Stall Feature of the Month!

Please meet our next Featured Rummage Re-Designer – Retro Mementos!

Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? Our shop is called Retro Mementos. It was created just over 12 months ago. Our dog Oliver was diagnosed with cancer so we were spending a lot more time at home. This allowed me to rediscover my creative side that I had put on the back burner for years for career choices. I have always loved the kitsch and colourful design of vintage souvenir tea towels and the story they tell so I began repurposing them into home decor items, bags and accessories.

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Stall Feature of the Month!

Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?

My name is Caitlin and I make things. Mostly collages but I also dabble with drawing and up-cycling random objects. I call these creations my Curious Imaginings. I also love myself some craft and DIY. I’m one of those people who feel funny calling myself an artist, I prefer the term creative.

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The 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival and Suitcase Rummage are presenting two special pop up Rummages alongside the 30th annual Fringe Furniture exhibition. Melbourne Fringe presents Fringe Furniture 30: Redesign. ‘Fringe Furniture 30: Redesign turns a spotlight towards the sexy new supernovas of the design community as they reinterpret, re-imagine and reboot the history of the object. Expect to look back in order to look forward, be ready to embrace ideas alongside form, and to champion wild and innovative design.’ As you know, Suitcase Rummage celebrates all things upcycled, recycled, hand made, and locally designed by artisans, crafters and second hand entrepreneurs. Suitcase Rummage are featuring a selection of artists and designers who connect to the Suitcase Rummage & Fringe Furniture 30: Redesign ideal, and engage in creative up cycling and objet d’art. Please meet our first Featured Rummage Re-Designer –  Upswitch   Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? I’m Michael Hanley and I make upcycled lamps. Why do you do what you do? I’ve always been quite a collector of old things, but it only just dawned on me a few years ago that I should be doing something more creative with all of these cool old things. Hence Upswitch was born. Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? Jos Van Hulsen – A brilliant local Melbourne artist who creates everything from discarded and found objects, producing lots of welding and sculptural pieces. He runs a cafe called Post Industrial Design and has created an incredible christmas window display, made with gizmos and contraptions like the mouse trap... read more

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Punny Plants are frequent Rummagers and impress us time and time again with their consistently fantastic wares. You almost can’t leave a Rummage without one of their little cement pots, which house the sweetest of succulents! We chatted to the team about other Rummagers that have been invaluable supports and their hopes for the future. We’re sure their success will continue to bloom! Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? My name is Tess and I run Punny Plants; a small market stall that sells handmade concrete planters filled with funky little succulents. Each succulent is super easy to care for, and every pot is truly one of a kind! Why do you do what you do? When I first started growing succulents I remember being incredibly frustrated at the lack of small planters at big shops like Bunnings. So I started making my own! Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? There are just too many to name! I love all the stalls that come along to the Suitcase Rummage in Brisbane City, but Rose Leather Crafting is one of my faves! Chris, who runs Rose Leather Crafting, creates the most incredible handmade kangaroo leather wallets! He was super supportive when I first started out and I can’t thank him enough! Potato Queeen is another of my favourites. The awesome duo Maddy & Nancy run Potato Queeen, which features some of the coolest handmade clothes in Brisbane (and all the skirts have pockets)! Laura Clare Illustrations is another great rummager! She draws the most exquisite animal portraits, and is always great to stop and have a chat to! What excites you? Plants of... read more

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We had a chinwag with Alana Bosgra, the 22-year- old behind Lani’s Art. Lani has a philosophy for her art, and for life in general. She sums it up in three points: no mistake is ever too final, to be honest with herself always, and having a sense of humour is important. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? I use art to decipher my internal world of thoughts and feelings. I describe my art, which is usually colourful pen and pencil work, as leaning towards a kind of whimsical surrealism. People often tell me that my art reminds them of Alice in Wonderland or Mambo. Why do you do what you do? Firstly, because it’s my outlet, I have to get my thoughts out, otherwise quirky ideas would bounce around my brain forever. My main interest lies in the link between art and mental health and how helpful it is to express through artwork. I am about to finish a social science degree with plans to continue on to art therapy. I’ve previously travelled Australia sharing my art in schools in every state, and speaking about art and mental health. Linking these two areas is something I am so passionate about. Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? Let’s take it all the way back to the 1500’s… Hieronymous Bosch is a massive hero of mine! He was ahead his time, creating these super weird creatures and amazingly surreal paintings. This was way before my other hero of the surreal art world, Salvador Dali! Also, Van Gogh really inspires me. Not just his art, but his letters. He had this really honest, soft soul... read more

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We had a chat with the lovely Emily of emma&lee about her love for travel and being creative, as well as her passion for sourcing and making products that are ethical, beautiful and unique. Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? I am a 25-year- old graduate architect. I am pretty much surrounded by creative people and projects all day, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. When I’m not at Suitcase Rummage on a weekend for emma&lee, I’m working on some other DIY project of mine. Why do you do what you do? emma&lee is my side project, and was always something I had wanted to do, yet it only really began while I was travelling through Asia & Eastern Europe, and with the strong encouragement from my boyfriend. I had become so disheartened by ‘shopping’ back home because I didn’t know where a particular piece was coming from, who made it, or what impact I was creating by purchasing it. I wanted to start a small business, focusing on unique and handmade items; the type that I would want to buy and cherish myself! While travelling, I started collecting beautiful and unique pieces from the places we went. After meeting the artisans or families who made these items and gaining a little insight into the process behind them, I became particularly interested in finding items that showcased the styles and techniques of that part of the world. After returning home, Suitcase Rummage became the best platform to sell these collections, as well as things I had made. I think this form of direct trade has a really positive role to play in the future,... read more