Boasting of ear candy that has a loud and proud personality, magic, and character (like someone I know *wink wink*), Hello There Cheeky by Katie Long presents with a fresh, vibrant, and ageless presence in their Polymer clay jewellery that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves a bit of (read: a lot of) color. It might be seen as a small accessory, but it has the potential to completely accentuate your overall look with its bold, groovy, and versatile styles that can dressed with anything from casual to elegant.
In anticipation of their appearance at the upcoming Gathered SA Markets next weekend (March 30 + 31), I was fortunate enough to conduct an interview with Katie via Jenna O’Dell (owner of Gathered SA) – have a read of our exchange below:
Tema: Can you please tell us a bit about yourself, Katie?
Katie: I studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design at Adelaide centre for the arts. I have always loved creating jewellery, even from a very young age. My first market was around age 11, where I sold necklaces made from shells I had collected and hand drilled.
Tema: How did you come up with the name of your business?
Katie: Hello There Cheeky (HTC) was named after my first daughter. This business began when I looking for a creative outlet when on maternity leave.
Tema: How long have you been running HTC for? How have you found the journey of your business so far?
Katie: I have been working on HTC for about 4 years now. The growth has been totally organic and I love the freedom that I have allowed myself within the business to grow.
Tema: What would you say about HTC to someone who may not have heard of you before?
Katie: I think what makes it special is the handmade element of my work. No two are exactly the same, almost like a mini artwork on your ears!
Tema: What inspires you to create your beautiful custom jewellery?
Katie: I draw much of my inspiration from artists, nature and current fashion trends.
Tema: How did you get involved with Gathered SA?
Katie: I stumbled upon Gathered SA when it first began and did my first market as HTC. Since then, I have either participated or attended nearly every single one.
Tema: What do you hope for your customers to experience, when they purchase from HTC?
Katie: I hope that my customers find a pair of earrings that tell a story, make them feel powerful, and most of all, let them know that they are made by a small business designer.
Tema: What do you think is rewarding about being a small scale business in SA?
Katie: The respect that you get from the community is amazing. Adelaidians are fiercely supportive of local businesses and I love it!
Tema: What do you think may be challenging about being a small scale business in SA?
Katie: Honestly, I haven’t found anything challenging so far – it all depends on you setting your own limits!
Tema: What do you think helps your business stand out from the rest?
Katie: I would like to think that my creations reflect my sense of identity in my work and my passion, along with wanting to push my boundaries in the creation side of things. I am also a little bit of a perfectionist, which is a blessing for my customers, as I’d like them to go home with only the best of my work!
Tema: Is there anything else that you’d like our readers and your customers to know about Hello There Cheeky?
Katie: Follow me for some #realtimestorychat on Instagram! I love showing my process and chatting with my followers!
Interview conducted by Fatema Sitabkhan
Photos supplied by Katie Long // Hello There Cheeky
With thanks to Jenna O’Dell from Gathered SA