West 4th Studio
West 4th Studio is the teamwork of husband and wife David and Bec. David’s unique original paintings feature relaxing and 'take me away' scenes that you just want to put yourself into. Bec’s stylish jewellery includes beautiful Japanese papers adorned to glass and, of all things, zinc washers. She also makes a range of pendants with David’s artwork on glass and scrabble tiles – just for fun.
David and Bec made a move to the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne about 8 years ago – to follow the sun! They ran a little gallery in Noosa for some time and then decided they wanted to concentrate on their individual art forms, so decided to make use of the world famous Eumundi Market on their doorstep. Their time is now spent designing and creating their artworks, working on their business and trading at Eumundi Markets twice a week.
How long have you been making jewellery and painting?
David has been painting forever - as long as he can
remember he has had a paint brush in his hand! His unique style has evolved over the last 20 years. Bec went to a girlfriend's house one night to do some "beading" and was hooked - that was about 6 years ago. She has developed her current designs over the last 3 years.
How did you get started?
We started "Unique Style" about 3 years ago. We wanted to be self employed and do something that we would really enjoy - it's worked!
What is your greatest inspiration?
We are constantly inspired by the talented people we meet at the market. We love to share stories and ideas with others running their own creative businesses.
What is the greatest challenge to owning and operating your own business?
Balancing time - creating, admin, selling, marketing... all is done by us so it is just about making sure we allocate the right amount of time to each job and also have "family" time too.
What is the best thing about owning your own business?
Freedom - as difficult as the time balancing can be, the
flipside to that is having our time to ourselves - you can't beat that!