Interview with #CBSpopup Shop Artist Susan Fitzgerald

Spin Spin screen printed textiles. Photo by Marnie Hawson

Spin Spin, by Susan Fitzgerald, is a small West Footscray studio producing fresh, modern and sustainable screen printed textiles, paper goods and ceramics. We chatted to Susan about the benefits of a clean studio, strong coffee and living in a creative city.  Spin Spin items are featured at Colour Box Studio’s Spring Pop Up Shop running until the 4th of November. Find more details about the Pop Up Shop here.

Spin Spin ceramic homewares and earrings and screen printed purses. Photo by Marnie Hawson

Spin Spin ceramic homewares and earrings and screen printed purses. Photo by Marnie Hawson

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I’m a Melbourne maker and design & produce a range of screenprinted fabric, homewares, ceramics and jewellery. I love minimal colour palettes and simple, geometric patterns and work with sustainable materials such as organic cotton and hemp.

How did you start your creative business/arts practice and why?

I started out making soft toys for friends having babies and decided I wanted unique fabric, so I started designing and printing my own. I was studying graphic design at the time, so it was also a nice break from the desk.

Where did you grow up and has it influenced what you create?

I grew up in Melbourne and I guess being a creative city, you can’t help feeling inspired knowing there’s so much great stuff going on around you all the time.

Screen printing tools. Image by Susan Fitzgerald

Screen printing tools. Image by Susan Fitzgerald

What is your current project?

At the moment I’m obsessed with making patterns, often with watercolour-painted abstract shapes. I’ve also got a side project called Studio Space, where I photograph the workspaces of creative people and share in a blog (spinspin.com/studiospace). I love sneaking a peak into people’s working world!

Who or what is your inspiration?

I’m inspired by so much…walking in the park with my dog, seeing a film, listening to RRR radio and learning about all the amazing things that are going on around town, even just flicking through my Instagram feed.

Where do you feel most creative?

My studio, when it’s cleanish! After I’ve gone for a walk and had a strong coffee, of course. I’m trying to be better about putting things away when I’m done, so it’s easier to get stuck in when I get back to work.

What can visitors expect to see from you in the Colour Box Studio Spring Pop Up Shop?

Snippets of my current work – so some jewellery (porcelain earrings), some homewares (ceramic planters) and other bits and pieces like zip purses.

Where can we see more of your work?

www.spinspin.com, spinspin.etsy.com

Susan Fitzgerald - the person behind Spin Spin (and behind the camera!)

Susan Fitzgerald – the person behind Spin Spin (and behind the camera!)

Find handmade goods from Spin Spin and other local makers at Colour Box Studio’s Spring Pop Up Shop located at VU at Metrowest in the heart of Footscray.

Where: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 3011

Open: Tuesday-Friday 9.30-5pm, Saturday 10-4pm

Dates: 7 October – 4 November 2016

Getting there: 5mins walk from Footscray Train Station and Tram Stop, limited on street free parking, paid parking available at Footscray Kmart.

Find out more information here.

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