Stallholder Spotlight: Spriggan Soaps

Next in the series of Stallholder Spotlights is one of our favourite groups, Spriggan Soaps! Whether you're looking for something to add a bit of luxury to your daily routine, a really thoughtful gift for someone special (check out their bundles!), or something Soaper Duper, Spriggan Soaps should be your first call!

Run by the soap expert Dustin Morris, Spriggan Soaps' handmade soaps are absolutely stunning, and sure to make you feel like royalty. Very clean royalty! 

What were the origins of your business?

Spriggan Soaps was born out of a craving for a new hobby. I became interested in soap making by watching hundreds of videos on Youtube and learning everything I could from top tier artisans based all over the world. After making my own soap for a while I was asked a number of times whether I sold them and I began to notice quite a good demand. After doing research on the market within Australia and Adelaide I launched Spriggan Soaps!

What would you say is your business ethos or philosophy?

Spriggan Soaps strives to push for the best looking and greatest smelling soaps while staying free of animal based ingredients.  

Who or what inspires your creations?

Inspiration for our soaps comes from all over the place. Food (especially desserts), natural scenes like the sunset and bush, architecture and stonework, and literature are just some of the places I get ideas from.

How would you suggest we use your product?

Take care of your handmade soap and it will last far longer than you might expect. Keeping the soap out of direct water contact and allowing it to dry thoroughly after each use can help a bar last up to three weeks of daily use.

Other than at the Blackwood Markets, where can we find your products?

Find us at our website and on our Facebook page. We always have a post pinned that shows all the events we will be attending. You can always purchase our products through the Facebook and website too, and we'd love to answer any questions you have about soap!

What do you love about the Blackwood Markets?

We love coming to the Blackwood Markets because it is such a cosy environment. All the customers, other stall holders, and the organisers are extremely nice and always willing to have a chat or help out if needed. Blackwood Markets are also always finding new ways to improve the events and make them better and better each time we attend!

Stallholder Spotlight: Wa Creation Studio

This is the first in our series of Stallholder Spotlights! In this series, we'll be showing off some of the most amazing stallholders who'll be at our upcoming markets, as well as other exciting stallholders.

This Spotlight is featuring Wa Creation Studio and Noriko Farrelly! Their origami jewellery is gorgeous, and sure to start conversations about the interesting pieces of artwork.  Check them out at the Artisan Market on the 18th of Feburary, or online at either their Etsy site, or their Facebook page.

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What were the origins of your business?

I was born and raised in Japan, where the art of Origami is widely practiced. Paper folding was naturally a part of my childhood, but as I grew older the practice of origami was put aside.

Years later, and I now have two beautiful young daughters.

After spending her preschool years in Japan, to introduce herself to new friends in her new Australian school, my eldest daughter gave origami when she didn't have much English.

I was thrilled to see how fascinated her friends were and how proud she was.

She revived my joy of creating origami by introducing a little piece of Japanese culture to Australia.

 

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What would you say is your business ethos or philosophy?

Introducing or getting people be more familiar with Origami through my Wearable Origami. I’d be grateful if my Origami jewellery plays a part of reminding the trip to Japan they took or encourages someone to study Japanese etc.

 

Who or what inspires your creations?

Colour combinations of Kimono (Japanese traditional wear) are amazing, how very different colours can work well together. Also, one of the main reasons I like being at markets is looking at other very talented stall holders' works.

 

How would you suggest we use your product?

Washi ( traditional Japanese paper) is colourful and will go well with simple shirts and jeans, or elegant dress. If you are looking for something different, come and see me!

 

Other than at the Blackwood Markets, where can we find your products?

You can find my Wearable Origami at “The Marketplace Boutique” in Blackwood, just down the road from Blackwood market. Also at a hair salon “Private Shop maro” in Hove, and I’m hoping to get a few more stockists. You can also purchase on Etsy. And of course I'll be at the Artisan Market on the 18th of Feburary.

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What do you love about the Blackwood Markets?

It is nice to have outdoor or indoor options. As much as I enjoy being outdoor in my free time, Origami paper and wind don't go well!

Customers are good mix (family, young couple, elderly) and very interested in knowing the stories behind the products.

And of course the organiser is friendly and very welcoming, creating good community vibe.