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My Nanna started me knitting at about 6. She had hundreds of balls of wool which would keep me occupied for hours, mixing and matching colours and textures. I'd feel so content sitting with with her on the couch, both of us knitting and chatting away with the radio on in the background . Mum had me making pyjamas and summer dresses in my teens but I only got better at sewing when I had to fix my own mistakes, rather than hand them over to her.

Mum had her own sewing business as I was growing up. Our house was always filled with rolls of material, patterns, pins and the sound of a humming machine. We used to spend a lot of time shopping for fabrics and supplies after school or on weekends. Ive just come back from 10 years living in Europe and sewing wtih my mother was one of the things I missed most and I love to have back in my life now. Starting up on Etsy and…

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  • Born on August 3
  • Joined February 18, 2009

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Second hand vintage curtains, Retro prints, Embossed Velvet, Satin

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My Nanna started me knitting at about 6. She had hundreds of balls of wool which would keep me occupied for hours, mixing and matching colours and textures. I'd feel so content sitting with with her on the couch, both of us knitting and chatting away with the radio on in the background . Mum had me making pyjamas and summer dresses in my teens but I only got better at sewing when I had to fix my own mistakes, rather than hand them over to her.

Mum had her own sewing business as I was growing up. Our house was always filled with rolls of material, patterns, pins and the sound of a humming machine. We used to spend a lot of time shopping for fabrics and supplies after school or on weekends. Ive just come back from 10 years living in Europe and sewing wtih my mother was one of the things I missed most and I love to have back in my life now. Starting up on Etsy and Burdastyle was a way of keeping in touch with what we were both working on, and she remains a great inspiration and critic.

These days I work for a fantastic company called Lush, whose ethics, products and style I really believe in. The bags I make for Boopa Loopa on weekends and weeknights keeps me sane, it allows me to switch off and escape into a world of colour and pattern and lets me to tap into the creative, friendly community at Etsy.

All the hours spent sewing over the last year has given me the time to think over my life, the women that have come into it and how they've shaped who I am today. While I grew up in Melbourne I've also lived in Finland, Ireland, England and Amsterdam. I've named each of my bags after the strong women I met along the way whose friendships have brightened my day and influenced everything from the food I eat, the things I cherish and getting through a tough time. It's lovely spending the time sewing and thinking about which of my friends comes to mind as the bag comes to shape.

Visiting markets is first on my list whenever I travel. They can tell you a lot about how people in that place interact, what they value, how they shop, what's in season and they all have their own unique smells, sounds and things to touch. I've always found them inspiring and it's my all time favorite ways to spend an afternoon. I try not to get caught caressing all the fruit, putting my hands into the bean pile and rubbing fabric up to my cheek.

I collect material and inspiration from markets all over the world, my favorites are the Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech, Red Hill Market in Victoria, Waterloo Plein in Amsterdam, Nordermarkt in Amsterdam, stalls around Shibuya in Tokyo and the Queen Victoria, St Kilda and Brunswick St Market's in Melbourne. I especially love ones where I can buy unique second hand curtains, table cloths, buttons and clothes with prints that you just don't see around anymore.

I share a sunny sun room as my studio with my husband. We are often joined by our 3 cats and 4 month old daughter as we work away in there. Boopa Loopa is an ongoing adventure in making unique, funky accessories from mostly secondhand, pre-loved materials. All of my items are one of a kind creations, made with with enthusiasm and love, and are sweat-shop free (unless you count my own). I started making bags because I could never find ones big and colourful enough for myself and I wanted to create beautiful animal free alternatives to leather handbags. All my products are designed to stand out in a crowd, brighten up a room, compliment an outfit and make you feel great wearing it. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it.

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