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About Us

What we’re about

We believe that handmade has a strong societal value, and that now more than ever, locally made is super important. That’s why we work to empower local makers, helping them sell their products and teaching them how to turn their hobby into a business.

We run our spaces to be as interactive as possible and encourage our cubers and the general public to engage with us through our memberships, our group exhibitions, our workshops and as patrons of the arts.

We don’t see any reason to buy mass-produced when you can support small businesses, often run by parents of young children, retired people finally doing what they love, students, full time artists and dabblers.

There’s so much that can be created right here in Melbourne, and by supporting local businesses we’re shortening the supply chain and helping the public buy directly from the maker.

Our values

We pride ourselves in being

  • LGBTQIA+ Friendly & inclusive
  • Neurodivergent & disability friendly
  • Open minded and open-hearted
  • Creative & Crafty
  • Changemakers – we’re creating something special here at in.cube8r!

Meet the team

The in.cube8r team is made up of artists and creatives who love all things Australian handmade and supporting local makers. Most of our team members are creatives and small business owners themselves, or have worked in creative/marketing industries. 

We understand the challenges that makers and artists face marketing their products, and with our combined experience across jewellery, fashion, visual art and object design we can support our cubers and assist them with selling their work in our shops.

- made by Elle-May

Elle-May (May Michaels)

(she/they)

Elle took over in.cube8r in Feb 2016 after 10 years in a rewarding career doing marketing for Australian charities. Since arriving Elle has transformed in.cube8r and given it new life, opening a second in.cube8r in Prahran from 2019-2021, and then opening in.cube8r Melbourne Central in 2022.

Elle-May helps creatives, makers and artists create their dream side-hustles through curation and promotion and community building, as well as providing mentorship to makers who need a little hand holding along the way. They’re not big on traditional “business speak” and break things down to the basics to help clients understand not only why they need to take the steps in their plan, but how to take them. Elle is there to hold your hand through the more boring bits of crafting your own business. More at maymichaels.com

- made by Elle-May

Clare

(she/her)

Clare has been part of the in.cube8r family since 2009! After working in the various in.cube8r shops across Melbourne for over 10 years, Clare now works behind the scenes assisting with accounting and invoicing. Technically trained in jewellery design at Curtin University, Clare runs her own handmade business Skadi Jewellery Design, creating historically inspired contemporary saw pierced jewellery and costume accessories that tell a story. Clare really likes cats and is at her happiest during Winter – these motifs both feature frequently in her jewellery designs.

- made by Elle-May

Kim

(she/her)

Kim has been a part of the in.cube8r team since 2020. With a background in styling, Kim has worked closely with local designers throughout her working life.  Her passion lies in helping small brands flourish and winning consumers over to slow fashion. Look out for shots of Kim modelling for the Cubers on the website and in store! Finding out the unique stories behind each of the makers helps Kim connect them with the customer and provide that unique shopping experience. Next time you’re in, say hi and get styled by Kim!

- made by Elle-May

Kay-Lynn

(she/her)

Kay-Lynn joined in.cube8r in mid-2023, and has spent most of her time here exclaiming how cute all the products in the store are. She lives in technology and on the internet and is happiest when making a big mess while creating. A creative producer and artist herself, Kay-Lynn loves seeing the delight that art and creativity brings to people.  Want to chat with someone about something you’ve been working on? Pop on by and introduce yourself!

- made by Elle-May

Kylie

(she/her)

Kylie has been part of the in.cube8r team since 2018. Kylie loves supporting our cubers with advice and feedback on displays, packaging and design suggestions. She also loves to help customers find the perfect gift. Every week, Kylie keeps you updated with our weekly email outs to our subscriber list, curates gift guides and writes blog posts, and styles Fitzroy’s weekly window displays. Plus day to day admin work to help keep things running smoothly behind the scenes! Kylie is a Fitzroy resident whose local knowledge has been indispensable! As well as being a valuable member of our team, Kylie has a line of kids clothing under the name Reversabub. Her brand has been able to grow and develop by being available to in.cube8r customers since 2017.

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