Interview

Kylie Johnson of Paper Boat Press

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Friday 13th May 2011

Details from the Brisbane studio of Kylie Johnson – aka Paper Boat Press

Love these new kitchen / homemade food tags!

Paper Boat Press makes the most exquisite Christmas ornaments every year

Kylie Johnson has been on my radar for quite some time – she’s one of those clever creatives with a distinct style that is all her own.  Kylie’s handcrafted ceramics, imprinted with the wise words of famous writers (and some of Kylie’s own poetry) form such a beautiful, elegantly executed range – and perfectly combine their maker’s two creative passions.  After all, Kylie has a few strings to her bow – she’s a published poet as well as a ceramicist.  After initially self-publishing her poetry books in editions of 400 during her twenties, Murdoch Books approached her to publish Count Me the Stars in 2008, which was subsequently followed up by ‘A Once Couragous Heart- released in March last year.  All the while, Kylie continued to create her ceramics and work a dayjob… until two years ago when she decided to take the leap and focus 100% on her growing business.  Today Paper Boat Press is a thriving little workshop that employs five casual staff, and inspires many through Kylie’s popular blog, Instinct and Grace.  One of Kylie’s most impressive achievements in recent time has been licensing three of her designs to Anthropologie in the USA! Brilliant work!

Kylie has really surprised me in this interview.  Of course I was expecting an insight into her creative process, and details about the recent Anthropologie collab – but what I wasn’t expecting was so many truly priceless pearls of wisdom for any self-employed creative!  Seriously, Kylie totally has it sussed.  That bit about ‘realising you can’t do everything on your own – letting go, and giving up that feeling of having to do everything’… sheesh I really need to hear that!  Thankyou Kylie!  I am taking notes.

Kylie has been so generous with her responses below… but the generosity doesn’t stop there!  Kylie has also offered one of her sweet bowls from the Anthropologie range for one lucky Design Files reader! (OMG I know, I know, giveaway overload this week!).  They are truly so beautiful (see pics below).  I especially LOVE the new blue type! To be in the running, simply leave your comment on this post today, Friday March 13th before 10.00pm Melbourne time.  A winner will be selected at random and contacted by email tomorrow!

*UPDATE – thanks so much for all your comments!  A winner has now been drawn for Kylie Johnson’s sweet giveaway!  The winning comment was #142 – congrats Bianca!

Kylie will be at the Finders Keepers markets next weekend in Sydney!

Kylie Johnson’s bowl for Anthropologie!  Leave a comment today to be in the running to win one!

Tell me a little about your background – what path has led you to what you’re doing now?

It has been a long way to here, but at the same time, I’ve been doing some sort of creative mix all my life. I went on a writers camp for my poetry when I was in grade six, my parents were potters in the 70’s and after 3 years of art college and then for 12 years following I was part of a ceramic and art collective here in Brisbane called Amfora.  Throughout the years with Amfora I painted on ceramic pieces created by other potters within the group. After trying my hand at bits and pieces (ceramic jewellery mainly) during that time, Amfora sadly folded and I set up my own studio. Although I set up Paper Boat Press in 1996 (in the early years as a greeting card and paper based business), it is only in the last 8 years, going out on my own, with my own studio for ceramics that it has all come together and truly hit its stride. I have always wanted to be a full time artist, and have worked part time in many jobs through the years (mostly as a shop assistant) to pay the bills while my work grew, but two years ago I took the leap and left my last part time job at the Queensland Art Gallery store, with their support and blessing, and have now been full time all on my own, which is still something I can’t believe somedays!

After maintaining a small-scale, handmade production line for a long time, you now have collaborated with US retail giant Anthropologie! How did this come about, and what challenges did you face designing pieces for this new market?

When Anthropologie first approached me, I knew I was not able to supply them with the amount of vessels they were after. My ceramic vessels aren’t the ‘production’ line of my work like my quote tags and christmas ornaments are.  My poetry vessels are more on my ‘one off’ side of work, with each letter of each word hand stamped.  They are also the higher end price of my work, so it would both be unrealistic for them, and me, price wise and output wise. So we worked on a licensing agreement, whereby I designed a number of pieces and Anthropologie had them manufactured at a ceramic studio in Italy.  It was a long and interesting project, I created the prototypes and designed the stamps (and got them made here in Brisbane) used by the Italian studio. This allowed the text to still look like a continuation of my other work. The Anthropologie team were so accommodating and easy to work with, and when hiccups appeared in the manufacturing, as they inevitably do, they pushed the release date so as to get the work just right and to keep the integity of my style – the hand stamped and textured feel of the letters. I was continually grateful for their commitment to quality considering the large scale size of their worldwide operation. We also made these pieces with blue text and a whiter clay so as to have a point of difference with my one off work.

Kylie Johnson’s range for Anthropologie! They’re also stocking her two poetry books.

As a ‘maker’ and big supporter of the handmade, there was some reservations in the beginning, but the way they worked and honoured my style and requests, and the personal thought that more people would read my words, and hopefully find inpiration in them, this was also a big reason to say yes.  My friend Mel Robson (ceramic artist extraodinaire) wrote to me in my more questioning stage saying ‘There’s a lot of beautiful and important objects that aren’t made by hand. If you’re happy with what they’re doing then that’s all that counts’.  These words helped my doubts in this sometimes critical ceramic world where mass production can sometimes be frowned upon. Anthropologie also purchased both of my poetry books so this was an added bonus and a lovely extension for my publishers that have been so supportive these past few years.

You also write poetry and publish books of your poems – how do you balance the ceramics with the writing and publishing – do you feel the two complement each other well?

Words have always featured in my ceramics, in one way or another, whether I use my words or quotes by others, so it just seemed a natural connection. My words are like marks or drawings are to other potters.

I self-published three books of poetry through my twenties, handbinding and collaging some pages – and producing 400 copies per book. It was these three collections that Murdoch Books saw and subsequently released as a collection. After ‘Count Me the Stars’ was released in 2008 and found an audience, they offered me a second book deal and ‘A Once Couragous Heart’ was released in March last year. With the growth of my business in the past 5 years or so, my writing isn’t the biggest part of my weekly work time-wise, but is still unwavering.  I have journals and scraps of paper all over my apartment with new little ramblings, and in the quiet of some clay structures, new words form themselves…

How is your business structured? Do you employ anyone or outsource any significant tasks?

The business is a strange creature as there are so many facets to it.  I now have a strong small staff of workers to assist with the production side of things (where the quote tags and Christmas ornaments are made).  Most often they work alongside me.  There are 5 staff (who are also some of my dearest friends) that work different days of the week in studio. We mostly work between school hours as a number are mums. So that is flexible and fun, and this leaves me extra time each day to deal with the designing, photographing, blogging, invoicing etc.  Some of the girls are taking on some of the admin work from time to time too so that helps.  One of my dearest friends runs my online store and does piece work both from her home, she also ribbons the tags and ornaments. I also have 4 girls who work from home doing piece work in the cleaning back of the production line. I have such a great team we actually really love spending time together, and support each other in our personal lives in good times and bad… this is one of the parts of the business that I feel is one of it’s most precious parts. There are a number of parts of my product I outsource like the journals and pencils, and I employ local graphic designers to help me with my lack of knowledge on the computer side of things, turning my designs and ideas into prepress.

Beautiful printed tags and magnets by Paper Boat Press

What have been the biggest challenges you have faced since setting up your company?

As my business has grown I have started to realise I can’t do everything on my own.  Although cash flow can be tough, employing people is worth it in the end. There are swings and roundabouts in it all. By letting go, and giving up that feeling of having to do everything, I have more time to let other work have time to grow. Simple changes – like getting a bookkeeper to do all my accounts and GST – have made the road blocks easier.  I think by far though the biggest challenge (and this is the age old thing with me!) is feeling brave enough to keep it all going, when self doubt sets in.

Details from Kylie’s Brisbane studio

Are there any key lessons or tips you can share with others who might be looking to start up a small design-based business?

Mmm, I think my challenges in the previous question answer this… But I would also say above all try and find your own voice.  It is hard with such a huge design and craft community to stand out, but just be true to yourself, find your niche and always, above all, always keep evolving.  I gave a talk last year at a womens business graduation event, and I remember saying that when I started paper boat press there was no email, no websites, no blogs etc etc.  And now, with all of that at my disposal, the core of my business is still the same – building kind and strong relationships with your suppliers and stockists, put lots of love and care into it, create with the environment in mind wherever you can.  And work hard, work hard, work hard… it may take time but if it strikes a chord and finds a market it is worth it in the end.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

Apron on, roll clay, stamp, email, clay, pack and post and orders, invoice, email, more clay, photograph, blog, email, pack a kiln, unpack a kiln, chat to the girls in the studio, more clay, cups of tea, more emails, more clay. Write a hundred lists, cross off only some of the items on list. Answer more emails.

Work in progress!

Where do you turn for creative inspiration when beginning a new piece or new series – nature, travel, books, the web etc?

Nature is a big one, my library of books, my home, words, stories… and movies, I can’t get enough of them.

Which other creative people do you admire?

The list is endless, I have such an amazing circle of creative souls around me in Brisbane who I admire and who constantly inspire me. Word-wise I am a big fan of Neil Finn, Paul Kelly, American poet Billy Collins, E.E Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Michael Leunig. I really admire the business structure and work of Lotta Jansdotta, how she shares and inspires people while all the while creating a look that is distinctly hers, many have copied but she still keeps evolving. And I love the work of the Goldenink Collaborative, their designs and collaboration is fresh and beautiful and well made too… my collection continues to grow. And most of all my friend Pia Jane Bijkerk, she is an inspiration to so many people I know, but she is also a very dear friend and our conversations and support of each other and our differing yet similar creative journeys has been one of the most beautiful things to come my way creatively in a long time.

What would be your dream creative project or collaboration?

I am currently collaborating with my friend Sarah Bowe on our paper weight collection called WAIT. Where I create the organic shaped ceramic base and she decorates with her beautiful crochet. So this has been a long time coming and that is really a dream come true. Working with a kindred friend with our different sensibilities creating a lovely little thing. We are putting them out there at Finders Keepers next weekend in Sydney. I have a list, a long list of other creative projects I would love to work towards, but that is a whole other story.

Sneak peek from the Kylie’s upcoming collaboration with her friend Sarah Bowe

What are you looking forward to?

Next week Finders Keepers in Sydney. And personally in the studio, seeing what my christmas bird prototypes look like this year, as they emerge from the kiln this week.
Personally, a 10-day trip back to Japan in a few weeks, a much needed holiday to one of my favourite places.

Brisbane Questions

Your favourite Brisbane neighbourhood and why?

Paddington, it’s home, and that is probably why. But I also love West End and New Farm.

Your favourite shops to visit in Brisbane for locally designed gift or homewares?

My fabourite store to fix my love of all things beautifully japanese is Shibui Homewares in West End. Such a careful collection lovingly picked and imported by husband and wife team Justine and Shozo. Biome in Paddington, friendly to the earth and home of lovely things. Nook in West End run by the inspiring Michelle. And I know I am biased because I used to work there but the GoMA and Queensland Art Gallery Store is a great place for all sorts of wonderful bits and pieces, and most of all a great place to help my book obsession.

What/where was the last great meal you ate in Brisbane?

I love the Continental Café in New Farm, it is warm and friendly and their food is always hearty and full of flavour without being over the top. They have a great wine list also. It is homely and European and friendly and real.

Where would we find you on a typical Saturday morning?

Sitting on my verandah reading the papers and drinking tea, all the while trying not to look at the work that surrounds me – as my verandah is my studio too, but the view is priceless so it is the best place to be. If not, you might find me catching a movie, I love a quiet Saturday morning movie date.

Brisbane’s best kept secret?

This was a tricky question, for do I say a place or restaurant or suburb… but in the end I want to say MAP magazine. It is the standout street press here in Brisbane, it has been around since 1999, and is still going strong, each month giving us a stylish and readable collection of information, events, products, comments, and inspiration. I know there is street press in all big cities, but in all my travels this one really stands out, and it is a Brisbane production! And it celebrates this city, and it IS a great city.

Kylie’s studio on her verandah!  Blissful – but busy!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Friday 13th May 2011

161 comments

  • lamina @ do a bitt 4 years ago

    Wow she makes such gorgeous things… very inspiring!

  • Mary Anne pangilinan 4 years ago

    Organic and handmade – what a perfect combo!

  • sarah 4 years ago

    have been a fan for a long time – clever and beautiful lady x

  • Sophie 4 years ago

    Such beautiful ceramics!

  • Cathg1g2 4 years ago

    I have watched this girl go from strength to strength courtesy of Country Living!
    As per Sophie, my sentiments exactly…such beautiful ceramics

  • Sarah 4 years ago

    beautiful and simple, what could be better

  • Kate 4 years ago

    Love Kylie’s aesthetic AND what a verandah/studio!

  • blue fruit 4 years ago

    This was a fascinating interview. It was especially interesting to read about the flexibility of the working arrangements for all her friends/co~workers. So it just goes to show that an off~beat arrangement can work commercially, yet still be family friendly.

    And as for the product ~ it’s simply beautiful!

  • mria 4 years ago

    The verandah/studio!

    And I have seen Kylie’s creations in Brisbane so it is lovely to hear from her herself!

  • Beth 4 years ago

    wow, I have actually noticed this pottery at Anthropologie, but I had no idea it was made by an Australian! such a great product, thanks for sharing Kylie

  • Roberto 4 years ago

    Poetry in divine motion

  • Kate 4 years ago

    This was a fantastic interview with an inspiring maker, thankyou – Kylie’s work is lovely!

  • Beautiful work and beautiful interview

  • josette 4 years ago

    I know where I’m going shopping when I’m in Brisbane in a few weeks. Beautiful.

  • sylvia 4 years ago

    one word…beautiful!

  • Amanda Laing 4 years ago

    I just love her combination of poetry and clay so simple and beautiful!

  • Sarah 4 years ago

    Kylie, you are a true inspiration. I have always been in awe of your work and now I’m a little bit in awe of you! I love your comment ‘create with the environment in mind’, so simple but such a big element that often gets overlooked. Thank you!

  • Claire 4 years ago

    It is SO good to hear how how other creatives manage their business – to hear some universal truths about the struggles of creating/managing admin etc, especially from another working Mum. Someone once said to me “You can have it all – just don’t do it all’. It’s hard advice to take, but it’s so true. Thanks for sharing your story Kylie – and to you Lucy for publishing it! x

  • Kirsty Astill 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful…love it love it love it. Kylie is an inspiration.

  • Jane Riley 4 years ago

    I have loved Kylie’s bowls for a long time and drooled over them!! They are divine.

  • v 4 years ago

    I have loved her work for a very long time … so inspiring

  • Nadine 4 years ago

    Superb, timeless design.

  • Maree 4 years ago

    Beautiful words to read everytime you use the gorgeous, yet functional ceramics – what’s not to love about that?!

  • Phoebe 4 years ago

    very lovely!!!!

  • Paula 4 years ago

    Also loved Kylies work for some time. Nice to see something that is gorgeous and has meaning. And inspirational story of publishing her own work in her 20’s. oooohhhhhhhh to have a verandah studio in lovely warm Brissy!

  • Michelle 4 years ago

    beautiful typography and design

  • elisa baker 4 years ago

    Inspirational…love the text and ceramics!

  • Megan 4 years ago

    Dreamy…

  • Mary 4 years ago

    Beautiful ceramics and love the studio.

  • Lucy mora 4 years ago

    Love your work Kylie!

  • Gael Joyce 4 years ago

    I was in Anthropologie in New York recently and seen this gorgeous girls work

  • Michelle Wilkie 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning little creations! You have inspired me to get back into cermaics!

    Loves it!

  • Tam 4 years ago

    Thank you for introducing me to Kylie’s work – it is divine and I will be checking out her website!

  • Alex Louisa 4 years ago

    All kinds of lovely!

    Kylie’s stall is one I always seek out at the FK markets.

    You must be starting to rug up in your veranda studio. Gorgeous spot though – it gives me some ideas for my future studio… I’m also looking forward to checking out your Paddington recommendations!

    Thanks Kylie and Lucy :)

  • marina 4 years ago

    Thanks for a really great interview. I am very inspired!

  • Sue 4 years ago

    Beautiful combination, typography and ceramics!

  • Alex 4 years ago

    Just beautiful!
    Great Interview..

  • Pippa 4 years ago

    A lovely read and lovely works!

  • Lee L 4 years ago

    kylie = amazing. what talent!

  • Bec 4 years ago

    i love the words, and the beautiful designs. thanks for the opportunity.

  • Margie 4 years ago

    What a great gift to have and to hold.

  • Kerry 4 years ago

    Ohhh love Kylie things, thanks again for the offer Lucy.

  • erin 4 years ago

    Are there any Adelaide stockists? I really want to see/touch these in the flesh! And then buy, of course…

  • Patrice 4 years ago

    What a great interview. Kylie seems to have it all sorted. Congrats to her. Love her work.

  • Meisha 4 years ago

    stunning! this girl can do no wrong x

  • brigid 4 years ago

    beautiful uplifting work

  • Kate H 4 years ago

    Now I know what to buy my BF for her birthday! Such beautiful pieces.

  • lucy 4 years ago

    Lovely work

  • Carolina Fonseca 4 years ago

    So beautiful! Love it!

  • juliet 4 years ago

    wow! so beautiful!

  • Penny 4 years ago

    lovely pieces, beautiful studio x

  • madeleine brown 4 years ago

    Yaaaaay for the Brisbane contingent!

  • jo 4 years ago

    I’ve admired Kylie’s work for some time. Gorgeous.

  • Catherine 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and an inspiring interview – thanks!

  • Jelena 4 years ago

    Thanks for such a marvellous insight into a small business, and the kind of work and effort needed to keep it running. I’ve really enjoyed Kylie’s pieces for a while (I have some of her stars hanging in my hallway), but to know the story behind it all is really nice. Keep it up!

  • That’s wonderful! I have bought some Paper Boat Press before and they’re fabulous. Such a great interview!

  • Mel 4 years ago

    I adore Kylie’s work. Always my favourite stand at Finders Keepers. x

  • Simone 4 years ago

    Thank you Kylie for your beautiful way with words, and for sharing your creative space with us. I cherish my PBP Christmas decorations, and the highlight of my Christmas decorating is unwrapping them and hanging them up!

  • Bev 4 years ago

    Stunning work , thanks for showing us Kylie’s work and her story as I’d never heard of her before, will definitely be going online to purchase some but to win a piece would be great. Hope she has time to come to Finders Keepers in Melbourne.

  • JacQueline 4 years ago

    Yummo

  • Jennifer 4 years ago

    Exquisite!!! Ceramics & Text! Love!!!

  • miranda 4 years ago

    such beautiful and thoughtful work.

  • Allison Taylor 4 years ago

    Love words and ceramics … beautiful!

  • Sarah A 4 years ago

    I love the little food tags, I’ll have to get some when it comes time to make my Christmas jams and chutneys!

  • Clare 4 years ago

    Beautiful stuff. I love the teabag-tag shape of the handmade food labels!

  • oscarlulu 4 years ago

    Have been a fan of Kylie’s for years so will be eagerly seeking out the new Athro range.

    Fingers crossed! x

  • Kylie’s creations are so gorgeous and unique – just like her. Thanks for the lovely and inspiring interview.
    I’m selective with the giveaways that I enter… only entering ones that I’d love to win, not every one I come across. And I would really love to win one of Kylie’s bowls.

  • Sam Best-Lawson 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing….we here in Brisbane are blessed to have such talented folk making such a beautiful mark on the world

  • emma 4 years ago

    its my birthday today so a beautiful bowl would make a wonderful treat!

  • Jill 4 years ago

    Now I know where my beautiful bird and inspirational tag came from. I have them hanging on my pinboard at my desk. Thank you.

  • Brenda 4 years ago

    Have loved Kylie’s words for a while (I got both books), there are such an inspiration of softness and beauty. So glad that anthropologie gave respect to her vision and style. Thanks for the interview! I’m taking notes on her advice too

  • Catherine H 4 years ago

    I often go and look at Kylie’s website for a mind-cleanse!!! THanks Kylie!

  • Angie 4 years ago

    OMG!!!! I LOVE this work!!! So clean & simple yet amazing. Kylie’s studio looks like the dream place to work as well. x

  • Kate O 4 years ago

    These are just so dainty and precious. Congratulations on your partnership with Anthropologie!

  • Maddy 4 years ago

    So pretty

  • Jennifer Kate 4 years ago

    I have not seen Kylie’s stunning work before, but my goodness, how totally gorgeous!. I loved hearing her advice on creating beautiful relationships with suppliers and stockists, and creating an inspiring place to work with friends/co-workers. Her comments about delegating and letting go really hit home. Kylie you are an inspiration, and thanks Lucy for publishing such a wonderful interview.

  • Janette 4 years ago

    what a clever idea. Beautiful and simple yet inspiring. Keep it up.

  • Brismod 4 years ago

    Her work is just lovely! x

  • ruth hickson 4 years ago

    Beautiful and so simple

  • Bianca 4 years ago

    Kylie is extremely talented. Her creations I’ve had on my wish list for a very long time.

  • Niccola 4 years ago

    On this shivery Sydney morning that verandah in balmy Brisbane looks like heaven!

  • Jessica 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! And love Anthropologie – congratulations!

  • Vanessa 4 years ago

    She has been on my radar too! Love her beautiful poetic pieces

  • Rebecca 4 years ago

    I am OBSESSED with everything typeface … I have been since I was little! PBP really floats MY paper boat !! :D Loved the work since I saw it in a glossy home mag some time ago!

  • Anna 4 years ago

    As a struggling small business owner in the very early stages of production, this is very inspiring

  • Kathleen 4 years ago

    The anthropologie range remind me of my lovely letter-press wedding invites. Gorgeous!

  • suzanne 4 years ago

    Such beautifully simple pieces. I love the blue and white together. Timeless.

  • leah 4 years ago

    I have loved her work for a very long time … so inspiring. Thank you

  • Kylie 4 years ago

    I love Kylie’s work! Plus, she’s a lovely lady too… :)

  • julie gabriel 4 years ago

    Simply beautiful. Would love a bowl to add to my collection of Kylie’s pieces….

  • Katie 4 years ago

    Simply Devine. I couldn’t bare to put anything in the bowls, although the supprise of what its says when you take out the contents is always lovely.

  • Melissa 4 years ago

    Very inspiring interview. I am going to order some christmas decorations now!

  • Belinda 4 years ago

    Thanks for a great feature on a Brisbane artist. Kylie’s work is so thoughtful and gentle.

  • Melanie 4 years ago

    Beautiful! i love the typography and found the interview very inspiring.

  • Jacqui 4 years ago

    words + art = love!

  • Kara Paterson 4 years ago

    what beautiful items, I especially love the Christmas range/tags, will defiently be looking at buying her products…Love!!!!

  • Beattie 4 years ago

    i got all teary reading this.
    I love this quote “Write a hundred lists, cross off only some of the items on list.”
    thats me too!
    and this “be true to yourself, find your niche and always, above all, always keep evolving.”
    Thanks again Lucy for a great interview.

  • captain kk 4 years ago

    i have a few of kylie’s ceramic ornaments & they are among my most treasured. i have also given some as gifts & they have been equally loved by the recipients. wonderful interview. wonderful artist. wonderful studio. wonderful spirit. x captn

  • Sally-Ann Clements 4 years ago

    love it. so quirky and personal. not enough of this around anymore :)

  • Emma 4 years ago

    I’ve been a fan of Kylie’s work for ages, so it was really interesting to read about her approach to work. Thanks as always for your great interview.

  • Libby Hart 4 years ago

    I just love Kylie Johnson’s work so much. I have given her tags and pencils as gifts to friends and family both here and overseas, and everyone falls in love with them. I wish her well and look forward to many, many more beautiful, thoughtful and “heart-full” pieces.

  • Paula 4 years ago

    A beautifully warm poem for a wintry giveaway. Love it!

  • Leah 4 years ago

    I love paper boat press, really beautiful.

  • Lisa 4 years ago

    A gorgeous creative mix of lovely words and stunning pieces.

  • Naomi Boyd-Field 4 years ago

    I’ve been loving Kylie’s work for ages! Have even purchased a few beautiful pieces for my mother! Really would something for my self now! :)

    Great interview, keep it up TDF!

  • Karin O'Grady 4 years ago

    I always love the Christmas pretties. These bowls would be perfect for my rings.

  • Danielle Quarmby 4 years ago

    Oh I adore Kylie’s work and books! What a gorgeous interview, thank you so much (both of you), I will add it to my favourites.

  • Amy 4 years ago

    Kylie’s work is so beautiful!

  • Tina 4 years ago

    So beautiful! So inspirational!

  • Angie 4 years ago

    Great piece – so lovely to hear success stories from people following their dreams. Great work, Kylie. So looking forward to buying up some of your lovely stuff at Finders Keepers next weekend!

  • Liza 4 years ago

    I’ve been following Kylie’s blog for a while now and a little while ago sent her a message after a piece she wrote really touched me and I was so very surprised to receive a very genuine, personal response from her. She has such a way with words and is such a heartfelt soul who is incredibly generous with her time and thoughts. Her work is just so simple and beauitful and a reflection of herself. I loved reading your interview, thankyou xxx

  • Jane Hinwood 4 years ago

    Great to see interviews from other states. Lovey poetry too. J

  • Bronwyn 4 years ago

    Look forward to seeing Kylie’s beautiful work at Finders Keepers.

  • Emma 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful. A couple of years ago I gave Paper Boat Press Christmas decorations to all of my friends and family as little gifts and everyone loved them! Very exciting to read about Kylie Johnson. What a great interview!

  • frankie 4 years ago

    what gorgeous words and inspiration Kylie as I struggle to write a book I think that you have given me the fire I need to keep going. Thank you so much.

  • Jade Baker 4 years ago

    This interview was both inspiring and refreshing. Congratulations Kylie on taking the bold step and branching into your full time business. Your work is unique and sought after and put simply, I LOVE it.

  • Lisa Rodden 4 years ago

    I love love love her work! I have some of her pin board pins and my collegues have pin envy :-)

  • lizzz 4 years ago

    Great work !! Congratulations ! ‘words’ are so important to us…helping us with contemplation…inspiration…communication. Thank you!

  • Kirsty 4 years ago

    Gosh I love Paper Boat Press. So simple.

  • Ri 4 years ago

    Long time admirer of the Paper Boat Press.

  • GURIQ 4 years ago

    beautiful ceramics . the words so beautiful and delicate .it mkes me smile at their very sight .

  • Fiona 4 years ago

    thank you sos much for such an honest interview. your work is beautiful

  • Tiffany 4 years ago

    what a clever and inspiring woman. Gorgeous work!!

  • Jess 4 years ago

    great interview with a very talented lady!

  • Ally 4 years ago

    I love this!!!

  • Emily Hunt 4 years ago

    Absolutely exquisite… I”m off to check out her website now!

  • Laurine 4 years ago

    wonderful!!

  • kathryn hall 4 years ago

    simple and beautiful

  • LatteLisa 4 years ago

    what an interesting interview and beautiful work! (I spotted this through Pia Jane Bijkerk)

  • Fiona Edge 4 years ago

    Gorgeous

  • Mel 4 years ago

    Just so perfectly dreamy…….can’t wait to see her work up close at the markets…….swoon!!!

  • Kylie 4 years ago

    simple and lovely

  • Meghan 4 years ago

    I adore Kylie’s range – I got in nice and early this year for my niece and nephew’s Christmas stars!!

  • Amanda 4 years ago

    so creative and beautiful, will be sure to check out the store at finders keepers in syd nxt wk.

  • siska 4 years ago

    love Kylie’s work. and yours too Lucy!! :)

  • Courtney 4 years ago

    Kylie’s obvious love of her work inspires me to consider my crafty dreams of doing my own thing. Her products are beautiful and I would love to be so lucky to own some of her work.

  • CJ 4 years ago

    Wish I were going to the Finders Keepers market – can’t wait till it comes back to Melbourne, hopefully with Kylie!

  • tj 4 years ago

    Kylie’s pieces are beautiful, and her words are inspirational!

  • Gemma 4 years ago

    I love Kylie’s work and have been a big fan for ages. Great interview!

  • Michael 4 years ago

    Great pieces and style.

  • Megan Duynhoven 4 years ago

    Such beautiful loveliness by a lovely lady.

  • Bianca 4 years ago

    Yes, I would love a bowl pretty please. Another amazing giveaway Lucy. What a week!

  • Alyce 4 years ago

    Wow inspiring! Need to purchase some gifts! xx

  • Renae 4 years ago

    Another great find! Such beautiful poems and pieces.

  • michelle 4 years ago

    very nice!

  • hannah 4 years ago

    LOVE her work…and her studio!

  • mel tomlin 4 years ago

    some of my favourite things: beautiful words & lovely ceramics….and paper boat press….what a sweet little name

  • Anne 4 years ago

    Kylie’s designs are just beautiful, and so elegant

  • Nic 4 years ago

    What a great post – thanks Lucy I am off to the US next week and can’t wait to see Kylie’s work in store over there, well done Kylie – so exquisite !

  • lulu 4 years ago

    The simplicity and insights are really inspiring.

  • Rochelle pepper 4 years ago

    Again gorgeous. And a very inspiring approach to business

  • sarah 4 years ago

    Sweet, sweet crockery

  • Mikkili 4 years ago

    Wauw, beautiful ceramics. Thanks you for sharing this interview with us.

  • Jo 4 years ago

    wow, these really are amazing

  • Ilse Webster 4 years ago

    What a great interview! I feel so inspired by this amazing creative person!! Not only is she wonderfully creative but her personality and integrity shines through in this interview. Well done interviewer!

  • dayle 4 years ago

    gorgeous ceramics! she is seriously clever. i met her last week at pia’s book launch & where she is living & making her beautiful ceramics is so enchanting. great write up on kylie! dayle

  • Chris 4 years ago

    I keep “Count me the stars’ on my bedside table. The words are so beautiful. Would love to have a poetry bowl!

  • Chrisy 4 years ago

    I am so impressed with this whole post. It gives us an insight into Kylie’s philisophies and to me is a real treasure. Thank you putting this together…

  • Stephanie 4 years ago

    I have admired those bowls but couldn’t afford one. They’re beautiful!

  • laura 4 years ago

    kylie, her work and brisbane are so delightful!

  • Sophie Travers 4 years ago

    ooh i love those hotels although i have only visited, never stayed. so it would be delicious to stop over…

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