Emerging designer Marie completed her fashion design course at Kangan Tafe a few years ago and has always had the dream to start her own label. With a passion and creative flair for Painting, creating and customising Levi's jeans, Marvin Ink was created. Selling her customised creations at Markets and personal customer orders too, she explains to us what it's like to do so.
What made you want to get into customising Levi's?
Well, I've always felt like the 'typical' a typical Australian Designers job within a company or large label does not allow the individual to be as creative as they would like to be. This is what made me start customising Levi's, it's an expression of my creativity, to be free with what I create and sell. Without anyone telling me how and what creative direction to take!
What inspires you? How do you come up with your ideas for your designs?
Colours and patterns have always interested me, I am inspired by Flora, organic shapes and colours.
I love creating patterns and mixing colours together. I've never been afraid to wear two different prints together.
What do you use to create your designs?
To create my designs I use different paints, stencils and sponges.
Where do you source your jeans from?
I source my jeans from USA, Op Shops and vintage stores.
How does it feel to sell your product at different markets?
It's the best feeling selling my product at the markets! It's great to know that there are so many supportive people out there, who love what you do and love how much hard work you put into your creations.
What's next for your brand?
I'm planning to expand my range by beginning to paint on denim jackets and shirts. Also, I've been recently branching out and having my product available in retail stores, my jeans are now available in Design A Space Chapel Street.
Quick foxy 5
My favourite food is…..? pasta
I never leave home without my...? Converses
My most memorable moment so far in my life……? Was when my Fiancé proposed!
Weirdest thing that's ever happened to you?
I would say probably this whole experience! I never expected to be selling painted jeans, pretty cool - but crazy.
Special thanks to Marie