Tuesday, 2 June 2015

vessel and vine

Brooke Nelson of Vessel and Vine
I love plants and beautiful pots, so I was a case of 'jackpot' when I discovered the work of Brooke Nelson of Vessel and Vine whose lovely hand made pieces combine both! Made from tinted gelato toned cement and marble patterns, Brooke's delicate vessels and cone planters are the perfect way to display the little plants in your life. Based in Brisbane Brooke works from her home studio and is a self confessed instagram addict, who loves surrounding herself with visual inspiration and collaborating with fellow creatives. To take a peek at more of Brooke's pieces check out her Etsy site here, or if you're in Brisbane on July 4/5th head along to The Finders Keepers.
How would you describe yourself?
Always hungry, addicted to instagram!

What was your childhood dream?
It was probably to marry Prince William or something ridiculous like that. There was a phase in my early 20s where I dream't of becoming the next Jonathan Adler.

What led you down your current path?
 I studied interior design but I would say I’m more of a crafter than a designer. I like to make things and play with materials. I spent 6 years working at a creative reuse center coordinating a space that provided artisans a place to sell their handmade wares and I was so inspired all the time, I just always wanted to go home and make something. Having an interest in interiors lead me towards home wares and styling. I love decorating and making “things” to decorate a space. Vessel and Vine started as a hobby, a creative outlet for myself. I started out doing some local markets and it grew from there.

What do you love most about what you do?
I love that I am making full time and I love it when people put something I made in their homes, today my Dad called me and said the barber shop he went to had one of my pots on the counter and that was really cool!

chandelier by Amber Holbrook @lovedbyarlo  -  Vessels by Vessel and Vine
florals by Alice Shepherd @shesawildflower   -   photography by Stephanie Driscoll

What inspires you?
Other Australian makers and small creative businesses, people that support themselves through their craft, browsing around a great designer market and seeing all the fantastic wares!

Who do you admire?
I’m sure this lady is admired by lots of creatives but I would say Emily Green is a stand out for me I’ve loved her work for years and I can relate to her early journey. She’s definitely an inspiration for me in terms of creative business women.

chandelier by Amber Holbrook @lovedbyarlo  -  Vessels by Vessel and Vine
florals by Alice Shepherd @shesawildflower   -   photography by Stephanie Driscoll

What challenges have you had to overcome?
Challenges for me have come in so many forms, having the discipline to plan ahead and stay on top of things has been a big learning curve. Also I would say the heartache that comes from seeing one of your designs pop up on another instagram feed which is a challenge a lot of creatives face in the social media age.  You really have to have a thick skin and stay focused on your own work and developing your own signature style.

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
Realising that I can support myself through creative business. I love it when people come up to me at markets and say “I follow you on instagram” or “I have one of your planters and I love it!”

What are your top inspiring resources?
When I’m feeling uninspired or I need a bit of a re-boot I browse Etsy, I flick through my favourites, check out some of the shops and makers I admire and search for new inspiring makers to follow.

Product photography, blog posts and youtube tutorials, I’m always looking to develop my photography skills, looking at styling and props others have used is really inspiring.

A book I really love is 1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol. Id love to journal everyday but I don’t have the discipline. Australian artist @belindamarshall did a really lovely job of artistic journalling on her instagram feed last year.

I've just started listening to podcasts by makers and designers when I'm downstairs in the workshop casting and sanding pots which I'm really enjoying.

Do you have a dream creative project?
At the moment it's styling my wedding at the end of the year, I have so many ideas and plans for DIY projects to make it look really special! Id love to do a creative collaboration at some stage too. The ultimate dream project would be to one day have a gorgeous little shop full of handmade home wares and gifts.

What are you currently coveting in the world of design?
smalltown.net.au amazing modern macrame objects
@rubypilven_ceramics , everything she makes
@polyjewellery, fresh original polymer clay jewellery
@floralovely_calligrpahy, just beautiful modern calligraphy and hand lettering

If I listed all the makers and items on my wish list, it would be really really long!

What's next?
Developing a bigger range and new vessel designs, hopefully next year I will start doing some of the interstate design markets which is really exciting!

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read – Real Living, Hello May blog, Hooray magazine.
Watch- 3 pm is movie time at our house on weekends.
Cook- My fiance usually cooks something finger lickin good in the smoker for hours.
Create- A clear space on my desk for the coming week.
Listen to- Possible wedding song contenders.
Dream about- New ideas, upcoming market stall designs.
Look forward to- movie time and eating whatever is in the smoker!