When you just love to create, what better way to experiment and avoid stockpiling your creations, than to sell them at a market! We are lucky to have Emma of Bowerbird Bijoux, join us at Suitcase Rummage to sell her unique jewellery pieces. It’s so exciting to see her encouraged to try new things and keep creating for the love of it. We hope you enjoy our interview with Emma as much as we did!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? My name is Emma and I make resin jewellery and homewares under the label Bowerbird Bijoux (pronounced ‘bee-joo’).
Why do you do what you do? My day job is very left brained. It’s always been important to me to have a creative outlet to balance that out. Over the years I have drawn, made polymer clay jewellery, knitted, sewn my own clothes and plush toys. I like teaching myself a new skill and having something to keep my mind and hands busy. Resin jewellery and homewares has been a bit of an obsession for two years now – I love playing around with colours and embellishments like sprinkles and glitter. It’s not something I plan to make my career – I just make more than I can wear myself, and selling pieces allows me to fund new moulds and pigments to experiment with.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? I’m OBSESSED with acrylic jewellery at the moment – I particularly love Revere Folie, Sconnie and Jam, Winnifred’s Daughter, and Erstwilder. I like a quirky piece of jewellery that says something about your personality.
What excites you? The resin I work with sets quickly – there’s no second chances. If I am playing around with a couple of colours at once, I never quite know how it will turn out. It’s a lot of fun to work under that kind of pressure and see what I can create in the moment. It teaches me to embrace the unique and unpredictable.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? I’ve been to three Suitcase Rummages – each time I draw inspiration from how other vendors showcase their wares. For me, it boosted my confidence to design a sign and cards online – I felt more legitimate and professional as a maker.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? Make your wares accessible for people to touch or try on. In my first Rummage I had my bangles on a display where you had to slide others off to get to the ones in the middle. People didn’t want to mess up the display so didn’t look at the bangles up close.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? I love meeting other creatives at Suitcase Rummage. There’s a vibrant atmosphere – everyone is super friendly and shares ideas. I always come home with a lovely new piece of jewellery or décor.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? The next few months for me are all about finishing my PhD! My creative works might take a back seat for a while, but as soon as I finish I plan to take a few weeks off for Netflix and diving back headfirst into my hobbies.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? The NGV and Melbourne Museum always have fantastic exhibitions. I also always try to see a show when the Spiegeltent comes to town. I’m proud to hail from a city that is so supportive of arts and culture.
Where we can we find and follow you? My etsy is https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/BowerbirdBijoux/, and you can also find me on Instagram (@bowerbirdbijoux) – or you might catch me at the next Suitcase Rummage!