Indigenous Sydney designer, Kristy Dickinson, runs the awesome jewellery line, Haus of Dizzy. Her designs are fun and bold and celebrate the sass in all of us. Her incredibly driven work ethic means she’s on the go from 6am till 10pm, and she simply loves what she does. We spoke to Kristy about a typical day running her business, how she became proud of her Indigenous culture, and why you can never succeed unless you try. Prepare to get inspired!
What is the design ethos at Haus of Dizzy?
I design my jewels to make all my customers feel inspired, confident and ooze tonnes of Sass! I make lots of different styles of earrings to suit every type of HOD gal.
What is a typical day like at HOD?
I start my day at 6am with a cup of tea, read emails, check social media then check my orders for the day and try and take a few snaps of new jewels for an insta post. Instagram is very important for any small business, It’s free advertising and reaches such a broad base of people. I then make all my website orders, getting slightly distracted by Insta every now and then. Get back to more emails, enter admin work on the website then rush to the post office at 4:30pm. I go back to my studio, then work on some new sketches to get them ready for laser cutting in the morning, then I make jewellery for wholesale orders till 10pm. Go to sleep and do it all again in the morning.— the joys of running a business by yourself!
How important is representing your Indigenous culture in your work, and how does it influence what you make?
When I was at primary school people would make me feel ashamed of being Aboriginal or would say I was too pretty to be Aboriginal. It was a really shit feeling. It took me years to feel accepted. I’m so proud of my Indigenous culture and I wanted to incorporate that into my work to make other people feel ‘Strong and Deadly’ and proud of who they are!
Is there a strong Indigenous fashion community in Sydney?
I think it’s still growing and I can’t wait to see more Indigenous Designers out there! I have done many collabs with Indigenous Fashion house ‘Aarli‘ from WA (https://aarlifashion.com/)
What advice would you give to other young women wanting to work in fashion as a career?
I have never been technically trained in Jewellery design, I just make things up and learn as I go. I would tell any young woman if you want to do something give it a go and if it doesn’t work, try something else! Never give up and always stay true to what you want to do!
Finally, is there such a thing as ‘too much glitter’?
Too much Glitter?! Never enough! You got to let yourself shine!
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