Hoping to be the next Etsy or Hardtofind, new online store Next Door Artisan have two simple goals: to help makers share their work with as many people as possible, and to empower their customers to buy from local economies and communities.
Founded by Brisbane-based Canadian entrepreneur, Colleen Canivet, she hand selects every product after meeting or chatting with the designer. “The greatest part of this journey has been getting to know the creative people behind the products,” says Colleen “It’s amazing to meet such passionate, intelligent and inspiring individuals”.
Not restricting the products she sells, but rather supporting a wide range of artists, makers and creatives, what Colleen values is individuals who learn new skills, and use these skills to take raw materials and turn them into something new. “In the world of 3D printers, the term ‘handmade’ no longer encompasses creative makers, which is why we don’t restrict ourselves to selling ‘handmade’ items. Rather we take the time to get to know each of our artists, their materials and their processes, and ensure that each supplier has a true passion for what they do.”
Selling a mix of homewares, accessories, outdoor decor and stationery, Next Door Artisan ships Australia wide for free.