Hi lovelies! I’m Kylie, the designer/maker behind birdynumnumdesignCo.
I design and create an ever-changing range of mobiles+wall art pieces for our smallest (and most adorable) humans. I’ve also recently extended my range with art prints for anywhere in the home. Being creative makes me happy!When I’m not kid wrangling my 2 little spunks and spoiling the fur baby, you’ll find me working on 2 or 5 new designs, pottering in the garden, cruising around on my pushbike or DIY-ing something.Oh and I'm addicted to coffee. And instagram #yep #srslyOooh check out my vintage caravan reno @honey.iboughtacaravan It's very cute and very fun. And you can hire it too! You know, if you want to ;)
How it all began
What’s been your proudest moment?
2016 was a great year in bnn land! I was selected as a Geelong Creatives featured artist for Cotton on Body - and had my Art Prints stocked in Store for 6 weeks. It was my very first retail merchandising experience too which was amazing! I learned so much.
I was named as a finalist in the 2015 ETSY design awards, and I also made the final four in the Home Beautify Magazine Design Unearthed competition. It was SO exciting! and such an amazing acknowledgement of the quality of my work.
What’s been your most challenging moment?Balancing family and work commitments has been challenging! Now that both my boys are at school makes things so much easier, but there are still challenges on school holidays. I have to be disciplined with my time and make sure I can switch off from my work. Which is very hard as I love it so much! Balance is the biggest challenge for me.
Behind the scenes
Many of my materials are beautiful vintage or new fabrics which are being used in a new way. To me, beautiful fabric on a skirt could make a lovely pillow or will trigger a completely new idea! I also love to use recycled packaging where possible, so your package will most likely arrive in a creatively recycled/handmade box. I would love it if you would re-cycle it again after you open it, even if it's just placed in your recycling bin :)
Our family are very big on recycling and re-purposing. Think compost, solar power, rain water storage, worm farm and a vigilant re-cycler in the form of my husband who makes sure every piece of recyclable material makes it into that bin!
We even recycled our house. It was just 5 weeks away from demolition when we signed the contracts to have it re-located to it's new home in coastal Victoria (Australia). What an adventure, and we are feel so lucky that we were given the opportunity to save and restore this amazing old house that has become our dream home.
As for me, well my creative brain almost never stops and I see inspiration absolutely everywhere. So many things inspire me, such as interior design, nature, fashion and of course, my boys. They love helping me in my studio and are totally fascinated by the creative process.
I love that they are learning to re-use things in a new way, especially in this 'throw away' world we live in today. I often wonder what their friends are thinking when they see me using my woodsaw and cordless drill in the kitchen. "oh that's just mum making her birds, she has a shop in her computer" says Jasper (aged 8). He especially likes it when I make something in yellow because it's his ‘second favourite’ colour
My Creative Philosophy
- birdynumnum products are designed + handmade in Barwon Heads, Australia
- I am proud of the quality of my work and I want you to be happy with your purchase from me!
- My focus is small run heirloom design, as opposed to mass produced throwaway products.
- I source high quality, materials and seek to use them in new ways.
- I use eco friendly production methods wherever possible.
- My products are designed to outlast trends and be timeless.
- keepin' it lovingly handmade + local since 2009.