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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | September 26, 2021

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AboutMercy Bass, Author at The Creative Issue

Mercy Bass

Mercy Bass

A lover of fashion and all things crafty, with an effectual urge to write everything down. Through interviews and reviews I want to find the story behind each stitch, hem and seam made by local and not-so-local designers. In doing so, explore the way the clothing we wear reflects and brings inspiration to Brisbane’s lifestyle and culture. In my spare time you will find me being overly sentimental with every piece of clothing in my wardrobe or ordering avocado toast with a side of haloumi.

Posts By Mercy Bass

Meet Patricia and Glenn: The Soul Pantry

March 26, 2016 |

“It’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,” says Glenn Levingston, manager of The Soul Pantry. Read More

The Workings of Work-Shop – An Interview with Ellie Anderson

March 20, 2016 |

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 Brisbane’s Director and Program Curator, Ellie Anderson, to see how the city is responding to their crafty and arty classes. Read More

Talking Materials with The Unmaterial Girl: Leah Musch

March 4, 2016 |

“I wasn’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 couldn’t get the answer – I was just like, ‘oh nobody knows, it is a mystery,’” says Leah Musch, writer and host of web series The Unmaterial Girl.  

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For the Homeliest of Homewares: Meet Maker & Merchant

February 17, 2016 |

Maker and Merchant is a Brisbane-based trio of sisters who draw, print, design and sew homewares -  and more recently, clothing. The Creative Issue spoke to Imelda Ryan about their interest in local production and the lovely goods they make. Read More

Pompoms and Apologies: An Interview with Rachel Burke

February 12, 2016 |

“I’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,” says Rachel Burke, Brisbane-based artist and designer at i make. you wear it. “When I work, it’s unplanned and all at once- I might be like, ‘today I feel like making a crystal-covered shoe.’” Read More

Interview: Ra Ra Superstar

February 5, 2016 |

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, she spoke to The Creative Issue about her love of vintage, her creative process and the shops bottom-line, sustainability. Read More

An Interview with The 400 Co’s Laura Chong

January 29, 2016 |

Brisbane’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.


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