Today's Meet The Maker is all about a wonderful creative who is following her passion of one day hoping to make her crafty part time life her full time dream. She is an absolute delight to call part of the EPM family and we hope you love her creations as much as we do...
Tell us about yourself and what you create...
Growing up I was constantly drawing, painting, cutting, gluing and stitching to produce 'beautiful' things. This desire to create has stayed with me into adulthood and I still get as much satisfaction out of making things today as I did when I was in kindergarten! After studying Studio Textiles and Design at RMIT, I worked in the textiles industry but found I had little chance to use my creative and design skills within these jobs. So eventually Ellmabee was born. Many of my products have evolved from my fascination in embedding objects into clear resin. At the moment my range consists of brooches, rings, pendants and earrings, but, of course, it is always changing and evolving. I still work part time in the retail industry but my dream is to someday work completely for myself developing Ellmabee.
When did you know you first wanted to be a designer?
I have always been obsessed with making things but I think the concept of 'design' first became of interest to me when I was about 11 or 12.
What inspires you to be creative?
Other creative people, colour, everyday patterns, a found object in need of a new life.
Describe your perfect day...
When I have a day to create ALL day, that is my perfect day. I am in heaven. A successful day at the market also comes close because I love interacting with people and I love being able to sell my product.
Describe a lesson you learnt from creative failure.
I have had many creative failures. I would consider a resin overflow a creative failure and this happens all the time. I think a lesson I have learnt from creative failure is that it is an inevitable part of the creative process and it will lead to improvement.
What's the scariest movie you have ever seen?
Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'.
What's your favourite childhood book?
We had a picture book of 'The Wizard of Oz'. It was from the 60's and was given to my Dad when he was young. The illustrations are as equally engaging as the storyline.
What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?
'Nobody's perfect', advice I am still trying to get my head around even though I know it's true.
What's your favourite tunes to get you in the creative mood?
Kate Miller-Heidke or Regina Spektor.
** You can meet the wonderful Laura and explore more of her wonderful creations at the April 18 EPM 9am to 2pm at the Emu Plains Reserve, Balnarring xo
Connect with Ellmabee.
Facebook - Ellmabee
Website - www.ellmabee.com