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 Liz from emit design

16 September 2016

Designer Spotlight: Liz from emit design

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My name is Liz Walker and I have a home studio on the Central Coast of NSW. I make a range of Satchels and accessories.

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I have a creative husband and four gorgeous children (two girls in high school and two boys in primary school). We have a dog named Marty (a Back to the Future reference) and he joined our family 12 months ago. We went to the pet store to buy fish … the store owner handed a puppy to my teenage daughter and then the kids all started begging and after about two hours I finally relented and we went home with a dog.

I really didn’t want to get a dog, but I really love him and have started running, just to keep up with him. And I don’t mind that I’m fitter now.

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I’ve been selling on Made It since 2012. I love how Made It is an Australian selling platform, and I love the information shared with the community through the madeit.com.au Sellers Group on Facebook.

Made It Designer Spotlight: Emit Design’s handcrafted satchels and accessories in nature’s hues

I have a little home studio where the afternoon sun streams in, and half of my space is dedicated to sewing and fabrics and the other half is for editing and bookkeeping.

Made It Designer Spotlight: Emit Design’s handcrafted satchels and accessories in nature’s hues

Made It Designer Spotlight: Emit Design’s handcrafted satchels and accessories in nature’s hues

I love to read books and I have an unhealthy obsession with bookdepository.com. I have a whole shelf of books to read and the biggest problem I have is what to read next!

Made It Designer Spotlight: Emit Design’s handcrafted satchels and accessories in nature’s hues

I spend a lot of time working alone and I love to listen to podcasts. My favourite podcasts are The Moth, Selected Shorts and So You Want to be a Writer (even though I don’t want to be a Writer)

Made It Designer Spotlight: Emit Design’s handcrafted satchels and accessories in nature’s hues

I have always loved to make Christmas presents and a few years ago I made a few bags for family and friends.

My Grandfather admired the bag that I had given my Grandmother and requested I make a bag for him. He had a very specific list of requirements, the main one being the satchel style. I’d never done that before but I was up for the challenge. He was very happy with the result, and I quite liked it too.

Made It Designer Spotlight: Emit Design’s handcrafted satchels and accessories in nature’s hues

My mother had been to New York and bought me back some gorgeous fabrics, so I made a couple of bags with this new design, and they sold straight away. I have continued making (and selling) and adding to the product range, which now has five sizes. I had spent my adult years looking for the perfect bag and I had finally found it.

I am also a bookkeeper, photographer and artist, so while being a designer/maker has been a hobby for a few years I’m now starting to focus a bit more.

Made It Designer Spotlight: Emit Design’s handcrafted satchels and accessories in nature’s hues

I really love to buy fabric, and I gravitate more towards florals in muted colours. I recently started working with leather, specifically old leather jackets … I am totally into the up-cycle trend and love to transform something old into something new. For some reason, cutting the leather is very satisfying. My first up-cycle project was cutting up a pair of my Granny’s old leather pants and turning them into a bag.

Made It Designer Spotlight: Emit Design’s handcrafted satchels and accessories in nature’s hues

I am very passionate about my handmade products and get especially excited when engaging with my customers, who I care about, and I enjoy helping them get what they want. I’m often working on custom orders to suit different personalities and needs.

Made It Designer Spotlight: Emit Design’s handcrafted satchels and accessories in nature’s hues

I really love the story that is behind handmade. I am inspired by the journey someone has been on to get where they are, and the reasons that motivated them. I am drawn to creative people and I love to cheer them on and encourage them to keep them creating.



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