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

  • - Event Manager

    We are on the hunt for a new Event Manager! Could this be you? Click HERE to find out more information.

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    Sam Gilkes (Jettas Nest) - Membership Coordinator

    Creating for as long as I can remember, I started my market adventures selling vintage fabric kids clothes at markets and on Etsy while my boys were little as Jetta’s Nest.  As time went on and wanting to bring my artwork to the public I began to make wearable wooden art from recycled timber.  It was a wonderful whirlwind and I was lucky enough to have my work featured in a number of magazines including Peppermint and for sale in the GOMA store (a real dream come true)!  During this time I was on the BrisStyle Committee and also the Memberships Coordinator.  With three little ones by now and wanting to concentrate on my first love of painting I stepped down from my positions at BrisStyle...but I’m back and can’t wait to work with all you lovely and talented members again!!

    For any membership enquires, you can contact Sam at brisstyleteam@gmail.com

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    Jenny Thor - Acting President

    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 their skills to her.

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    Colleen Smith (Mulboo) - Secretary

    Experimental Fabric dye Artist and jewellery maker. My business Mulboo was born after the passing of my Dad who always encouraged me to best I could be, regardless of the storm. I was looking for something I could do that would express who I am. I found and have fallen in love with how unpredictable it can be when working with dyes and acrylics. Each piece I create is a journey of discovery. It’s always exciting to see the end result. I look past the obvious and focus on the patterns that nature creates around us. I love nature and try to capture the sense of movement and celebrate vibrant colour while ensuring that each piece is uniquely imperfect. My aim is to try to capture the energy that surrounds me and reflect it in each piece I create. I believe we are ‘Intricately tied to nature’ Let’s celebrate the fragile connections we have with the world around us.

  • - Treasurer

    Where on the hunt for a new number cruncher, could this be you? Shoot us an email at brisstylecommittee@gmail.com

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    Hayley Ritchie (Done by Daisy)

    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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    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 and in the end I preferred the raw aspect of keeping the rope plain and using the stitching thread as the decorative detail.

    Zillpa grew quite rapidly and after some time I took a step back and closed the business to focus on other aspects of my creative life.

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    Dr Katherine Parsons

    Katherine’s background is in aeolian geomorphology and facilitating student retention and success. She started her career in mentoring during Undergraduate studies at Griffith University; working as both a school-based and University-wide mentor. Upon completion of her PhD she commenced the role of Mentoring and Orientation Coordinator at Griffith University. Her motivation is to develop and implement mentoring Programs (using academic, peer based and blended methods) which inspire participants to develop skills, succeed and achieve their goals. She also runs a small handmade business called Fossicked and Found; creating jewellery from rocks and minerals and upcycled items fossicked and found in Australia.

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    Michelle Richardson (Little Concrete Jungle)

    Little Concrete Jungle started from a basic need to make some pots for myself and then over 5 years it has just grown and grown. It’s all made in my home studio in my garden. I’m now also making homewares, art and jewellery. I’m really loving using concrete as a creative medium and showing people it’s versatility. The ability to use it with upcycled and recycled other mediums keep me busy dreaming up things to make with it. The idea of creating items that will outlast any trends and continue to get better with age makes me so happy.

    One of the best parts of running a small creative business is the relationships that are developed between fellow creatives and yourself. BrisStyle helped me on my journey when I didn’t really believe that I could create and sell what I loved. Now I want to be there to help others just starting on their journey.

  • 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 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
    Magdalena Franco - Event Manager 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:
    Kathy Seton of Meta Design Co.
    JoJo Smith of Smith and Others
    Cally Cronk of Cronk & Tonic

     

     

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