“Sometimes you have to take a chance on yourself and back yourself,” says Anastasia Kotis, the creative behind local biz White Forest Home. The chapter in her life she’s referring to is the one in which she left her corporate job to pursue her creative dream. It happened in August 2012 - and the Canterbury wife and mum hasn’t looked back.
As the creative director behind The Gentry - a design business that has undertaken a slew of well-known interiors projects - Kelly Ross also happens to be my teacher at the International School of Colour and Design. Having travelled for 13 years as a set, props and scenic creative for theatre, she's had quite an artistic journey so far. I sat down for a chat with this Sydney-based Creative to find out more about her business, her role at iscd and what she considers to be her finest moment.
Creatives, you know by now that I'm in dire need of an intervention to deal with my increasing candle addiction. But if I may be afforded one last binge, like the contestant have on The Biggest Loser before they start their diet, I wish it to be with a Pigeon & Weasle candle. Primarily, the scent 'Red Frog', which as the title suggests, smells like the lollies of the same name. This is one candle making story with a difference - and it involves utilising recycled beer bottles. Genius!
Jayde Leeder is one busy gal. Not only is she a mother to two little ones (six-year-old Iggy and 14-month-old Minty - who Jayde tells me suffers from FOMO and thinks she’s 27), but she co-owns my fave store for all things stationery, Little Paper Lane, in the Sydney suburb of Mona Vale. I sat down with the former makeup artist and learnt a few things about stationery, running a family business and her hatred of tomatoes!
Sometimes you stumble across a creative who truly epitomises the concept of making it big and living the dream. Case in point - Melbourne-based Jenna Spence from Mister Moss - who took her genius creation and turned it into a fully-fledged business, producing a product that I'm currently going gaga over. I took five with this creative to get the lowdown on these glorious hanging plants and how it all came together.
“There’s definitely something special about handmade products,” says Melissa Leung, creative mastermind behind Miss Paperie, the stationery business that’s been making hearts flutter since its creation in July this year.