MEET THE MAKER: Shaun from Harli + Dash
Meet Shaun from Harli & Dash
How long has your business been operating?
It would be a little over a year and half ago since I walked into my old job and handed in my resignation letter and walking back out again, not knowing what I was going to do next. Then a couple of months later I started on this journey.
What do you make and create?
I create modern & on trend graphic and photographic prints and posters for any room in your house or workplace.
How "hands on" to the creation of your products are you?
All of our photos are taking by my super talented wife, she has photographed everything from war zones to babies to beautiful landscapes worldwide and even one famous NY mayor. I then take her raw photos and create all of our designs and print and frame them. I do get really hands on when I want to pick up the printer and throw it across the room sometimes.
Tell me about the person you are in everyday life? (where you live, kids, family, activities?)
My wife and I live in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne with our 2 children, Harry 7 and Amelia 6 and our 1 surviving fish (we aren’t good at keeping them alive). Our favourite days are adventure days when we find somewhere new to explore and photograph and enjoy time together. Now that the kids are old enough we have also recently started camping which we are loving. If you every came to our house there is one thing you will notice, and this that I love Lego and now so do the kids! Just about every corner of our house is filled with it.
Tell me about why you love to create your products or brand?
For me it is all about making people happy and if what I create brings a smile to their face everyday when they look at it then that is good enough for me. I also love the challenge of running my own business and all the decisions that need to be made and everything that I am learning along the way.
Tell me about the space you work in to create your products?
I have a separate studio space out the back of our home where everything is created, but with no heating or cooling if it gets too hot or too cold I take the computer back inside!
Does your family or friends help or have any input into what you do?
My wife helps with some of the designs and also occasionally at markets.
What are your short term goals?
I sell some of my designs in online stores but I would love to get them into physical stores for people to see.
What are your long term goals?
Try to expand and grow the business and to one day open up my own store and take on the world.
Why do you love being a part of the Mermaid Sorority Markets?
It would have to be the customers and the other makers that make the the atmosphere of the markets so friendly and nice, that makes you want to come back every time. As well as the setup and locations gives everyone a chance to come and enjoy what everyone has to offer without feeling you have missed something or someone.