I’m a creative, a Mumma and a big kid that never really grew up.
The Wild Mountain Child store was a dream I kept having. When I moved to the Blue Mountains I commuted to the city for work and everyday I would walk past this beautiful shop front that was always closed. I knew I wanted to have my own business in this space and in my head I could see so clearly what this shop could become. But it was always just a dream. When I had my son (and well after my first time Mumma shell shock wore off) the drive for starting Wild Mountain Child became so much stronger.
As a photographer, graphic and web designer I have spent the majority of my career working in ladies fashion and was becoming increasingly drawn to handmade, locally sourced and ethically focused items because as a creative I felt such a disconnect from what I was creating and selling.
Everything was too fast paced and lacked authenticity, made by someone else in a far away country and in appalling conditions. I felt like I wasn’t contributing to anything positive or helping anyone.
Having my son just amplified these feelings and instead of returning to a profession that didn’t fit well with my evolving values. I decided to begin creating something that celebrates the wealth of talented hand makers from all over this amazing country and if I could support fair trade businesses along the way all the better.
I went back to that beautiful shop and approached the owner and very quickly started to turn that dream into the reality. Wild Mountain Child opened for business in mid October of 2016 with a focus on providing unique, beautiful and fun handmade products for Children that support our local creative communities OR are fairly traded supporting those in need here in Australia and across the globe.
We opened with 10 hand makers and 3 fair trade companies and have very quickly grown to more than 30 local makers and 8 fair trade projects and counting.
My hope for Wild Mountain Child is to create a happy, social and ethically focused business that is successful for all involved locally and abroad.