December 11, 2009 by
The term slow travel has been very popular among the indie community of late. Well, I just got back from a 2 weeks vacation and it felt slow travel for me this trip. I stayed with the locals and did things that locals do – slow and easy. As much as I want it to be part of an indie lifestyle, I couldn’t do that due to contraints.
It was however tiring to be traveling with a young child who was constantly demanding for attention. Infact, it was natural fat burner for me, keeping him busy and occupying him with activities. I managed to steal some time to the Sunday markets at Broadbeach on the last day in Gold Coast. It was a small Sunday market with some very local stuff. I bought a beaded necklace from an indie designer (emubeads.com) and totally love it. I only shop for local and indie stuff when I am in markets like that. Many of them make their own foodstuff including macadamia nuts and honey. It was nice strolling along the stores, if only I had more time!
Well, now that I’m back, I find myself missing the indie stores at the markets. I should have bought a few more beaded necklace from Emubeads… she was indeed a talented indie artist. I can’t wait to be back at the Gold Coast again… particularly broadbeach.
July 15, 2009 by
Whenever I travel to Australia or New Zealand, I’ll make it a point to visit the local Sunday or flea markets in the suburbs or city area. The flea markets in the Pacific tend to be very fun, creative and local. I used to purchase indie clothing, food and lots of other handmade accessories from those flea markets.
Indie artists are in aplenty in Australia and New Zealand and I was privileged to meet many of them. I have lots of respect for these creative and independent individuals as they have strong passion in what they do. I recalled meeting this lovely old lady who sold water color paintings at St Kilda’s beach in Melbourne… she was a real talent at her late seventies! Some of the most beautiful indie clothing were sold by home makers and you can also find other cool indie finds by the disabled community. Some of them made their living by selling their creations at these flea markets to support themselves and covering their own disability insurance costs.
Sometimes indie products may cost a little more and that’s because you don’t get another piece in the same design and style. In other words, they are unique and exclusive. Support indie.
March 19, 2009 by
I just got news that a dear friend is tying the knot this coming August. For someone who designs indie clothing for a living, I thought she might be designing her own gown or bridal dress!
It is exciting to prepare for a wedding. I can still recall that time when i went shopping for diamond engagement ring with my then fiance. We ladies can be fussy when it comes to picking the right jewelry and infact, I wanted mine to be customized and handcrafted by an indie artist then. The quotation blew me off and I finally settled for a decent and affordable diamond ring.
Perhaps, some with the talents can design indie diamond jewelry for the wedding industry. This would be a nice and great niche to have…. as long as you have the talent to deliver.
March 04, 2009 by
I just got a call from a dear friend who was asking me about where to find a nice indie piece of jewelry for her upcoming wedding.
The first place that came to my mind would be Novica, my trust online store for indie designs including indie jewelry, clothing, home and decor products and more. Many of the indie designs are inspired by the artist’s culture and personal experience with nature and life. They are mostly unique and lovingly handmade from the heart. I can never get enough of indie designs from this online store.
Just last month, I bought an indie jewelry as a gift for my friend in the linear motion business. She loved it so much that she wouldn’t leave home with her indie necklace!
Ready for some indie shopping, check out the artistic collection from Novica.
February 14, 2009 by
It’s Valentine’s day today! how are you celebrating this hearty occasion?
As much as I think many retailers have commercialized it, it is good to take time to show our love and appreciation to those we treasure. Our family has decided to go simple this year. We decide to go indie! Instead of expensive dinners and gifts, we decide to make each other some simple indie gifts, cook a homemade dinner and enjoy a nice movie together since we just got a new plasma tv which is now sitting nicely on the plasma mount.
Perhaps, you can design or choose some indie gifts instead of those mass produced ones. How about creating your own painting or be your own indie designer. With some thoughts and efforts, everyone can indeed be an indie designer.
February 11, 2009 by
Years ago, I was caught up in this Swatch watches thatI was buying up all the artistic collection and seasonal launches that are designed by indie artists. As a designer, I find it very inspiring to admire the watch designs by various designers from time to time.
Though I don’t wear them anymore, I still look out for impressive art collections and indie designs by this watch maker. What’s cool about it is some of these indie designer watches are packaged in artistic packaging that are too nice to be stuffed in the cabinet.