Beautiful jewellery, beautiful people! Can you give us a little bit of background in to the wonderful world known as Mo Resin
Olivier is initially an artist. He prepared Les Beaux Arts in Paris painting as well as sculpting. He was young (then) and a successful interior designer in Paris, but did not have enough time to concentrate on what he loves most: taking his time to play with colours, materials and shapes.
He felt a deep desire to concentrate on his art, exploring new techniques, combining an eclectic mix of materials with painting.
In 2006 he was awarded 1st place at "Art et Métier" school. At the same time we had in mind to widen our horizon and arrived in Australia in 2007 with our 4 kids.
We found our little haven in the Royal National Park where Olivier is now part of the Art Trail (which you can see "here").
Olivier explored resin and gold leaf for his art in 2009 made one cuff for me as a gift
All my friends wanted one in different colours....that's how we started. We were first approached by Art Galleries then fashion boutiques and then we heard about the markets.
You are a originally from France which for most Aussies is a land of paradise filled with beauty and all things amazing. What was it about Australia that attracted you to our fair shores and was it a difficult transition
We came to Australia because we'd heard about Sydney's way of life by Olivier's sister who married an Aussie 25 years ago. Even though we love France and especially Paris, we found it hard to live there, working hard (interior design for Olivier and journalism for me) with 4 kids.
Too much stress and no time to really enjoy life. We came here for the idea we had of the Australian lifestyle and landscapes. We decided to stay because we absolutely fell in love with the Australians: so easy going, and welcoming.
We proudly became citizens in 2010 and I feel absolutely blessed that we did not have to make a choice: we are now 100% French and Australian (not 50/50).
What led you to becoming a (now much beloved) stallie at Orange Grove Markets
Orange Grove Market was the first one we heard about in November 2012 at the French School Christmas Market. And I have to say my feelings initially was "what the hell am I doing to do in a farmer's market". So I enjoyed the school holidays and it was in February 2013 that I decided to give it a go.
and it was an incredibly wet weather debut for them but what a success it was
I was so thrilled. Not only was it a huge success but for me (which is just as important) I had the instant feeling of being at home, as if in one of our little village markets, even some arrondissements (or quarters) of Paris where loved the atmosphere.
The immediate proximity with the customers...it's all about sharing. You cannot move for the numbers. My theory of our success at Orange Grove is that the public is looking for good quality products in terms of food, but they also have the opportunity to have everything in the one location which is in itself is fantastic.
What is it about market life that "keeps it real" for you
It was not difficult for me to adjust at all as I felt "comme un poisson dans l'eau" (like a fish in the ocean). The only difficult was to experience Sydney showers with a non-waterproof gazebo!
Luckily Jim (an Orange Grove Market manager) was a great support not only to help me open it (the gazebo) but also to insist on me buying a "real" one, which I did after a couple of markets, and we have improved our display but still have so many ideas in mind.
Even though I find it difficult on certain mornings to wake up early (especially in Winter when it's still seriously dark and you're not sure what weather you will have), the reward is when the sun rises and accompanies me on the road and I am welcomed by fantastic and always smiling supportive managers.
And this is for Louise...you probably don't know it but your "Good morning lady!" is always a great start to the day.
After that you get to share some smiles, and another "need my coffee" with the other stallies, followed by great customers who now sometimes don't even wait for me to finish setting up to buy from me!
I love to prepare and think of new ideas with my husband for pieces and when the customers say "yes! I love it!"...that is incredibly satisfying. And when I make a joke and they laugh....that means I am improving my English!!!!
In what some might consider a relatively short amount of time, you have developed an incredibly impressive and increasing fan base. How would you describe life as an Orange Grove marketeer in 5 words
Intense, rewarding, friendly, surprising, real
So if you want to have a little bit of France with you in a resin kind of way then take it from us (and we are HUGE fans), you cannot go wrong buy purchasing an insanely beautiful piece of jewellery from Mo Resin. And yes...they do custom pieces!
And cause we are SO in love with their pieces we simply HAD to include one more photo