31 year old Stacey Weaver is a fine art photographer based in Christchurch. A couple of years ago, she founded Just South West – selling botanic art photography art prints. She’s now developing the brand into the gift market – botanic fabrics are on the way, and Stacey also has a growing stationery line that includes new notebooks and custom wedding favours.
We visited Stacey at home (also the place she operates Just South West from) and asked her a few questions…
What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on the fabric I have had printed with three of my photographic prints. Plans are to develop this into pouches in two or three sizes but who knows where else it will take me!
In what ways do you give yourself work/life balance?
Meditation and getting fresh air is important to me to keep focused the creative energy flowing… and I always say ‘yes’ to my friends and family.
One of Stacey’s most popular prints, White Magnolia
What was a highlight of your past week:
Talking with Auckland’s Graphic Glass about our up and coming collaboration – so, if you have a splash back, shower wall, feature wall that needs filling…
Advice you would give to someone wanting to be their own boss in the design/creative industries:
Self motivation – you gotta have it!! Make friends with constructive criticism and keep believing in why you do what you do.
White Roses print
Pink magnolias – my fave
Packaging beautiful Wisteria prints, alongside samples of Stacey’s new custom fabric
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you work-wise/creatively over the past year?
Probably buying my house, with my own little Just South West cave. I didn’t have a specific set-up prior and it is so valuable to have a designated studio space.
What’s coming next for you (career-wise/creatively)? There are a few things up my sleeve at the moment and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds in the coming year, in particular seeing JSW in situ on custom glass installations with Graphic Glass.
Bouquet I in Stacey’s home office
All images of Stacey by Kelly Shakespeare Photography
Finally, we’d love to know what you’ve been getting into lately:
Julia & Angus Stone – Snow
I have just bought a copy of Big Magic to read
Melbourne in May – my second home
Not Caramilk now that my stash has gone!
New Just South West botanic notebooks