Thanks to the amazing work of our volunteer fire fighters and many more, the devastating bush-fires we experienced as a nation this summer are thankfully under control. However, we shouldn’t lose sight of those businesses still struggling.
With the community in mind, Sydney Gift Fair invited four businesses from the Buy From The Bush campaign to exhibit at the recent Sydney Gift Fair in February, one of which included Featherdale Earrings.
“Along with three other lucky rural businesses, we were lucky enough to be selected to attend Sydney Gift Fair and were sponsored by Australia Post,” says owner, Laura Breiner.
“We weren’t sure what to expect as we had never done anything on this kind of scale before. We went with no expectations except to network and hopefully expand the business into some new retail stores.”
The brand received really good feedback from other businesses and potential retailers, a lot of people loved artisan lane and the fact they were able to meet the artists and watch them create their products in person.
“We were lucky enough to connect with 10 retailers from Sydney Gift Fair, so our products will be available in a few stores in NSW, QLD, NT, VIC and SA,” says Laura.
Laura runs Featherdale from her farm in Armidale, which is on the Madgwick fringe but is only a stone’s throw from town, where her and her husband Aaron house their menagerie of farm animals, including her beautiful Guinea fowl and her colourful peacocks.
Ever since she was a child, Laura has always had an affinity with nature, which was influenced by the many bush walks and camping trips her parents took her and her brother on. As kids, Laura was taught to appreciate and respect the environment and the landscape.
This love for nature and awareness of living sustainably has led her to produce a range of stunning jewellery that anyone would be proud to wear.
“Featherdale was created a couple of years ago, and my mum came up with the name. It started out as a hobby. I loved that I could make sustainable jewellery and the main resources were found right in my backyard.
“My beautiful guinea fowl and peacocks supply me with gorgeous feathers along with friends and family who source feathers from their local farms, enabling me to create some beautiful designs”.
Laura is an environmental scientist and works full-time as an environmental planner. She spends a fair amount of time outdoors in her spare time, so the environment and the landscape is something that inspires her every day. Aaron is a farmer, and they have more than 50 birds, 18 dogs and two horses at home on the farm.
“We live quite sustainably at home. We grow all of our own vegetables in Aaron’s amazing vegetable garden and farm our own meat. My upbringing and the lifestyle along with farm life with Aaron, all serve as inspiration for my designs,” she says.
As the business has grown, Laura’s mum and dad help her out when it gets really busy.
So what’s next for Featherdale?
“We will continue to create our signature range of earrings and also come up with new designs for our customers and hopefully expand into new markets. We are about to collaborate with an amazing artist, Fiona Roderick, who is doing a print of a guineafowl on a card, so that we can sell the earrings and card as a gift package for people who are wanting a uniquely Australian birthday or Christmas present for friends and family.”
This article was originally published on Australian Gift Guide here.