Today I am thrilled to introduce Baloolah Bunting, maker of beautiful laser cut bunting and gorgeous wedding venue decorations using burlap/hessian and laser cut cotton mix fabrics.
I had a chat with Claire Ong to find out all about her gorgeous products…
Who are you and what do you do ?
“My name is Claire Ong and I run Baloolah Bunting from my home studio in Newcastle upon Tyne.”
“My pretty laser cut bunting, reminiscent of 1940s English country fetes, is sold on Etsy and ‘Not on the High Street‘.”
“It is a marriage of my love of textiles, auction hunting and graphic art.”
“My range includes lace and laser cut bunting, exquisite ring bearer cushions, table runners, table mats and cutlery wraps.”
“My gorgeous vintage style range is inspired by shabby chic country weddings, with details including intricate lace effects, love bird silhouettes and fine, soft ribbon.”
“Burlap (hessian) is used for a rustic ‘heritage’ finish and smooth hand-stitched satin touches add elegance and colour.”
“Baloolah’s products can be tailored to complement any wedding theme and play to the particular tastes of wedding couples, with everything made to order, designed and hand made by myself.”
When, and why did you start your Company?
“After a health crisis I realised that I had missed designing and making, as a teacher I had a satisfying job but I needed to scratch my creative itch.”
“I started making personalised Christmas stockings for charity on Etsy, but after Christmas started thinking about what I could introduce next, I was addicted!”
“Redundancy meant that my small ‘play’ business is now my main stream of income.”
“I feel lucky that I had this running already, many teachers in the same position as me are really frustrated and unable to move forward.”
What inspires you?
“Vintage textiles, trawling through Auctions and car boot sales, mid-century pottery, sunny days, walking on the beach, Mexican papel picado, and talking to my customers who always have the best ideas that I can develop and run with!”
Do trends influence your work?
“Yes, trends and brides requests, this year I have introduced a pastel range by request.”
“I also sell black gothic bunting, also a customer request.”
“However I am just as interested in leading trends by using inspiration to produce new products that customers haven’t realised that they need.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“Last summer Freepeople used my bunting to decorate their campervan, it toured Cornwall and was seen by thousands of people, many more thousands online.”
“It was fantastic to have a product that fitted in with their laid back cool aspirational lifestyle.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“My bunting has been part of weddings and celebrations all over the world, it is a growing brand and a desirable product.”
“I believe that my product transforms a traditional product, injecting new life and excitement into the idea of bunting!”
“My big dream is continue to do what I do now, selling to more and more brides and becoming a well known brand.”
This romantic lace wedding bunting is a perfect venue decoration, equally at home in a marquee or great hall, and especially perfect for rustic, vintage or country wedding celebrations.
I love the amazing natural fabrics and how Claire beautifully crafts her decorations, and just how pretty her range of decor is.
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