What’s better than giving your mum a gift she loves? Buying it locally! Now more than ever, it is so important to shop small and support your local makers, and mothers day is the perfect excuse to do just that. Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Queensland as a whole are full of talented makers, from pottery to macrame to candles. So here is Embrace Brisbane’s guide to shopping local for your mum.
Natasha makes beautiful macrame hanging pieces, spun yarn, woven art, and custom macrame earrings from her home in the Gold Coast. She uses coastal colours like sage, mustard, peach, and cream, making her pieces the perfect addition to a calm and serene space.
Donna from Muld makes the cutest ceramic creations and is known for a great pun (or five). She has an iconic style and her classic creations include cacti and koala pots, with some recent additions like her Bee and Echidna pots and trinket bowls. Donna hand paints and glazes her pieces, giving each one a special and unique personality.
Elle’s Balcony Garden
Elle’s Balcony Garden sells planters painted with all things happy and colourful, featuring lots of rainbows, leaves, and fruits. Elle also sells matching gardening trowels, produce bags, macrame plant hangers, and seed packs complete with adorably irresistible packaging. Sounds like the perfect isolation pack for any mother who loves being in the garden, or who wants to start out.
Erika creates colourful earrings in all different funky shapes and sizes. She hand makes them out of leather, polymer clay, and resin, combining all three to create unique and fun pieces. Her products range from smaller stud earrings to larger dangle earrings, with something for everyone, especially those who love adding a pop of colour into their outfits.
Mari is Japanese Brazilian and creates beautiful ceramics in her Tallebudgera studio on the Gold Coast. She is known for her Moringa pieces, which are ceramic water vessels with the cup as the lid. Traditionally in Brazil, the Moringa is placed beside the bed to drink water at night. She paints each Moringa with scenes inspired by Brazilian icons such as the Amazon, Carnavale, and Yemanja the queen of the sea.
Ivy and Wood
Jess and Brad from Ivy and Wood create soy mason jar candles, reed diffusers, room sprays, essential oils, and bath soaks. Their products are perfect for the cooler months ahead, especially now that we’re all spending a lot more time at home. The soy candles are hand poured and include Australian and botanical scents such as black raspberry and vanilla, lemon myrtle, native wattle, oak-moss and cinnamon, orange and cedar-leaf, and orchid and ginger. Need I say more?
Brooke hand makes gorgeous earrings from gypsum cement in irresistible combinations of quirky shapes and pastel colours. Her terrazzo and speckled pieces are what sets her apart from the crowd, and instantly make you feel happy. She is in the middle of creating new pieces for an upcoming launch, but in the meantime, she is taking commissions, so you can order your mum a set of earrings you know she’ll love.
Created by Eve Simmons, Liquorice Moon sells all things Ceramics. Eve hand makes her ceramics on the Sunshine Coast, and creates incense burners, mugs, trinket bowls, platters, hanging planters, and keep cups. Her designs are painted in earthy colours and combine hand painted patterns, fluid dribbling glazes and stunning gold painted accents. Image used with permission from @liquorice_moon_studios
Created by sisters Olivia and Camille, Rosie Lou sells great quality and sustainable stationery such as cards, notebooks, wrapping paper, gift tags and fabrics. All cards are designed and printed in Australia and include beautiful illustrations with the cutest and punny-est greetings on the front. These cards, gift wrap, and tags are the perfect accompaniment to any Mother’s day gift.
Based in Noosa, Decccoangel creates leather cut earrings, cuff bracelets, and necklaces. Their products are inspired by the organic shapes of leaves, vines, birds, and flowers. Each piece is thoughtfully designed and created using a combination of hand, machine and digital manufacturing techniques with a focus on minimising waste.
Renata is a colour-loving, op-shop-going, beach-frolicking writer and designer. She's passionate about supporting local businesses and highlighting local and hand-made brands. She also loves reading YA, napping in the winter sun, and re-watching Gilmore Girls one too many times... find her on Instagram @totesweird