Wednesday, 31 December 2014

In the press

On this last day of 2014 Pinch River is excited to share a recent little feature in the latest issue of Australian House & Garden magazine (February 2015 - out now).

As you can see in the image above my little 'wattle bird in the bottle brush' eco fabric pouch is included in their Natural Affinity collection.

I am chuffed to be ending 2014 and starting 2015 on this note and even more delighted to be in the company of such lovely makers & products... in particular two of my fav Australian designers Julie Paterson of Cloth and Bonnie and Neil. If you are wanting to purchase your own little pouch please visit my Etsy shop where you can find the one featured as well as other designs, colourways... and products!

Have a great NYE and see you all next year :)

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Seasons greetings!

Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and New Year, spent doing what you love and makes you happy.

I'm around over the holiday period with my Etsy shop remaining open but I have definitely wound down after a hectic schedule of markets, study, interning and work.

I'm currently working on taming a wild and overgrown garden and am so happy to finally have the time to be doing this... gardening and being outdoors in general is where I am in my element. I'll also be able to finally get back to my neglected garden diary (with a whole new garden) and that's where you will be likely to find me over the coming weeks before I turn my focus back to Pinch River for 2015.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Cushion sale in my Etsy shop!


I have been selling quite a few cushions lately at the markets I have been doing and I have decided it's time to move the remainder of this stock to make way for new colouways and combinations.

So I have just listed the majority of cushions sitting in my studio to my Etsy shop, all at wholesale prices. All are limited stock with many of the pieced-fabric cushions being one-off combinations... but if you want to match them to have a pair then contact me and I'll see what I can do.

The price on all cushions includes insert, GST and shipping... so no surprises at check-out - yay! A great gift for Xmas or for yourself for under $100.00 that treads as lightly on this planet as possible.

Many of the inserts are eco-friendly - they are lovely and plump and made from recycled PET bottles to stop them going in to landfill. (I will be using these from now on). The other inserts are made from polyester but are manufactured by a business with a strong environmental policy and being local to me (at the time of purchase) there were very low carbon miles on them. The covers are made from a beautiful hemp / organic cotton canvas and hand printed with water-based non-toxic inks... some are paired with a lovely cotton velveteen for a little pop of colour and texture.

Friday, 24 October 2014

la bicicletta

The best things in life a free!

This gem was found outside a house as its owner was disposing of it and I was the lucky recipient.

Even though I had my eye on something like this... I love my shiny red bike!
I have already been on a few rides around Canberra, exploring the area and this morning I rode from my place down (and around) Lake Tuggeranong. I feel so incredibly lucky to live so close to the lake. I've uploaded the photos I took on my ride to flickr, so go check them out and see what a beautiful place this is.

Although I am ridiculously busy at the moment it can't be all about work. I need to look after myself and I need to take breaks, guilty as I feel about doing that. The thing is though having a break is just the ticket to de-stress, unwind and get inspired. You need to just switch off sometimes and from that place good things flow...

Monday, 13 October 2014

Australia - framed prints

Here at Pinch River I'm always thinking about new products I can add to my range.

When I changed my business name last year I also decided to change the way I do things, which saw me separate my products in to two categories - one to sell retail only and the other to sell wholesale and retail. The retail only products are the smaller items - these are sold through my Etsy shop and at market stalls. The wholesale and retail items are larger, more expensive homeware items sold only via my website. Wholesaling the smaller items is not feasible and I want to keep costs as realistic and accessible as possible, creating a broad price-range for a broad range of customers :)

So... now to the framed prints - nice huh!
The ready-made contemporary frames are perfect for displaying my computer-generated illustrations that depict Australia, featuring both ''The Great Outdoors' and 'The Natural World' ranges... many of which feature on other products, keeping the range cohesive. They've already been a hit as I've sold a couple (in these shots) already, at the Living Green Festival yesterday. The plan is to list them in my Etsy shop promptly, so I'll let you know once they're listed. They are printed on FSC recycled acid-free board. These framed prints are limited edition and at under $100.00 (including GST and postage) they make a great gift for Christmas or any other occasion. For those of you in Canberra you can pick them up at the Old Bus Depot Markets. (Check my Facebook page because that's where I will announce when I'm going to be at the market).

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

2015 A4 Australian Wall Calendar

New in the shop!

2015 A4 Australian Wall Calendar - printed on FSC Acid Free Board, one month per page with room to make small notes for each day. The calendar comes with a coloured foldback clip to hang on the wall (clip colour will vary). For only $25.20 including GST and postage it makes a great gift on its own or a perfect stocking-filler! Head to the shop to buy yours now :)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Pinch River at pod - part 2

Today is my last day at pod. It's been a great experience seeing my products in this context. I always knew they worked well together and having them all in a space like this reinforces that. It also enabled me to see I have quite a broad product and price range which caters to a wider range of customers, both those looking for small gift-ware items to those looking for interior products for their homes.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Pinch River at pod!

As promised I'm back with more updates as they come to hand...

I've wanted to do a pop-up shop for the longest time and now I get to realise my dream!
Pinch River is popping-up at pod from Wednesday 24th September to Sunday 28th September. Trading hours will be Wednesday 24th, Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th from 10am-4pm.

pod is an exciting initiative by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre in cooperation with Lonsdale Street Traders, a mixed-use pop-up space housed in a former tyre shop and fitter workshop in Braddon.

Located amongst creative stores, studios, and emerging talent, pod is a versatile and unique space, aimed at supporting members, emerging makers, artists, cooperatives, curators, writers and educators. pod provides a space to showcase and promote local artists and their work.
Whether it is a one-off event, an exhibition, a retail space, a workshop or a short-term studio space, pod allows artists to present their practice to an enthusiastic public within the vibrancy of Lonsdale Street Traders.

Come experience my pop-up shop at pod at Lonsdale Street Traders - 27 Lonsdale St Braddon.  

(Apologies for the poor image, it was taken on my phone. I have better images from my camera but someone is setting up the space and I wanted to show it empty).

pod is located within Londsdale Street Traders... a converted warehouse space housing an eclectic selection of independant small businesses including fashion, homewares, art, a florist, a bakery / cafe and hairdresser. I took some photos to share with you (the lack of people is only due to me being there rather early):

Outside on Lonsdale Street you will find Lonsdale Street Roasters (seen here after the shops) and further down is the Elk & Pea and on the other side of the road from here is debacle. I've experienced both the Elk & Pea (for dinner) and debacle (for breakfast) and happy with both. So if you're in Canberra be sure to come and see my beautiful pop-up shop and then explore Lonsdale Street for yourselves...