Emily is a Maker, Baker and a Beautiful Thing Creator – she established her business Emily The Maker in 2017 after completing Sister School. Emily The Maker offers a variety of products ranging from fibre arts and crafts, baked goods and printed items like her personalised stationery range.
Emily makes a point of using local suppliers, for example she gets her printing done by a small family run printers. “I’m all about ‘local and lovely,’” she says. Emily creates her fibre art from recycled and upcycled materials she finds in op shops and at Reverse Garbage (a Queensland initiative which collects industrial discards from 300 businesses, diverting from landfill by making them available to the public for sale.) “I want my creations to be functional and to tread lightly on the planet, by giving materials a new life and purpose,” she says.
Emily says that being a member of Sister Tribe and having support from other women also creating their own businesses has been wonderful. “There’s nothing like being able to chat to someone who is doing the same thing you are, experiencing the same fears, hesitations, problems and break throughs too!”
Emily sells her gift wares at markets and on Etsy. Talking to her customers at markets is a special pleasure, she says: “I learn so much about my customers and how I can best give them what they want. The constant process of learning and growing and tweaking ideas is something I find invigorating and exciting.”