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Fairy Floss

Alex and Revital-altByron Bay can be a very challenging place to establish a business that stands the test of time. That is why the story of designers Revital and Alex from Fairy Floss in Byron Bay is worth celebrating.

With the transient population and the ever-rising rent and overheads it is an economic environment that favours big chain stores owned by multinationals over small independent unique retailers.

Revital and Alex took over Fairy Floss in 2005. Prior to that the unique Byron store was owned by a friend of theirs. ‘At that point it had a very colourful and almost naïve simple style, featuring fairy prints, stickers and cards. We slowly started to introduce our own influence and style, designing and producing more collections and more details and intricacy.’

Revital, the head designer, holds a BA in fashion design and has an amazing eye for detail. Both Alex and Revital believe they have stood the test of time because of the unique design, plus down-to-earth old-school customer service. ‘We strive to provide quality products that are durable and comfortable as opposed to mass-produced fashion that doesn’t last and encourages consumerism.’

When asked about their inspiration: ‘Our inspiration is very broad, from neo-tribal to steampunk, ethno chic to festival wear. We are greatly inspired by creative radical self-expression scenes such as the Burning Man festival and TV series such as Vikings and Game of Thrones. We design a new collection every season and bring that inspiration to life in a wearable form.’

Obviously what they are doing is working for them. Fairy Floss has not only stood the test of time in Byron but have recently opened a second boutique in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

BYRON BAY  6 / 52 Jonson St Byron Bay NSW  | Ph 02 6680 8896
MELBOURNE  240 Brunswick St Fitzroy Melbourne VIC  |   Ph 03 9417 0573
www.fairyflossbyronbay.com


Byron Writers Festival

Does your mind NEED a spring clean?

To welcome the longer days and warmer nights Byron Writers Festival has launched a jam-packed calendar of events, workshops and opportunities. Jump on in for some fresh perspective, open your mind up to new ideas, or perhaps set yourself a writing challenge or two.

Sharpen your pencils and get that manuscript polished! Spots are filling up for our in-demand Manuscript Assessment with Alan Close sessions, 5th and 6th October. Flex your funny bone for Getting Comedy into Character with Mandy Nolan, 16th October. Or craft your Creative Writing with Melissa Ashley on 21st October.

More events, workshops and opportunities listed on our website: byronwritersfestival.com/whats-on


The Clay Barn

The Clay Barn is running school holiday workshops Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 September.

9am – 12 noon
$75 per child, ages 8 plus

Casual group adult classes run Mon–Fri and every second Saturday from 9.30am. Email [email protected] for further information.
Book your staff Christmas party at The Clay Barn – offering Friday evenings, groups of up to 16.

1035A Hinterland Way, BANGALOW 2479
[email protected]                            
Ph 02 6687 1779 | 0417 867 801


BSA Open Day & Kids Art Club

Byron School of Art opens its doors this Sunday for everyone who’d like to visit the studios, meet the teachers, and discover what BSA has to offer in Visual Arts Education.

Participate in art activities, watch demonstrations, see students’ work and view the exhibition at the BSA Project Space. An information session for 2018 year-long courses runs at 12–12.30pm.

BSA is introducing Art Club for young artists in term 4, so bring them along to try some activities, and talk to the teacher, Jacqueline Smith.

www.byronschoolofart.com

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