Meet Judith, the wonderful maker behind Rebel Art Creations and a long-time regular at The Market Folk. Her cheery attitude, personal approach and incredible creative talents are a joy to have at every market!
I am currently in my 5th year of running my business. When I started, I never envisaged I’d be running a small business! I was creating pieces and gifting them to friends and family and then I couldn’t help but keep creating. I soon realised that I need to be able to look at recovering the cost, so I started my first market. Since then, it has morphed into the small business that I am so proud of today.
My brand has only grown and allowed my creativity to expand. I have always been someone that gets bored easily, so I am always looking at new ways to stretch my creativity through making and creating new lines.
Challenging! This year has been the toughest, with market cancellations, floods and COVID complications. It has put a lot of pressure on small businesses to keep going. This year will be our biggest challenge to forge through. I am constantly creating new lines, managing our market/event schedule, handling administration and creating in my studio.
I have so many, but I love creating new lines where I have made the mould myself, creating an exclusive product to my brand. These can be a new plate, a trinket bowl or earrings. It is always a surprise to see how they turn out once I have de-moulded them.
I had no intentions to start a business when I started creating. But I learnt pretty quick. Due to my work experience and Diplomas I had a good grasp of business – so all I had to do is put it into motion. I did a lot along the way, and I am still growing and learning 5 years on. But I am very lucky to have very supportive friends and family who are my biggest champions and support network along with the fabulous women who have become good friends through the market community.
5 years and I have almost tried them all over the years. I love the community that you become a part of and the like-minded people you meet that lead to beautiful friendships and community around you. I love meeting and chatting to my customers and building long lasting relationship with them, and the joy I get when they keep coming back over the years warms my heart.
The biggest challenge is I find is not to get too overwhelmed and discouraged when things get tough. Running a small business is extremely challenging, and add in the events over the last few years, it just adds an additional layer to work through. Along with new creators in Brisbane copying your designs and products – this is disheartening.
I don’t have a lot of down time to read as much as I would love to or listen to podcasts – but I should! I have attended networking events with other small business owners over the years which has been fun and beneficial.
I create all the products myself and manage the business. But my partner assists with a few of the manual finishes on some products and of course helps me out at the markets and events. Along with support from family and friends on market days.
I used to be dancer and did this from age 5 through to the age of 18, I started my teacher exams and was going to be dance teacher. I also spent almost 2 years traveling around Australia in a camper trailer before I was 30 years – which was an absolute dream living with no restrictions and looking forward to new adventures on the open road.
Find Judith at The Market Folk this weekend to check out her beautiful range of resin homewares and accessories at Rebel Art Creations. You can find her at Gasworks on May 28, and Fish Lane on May 29.
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The Market Folk would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land in which our events take place on - The Turrbal and Yugara people. On behalf of our community of small businesses we want to pay our respects to the elders past, present and emerging. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.
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