There’s a freelance maker in all of us- or so we keep seeing with every edition of the #IMT I made this thread in the Freelance Jungle. You can see that evidenced in previous editions with making up a storm and other creative endeavours.  This collection includes upcycling, working with fabrics, cooking up a storm, doing it for the kids, adding stuff to the home and more.

Let’s see what the freelance maker scene got up to in October and November 2020 via the Freelance Jungle.

Freelancers who upcycle

Working with found art and tight budgets is the life of the freelance maker. Here are two such situations where it was front and centre.

Upcycling – Imogen Ross

I’m writing a Creative Corner page about upcycled crafts in Magazine 2515. A new (unpaid) venture for me, to practise writing up what I usually do for community groups.

This month I made a bird feeder/ bee bath from upcycled lids and beads. (Editor’s note: Imogen will also be featured in an upcoming episode of the A to Z of Wollongong podcast, so keep your ears peeled!).  

Discs and buttons and washes sit in a pile, waiting to become a mobile Imgoen Ross with recycled buttons, washes and discs to make a functioning mobile of three layers for Creative corners austinmer

Repurpose, reuse – Rhys Ford

I’ve been turning a swing set into a shibari performance frame/photo studio area, which had its first trial recording yesterday 😃 and now that we’re allowed to go to people’s houses and stuff again, I’m really looking forward to getting some workshop/skill sharing things happening!

Lights are wrapped around an old triangle shaped swing frame in a bedroom

The beautiful freelance maker

When it comes to freelance maker beauty, there’s none more stunning than jewellery and gorgeous cakes as you’re about to see.

Jewellery – Tina Baker

I did a 2-day jewellery course. Pretty stoked.

Exquisite siler spheres with light dappling sit top a table.

Eloping cake – Georgina Auton

I made this cake for a friend’s elopement! Blueberry and lemon with lemon buttercream 🙂 Pic of the cake prior to the icing in the comments because I think it looks even yummier!

A cream and yellow round cake sits on a silver cardboard platter. It is edged with lemon yellow decorative icing on top and base

Eight-layer cake – Shaney Hudson

Hells yes, I made this eight-layer Swiss meringue buttercream sugar-drenched Sarah & duck 🎂

A cake of 8 layers is on a dining room table. On the very top is an oversized headed girl with a duck. It is surrounded by coloured plates

Making it for the kids

Many people who choose to be freelancers do so because of the inflexible workplaces that make it difficult to find the right balance. Luckily, our freelance maker crop features parents and dedicated aunts who know exactly how to use their creative powers to inspire the children in their life.

Pinata – Jessica Harkins

I made a piñata for my daughter’s party.

A lolly wrapper shaped pinata with twirling ribbons sits on a side board

Helmet – Barrie Seppings

Formed an impromptu production company with my youngest daughter and made a test spot in the garage for our newest (and only) client.  

Animated gifs – Monica Higgins

I’ve been doing a Zoom workshop with teenage girls in NW Tassie on making animated gifs. We explored using iconic things from their region (cows featured prominently), along with Tulips, so that the gifs tie in with the upcoming Tunes in the Tulips event. I’m so proud of these young women and what they produced, and it’s great that people can use them on their Insta stories by searching #tunesinthetulips. You can see the rest of the gifs they made here:

Dressing up the freelance maker

You can’t have a freelance maker feature without showing the wonderful work of our sewing enthusiasts and knitting and crochet buffs as this next collection shows. We’re great at the wearable gift giving, too!

Baby wraps – Elizabeth Kelly

My baby girl is wrapped in a muslin that I did the pattern design for. It is one of three designs I created for the children’s clothing brand – Nura Australia which was released last week. Just in time for my own 3-week-old baby to wear!

Beautiful hand painted fabric sits next to sketches of the art and a tray of watercolour paint. It reflects a camping scene with bush, triangle tent and round bbq with a blue caravan

Doll’s Clothing – Rebecca Bec Carroll-Bell

New Product Release: Miniland doll’s dress in pretty floral print – to fit 38cm doll

A few weeks (months?) ago a few people suggested I check out the Miniland dolls that are made in Spain. After much contemplation I decided on a red-haired boy, and I have fallen for him hard! These dolls are just adorable, with so many small details that give them a life like look.

Miniland dolls are sold either naked or in underwear only, depending on the style chosen. A few mums suggested I look into making clothing for them, as they are a bit hard to find apparently.

After working out the pattern and sizing over the last few weeks, making up lots of test garments and iterating until I was happy with the final version, this week I have released my very first dolls clothes for sale.

With a sleeveless fitted bodice with ankle length gathered skirt, this dress does up in back with hook and loop tape, making it easy for little hands to dress their doll. The robust fabric will stand up to hours of play.

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Literary critter – Lorna Hendry

I signed up to make a #literarycritter to accompany a new book coming out from Penguin Australia – “Animals Make Us Human”. I crocheted a Martin’s Toadlet for Dr Jen Martin’s essay on the toad, named after her father.

A knitted critter with tentacles and googly eyes sits atop a rock with grass in the background. It was made by freelance maker Lorna Hendry

Cotton wedding anniversary – Amy Fabry-Jenkins

It was my cotton (second) wedding anniversary and I got a windcheater from Qualitops (they’re Ethical Clothing Australia accredited) and embroidered this art onto the back (with the permission from the Artist Liberal Jane Illustration) and I managed to keep the design secret while living in a two bedroom unit in inner Melbourne under lockdown by dramatically covering it every time my spouse walked past.

A figure sits on the stairs showing their back of a tee shirt that has a rainbow figure with wavy hair on it.

Around the home

You have definitely got to see some of the freelance maker action in the home. Whether it’s the ever-popular gardening or gardening accessories, or the home renovations themselves, our freelancers are working hard to make every house a home.

Gardening your Airbnb – Sarah Williams

I made this garden that now contains the ashes of my Nanna. This is its first bloom.

Have plans to replace the floppy marsupial fence with a low solar electric fence.

Image description: colourful garden bed with yellow, orange and red kangaroo paws, orange-pink sunset-like protea flowers, deep purple lavender, cotton lavender that look like little yellow buttons, and a bush (ground cover) of small white flowers similar to daisies.

Garden is surrounded by a mesh fence supported by star pickets to ward off nibbling nocturnal pademelons.

colourful garden bed with yellow, orange and red kangaroo paws, orange-pink sunset-like protea flowers, deep purple lavender, cotton lavender that look like little yellow buttons, and a bush (ground cover) of small white flowers similar to daisies.  Garden is surrounded by a mesh fence supported by star pickets to ward off nibbling nocturnal pademelons.

Pot Heads- Kelly Scott

Loving painting these in my ‘free’ time. I’ve lost count how many ‘pot people’ and ‘pot heads’ but this little guy, inspired by Disney’s Coco has to be one of my favourites.

A pot is stuck to another pot to make for a triangular body and head. It is painted into a suit and has big flowers for eyes and an upturned love heart nose.

Home Renovations – Fiona Doig

Took me all week, and it’s still not finished, but I’ve killed one dull beige door and window frame out of the 8 in the house and modernised it in sleek, sophisticated satin black.

A black framed outdoor area shows off a lush green garden through sliding doors

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