Five Questions with ANTIPASTEL

Image features Antipastel captured at our Sydney AW16 Market by Mark Lobo

Image features Antipastel captured at our Sydney AW16 Market by Mark Lobo

If it’s a distinctly Australiana flavour that you’re after, make sure you also check out Antipastel at our Sydney market this weekend. Designer / Maker Michaela Stone pays tribute to Australia using modern national emblems like prawns and budgies; brightening up her tongue in cheek jewellery and accessories range.  Read on to discover more!

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label
As a little girl, I used to fill up countless supermarket sketchbooks with biro drawings of everything from princesses to centaurs and my own Sailor Moon/Planeteer-inspired superheroes. I grew up watching Fantasia, The Little Mermaid and Fern Gully on repeat, and enjoying the works of Australian illustrators and artists, like Jeannie Baker, through picture books. I learned to play the flute, sing and act through school and went on to study visual communication at uni. I’ve always been creatively inclined and feel a deep desire to express myself through my own makings. I started ANTIPASTEL as a way to do that. I believe the world needs more colour and really I just need to get what’s in my head out there. I get a lot of joy from sharing that with other people and seeing them react positively to it.

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Talk to your fellow stallholders! Finders Keepers is a great way to meet new customers, yes, but it’s also a great way to meet likeminded makers from all over the place! Step away from your stand for a few minutes and take the time to go around to the other stallholders and say hi. It’s a wonderfully supportive community out there! And try the food, too…



Tell us something exciting that you have planned for ANTIPASTEL in the next year
I have a bazillion ideas for new sketches that will make their way onto textiles and jewels shortly. There are a few bigger projects simmering in the background, too – but I’m keeping mum on those for now!

Name one resource that your label could not live without
Oof. Just one? Really, it’s the support – and the extended knowledge base – of the immensely talented creative friends I’ve been fortunate to meet through doing markets like Finders Keepers. Closely followed by packing tape, and cheese flavoured corn chips.


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Tell us about your favourite product from your collection
New Aussie-made linen aprons! I’m proud that these are made here, they showcase my illustrations really well and they’re incredibly practical!



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