Introducing Maddy from PotatoQueeen Clothing!
Meet Maddy and Nancy, the mother daughter duo behind PotatoQueeen Clothing. These lovely lassies are Brisbane Suitcase Rummage regulars! We catch up with the duo and talk fighting crime, designing times, little bro inspo and puppy love.
Read the full interview below!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
PotatoQueeen is a team effort between mum (Nancy) and I. Nancy is a fully qualified designer/dressmaker, and I’m a full time criminology and criminal justice student as well as the designer for all PotatoQueeens clothes. Basically I come up with the crazy ideas and designs and mum makes them happen!
Why do you do what you do?
PotatoQueeen was born after I stopped being able to find clothes I liked in mainstream fashion stores. I’m not a particularly tall person, but most skirts available in stores are way too short for me! I eventually got mum to agree to make me some clothes I had dreamed up, and once she did we got friends, family and even random people stopping me in the street to ask where I got my clothes from! We decided that we had a market here for original clothes and people willing to buy them, so why not give it a shot?
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why?
I think my mum and my little brother inspire me to create the most. They’re some of the most creative people I know. Local artists and designers such as Ella Mobbs from Creep Heart, Lauren Carney and Black Milk also really inspire me to create really beautiful and intricate designs. I take a lot of my inspirations from Japanese street style and rockabilly, the attention to detail in their clothes and outfits always amaze me!
What excites you?
Dogs. Dogs and fabric on sale.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own?
We came up with our ingenious suitcase-come-clothes rack. It’s basically a vintage suitcase turned on its side with a clothes rack propped up inside. We’ve actually had people ask to buy them! I think another favourite is our “washing line”, mum brought some rope one day and strung it between two trees, and we hung some dresses up there. Ever since then we have people remembering us by it!
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall?
Make your stall your own and be creative!! If you just kind of lay all your clothes in a suitcase your stall is going to look like everyone else’s, utilise your whole area and don’t be afraid to hang things! The more engaging your stall is the more people you’re going to draw in!
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold?
My degree finishes next year, but PotatoQueeen is slowly gaining momentum. I would like to think that in the future I’ll still be hanging out at rummage with cute clothes, but who knows? (Project Runway maybe? ;))
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city?
I’ve lived in Brisbane most of my life but only recently discovered West End. I love the kitschy little shops and adorable food stores.
Where we can we find and follow you? (I.e. website, Instagram, facebook, etsy, markets etc.)
We are potatoqueeenclothing on Facebook and Instagram and you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org we also attend Brisbane Suitcase Rummage on the first Sunday of every month.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage?
The people we meet, customers and stall holders! We have met some of the greatest, most crazy creative people at suitcase rummage!!