Sunday, May 12, 2013

Being creative is a labour of love

It's Mothers Day weekend here in Australia, and what better way to celebrate than by taking our mum to the local Indie Craft markets?!

Werewolf reminding child not to forget Mothers' Day
Our city council is supporting a resurgence in the 'lost crafts' and these markets are now being held in and around Town Hall a couple of times a month.

Leaving dad and Bruce at home to pressure hose my concrete (thanks dad!), Mum, my sister and I trekked into town to check these markets out. I don't know about you, but I always feel some hesitation for often they sound really awesome and you get there and it's a real mix of excellent cool genuinely hand made stuff and well-intentioned but ultimately misguided hippies hawking dollar incense.

After three attempts at finding parking (my navigation is still a bit off having spent four years away) we finally arrived and I immediately suffered sensory overload. I couldn't believe it - this was the real deal! SO MUCH GORGEOUS CRAFTINESS!

Magpies are our favourite bird

Fiscal justification for the labour of love

I wanted to share some of my favourite vendors, but one thing that really struck me was how much of a labour of love creativity and art really are. I wore the Sew for Victory! dress and was chatting to a few people about sewing and got a few comments along the lines of 'you should sell your stuff!'. I suppose that's every artist and creative person's dream, but commercialising your work as a seamstress is a tough gig. 

The Sew for Victory! dress took me at least 10 hours to sew if you include the time spent choosing material, cutting out the pattern and general mucking about. Even at a very reasonable hourly rate, how many people will spend upwards of $300 on that type of dress? Not enough to make a living out of it. 

Or maybe, because I'm a lawyer, I'm just too conditioned to billing in expensive six minute units. Anyway snaps to all these awesome creatives at the markets - love your work!

Don't-drink-that-it's-a-candle teacups

Double Happiness sells vintage teacups filled with candles. The candles are very yummy vanilla, lotus and pear, and are made from soy, but I wouldn't advise eating them, even if you are one of the 34 people in the world who actually enjoy eating soy.

I wish I'd paid more attention in pottery class at school

These hand-thrown ceramic Dishy Dishes, Pots for the Lot, Manly Things, jugs, cups, bowls, jewellery and trinket trays were super impressive. Made by Raw Ceramics, I was so overwhelmed by their quality and general oh-so-gorgeousness that I couldn't decide what to buy. Hopefully they will be at the next markets so I can fuss over them again.

Liv and Mum just realising how necessary it is to purchase ceramic goods
Yes, of course I need more earrings

I already own many pairs of earrings, including a very nice blue glass pair. So of course that meant that I should buy more. 

Toffee apple earrings!
This jewellery and other gorgeous glass and ceramic-y stuff is made by Hot Toffee. I want to eat the lemondrop yellow earrings I bought.

Houses recycled with out-of-copyright art

And this, hands down, was my favourite - art made from wood sourced from our beloved Queenslander houses by Mason and Sinclair.

Using wood sourced from door frames, VJ walls and exterior boards, each piece is sanded back - but not completely, so the original paint (in some instances five layers!) can be seen. Then interesting drawings from books published from the 1880s to the 1920s are screen printed on the block. Awesome. I wanted to buy all the cubes to make this tower at home but fiscal sense prevailed.

Here you can see the haul.

 My cube has a skull, werewolf, snail and radiant light lady.

Freaking awesome.

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