ONA by Agne: Luxury Knitwear and Homeware Designer

Agne Nazebetauskaite is a luxury knitwear and homeware designer. We totally loveeee her gorgeous  knitting and handmade garments, which is mostly created with very cool chunky merino wool and makes for the perfect, snuggly, human cocoon!

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 Agne very kindly took the time to write us a piece about her fabulous knitting, keep reading, you’ll be ready to pick up those knitting needles in no time (we’ve got ours at the ready!)

ONA by Agne

I am a textiles and fashion designer and maker, currently residing in Northern Ireland.

I have been passionate about textiles all my life and specialise in knitting. I create knitwear and homeware collections, as well as teaching others to knit. My latest work involves arm knitting with various chunky fibres, merino and man made       synthetics.

I am a big believer in slow fashion- shopping less, but buying high quality items. My work celebrates quality garments and home-ware accessories that will last you a long time, can be passed on or up-cycled into something new. I source only natural and sustainable materials, while incorporating better practices throughout the supply chain. My aim is to reduce the environmental impact of fast fashion.

About Me

  • I  am originally from Lithunia, but have been living in UK for almost 13 years
  • I graduated from The University of Ulster in 2012 with a Degree in Business
  • I have been knitting since I was 6 years old. My grandmother taught me a lot of the techniques and styles that I often use – knitting, crochet, sewing.
  • Passionate about textiles,  I love creating my own patters and designs, mixing techniques and teaching others.
  • Knitting is a great form of relaxation for me. Knitting is my happy place.

My Brand – ONA by Agne

Ona is my grandmother’s name. I thought it would be a nice way to honour her memory, as she was the one who inspired me the most, from her I truly learned to create. She introduced me to knitting, she used to let me wreck her sewing machine, I would sit for hours and sew, asking her over and over to thread the needles, and it felt like magic.

I discovered chunky merino wool over 2 years ago and fell in love with it. I have been specialising in chunky knits ever since. I love to use traditional techniques and crafts to create modern designs and the chunky merino wool is perfect for this! 

In 2016, my first autumn/winter collection “Kilpos and poms” was showed in Belfast Fashion week (Oct 2016).

WEBSITE: www.onabyagne.com

INSTAGRAM: @ona.by.agne

FACEBOOK: ONA by Agne

Brahma Studios- Taking up a New Hobby

As it’s the start of a new year , there’s no better time to take up a new hobby and set yourself some achievable and exciting goals for the year. We have reached out to the fabulous Christie who has told us a little about her and her photography, which started as a hobby but today is much more!

Christie of Brahma Studios works closely with those beginning new business adventures and specialises in photography, videography and graphic design. We adore her ‘photography for the wild folk’ which you can checkout on her instagram here!

 

Over to Christie…

Photography and design experience to date

I began experimenting with photography from a relatively young age. My dad had an old Olympus OM-1 that he let me play around with, I’d snap up some point and shoot bargains from charity shops and some cheap film from the pound shop. I really enjoyed the developing process and that the results were always really exciting and unique.

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How I got into photography and design

I actually don’t have a definitive answer for this one. I was definitely the creative one of my family, possibly a trait I got from my dad and grandad. I was always doodling, painting, writing and then came the camera.

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What inspires me?

My inspiration often comes from the places I visit – especially coastal areas. I particularly love Cornwall and it’s rugged coastline, I’m really lucky to live in the south west and have the coast so close to me. I always feel inspired when I get back from a successful trip away. I’ve just got back from Bali, it’s such an inspirational place, I came back with lots of ideas.

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The equipment I used when I was a beginner

I had a relatively basic SLR when I started college, before this I was using a bog standard camera that my parents bought me for school trips, it was probably about 5 mega pixels!

An entry level SLR will do just fine, cameras are so advanced now it all depends what you want to achieve, decide your budget and talk to photographers about their experiences with their kit. Once you’ve bought your camera, maybe go to a few workshops on how to use it, personally I find it’s so much easier to learn from playing around with your gear rather than reading a manual.

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Again, workshops are really useful for this. So book yourself into one to learn the basics, I have learnt A LOT from other people teaching me their tricks.

Exploring Photography

Once you’re comfortable with your kit, go out and find your inspiration, I have covered a range of subjects over my time, including fashion, portraiture, landscapes and more recently food!

I found that getting out of my comfort zone was really rewarding, as someone who is naturally shy, meeting up with models was unthought of. I forced myself to break out of the comfort and meet people, message small companies and even get involved with competitions, something a few years ago I would never have dreamt doing.

In life I believe you should find what you love doing and really explore it, whether it’s photography, dance, a sport, writing poetry, travel, there is so much out there to really get stuck into.

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We are very fond of Christie’s work, and hope that if you haven’t already, you feel  inspired to wake-up tomorrow morning and pursue something new and totally thrilling!

 

Don’t forget to have a peak at Brahma Studios website for extra inspiration!

 

Still looking for a new hobby? Take a peak at our post ‘ONA by Agne: Luxury Knitwear and Homeware Designer’, all about giant knitwear and knitting! We think we might take it up, it’s very cool!

A Little Bit About Jemma!

You may have noticed on our feeds some rather lovely animations from a talented designer, Jemma Leigh Conway! For anyone who’s missed them, pop over to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for a gander.

 

Jemma is a 23 year old designer of cards and accessories, and is even looking to move into homeware, too! She graduated from Birmingham City University in 2016 with a BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree, where she unveiled her graduate collection at Graduate Fashion Week 2016 and Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show 2017. Wowee!
She’s worked as a Bag and Accessories Designer & Pattern Cutter since graduating, for a small family run business just outside of a lovely little town called Frome in Somerset, where they actively celebrate and promote all the local skilled independent designers, makers and businesses.
She started designing her own greetings cards (with my kitten Timmy being my inspiration) before expanding into last year’s Valentines themed cards, where it really took off! From there, she’s played around with punderful puns on her cards with beautiful hand drawn animations to match.
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Her adorabubble inspiration, Timmy!
All her dazzling products, including cards she designed with Portlebay Popcorn in mind,  can be found on her website, or at local markets that are announced on her social media pages!

Brilliant Bookishly: Pages and Portlebay Popcorn!

It is officially 6 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS! With the big day fast approaching, we are all busy using up miles of wrapping paper and sending our festive wishes to all our friends and family. To bring a little extra Christmas cheer why not pop over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) to enter Day 6 of our Christmas Advent Competition, and be in with a chance of winning a box of Portlebay Popcorn and a gorgeous gift from Bookishly! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

Bookishly create gorgeous prints with quotes from classic literature, movies and songs. Each print is created using an original and vintage book page, making each one a little bit unique and very special. Each print also consists of the wonky old font that is exclusive to Bookishly and is based on hand drawn lettering. You won’t see it anywhere else!

Louise Verity is the owner of Bookishly, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and young children. She likes John Hughes movies, cake and the smell of new books. She dislikes Marmite and ironing.

Bookishly was first established in 2009 as Wall Envy Art, and rebranded in 2013. It all started with an antique French dictionary and owner Louise’s, grandfather’s set of water colours. As time progressed, so did the range of products. The signature book page prints are still popular but you’ll now find a number of new items thrown in to the mix: personalised star chart prints, book club subscriptions, and various stationery pieces to name a few.

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Bookishly designs have been featured in a number of national and international magazines and blogs, including Stylist, The Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy and Ideal Home among others. More recently, their products have been shown on ITV’s This Morning and featured in the YouTube videos of Zoella and Meg Says.

 

Our Bespoke Packets are in a League of their Own!

Our small Portlebay Team are beaming from ear to ear, as we are delighted to announce our new service of bespoke popcorn packaging! We are even more pleased with the result of our debut for Warner Bros. The wondrous popcorn packets are supporting the preview screenings of Justice League, and the packets look very cool (if we do say so ourselves!).

The packets feature the main characters from the film, including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Jonty White, our Chief Pop-Miester, commented on the groovy popcorn packets saying:  “As a premium manufacturer, we are constantly innovating and offering consumers new, exciting flavours and textures and this diversification into personalised packaging is another facet of our capabilities.

“For Warner Bros., we personalised packs of our extremely popular Sweet & Salty flavour with the movie’s characters.  This was a short production run, solely for the film’s three UK preview screenings, in advance of its main release to the public in mid-November.

“Popcorn is more popular than ever and Portlebay Popcorn is one of the few artisan popcorn brands that manufactures its own premium product, with sweet, salty, spicy, smoky and even fizzy options.  As such, we have the in-house capabilities to create branded, bespoke packaging and this is an area of our business which we are aiming to grow.

“We can create personalised bags of our award-winning popcorn for special occasions and events in runs of 5,000 bags and upwards.  The service can be turned around in four weeks after the sign off of artwork and it offers clients a unique vehicle through which to communicate or promote key messages.”

If you would like the chance to have your very own box of these spectacular limited edition packets, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where we’ll be offering you the chance win a whole bunch of them on the 17/11/2017! Good luck!