Interview: Phebe Rendulic

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Phebe Rendulic is a crafter, photographer and designer. We were lucky enough to interview Phebe about her work and what she is currently up to. 

Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?

I’m very well, thank you for including me!

How did you manage to learn and hone your craft?

I was surrounded by craft since the day I was born. My mum has been a sewer and quilter most of her life and even though I went through that awkward teenage phase where you want to reject anything at all to do with your parents, I couldn’t deny that I was a crafter deep inside.

Have you always been into embroidery and crafts?

For a long time when I was growing up I didn’t see the value in home made things. My mum made most of my clothes and, I’ll be honest, I wanted to dress like everyone else at school to fit in.  I was a FOOL. As a kid mum taught me how to sew, knit and embroider but when I got older I was more interested in photography.  I ended up with my own photography business and even though I still love it, my focus has changed completely to embroidery and crafts. It all ties in together, though. I’m a very visual person and my images are always full of colour - just like my crafts!

If there were no resource restraints, what would be your dream project?

I would love to take on a large-scale installation piece that would include a heck of a lot of colourful yarn.

What equipment do you use for your work?

It depends on the project but my main tools are:

- Embroidery hoop, needle and threads

- Crochet hook and yarn

- Sewing machine

In the last year I’ve learnt how to latch hook, do macrame and French knit and plan on getting into weaving also!

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What tools or materials could you not live without?

YARN! LOTS AND LOTS OF YARN! My room is absolutely packed with it.

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

The internet has always played a huge part in getting my work out there. It started many years ago with platforms like deviantArt and Flickr and it’s been a natural progression over the years to Facebook and Instagram. I always get angry at my friends who are so talented and creative people when they don’t take full advantage of these platforms! It’s free - so why not reach as many people as you can!

Who inspires your work?

My mum - @thepatchworkpear on Instagram.  A couple of years ago I had to move back to my hometown to get through a surgery and it was amazing for both of us to work together.  I got to teach her how to benefit from social media and she got to reignite my love for crafts.

Do you have any favourite pieces of work that you adore at the moment?

There’s an incredible display of artworks by 100 artists currently on at the National Gallery of Victoria and the most impressive installation for me was Mass by Ron Mueck.  It’s 100 giant skulls that have been sculpted that fill a vast gallery space.  They look like they’ve been thrown into the room and it’s definitely confronting and impressive.

What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram and your work?

I’ve had a bit of a slow start to the year, in all honesty. I’m in the process of getting back into my groove so you’ll be seeing some more DIY projects and, as always, lots and lots of colourful pieces.

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What are you currently working on?

I just finished up a couple of commissioned pieces and next up is an Easter themed DIY project.

What’s your typical working day?

I have a full-time job working for an online furniture store, which I love, but in my evenings and my weekends I’m straight into a project.  Usually you can find me watching horror movies with my hands full with either an embroidery or a crochet project.

What’s been the biggest struggle in getting your business off the ground?

Time management! Especially with a full-time job. It can be stressful at times but it’s worth it.

Do you have any exciting plans for this year?

Apparently I’m meant to be going to Rome for a wedding later in the year but we shall see what my bank account says about that!

Do you have any advice for anyone doing craft fairs?

Try not to spend all your money on the other stalls!

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What advice would you give to people looking to define their own style?

The more you create, the more you will organically come to learn what your own style is.

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to do embroidery?

Keep the calico tight and try to avoid metallic threads - they are a nightmare to work with.

What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

With regards to pricing: if you treat your work like a hobby and offer super low pricing you are going to ruin the market not only for yourself in the long run but also your fellow crafters. Value your work appropriately and charge accordingly!

You can take a look at all of her work here 'https://www.pheberendulic.com'. She has some wonderful designs, crochet and photography on her website. 

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