Small Talk & Co. 2014 Reader Survey

Small Talk & Co. wants you!

The ST&Co. first annual reader survey is now live and requires people power to make it hummmmmmmmmmmm. I would love love love your feedback on what you’ve loved (or hated) about ST&Co. this year, as well as some help deciding where to go next.

As a little extra enticement for your time, I have 3 stunning Inspirationary notebooks to give away to 3 lucky readers! Thats 52 pages each of lined and bound papery goodness. To enter, let me know your email at the end of the survey.

The survey will be open until the 31st of December, and prizes will be in the mail by the Friday 9th of Jan. *Prizes can only be sent within Australian

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Inspirationery is an eco-friendly stationery label that donates 50% of profits to education and leadership programs that empower women and girls. I bought some notebooks for myself  in Inspirationary’s Pozible campaign earlier this year, and now I want to share their awesomeness with you.

Celebrating 10 Interviews!

Hanako Kajiya is lucky

Hanako at work!

Hanako at work in her studio

In her own words, Hanako K puts her successes down to luck. But Hanako.K is more than just lucky. Because luck implies her successes are devoid of effort or responsibility. Hanako.K is a hard worker, a self-made (wo)man, who has an almost unbelievable string of work and life experiences have lead her current mix of occupations; founder of her own accessories label, shop girl extraordinaire, small business enthusiast, community radio stalwart and all-round style icon. And you know the best bit? In Hanako’s own words, ‘I sleep in most days’.

Small Talk & Co. sat down with Hanako recently to chat craft, community and what it means to be a ‘designer’. This post runs a little longer than Small Talk & Co.’s usual, but believe me it’s worth it!

 

Fast facts 

Business:  Hanako.K
| Location:  Etsy.com and Lady Petrova , Melbourne, Victoria

 

What do you do/how did you get there?

I started crafting when I was 14, really young – from memory my grandma’s were really crafty, so that influenced me and I started knitting, sewing and learning from them what was possible. I taught myself how to crochet in primary school, I think I was just bored!

I was born in Japan and came here to Melbourne when I was about nine, so language was an obvious barrier at first –  I didn’t get out too much, stayed home and kept myself busy with craft projects. That’s how I taught myself how to crochet, I started doing Nuigurumi, the Japanese soft toys, which was really good practice and actually ended up being my label’s first product.

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