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!
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
Diana Bridge - Events Assistant
I have an Events Management degree but since I moved to Australia I've had the opportunity to work on different areas giving me the option to grow, experience and learn from new industries, this is how I found out I have a passion for all things crafty, handmade and creative. I had my own handmade business, but decided to have break from it and go back to school, at the moment I'm studying Textile and Surface Design. When I'm not working for BrisStyle, you can find me working on some craft project or visiting markets around Brisbane.
You can contact Diana for all BrisStyle event enquiries at BrisStyleevents@gmail.com
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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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.
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
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!
I have a Masters in Business Administration and I worked in Vienna, Austria, in different industries such as FMCG, NGOs, Chinese Medicine and Aviation. Although my work was mostly very interesting I realized something was missing: working and creating with my hands. I needed to touch and hold my work. I went on a journey from knitting to crochet to felt work to quilting. I saw a ‘cathedral window cushion’ and fell in love. I tried one and after 9 hours or so I had my first cushion. I was addicted to quilting and taught myself through videos.
When my son was born I quit my corporate job with the intention of starting my own business after my maternity leave. My husband and I decided to move to London and I felt ready to start the business which I called ‘at sarah’s’. I offered bespoke home textiles, started my journey at various arts and crafts markets, pop-up shops, a craft trade show and I became an active member of the Muswell Hill Creatives. I started teaching contemporary quilting at craft shops, the London Met University and the Sutton College.
A new chapter in my life started with our move to Australia. I work from my studio in North Brisbane where I write quilt patterns and I am very proud of my recently started cooperation with Art Gallery Fabrics. When I am not designing new quilts, I teach quilting and make custom ordered home textiles.