Business success for Meta Design Co
This Saturday 18 June the State Library is partnering with BrisStyle Indie Markets to showcase the entrepreneurial endevours of nearly 60 local artists and crafters as part of the Big Day of Belonging. The day will also include music, food, hands on workshops and unique programs such as a human library where you borrow a person instead of a book. Join us on facebook for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1122895857748594/
Formed in 2008, BrisStyle is an incorporated community of artists and designers with close links to Etsy. Aside from developing a reputation for fantastic markets, BrisStyle are also working hard to support their growing community of members through forums, workshops and get- togethers.
‘When I started working with the BrisStyle community back in April 2015 I really found this sense of belonging, says Kathy Seton, the artist behind Meta Design Co. ‘I was accepted into a community of very talented artists and crafters who offer me incredible support, inspiration and invaluable advice. Working in this community has helped me move from being a hobbyist to opening a proper clothing business’.
So what inspired Kathy to start her own business?
‘My mum always sewed our clothes when I was young, so I was always doing some sewing with her. After working for the last two decades in Indigenous and multi-cultural arenas and raising my daughter, I found I had more times on my hand. A great friend gave me a fabulous pin jar for Xmas three years back and it inspired me to get back into sewing. I made her daughter (my god-daughter) a skirt and the feedback and orders started to flow from there.’
‘My work is small scale, with only me cutting, sewing and finishing (well my daughter does help with finishing sometimes!). Slow hand-made clothing over fast fashion is my ethos – we need to treat the world kindly for both ourselves and future generations.’