Poppy and Belle
Jennifer Lawday has been making handmade bags and jewellery using vintage and recycled materials that she sells in her shop Poppy and Belle for seven years. Working from her home studio in Katoomba, Jennifer designs, cuts and sews her bags individually in limited runs or as one-of-a-kind accessories.
Jennifer’s "Needle Soup" jewellery line includes earrings, necklaces, brooches and accessories that have been made out of up-cycled plastic and metal knitting needles. She also uses vintage buttons, buckles and notions in her jewellery designs. Jennifer primarily uses re-cycled or vintage materials and enjoys mixing colours and textures that complement or contrast each other.
What do you love about handmade/ having a handmade business?
Having a handmade business enables me to be creative with materials that would otherwise be contributing to landfill, by transforming them into usable and functional products. Working part time from home allows me to support my family financially whilst being present for my family.
What do you like about being a member of the Blue Mountains Makers?
Being a member of the Blue Mountains Makers has brought me in touch with a group of like minded people within the community in which I live. I have made some new friends, met some inspiring people and feel part of a supportive and encouraging community.
What do you like about living in the blue mountains (or surrounding regional areas)?
The Blue Mountains is a place where I can explore the vast and beautiful natural surrounding landscape, be amongst the buzz of interesting cafes, enjoy cultural experiences with the varied art galleries and learn new skills at creative workshops.
You can shop the Poppy and Belle range of products on their website
You can contact Jennifer Lawday via email firstname.lastname@example.org