Yasmin of Yizzimindi is a good friend of mine, and I am proud to introduce her and offer a giveaway on my blog!
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I live in Newcastle, NSW with my husband, two dogs, two cats, and a ferret. We're lucky enough to own our home and recently I've been doing a lot of gardening. I enjoy a lot of creative pursuits, like craft and sewing.
Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to run my own business, selling the things I create. Yizzimindi is the realisation of this dream. Through my business I sell unusual jewellery, hair accessories and occasionally, clothing. My jewellery is classified as costume jewellery, and a lot of my pieces are made with colourful poymer clay. Most items could be described as looking as though they came out of a Steampunk sweet shop.
How did you decide to make things for a living?
I've always been creative, making things is my favourite thing to do! I want to get paid to do the thing I love most, and I mostly make jewellery because it's fun to do and easy to wear. I don't have to create patterns or make certain sizes like I do with clothes.
What inspires you?
I draw my inspiration from a lot of things. I love the Victorian era, and the subcultures inspired by it, like Lolita, and Steampunk. I'm also a huge sweet tooth, so a lot of my jewellery is sweet themed. You can also see pirate, geeky, and other themes in my items.
What is the best thing about what you do?
The best thing is hearing about how much people love the items they own from Yizzimindi, and seeing them wear them!
What is the worst thing about what you do?
The hardest thing about my business is trying to sell my items. I'm actually quite shy around strangers, and it's difficult to have people judge you on something you've put your heart and soul into.
Do you like to listen to music while you work?
I usually forget to put music on! I do like to listen to JJJ Unearthed playlists though, there's some great, local and indie artists and you can create your own playlists for free.
How has geeky/ alternative culture inspired you?
A lot of what I do is directly inspired by video games, or sci fi series, or collectibles. People who know the culture will easily be able to pick out the inspiration for some of what I make. Other things are just generally inspired by a lifetime of gaming, google browsing and cake eating!
Being self-employed how do you make sure you actually do your work?
I don't get a lot of orders, so it can be really hard to structure my days. Not having set limits for certain tasks can lead to procrastination, but I've never sent an item out overdue!
Thanks to Yasmin I have a set of Bat earrings to give away!
The earrings will be similar to those pictured.
To enter, please comment on this post. Tell me what your favourite magical movie or book is and what your favourite item from Yizzimindi is! Leave an email address so that you can be contacted for postage details.
Winner will be picked at random on the 1st of October.