As the Young Designers Markets weave their way through Stanley Street Plaza every Sunday for a mega month of markets, we sit down with a feature young designer weekly to showcase the diversity of untapped and high calibre talent that you’ll find at the markets. This week: Evie B Paperie.
WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT CAN WE FIND AT YOUR STALL?
We are Jasmine and Cheri and our business is Evie B Paperie. We create inspirational foil prints, cards, stationery and more. We also create personalised, custom designs. This year we’re releasing new products… chalkboards, stickers and some more stationery and planner accessories.
WHY DO YOU LOVE YOUR PRODUCT?
Because words can bring out such a wide array of emotions! We love when people say a quote inspires them or relates to their life at that particular moment in time. We love laughing with them or getting excited when they find a gift for a loved one.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOTIVATION BEHIND OPENING A MARKET STALL?
We knew there was an opening in the industry for this kind of product. They’re products we would buy ourselves and taking them to a market was a natural first step. There are minor overheads and you are able to interact one on one with your customers to know what they love (or don’t love!) and you can change your product easily. The market atmosphere is so relaxed and we loving being apart of a market family.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SOUTH BANK’S MARKETS?
That you never know who you’re going to meet! Being so central to Brisbane City and a tourist destination in itself, there are people from all over Australia and the world coming to visit! The group of stallholders are also so diverse. We are constantly in awe of the talent we have right here in our own backyard. The vibe of the Southbank Market is unique being a hub of Sunday morning breakfast goers, families visiting the pool or people going for a run… everyone has a story and that’s what makes it exciting!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT BEING A DESIGNER?
Knowing that no matter how much I create, there’s always more. There’s no end to creativity. Plus being around other designers is a great way to get inspired too!
WHERE DO YOU GO FOR INSPIRATION?
Lots of places! Pinterest, magazines, looking at what’s trending, but also listening to our customers. Being able to meet with them face to face on a regular basis keeps us in touch with their wants and needs so we try to be as adaptive as possible.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BUDDING CREATIVES?
Don’t ever doubt yourself… always give it a go. Preparation for a market can be daunting and you might wonder whether people will like what you’re offering but you just have to try. Don’t be discouraged by a few bad markets either. We all have good days and bad days! Always be open to advice and don’t be afraid to ask for help. The creative community is extremely helpful and supportive.
WHAT EXCITES YOU WHEN YOU LOOK AHEAD FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
We’re looking forward to introducing some exciting new stockists both online and around Brisbane and the Gold Coast this year. Plus we’ve got some big markets coming up and we can’t wait to show everyone our new products!