Today in the studio

It's sewing time in the studio and I was procrastinating by taking some photos! Naughty I know!
Thought I would share them with you!

Coin purse linings


Pins I found at a market that I'm planning to attach to some bags

My new favourite lining print!


Beautiful beaded bag I found at a market

This was my mom's -Toronto- where I was born!

A collection of stuff on my pin board

Hope you had fun procrastinating with me!!

laura x


Creative Women's Circle

 I have been included in the Creative Woman's Circle profile section!

The group meets once a month, where inspiring women from different creative fields give a little talk! 


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CWC profile: Laura Thomey, Designer

Laura Thomey
Mina + Oli

What is your professional or training background?
I studied Fashion Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. When I graduated I went travelling and didn't stop for 6 years until I settled down in Melbourne after falling for one of Australia's handsome men!

In London I worked as a stylist assistant, I have worked in retail, racked up lots of fashion show experience in various roles and most importantly heaps of practical life experience!
What do you make, create or do?
I make handbags and accessories from preloved leather under my label Mina + Oli. A name inspired by my grandmothers nick names. All of the linings and lace used is preloved as well.

I source all of my materials from op shops; this incorporates my love for op shopping (treasure hunting) with the feel-good aspect of supporting the op shop causes and upcycling materials giving them a new lease on life.

What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
I love being creative and would like to explore many new things, from fixing up old furniture, photography, quilting, to expanding my knitting knowledge past the knit stitch!

But for now I'm just focusing on establishing and growing Mina + Oli.  Although I would like to add some leather jewellery into the mix one day.

What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
I have the entrepreneurship spirit, design and creative skills needed to run my business. I would like to develop the bookkeeping, sales and marketing side more.

It's challenging wearing all the hats when you are a one woman show but I'm learning!
List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?

+ My Family - My dad who tells it as it is and my mom who is always supportive, encouraging and loves everything I create in the fantastic way only mom's have!

+ The Boss Of You - A great book and website about every thing a woman needs to know to start, run and maintain her own business.
I'm on my third time reading it! www.laurenandemira.com

+ My Creative Friends – Who I can talk shop with:  Monica (www.monicamcnab.com), Naomi (www.naomilingerie.blogspot.com) ,Felicity (www.felicityjanelarge.com.au), Mae (www.maemaemaemae.com) and Jane (www.twolayersofcells.com)

+ Blogs – Jak & Jil (for street style) Design Files (new products) Design Sponge (before and after posts), The Selby (a peek into other peoples homes)

+ The Multicultural Women's Sewing Group - I'm a sewing instructor there and the women inspire me with their kindness, stories and creativity.
Contact Laura via info/at/minaandoli.com
laura x


National Swap Day

I have been a big fan of The Clothing Exchange 
and have been volunteering at the swaps for quite awhile now.

The swaps are great fun and you never know what treasures you will find. 
To celebrate national swap day there will be swaps in five different cities around Australia!

Don't miss this one it's sure to be a big!

A Clothing Exchange Event for the Ladies
Check-in 6.30pm for a 7.30pm swap
Monday 25th October
BMW Edge, Federation Square
Corner Swanston St & Flinders St Melbourne

See you there!
laura x


Spring Has Spring

I have been sick and it has been very rainy here in Melbourne but today I'm feeling better and the sun is shining again! 

I worship the sun!

When it's sunny I'm happy!

 And I'm ecstatic it's finally Spring here
And the bulbs I planted are turning out to be such amazing colours!

laura x


Love has done it again!


Love magazine has another rocking cover series. 
I wish I was collecting them!

I have always been a huge Gisele Bundchen fan, 
she's a total glamazon!

laura x
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