MEET THE MAKER: Samantha from "Funk n Sole"
Meet Samantha from 'Funk n Sole' Jewellery and Threads
How long has your business been operating?
After 15 years of owner/operating restaurants in Mornington I decided to take a creative change in late 2014 to do something I really enjoyed.
What do you make and create?
I make hand formed polymer clay jewellery.
Tell me about the person you are in every day life.
I am married with two children, Soleil 14 and Levi 12 that keep me busy. I love starting my day with coffee with friends after school drop off before hitting my studio for the day.
Tell me why you love creating your products or brand?
I love to be able to give people affordable, bold statement pieces to add to any outfit and to suit all age groups young and old.
I get a kick out of seeing people on the street wearing my jewellery that I have made from scratch with my bare hands. I'm constantly thinking of new designs all day every day, I love it!
Tell me about the space you work in to create your products.
I am so lucky and grateful that I have a room at home set up for my studio where I can let my creative juices flow.
Does your family help or have any input to what you create?
My whole family helps at very busy times when I have big orders to get done. I'm extremely lucky that my daughter Soleil is very creative and loves to help me roll the beads. She's such a perfectionist like me every bead has to be perfect! My son and husband helps thread and pack orders.
What are your short term goals?
My business is growing to the point where I am looking at how to use my time more efficiently, while keeping everything still totally handmade. I love buying things locally handmade and think it's very important to keep that going.
What are your long term goals?
I have some amazing stockists, I would love to see my jewellery in more retails stores within Australia maybe even overseas and to also keep my work balanced between family life and to keep doing what I love!!
Why do you love being a part of the Mermaid Sorority markets?
We have some crazy talented, creative people here on the Mornington Peninsula and getting to meet and buy from these under one roof is amazing! There is always such a positive buzz, we will always keep coming back!