News

Consider this a repository for our thoughts.. and we might also tell you about some of our makers, our artist collaborations and the charities we support.

The history of the button bags.

By Kristie Fankhauser on March 21, 2022

When Kasey and I started this business we wanted to give everyone that bought with us a little gift, something unique to say Thank You!

We looked into branded candy but thought (and rightly so) that Kasey and I would probably snack on those too much – we do not need more candy in our lives!

We are growing!

By Kristie Fankhauser on March 12, 2022

This little company that Kasey and I started a year ago is growing faster than we ever anticipated and we are so very grateful to all of you for helping to get us here.  But like all small businesses we have had some growing pains and to alleviate those pains we have sought out a soothing balm by the name of Rachael King!

Artist from across the ditch – welcome Jasmine Kroeze

By Kristie Fankhauser on February 5, 2022

It’s been a little while coming but our Featured Artist for February is the extremely talented Jasmine Kroeze.  Jasmine came to our attention through our artist collaboration portal and her earthy colour palette and large scale designs really spoke to our Material Difference ethos.

Rach Jackson is in the House!

By Kristie Fankhauser on September 1, 2021

It’s September and that not only means a new season is upon us but it means we get the chance to welcome another new artist to Material Difference for the next six months.

Heléna’s Stars – bringing hope to the disability community

By Kristie Fankhauser on July 11, 2021

Heléna’s Stars has been designed to support the Heléna’s House fundraising initiative of BestLife Foundation. Named in honour of Heléna McIlwain, who was a beloved member of the BestLife family and passed away suddenly from a Pulmonary Embolism (DVT) aged only 19. Helena worked with BestLife and dreamed of becoming an Occupational Therapist. She wanted to make life better for young people with a disability. Her enthusiasm, passion, and sense of humour embody everything BestLife want Heléna’s House to become.

Material Difference welcomes Julie Harrison from Pattern Play Studio to the family!

By Kristie Fankhauser on June 30, 2021

We are very excited to have the talented Julie Harrison from Pattern Play Studio join the Material Difference family as our July Featured Artist. We asked Julie to tell us a little more about herself and her artistic style and this is what we found out! Tell us a little bit about yourself and what […]

Just the two of us!

By Kristie Fankhauser on June 4, 2021

Want to learn a bit more about how Material Difference came into being?  This morning we were interviewed by Rebecca Levingston from ABC Brisbane Radio. Listen from 1:43 onwards. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/mornings/mornings/13364876

Welcome to Material Difference – Ann Nguyen

By Kristie Fankhauser on June 4, 2021

We are so excited to be launching not only our first featured artist, but this particular artist’s first foray into using fabric design as her creative medium.

The talented Ann Nguyen, who creates under the brand The Artful Grimmer, is an artist who enjoys living her best creative life with her family of five in Brisbane, Australia.