AboutMercy Bass, Author at The Creative Issue
â€œItâ€™s all about being a part of the community, and working with the community. That idea is entrenched into the workshops, the retail, and even the atmosphere itself,â€ says Glenn Levingston, manager of The Soul Pantry.
Anywhere that brings hula hooping, embroidery and pizza together is a place we want to be. Seven months after their Brisbane opening, The Creative Issue checks in with Work-Shop Brisbaneâ€™s Director and Program Curator, Ellie Anderson, to see how the city is responding to their crafty and arty classes.
â€œI wasnâ€™t putting any consideration into the clothes I was buying, or asking any questions about where they were made or the impact they might have. I was ignoring a lot of questions, because I knew I couldnâ€™t get the answer â€“ I was just like, â€˜oh nobody knows, it is a mystery,â€™â€ says Leah Musch, writer and host of web series The Unmaterial Girl. Â
Maker and Merchant is a Brisbane-based trio of sisters who draw, print, design and sew homewares -Â and more recently, clothing. The Creative Issue spoke to Imelda Ryan about their interest in local production and the lovely goods they make.
â€œIâ€™m a bit addicted to the idea that you have the infinite capacity to make things, its just about finding the time to do it,â€ says Rachel Burke, Brisbane-based artist and designer at i make. you wear it. â€œWhen I work, itâ€™s unplanned and all at once- I might be like, â€˜today I feel like making a crystal-covered shoe.â€™â€
If you follow Given Terrace and turn left into the little pink laneway, you will find an abundance of vintage dresses, handmade skirts and pompom earrings – which is Ra Ra Superstar. Shop owner and designer Kathy Szwedzinski is the lady behind it all, sheÂ spoke to The Creative Issue about her love of vintage, her creative process and the shops bottom-line, sustainability.
Brisbaneâ€™s Laura Chong is on a mission to design clothing for women who want to push the boundaries of what is corporate. The Creative Issue spoke to her about a day in a life of a lawyer-turned-fashion designer and the women that inspire her.