Introducing Astrid from GCBRV…
Talented young lass, Astrid, is a regular Rummager at our Canberra markets. Alongside being a full time visual arts student at the Australian National University she runs an embroidery project/brand that goes by the rather cryptic name of gcbrv. She let us know that it’s not all that mysterious, and is just shorthand for “good Canberra vibes”, which is something we can get in to! Astrid started off embroidering tote bags and since then her passion and skill has led her to create embroidered pieces on t-shirts, patches, hats, commissioned pieces, you name it!
Why do you do what you do?
I think it was out of boredom one day that I picked up the needle and thread and quickly acquired an addiction for it. I usually just sit in my room and watch tv or listen to music while doing some embroidery. It’s pretty relaxing process for me and the creative aspect and wearability is always the best thing about what I make. It’s basically a hobby for me, something I can do to tune out from the world and do for a couple hours.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why?
My partner in crime Mim (Mimir art) is always surprising me with the amazing stuff she makes! We do markets together and she’s always got such a cool variety of hand crafted jewellery up her sleeve. I’vepreviously collaborated with her (and nagged a handful of other people) to do tote bags with me. Most recently my friend Nick Mullaly from Melbourne let me stitch some of his drawings and I’m a big fan of his painting works, they are real magic.
What excites you?
I love taking myself on short little interstate holidays to other states Australia wide. It’s nice to spend time visiting other cities and gives me the chance to see lots of art exhibitions and go see live music that is different to home.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own?
I really like the set up of the Suitcase Rummage. I literally just pack one big suitcase of goods and set them out on a rug, like a picnic. Not much pre-planning goes into how I’ll have everything out and it differs each time. I do have a little cardboard gcbrv sign that I feel kind of emulates the handmade throw together of the market vibe.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall?
From doing a bunch of rummages I guess I’ve cracked the code for me, but I would just say get creative and use the space as best you can! Oh, and get in early for a prime spot (under some shade!)
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold?
I’m really enjoying embroidery as a skill and practice and feel like I’m getting better and better even over a short period of time. The dream would be to have a studio or small shopfront set up somewhere locally as a consistent hub space for gcbrv. We’ll see! Doing an interstate suitcase rummage in Sydney was very cool too so I’m hoping to take my wares to other cities in the same market fashion. Next stop is Brisbane for an OG rummage! I’m also in the process of hopefully putting together an embroidery show to exhibit some works of mine and as a showcase of my brand.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city?
Lacklustre HQ shows, when they happen, with my friends of course.
Where we can we find and follow you?
Instagram is your best bet! @gcbrv. I’ve also got a Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/gcbrv/ and an etsy that could probably do with a restock https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/gcbrv
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage?
It’s been a very cool way to make connections with other local creatives as stallholders. There’s a real prominent sense of community in the market scene. It’s always such a relaxed environment and having a chat to people who are interested in the things you are selling is always such a nice exchange. Like I said, it’s just like a day long picnic!