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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 8th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 9, 2009 13 NEWS Stitching up income AMANDA HOH Drummoyne fashion designers Matthew Sharkey and Cassandra Yee have started their own label. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP262854 MATTHEW Sharkey and Cassandra Yee have dis- covered an alternative way to earn money while study- ing at university. The two friends have cre- ated their own clothing label, Blank Canvas, and sold at the Glebe Markets since February. ''We started mainly out of holiday boredom. I've always wanted to make clothes but haven't had the motivation,'' Cass said. ''We were also running out of spending money straight after school.'' The DIY business was born in Cass's Drummoyne home. Taking inspiration from their own tastes and trends of the season, Matt and Cass have incorporated staple basics like the Bonds white singlet and T-shirt into their own designs. They have a range of pants, Ts, hoodies, kimono dresses and singlets for guys and girls aged 15 to 22. ''I noticed frills were big this season and so exper- imented, since I like frills personally, and we make clothes based on what we would wear,'' Cass said. Depending on the fabric, a piece of clothing has a cost price of less than $10. Matt and Cass have sold their clothes at Glebe Mar- kets twice so far and have made a profit of more than $100. Blank Canvas leans away from the usual pop-culture styles. ''Rozelle Markets were mainly filled with second- hand clothes, Paddy's caters for tourists and the clothes are all the same but Glebe Markets is filled with people that are a bit alternative, which suits the style we're aiming for,'' Matt said. For a DIY business and label to work, Matt and Cass said that an honest relation- ship was an important as- pect of working together. Aged 18, the pair com- pleted the HSC in 2008 and are currently first-year students at the University of Sydney. Own the moment Buy pictures from this newspaper www.newsphotos.com.au Consumers are involved in their local community and want to engage with a medium that reflects their values. The more engaged consumers are, the more likely they are to act upon the messages they receive. For more information on how your business can engage with the local community contact your Inner West Weekly advertising consultant on 9018 3592. Source: Engaging Communities, The Leading Edge (June 2008) Hello. . . NEED AUSSIE FAMILIES An International Language School near Central is looking for families to welcome an International Student for a specified period of time. Do you have a spare room? Are you interested in cultural exchange? Do you live within 40 mins to Central by public transport? Families will provide meals and a weekly homestay fee is paid Please contact Matt on 9281 5211 firstname.lastname@example.org 2001301i iww wk41
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