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.
Why do you do what you do?
I may not always be good at what I do (I’ve been told I can’t be trusted with a measuring tape) but I enjoy the process of making and being in a creative state. Even if it means it takes me three attempts to get the result I wanted. I do what I do so I get to have a chance to use my imagination and creativity. The world would be so boring without imagination.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why?
I love artists like Nicoletta Ceccoli and Mark Ryden for there dark fantasy and surrealistic elements. I also really enjoy the creativity of people like Mariel Clayton and Jason Freeny. I am hooked on watching you tube videos of drawing and craft and think that channels like ‘Mad Stuff with Rob’ are really helpful in giving people the confidence just to try and make things and be creative.
What excites you?
When it’s nearly knock off time and I know I can go home and finally make something that I’ve been thinking about all day. Having the chance to be creative. Finding things that spark my curiosity. Living in a time where technology makes art so available to the masses and how the culture of art and being creative will develop as a result.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own?
I painted the outside of my suitcase sky blue and lined the inside with fake grass. I wanted something to make people smile and hopefully spark there curiosity enough to want to take a look.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall?
I go for the less is more approach. You don’t see cluttered shelves in stores, so if your suitcase is your shopfront then it should be presented in a way that enhances your wares. And always do a practice set up run at home, or 4 if your a bit ocd like me 🙂
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold?
After working long and hard I have just opened an Etsy store selling Curious Imaginings prints. I hope to develop some more products and have some fun exploring the market scene as well. I am brand new to selling my wares but excited to see how my creative tendencies grow and what exciting opportunity arise.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city?
Melbourne is awesome for stumbling across random art. The streets are littered with people’s creative markings. There is no one place or thing, you just have to go explore.
Where we can we find and follow you?
Facebook – Curious Imaginings
Instagram – @curiousimaginings
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage?
It’s relaxed and friendly. People get to showcase there creative wares. I get to see pretty things and I get to go to town decorating a suitcase. Seriously, when else would I get the chance to do that.
Curious Imaginings will be at both Rummage Fringe events:
Suitcase Rummage @ Abbotsford Convent – Saturday 17 September
Suitcase Rummage @ City Square – Saturday 24 September