NYC Intern – Meeting Confetti System

by Jenny Butler
Monday 26th March 2012

Today we welcome Natalie Turnbull as our Guest Blogger, and this week she is taking us to New York!! Lucy and I are really excited about this week because Nat is incredible. She is so motivated, very talented (check out her brand with friend Elise Wilken- WITU), she has a heart of gold and is SO cool. So cool/motivated/amazing that she organised herself a 2 week internship at both Confetti System and Fredericks and Mae! Nat will be sharing her experiences at these two incredible New York businesses over the next week and it is amazing! Thank you Nat for sharing this experience with us! – Jenny x

Inside the Confetti System studio in New York!

My first day as an intern for Confetti System really was SO amazing. Not because I was working on anything particularly great that day, but because I was standing in a studio that I had dreamt of, with two amazing designers, and of course, I was in one of the most amazing cities in the world, New York! I felt really, really lucky.

I had headed over there in an attempt to gain as much experience as possible during my year off from university. Usually people who write the guest blog are successful crafters/designers/makers, I am not yet there, but fingers crossed one day I’ll come up with something good! In the meantime, I hope that this week has some relevance to those readers out there who are still working their way up there, and doing fun things in the process.

Nick and Julie working on some of their designs

I found my adventure in the paper filled studio on the 11th floor of Confetti Systems‘ Chelsea studio. At the end of the week they told me that it had been one of the busier weeks of the year.  I’m glad,  because I was there late most nights, sometimes until midnight and one night they actually stayed all night until 8am, so to know that this wasn’t every week was a relief! They were working on a huge party for Mastercard in Texas (what a massive client!) which was I guess… Cactus themed. We made 3 metre high 3D cactuses as well as around 30 smaller (but still big!) cactuses to hang around the venue. We also made 30 huge Mastercards with silver fringing along the edges among garlands, pinata’s, table decorations and so the list goes on.

So yeah, like I said, pretty epic.

Giant cactuses in the works!

I learnt so much about hand crafting, as they make each and every single thing in their studio by hand. It’s so time consuming but it really does give the best results and I learnt so much patience, which of course is  always a good thing!

They were so, so lovely to me and as an intern they buy your lunch everyday, which was so ace because there was a Wholefoods around the corner and anyone who has been to America would know how amazing these huge organic supermarkets are. Australia needs one!

Enough from me today but more tomorrow.

Nat x

by Jenny Butler
Monday 26th March 2012


  • Cathg1g2 5 years ago

    A girl that makes her own luck, gotta love that.
    Its gonna be a great week.

  • Emma 5 years ago

    With those big interning stints under your belt and an already amazing site and product I totally believe you will rock the world in your own way! Looking forward to your posts this week :)

  • Bec 5 years ago

    Such a great example of following your gut and chasing your dreams! Can’t wait to keep reading. Ditto on the wholefoods thing! Australia really DOES need one.

  • Rebecca 5 years ago

    Wow what a wonderful way to begin the week! Thanks for the inspiration to reach for the stars.

  • natalie asseraf 5 years ago

    wow, you could really say that you are leaving the dream… how inspirational!!!!

  • natalie asseraf 5 years ago

    wow you could really say that you are living the dream.. how inspirational!!

  • Lisa 5 years ago

    Wow. NYC, so jealous! That garland would look super cute hanging at my wedding later this year ;o)

  • Kirsty 5 years ago

    Very inspiring…

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    Nat, You are one lucky lady! I’m always marvelling at the innovative colour palettes put together by Confetti System and it was wonderful to have a peak behind the curtain of this clever company. A colour explosion is always a beautiful way to start the week!

  • megan 5 years ago

    i love people who go out and make their own wonderful. huge bravo to you Nat and cant wait to follow your adventures. m

  • liz 5 years ago

    Love to read about those who follow their dreams! x

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    Nat can’t wait to follOw your journey in NYC.

  • Donna 5 years ago

    NAT, what a fantastic experience, I can’t wait to see those finished cactus and to see how your week with these super creative New Yorkers turns out!!!

  • Patrice 5 years ago

    Love NYC and love Confetti System – thanks Nat for sharing your adventure!

  • Ana 5 years ago

    Inspirational and so creatively original at such a young age. I wish you all the very best for a bright and colorful future.

  • Rebecca Needs 5 years ago

    Love Love Love x

  • Pippa 5 years ago

    Loving the Cacti, great work! :)

  • beth 5 years ago

    wow love these pics, looking forward to seeing more throughout the week.

  • Taz 5 years ago

    Very lucky! Interesting work. Can’t wait to read further.

  • Kathy 5 years ago

    Love those gobsmacking confetti garlands! Hope to win.

  • sandra 5 years ago

    yes please!

  • impossible may 5 years ago

    Oh, I love Confetti System!

    I also love Wholefoods. Travelling through the US last year, there was SO MUCH fried food. Every time we stopped in a city big enough to have a Wholefoods, we sprinted over there and stocked up on delicious vegetables. Melbourne so needs one.

  • Vinny 5 years ago

    What a lucky girl you are! I would give anything for a bit of Confetti System in my house!!

  • lauren 5 years ago

    So inspiring to hear about someone that is following their dreams and just doing it!

  • jess 5 years ago

    gorgeous things…

  • Alyson 5 years ago

    So inspiring! What an amazing experience it must have been!

  • jessica 5 years ago

    Love the giant cacti!

  • Georgina Campbell 5 years ago

    I’d like to know a bit about the materials and construction methods please, and thanks V interesting.

  • Stephanie 5 years ago

    How increadibly inspiring. Just wow

  • Lara 5 years ago

    Can’t wait to hear about the whole stay Nat!

  • anna 5 years ago

    i agree, love someone that makes their own luck…inspiring. looking forward to reading this week. i can think of (almost) 101 things to do with the beautiful garland

  • Kate 5 years ago

    Amazing… what a go getter!

  • madeleine 5 years ago

    Can’t wait to hear more. I love their Garlands.

  • Shakira 5 years ago

    For someone like myself, who is going through a bit of job crisis, this entry was so inspiring. It’s so easy to lose motivation sometime. Thank you for reminding me that if you set your mind to anything, things can happen!

  • renee 5 years ago

    I have spied these garlands around and think they are the most gorgeous things! fingers crossed :)

  • bj 5 years ago

    What a positive story and such a cheery prize.

  • Tamie McLachlan 5 years ago


  • emma 5 years ago


  • Georgia 5 years ago

    Wow! I have loved Confetti System since stumbling across their website a few years ago. It totally changed the way I look at tissue paper! Such great colour combos too. Good on you for jumping in the deep end and getting amongst it, a lot of people just sit and wait for opportunities like that to come along.

  • nat 5 years ago

    Wholefoods rocks indeed! I’d love one in Australia…

    What an amazing internship – well done!

  • kylie 5 years ago

    If I won I’d hang it above my daughter’s bed…what a happy way to start and end her day.

  • nina 5 years ago

    Oooooooooooooooooooh yeah. Pretty pretty.

  • di 5 years ago

    ooohhh.. i am hosting a 40th birthday dinner party for a dear friend in April & this would make the perfect decoration. di

  • Amber Sarah JAne 5 years ago

    I loove confetti systems and am very inspired to hear that their business reflects their creativity and energy. Congratulations on the internship Natalie!, epic indeed!. I was surprised when I saw the garlands in real life in a store on how big they are, photos don’t do them justice!

    The fact that they buy your lunch from Wholefoods too.. i love that store, I was in DC last year for work and was amay-zed by how GIANT it is. I am going to speak to my boss about providing lunch for our wonderful interns, thanks for the idea and best of luck!

  • Karina 5 years ago

    Love,love,love everything confetti system!!! X

  • Alarna O'Connell 5 years ago

    What an inspiring young lady! Confetti System are also amazing, to think that they hand craft every item is incredible, but which makes them so much more amazing. Good on you for seeking them out and having the determination and passion to get on a plane and experience such a great week!

  • Amanda Falson 5 years ago

    Good on you, Nat! New York is the most exciting city I’ve ever been to (I’ve been three times now!) and I long to go back to do something like what you’re doing, although from a theatre perspective. I’m an actor and a playwright so I’d love to follow around my favourite playwright and director, John Patrick Shanley one day! (YOu’ve inspired me to try to get in contact with him!) I am also rather obsessed with colour and crafting and LOVE these confetti garlands, what a treat it would be to win one!

  • Justine 5 years ago

    Go Natty!! ♥ ˘°˘

  • Helen 5 years ago

    What a truly amazing experience! Well done Nat! I saw a confetti systems garland hanging in one of the william street (paddington) shop windows last Christmas – and it was gorgeous! I would love one for my daughters bedroom to hang above her bed – please!

  • Priscilla 5 years ago

    confetti, yay

  • Louise 5 years ago

    NYC – an exciting journey, i love your gorgeous vibrant style! :)

  • sasha lee 5 years ago

    i have been obsessing over those amazing garlands-they make my heart sing!! hope i get the golden ticket! thanks for your posts-really enjoyable! sash

  • Rhett 5 years ago

    You’re doing an amazing job Nat!

  • Lucie 5 years ago

    Such an amazing experience !!!

  • Martine Cook 5 years ago

    So glad to see inside the studio and to showcase handcrafters and the hard work and hours they put in to create beautiful things.

  • Louisa 5 years ago

    I have just discovered The Confetti System’s work recently and I love it! What an amazing place to do an internship at.

  • emma 5 years ago

    great giveaway and read, count me in!

  • emma 5 years ago

    oh count me in!

  • jess 5 years ago

    what a GREAT place to do an internship!!

  • Ags 5 years ago

    Go Nat, you are awesome.

  • Tracy 5 years ago

    The fluerploms in the first pic are exactly like the ones I saw in Grazia at a Lanvin party. I need to get my hands on some!!

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Great work, great colours!

  • megan 5 years ago

    what a fabulous experience! ACE work

  • sarah.a. 5 years ago

    hard work pays off!
    great place to intern i’m sure.

  • liz 5 years ago

    wow, great to have a sneak peek behind the scenes with some super talented people. thanks

  • lyn 5 years ago

    Wow what an inspirational looking place to work – can’t wait to see more.

  • Hendrika 5 years ago

    Super cute! I really love the colours they have used, especially matched up with the shiny, shiny metallics! Might even attempt a DIY of this one!

  • MsCritique.com 5 years ago

    They are fabulous.

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  • Claudia 5 years ago

    …. ove, love, love! (woops!)

  • Gracie Ferro 5 years ago

    I LOVE the garland! Great inspiration for someone like me, who likes to dabble…

  • Elisha Blogg 5 years ago

    Fabulous Nat – envious of your trip indeed – how fun !

  • Melanie Burt 5 years ago

    Great way to start my week! Looking forward to seeing this all week long!

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    looking fwd to reading more this week…

  • Angela Ciavarella 5 years ago

    WOW Nat – can we swap places!!!!

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    Wow what an amazing experience. Natalie you are a go getter!!

  • joanna 5 years ago

    Well done, Nat! You are an inspiration to those of us who work at the office and dream and try to live our creative projects on weeknights and weekends!

  • Joanna 5 years ago

    Can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip. Its wonderful to read about someone who is making their dreams happen.

  • KATE 5 years ago

    Sounds great! Looking forward to reading the rest of your posts.

  • ella 5 years ago

    Oh wow, so inspiring and i can wait to read the rest of this weeks blogs!

  • emma g 5 years ago

    wowsers its all so cool!

  • DonnaZ 5 years ago

    I have always loved the garlands and to read that you got to spend time with their lovely creators.. what a lucky girl. Great blog!

  • Joula 5 years ago

    Love those garlands!

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    super looking forward to hearing more about your adventures in nyc this week!

  • Sally 5 years ago

    Sweet As!!

  • Loredana 5 years ago

    am jealous! so much wonderful colour.

  • Alli 5 years ago

    Such a happy and inspirational place to work! So much colour. What a fantastic opportunity for you – good luck!

  • elissa c 5 years ago

    Gorgeous. I love Confetti System and it looks even better behind the scenes. I’m impressed it’s still all hand made there.

  • Dan Lamond 5 years ago

    Can we make a Confetti Cave in my backyard ?

  • jo 5 years ago

    wow weeeee! what an amazing experience!

  • kylie T 5 years ago

    good luck lovely Nat, although I don’t think you need luck – you sound like a real dream chaser – NYC- I am so envious and already you have me thinking how I could get myself an internship somewhere!!!!! cant wait to read your posts for the rest of the week and thanks for sharing your dream with us. xx

  • Hannah 5 years ago

    I LOVE Confetti System, just amazing what they create, looking forward to hearing more about them!

  • beci 5 years ago

    nice work nat! x

  • Meg 5 years ago

    It’s great to hear about the journey up, thanks for the inspiration.

  • Jaya 5 years ago

    Yay nat! You’re a star*! xx

  • Andria Norvelis 5 years ago

    cant wait for more from confetti system!

  • Ami bassett 5 years ago

    I’ve seen your stuff at third draw down! It always looks so happy! Very inspiring!xx

  • Georgina 5 years ago

    Absolutely amazing- so colourful and inspirational!

  • Laura 5 years ago

    Loving everything from confetti system!

  • Gemma 5 years ago

    so beautiful… it is amazing how when you first hear about something it then shows up everywhere. i love confetti system. so talented and i am so jealous of nat.

  • Sarah Austin 5 years ago

    ahhh.. i have been lusting over so much confetti system on the interwebs. I want one for my very own so bad

  • Jess 5 years ago

    An inspirational young lady!

  • stephanie darling 5 years ago

    Wow Nat, sounds like an amazing experience. Loving the photographs too!

  • kate 5 years ago

    amazing stuff. dreamy.

  • Sandra 5 years ago

    love the amazing photos. can’t wait for more from the confetti system!

  • Jodi 5 years ago

    What an amazing experience!

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  • angela 5 years ago

    how insightful

  • Tali Roth 5 years ago

    Good on you Nat! I have no doubt you will come up with a fabulous idea! In the meantime come the beautiful pictures and stories coming our way!

  • Rebecca 5 years ago

    How fabulous … for Nat and a lucky winner!! x

  • Erin 5 years ago

    I’m swooning! This is so cool. I’ve long admired Confetti System so thank you for this fun peek behind the curtain.

  • Lizzie 5 years ago

    This is just one of the best guest blogs ever! It has really lifted my spirits – thank you

  • rachael 5 years ago

    yay,yay,yay!! i loooove confetti system,i loooooooooove that garland!! now i just need you to do a guest blog from an intern at grandiflora in sydney,my other super to die for favourite…xox

  • carley 5 years ago

    Wow!!! It sounds like you’ve a bright future coming your way soon! Every creative girl’s dream!!!

  • Alaana Fitzpatrick 5 years ago

    Ahhhhhhhhhh the whimsy of those garlands! How exciting to be a part of that process.
    Good luck on your next adventure Nat!

  • Maree 5 years ago

    Fantastic! What an amazing experience!

  • Michelle hendriks 5 years ago

    i wish i thought of doing this… tissue paper is my favourite sort of material…

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  • Ellie Brothers 5 years ago

    What was even better than the garlands was the birks and socks look. She rocked it, maybe I can keep mine out for winter?

  • Phoebe 5 years ago

    so pretty

  • Oh wow, I had no idea they were such a ‘big’ company and took on such big clients! Amazing!

  • gill 5 years ago

    what an amazing studio to have spent time in! i would want to roll myself around in colour and dress like that every day. nice work!

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    The garlands are gorgeous! Would love to win one!

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