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Featured Seller: Alice Nightingale

Apr 11, 2012

by alicenightingale

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi there! My name is Alice. I’m a young designer from Brisbane, Australia. I spend my days designing, pattern-making, cutting, sewing, knitting and running a handmade clothing label called Alice Nightingale in my sunny little studio. My designs are a little bit vintage, slightly quirky and always made in small quantities to preserve individuality!

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Designing, sewing and taking care of all things Nightingale tends to leave me with very little free time! When I do have a moment to spare I love baking, learning new crafts and trying out new cafes with friends.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
A friend suggested An Enchantment of Nightingales. I think this would perfectly sum up all of the wonderful people who have helped my label grow over the last two years.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Each season, I find myself inspired by a mix of books, music, film and photography. This winter is dedicated to ‘The Librarian” and came from my love of sixties school dresses and old bookstores!

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade is a term that is very dear to me. The time, effort and thought put into handmade items is so impressive. I’m so glad to see such a strong community on Etsy supporting designers and artists who live to create.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My family. They’ve always had the inventing gene that makes them wake up in the morning and create! I’ve also been very lucky to be surrounded by friends who support me and offer their thoughts. That kind of environment keeps me creative and open to new ideas.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I took to sewing at quite an early age, hand-stitching dresses for my dolls and constantly repairing them. My grandma gave me a sewing machine when I was 12, and things just took off. By 16, I decided to follow my dreams. I left school to study fashion design and technology, and here I am!

How would you describe your creative process?
At the start of each season, I create a new character to define the styles. The look and feel of the garments come from what she likes, where she goes, and the fabrics suited to her. I find this gives the clothing a personal touch and makes it much more fun to sew!

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Oh to be a fly on the wall in Elsa Schiaparelli’s knitting studios in the 1930s! Her innovation is still such an inspiration, not to mention her attitude toward mixing fashion with art in her community. Oh my!

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My friends and family are a pretty crafty bunch, I must say; this makes it impossible to choose my favourite handmade item! They’re creating on a daily basis – from art to magazines and the odd piece of carpentry. They cover it all.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
A new book, album or film will always do the trick! Being inspired always leads to fresh results in my own work.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I see myself leading a creative team in a dreamy city, dressing talented artists and learning from those around me. Hopefully the Nightingale brand will have grown, spread its lovely wings and found its perfect nesting place!

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Azalea Dress - Handmade by Alice
Azalea Dress - Handmade by Alice
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$138.37 USD
Acacia Cotton Lace Top - Handmade by Alice
Acacia Cotton Lace Top - Handmade by Alice
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$69.18 USD
Cockatoo Swim Set - Green - Handmade by Alice
Cockatoo Swim Set - Green - Handmade by Alice
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$115.30 USD
Galah Jumper - Handmade by Alice
Galah Jumper - Handmade by Alice
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$122.99 USD
Banksia Jumper - Handmade by Alice
Banksia Jumper - Handmade by Alice
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$146.05 USD
She Oak Dress - Handmade by Alice
She Oak Dress - Handmade by Alice
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$169.11 USD
Hand Dyed Apple Green Blouse - Three of a kind - Handmade by Alice
Hand Dyed Apple Green Blouse - Three of a kind - Handmade by Alice
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$53.81 USD
Yeah Righto Mate Bag - Handmade by Alice
Yeah Righto Mate Bag - Handmade by Alice
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$49.97 USD
Jacaranda Skirt - Handmade by Alice
Jacaranda Skirt - Handmade by Alice
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$107.62 USD
Purple  Zig Zag Jumper - Handmade by Alice
Purple Zig Zag Jumper - Handmade by Alice
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$161.43 USD
Kurrajong Fruit Blouse - Hand Printed by Alice
Kurrajong Fruit Blouse - Hand Printed by Alice
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$122.99 USD
Flame Tree Turtleneck - Handmade by Alice
Flame Tree Turtleneck - Handmade by Alice
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$61.50 USD
Pink Power Suit Pants - Handmade by Alice
Pink Power Suit Pants - Handmade by Alice
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$115.30 USD
Birds Nest Fungi Dress - Handmade by Alice
Birds Nest Fungi Dress - Handmade by Alice
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$184.49 USD
Birds Nest Fungi Turtleneck - Handmade by Alice
Birds Nest Fungi Turtleneck - Handmade by Alice
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$84.56 USD
Gumnut Jumpsuit - Handmade by Alice
Gumnut Jumpsuit - Handmade by Alice
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$169.11 USD
Pink Power Suit Blazer - Handmade by Alice
Pink Power Suit Blazer - Handmade by Alice
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$169.11 USD
Mustard Banksia Print Dress - Handmade by Alice
Mustard Banksia Print Dress - Handmade by Alice
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$138.37 USD
Flouncey Ibis Top - Only 2 Made - Handmade by Alice
Flouncey Ibis Top - Only 2 Made - Handmade by Alice
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$84.56 USD
Mustard Zig Zag Jumper - Handmade by Alice
Mustard Zig Zag Jumper - Handmade by Alice
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$161.43 USD
Banksia Dress - Handmade by Alice
Banksia Dress - Handmade by Alice
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$153.74 USD
She's a Frill Seeker Jumpsuit - Only 6 made - Handmade by Alice!
She's a Frill Seeker Jumpsuit - Only 6 made - Handmade by Alice!
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$138.37 USD
Banksia T-shirt - Handmade by Alice
Banksia T-shirt - Handmade by Alice
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$69.18 USD
Acacia Cotton Lace Top - Pink - Handmade by Alice
Acacia Cotton Lace Top - Pink - Handmade by Alice
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$69.18 USD
Cotton Knit Crop Top - Blue - Handmade by Alice
Cotton Knit Crop Top - Blue - Handmade by Alice
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$69.18 USD
Tell Him He's Dreaming Top - Blue - Handmade by Alice
Tell Him He's Dreaming Top - Blue - Handmade by Alice
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$61.50 USD
Picnic Perfect Twin Set - Handmade by Alice
Picnic Perfect Twin Set - Handmade by Alice
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$138.37 USD
Kimberley Jumper - Handmade by Alice
Kimberley Jumper - Handmade by Alice
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$122.99 USD
Sprinkle Wedges AU7 - Re(sh)use by Alice Nightingale
Sprinkle Wedges AU7 - Re(sh)use by Alice Nightingale
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$61.50 USD
Leafy Dreams Jumpsuit - Handmade by Alice
Leafy Dreams Jumpsuit - Handmade by Alice
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$169.11 USD
Flounce Around Dress - Love Heart Print - One of a kind!
Flounce Around Dress - Love Heart Print - One of a kind!
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$153.74 USD
Tell Him He's Dreamin' Clutch - Handmade by Alice
Tell Him He's Dreamin' Clutch - Handmade by Alice
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$34.59 USD
Great Sandy Blouse - Handmade by Alice
Great Sandy Blouse - Handmade by Alice
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$84.56 USD
Oi, Ya Grub - Witchetty Grub Clutch - Handmade  by Alice
Oi, Ya Grub - Witchetty Grub Clutch - Handmade by Alice
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$34.59 USD
Vintage Fabric Check Dress - One Off - Handmade by Alice
Vintage Fabric Check Dress - One Off - Handmade by Alice
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$146.05 USD
Pink Scallop Shift Dress - Handmade by Alice - Only 4 available!
Pink Scallop Shift Dress - Handmade by Alice - Only 4 available!
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$153.74 USD
Miss Daydream Dress - Original Print - 2 left!
Miss Daydream Dress - Original Print - 2 left!
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$138.37 USD
Gardener Print Skirt - Black Cotton Velveteen - Handmade by Alice
Gardener Print Skirt - Black Cotton Velveteen - Handmade by Alice
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$76.87 USD
Original Avocado Print Swim Set - Handmade by Alice
Original Avocado Print Swim Set - Handmade by Alice
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$92.24 USD
She'll Be Right Pants - Handmade by Alice
She'll Be Right Pants - Handmade by Alice
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$115.30 USD
Speckled Cheesecake Flats AU8 - Re(sh)use by Alice Nightingale
Speckled Cheesecake Flats AU8 - Re(sh)use by Alice Nightingale
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$46.12 USD
Gardener Print Top - Black Velveteen- Handmade by Alice
Gardener Print Top - Black Velveteen- Handmade by Alice
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$69.18 USD
Hand Printed Banskia Bra - Light Pink - Handmade by Alice!
Hand Printed Banskia Bra - Light Pink - Handmade by Alice!
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$53.81 USD
Hand Printed Banksia Briefs - Light Pink - Handmade by Alice
Hand Printed Banksia Briefs - Light Pink - Handmade by Alice
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$30.75 USD
Gardener Print Crop Top - Pink - Handmade by Alice
Gardener Print Crop Top - Pink - Handmade by Alice
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$69.18 USD
Gardener Print Skirt - Pink - Handmade by Alice
Gardener Print Skirt - Pink - Handmade by Alice
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$76.87 USD
Miss Ithaca Skirt - Handmade by Alice
Miss Ithaca Skirt - Handmade by Alice
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$84.56 USD
Cockatoo Swim Set - Pink - Handmade by Alice
Cockatoo Swim Set - Pink - Handmade by Alice
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$115.30 USD
Kimberley Jumpsuit - Handmade by Alice
Kimberley Jumpsuit - Handmade by Alice
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$122.99 USD
Golden Spinifex Top - Handprinted and made by Alice
Golden Spinifex Top - Handprinted and made by Alice
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$84.56 USD
Cockatoo Swimsuit - Original Print by Alice
Cockatoo Swimsuit - Original Print by Alice
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$115.30 USD
Miss Lamington Dress - Handmade by Alice
Miss Lamington Dress - Handmade by Alice
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$122.99 USD
Miss Daydream Top - Original Print - Handmade by Alice -2 left!
Miss Daydream Top - Original Print - Handmade by Alice -2 left!
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$69.18 USD
Fairy Bread Purse - Handmade by Alice
Fairy Bread Purse - Handmade by Alice
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$19.22 USD
Wattle Dress- Handmade by Alice
Wattle Dress- Handmade by Alice
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$138.37 USD
Hand Printed Pink Banksia Tote
Hand Printed Pink Banksia Tote
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$30.75 USD
Avocado Embroidered Shorts - Three of a kind - Handmade by Alice
Avocado Embroidered Shorts - Three of a kind - Handmade by Alice
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$84.56 USD
Budgie Smuggler Clutch - Handmade by Alice
Budgie Smuggler Clutch - Handmade by Alice
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$34.59 USD
Desert Rose Dress - Handmade by Alice
Desert Rose Dress - Handmade by Alice
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$122.99 USD
Hand Printed Banksia Briefs - Dark Pink - Handmade by Alice
Hand Printed Banksia Briefs - Dark Pink - Handmade by Alice
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$30.75 USD

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