We’ve long been impressed by the stall set up of Birdy J Design. It’s fun, colourful, and highly organised. Sunny, who is the maker behind it all, clearly keeps herself very busy. There’s so much hard work and love that shines through her handmade, woven jewellery pieces. To learn more about her background, read on! And make sure you say hi to her at a Brisbane Rummage some time. She’s super friendly!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? I am a handmade jewellery designer and an artist. I usually design accessories based on knots. When I paint, I use collage which combines watercolour and paper art. This is all done on the computer, using an illustrator program.
Can you tell us about your wares? The brand name is ‘Birdy J Design’. It basically aims to be Bohemian in style and is mostly motivated by nature such as: birds, trees, flowers, moon. My painting is quite similar, normally animals grafted onto paper flowers.
Why do you do what you do? I’ve always loved creating new things and I am confident in my abilities. I feel lucky that I am good at something that I love. I hope that my work could inspire someone to be more creative.
How did you get into it? I like the simple Bohemian style but I could not find jewellery in this style anywhere. So, I prefer to make it myself and now I am sharing it with others.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? and Why? Gabrielle Chanel. She designed clothes which have changed the zeitgeist drastically. Using stripe pattern of prison uniform for T-shirt, dress with black colour, which was never used before. I heard that she invented the shoulder bag for women who had to go to the battlefield. I believe she was a brilliant person at that time. Minha Park who was my teacher. She made me confident and helped me to realise that people are going to appreciate what I’m good at. She treated me like another artist and not just a student of hers.
What excites you? To create something new. I am excited when I plan something in my head.
When I find a new material or create a new thing, and then share it with other people, it makes my day.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? I have a variety of vintage suitcases. And I like to decorate with a nature-friendly style with dry flowers and paper art flowers.
What do you like about attending suitcase rummage? I love meeting new people and sharing my work with them. It is a good opportunity to meet new artists face to face and become friends with them.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? I have actually studied clothing design. I would like to challenge myself and make my own womens clothing brand, even if it is a vague plan for the far future. I’m also interested in YouTube DIYs, so I am preparing to make some of those.
What is your favourite place or thing to do in your city? It sounds boring but I love to visit the library or book stores. And under the bridge that connects Brisbane Square (where Suitcase Rummage is held) and South Bank, it has a beautiful view.
Where can we find and follow you?