24 March 2023

Riverina Made: Scrunchies, bibs and burp cloths at Beautifully Gem

| Oliver Jacques
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Gemma Chapman at market stall next to sign

Gemma Chapman launched Beautifully Gem six months ago. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Who are you and what is your business? My name is Gemma Chapman and my business is called Beautifully Gem. I grew up in Griffith and went to Wade High School. I work full-time as a dental assistant and now I produce scrunchies [hair ties covered in fabric], bibs and burp cloths, which I sell at markets and online. I get my material from [fabric store] Spotlight and everything I sell is hand sewn by myself.

When and why did you begin? I was doing it as a bit of a hobby. My partner was away for a few months, I was a bit bored at home, so it gave me something to do – I thought, ‘Why not do this on the side?’ So six months ago I decided to start making these products and selling them on the weekend.

What do you produce? I just do the bibs, scrunchies and burp cloths for the moment, but have a few things in the works over the next couple of months. I’m planning on doing headbands and hair clips and more hair accessories, for adults as well as children.

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What do you sell that would make an ideal present for a wife or girlfriend? The scrunchies are always the way to go – everyone loves a good scrunchie.

If you could make anything in the world, what would you make? I love what I’m making, I’d just love to be able to make it more on a bigger scale. It would be nice to work my day job part-time and do this full-time.

Rack of 'Bib and Burp Packs'

Gemma sells ‘Bib and Burp Packs’ for $25. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Where can we buy your products? At the markets. I’m at Griffith Central Markets every month [third Saturday of every month]. Any markets that are in Griffith I try to go to, but I’ve also done Leeton and Wagga markets. I also have a Facebook and Instagram page called Beautifully Gem. People can message me there and I can make whatever they like. I’d like to set up a website within the next six to 12 months.

How would you promote the Riverina? There’s a lot of great produce here. The town is small, so everyone knows everyone. It’s a really nice community to be in.

Coolest local thing you’ve ever bought? Any of the fruit and vegetables at Broome’s would be the best. I really enjoy the produce around this local area. The wine is good but I’m not much of a wine drinker at the moment.

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What’s your favourite coffee spot? Probably Cafe 2Sixty2 [located at 262 Banna Avenue].

Who is another local producer/business you admire? There is so many. I love Stuck Up by Janelle Lee, she is also at the Griffith Central Markets. She makes some beautiful personalised things. I also like Mina J, who does some really good jewellery.

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