via Round She Goes.

Emma Morris in super cute vintage outfit at Round She Goes. Image via Round She Goes.

3. How did the Makers and Shakers all started?

Emma: For ten years I have run a market for women's preloved fashion called Round She Goes. Around three years ago, I noticed I was often approached by makers of things other than fashion and I realised there was a need to innovate another market just for independent makers. I enlisted Lee as my sidekick to create The Makers and Shakers Market.

Our goal was to create a mid-sized event, curating Australia's best upcoming and established makers of homewares and food, but offering participation at a fair price point.

Lee: We love to create events that we ourselves would like to attend. We had met a bunch of indie makers through Round She Goes, and developed the idea that there was a need for a market that held concepts like ‘meet the maker’ and ‘locally-made’ as its core principle. We wanted the event to be more than just exchanging money for goods. We wanted the public to feel they had licence to connect with makers, and come away from the event with a general appreciation for handmade goods.

 

 The Makers and Shakers always draw a huge crowd. Image via themakersandshakers.com

The Makers and Shakers always draw a huge crowd. Image via themakersandshakers.com

3. The funniest thing that ever happened at the market

Emma: I'm a CRAZY Real Housewives fan (of all the cities) and probably the funnest rather than funniest is that Athena X from the Sydney franchise was a regular at our Sydney Round She Goes market and I had no idea. I loved her on the show. I Insta messaged her to tell her that I think she'd like this event as she is a fan of vintage clothing. She said, "I know darling, I already attend!" I've since met her there a couple of times (photo op!) and she is a regular shopper. She has excellent taste! 

 Stalls at Makers and Shakers. Image via themakersandshakers.com

Stalls at Makers and Shakers. Image via themakersandshakers.com

 

4. Advice for makers out there. 

Emma: Excellent photography is a game-changer for attracting the right customers and getting accepted to markets. It's worth the investment to get professional shots taken. 

Lee: In terms of applying to The Makers & Shakers, being descriptive about how and why you make is really important to us. We receive such a large number of applications and we read all of them carefully. We preference locally-made and small-scale, so it's important to highlight these things, or list the sustainable/ethical dimensions of your product (e.g using local printers for stationary, using organic or fair trade ingredients in beauty products, etc.)  

 Flowers at the Makers and Shakers. Image via themakersandshakers.com

Flowers at the Makers and Shakers. Image via themakersandshakers.com

 

5. My dream job when I was a kid…

Emma: I think I wanted to be a writer. English was my favourite subject and I was the BIGGEST book worm growing up. I ended up working in book publishing for most of my pre-market career, so I came pretty close. 

Lee: When I was 3 or 4 I wanted to be a waiter. Around that time I went to a relatives wedding and my mum bought me a black suit with a peacock green silk Pierre Cardin shirt. In the months following the wedding, I'd put the suit on around dinnertime and take drink orders from my family at the dinner table. Over the years, other interests took over and my dream of being a waiter went unfulfilled.    

 

6. If you + lee were superheroes, what would you guys be?

Emma: She-Ra Princess of Power. She had excellent 80s leotards/fashion sense and is The Most Powerful Woman In the Universe. Sounds pretty good to me! 

Lee: Monkey Magic was my favorite TV show growing up. Monkey was such a cheeky and lovable character. I was forever being told off by my grandmother as a kid, because I’d detach the sweeper bit from her broom, and spend hours in the backyard twirling the pole around and doing kung fu moves. I'd stand in the same spot for hours pretending to be riding the magic cloud.

 Flatlay days of my favourite things. Image via May Leong.

Flatlay days of my favourite things. Image via May Leong.

 

Hello, I'm Miss May :)

Hey folks! Hello, I'm Miss May and I'm here to talk a little bit more about what I've learned from starting my own little design studio. But, before I go on, here's a little introduction.

Hello Miss May Studio

Hello Miss May is my baby. I feel incredibly lucky to have a small studio in Surry Hills. It's my home studio, where I find it fulfilling to create cute, colourful Hello Miss May greeting cards, artworks and pins. Make them undeniably me. It makes me happy to see my work out there - on Etsy, in design markets and retail stores.

I'm a designer by trade. And I intend to stay that way forever, hehe. I work a lot with puns and humour. To make people laugh is 'serious business', I'm guessing, haha. I feel that's my purpose, knowing that something I created plays a part in someone's day.  With a little dash of fun. It's cute and super cheesy at the same time.

For more images of my studio, link here.

When did Etsy began?

So, it all started after travelling for a whole year around the world after uni. I went everywhere, 10 different countries, crossing over four continents. Life was great. But the reality kicked in, when I came home to Sydney, I was jobless (and very, very broke... haha!). A close friend of mind recommended Etsy, because, I was beyond despair.

Rabbit Carrot Poster on Etsy Seal Typo by Hello Miss May


For months, I would send resumes and go out to job interviews, but, no one would hire me full time!

One of my favourite quote has got to be, "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle.  


I decided I have nothing to lose when it comes to Etsy. So, I came up with 10 designs I am inspired by (back then, it was rabbits and flamingos) and uploaded the posters on Etsy. It all happened a good four years ago.
The first poster poster I sold was a print of a Rabbit and loads of carrots. And I was over the moon!

 

 

 My Hello Miss May Studio in Surry Hills. Photo Credit : May Leong

My Hello Miss May Studio in Surry Hills. Photo Credit : May Leong

Not Easy Being A #GIRLBOSS

It's true what they say, starting your own business is hard work. I have to manage everything from administration right down to inventory, sales and marketing. Think of a company but compressed into a tiny design studio run by one person. Haha!

But, in saying that, I love being my own boss. I can take holidays whenever I want. I get to work 7 days a week (even if I don't feel like it, haha). My favourite has got to be able to explore and create. And in the process, finding out who am I and who I wanted to be.

There were many late nights when I first started running my Etsy store. I kept working on expanding my range of Hello Miss May posters. I used to work part time in retail during the day, and at night, I would start designing posters and following up on my orders to send out the next day. It was quite exhausting working 7 days a week, with a part time gig and an online store. But I was very happy to know that people appreciate my work. I would send my prints all over the world, from New York to London to Tokyo.

The best thing I love about running an online store selling posters is that customers would sometimes send me photos of their room, all done up. It meant a lot to me that they love my work.

 Featuring my 'Good Night, Sleep Tight' Poster. Nursery styled by Erin Michael.

Featuring my 'Good Night, Sleep Tight' Poster. Nursery styled by Erin Michael.

Hello Miss May Today

So, I wanted to explore a little bit more with my designs. I found that I've always love greeting cards and brooches. And I'm such a big kid! Who doesn't love unicorns and rainbows and all things cute? That's when I realized I should go all out with something really fun and happy.

For the past two years, I went a little bit crazy (with the designs). I had all the cute animals in my head, a laughing cactus and all kinds of cats morphing into food like burger, taco and ice cream. It was a dream come true.

 Hello Miss May Lapel Pins

Hello Miss May Lapel Pins

Styling and Shooting in my Studio

It was all kind of accidental. It never occurred to me that I would become a stylist and a photographer. Let alone a blogger and an Instragrammer!

It all happened when I discovered Instagram through my now #instagramhusband, Leon Korobacz of @hungrysydneysiders. I started illustrating and taking photos of my design work with my iPhone. I was really happy to be part of the makers community - keep getting inspired by one another's work.

What was a hobby of snapping cute things quickly became another creative outlet for me. Before I knew it, I was contacted by brands and agencies to do photoshoots and content creations. And I was still using an iPhone 5s back then!

I learn on the job. I started experimenting with DSLR cameras and before I knew it, I was on my way to becoming a professional photographer :)

 My early days as an Instagrammer

My early days as an Instagrammer

My advice...

You guys probably hear this a lot already... but, I'm going to give it to you guys anyways.

- Be yourself.

- Do what you truly love and are passionate about.

- Let your work tell the story. 

- Learn that everything is a work in progress.

- Don't be afraid to try new things.

Keep trying and don't be disheartened if things do not go your way. If I had given up on the idea of being a designer, just because no one would give me a design job, I wouldn't be here today :) There will always be new opportunities that will come your way. You just got to stick around long enough and keep going.

It's so easy to duplicate exactly what others are already good at, but getting inspired by people and creating something that is truly your style is another story. Think of it when you're playing Mario Brothers... you just leveled up every time you reach the castle.

And...

Most importantly, recruit a few Instagram Husbands if you can. Haha. Hehe...

Anyways, stay fab!

Thanks for reading this much, haha. You can always say hello and I will do my best to reply as soon as I can!

Stay fab everyone!

xxm

 

My Fave Gyptian

 
 Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa Photography

Photo Credit : Priscilla Barbosa Photography

I love a good bag, and I found the most gorgeous go-to-bag by Gyptian! Gyptian is a small design label based in Perth, and they make the prettiest bags.  

I'm pretty much obsessed with Gyptian's latest Triangle 2.0. Perfect in size, the Triangle 2.0 is made of smooth matt and grain leather, which I simply love. There is even a hidden/secret slot which could easily fits an iPhone or a card. Love it! More images here, on Gyptian's website.

I got a chance to e-meet the founder + designer, Salma El-Batanouny, based in Perth. Check Gyptian out :)

How did Gyptian started?

I have always had a slight obsession with creating things and was making jewellery and handbags while I was at university. Once I completed my degree in civil engineering I spent 5 years working on construction sites. I would find myself appreciating the beauty in the subtle geometric shapes of the structures we were building and would often wonder how I could implement this in everyday objects that I create. Thats when I officially started Gyptian.  

What was your dream job when you were a kid? 

From as early as I can remember I always wanted to be an astronaut and although that didn’t quite workout I’m very happy on the path I’m on. 

My dream bag in 3 words... 

Structured, unique and Gyptian of course ;)

Current obsession... 

DIY everything, love experimenting with concrete and other materials in my spare time.

 

Meet Nina, the lady behinD @mimimoffie

 

I am very lucky to have Nina Alberg-Griffin drew an illustration of me. It's the cutest version with my glasses and favourite striped top. Couldn't have asked for more. Thanks Nina of @mimimoffie, you guys should check her Instagram out!

Here's a fun interview of how it all started :)

Enjoy!
xoM

Who is @mimimoffie?

mimimoffie is pretty young. I’ve always loved drawing. Since moving to the Caribbean, I started posting my drawings on Instagram. I got a few commissions as a result and now I'm working on prints and tote bags.  The name comes from my childhood when my father used to call me mimimoffie. Something to do with me always carrying around bags filled with books, pens and paper. The latter hasn’t changed.  

The name comes from my childhood when my father used to call me mimimoffie.
What was your dream job when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a fashion designer/ singer/dancer/writer and a schoolteacher. I obviously had a very optimistic idea of how much time adults would actually have in a day.

Current color obsession and why.

Yellow! Yellow is cute and happy.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

(Recovering) procrastinator, nomadic, imaginative.

Can you live without pen and paper?

I'd say no based my burgeoning stationary collection :)

 Illustration by Nina Alberg-Griffin

Illustration by Nina Alberg-Griffin