*All dogs (and people) allowed to read this stall feature!
Elizabeth McAlister, of Stitchywood, knows that using your dog’s name as your business’ namesake is bound to get you best in show!
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I do a few things with Stitchywood. The main thing I do is digitise my original artworks, get them printed on fabric and then create a range of handmade items. I sew everything myself! At the moment a lot of my fabrics are from spray paint stencil artworks I’ve done (mainly of dogs) but I’ve got more stuff coming out in the second half of the year that is seeing me move in a new direction using different mediums for my art, including photography.
Why do you do what you do?
It’s pretty cliché but – I just love creating (I’m also a filmmaker under the guise ‘Stitchywood Films’)! Constantly having projects to work on keeps me happy and out of trouble! At the end of the day, I also get a kick out of creating something people love as well.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why?
I’ve been so inspired by the works of a group of Californian ladies who I discovered on Instagram a couple of years ago: Kindah Khalidy, Napkin Apocalypse, & Lorien Stern. They’ve taught me that art is whatever you want it to be. Also, Robbie Erskine, is a sensational, local, fine artist. I could only dream of being as talented as she is!
What excites you?
Life? I’m a pretty novice but pretty keen surfer. Though, living in Brisbane, the coast trips don’t happen as regularly as I’d like. I also love: handmade things, animals, the outdoors, and traveling. I think these all come through in Stitchywood. I’m also pretty excited by a good book & a quiet day at home with the dogs!
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own?
My current release is quite uniform and so I think the stall really holds its own, aesthetically. I also like to bring one of my dogs from time to time (including Stitchy, my stall’s namesake). That’s always a crowd pleaser!
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall?
Have a good camp chair. Sitting on the ground for 5 hours might seem like an okay idea at first… but it’s not! Also, in case it rains, have a tarp handy to throw over your goods. This will mean you don’t spend the entire day nervously eyeing those clouds on the horizon. And finally, the hot sun can make plastic packaging sweat FYI! Oh and the wind… Basically, be prepared for all the elements!
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city?
I love the water so I am so excited that you can now swim and do water sports at the Enogerra Reservoir at the back of The Gap. Also, hanging out at South Bank and GOMA with my little nephews is heaps of fun.
Where we can we find and follow you? (I.e. website, Instagram, facebook, etsy, markets etc.)
Stitchywood is on Facebook, Instagram, Etsy (as StitchywoodPrints) and I pop up at the Brisbane Square Suitcase Rummage as often as I can!