At Suitcase Rummage HQ we are delighted to welcome the first intern to our humble team, Maeve Lejeune. She is here to work on some exciting projects, which before now have been but a twinkle in our eyes. So, first things first, we want you to take some time to get to know Maeve.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello! I’m a Design Futures/Visual Communication Design student from Brisbane. I live in West End and have been hooked on selling things at markets ever since I first set up a stall in front of my house to sell pet rocks (unfortunately my first venture didn’t go so well). I have a cat called Graham and love nothing more than drinking tea and playing around with expensive inks and watercolours that I can’t afford.
What made you want to be a Suitcase Rummage intern?
I first went to a Suitcase Rummage when it was held in King George Square; soon after I ran my first ‘stall’, when it moved to Reddacliff Place. I loved what the rummage stood for: creativity, small business, and community. The whole concept got me thinking about the positives of connecting people through art, craft and fashion, as well as the importance of getting people thinking and talking about sustainable practices.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I’m definitely not a morning person but I’m not one to stay up too late either. Basically, I love sleeping. I try to get up early because I am most productive at that time of the day, but I’m also really good at ignoring my alarm. I always have a cup of tea in bed to start the day.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Quite a few things, including but not limited to: professional dog walker/patter; hip-hop dancer; doctor. For the most part though I am still very unsure and that’s a little terrifying. I love design and working collaboratively with people on projects, so I imagine something in a creative field. No matter what, I want to be doing things that I love in the company of people who I love (as cliché as that sounds).
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Good question. At the moment I’m keen on invisibility. I’m interested in the prospect of being able to take photos with no one noticing me. Not in a creepy way! So that I have the freedom to take photos of pretty/interesting things without feeling like a fool or having people judge me. Maybe I would eavesdrop on a conversation or two… I couldn’t let my powers go to waste!
Tell us about something you care about…
I care about making things and using my hands. I think there is so much (for everyone) to gain from being creative. Even if your work isn’t traditionally seen as creative you can always find ways of injecting a little sparkle into what you do.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“Wear a hat” – My mum.
Who is someone that you look up to?
I think Amy Poehler is so great (based solely off television appearances and her book – I’ve never met her). Aside from being funny, she seems like a genuinely lovely person with so much love for her friends. Amy seems like a strong and intelligent woman who has worked hard to get where she is; and I love that her character, Leslie Knope, on Parks and Recreation lives to celebrate and compliment her friends.
Can we follow you on the social sphere? (I.e instagram, twitter etc.)
I’m @mevlej on Instagram, if you feel like following or just having a good ol’ sticky beak. My Twitter is also @mevlej but I don’t think I have once tweeted, so that could be boring for you.