Queensland based homewares label Vessel and Vine has certainly been a crowd favourite at our Brisbane market in the past. This season, Brooke Nelson will be bringing Vessel and Vine down the coast to our Sydney market, which happens to be on this weekend. Read on to discover a little more about this adorable label.
Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
I live in Brisbane and began my label as a hobby in 2011 after getting into succulent propagating. I started making little leather hanging cones to display all my extra cuttings in because I loved the look of them and enjoyed displaying them around the house. I have a serious addiction to homewares and DIY projects. I love to make my own homewares and decorations pretty quickly the range grew and evolved to include cement vessels and planters, dishes, jewellery and platters.
What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
One piece of advice I would give to first time stall holders is over estimate everything! Stock, packaging, float, snacks, water and help needed! Also wear seriously comfy shoes!
Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Vessel and Vine in the next 12 months.
I’ve got so many ideas and new objects I want to create in the near future as well as ideas for collaborations with other creatives I’ve met through the Finders community. Vessel and Vine is travelling to the Sydney Finders Keepers market for the first time which is scary and exciting! I hope to do a few interstate markets in 2016 and meet all my fab customers!
Name one resource that your label could not live without.
One resource my label could not live without would have to be the community of creative and talented makers in my hometown Brisbane. A few years ago I joined BrisStyle, a local organisation that supports creatives and it has been invaluable to me. Without them Vessel and Vine would still be a hobby business, the forums and support are amazing.
It’s also been handy to connect with others that have participated in Finders Keepers markets in Brisbane to get tips and advice! I’m sure there are local groups in other capital cities or even Etsy teams that people can join. It’s been great to get to know other people who run handmade businesses and hear their stories.
Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
My favourite product is probably the mini planter or tea light holder. It is so simple in design but over the past year it has become really popular as a wedding favour or guest gift. I love making them for weddings it’s something special and handmade that guests can take home with them which I think is lovely and adds a special homemade element.”