Creative Brisbane: Q&A with The Ministry of Handmade

Some people have so much talent when it comes to being crafty with their hands.  I would love to be more crafty, but it is not often that I spend time being creative with my hands, or have the time to clean up after a creative session!

Recently, I met Julie and Maurice from The Ministry of Handmade and they showed me through their studio and home where they run their business.  Their space is really welcoming and comfortable and I found myself back there a few weeks later for a Shibori Dyeing Workshop.  It was a great afternoon and I love what they do and thought some of you would too!

Q&A with The Ministry of Handmade

Tell us a bit about your background and how that led to your business?

I grew up with a mother that was a dressmaker who could turn her hand to anything and a Dad who was as handy as could be. They would tackle just about any DIY and do it well and I guess that rubbed off! I have always been creative and loved working with my hands. I studied architecture for a few years and loved the design process and the all day workshop sessions we used to have designing and building things.

I’m addicted to sewing and love fabric!!  I am real advocate for the handmade revolution and thrive on being a handmade revolutionary! I guess I wanted to use my skills and share my love of handmade with others.

 

Ministry of Handmade - studio space.  Photo by Trina Bechly www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Ministry of Handmade – studio space. Photo by Trina Bechly www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

You have a great range of classes available, is there one part that is your favourite?

I really love all our workshops but if I had to pick a fave it would be at the cross over between textiles and furniture – upholstery!! Very addictive!

Is there a word or a phrase that would encapsulate your style or your design ethos?

I love clean lines, bold graphic prints, bright pure colours, less is more. I also love 50s and 60s furniture, particularly chairs and hairpin legs!

 

Ministry of Handmade - studio space.  Photo by Trina Bechly www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Ministry of Handmade – studio space. Photo by Trina Bechly www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

Is there a word or a phrase that would encapsulate your style or your design ethos?

I love clean lines, bold graphic prints, bright pure colours, less is more. I also love 50s and 60s furniture, particularly chairs and hairpin legs!

What has been the most rewarding part of your business so far?

I just love watching people’s confidence grow when they come to a workshop and learn a new skill. The smile on their faces is amazing. We do lots of high fives because there are not many places you can go where people are positive, want you to succeed and provide lots of encouragement.

Is there a place or space in Brisbane that you absolutely adore?

I adore the cultural precinct at South Brisbane – GOMA, State Library, Museum….the architecture, the interplay with the river, the landscaping, its cultural heart, the bigness of it all.

On my first visit to their home and studio, Trina Bechley came along to capture the space.  It’s a bit like a crafters heaven, with so much space, light and colour to inspire you.   Make sure you take a look at the class timetable or contact Julie and Maurice for more information on their one on one classes.

Now, I’m off to start that ‘things to do’ list!

Ministry of Handmade - studio space.  Photo by Trina Bechly www.walkamongthehomes.com.au
Ministry of Handmade – studio space. Photo by Trina Bechly www.walkamongthehomes.com.au

 

 

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