Nina has just recently joined our Sunday set up crew in Brisbane, but she has been a punter and keen rummager for years and years! We imagine that more than half her wardrobe is made up of rummage finds, honestly! We couldn’t be more excited to have her sweet and calming presence on a hectic market day. Make sure to look out for her colour coordinated outfits!
Can you tell us a little bit about your sweet self? I was born in Brighton, England. I moved to West End when I was three and have been here ever since. I have a keen interest in sustainable fashion, visual arts and Lauryn Hill.
What do you like to do to keep your toes tapping and the neurons in your brain firing? In my spare time I make scrunchies and sometimes earrings out of second hand and vintage fabrics. I love collaging and painting, ooh and op shopping, can’t forget op shopping!
Is your creative process rigid, fluid, sporadic? And how do you stay in the groove? My creative process is fairly sporadic. Sometimes I’ll be up all night sewing, and other times I won’t make anything for weeks at a time. I am working on being more disciplined. New year new me!
What are your hopes, dreams and fantasies? Woah big question… there are so many! One is to be a stylist for movies and music videos. I think that would be awesome! Otherwise, I guess just to be happy and to be doing something I love.
What’s the best or the worst advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I’ve received is probably: “think global, act local.” It’s a pretty common phrase but it’s important to remember when everything feels overwhelming. With all the information we are receiving all the time it’s good to remind ourselves of what we can do, not what we can’t change.
Who would you have over for your ideal dinner party and what would you serve up? That one’s tricky! Probably Amy Winehouse and Richard Ayoade, I think they both have (/had) great personalities and would be hilarious together! I would serve Vegetarian Lasagne (probably the only thing I can actually cook… so far!)
What do you like about working for Suitcase Rummage? I love meeting all the like-minded people, from creatives to rummagers. It’s also really inspiring seeing other people’s creative pursuits thrive at the Rummage! And of course I love working for an organisation that promotes sustainability and slow fashion, and that I can be proud to be a part of.
What tips can you share about being aware of your impacts on the world? I think one of the best things you can do is put your money where your mouth is, switch to an ethical super fund, an ethical bank and support companies that have sustainable practices.
Which artists/thinkers/creatives are you obsessed with at the moment? I have been obsessed with Daniela Olaru lately. She’s an artist from Italy who does the most incredible, intricate drawings and paintings, her Instagram is @danieladaisies. I’m also obsessed with Dyspnea at the moment! They’re an Australian clothing brand, who make beautiful hand beaded pieces fit for a goddess, I’ll know I’ve made it once I get my hands on one of their designs!
What are your favourite things to do in your city? Shop at the Suitcase Rummage! I have genuinely been shopping at the rummage for years, it’s the best – not biased I promise!! I also love going to GOMA and the museum; we get some incredible exhibitions there.
Where can we find your work? You can find my scrunchies (and maybe earrings in the near future…) over on my Instagram: @getsscrunched