NYC Intern – A Wall of Gold

by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 27th March 2012

Today Nat Turnbull shares the details of one of the bigger projects that Confetti System were working on during her internship, and some sweet garland making too. Third Drawer Down stock Confetti System’s gorgeous products and have offered us a Confetti System Handmade Multicoloured Garland to giveaway this week! Just leave a comment on any of Nat’s posts before 10pm on Thursday to be in the draw to win!  A huge thank you to Abigail at Third Drawer Down for this great prize! -Jenny x

Nick and Julie of Confetti System are such an industrious pair. While I was in the studio they decorated more than 5 parties, a pop up shop, and met with future stockist – all while working on a new range. Phew!  They love what they do though, and I mean, how couldn’t you?!

As well as these projects they were working on a huge project for The New York Times quarterly travel magazine. The Times commissions an artist to recreate their T for the cover of this magazine. I was a serious intern on this day documenting the whole process with photo’s, getting coffees all while crazily making cactuses in the background. It was a really amazing day and photographer had a shoot the previous day with Gwen Stefani so I think it’s safe to say I’m practically famous now! (check it out on the NY Times website here)

Some of the amazing creations around the Confetti System studio, including hand cut confetti!

A lot of the time in the Confetti System studio was spent filling online and store orders. I spent endless hours making their beautiful garlands, packaging them up and sending them off all over the world. Luckily in Australia we can buy them from Third Drawer Down and they have kindly offered a Confetti System Handmade Multicoloured Garland to one lucky TDF reader this week!

Julie and Nick deliberating on colours for a new range- it all looks beautiful!

I can’t wait to be doing something with my life as amazing as this!

Nat x

by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 27th March 2012


  • Laura 5 years ago

    Fascinating insights into the creative process and the reality of the craft/design business. Thanks

  • carly 5 years ago

    It’s great to get an insight into their business. I first saw Confetti System ( I think!) on the website Where they Create and was very inspired by their space and ideas. Looks like a great experience, thanks for the insight! Would love one of those lovely garlands to brighten things up!

  • Lizzie 5 years ago

    Wow! What an inspiring wonderland!

  • Emily 5 years ago

    I love sparkles and those sparkles are the coolest, that is seriously a dream job!!!

  • Liz 5 years ago

    I hadn’t heard of Confetti Systems before but their products look so fun- thanks for sharing your experience!!

  • Louisa 5 years ago

    What creative people behind Confetti Systems. Their work is so colourful & gorgeous!

  • Jen 5 years ago

    what a brilliant thing to do! You’ve made me think about interning at fabulous places too! Mini working holiday. You are great.

  • Camila 5 years ago

    Your internship sounds amazing, thanks for sharing!

  • Penny (Oh My Green) 5 years ago

    Looove the golden T. Awesome. And good for you, Nat, for organising such an awesome internship!

  • Clare 5 years ago

    How cool. I can’t even begin to imagine how they got the beautiful even, crisp curves on the T.

  • sarah 5 years ago

    Best internship. ever.
    Congrat’s for making it happen and thanks for sharing with us. It’s always fun too get a behind the scenes scoop on people/places you admire.

  • Brydie 5 years ago

    I’ve been such a fan of Confetti Systems work for some time now. Whenever I daydream an event/party in my head, a few garlands of theirs is genuinely one of the first decorative elements imagined. Hope your internship keeps getting better with each day. Sounds amazing!

  • cat 5 years ago

    Who knew gold paper was so versatile! That’s looks stunning, the text surprisingly creates a great contrast. I’m feeling inspired!

  • Natala 5 years ago

    I LOVE Confetti System!

  • suzy 5 years ago

    That looks like such a beautiful place to work! I love the NYT gold spangles.

  • Mim 5 years ago

    Nat, this is super amazing! Confetti happiness all around!

  • Leah 5 years ago

    I’m loving your guest blog this week Nat.. you have got me all excited about getting over to New York again

  • Kristyn 5 years ago

    What an amazing experience Nat! My hands feel clumsy and heavy just thinking about all of that cutting and gluing that you would have done!

  • Danielle 5 years ago

    Awesome to get a behind the scenes peek into Confetti System! Very inspiring stuff :)

  • laura 5 years ago

    Confetti System = Soooo AMAZING!! You must be in sparkly, shiny, colourful HEAVEN, Nat!

  • Alexandra Hanna 5 years ago

    Sparkly, fun, gorgousness!!

  • Amanda Falson 5 years ago

    Wow, handcut confetti! SOunds like heaven. I love how they are always colour co-ordinated in their own personal outfits, too!

  • daniel 5 years ago

    socks and birkenstocks, my favourite look!

  • Anna 5 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing internship! Thanks so much for the insight – I can’t wait to read more.

  • Donna Quirke 5 years ago

    Love seeing behind the scenes of such a creative hub, so colourful, creative and clever and that garland would totally inspire me to start organising my next event – the big 4-0 party!!

  • mary 5 years ago

    I am full of wonder at their creativity! Thanks for sharing your amazing insight into these exceptional minds. A worthwhile reminder that every day is worth celebrating. Bring it on!

  • Phil Nielsen 5 years ago

    this is so much fun, I love the glimmer and colour, i just want to make stuff now….

  • debra Smith 5 years ago

    Oh to have a confetti systems garland!! Thanks for the giveaway and hope I am extra lucky. I’ve tried to re-create their lovelies, but I fall miserably short. Keep the inspiration coming!

  • Maree 5 years ago

    This looks like one of the most amazing jobs ever. Such amazing designs! Love the garland and love this guest blog <3

  • lebenslustiger 5 years ago

    SOOOOO Amazing! Love to read about your internship with this fun company! I don’t think their products are available here in Germany, yet… Of course I would jump to the sky with joy to win the garland – but Germany is maybe a bit to far to participate…? Anyway – I look totally forward reading your next post tomorrow! Love, Anette

  • Kelly 5 years ago

    I have coveted a Confetti Systems garland since I saw one in a handbag shop window I walk past quite often. I stopped, stared and went in to ask about it as it was completely out of place and completely enchanting.

  • Lauren 5 years ago

    The colours are so amazing and the sparkly ones always catch my eye.

  • Melanie 5 years ago

    I have been drooling over Confetti Systems garlands for some time now and am so pleased to hear Third Drawer Down stock them locally! I love the use of colour and sparkle. I think I’ll get one to decorate my 30th birthday party and then hang it in my bedroom. Thanks for the insight Nat! What an amazing experience.

  • Holly 5 years ago

    A new short term life plan: Graduate. Build on portfolio. Move to NYC. Work at/with/for Confetti System.

  • elissa c 5 years ago

    Amazing is correct!

  • Kirsty 5 years ago

    Wow, what a dream! Can’t wait to read more about your exciting adventure. Such a wonderful and inspiring range of experience you have gained.

  • Bessie 5 years ago

    Hmm, I want tassels for my room, please!

  • Pippa 5 years ago

    Wonderful posts this week, thanks for sharing!

  • Kate 5 years ago

    I have so much apreciation for handmade detailed thing like these garlands, the true meaning of made with love.

  • Courtney 5 years ago

    Thankyou, truly inspiring.

  • Kelly 5 years ago

    Im green with envy!! My dream job is making cacti with confetti system, buying coffee for them in nyc and dropping gwen stefani’s name whenever possible!! Good for you living out a dream and inspiring others to follow!! Thankyou!!

  • clealmond 5 years ago

    love this quote ” I can’t wait to be doing something with my life as amazing as this!” Very inspiring! well done!

  • Julia 5 years ago

    oh my, how amazing! very inspiring, x

  • Hannah 5 years ago

    I’ve long been a fan of Confetti Systems garlands, so it’s amazing seeing the other work they produce. So. Inspiring!

  • Brit 5 years ago

    Amazing eye for colour. Great insights and inspiration.

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Gorgeous colours in the new garland. What an inspiring experience.

  • alisia 5 years ago

    surrounded by shiny plastic…what a dream space!

  • carina 5 years ago

    lovely, amazing, shiny, sparkly, fun, delightful, colorful, special, inspiring, pretty….

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