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Q & A with the Dailylike Design Team

Posted on March 26 2014

As the launch of our new Design Team Series creeps closer and closer, we thought this would be an excellent time to get to know our new Design Team members. So friends, if you're keen to find out a little more about these talented peeps, read on...

Magdalena FrancoIn no particular order, let's introduce our first Design Team member - Magdalena Franco. Magdalena has the kick-ass blog The Craft Revival, is all about living creatively and is also busy launching a new hands-on craft series called Unleash Creative.

The Craft Revival

What is your favourite part about crafting? Oh my gosh, there are so many things that I love about crafting. The endless possibilities, the opportunity to create something from scratch, the ability to use different materials, the fact that it’s one of a kind. My list could go on. But I think my favourite part would have to be the natural calming effect which crafting has on me. It’s my own stress reliever and allows me to clear my mind and get happy! What is your first childhood memory of getting crafty? When I was in early primary school, I started my very first scrapbook. I asked my mother to buy me one of those cheap art scrapbooks, the ones you used at school. I stuck various things into it such as photos, certificates, memorabilia, tickets and coins. I still have the scrapbook to this day and I love looking through it. I was a scrapbooker before scrapbooking was a “thing”. How would you describe your crafting style? I’m not sure if I have a style as such, but I’d definitely say that I create fun, colourful and inventive things. I really like to look at everyday objects or supplies and invent a new or interesting way to use them. I like repurposing things destined for the bin too. So my craft cupboard is full of old chocolate & tea boxes, used envelopes, string, clothing tags and other weird and wonderful things. I’m sure I’ll get around to using them all one day! Where would we likely find you in your downtime? At my dining table, writing letters to my pen pals. I like to create my own stationery by collaging, using watercolours and doodling. I cut up old children’s picture books and magazines and use the images and quotes from them to create some interesting letterhead and envelopes. What is the most inspiring quote you've heard? “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become” - Buddha. What's next? Any exciting plans in the pipeline for 2014 and beyond? I’m currently working on sharing the craft skills of many skilled makers and creators through a series of events taking place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane called Unleash Creative. I’m not personally teaching any workshops, but I hope to be able to share my skills one day. Until then, I will remain as the person behind the craft curtains making all these wonderfully inspiring events possible. If you want to see more from this crafty lady, you can get your fill here via Magdalena's blog, Facebook or Instagram accounts.

Lisa TilseOur second Design Team member is the talented Lisa Tilse. Lisa is the genius behind the blog The Red Thread and face behind the new online magazine SCOUT. If you haven't seen this publication yet - it's a must-read.

The Red Thread

What is your favourite part about crafting? All of it! I love all forms of crafting and everything it entails. Creating with my hands is like breathing to me - I honestly couldn't live without it. I enjoy trying new things and putting a fresh spin on 'old' crafts. I'm endlessly inspired, I just wish that I had more time in my day. What is your first childhood memory of getting crafty? I can't remember NOT being crafty. My mum encouraged my creativity and at a very young age I began collecting anything and everything I could lay my hands on to use for craft. I never let mum throw out paper bags, bits of string, wrapping paper, toilet rolls, boxes, or anything else that could be craft fodder. She taught me how to knit and sew and had endless patience to sit with me when I was crafting. So I guess my favourite early craft memories are all around my lovely mum. How would you describe your crafting style? Non-discriminatory (I never met a craft that I didn't like), frantic and meditative in equal measures, perfectionist, exploratory, obsessive, but most of all contemporary: I love that I can combine my background in design with my craft. Where would we likely find you in your downtime? Crafting! ...I'm only half kidding. Hanging out with my 10 year old daughter, making things together, seeing friends, riding our bikes, visiting galleries, reading on our verandah, or eating gelato. What is the most inspiring quote you've heard? I love the Chinese quote "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".  So often we are paralysed by the enormity of our goals and dreams, or when we compare ourselves to others. All we need to do is take the first step, and then the next. Reaching a goal is about thinking positively, trusting in ourselves, and moving in the direction of our dreams one step at a time. What's next? Any exciting plans in the pipeline for 2014 and beyond? I always have too many plans! I launched my digital magazine SCOUT recently and I'm super keen to work on issue two and to see how I can evolve and expand the magazine and it's reach. I want to get back into creating more one-off pieces - I'm into weaving vessels and wall hangings at the moment - and my plan is to sell these one of a kind pieces. All the fun goes out of creating when I feel like I'm on a production line, so one of a kind is the way to go. I have a few other projects in the pipeline, but I don't want to spill the beans just yet! Lisa is such an inspiration to us here at Dailylike and we're soo excited to have her on board. If you're looking for more creative tutorials to dabble in, check out Lisa's blog here. You can also find The Red Thread on Facebook  and Instagram.

Rin DawsonNext we have the lovely Rin Dawson from Papered Thoughts. A self-proclaimed creative daydreamer, Rin is on a quest to send love all around the world - pushing for a revival of paper post and a snail mail revolution. Creating the prettiest packages we ever have seen, we can't wait to see what this master of washi tape comes up with.

Papered Thoughts

What is your favourite part about crafting? My favourite creative pursuit is my love letters - it's really all about making people happy. There is nothing better than colour & light & happy in your letter box after a rubbish day - and the idea that I can make someone's day a little bit better from half a world away is pretty fantastical. It seriously is good for the soul - all the patterns & colour & typography & textures spread out in front of you.  How can you not be happy!? What is your favourite childhood memory of getting crafty? Oh my Gosh, My Beautiful Mum spent every waking moment with my little sister and I creating and crafting. From finger painting, to chalk drawing in the driveway and all the cutting, gluing, sticking & scribbling in between, there are so many good memories, but one that sticks in my mind is spending hours sorting Mum's hundreds and hundreds of buttons with my little sister while Mum sewed. Still to this day I find sorting and organising my supplies very therapeutic. How would you describe your crafting style? An Explosion of Colour, Patterns, Confetti & Typography all tied together with a lot of light, love & positivity! Where would we likely find you in your downtime? Sitting in a pretty, hole in the wall Café, with a cup of peppermint tea, people watching, writing love letters or reading my favourite book. Who is your biggest idol or what is the best piece of advice you have received? Pretty much the best decision I've ever made for my creative career was to hang around in Little Paper Lane for hours on end way back in 2010. I basically stalked Jayde (one part of the amazing husband-wife team/owners) until she became my creative mentor & friend. She's taught me a lot about the creative-business world and has given me a bunch of fabulous advice. The best one? "Don't ever undervalue yourself or your product - or everyone else will too." What's next? Any exciting plans in the pipeline for 2014 and beyond? Oh so many! This year has been HUGE for paperedthoughts with so many creative opportunities! I was lucky enough to be asked to be a creative mentor for Unleash Creative in Sydney on May 5th & I have a very exciting (but still secret) collaboration with rad graphic designer Steve from Little Paper Lane, coming soon! To follow Rin's paper adventures you can find her on Instagram or search for a pen pal on her comprehensive website directory.

Sam DunneLast, but definitely not least, we have stylist Sam Dunne from Dunne with Style rounding out our team of talented creatives. Sam is on-board to inject a little bit of Dailylike goodness into your daily life as well as to give some inspiration when it comes to celebrating life's special occasions.

Dunne with Style

What is your favourite part about crafting? I don't think you can describe the little bit of joy that comes from creating a finished product from a bunch of craft supplies - whether it be a scarf that starts as a single ball of wool, or a flower from a piece of paper, watching a handmade product evolve and grow is almost magical. My favourite part about crafting though is sharing it - there is nothing better than gifting a handmade gift or sharing the skills of a craft with someone. Creativity connects people through a mutual enjoyment of that little bit of magic. What is your favourite childhood memory of getting crafty? I remember my Nana teaching me how to sew; we would make calico dolls together and she would say over and over 'be careful you don't stitch your doll to your dress' as I sat there slowly stitching on my lap and regardless of how many times she told me she still sat patiently unpicking my doll when I managed to catch my dress in my stitches (which was often!) How would you describe your crafting style? The opposite of minimalistic! Where would we likely find you in your downtime? Embracing the sand and sunshine at the beach or pushing my babies on the swing at the park. What is the most inspiring quote you've heard? What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? What's next? Any exciting plans in the pipeline for 2014 and beyond? 2014 has brought a lot of new creative avenues for me already with the release of my first range of products into DIY kits and the launch of The Creative Exchange program. So next will see the growth of products available in a kit format, and the expansion of The Creative Exchange to share the creative enjoyment that it has brought with more creatives. You can see more of Sam's wonderful work on her website or through her Facebook and Instagram accounts. We look forward to bringing your exciting projects with these amazing ladies!

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