Tell us about yourself and what you do at the EPM...
My mum and I started The Luxe Project four years ago because we have always loved the hand made textiles of South East Asia’s hill tribes. We design bags to showcase the amazing work of these hill tribe artisans. Mum is Thai and I am half thai, so we have found it has been a really meaningful way to connect with our heritage. At EPM & Little Beauty we offer a range of personally designed pieces as well as carefully curated accessories we have picked up on our travels across Asia.
When did you first know you wanted to be creative?
I think I’ve always known I wanted to be creative. As a child I was always off in the corner, writing stories and drawing pictures. In my early twenties I was a makeup artist with Mecca Cosmetica which I found was a great creative outlet for myself. When I entered the corporate world a few years later, it because obvious very quickly how much I missed the creative life and that is when my mum suggested we go on this little adventure together!
What inspires you to be creative?
I’m a super visual person so anything I see in my day to day life usually inspires me. Street art, friends, Instagram, pinterest… It’s not hard to draw inspiration from your surroundings living in Melbourne (also the internet is a magical place!)
Describe your perfect day...
A good night’s sleep and coffee… anything after that is just a bonus.
What is your best ever creative moment?
I don’t think I could pinpoint it to just one moment but I think ditching the 9 to 5 and working on something a truly love was a stroke of genius!
Describe a lesson you learnt from a creative failure...
Just to keep going. Sometimes it’s hard to get to the end of a project and realise it just doesn’t work. It took me a while to become comfortable with the concept of a ‘dead end’ and to not see that process as a waste of time. Learn from mistakes and be ok with the fact that not everything turns out the way you imagined it.
What's the scariest movie you have ever seen?
I actively avoid scary movies, I just don’t deal with anticipation well at all. I watched a facebook video the other day of a bug being pulled out of a guys ear… that was some pretty chilling stuff.
What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
If you don’t plan your day around what you eat, you’re not eating very good food.
What's your favourite tunes to get you in the creative mood?
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
What do you love most about the EPM?
The people! Both customers and stall holders. There is such an amazing community vibe there that I just haven’t felt anywhere else… also the stringy barks help.
Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?
Oh goodness… I have no idea. I have come to the realisation that I have the most fun when I get to interact with our customers and see them touch and feel our textiles so, more markets for sure!