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Interview: Rebekah from Through Bambi Eyes

Rebekah from Through Bambi Eyes

We met Rebekah at the Queen Victoria Market Night Market. I really love her head scarves, they are very colourful and pretty, perfect for adding a dash of colour in any winter outfit.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Rebekah Jayne. After exploring the world and living in Austria I came back to Australia and began leaning to design and sew. I entered fashions on the field at the Yarra Valley Melbourne cup and was runner up. Since then i have been designing dresses and accessories. I love working with natural and organic fabrics and have a focus on sustainability in fashion. I decided to start with accessories making headscarves, bows and bow ties. I like being unique especially when it comes to clothing. I reflect this in my work be only making a few of each fabric design. I am slowly expanding into women’s wear with a range of nighties coming soon.

2. How did you come up with your shop or brand name?

A guy once commented on my eyes. He said “you have bambi eyes”. Then when I went back to Europe to send back my belongings I wrote a blog and came up with “Through Bambi Eyes.

Rebekah's Workshop

Rebekah’s Workshop

3. What got you into crafting/arts/illustration/retail/business?

I have always loved being creative. I made a dress for the Melbourne cup in Yarra valley the year I moved back to Australia from Austria. I came second and since then I have being taking classes and building my skills.

4. What do you make and why do you make them?

I make accessories, headscarves, Bows and bow ties. I will also be selling nighties soon as well. My dream is to design dresses both casual and evening wear. I have a passion for fashion as it were. I love designing and Using organic fabric to express style in a quirky and classic fashion.

Through Bambi Eyes

Through Bambi Eyes

5. Do you have a favorite item that you created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?

I don’t really have a favourite at the moment I love each of my fabrics they always add something to my outfits.

6. Are you a full time artist, designer or crafter? If not would you like to be?

My aim is to design full time. At the moment I work full time and design in-between.

7. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?

I have my own blog on tumblr http://tbambieyes.tumblr.com/

8. Do you have any discount codes or promotions that you can offer our

I offer 10% off to people that like my Facebook page.

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Queen Victoria Market Night Market 2015

We arrived in Melbourne a few weeks ago. We haven’t really had the time to explore the city since we were too busy house-hunting. Jen told me that the Queen Victoria Market Night Market was starting this week and I made a mental note that we should go. Even though we were busy last Wednesday, I managed to remember that the night market started that day so off we went to have a night out and I was excited to see what good food and goodies were for sale.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market

We arrived around seven o’clock in the evening. The night market had picked-up and people where pouring in. The night market seemed to be set-up in a large covered space but it was an open air venue so as the night wore on the place became quite cold. There are large outdoor heating lamps scattered around the venue but I would suggest that you dress warmly to enjoy the event fully. There are a handful of performers on site and you can watch them perform around the market. There are some ATM machines and toilets near the Queen Street entrance.

Getting There

To reach the venue you simply need to alight at the Flagstaff railway station and exit via William Street. Walk along the park to Peel Street then you should see the QVM after a few blocks. If you go by this route, you will reach the back entrance to the venue but it’s the easiest way to get there if you’re commuting.

The Food

There was an overwhelming array of food available. We checked the website before coming to the night market and we were eager to try Hoy Pinoy and The Little Mushroom Co. We got distracted by the different food vendors so we were stuffed by the time that we located The Little Mushroom Co. You will find that there is going to be a long queue for more stalls but don’t fret as the lines move fast.

• Hoy Pinoy

Hoy Pinoy serves Filipino barbeque and street food. Sisig has always been one of my favorite Filipino dishes so I was so excited to try their version of my favorite dish.We got a serving of the Sisig served on a flatbread and the Pork Crackling served with vinegar. Sisig in the Philippines is usually served on a hot plate and and some restaurants served it with a topping of crushed crackling pork. Hoy Pinoy’s version seemed like a fushion of the traditional sisig and a thai style soft taco. We loved the well balanced flavour, unique combination, the addition of cilantro, the use of the lime wedge to cut the fat and the generous serving. If we ever come back to the night market again this season, I will definitely get another serving of this dish.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Hoy Pinoy

Cooking Sisig

The pork crackling or chicharon was crunchy but it was a bit bland. We both agreed that it needed a bit more salt in it as it lacked that umami sensation. The chicharon was technically well done but it lacked flavour.

• Carvery

When we were eating the sisig and chicaron, the person who were were sharing a table with was eating lamb shank, porchetta and some chips so since we were still hungry we decided to hunt for the stall that sold those food. We got the porchetta served on a bun with some greens and a gravy-type sauce.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Carvery

Porchetta Burger

The porchetta was very flavourful but eating it as a burger mellowed out the flavour. We ended up removing the top bun and eating the meat separate from the bread to enjoy the full flavour of the pork. The chips they served was excellent as well. It was crispy and salty on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

• Bigne

For dessert we got some caramel cream puffs and some cartoca. I really liked the cream puffs. The pastry was puffy, custard was creamy and the caramel was crunchy. It is one of the best cream puffs I’ve ever had.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Bigne

Yummy yummy cream puffs

The cartoca was ok but not memorable. It was good but the flavour of the pistachio topping didn’t really come through. I would give this a miss and just get a second serving of the cream puffs.

The Goods

There was a good assortment of vendors on site. I enjoyed going around and visiting some stalls. I bought a hair accessory for myself and few items for our home.

• Made in Japan

Made in Japan sold really beautiful but incredibly affordable ceramics that are of course made in Japan. I really like the small plates and tea cups they sold.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - mij

Beautiful ceramics at an unbeatable price

We bought all four designs of small blue plates since they were such a bargain at only $3.75 each. I really liked the large bowls and serving platters on sale as well. The texture and the jewel-like glazing was really gorgeous.

• Green Candle Co

I’m a huge aromatherapy nut so I couldn’t resist buying some soy melts and a burner from the Green Candle Co. Most of our items are still with the shipping company in Singapore waiting to make it’s way here so I don’t have my oil burners yet.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Green Candle Co

The fire performer was very entertaining. We just love the Beach House Soy Melts from Green Candle Co.

Marina makes them herself and she was very friendly and informative about each item sells. We both like the Beach House Soy Melts and the lovely modern design of the oil burner which was perfect for our new flat.

• Through Bambi Eyes

I like the nice graphic print of the headband for sale from Through Bambi Eyes. I bought the peach headband from Rebekah and wore it to the Matt Blatt opening the next day. I love how it adds color to my monotone outfit during winter.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Through Bambi Eyes

The very friendly performers on stilts taking photos with the crowd. Got the peach hair tie from the Through Bambi Eyes stall.

We had a lot of fun at the Queen Victoria Market Night Market. The food was good and there were some nice items for sale. I would suggest going to this event if you haven’t been there and have a fun night out.