Meet our Team!

Like all not for profit groups we have a dedicated staff team and volunteer committee who work behind the scenes to keep BrisStyle running and put all the members thoughts and ideas into action. "Approachable" is our middle name so please take the time to get to know us here and we look forward to meeting you in person at all of our markets and events real soon!

  • Staff

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    Belinda Harris - Operations Manager

    Coming from a background of Retail, Membership Services and then moving on to a Sales Administrator role, Belinda Harris excels at keeping the BrisStyle HQ humming along. When not organising PR and advertising or facilitating workshops, Bel is busy chasing after her 2 young boys or you can find her baking up some delicious treats or crafting up a storm using skills taught to her by her late Nan Beryl.

    You can contact Belinda for all BrisStyle enquiries at BrisStyleoffice@gmail.com

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    Magdalena Franco - Events Manager

    With over 13 years of marketing, PR and events experience, Magdalena (also known as Mags) is better known as the face behind creative-based business Unleash Creative which she started in 2010 after spending her career in corporate.

    A creative through and through there's not a day that goes by where Magdalena isn't creating or dreaming up her next crafty project. With a passion for colour and bold patterns it's hard to miss Magdalena in a crowd with her ever-changing hair colour.
    After spending 11 years living in Melbourne, Magdalena moved back to Brisbane in 2014 with her husband and two kids to be closer to family.

    You can contact Magdalena for all BrisStyle event enquiries at BrisStyleevents@gmail.com

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    Kathy Seton (Meta Design Co) - President

    My mum always sewed our clothes when I was young, so I was always doing some sewing with her. I seriously thought about being a home economics teacher for many years while at school. Instead I went travelling and eventually came back to Brisbane to study for a social science degree. After doing a double major and honours in anthropology, I have spent the last two decades working in Indigenous and multi-cultural arenas while raising my beautiful daughter. A great friend gave me a fabulous pin jar for Xmas a few years back and it inspired me to get back into sewing - Meta Design Co has since been born (with the amazing support of the BrisStyle community). Slow hand-made clothing over fast fashion is my ethos and passion.

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    Hayley Ritchie (Done by Daisy) - Secretary

    As a crafty child, my biggest trouble was choosing which medium to use that day! I soon tried clay and instantly clicked. My journey through clay took on many avenues (plasticine models, amateur stop-motion animation, fondant cake decoration and wedding cake toppers to name a few!) until I tried using polymer clay for jewellery and fell in love with the versatile medium, and the strength of polymer clay. Soon there were too many earrings and not enough ears, and so Done by Daisy was born!

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    JoJo Smith (Smith & Others) - Treasurer

    After completing high school, JoJo worked as a freelance writer and in the accounts team for a national furniture retailer. She went on to study business at the University of Tasmania [UTAS] and after graduating began studying for her CPA while working in the field of arts accounting. JoJo was shortlisted for the Queensland Young Writer of the Year and was awarded the UTAS Business School Entrepreneurship prize.

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    Clare Collyer (Zillpa)

    Zillpa was born out of a need to create and express. What began as a bit of fun, playing around with rope, soon developed into an exciting journey of discovery. I tried crocheting with the rope, braiding it, knotting it… But nothing seemed to ‘click’ with me. Until I came across an old technique for using up fabric scraps by wrapping them around pieces of rope and stitching them together. It sounded like an interesting idea, so I gave it a try and loved it! My mind suddenly opened up and I saw so many different possibilities that this technique could be used for. At the moment I prefer the raw aspect of keeping the rope plain and using the stitching thread as the decorative detail.

    Zillpa’s current product range includes bowls, dishes, pot holders, coasters, bags and plant hangers – All made using 100% cotton rope, which I sew together on my industrial sewing machine. All my products are designed and created by me in my little studio on Brisbane’s south-side.

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    Jenny Thor (Thorigami)

    Jenny is very passionate about handmade, recycling and locally made products. She likes to make things from paper and yarn - crochet toadstools, Mandalas, clouds etc and origami jewellery and framed pictures. Jenny has always been a maker, since she was little coming from a creative family where her grandmother and mother passed down thier skills to her

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    Majella Edwards (Three Tides Artisan)

    I have always been a maker and creator, my parents were art teachers and as a child I always had the opportunity to create with everything from paint to wood to metal. I studied visual arts at the School of Art, ANU in Canberra and since then I have worked at the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and the National Library of Australia. I am experienced with executive governance and committee work and well-practiced with publications, workshops, exhibitions and events. In 2014, I founded my art studio (Three Tides Artisan) and initially I custom dyed textiles for Australian and international customers.

    I have had exhibitions of my artworks and have since branched out to deliver art and craft creative workshops to both adults and children. Most recently, I have teamed up other Brisbane ‘mumpreneurs’ to open a December pop up shop in Wynnum and started an art therapy course.

    I’ve been a member of BrisStyle for two years and I’ve love to increase my involvement with the Brisbane hand making community and forge strong connections with its very talented members!

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    Cally Cronk (Cronk + Tonic)

    Cally has always been creative and had dreams of growing up to be a poet! Originally from the London she has spent the last 8 years travelling and working as an art teacher around the world; including living in Hong Kong and Melbourne for years before deciding Brisbane was the place she was always meant to be! She is the creator of the brand Cronk and Tonic and likes to work with old school mediums including lino & screen printing, hand painting jewellery, wood burning and batik. 

  • Special Thanks

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    We would also like to make mention to our retired life members who were part of our founding committee and without them BrisStyle would definitely have not turned into what it is today xx

    Amanda Francey of Amalou Studios
    Robyn Dixon of Hot Fudge
    Ali Chisholm of Jellygnite Little Jellygnite
    Bec Hollis of Where's Becky Bean
    Rebecca Cason of edward and lilly

    A big Thanks also goes out to our past staff members, who pathed the way for BrisStyle to move forward!
    Helen Berthold - Event Coordinator 2008-2014
    Sam Gilkes - Membership Coordinator 2011-2014 
    Kelly-Anne Mott - Event Manager 2014-2017

    and our heartfelt thanks goes to our outgoing Committee members from past years:

    2012:
    Rebecca Cason of edward and lilly
    Melinda Hume of Moose and Bird
    Teneale Muir of Wicked Child Designs  

    2013:
    Gill Pyke of Catamation
    Amanda Whitelaw of Hungry Designs
    Sandrine Marsh of Image in cafe
    Helen Berthold

    2014: 
    Alycia Woods of AKW Accountants
    Kath Chown of Handmade High Street
    Fiona Mchugh of Oh Sew Fabric
    Jess Van Den of Epheriell and Create & Thrive
    Kirsten Devitt of Each to Own
    Bronwen Jones of Bravo Juliet Designs
    Sam Gilkes of Jetta's Nest

    2015:
    Michelle Pujol of Michelle Pujol Jewellery
    Anna-Margot of Anna-Margot Originals
    Vicki Sinclair
    Marta Kamilla
    Felicity Clarke of Bearly There Creations
    Lynne Eisentrager of Ish handmade
    Kirsten Devitt of each to own

    2016:
    Belinda Harris
    Robyn Wood

    2017: 

    Special thanks must also go to Esther Neijman of Green Envy Designs for that very first coffee meet up where it all began...