Our interview with Ronia Garrett-Benson has so many gems of information and insight! We chatted to the talented, intelligent, and absolute sweetheart Ronia about why she loves art and creating it. She also gushed about artists that she digs, let us in on her favourite sushi place in Brisbane City, and offered advice on how to make a Suitcase Rummage stall your own.
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
I’m an artist, blogger and designer from Brisbane. I currently study fashion communication at QUT, while selling my art online on my Etsy and at Suitcase Rummages!
Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I love everything to do with art and how it creates a sense of community through fellow artists. Most importantly, it makes people happy. I love creating, it’s a part of my DNA and I’m constantly drawing and painting every spare second I get.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love?
I have so many artists and creatives that I love, it’s so hard to list. I find most of them on Instagram, which is why I included their users. Some of my faves would have to be:
Elly creates super cool illustrations of celebrities and bands, and sells funky t-shirts and prints (@cactei). She also sells at Rummages as well which is super cool!
The Messy Heads is a blog run by Emma Mercury, which has so many inspiring pieces of writing that I’m in love with. There’s so much cool stuff on the site including lookbooks, favourites and heaps of other posts.
Arnie Luczkowkski-Gibson (@franki_e) is a Australian based sculptor/creative who makes the most amazing pottery, like it’s actually phenomenal. She also sells really funky art prints, and she’s so inspiring as an artist. Her work makes me so happy!
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own?
I always have a colourful rug or blanket, which makes the things I sell look so much nicer! I always take the time to make little signs as well, explaining prices, and what the products are. And of course I make sure I have little baskets to put prints and drawings in so they’re not just spread all over the rug haphazardly. Also of course, it’s important to greet everyone with a smile and a happy outlook on life!
What excites you?
Everything excites me! No joke. I am constantly excited by everything, but in particular, by: observing good art, watching interesting films, reading pieces of writing and just being out in the world living life.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall?
My tips would be to make everything your own! Make sure to display what you’re selling so you’ll excite the customer and really engage with everyone who comes to your stall. Also try out your stall at home before you do Rummage for the first time. I recommend bringing rugs and cushions as well.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage?
It’s definitely my favourite market to do. I find that since it’s in such a central location, you get a variety of interesting people who visit. It’s also such a great price with such a nice atmosphere!
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city?
My favourite place in the city is a little sushi train called Sushi Edo, which is the best. I literally eat lunch there every time I’m in the city, they have the best avocado rolls ever.
What is the next step for you?
Well, I’m just starting a Bachelor of Creative Industries majoring in Fashion Communication, which is pretty exciting! I will be doing more rummages, of course, and hopefully expanding my online store to include more exciting items. I’ve just started a blog, where I will be posting lots of exciting collaborations, as well as new films on my YouTube.
Where we can we find and follow you?