Raquel Carabine is a graphic designer who loves to create homewares based on her art. Hailing from the South Coast, she will be attending Handmade for the first time on 10 & 11 June with her collection of furniture and art, and is sure to be a popular newcomer. We asked her some questions about her visit to Handmade.
Tell us about your business
Raquel Carabine Design is based in Thirroul on the south coast of NSW. I am inspired by this region with the ever changing ocean, beaches and the beautiful Illawarra escarpment. A lover of colour, recycled timber and contemporary art and design. After a long career as a Graphic Designer with a secret desire to be a builder, cabinet maker or just work with timber, I am finally living my dream, designing unique, affordable, hand crafted homewares. My range of original designs is constantly evolving and includes art stools, geometric art crafted from recycled timber, photographic and abstract prints, recycled timber succulent planters and more to come…
What made you apply to Handmade?
A few stall holders at other markets and friends had mentioned what a great market Handmade Canberra is so I took a day trip down to the last market to see for myself. It was exactly what I was looking for: indoors, great energy and extremely high quality stalls/products.
What are you looking forward to most about your trip?
I am looking forward to meeting new people, getting feedback on my products and fingers crossed… making some sales.
What’s the best way to keep warm in Winter?
A snuggly pair of Australian Made UGG Boots.
Can you describe your studio/place of work?
I am lucky enough to work from home and have to admit I have taken over more than my fair share of space. My studio space has floor to ceiling shelves along one wall, full of arts and craft supplies. A large desk, my trusty Mac computer, plenty of works in progress and my next design ideas on the drawing board. I have also laid claim to the workshop at the back of our garage, its full of recycled hardwood timber, power tools and lots of saw dust (which I must clean up, one day soon).