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Quirkish Designs

Are you inspired by the idea of having your own unique merchandise, created for you by a fellow creative artist?

And/or have you flirted with the idea of creating your own merch before but:

  • Didn’t really connect with the “insert-logo-here” options available?
  • Balked when you saw the minimum order size?
  • Just put it in the too hard basket?

My name is Jon. I have the great fortune of being married to a comedian (and yes, she told me to write that) which is why I originally started experimenting with creating fun merch ideas.

I recently had the huge pleasure of creating a series of earrings for Tim Ferguson as part of his AWT Collection of merchandise – you can go check it out yourself in his online store at Serious Comedy!

Things to Know:

I use a range of materials, from wood – including Australian jarrah, eucalypt or walnut – to glittering acrylic and more.

I specialise in small runs of distinctive, custom design merch. This means you don’t have to worry about having to order 500 items that will anger your inner Marie Kondo and your outer Barefoot Investor.

Pricing for small items such as bookmarks, earrings, brooches, badges and keyrings depends on batch size, materials and complexity. But it is probably less than you expect.

My favourite thing is working with other creative people to make their ideas a reality. If you have an idea, even if you have no clue how it would possibly work, please do get in touch. Working out the creative puzzle is my happy place!

If you’re looking to test the market with a small first batch of designs, we can discuss a consignment or sale-or-return arrangement. This means you only pay for what you sell without risking filling your garage with left over merchandise.

Gallery

Tim Ferguson: Tim’s Awt (2019)

Earring and accessory collection for Tim Ferguson; designs interpreted and adapted from original art pieces by Tim Ferguson into acrylic and Australian hardwood combinations;

Sandman and Flacco

Sandman and Flacco are touring in 2019-20: designs for engraved merchandise including wine glasses and cheese boards. The design is quirky, distinctive, surreal, and slightly incongruous – a perfect match for the client’s persona.

debase Theatre: Leotard, Boyle and Waters

Exclusive themed merchandise for Boyle and Waters show “Leotard” when it returned to the stage at Metro Arts, Brisbane in December 2021, and toured Queensland in 2022. Three different colours of acrylic and two design combinations, as well as keyrings with a quote from the show.

Ausmumpreneur Conference 2021

Custom sample earrings worn by the MC at the Ausmumpreneur Conference in 2021 at Twin Waters, based on the Ausmumpreneur logo.

Sally Lindenberg Wind and Brass

Promotional instrument case tags for Sally Lindenberg’s Wind and Brass instrument repair business.

Fully Made Up – Anywhere Theatre Festival

Promotional keyrings for Jenny Wynter‘s show “Fully Made Up” at the Anywhere Theatre Festival made from hand painted, laser etched acrylic.

Unofficial Reuben Kaye merch

Strictly unofficial Reuben Kaye merchandise for Reuben Kaye‘s “Kaye Hole” at QPAC. Layered acrylic on a ribbon pin. Given to Reuben Kaye after the show.

Bev Killick Cartoon Earrings

Sample earrings made for actress and comedian Bev Killick.

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