Tell us a bit about yourself and what you’ll be selling?
My name is Daniel Pavlovic and I have a little t-shirt business! I design my t-shirts for everyone from babies to adults! My tees come in a range of black white or grey and in short or long sleeves. I’ve also started making embroidered hats and hoodies and prints of my illustrations.
I didn’t set out to be a t-shirt designer, I really wanted to be a comedian. I really loved art class in high school and went on to do a TAFE art course, I thought it would be a cool idea to put some of my designs on t-shirts. What started as a little stall at a local arts festival with my first design has grown into the many designs and different styles I have now. Daniel(ink.) has literally given me a whole new direction in life and a new focus. Did I mention I have Cerebral Palsy? CP affects the muscles in my legs and hands so don’t get me wrong, life may be a challenge, but I am enjoying that challenge!
How do you make the works?
I design my illustrations at my family home in the beautiful hills of Perth. These designs are then individually screen printed the old fashioned way onto 100% cotton t-shirts at a local business just around the corner. My grandmother then helps hand stitch my labels onto each tee, she’s in her 80s now but still wants to help out! My Dad, my Mum and my sister also help me out, so it’s a real family affair.
Why is it important to support local makers?
We’ve all got to help each other out, especially with everything that’s happening in the world at the moment. Buying things made by locals is a small thing we can do that means a lot to someone else.
What’s your top gift tip this Christmas?
Getting people’s artwork as gifts is a great idea, art makes people happy and can brighten up anything. If you’re after something Christmas-themed I’ve designed a special Christmas tee with an added gold star and there’s one for the whole family!