How did FunkyFunYou come to be?
We (Amy and Simona) met while studying in Melbourne in 2017. We quickly bonded over a love of art and design with a particular passion for unique accessories.
We struggled to find accessories that represented us and our style, so we made our own! FunkyFunYou was born when we made a tiny range of handmade earrings, and slowly our funky accessories dreams come to life. We attended local markets around Melbourne (this is how we met Anna!) and the interest in FunkyFunYou grew. Soon enough, FunkyFunYou was more than just accessories; it became a lifestyle.
Now, three years on, our team has grown. We are always looking to grow and adapt to the world around us, and extend our product line as we go.
Amy is a driving force behind the FunkyFunYou brand identity, using her skills and knowledge to create compelling visual content. She directs the Melbourne team, and working on marketing and business strategies.
Simona always has been one to experiment with fashion and style, especially designing unique accessories and jewellery. Currently located in China, where she has her own studio, communicates directly with suppliers.
Anna is a freelance illustrator, designer and copyrighter, and she was immediately was drawn to the FunkyFunYou brand philosophy. Workshops and markets are her forte, so you're likely to see her behind a stall of in front of a class!
|Hema is our E-commerce & marketing coordinator, who takes care of the back-end of our multiple sites. She is always very organised and more than happy to answer any questions from our customers in a patient and friendly manner.|
What’s our inspiration?
We influence each other
All of the FunkyFunYou team members have different skills, interests and backgrounds. This means that we can learn from each other and inspire each other. For example, one of our first designs was our 'Friendship' earrings, which feature miniature figurines that Amy used for making models while studying Landscape Architecture.
Our creative and crafty audience
Our customers seemed to be very like-minded, with a keen interest in the craft and funky designs. So, we decided to host jewellery making workshops. The best part was meeting a really fun new group of people every class, and we were inspired by their work every time. When the pandemic hit, restrictions prevented us from hosting any workshops, so we released a series of DIY earring making kits. These brought our workshops to all the crafty lovers stuck at home!
The world-wide artist community
We are inspired by artist communities locally and online. Over the years of running our small business, we got to know so many other like-minded creative people, who are also independent makers themselves. So, we developed the FunkyFunYou Collective Store, an online marketplace where small creative businesses can sell their products. We knew how much we would have benefitted from a platform like this when we started out our small business, so we hand-picked a group of artists, designers and makers that align with our values and brand concept (and who make cute stuff too!)
New technology and materials
We're obsessed with searching for new materials and trying new technologies and craft techniques. We love to combine multiple materials (such as resin, clay, acrylic) together, and we constantly aim to explore new way of creating earrings, necklaces, DIY kits, homewares and more!
How are our products made?
All products that are labeled FunkyFunYou (with the blue and pink branding) are created by us. We have two small studios that we work from, where we design and handmade the majority of our products. In order to find our funky raw materials, we work hard to find the best, most reliable sources in both Australia and China. We value being open about our making process, and responsible production is important to us.
DIY kits & Materials for the workshop
We also utilise these suppliers when finding the very best materials for our workshops and DIY kits. This includes acrylic pieces, metal findings and tools. We strive to minimise waste, and if we have any leftover pieces, they are used in our earring-making workshops.
FKFY shop (Collective shop)
Our collective features work from selected artists and makers who specialise in handcrafting their work. The store includes an exclusive range of pieces (most of which are one-off and you can't find anywhere else). We value the small scale production of products, and our collective store is a place where you can find handmade, slow fashion pieces in one place.