The Maker's Portrait

Writings & musings.

The Maker’s Portrait focuses on the stories of Perth’s creative small businesses and people who are helping the community told through photography, blog posts and short films. They are portraits of inspiration and encouragement towards a purposeful, more mindful life.

New Goals

It is when life throws you challenges that you are forced to stop and re-assess things. This past month we have had hospitalisations, doctors, specialists and I get a sense that God is telling me to slow down and focus on the important things this year.

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Phoebe Phillips of Sunday Weaves

Pheobe is a textile artist and Fremantle native who shares her love for craft, natural fibres and the loom through her regular workshops. Learning her craft from her mother, Sunday Weaves is a way for Pheobe to share her skills with the community and is also her idea of a perfect Sunday; space where you can slow down, drink good coffee, have a great conversation and immerse yourself in a creative project. / Interview by Jasmyn Woodford for Stackwood.

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Meghan Plowman - Down to Earth, Humble, Real.

“since I started my journey there has been a noticeable growth in creative businesses for sure: artists, stylists, photographers, designers, studios. Maybe we are seeing more of them with the growth of social media”…it can be easy to get caught up with how many followers you have or what other people are posting and how their life is perceived to be.

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Balingup Heights - A Little Bit of Magic

Balingup, in Western Australia's South West, is a community that is close-knit. A community where everyone helps each other out, supports each other and gets involved. "We’ve never felt like outsiders or newcomers...We ask for help when we needed it. We’ve been patient and persevered.."

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Community, Connection and Giving Back - The Stackwood Story

I remember first walking into Stackwood and feeling a calm, casual peaceful vibe. I love their ethos of community, connection and giving back and their supportive and connected community. So I thought it was time I sat down with Sarah Bell, founder of Stackwood, to talk about how she has grown this community, not only for those who work there, but for the general public to enjoy and be a part of.

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Shop Small, Think Local in Fremantle

Ian says “What I love most about Fremantle are the buildings and the very human scale of the whole city…this has ensured a village like atmosphere with a very strong sense of community…Fremantle offers a unique shopping experience unlike anywhere else in Australia. There are a myriad of different and unique one off shops, art galleries and fashion stores around Fremantle all with their own creative buzz..”

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Working Together to Create Positive Change for Perth's Underprivileged Kids

We talk to Karina Chicote, the changemaker behind the Youth Partnership Project, about how she is encouraging communities and government to work together to create positives changes that will affect the future of Perth's underprivileged Aboriginal children.

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