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We first stumbled across Amy from Confetti Rebels after a video of her dancing around her living room went viral. As we peeled back the layers, we discovered an amazing brand - hello sweary tees and sweaters (!!), and an even more amazing human who is cool as hell, stands up for what she believes in and does a hell of a lot of good for some amazing charities.
It soon became obvious that we needed to collaborate with Amy and we are SO CRAZY EXCITED to announce our brand new and exclusive collection of tees has finally arrived! To celebrate, we chatted with Amy about life, career and the mum juggle! Sit down and strap yourself in - this interview is a total cracker!
Amy, we have such a crush on you - tell us about yourself and your background? "I am 35, a mother (but don't let that define me!) and really felt like the life I was meant to live only started last year. Weird huh? I love sweet food, dancing (obviously) and hanging out with family and mates. I have a sickening passion for craft that stems back from days of having to entertain myself while my parents worked at my dads hair salon. Employment wise, I have been so lucky to have worked in so many cool places that have given me the tools to be who I am today. One includes a radio station where I met a heap of my favourite bands and artists (including Usher) hahah. I used to run around taking photos of them and uploading onto social media (which was just getting big back then)."
What made you start Confetti Rebels? "I actually used to wholesale greeting cards to retail shops but it kind of fizzled out when my second baby was born. I went into a MASSIVE slump and felt so lost. I tried about 3 different business avenues before Confetti Rebels. One day, my best friend put the idea of me starting an apparel business to motivate women who have been through what I have in the past (losing both my parents to cancer, suffering from PND and body issues). She basically said "Why don't you put what your slogans say onto t-shirts instead of cards?" and I thought, "Why the hell not!?" I still owe her a lifetime of t-shirts as a thank you!"
How do you decide what slogans or words will make the final cut - do you have a specific customer in mind when you create each piece? "What you see in my store is only 30% of what actually makes it to print. I need to take my target market into account, what slogans are relevant to the moment and what I think will sell. I do want this to be a thriving business, so if I put swear words on all my tees, my market might be a little minimised. I try to design a tee every month that I can donate 10% from ever shirt to a charity. One day I would like to launch more than 2 tees a month, but as the business is still in it's infancy, I need to put my business hat on and pace myself!"
You've gained a bit of a cult following; what is it about your Insta page/brand that people love the most do you think? "Every day I wake to 10-20 DM's on instagram about how my tees and my account make people feel good about themselves. I feel teary thinking about it. I never thought of myself having that much of an impact on someones feelings but that stems back to years of self doubt and no motivation to thrive in my own skin. Only recently I have started to have a no BS attitude and if you don't like it, well, you know the slogan! I feel many people can relate, some women have had PND, some women have/had body issues and some have lost people close to them too. I don't have it all together, and I'm happy to be honest and share that. My mum always called me an attention seeker, and I'll happily own it. Someone's gotta do it!"
'Shake your tits' Friday is pretty much the highlight of our week - we're you nervous launching your first video? "It all started when my husband took the kids out one Sunday morning and I was doing the housework and a tune dropped and I started dancing, I thought I'd send it to him to show him how much fun I was having without them, but instead I popped it on instagram. It was a hit! In case you're looking for it, it was back in June 2018 and involved a stuffed tiger. I WISH I COULD DO THEM EVERY WEEK! But good ol' Instagram music rights get in the way and I actually upload a few as they get taken down. Apparently I'm red flagged now! Hahah!"
You're not only a clever person, you're also a generous one; can you tell us a bit about the charity/ies you support? "Sadly still being a small business I can't donate a HUGE amount of money as I need to keep the business afloat, but I do try to donate as much as I can from a specific tee range. This coming October I am launching a very beautiful and heartfelt tee for National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I am going to donate $10 from every tee sale to a charity in need. That's a whopping amount from my profits, but I'm okay with that if it means it's going to help a mother with the resources for support."
We love that you're all about empowering women and helping them to love the skin you're in; what are your top 3 tips for self-love? "1. Honestly, I live off the motto "You only have ONE body, so love it" oh, and the "IDGAF" attitude comes in a close second. If someone has something negative to say about your body, that's their problem, not yours.
2. Don't punish yourself, enjoy the small things, eat that cake, go for a walk, drink that wine, have that healthy smoothie, life is full of contradictions, so apply that to your daily habits too! It's all about balance.
3. Take time for yourself! If you're a mum that doesn't work. Put your kid in daycare anyway, go to the movies, have a spa date, go sit and read a book at the beach. Trust me, it'll all be there waiting for you at home anyway. Just take time for yourself, I never really did this until I suffered PND, and if I didn't start a self care regime, then I don't think I'd be of sound mind. For the record "self care" doesn't mean beautifying yourself, it can mean anything, quite the opposite actually, like sitting around in your PJ's smelling like last night's Indian curry because it tasted so good!"
Tell us about your kids and your juggle with #mumlyfe/running a successful biz? "Oh gosh! I struggle! I have a son in school (which the days go WAY TOO FAST), and my daughter is in daycare three days. Funnily enough I don't work much on the days I have no kids as that time is sacred! But routine helps, and having an amazing partner does too. My husband is a bit of a workaholic so when the kids go to bed we sit on the couch romantically with our laptops. But it works and we're happy. The business takes up about 60% of my day, which sounds like a lot but I love it! And I don't think i'll change that ratio until I start disliking it, which I doubt will ever happen."
What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you? "When I worked for an agency that had XBOX as a client, I was asked (because of my mad dance skills) to get on stage with MC HAMMER (YES YOU READ RIGHT) to help promote their latest singing/dancing game. Well, it started off okay, I did what I was told, and MC was impressed with my dancing so much he hugged me at the end and I DID NOT LET GO... The security guards had to pry me off him. AWKWARD AF..."
How is your new roller-skating obsession coming along? "Yeah, nah. About a month ago I went out skating by myself, I fell over onto my thigh, cried in the middle of the public walkway and threw them in the back of the car. I'm sure they're still in there growing mould."
What is next for Confetti Rebels? "BIG!! I'm hoping to grow my Instagram following because that's where all my engagement is at, and of course producing more and more tees and COLLABS! I want to collaborate with more strong amazing businesses and women. Emmy Lou is on my list, Taryn Brumfitt and the cream of the crop BUSY PHILIPPS!! (as if Amy!) But honestly, I'm loving the organic growth my little business has and I would love to host more workshops, women get-to-gethers and meet more amazing gals!"
Well we're super excited to be a part of the next collaboration with you Amy - how about you!? "Over the bloody moon! When I got the email from you guys, firstly I cracked open the champagne, and THEN I wrote back to say HELLA YEAH"Continue reading
A little while ago, we sat down to establish some pretty crazy goals for 2019. Right up the top of the list was our dream to host the first Jumbled 'Search for a Superstar' art competition, an opportunity for aspiring artists from across the globe to turn their side hustle into a fully fledged career. Being our first foray into this type of event, we hoped for maybe 30 entries, so when over 180 artists applied....we were COMPLETELY blown away!
One of those artists was Jackie Anderson, and as soon as we read her application we knew we were onto something super special. Her email was warm, funny and so friendly and her work; to die for! We instantly fell in love with Jackie's vibrant use of colour and energetic compositions, and caught up with her to chat ahead of her first release with Jumbled.
Jackie, CONGRATULATIONS! It was love at first sight for us, tell us how your art journey began. "I had a truly inspiring art teacher at primary school who I absolutely adored and I think she really sparked my love of all things art related. I also won a national art prize when I was just 5 years old and my winning painting (a self portrait) has been buried in a time capsule to be opened in 2085! So I guess you could say that was the beginning of my art career, I've just done a whole lot of other stuff between now and then."
Tell us about your move from NZ: "We moved over last year when my husband was offered a fantastic job in Newcastle, the opportunity to re-locate came at just the right time as we were getting itchy feet and keen to embark on a new adventure. We love exploring new places and I find it really fuels my creativity."
What made you enter the Jumbled Art Competition? "I had been a huge fan of Jumbled for quite some time and the idea of joining your art collective was quite literally a dream come true. Pip's passion and enthusiasm for art and artists is infectious! I could see my work adorning the walls at Jumbled and sitting beautifully alongside your other brands."
We all got quite teary telling you you'd won, how did you feel when you received the phone call from the Jumbled gang? "I completely lost it as soon as I heard Pip's voice! I knew it would be a career changing moment so was quite emotional and struggled to string together a coherent sentence!"
Where do you draw inspo? "I think basically I'm a big sponge constantly absorbing visual snippets and colour combinations to translate into paintings. I do this by taking a ridiculous amount of photos and making small sketches. I then create mood/inspo boards with other visual imagery such as postcards, paint / fabric swatches, magazine clippings all sorts of miscellaneous paraphernalia that I play around with and edit constantly. Currently I'm exploring ideas around travel, journey, pathways so I've got large scale maps pinned up in the studio."
Tell us a bit about family life? "Much like my paintings family life is busy and colourful with never a dull moment, when you share your house with small humans life is pretty crazy and chaotic on the daily. Hence why I don't make calm serene works of art!"
What's been the best thing to happen in your career so far? "Winning the Jumbled Art Competition of course! I'm sure I will look back on this time and see it as a pivotal moment in my career. I am just so excited to have this opportunity to share my work with such a large audience. I feel honoured to have been chosen and know that Jumbled is exactly the right place to launch my art career in Australia."
When are you at your happiest? "When the stars align and I get a few uninterrupted hours in the studio with sweet tunes and strong coffee to keep me energised or a very close second would be a shopping trip to Anthropologie for super cool homewares and a beautiful new dress!"
What is something not many people know about you? "I have a notebook fetish or perhaps it's more of an addiction! I have at least a dozen in current circulation and then a box full of empty ones ready to use. What can I say I'm a sucker for beautiful stationery!"
What exciting things do you have planned for 2019 - what can we look forward to next? "My close girlfriends and I live quite spread out around the world but will be meeting in Hawaii next month to celebrate a special birthday so you should expect a few paintings inspired by this trip. I'm also planning some large scale works which I am super excited about."
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Fleur Woods is one of our all-time favourite artists and we couldn't be more excited about the launch of her newest collection, Bloom Revolution!! Her work sparks all kinds of joy and we're completely captivated by the stitch detail she spends hours sewing into each and every piece. We caught up with Fleur ahead of the launch of her brilliant new collection and chatted about her life-long love affair with flowers, career highlights and why she can't go past 90's RnB.
Fleur, it's so lovely to be chatting with you finally! Tell us about when your love of art started, and how your career has been as an artist? "THANKS!!! I think maybe I was born an artist and it just took me a little while to embrace it. I've always seen the world through sensitive, creative eyes and was lucky to move and travel a lot with my family when I was young. This definitely elevated creativity for me as we were a museums & galleries type family so I got to experience some inspiring art, architecture & design from a young age."
Tell us about rural New Zealand and where you live. "My wee fam and I live in a gorgeous little village, Upper Moutere, near Nelson at the top of the South Island. It's a wine, hop & orchard region just inland from beautiful beaches & surrounded by national parks. It's pretty magic. There are lots of creative people doing really nice stuff here (www.moutereartisans.co.nz)."
Tell us about your love of flowers and plants "Flora is part of my DNA...I mean my name is Fleur Woods, it's ridiculous! My Mum is an avid gardener and as a result I got to grow up around flowers. We moved to NZ from Hong Kong when I was 8 & I definitely think the contrast of our HK concrete roof top garden and the abundance of nature in NZ must have really stood out to me as an early influence. I am just so in awe of the life cycle of flowers and the amazing resilience they have, the joy a single bloom can bring me is immense, it is the ultimate art to me."
It sounds as though this is a huge source of inspiration for you! "Inspiration for me is everywhere, I grow a few flowers from seed in my own (very average) garden, I love following florists & floral artists on Insta like @flowersvassette @hattiemolloy @woodlucker & sooo many more but my favourite source of floral imagery is old gardening books l find in op shops with gorgeous illustrations."
What is your interior style? What other artists do you love and have hanging in your home? "Our home is eclectic in part because it's a rental, so we have to work with the 70s-90s farm house base. Luckily I'm a treasure hunter so I find vintage and retro bits n bobs to mix in with contemporary furniture that feels fun to me. We have some great pieces that I adore by some of my fav Kiwi & international artists, Clare Celeste Borsch, Veronica Green, Jessica Lindblom-Brice, Sophie Holt. I'm coveting some Elle Campbell & Georgie Wilson works right now as well as Katherine Throne & Elizabeth Barnett."
What's been the best thing to happen in your career so far? "Every time I think the best thing has happened there is a new best thing but I would have to say that my first ever feature in a mag was pretty magic. I was finding it really hard to get picked up and had just had a bucket load of rejections when I got an email from the then Style Editor of Inside Out Mag Jessica Hanson, she asked if I could stitch some designs on a large piece of linen to form the background for their mother's day feature. I had 7 days to create a massive artwork and was totally out of my comfort zone but I just did it and hoped for the best. After that feature I started getting orders...the first was from JUMBLED & I haven't looked back!"
When are you at your happiest? "Stitching in the sunshine in my studio or in nature with my family."
What is something not many people know about you? "I love 90's hip hop and even though I'm basically a 38 year old nana I like to think Im a tiny bit gangster haha!"
What exciting things do you have planned for 2019? We're releasing my new collection right now, its called Bloom Revolution & Im feeling really proud of it, so that's super exciting! I'm also carving out a window of studio time to embark on a collab with Berlin based artist Clare Celeste Borsch! Her collage installation work is sublime. There's also some traveling and teaching workshops which I really love! Lots happening!"
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