Recently I've discovered some wonderful New Zealand crafters, and thought it would be fun over the next few posts to share some of them with you. So today I'd like to introduce you to Jessica ofFeltgood.
Please tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Jessica Molony and I am the one responsible for 'Feltgood'! Feltgood is a new craft venture - specialising in quirky wheat bags and any other handmade goodies that take my fancy.
After I finished my schooling, I did what most people do and headed off to uni and completed a BCom in Marketing/Management. Although I enjoyed my uni experience I needed a creative outlet so enrolled in a Diploma of Interior Design and Decor at the Design & Arts College in Christchurch - which in August I will be completing!
Feltgood is my own personal 'project' and it has been a great thing to work on while getting through these Christchurch aftershocks. My partner and I lost our flat in February's shakes, so we have both moved in with my parents - so crafting has been a great and relaxing hobby.
What/who inspires you in your creative process?
I find most of my inspiration from design and interior magazines (Urbis, Inside Out, Frankie, Houses) and of course - the internet (flickr, pininterest, tumblr)! I have recently started a part-time job in a local fabric store, so have spent hours trailing the internet for new fabrics - I find it is not hard to be inspired and find something to create when you have beautiful fabrics.
What is your favourite thing to make / sell?
At this stage - it would have to be wheat bags! I have also recently been experimenting with fabric design for college, so looking at designing and making cushions, tea towels and some upholstery.
What is your favourite item currently in your shop?
At this stage, it would have to be 'Ruby the Rabbit' - the perfect sized wheat bag! With more fabrics arriving - my rabbits have been reproducing, so keep an eye on my store - www.feltgood.felt.co.nzfor more wheat bags.
What are your hobbies outside of crafting?
Coming towards the end of my course - any time not spent crafting is mainly being spent on coursework. At the moment I am working towards my portfolio and exhibition boards, so I do enjoy working on plans, renders and finding new and inspiring products!
When I am not crafting or working, I enjoy heading out with friends, music and putting myself out there in new situations.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Coming towards the end of the course, and with nothing tying us down in Christchurch - my partner and I are currently looking at where to spread our wings to. I love Melbourne, so will not be surprised if we end up there.... but I would love to head to Denmark, Norway and Sweden - anywhere with strong Scandinavian design influences!
Jessica has also mentioned that Feltgood will be at a Winter Encraftment Market at Village Maria College Hall in Christchurch from 10am to 3pm, on Saturday 2nd July. So if you are in the area, head on over and say hi; I know she'd love to meet you!