Interview with Utopia Handmade
What inspired you to start Utopia Handmade?
I’m very passionate about supporting the handmade movement and local businesses. In my mind, there’s nothing better than knowing that what you are buying is unique, has been created with love and thought and that you are supporting people in your community.
I’ve been sewing for a few years with guidance from my Mum and starting Utopia Handmade felt like a natural progression. I launched Utopia Handmade in January 2014 with the goal to create handmade clothing for children with a modern twist on retro and classic styles.
What will you be selling at our Beaufort Street Network’s very first Beaufort Street Art Market?
I’ll be selling a range of handmade clothing for children, including art smocks and aprons with matching chef hats. I’ll also have some wonderful 50’s inspired retro aprons for ladies.
As the market is on Father’s Day, I’ll be offering a special on some great BBQ style aprons for anyone looking for a last minute present for Dad.
If our members want to purchase from you after the Beaufort Street Art Market, where can they find you?
I love interacting with customers, so I try to attend at least one local market each month. To check out my Market Schedule, head to my website.
For those who prefer online shopping or can’t get to the markets, I also have an online Etsy store.
Lastly, what do you love about Beaufort Street?
Beaufort Street is such a special place for me. My Mum had a café on the Beaufort Street strip for most of the 90s, so I spent a lot of time in the area. I have many wonderful childhood memories including my first ballet lesson at the Astor, ‘Fire Engine’ lemonade drinks at The Queens Hotel, buying jellybeans from McKenzies Chemist and renting VHS tapes from Planet Mt Lawley.
While I remember all of these memories fondly, what I most love is seeing the evolution of Beaufort Street. I feel like Beaufort Street is a resilient area that is forever reinventing itself and staying relevant to the community and their needs.