MEET THE MAKER: BRIDGET FROM IVY & COCO - BALLARAT
MEET THE MERMAID MAKER
My name is Bridget and my business is Ivy&Coco.
How long has your business been operating?
My business has been operating for a few months. I have been busily preparing for my first market this weekend!
What do you make and create? Is your product unique in any way?
I paint pots and planters, and source plants and succulents to go with them. All of my pot designs are my own. I want each pot to be unique and one of a kind. They may have a similar look or style, but the measurements and paint tint are all different.
How "hands on" to the creation of your products are you?
I paint all of my pots from scratch, from undercoat, paint colours, dots, lines, and sealants (my hands definitely tell this story!) My favourite colour is pink, and I love pastels, but I try to create as much variety for a wide audience.
Tell me about the person you are in everyday life? (where you live, kids, family, activities?)
I live in Ballarat. I came here for my dream job and had a two year plan. 11 years later I am still here, a boss of another business, have a wonderful partner, two beautiful (but busy!) boys, and two dogs. I love colour, fashion, handbags, coffee and chocolate. I love pots, plants (particularily indoor plants), and my veggie garden.
Tell me about why you love to create your products or brand?
I started this little business because I was feeling I was missing my creative side. Being a Mum of two young children and running a business where I am very much on my own, I have often struggled with the idea of where Bridget fits within this. I have spoken to a lot of Mums who feel this way, and was determined to find something to help reignite my creative passion and sense of purpose and wellbeing.
Tell me about the space you work in to create your products?
My dining room table is my workplace! I have pretty much taken over our whole house with pots, paints, and plants. My verandah is my storage space, I love when the neighbours walk by and chat to me about my projects.
Does your family or friends help or have any input into what you do?
My almost four year old likes to paint his own pots, and my 15 month old likes to pull plants out of pots and eat dirt! If I have an idea of a design I want to do and don’t know how to execute it, I ask my partner, he has more of a practical brain than me and will help come up with a solution.
What are your short term goals?
To get through the busy Christmas period, have enough stock for all of my market dates and fulfil my custom wholesale orders. Meet more makers and learn about the market scene.
What are your long term goals?
To build a strong following on Facebook and Instagram, attend more markets, and create beautiful gifts for customers. Enjoy what I do and feel proud of my creations.
Why are you looking forward to being a part of the Mermaid Sorority Markets?
The Mermaid Sorority Makers Market looks unique, colourful and well organised. I think we definitely need more of these events in Ballarat and I hope that by having some local makers there, we will help to increase the profile of our town and the creative people within it. I absolutely love visiting markets, and am looking forward to seeing what it’s like to be one of the sellers this time around.
Thank you so much for sharing your Makers story! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!!
To see more of Bridget’s work you can CLICK HERE