Growing Brisbane's maker economy

Brisbane City Council aims to inspire entrepreneurship at the local community level to elevate the independent, artisan and bespoke to grow Brisbane’s maker economy.  Find out about the opportunities for support to start a maker-micro-business and connect with other maker businesses.

Maker Entrepreneurship Program

Brisbane City Council is running a Maker Entrepreneurship Program in 2021 to provide micro-business training to adults who have existing creative skills to help them establish a market stall and start an online business.

A maker is someone who creates a tangible item either by design or fabrication.  For example, artists, sewers, printers, potters, metalsmiths, jewellers, woodworkers, designers and more.  This program aims to help emerging makers monetise their work by selling their creations, and become maker-micro-businesses, which are often businesses of one, operating from home and selling at markets and online.  

2021 program 

The participants for the 2021 program are as follows:

This table provides details about the Maker Entrepreneurship Program participants including the Maker and products
Maker Etsy shop Product
Mercia Ackermann Flabbergasted Designs


Children's products (clothing and toys)
John Brighenti Brighenti Design Homewares
Zoe Collins Hello Zoe Collins Papercraft, jewellery, art, homewares, clothing
Sally Corfield Slow Yarn Macrame Jewellery, art, homewares, accessories
Megan Cotton The Cotton Pod Accessories
Laura Cummins A Hop and A Skip
Amber Fraser Amber Fraser Studio Homewares, clothing, accessories
Charli Kahler Charlie Kahler Art Art, accessories, needle felting
Emily Miles Emily Joyce Designs Jewellery
Jemima Morgan Pure Cute Jewellery, clothing, children's products, accessories
Melissa Reid Loveliss Designs Pottery, homewares, jewellery
Tina Rolley Tina Rolley Ceramics
Yuiko Uto Buttons Ink
Art, clothing, children's products, accessories
Tanja Vlasoff Frog In A Teacup Homewares

2020 program graduates

Congratulations to the 2020 program graduates from the Maker Entrepreneurship Program delivered by BrisStyle Inc:

This table provides details about the Maker Entrepreneurship Program participants including the Maker, Etsy shop and products
Maker Etsy shop Product
Corinna Van Brakel Pleasant Mill Beauty products (soap, aromatherapy etc.)
Amy Dietrich The Green Bug by Amy Homewares, beauty products (soap, aromatherapy etc.), produce bags, bento bags and reusable cutlery sets
Jodie Dix Loom Beats Art and homewares
Anna Jacobson Cards and Treasure Paper goods, papercraft and art
Beatrice Schneider Arctic Pearl Atelier Jewellery, knitted beanies and bags
Imogen White Sol Threads Embroidery art and embroidered products (pencil cases, book covers)
Diana Bridge Lulu Studio Store Homewares and printed fabrics
Kari Steele Kari Creative Street style art for the home
Melinda Gagen 95 Degrees Shop Jewellery
Carolina Gadsby Soul Colours Art Art and clothing
Monica Pompei Peica Paper Art Paper goods, papercraft and jewellery

More information

To make sure you don’t miss out on future opportunities for Brisbane makers, subscribe to Council’s Business in Brisbane e-newsletter.

For more information, you can contact Council’s Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

Last updated: 7 May 2021