Rosemary Local is an online store that supports local creatives. It is a platform that not only sells products made by local artisans, but also takes the time to get to know them, understanding their inspiration and motivation behind their products. What sets Rosemary Local apart from other online platforms is the total support our creatives receive in the production, promotion, sale and distribution of a product. Rosemary Local creatives’ sole responsibility it to do what they love, which is create.
For a lot of people, making arts and crafts is a hobby, a way to take some time to do what they enjoy, to be mindful and focus entirely on what they are creating. Rosemary Local goal is to ensure a creative can continue to have this time, even when their products are sold online. For other creatives, having their products for sale on Rosemary Local may be the beginning of their career as an artist, Rosemary Local is a platform for them to try different things; exploring different themes, mediums and explore working with different sources of inspiration. Rosemary Local supports creatives by taking care of all that goes into selling a product online, reduce any stress or hesitation that may have detracted them from selling their products online earlier.
Founder Rosie Popa began Rosemary Local in September of 2020. Rosie is an elite rower, and is currently training full time with the Australian Rowing Team in pursuit of representing Australia in the Olympic Games in 2021. For Rosie, the sole focus is to be the best athlete she can be day in day out. This is only made possible by having a huge amount of support around her and her teammates. Having access to massage, physiotherapy, psychologist, flights booked, equipment sourced, and all other recourses needed is all taken care of. This leads to quality of training being higher, focus is better and stressing about anything other than making a boat go fast is reduced. Rosie identified that this amount of support is lacking for those who are passionate in their art, leading to less people being able to fully explore what they are capable of creating. She decided to create a platform to fulfil this need.
Rosie is also a first generation Australian, the daughter of rowing Olympic medalist Ion and Sue. Ion is Romanian, Sue is American, they have both lived in multiple countries throughout their life. Rosie’s parents have instilled in her the importance of supporting and being part of local communities, as they are instrumental in creating a sense of belonging no matter where you are in the world. They also encouraged Rosie to have a strong understanding of who she is; knowing what creates the essence of self, what you like, what makes you happy and knowing that you are enough by being your authentic self.
Rosie hopes Rosemary Local can be a supportive platform for creatives, allowing them to continue building confidence and competence in their creative processes, as well as doing its part to continue to support local communities. Rosie would like to help give back and support those that need it, as many people have done so for her to fulfil her own goals. Through Rosemary Local Rosie hopes creatives learn more about the essence of them, and to keep enjoying their creative outlets while also sharing and selling their products with you.