30 June 2013

A Conversation with Alison of Mettaville

Alison from Mettaville describes her products as "Handmade magic journals for penning life's inspirations".  We think they are beautiful quality journals you just couldn't help but write in!

Here, Alison offers us a glimpse into her creative world and what inspires her...

Who is Mettaville? 

Mettaville is a little shop by Alison Koh selling journals that will add love and magic to those who owns them. Why are they magic you ask? I usually infuse love vibes and good wishes into the journals before sending them off to the receiver. 

What’s your “handmade groove ?”

I can’t really pin one down, if I can create something with my hands, I’ll do anything. I make jewelries, magnets, I paint, and currently I bind books.

What’s on your bedside table right now? (hey, no tidying up or censoring)

A journal, a chanting book and beads, a torch light and an ayurvedic balm from ceylon which is a gift from a dear friend. 

Who are your creative role models? What music, books, images, poetry spark your creative fire?

I’ve been following Kelly Rae Roberts for a long time and she never ceases to amaze me. And a whole bunch of bloggers/crafters/artist out there who inspire me in my creative journey and finding my own creative goofs and grooves.  

What could you talk late into the night about with like minded people?

I am a modern day mystic, if I can say that of myself. I am into spiritual stuff and self inquiry, pondering life’s big questions. I am a shy and quiet person so I usually fair better in a one to one conversation than in a group.

If you could go to three free workshops/creative events this year which ones would they be? What are they about?

Dreaming  of attending one of Flora Bowley’s art retreat! TEDxAuckland – does that count as a creative event? A pottery workshop would be nice

How do you balance your creative life with your family, life commitments?

Still see saw-ing but it’s all one big happy. I have to keep reminding myself – just add humor.

What is your favourite creative screw-up?

Pulling the thread too hard and tear the pages off the journals. Not a favourite but I still do this.

Kitchen table or studio?

Studio (spare room), which eventually overflows to the dining table and the coffee table in the living room.

Do you have a wish list? Can you tell us what’s on it?

A sewing machine, a printer, a Vitamix, a smart-phone (i-phone).  

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