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‘I Heart Gallery’ – Interview Part 2 of 2

‘I Heart Gallery’

nepchin co-founder Lap continue his chat with M. Sunflower of ‘I Heart Gallery‘. Read Part 2 of 2  now!


nepchin: “For your gallery, do you have works available from different artists?”

M. Sunflower : “We originally started out that way. Our shop in Newtown was a co-op with about 50 local and international artists selling their wares, but we’ve evolved into a tighter operation. Now we just sell wares from the artist(s) in residence.”

I heart gallery man with camera

I heart gallery man with camera

nepchin: “so if I was a local artist and I was starting out, or one from overseas trying to break a new market, is it possible to do some sort of collaboration with ‘I Heart Gallery’?”

M. Sunflower : “Absolutely! We’re starting to use our custom gift making skills to sell wholesale to artists and creators. We print their own images or artwork on items they can sell at their own shops or market stalls. For instance, I’ve had one lady order a whole lot of custom printed felt jewellery (necklaces, earrings, badges, bracelets and fascinators) to sell in her online Etsy shop. If anyone out there is interested in ordering please contact us at info@iheartgallery.com for a wholesale price list!

I heart gallery vintage dress

I heart gallery vintage dress

We offer some unique items that I haven’t seen anywhere else, such as custom printed doilies, gloves, and felt craft sheets for making jewellery, plushies, wallets, bags, clothing, etc.

We’re also very interested in collaborating with stores, wholesaling our own original designs, particularly our spectacular neckties. I have a long term goal of one day starting my own custom print clothing line of neckties, tshirts, dresses, skirts and leggings, specialising in plus size fashions. A girl can dream!”

I heart gallery neck tie women collage

I heart gallery neck tie women collage

I heart gallery neck tie designs

I heart gallery neck tie designs

nepchin: “What about if I liked one of the designs and I thought it would look great on a flowing dress? How would that work?”

M. Sunflower : “We can’t do that yet but we hope to in future! The machines we use aren’t big enough to print our own fabrics yet, so at the moment we specialise in smaller items.”

nepchin: “How did ‘I Heart Gallery’ come about and the name, where did that come from?”

M. Sunflower : “We brainstormed many names over a few days, from Sunny & Sons (haha!) to Artist In Residence (which I quite liked as I lived in the shop at the time), but when I heard I Heart Gallery, I said that’s it! That’s the one. I love art, I love hearts (or do I love love?) and I love the witty wordplay on “Art Gallery” in the title. It just fits.”

i heart gallery logo design

i heart gallery logo design

nepchin: “finally, have you ever had any exciting or strange requests from clients about art pieces to create?”

M. Sunflower : “We often get weird and wonderful customers through the door! They’re the best kind. To be honest though, I am probably the weirdest one in the room at any given moment. I’ve made stranger things than anyone has ever asked me to make! From embroidered genitalia and antique porn jewellery, to artworks and sculptures made from human hair, you could call me eccentric. Or you could call a psychiatrist!

I’m currently working on snowglobe jewellery, with tiny crabs claws I’ve collected at the beach. That’s quite exciting and strange.”

nepchin: “Wonderful to get to know about ‘I Heart Gallery’ and thank you for joining us here on nepchin”

M. Sunflower : “My pleasure! It’s been lovely sharing my story.”


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‘I Heart Gallery’ – Interview Part 1 of 2

‘I Heart Gallery’

nepchin co-founder Lap talks to M. Sunflower of ‘I Heart Gallery‘, about their love of the Arts, Craft and Vintage. Here is Part 1 of 2 in our interview with M. Sunflower.


nepchin: “Hi, nice to speak with ‘I Heart Gallery‘ today.”

M. Sunflower : “Thank you, I’m looking forward to sharing the I Heart Gallery story with your lovely members!”

nepchin: “The ‘I Heart Gallery‘, what kind of gallery is it?”

M. Sunflower : “‘I Heart Gallery‘ is an eclectic variety of art, craft, vintage and curated kitsch. We’re a roving retail shop selling a heady mix of handmade jewellery, homewares, custom made gifts, clothing, artworks, vintage collectibles, rockabilly pinup style clothing and more! It’s a Smaug-esque treasure hoarde!

I heart gallery - teapot dress

I heart gallery – teapot dress

I heart gallery - penny farthing earrings

I heart gallery – penny farthing earrings

Sometimes we’re also an art gallery and events hub, having put on events in the past such as Off The Wall, a light graffiti exhibition for Fringe Festival Sydney, and various popup market and popup cinema nights.

I heart gallery - panda taking picture

I heart gallery – panda taking picture

We started out as a market stall and Etsy store, which led to opening a retail shopfront in Newtown. Then we decided to head down the south coast to Ulladulla where we had a popup shop in Rowen’s Arcade, which we used as 1/3 shop, 1/3 art/photography/film studio and 1/3 music recording studio. At any given time we had an artist painting artworks and book illustrations in the corner, a photographer using her photo studio, a dye sublimator making custom print gifts, a film and app maker working on what he’d been filming in the studio, an author working on his books, a crafter sewing or making various crafty things like jewellery, pillows or embroideries, and a musician either teaching students or recording music for albums, apps and various other media.

We’ve just ‘popped down’ the popup shop (so to speak), so now we’re back to doing market stalls and selling online again. Phew! I Heart Gallery is never boring!”

nepchin: “Are the art pieces all hand crafted? I mean what kind style does the gallery like to work with?”

M. Sunflower : “The majority of our wares are hand crafted, either by me, my friends, or artists in the local community. We also find vintage collectibles and treasures, and curate new stock that fits in with our weird and wonderful aesthetic.

I heart gallery - mug design

I heart gallery – mug design

Our style is wild and all encompassing. From rockabilly to kawaii to punk to girly to pinup to family oriented to just plain weird. We’re colourful, we’re kooky & we’re fully customisable – we can print your own photos and artworks onto various products such as: tshirts, gloves, bibs, neckties, tote bags, wallets, phone covers, tablet covers, laptop covers, mousepads, messenger bags, pencil cases, pancil caddies, mugs, beer steins, stubby holders, drink bottles, all sorts of jewellery and badges, magnets, jewellery boxes, tiles, tin signs, cushions, rock slates, doilies, plates, plaques, placemats, oven mitts, compact mirrors, puzzles, porcelain ornaments, piggy banks, coasters and more. What a mouthful!”

I heart gallery - globe doily

I heart gallery – globe doily


That is the end of Part 1. Next month we will bring you the rest of the interview with M. Sunflower! see them also on instagram, facebook, twitter and tumblr.