Friday Five with Aussie designer Sunnie D’Elton-Howard

Thank goodness it’s Friday, right? I don’t know what your week has been like but mine has been full on. I’m soooo looking forward to the weekend! To get us one step closer to that glorious time I give you this week’s Friday Five with… Today we’re chatting with Aussie designer Sunnie D’Elton-Howard from My French Sailor.

What inspires you to create your lovely paper goods?

Inspiration is everywhere. I feel more exposed than ever to creative minds and ideas through the use of the internet and social media outlets and blogs such as Pretty Paper Things. I have been attending numerous local markets to support the handmade movement and to sell my wares. I love interacting with the customers and stallholders, the market research is invaluable.

I’m currently working on a custom wedding invitation suite for a client, and I’m enjoying all our meetings and brainstorming of ideas.

What’s your most treasured possession?

I know this is soppy, but my husband! He’s a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy and is often away with work. We always treasure and make the most of our time together when he is ashore.

Can you remember what sparked your desire to be an artist?

I have always been interested in art, photography and design, even as a little kid. I studied landscape architecture at RMIT in Melbourne where I became more hands on with the idea of representation. Since then I have always been creative in my professional and personal life.

What’s the last movie you watched?

To be honest, the last film I watched was a while ago. It was an inflight movie ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’. I read the original book by Jonathan Safran Foer a number of years ago and really enjoyed it, despite its incredible sadness. The book wins hands down.

Finish this sentence…”When I want to get inspired I…”

If I’m struggling for ideas I often turn to my books. I have many which cover different fields and industries, from architecture and textiles to flower arranging and crocheting, you name it. A good walk or ride on the pushy certainly clears the mind too!