Letitia, of My Little Pamplemousse, makes the cutest badges! Some are felted. Some are a mix of medias. And some look so darn good you’re tempted to eat them! Her philosophy is simple: a regular, drab outfit is an opportunity. An opportunity for a colourful pin to make the whole ensemble more exciting! This sentiment is absolutely something we can get on board with. Read our interview with Letitia below, especially if you’re a fan of fairy bread!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? My name is Letitia. I love colourful and unique things. I was always searching for new and interesting handmade goodies, but I got frustrated because I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I decided to try making them for myself, then for my friends, and now I’m sharing them with others. I’m a computer trainer by trade, so my job doesn’t allow for a lot of creativity, this creative outlet has given me a lot of joy.
Can you tell us about your wares? They are colourful, unique and quirky. What you wear has a direct bearing on how you feel, one simple brooch can turn a dull, drab outfit into a fun experience. Life is better with fun things to wear!
Why do you do what you do? I love to turn my ideas into reality. It really is such a thrill to see other people enjoying them too.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? @RONE – His art showings are a completely unique and memorable experience. @Delphine_delorme – The Creative Director of @Yangoods, who utilises vintage Myanmar photographs in their designs. @lady_petrova – the most incredible gowns that look like they’re so much fun to wear.
What excites you? Anything new and unique, places I haven’t been, food I haven’t tasted, people I haven’t met, music I haven’t heard, clothes I haven’t worn yet.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? I try not to plan it out too much and see where the mood takes me on the day. I like to have plenty of colour, so that when people look at the stall they feel happy and excited by it.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? Be prepared and organised, but try not to focus too much on selling. Enjoy the atmosphere, talk with the other stallholders and the rummagers too. Take time to rummage for yourself.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? I get to meet lots of interesting and talented people. I always return home with some unique bits and bobs that I’ve picked up from the other stallholders.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? I want to keep coming up with new and fresh ideas and continue to enjoy making them. I want to focus on the process of creating, rather than worry about growing my handmade business.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? Forest bathing and foraging. There are so many incredible forests around Melbourne, I love to go wandering and collecting, there’s nothing more refreshing than some time in nature.
Where can we find and follow you? Instagram: @mylittlepamplemousse and Etsy