Ep.3 – Lola Berry: A Fearless Ladypreneur in Love With the Surf Coast

So excited to bring you Ep.3, Season 2, with ladypreneur, Lola Berry.

Lola had her bags packed for LA in Feb but was forced to stay put after COVID-19 started to take its toll.

She decided to up-sticks from Melbourne and head for the coast instead.

We’re sure glad she did as it means we got to interview her for Ep.3 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast!

Sorry, Lols 🙂

Lola Berry sits down for a chat for Ep.3 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.
We sit down for a chat with nutritionist and author, Lola Berry for Ep.3 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.

Join us as we uncover the secrets of a serial businesswoman. In fact, Lola has never held a full-time job—such is her commitment to entrepreneurship and living life to the beat of her own drum.

A Healthy & Inspiring Message

When it comes to getting the world excited about health and good food, there is very little Lola won’t do…

She’s convinced a TV host to swallow raw wasabi on live national television and even dived into dumpsters on the streets of New York (…and eaten from one!).

With a Bachelor of Health Science (majoring in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health), Lola knows what she’s talking about too.

She has got a secret: the most nutritious, healthy food is also the tastiest!

Whether through her TV appearances, radio spots or her popular web series, Lola is reaching out to people all over the globe…and people are listening!

Lola Berry Coffee & A Whole Lot More

The description in Lola’s Instagram profile sums it up:

“Nutritionist, yogi teacher, author, founder: @lolacoffee_ Podcast: Fearlessly Failing. Acting student.”

Yes, we covered a lot in this episode! 

Find out how Lola keeps a smile on her face despite some major setbacks in life & business and occasional vitriol from online trolls.

Tune and let us know what you think. Be sure to leave us a rating if you’re listening on iTunes as well. 

With love. 

Ben & Jess 🙂

Ben Hucker is the founder and host of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. He’s a former finance guy who traded Collins St for the Coast 3 years ago now. Tune in for a weekly episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Each episode is packed full of hints and tips on creativity, health, business and mindset.

Ep.2 – Ocean Photography Prints: The Secret Life of an Ocean Photographer

Ocean photography prints like you’ve never seen before!

Ep.2, Season 2, of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast with Tal Lemmens, is now live.

Tal is a Fine Art Ocean Photographer and recently scooped a major international award for an image he captured on the South Coast in NSW.

The award gives the local photographer the international recognition he deserves. He took home First Place (VIEphoto Gold Medal) in the Vienna International Photo Awards 2020 in the ‘Our World – the Beauty of Nature’ Category with his photograph ‘Apex’.

The Finest Ocean Photography Prints From All Over

The contest was open to professional and amateur photographers from around the world. Tal entered the comp from his hospital bed after taking a nasty dive on his mountain bike in Geelong.

The top winners from each category of the VIEpa Vienna International Photo Awards are awarded in the yearly VIEphoto Exhibition. The competition was held during the Vienna Summer Photo Festival in Summer 2020. Selected pictures and collections are exhibited in Vienna.

Ocean photography prints by Tal Lemmens from Ocean Grove.
One of the many outstanding ocean photography prints captured by Tal Lemmens. This is the ‘Apex’ photo that has Tal international recognition.

Tal heads out into the water with nothing but a pair of flippers and waterproof housing for his camera. He can spend hours floating in the sea chasing the perfect shot get. All while getting pounded by waves (over and over and over again!)

The waves he shoots can be dangerous, but Tal’s love of the water keeps him coming back for more. His love for the ocean started in Warrnambool where he grew up but Tal now calls Ocean Grove home.

Tune in to find out how Tal manages a busy life working in mental health. Plus, a growing print store with exquisite ocean photography works rolling off the press.

Check out Tal’s recent interview in Forte Mag and his website here too.

Such a fun episode this one so tune in and let us know what you think!

From your hosts, Ben & Jess.

Ben Hucker is the founder and host of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. He’s a former financial markets guy who traded Collins St for the Coast 3 years ago now. Tune in for a weekly episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Each episode is packed full of hints and tips on creativity, health, business and mindset.

Ep.1 – Watercolour Course: Juggling the Corona-Coaster as an Artist

Introducing Australia’s favourite watercolour course teacher Natalie Martin from the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia.

Natalie has a dedicated studio in the Ashmore Arts precinct in Torquay. The studio is where she thinks, creates, makes an income and gets inspired on a daily basis.

We sat down for a chat with the talented artist, illustrator and designer to garner some wisdom and advice. We also took the chance to launch Season 2 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.

Natalie covers the full gammut of design, illustration and artisitic flair for devout fans and a select number of clients.

Watercolour artist Natalie Martin at her studio in Ashmore Arts precinct in Torquay.
Talented artist Natalie Martin pictured here with her PR assistant, Xavier, who made sure we asked the right questions!

Find out how Natalie worked as a designer at Rip Curl for 6 years before taking the leap as a full-time artist and creative.

A Watercolour Course Inspired By Australian Bushland

Taking the leap as a full-time creative gave Natalie the chance to create her very own online watercolour course…

“I’ve painted with watercolour for over 10 years and have been teaching it through workshops and classes for 4 or so years now. 

I really enjoy teaching and sharing the magic of watercolour. ‘Welcome to Watercolour’ is my first online course and I’ve just released my second course on my all-time favourite subject COLOUR called ‘the Magic of Colour Mixing’,” said Natalie.

Check out the courses on Natalie’s website or access them on Skillshare and get 2 months FREE access courtesy of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.

Otherwise, tune into the pod and let us know what you think with a review on iTunes or your favourite pod platform. Natalie’s energy and passion for life as a creative are infectious that is for sure.

Thanks again for your time Natalie!

From your hosts

Ben & Jess 🙂

Ps. Be sure to check out the all-new Buy Surf Coast website when you get a chance. This is a great place to find some really talented creatives on the coast and their respective websites. Support your local creatives and BUY LOCAL where you can.

Ben Hucker is the founder and host of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. He’s a former financial markets guy who traded Collins St for the Coast 3 years ago now. Tune in for a weekly episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Each episode is packed full of hints and tips on creativity, health, business, mindset and a good dose of inspiration with creatives entrepreneurs on the Surf Coast.

Photography Prints Inspired by Australia’s Beauty – Leslie Carvitto Opens a Print Shop

finally did it! 

I’ve wanted to open up a print shop for months, probably longer to be honest.

So why now?

Well, like a lot of people who’ve been forced to stay home during the global pandemic, I realised there was a list of things I’ve wanted to do but never got around to.

One of those things included opening up a shop.

Landscape photography was my first love. My hard drive is full of imagery from backpacking trips and hikes, ocean waves, sunrises and sunsets.

During the first lockdown, I started digging through my archives and couldn’t believe how many images (both film and digital) I had that were just being store and not put to good use.

Photo of iconic Byron Bay at sunset.

When it came time to choose which photos to add to the shop, I felt pulled towards my film photos.

My friend loaned me one of her film cameras last year and I had so much fun experimenting with it.

I love film for its grainy texture and overall vintage look. I also dig it because I can’t over analyze or let my perfectionist mind take over.

I dial in the settings, frame up the photo, snap, and move on.

Either I got the photo or I didn’t. ⁣⁣⁣In the end, I think the imperfections make the image more interesting.

Each photo that made it’s way to the way shop is inspired by my ultimate muse, mama earth, and was taken in different locations around Australia.

To give back to landscape and country that gives me so much, I’ll be donating 10% of all sales to Australia Marine Conservation Society and their mission to protect endangered ocean wildlife, create marine national parks and make fisheries sustainable.

We both thank you for your support!

A few details on the prints;

  • There are 4 available sizes: A4, A3, A2, A1
    • not sure which size to get? A1 is the largest size and great for big walls where you need a statement piece. A2 is great for smaller walls or in conjunction with another piece. A3 is perfect for creating a wall gallery (if you have multiple prints/art pieces you want to have all together). A4 is the smallest and good for small spaces/walls.
  • Artwork is printed on beautiful Hahnemuhle Photo Rag – one of the most popular fine art inkjet paper in the world.
  • Prints are sold unframed
  • Shipping is FREE within Australia

Thanks for the article, Leslie! Be sure to check out Leslie’s website to see more of her stunning work.

Tune into Ep.6 of the Surf Coast Creative’s podcast to hear more about Leslie’s fascinating journey from the coast of California, to Hawaii, to Melbourne, and finally to the Surf Coast in Victoria.

Ep.5 – Yogi Peace Club: Yogi Wear Made by Bells Beach

A Yogi Peace Club to help you find your inner yogi!

Ep.5 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast is now ready for download.

We sit down for a chat with the founder of Yogi Peace Club in Torquay, Emma Barr. 

Emma is our first ‘born and bred’ Surf Coast guest. It’s fair to say she has Bells Beach running in her veins having spent a lifetime living and working on the Surf Coast.

Founder of the Yogi Peace Club, Emma Barr.
Passionate entrepreneur and environmentalist, Emma Barr, founder of the Yogi Peace Club.

A qualified Yoga Instructor with a Diploma of Hatha Yoga and a Diploma of Yin Yoga, Emma makes a hugely popular line of Yogiwear for women.

Designed by the ocean, her mission is to create yoga products to inspire the inner yogi in all of us. 

And all products are tested on qualified yoga teachers before they’re given the final tick of approval.

Emma uses premium, long-lasting fabrics with a keen eye on sustainability and ethical supply chain.

Emma’s dream for the Yogi Peace Club is simple, “I just want my yoga products to make people happy.”

From Roxy to Yogi

Tune in to find out how Emma made the transition from a corporate job with Quiksilver. Here, she was one of the masterminds behind the Roxy women’s surfwear brand. 

Find out why Emma has little time for setting goals and no attachment to the success or failure of her Yogi brand as well.

It’s an episode not to be missed that’s for sure.

Tune in and let us know what you think with a rating on iTunes or your favourite pod platform.

Ben & Jess 🙂

Ben Hucker is the founder and host of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. He’s a former finance guy who traded Collins St for the Coast 3 years ago now. Tune in for a weekly episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Each episode is packed full of hints and tips on creativity, health, business and mindset.

Ep.0 – 7 Ways To Unleash Your Creativity & Season 2 Sneak Peek

Hey there and welcome to Season 2 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast!

In this short episode, we talk about 7 Ways To Unleash Your Creativity and take a sneak peek at Season 2 of the pod.

We also talk about what we’ve been up to the past month, and what books we’ve been devouring. These include:

  • The Lost Man – Jane Harper 
  • The Dry – Jane Harper 
  • Force of Nature – Jane Harper 
  • Scrublands – Chris Hammer 
  • Finding My Virginity – Richard Branson 
  • Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker 
  • Home Deus – Yuval Noah Harari 
  • Quiet – Susan Cain 
  • The Memory Book – Harry Lorayne & Jerry Lucas 

Check out some of these titles on Amazon if you get a chance.

A Much-Needed Coronacation

We finished Season 1 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast in late July before taking a much-needed Coronacation.

Thanks for all your support and kind words of encouragement after Season 1 of the podcast.

7 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity with Ben & Jess from the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.
Back refreshed after a month off! Me & Jess pictured here in front of our little country getaway in the foothills of the High Country near Beechworth.

We can’t wait to bring you Season 2 of the podcast. Tune in to find out which guests we have booked in for the first four episodes.

Unleash Your Creativity With Skillshare

Season 2 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast is brought to you by Skillshare.com.

Jump on Skillshare TODAY to learn some new skills in hundreds of different categories from photography & design and everything in between!

Love Ben & Jess 🙂

Ben Hucker is the founder and host of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. He’s a former financial markets guy who packed in the city and decided he wanted to live on the Surf Coast in Victoria. Tune in for a weekly episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Each episode is packed full of hints and tips on creativity, health, business, mindset and a good dose of inspiration with creatives entrepreneurs on the Surf Coast.

Ep.11 – Surf Coast Creatives Review: What We’ve Learnt So Far & Big News

It’s the official Surf Coast Creatives review.

Episode 11 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast is now live! Tune in for a sit-down chat with your hosts Ben & Jess.

We ticked over 10 episodes for Season 1 of the podcast last week, so we thought it was time we did a short recap.

Find out the “7 Things We’ve Learnt So Far” plus heartbreaking news for your hosts Ben & Jess. If you’ve ever been a Mum or Dad or you’re becoming a parent for the first time, then you need to hear this.

A Surf Coast Creatives review with your hosts Ben & Jess.
Join your hosts Ben & Jess for Ep.11 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.

We finish on a positive note with some exciting news regarding a NEW sponsor for the pod. We’re super-pumped to announce online education giant, Skillshare, have come on board as a partner.

With thousands of online classes, Skillshare can help you improve your professional skillset, start that side hustle, pursue a passion project, and so much more.

They offer a monthly or annual membership giving you access to all their online classes. Don’t worry, you can cancel your membership anytime.
 
It’s where host Ben re-discovered his passion for photography and a newfound love for all things creative. Host Jess has even got on board having completed a short course in bookkeeping recently. She’s going to nail that Xero software once and for all!
 
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An Extended Surf Coast Creatives Review

Otherwise, we’re off on a little holiday to Beechworth in the foothills of the High Country. We’ll be back in September for Season 2 with lots more guests and stories to tell.
 
We’ll still be active on social media so keep in touch and keep spreading the word for the Surf Coast Creatives podcast!

Au revoir!

Ben & Jess

Ep.10 – Urban Edible Gardens: A Dutch Gardener & His Aussie Branding Babe

Urban edible gardens and branding for ethical freelancers and solopreneurs. Welcome to Ep.10 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast!

I cannot believe we’re at 10 episodes already. Thanks, everyone for your support. We’re closing in fast on 2,000 downloads so we’re taking that as a big upvote for the pod.

For Ep.10, we sit down for a chat with Dutchman Cees Engelen and his Aussie partner Elly Rose Kennedy.

Cees is from a little beach town close to Amsterdam. Amsterdam is known for many things but not so much for having good waves. Yet they surf on a weekly if not daily basis!

Urban Edible Gardens and ethical branding with Cees Engelen & Elly Rose Kennedy.
The loved up duo Cees & Elly join us for Ep.10 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.

Cees met Aussie babe Elly during his travels, and now they both live on the Surf Coast in Torquay, Australia.

A Passion For Urban Edible Gardens and all things Ethical Branding

Cees & Elly both have a passion for creativity and Cees recently started his own business in permaculture and gardening called Urban Edible Gardens

“How amazing is it if you can build your own crops and live from what grows in your own garden? Pretty sweet mate!” says Cees.

The business was slow in the beginning for Cees but with some awesome projects now under his belt, more and more people are hiring the flying dutchman to reshape their garden, help them get more out of their crops and lots more.

“It’s a true honour and great pleasure to be sharing my experiences and tips with local residents on the Surf Coast,” said Cees.

5 Reasons (according to Cees) WHY a FREE 45Mminute Consult Can Benefit Your Garden:

#1 It’s FREE! for Torquay & Jan Juc residents

#2 I can help show you the potential of your space- seeing with fresh eyes can create some epic ideas

#3 I can guide you to make small, but beneficial changes to your space which you can go away and implement without spending loads of money

#4 I can understand your vision and come up with a game plan for how to bring it to life

#5 Tailored and personal advice to get you on the road to gardening with confidence

Feel free to get in touch with Cees at the end of the episode if you have a garden you’d like to turn into a mini paradise.

And let’s not forget Elly’s business, Barefooted Branding

Elly has created an earth-friendly branding studio making beautiful designs for brands who are ethically minded. Not only that, but they must also support the preservation of this little planet called Earth. 

Elly has a big story to tell as well having grown up in Mitcham in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. She soon realised travel and life by the coast was calling her.

Here’s Ep.10 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast with your hosts Ben & Jess!

Rate it on iTunes and let us know what you think. Cheers!

Ben Hucker is the founder and host of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. He’s a former financial markets guy who left the city in 2017 and moved to the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia. Tune in for a weekly episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Each episode is packed full of hints and tips on creativity, health, business, mindset and a good dose of inspirationAll this with creatives entrepreneurs on the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia.

Ep.9 – A Chocolaterie in Victoria: When A Choc Factory Becomes a Major Tourism Destination

A chocolaterie in Victoria, or even Australia, is a rare commodity. We’re a long way from Belgium after all.

But sitting right there on Victoria’s Surf Coast is one of Australia’s favourite chocolaterie’s and ice creameries.

We sat down for a chat with the founders of the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery for Ep.9 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast.

Capturing Hearts & Minds

Created in 2016, Ian & Leanne Neeland have captured the imaginations of chocolate lovers, young and old.

Making the most popular sweet destinations in Victoria has been the vision of the dynamic husband and wife duo since day one.

Together they’ve built and created Chocolateries in the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and on the Great Ocean Road.

A Chocolaterie in Victoria - Ian & Leslie Neeland are the founders of the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie.
The go-getters and energetic Husband & Wife duo behind the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, Ian & Leanne Neeland.

Ian & Leanne lead a talented team of European Chocolatiers and Pastry Chefs, together with passionate local staff to create sweet wonderlands the whole family can enjoy.

Visitors to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie can indulge in Ian & Leanne’s love of chocolate and passion for creating memorable experiences.

In fact, a memorable experience is a driving force for founder Ian. He says, “you need to focus on your customer first and foremost when running a business.”

A Firm Eye on Sustainability

The chocolaterie in Victoria is a proud part of the Cocoa Horizons program supporting farmers and their local communities.

Being a part of the program ensures the raw cocoa for the chocolaterie is sourced in a sustainable manner.

Ian and Leanne believe sustainable practices create better lives and better chocolate—ensuring we can enjoy chocolate forever!

Jess & I were welcomed by a spectacular showroom filled with thousands of chocolates. Not to mention an ever-changing range of freshly made pastries, desserts and artisan ice creams and an all-day café using ingredients from the kitchen garden.

I had to pick up my tongue from off the ground 🙂 Yes, drooling.

In the ordinary course of business, visitors can join daily hosted tasting sessions, hands-on chocolate making classes, or simply watch Chocolatiers at work through giant viewing windows.

A lot of this interaction has now gone online with coronavirus taking its toll on foot traffic.

They’re doing it really tough so there has never been a bigger test of Leanne & Ian’s resilience. Not to mention their small army of nearly 100 staff.

Some Chocolate Wisdom

Tune in to find out how they’re coping and hear Leanne’s no.1 piece of advice for getting through tough business conditions.

And find out how Leanne secured funding from private investors to get her first chocolaterie in Victoria up and going.

It’s an episode not to be missed if you’re in the business of retail, distribution, tourism or a self-confessed chocoholic!

Here’s Ep.9 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast with your hosts Ben & Jess.

Leave us a rating on iTunes and let us know what you think. Cheers 🙂

Ben Hucker is the founder and host of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. He’s a former financial markets guy who left the city in 2017 and moved to the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia. Tune in for a weekly episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Each episode is packed full of hints and tips on creativity, health, business, mindset and a good dose of inspirationAll this with creatives entrepreneurs on the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia.

Ep.8 – Building A Women’s Fashion Label: Running A Fashion Label in Your Spare Time

Building a women’s fashion label is not for the faint hearted.

For Ep.8 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast, we sit down for a chat with the founder and creator of a boutique women’s fashion label, Maxted Clothing.

She’s hard-working, dedicated, tenacious and laser-focused. Her name is Caroline Teakle.

Caroline hails from England but now calls Torquay on the Surf Coast in Victoria home. She moved with her partner of 5 years Ed Maxted—hence the name Maxted Clothing.

Caroline has built her fashion label while working full-time form 9 to 5. As if the daily grind was hard enough. But it’s a testament to Caroline’s focus on building a women’s fashion label.

Building a women's fashion label with Caroline Teakle from Maxtead Clothing.
Building a women’s fashion label with Caroline Teakle from Maxted Clothing. Just one of her many chic designs for women’s knitwear.

Caroline has worked in fashion design for over a decade and started here career in one of the world’s fashion capitals: London.

She started with the boutique brand, Sara Berman (designed by sisters Amiee and Sara).

Starting at the Mecca of Vintage & Alternative Fashion

Caroline was part of the Sara Berman team. They designed the mainline for a brand stocked at many boutiques and department stores. The home base was the home of fashion in London, Camden.

She also made designs for Urban Outfitters & ASOS.

Caroline then worked on the collections of N.Peal and their main line of knitwear. Working here stirred stirried her passion for well-crafted pieces.

Caroline was excited with the chance to create fabric and knits. Not to mention having access to a never-ending variation of yarns and knitting styles. 

It was like I hadn’t realised how bloody fantastic knitwear was until that moment!

Caroline Teakle

In London. Caroline met and worked with many people across the British fashion retail industry, experienced the factory floors of the UK and selling collections.

It was an incredible start for this talented young designer. Whilst in London Caroline also worked with Sophie Cranston of Libelula. Sophie’s designs are much-adored by the future king’s wife, Kate Middleton.

Sophie and Caroline remain friends and Sophie fully supports Caroline and her brand Maxted. Both hope to work together again one day.

Caroline then moved to the British brand Burberry. A brand that was always a dream location on her career path. Caroline even wrote a paper on the difference between ‘Englishness and Britishness’ and how that’s portrayed in fashion branding.

Building A Women’s Fashion Label That You Can Call Your Own

But it was a long-held desire to travel which Caroline to move to Melbourne, Australia where Witchery quickly snaffled her talents before she moved to Cotton On

At Cotton On, Caroline was able to learn more about high street brands and the demands of the market designing their knitwear and outerwear collections. 

Caroline found these highly commercial brands very different from her experience in London; focusing on high volume, high margin, fast-fashion. 

After years in this market though Caroline began to enjoy it. She ended up laying claim to designing Cotton On’s bestselling knitwear piece. The piece sold over half a million units globally!

Why Maxted?

My father has always offered to help me set up my own brand and I have always said ‘no’.

But I read ‘Daring and Disruptive: Unleash the Entrepreneur’, by Lisa Messenger. Lisa set up The Collective and I said, “bugger it, I’m ready for the next thing and maybe it’s that I do it on my own.”

“I think I have enough experience now to give it a crack. Since I started designing the initial Maxted range I am so happy, it just feels right.”

“I wanted a brand name that would be as classic as the British brands I love. The name Maxted has a personal connection to me and it’s important to me that my influence on the brand resonates through every part of it, including the name,” Caroline said.

Maxted is now 3 years old and going strong from Caroline’s homebase in Torquay. She is all loved up with her partner Ed and dog Bracken and they are living the dream in Torquay.

Watch this space beacuse it is only get started we think!

Tune in NOW to hear Ep.8 of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast with you hosts Ben & Jess.

Give us a rating on iTunes and let us know wheat you think. Otherwise download wherever you get your favourite podcasts!

See ya!

Ben Hucker is the founder and host of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. He’s a former financial markets guy who left the city in 2017 and moved to the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia. Tune in for a weekly episode of the Surf Coast Creatives podcast. Each episode is packed full of hints and tips on creativity, health, business, mindset and a good dose of inspirationAll this with creatives entrepreneurs on the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia.