Louise Mulhall is a Calligrapher

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Louise Mulhall is a Brisbane based Calligrapher and holder of possibly the most delightful business name I’ve yet encountered – Floralovely. With a background in floristry, it’s not surprising the find that Louise’s whimsical and fresh designs have attracted a strong Instagram and Facebook following, with demand growing for her pointed pen style.

Returning to an art practice that you had once been disappointed by is a courageous move – especially with a young family in tow. But Louise’s late night explorations in modern calligraphy have paid off handsomely, as her delightful creations are in demand for weddings, events and corporate clients. Louise also runs workshops across the east coast, to share her skills and passion with aspiring calligraphers.

 

Owner: Louise Mulhall

Business: Floralovely

 

I was privileged to interview Louise as a guest contributor over at Creative Women’s Circle. Check out my other posts for CWC here.

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Amy O’Brien is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Amy, looking rather coy, but as always on message – that message? “Life is just too short to feel anything less than fabulous.”

 

Amy O’Brien is a doctor of Chinese Medicine and self described fabulous health guru. Amy hails from Melbourne, where she studied and practiced before taking two courageous life ‘leaps’ at once; moving to across the country to Perth, and establishing her own private practice. When Bhalo first referred Amy to me, it’s was the courage behind these two decisions that drew to find out more about  Fabulous Health, and the lovely lady behind it. In the process of compiling this interview over the last few months I have enjoyed very much ‘getting to know’ Amy across various social medias, with her enthusiasm for her practice positively beaming out at me from across the country. Amy has a genuine love for solving your health conundrums and exudes joy across the inter-webs with her thoughtful and honest advice. Read on to find out more about Amy’s experiences – how she got started in Chinese Medicine, her lifelong dedication to learning, and her number one guilty pleasure (hint:  it’s still pretty good for you in the scheme of things).

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Owner: Amy O’Brien

Business: Fabulous Health

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Samara Greenwood is an Architect

Samara Greenwood and Anna Castles outside SGArch’s studio/pavilion.

 

Samara Greenwood Architecture is a young, boutique architectural practice focused on creating homes with heart. Under Samara’s direction, the team have an approach to design that is without pretense and is firmly focused on people – their hopes, dreams and everyday way of life. Samara has created a practice of ‘design philosophy’ that places you at it’s centre. It’s not often you meet an architect, or indeed any professional who makes it their first priority to listen to what you have to say, but Samara has made it her business to practice in this way.  ‘Listen’ and ‘Heart’ are two words I have never before come across in an architectural mission statement, but ones which I think we should be hearing more of. Read on to find out what Samara had to share about going out on your own, practicing business with heart, and the increasingly popular Dream Home Workshops.

I was privileged to interview Samara as a guest contributor over at Creative Women’s Circle. Samara has been gracious enough to answer a few extra questions for Small Talk readers! Check out my other posts for CWC here.

Owner: Samara Greenwood

Business: Samara Greenwood Architecture

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Fox Woods is a UX Designer

Fox Woods is a UX Designer

Fox Woods is a freelance user experience designer (see Fox’s response at Q3 if that terminology goes right over your head like it did mine the first time I heard it), founder of the Milkshake Collective, co-founder of GirlsClub, dog owner, self confessed child of hippies, and as of very (very) recently, mother. I caught up with Fox back in October to chat about work, life, opportunities, and what it means to find ‘flow’ in what you do for a living. I have to admit to having held a pretty significant girl crush on Fox since I first met her through GirlsClub earlier this year, so excuse the gushing that follows…

‘UX Designer’ can only begin to describe the depth of Fox’s work experience in web tech over the past decade, working across a variety of roles in the field of ‘making the internet happen’. There came a point however, where Fox found herself again looking for more challenging and rewarding work, but also hoping interviewers wouldn’t call her back. This realisation, and the subsequent acceptance of this new need for freedom of work/life lead Fox to ‘take the leap’, to quit her job and find the space to understand what it was she wanted to do next. What happened after that? Well, you’ll just have to keep reading…

Owner: Fox Woods

Business: The Milkshake Collective

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We’re baaaaaaaaaaack!

Apologies for the long pause between (metaphorical) drinks!

There has been alot of change (good and bad) behind the scenes over the last few months, but the good news today is Small Talk is back!

 

We have a great line up of new interviews for you to enjoy in the coming weeks, including; an UX designer, an architect, a nail artist and a doctor of chinese medicine.

What a combination!

 

Tomorrow (Wednesday) we’ll kick off with an inspiring chat with the sassy Fox Woods! So make sure you have a cup of your preferred beverage, a comfy seat and an internet connection ready for more Small Talk goodness coming very soon <3

 

To get you in the mood, here’s a little musical accompaniment via NannaB.x – Lisa Mitchell’s Wah Ha

Christopher Kowalski | Autumn Harvest

Chris' sense of humour and love of his work is evident in this image from his Twitter stream - entitled 'Wonderbra'. Image via AutumnHarvestAU on twitter

Chris’ sense of humour and love of his work is evident in this image from his Twitter stream – entitled ‘Wonderbra’. Image via AutumnHarvestAU on twitter

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Foraging. Image via Autumn Harvest.com

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The Harvest – Saffron Milk Cap Mushrooms. Image via Autumn Harvest.com

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The Harvest – Slippery Jack. Image via Autumn Harvest.com

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At work in the forest. Image via Autumn Harvest.com

Business: Autumn Harvest

Owner: Christopher Kowalski

Location: Forgaging across Victoria and supplying to restaurants, retailers and markets around Australia.

 

Christopher Kowalski is a forager.

To be specific, Chris forages for wild mushrooms. For a living. I’m sure I’m not the only aspiring-entrepreneur who is inspired that a job this specifically niche exists. Now the largest supplier of wild mushrooms in Victoria, Autumn Harvest prides itself on a commitment to offering only the best of what nature provides, whilst maintaining strong relationships with restaurateurs and key clients across the state.

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Eloise Rapp | Three Lives / Rapp

Eloise Rapp. Image via Georgia Blackie

 

Stunning scarves and artwork in Rapp’s Spring Summer 2014 lookbook. Lookbook designed by Eloise, images via Rachel Dray

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‘Regeneration’ scarf. Rapp’s Spring Summer 2014 lookbook. Lookbook design by Eloise, images via Rachel Dray

 

Eloise Rapp is a multidisciplinary designer currently working in textile and surface design, illustration and product development.

 
Small Talk & Co. is delighted to bring you Eloise’s interview, as the decided Japanophile opens up about patience, knowing when to let go, and the transitory career patterns of the mammalia class. Any designer who can confidently  describe themselves with direct reference to the Pantone colour pallet has my immediate attention (its 16-1359 TCX by the way).
 
Eloise balances two businesses (!), the self-named Rapp, alongside new venture Three Lives, whilst also working part time part-time as a creative coordinator and designer for Australian art legend Ken Done. Rapp’s stunning silk scarves are designed by Eloise and printed on 100% silk Crepe de Chine, each a mini artwork  in itself. 
 
Eloise has very kindly shared with Small Talk the difficulties in creating art on such small canvases, with the Rapp brand currently in transition from designer/retailer to a more broadly capable creative studio.
In the meantime, Eloise’s travels have inspired the launch of another creative enterprise, Three Lives, proving that creative lightning can indeed strike twice! Three Lives is a curated collection of artisanal bathing goods, bringing the beauty and intimacy of handmade back into the bathroom. 

Business: Three Lives (launching soon) and Rapp

Owner: Eloise Rapp

Location: Sydney, Australia, and online

 

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Megan Davis | Spendlove and Lamb

Megan hard at work – Image credit Noel Smyth

 

Megan's part time homebase, Nest Coworking, Thornbury

Megan’s part time homebase, Nest Coworking, Thornbury. Nest was founded by Jay Chubb, a Melbourne entrepreneur with a background in critical theory, community development, political advocacy, social change, and scuba diving. Nest is a product of Jay’s passion for good people, great ideas, and a better future. via Nest Coworking. Image credit Noel Smyth

If I seem scarily enthusiastic during today’s interview it’s not just because Megan is awesome (because she is) and has worked with some of my favorite social enterprises (because she has), but for the familiar way in which her story and experiences are shared by a lot of young creatives like myself. People who are always asking more of themselves and their work, looking to navigate the path of defining who they are and what they can do with the power of that knowledge. To say that Megan has successfully done so would be an understatement, and meeting her gave me great optimism in the intuitive ‘do it your own’ way approach to finding work you love.


Describing herself as the ‘lead storyteller’ of Spendlove and Lamb, Megan’s natural communications and networking skills lead her from a career in graphic design to find a niche in a new wave of social media communication, working with businesses to build strategy and harness the right tools for authentic social media relationships.  Offering consulting, site training and digital strategy development, Spendlove and Lamb has recently launched Twitterversity, a Twitter specific workshop series that aims to teach business owners how to break down the barriers to audience engagement.

Prior to starting her own business, Megan quit her graphic design job and spent six months couch surfing relatives and friends in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, documenting her period of homelessness by photographing her bed each night and sharing it via The Bed Blog.

Acknowledging that you never really know someone until you’ve lived with them, Megan credits is this period of ‘trying on other peoples lives’ for the insights she gained that were ultimately part of the learning process of who she was and where she wanted to go next.

About halfway through her period of homelessness Megan became aware of the power of this process of elimination in defining her self, that by living with and experiencing other people’s lives she was able to define her own path. Like many, Megan had expected the external experience of travel to broaden her horizons, but found that it was this internal process, an experiment living in other people’s shoes that taught the most valuable lessons.


With new focus, Megan returned to Australia to find more about where these new experiences and interests would lead her. Advocating an intuitive discovery process, Spendlove and Lamb now offers a training and personal coaching service to help others along this path to self-discovery.


One of Spendlove and Lamb’s first success stories was working with the School of Life pop up in Melbourne, managing their communications and taking their Instagram following from 1 to 1000 during the short pop up period(!). Other former clients include Veronica Grow’s Old School New School for Typography and Design, Pop Union and the Projection Room. All are examples of Spendlove and Lamb’s ideal clients, working to make the world a little bit better everyday.


I visited Megan at her part time homebase, Nest Coworking space in Thornbury, a cosy cross disciplinary space that lives up it its name, offering independent workers shared resources, space and community support.

Business: Spendlove and Lamb

Owner: Megan Davis

Location: Melbourne, and online

 

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Kate McMahon | Gidget Media

Kate’s workspace, note the full inbox ~ Image via Gidget Media

Kate McMahon is a freelance Copywriter and Marketing Consultant specialising in the arts, education and not-for-profit sectors. Kate describes her ideal clients as ‘businesses with heart’, and it’s hard not too see where that has rubbed off in the way Gidget Media embraces it’s client briefs. Kate’s blog on Gidget Media is an impressive feat, breaking down the big ideas around online marketing into bite sized morsels for  those of us with more training in ‘heart’ than business. Kate’s interview is a must read for any small business entrepreneur.

Business: Gidget Media

Owner: Kate McMahon

Location: Melbourne, and online

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Event | CraftCubed Festival August 2014

What do you know when you see three rhinos wearing matching tshirts? They are all on the same team!

What do you know when you see three rhinos wearing matching tshirts?
They are all on the same team! *Boom* | Rhino friend courtesy of Craft Victoria, own adaptation for use.

Got a passion for your craft? Or a great idea lurking in the back of your mind, just waiting to burst out into the light of day?

As a highly qualified doctor-type *cough* I think a good dose of CraftCubed is just what you need.

Craft Cubed is Craft Victoria’s annual festival of experimental, skilled and ideas-based craft and design. Featuring exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and events, Craft Cubed is a unique umbrella for practitioners and the public to engage with contemporary craft and design. Encompassing a Victoria-wide program throughout August, this year Craft Cubed will orbit around core happenings at Fed Square.

 Craft Cubed 2014

The Art of Handmade
1 to 31 August 2014
Fed Square as well as venues big and small across Melbourne & regional Victoria

My pick of the festival calendar?

Aug 3 New Craft Market  at QVM

Aug 7 Craft and Design as a Career? Definitely aquestion for alot of Small Talk interviewee’s and readers

Weekends Aug 1-31 Open Studios

There are also some great online events if you cant make it in person (and some great interviews with crafty peeps)

 

See you there!

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