Everything Begins with our Story
Born of a love of independent art and design and supporting all things small, Everything Begins was founded by Amy Timbrell, in November, 2011.
Born in England, Amy moved to Australia with her family when she was ten. After racking up a few years in the working world after finishing her Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Marketing, like many Aussies, Amy packed her bags and headed to London. That was in 2002.
It was here the idea for Everything Begins was born. Amy loved to explore the various markets and small boutiques in London, loving to shop up a storm at East London’s Spitalfield’s design market and Portabello. Travelling back to Australia regularly and having regular overseas visitors, Amy’s friends regularly asked “where did you get this and where did you get that”. Amy thought how brilliant it would be if people around the globe could discover amazing artists and designers from around the world, and shop their collections online, direct from their own home - without even having to travel. Not only would it enable design lovers to get their hands on the most unique and beautiful, decorative pieces for their home, it would help artists and designer reach new markets and grow their small, treasured businesses and livelihoods.
In 2008, Amy was offered an opportunity to come back to Australia as the Managing Director for a global visual media company. This brought Amy to Sydney. In 2011, Amy fell pregnant with her first child, Bertie and came to the realisation if there was ever a perfect time to launch her dream business, the time was now. Amy spent her pregnancy working day and night to set up Everything Begins. It was launched just two months before Bertie was born and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, Everything Begins is 100% owned and operated by Amy, and is run out of her Sydney based home studio. Amy continues to search far and wide for the most interesting new artwork and objects, made by independent and emerging artists, designers and makers all over the world. She scours open studios, design shows, little-known galleries and the latest boutiques, hand picks the best stuff and bring it all together here to discover, browse and buy online. Whilst Amy manages all aspects of customer service, ensuring a seamless end-to-end purchase for her customers, each purchase is shipped to around the globe, direct from the very art or design studio in which it was created.
Each purchase made at Everything Begins directly supports independent artists and designers as unlike with the standard retail model, at Everything Begins, the majority of the purchase price goes directly to the artist and designer.
Whilst many of our partners have a loyal following of their own, Amy uses her marketing, e-commerce and PR skills to help gain greater exposure for artists and designers, helping them reach new customers and markets. By operating on a small commission per sale, Amy helps emerging and established artists and designers grow their business and ultimately helps create a platform for the greater sustainability of small, independent businesses around the globe.
Amy loves to hear from art and design lovers around the globe! If you have any questions or comments or would love to share the work of a talented artist or designer, please get in touch via the contact page.