Sunday, 24 March 2013

profile madeleine sargent - made by mosey.

madeleine sargent of made by mosey

Melbourne based crafter Madeleine Sargent took the plunge to persue her creative talents full time - moving from her kitchen table into a studio - to produce her beautiful range of pieces  for her label Made by Mosey. From colourful feather garlands to hot air balloon mobiles and patchwork vintage fabric cushions every piece is lovingly made by hand and super sweet so mosey along to Madeleine's site for a look.

How would you describe yourself?
Mother, happy, enthusiastic, loyal and friendly.

What was your childhood dream?
Such a dreamer, so there were many things...ballerina, set designer, architect, photographer, artist...

What led you down your current path?
I studied photography followed by interior design, but it wasn't until my first child came along that I decided to follow this crazy path of running a business based entirely on products made by hand. 

What do you love most about what you do? 
The fact that I answer to no-one! Although having said that, I'm very hard on myself so perhaps if I had a boss she/he would most likely be much kinder to me than I am! Being self-employed can be tricky at times but I love that I can make a living doing something that is in my bones and that I am completely passionate about. Handmade has always been important to me and I can't see that changing anytime soon. I also love that I can put Beyonce on very loudly in my studio and sing without anyone telling me that I have no pitch whatsoever.  

Where do feel most inspired?
In my studio where I have many reminders of my beautiful Grandmother who taught me to sew and inspires me still. My children, non-fiction books, magazines, being outdoors and seeing the work of other clever, creative people online but even better in the flesh. 

Who do you admire?
My husband. Andy is so positive, encouraging, supportive, accomplished, driven and insanely creative himself. He has a wealth of knowledge and is the smartest person I know. I lean on him hard and he never wavers. We never take each other for granted and work so well as a team which is why what we have is like gold. 

What challenges have you had to overcome? 

Making the decision to leave regular income work and take Mosey off the dining table and into a studio. The transition was awkward and I was overwhelmed by it all. I settled in eventually but I often refer to that period as the 'lost days'. 

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
I did squeal when one of the contestants on The Block last year bought a whole bunch of my products and then the room she decorated won the challenge. I broke my reality TV ban and let the kids watch it. There was a lot of shrieking and high fiving on the sofa! I was very busy after that.

What are your top creative resources?
I love The Design Files. I feel so grateful that Lucy gathers all the best and interesting things and serves them up daily in her inimitable style. Champion!
Some favourite books that I dip into often are Sibella Court's Bowerbird, William Arnett's Gees Bend: The Architecture of The Quilt and Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Also the music of Erykan Badu. All day, everyday. 

What is your idea of happiness?

A productive day at the studio, seeing the kids smiling faces at school pick up, eating dinner as a family and bed early with a cup of tea. These things happen but rarely consecutively so happiness would be all of this happening in one 24 hour period. Oh and let's throw some salted caramel something in there as well. Sigh...

What's next?
At the end the of last year I employed a girl Friday (one of my best friends) and now that we are settling into a good rhythm I am hoping to carve out some more time to make new things

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read- The second issue of Fete Magazine. What a beautiful new publication!
Watch - Louis Theroux.
Cook - A cake of some sort.
Create - Something with my kids. Especially my super creative daughter.
Listen to - Old school hip hop loudly.
Dream about - A sleep in.
Look forward to - Easter holidays.