Vintage Prints has recently had a tree change and opened a studio space, tell us about that.
We were both ready for a change so a few months ago we moved house and studio from Mt Dandenong to Inverloch – we swapped the trees for the sea. Inverloch is a lovely little place right on the coast and we love walking on the beach looking for shells, pebbles, driftwood and feeling inspired by the natural beauty of the Australian coast and bush.
We moved into a small, open-plan place that is close to the beach and town centre. So with the house sorted, we were on the hunt for a studio space. By chance we found a small showroom and office space that was the right size for us and within our budget. The landlord drew up a gentleman's agreement and voila, we had a studio/storage space to work from and a showroom/shop as well. Its great fun having a shop and we can't wait for the summer season when all the tourists flock to Inverloch. We hear they love to shop!
Sourcing lovely old books, journals etc to work with is essential for VP to continue generating new stock. How difficult is this to do?
It is an essential part of the business and luckily its something we both enjoy. Since the move we have had to find new places to source vintage books and materials, but that is part of the fun – jumping in the car with a full tank of petrol and a day full of promise. We find sourcing vintage materials more time consuming rather than difficult, and as we become more specific and selective about the books we want, some of the legwork can be done over the phone. And some of our customers will tell us about a great little shop or about the stash of old books their parents have packed away in boxes.
Do you have any exciting new products that you will be bringing to the next 2 shows? Can we have a sneek preview?
We have been working on some new, Christmas-themed products for the St Kilda and Malvern events – decorations for the Christmas tree, Christmas bunting to decorate the house, and a range of cards made from vintage Christmas postage stamps. And some lovely paper fold sculptures that would be great presents for the person who has everything.
There are lots of lovely paper related blogs out there - what are your top 3?
Besides Mag Square, where else can we buy your fabulous products?
We have an online shop, www.vintageprints.bigcartel.com where people can view and buy over 250 products. Our products are available at some retail stores and also at various markets, see our website for details, www.vintageprints.com.au.
vintage prints at Magnolia Square St Kilda earlier this year - they always do a GREAT stand