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Wild Things Clay - featured artisan
Find out more about Wild Things Clay...

Being honest with your personal style does not mean being inflexible with your actual products – Susan moved from jewellery to homewares to meet her changing customer profile as she moved away from online towards face to face at the markets.
After cutting her teeth making small jewellery pieces with a view to online selling and the realities of low cost shipping firmly in mind – Susan found she was drifting away from what she really wanted to create, and also entering a saturated market (jewellery) filled with highly competitive, established products.

Australian emerging artisans and handmade makers
What inspires me about finding handmade.

Handmade is authentic, original and genuine and has a real energy that is in complete
contrast to the mass produced consumer culture of industrial manufacturing.
Hamndmade has a local story - a human side that we can connect to and engage with -
and I hope the interviews and insights shared in demonstrate this

My idea of handmade is local, connected and passionate - with makers simply 'into'
what they do and turning a profit doing something that they love.  It can't be any
purer than that - doing something you love and getting paid for it.  I hope we can
all help and support the makers of handmade and keep that vision alive in your local community.
Hnamdade artisan sharing her latest work.

Travel Photographer Markets Stall

maria from a little gypsy in my soul
Maria from a Little Gypsy in My Soul
As a well travelled photographer, Maria from Little Gypsy in my Soul captures the vibrant energy of ethnic communities and brings the everyday to life in her photography.  And as a stallholder selling at the markets, she enjoys a successful business brand selling her images to an ever-changing passin crowd at Sydney Local Markets each weekend.

Here's an excerpt from a recent interview...

Maria shares that her images provoke people into sharing their own their travel stories, and how some people feel awkward taking images when they are on holiday – returning as you do with a catalogue of meaningless wide angle landscapes or cut in half statues instead of capturing the actual moment and personal feel of the destination.  A Little Gypsy in My Soul certainly captures the essence of place that travel opens inside you – I can imagine customers appropriating one of Maria’s pieces as a touchstone for their own travel story.  And this is essentially what handmade and unique pieces bring to people who shop at the markets – a personal story embedded in a object – something quite out of the ordinary.