Melbourne is a great city. With art and inspiration all around, back-streets home to local and international graffiti art, and an ever-growing culture of creative spaces and studios popping up, there's a myriad of talent, craftsmanship and art just waiting for you discover.
Today we are chatting to Chantel, from BON LUX, one of our local Melbourne talents.
Q: Tell us a bit about your creative business. What do you create? Who do you create for?
A: Hello! im Chantel from BON LUX, we hand-craft perfume from essential oils and plant oils, and make a small-batch range of scented things for the home and body. We make things to make the day more lovely! Like scented soy candles, facemists, room & fabric sprays, oil blends, and bath milks, matches and eye pillows. Everything we make is designed to be special, from the unique and complex perfumes, to the illustrated packaging, we hope it all brings small moments of joy to anyone!
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl? When do you find your creative mojo hits?
A: I work around a school age child, a partner with a challenging career, and part time study! So any time is a good time for working! BON LUX's studio is on our garden, so mornings, and nights are both good times to make, as well as a lot of weekends... taking a break between 3 - 7.30 for family time. Creative mojo happens at odd times - any time really, it's just got to work hard to be heard above the other head-chatter!
Q: Where do you find your inspiration to create?
A: I'm inspired by plants, flowers, design, art, drawing, memories, travel, food, music...
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new Etsy seller?
A: Be 100% behind your product. If your product is unique and it makes you happy, back yourself. Fashions come and go, but if you have something you made which you believe in, go for it! Your joy in making and building a business will shine through to customers... Also sneaky advice piece number 2. TAKE GOOD PHOTOS. Thank you.