Meet the Maker – The Monkey Brush

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 Let’s meet the lovely Debora from The Monkey Brush~

 

Tell us about your business:

Based in Sydney we specialise in handmade, beautiful, original artworks for the most important room in your house.

From silly monsters to pretty ballerinas, and everything in between, you are bound to find something to make your little one’s space look amazing. But in case you don’t find something you absolutely love, remember we custom make too!!!

Add a name, change the size or colour, add buttons,etc. Whatever it takes to have the perfect addition to your little one’s room.

We also do amazing face painting and pregnancy art.

 

What inspired you to start your business?

I have worked at a preschool teaching arts when I was younger, and I realised how amazing it was working with two things I really love; Kids & Art. But only after I had a son, I decided to follow my dream.

My child is a huge source of inspiration. Love watching him ‘in his world’ where everything is amazing and fun. Sometimes he’d say something that just triggers creativity, for example, the other day he asked me to draw a “ninja pig”. He encourages me to be creative and I love it.

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Is there an interesting anecdote behind your business name?

My other passion is flowers. There’s a flower called ‘monkey brush’ and for me, ‘monkey’ makes me think of something childish and fun, and ‘brush’ makes me think of art… Nothing amazing but it makes sense to me icon smile Meet the Maker   The Monkey Brush

 

What is the most satisfying part of what you do?

The fact that I can involve my boy somehow, he’s only two, but he is my curator, lol.

Also the fact that I can work with my dog on my lap, while eating biscuits. I have another job, which can be very stressful. But when I am painting I really relax.

 

Have you tried something in business that didn’t work as planned, or on the flip side – worked out better than expected?

The only thing I would say that didn’t work quite as planned would be the fact that i spend a lot of time doing admin stuff, rather than painting, and I didn’t know running a small  business would be so hard. It is hard juggling motherhood, a job, housework, and running a small business. I am still learning, mostly from Google.. lol

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What would be your best tip for someone thinking about selling their handcrafted goods?

I think handcrafted goods is for people who appreciate it, so do what you love, do it well and people will hear about it.

 

What is your favourite item you make? 

I love painting with different media, and every week I have a new favourite, but I am in love with water-colour lately.

 

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Meet the Maker – Made Wise

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Let’s meet the lovely Jess from Made Wise.

 

Tell us about your business:

Hi I’m Jess, the owner/ creator of MADEWISE.

I’ve always had a love of creating and being crafty. When I was very little I would love playing with my Nanna’s button collection. It was my Nanna who taught me to knit at age eight and also gifted me her sewing machine so I could continue to learn new skills and let out my creative side.

 

What inspired you to start your business?

When I became a stay at home mum I continued to knit, sew and craft. Many of my friends and family kept telling me I should be seeling my creations. After hearing this numerous times I finally set myself up with an Etsy shop.

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Is there an interesting anecdote behind your business name?

My business is named ‘madewise’, I chose this name because my maiden name is Wise and I wanted to pay homage to family for nurturing and encouraging my passion.

 

What is the most satisfying part of what you do?

The most satisfying part of what I do is knowing the handmade items I make are going to somebody who is clearly loved and I hope they will become treasured keepsakes. I love receiving reviews/ feedback, it genuinely warms my heart to have such lovely customers who leave such lovely words of encouragement and gratitude.

 

What would be your best tip for someone thinking about selling their handcrafted goods?

I would advise anyone out there who is thinking of selling their handmade items to jump in and give it a go! If it’s something you love doing the love will show and you’ll do well. Word of mouth and the wonderful world of social media will get going. And like me, you’ll look back and wonder why it took you so long to take the plunge!

 

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