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Makers Market at Wangaratta

Friday, July 20th, 2012

On the second Sunday in July, the Makers Market was held in Wangaratta. This is an inside market, so fabulous after freezing in the frost at Warrandyte Market the previous morning.  This year was the second time for the market A lot of work has been done to establish the market as part of The Stitched Up Festival. The main Festival is held every second year, showcasing fabulous textile work around the Northeast. 2013 will be the next Festival year.

This year a lot of people attended the Makers Market. As well as the textile stalls,  several demonstrations of techniques were held. I demonstrated lino-cuts for use with textiles and card. There was great interest so I will write up a tutorial and post it on the website.

As I specialise  in designs of Australian flora and fauna, I was thrilled that a number of people had come especially to buy goods for overseas gifts. I sold a lot of glasses cases and coin/card purses . I price these at $12 so they are affordable. These products also suit a range of age groups.  The main designs sold were blue-wrens and grass-trees.  I also had created a number of A4 and A5 journal covers, some using raw edge applique of central Australian landscapes.  I was pleased when a number of people recognised the areas.

Stitched Up Textile Festival

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Last weekend I was at the Stitched Up Textile Festival in Wangaratta.  On  Saturday I visited the various venues in Wangaratta, Beechworth and  Milawa to see the fantastic  textile displays.  I was particularly fascinated with the eco-dying  using gum leaves, on silk and wool.  The colours and effects were amazing.

On Sunday I participated in the Makers Market, held in the new Performing Arts Centre.  All  the work was of high calibre and this was certainly appreciated by the visitors to the market.  We were thrilled by the number of visitors.  They had lots to look at and could sit down for a coffee and a meal as the centre has a great cafe.  I certainly enjoyed having a stall inside in the warmth for a change, rather than being outside in the wind and rain!

My customers bought lots of the journals and the new coin/key/cards wallets. For the journals I had made some featuring the grass-trees in the Warbys and rocks on Mt Buffalo, as well as many featuring wildflowers and native animals. The small wallets are a new item and came from a suggestion of a customer in Eltham who needed a wallet just for cards. They could also take coins and keys.