Introducing Chloe and The Paper Pots! ….
Chloe makes creations that are full of life and colour! Her pots are made from coffee cups, plastic containers and tubs that would otherwise be condemned to a life in landfill. As well as selling her work, she also shares her craft with others by running little workshops from her home and at Avid Kitchen + Garden. We think her dedication and love for transforming something that might otherwise be considered as rubbish into a lovely vessel for a plant is something to be celebrated!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? My name is Chloe. I’ve always loved crafting, making silly drawings, gluing things together and calling it art. My current project is recycled paper pot plants. I make cute, unique, handmade pots out of recycled materials and plant succulents and ferns that I have propagated and grown myself.
Why do you do what you do? I started this little project because I wanted to decorate my house and positively impact the environment. Being environmentally and socially conscious, I wanted to find a way to harmonise my creativity, necessity to live in an urban jungle and share cheap, eco friendly DIYs.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? I am obsessed with Rachel Burke (aka @imakestagram on Instagram). I love the concept of turning anything into a big, glittery, arty mess. It’s incredible! I also love AMA. I dream of having her art on my paper pots. It’s simple, colourful and expressive. Her scribbles say so much!
What excites you? Everything! I’ve gotten extremely good at seeing potential in everything. I think what makes me most excited is anything to do with recycling and making pot plants. My friends are very generous and always donating plastic containers, half used bottles of paint, old shirts. It’s really exciting to have people involved with my sustainable art movement on a personal level.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? It is easy when I am selling my own art. I make all of my pots on my own, by hand, so they all have my personal touch to them. I’ve also painted a big piece of cardboard to present them on for the suitcase rummage.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? I like the atmosphere. It’s casual, easy and very cheap for a market stall. I always run into friends. I always make cool finds and because it’s a rummage I know everything is recycled/second-hand/handmade. I also always make money, which is a bonus!
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? I think my best tip is to get there early. From experience you get a better stall spot and stall holders will rummage through your things from 11am, so you have a little extra time to make sales. I think communication with customers is a huge part of the Rummage. I’m blessed with being a big lover of conversation. I will talk to anyone who will listen. Having a chat with your customers as they approach your stall can definitely be the difference between them walking by and taking the time to find something they love.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? I love to spend time in New Farm Park. It’s been a hub for me for most of my adult life. I go running along the river and I’ve been on picnic dates with almost every man I’ve ever dated. I spend a lot of time at The Powerhouse; it’s a magnificent place to reconnect and reenergize when you’re feeling a bit burnt out and there are always loads of dogs to pat.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? I am holding a few sustainable art workshops which I am very, very excited about. I would also love to get my pots in a few more shops. Basically, I dream of earning enough money selling paper pots to become an artist full time.
Where we can we find and follow you? You can find me on Facebook and Instagram @chloeandthepaperpots I post everything there. I make events to let everyone know when I’ll be at markets or holding workshops. You can also buy and order pots directly from me via social media.