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The Village Markets

Boutique Fashion & Lifestyle Market for Creative Entrepreneurs - Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Queensland

WIN with our friends Louv

To celebrate their stall at TVM this Sunday, our friends Louv are running a little giveaway where you can win yourself or a loved one a Louv bralette of your…

To celebrate their stall at TVM this Sunday, our friends Louv are running a little giveaway where you can win yourself or a loved one a Louv bralette of your choice, valued at $55.

'The bralettes are made using Tencel™. This ultimate sustainable fabric is made using eucalyptus pulp. The patented process is a full loop one with no waste created. It's non toxic and biodegradable. All our dyes are slowly made using plants. We have been working ethically for 10 years now, with a small team of talented artisans in Bali.

Our bralettes are designed to be super comfy, pretty and healthy for you, the planet and the makers! They also fit busts sizes from small to extra large.' Cat Charest, founder of Louv.

To win, simply leave a comment below about why you'd love some Louv this summer. The winner will be drawn on Saturday 15 December at 5pm. Not transferable or redeemable for cash.

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And Facebook at @louvkind
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Stall Profile :: Trance McShady

Nick Maricic is one interesting chap. Read our interview to find out more about this charismatic creative and founder of label, Trance McShady. You can find him at TVM this…

Nick Maricic is one interesting chap. Read our interview to find out more about this charismatic creative and founder of label, Trance McShady. You can find him at TVM this Sunday 16 December at Burleigh Heads.

I first studied Communication and Cultural Studies with a major in performance at Curtin University in Perth, but that was really a waiting ground until I was accepted into the renowned acting course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, which I completed in 2008.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I always had a passion for story telling, as a child my brother and I would take my Dad's video camera and make shlocky films of our own creations. In my younger years I was congratulated as a performer, so I thought this is what I'm meant to do. However later I realised through writing, directing, and producing my own play "Playgiarism", and the webseries "Felix Barbosa and the Dilettantes" (currently in post production) that I'm not the type to say the lines given to me, I have my own stories to tell, and they're bursting at the seems... there is no choice for me but to release them, and my label Trance McShady provides me that platform.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

I was writing screenplays, drawing, producing and directing short films, creating vaudeville characters, and making music, but aside from the humanitarian and environmental themes, there was no real uniformity across my work. I had dabbled with screen printing and fashion design earlier, and one day it all clicked. I'm actually telling the story of a lifestyle of ethics.

Fashion is just another form of story-telling; we dress the part we want the world to perceive us as, so what better way to change people’s consumer habits then by providing an affordable, ethical, and environmentally friendly apparel label with attitude?

What does your brand consist of?

Trance McShady is attention to detail. Every step of the process from manufacturing to marketing is scrutinised to have the smallest environmental footprint, and the biggest social impact, so when buying Trance McShady the shopper has the confidence knowing it's as good as it gets.

All garments are 100% organic cotton and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) certified, which unlike other certifications requires every step from harvesting the cotton to manufacturing it to be organic. All garments also have Fair Wear Foundation accreditation, a not for profit independent organisation overseeing that the makers are paid a good wage, under good working conditions. Most of the garments are manufactured solely using renewable energy (solar and wind), and I hand print each one myself with solvent free paints.

My adults only Donald Trump colouring book "Making Coloring Great Again" is printed with vegetable based inks on 100% recycled paper. All packaging is made from recycled paper, and even my business cards are made from recycled cotton off-cuts from the t-shirt industry.

The best way to understand the broad nature of the brand is to listen to the podcast I gave about it to Double Star Collective Maker and Creator:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/maker-creator/id1395134028?mt=2

Where is the label designed and made?

The garments are manufactured in India and Bangladesh, and I hand print them myself in Australia. All the prints are my own designs, along with the colouring book which is manufactured in Australia.

What inspires you?

The environment, global standards of living, word play, pushing boundaries, dark humour, and your mum.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

The dream of Trance McShady is to be in a position of constantly creating and getting my ideas out there in whatever medium I see fit. It's hard to define where this will take me, as I already have ideas for ethical jewellery, keep cups, a zero waste/no disposables cafe, a million movies to make, all under the umbrella of the Trance McShady brand. But looking to the immediate future, it seems my baby range is super popular, so carrying on that and a children's book about the environment seem like the next likely steps.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Staying motivated. At times it feels completely over whelming, but you just got to take everything one step at a time, you may not get where you were expecting to go, but you'll get somewhere.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The best thing for me about having Trance McShady is how it inspires me to do better. I've always cared about the environment, but the attention to detail of the environmental aspects of Trance McShady, along with constantly asking is this in line with the ethics of Trance McShady, has forced me to look harder at myself. I'm certainly not perfect, but I feel like since starting Trance McShady, I've improved.

Find Trance McShady at TVM this Sunday 16 December at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am until 1pm.

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The biggest TVM of the year is here, this Sunday!

The biggest TVM of the year is here and it’s happening this Sunday 16 December – you wont want to miss it! Get ready to shop 110+ of the most…

The biggest TVM of the year is here and it’s happening this Sunday 16 December - you wont want to miss it!

Get ready to shop 110+ of the most incredible creative businesses. Meet the makers and support local small business this festive season – avoid those dreaded shopping centres too, right?!

Food stalls include Garlic and Spice, Hungarian, Jardin Juice Co, Koconut Kid, Lalah Bali, Little Sprinkles, Little Wahaca, Mokey Magic (dumplings), smoothjuice and more.

Fresh market blooms by Huckleberry Flowers and stalls include a beautiful life, Akazi, Alton Goods, Always on the Run, Au Fait, Baby Bird, Bali Batik , Bandikoot, barefoot blonde, Bindii, Bonita Havana, Bowl de Coco, Burrows and Co, Business and Pleasure, byron bay bath bombs, Burrows and Co, Coco Lou the Label, DEGOEY PLANET, Desert Wanderer, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, Dusty Child, Earth + Sage  Stass & Co, ebania the label, Eco Sisters, Elke the Label, F&H Jewellery,, Figbowl, Forgotten Modern, Frankly My Dear, Ghost and Lola, Goldenminx, Grotti Lotti, Halo & Horns Company, Harvest Clay, HAUS, House of Paloma, Iron and Cub, Isabelle Quinn, Jbk, Kara Succs, KESA + KONC, Kinsfolk Co, Kivari, Lakiki, Lewd, Limbo, Little Leas, LOCA SPORTSWEAR, Lokoa, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, Louv, Love St, Lowanna Collection, M.I.L.F life the label, Meraki Collective, Mermaid Collective, Mila-East, Minc Ceramics, Mumma Etc., MY GOLD, Night Tiger, Olas Supply Co., One Fable, Prospere, Rustic Peppermint, Shawnee Made & Found, Silver and Cold Jewellery, Sissy & Me, Sleep-in Society, Sweet Child of Mine, Swell and Solis, Tahlee and Bench, Tanora, TFPR and Co, the Bondi Alchemist, The Lobster Shanty, The Pup Club, The SunLounge, The Woven Store, Tracey Moakes Photography, Trance McShady, Tusk Linen Co, Two Brides Presents, Two In The Sun, VENNER, wanderers co, Weave and Willow, Weiner Haus, WILD HEART, Wild Wood Ceramics, Woman vs Wood, Xander and Lou, Yucca Stone, Zeffaandfosse, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

Live tunes by Adam Harpaz (8:30am) and Lily Budiasa (11am).

Pick up a TVM market tote from our information stall as a gift or fill it with your market haul and don’t forget to tag your pics so we can see them #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets

Some parking is available at the school, in surrounding streets or at the large carpark on Connor Street, just a 400m stroll away. Alternatively why not ride your bike, carpool or catch public transport? Bus stops are located right out the front.

TVM | Sunday 16 December 2018 | 8:30am – 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

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Tunes at TVM :: Sunday 16 December ’18

Come and join us for live tunes at TVM this Sunday 16th December as we celebrate the final Burleigh Heads event for 2018 at The Village Markets. Grab your friends…

Come and join us for live tunes at TVM this Sunday 16th December as we celebrate the final Burleigh Heads event for 2018 at The Village Markets.

Grab your friends and fam, shop 110+ boutique market stalls, load up on street food and refreshing brew and then head to the shaded area amongst the trees where you can kick back on a blanket and enjoy live tunes by two of our faves:

8:30am - 10:30am Adam Harpaz
11am - 1pm Lily Budiasa

Make sure you tag your pics so we can see them: #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets

Lily Budiasa by Nat McComas

Adam Harpaz

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Partner with Australia’s most loved market!

We love nothing more than connecting with like-minded businesses to form partnerships – whether it be brand awareness, community connection, growing your social media following, brand alignment or a product…

We love nothing more than connecting with like-minded businesses to form partnerships - whether it be brand awareness, community connection, growing your social media following, brand alignment or a product launch at our events. As an innovative business, we're always open to new ideas!

We're on the look-out for brands to collaborate with on some exiting new projects on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane in 2019, as well as online - if this is you, we'd love to hear!

Contact us, here.

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Shop Small & Local Today at TVM

Your Christmas shopping just got a whole lot easier, with an extra TVM today at Burleigh Heads State School where you can shop our local lineup, enjoy lives tunes and…

Your Christmas shopping just got a whole lot easier, with an extra TVM today at Burleigh Heads State School where you can shop our local lineup, enjoy lives tunes and street eats.

Sunday 9th December 2018 8.30AM-1PM at Burleigh Heads State School

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Stall Profile :: My Qi Aromas

There’s a new stall in town this Sunday 9 December at TVM – meet Katie Bernays and Bianca Baker, cousins and creators of My Qi Aromas. We are cousins that…

There’s a new stall in town this Sunday 9 December at TVM - meet Katie Bernays and Bianca Baker, cousins and creators of My Qi Aromas.

We are cousins that have a love for natural living and low tox options. Katie, a Chinese Acupuncturist and Bianca, the blender extraordinaire! My Qi Aromas was a long time in the making and we were so excited to finally launch in August 2018.

TVM: What made your pursue your creative passion?

We both have young families and husbands who own/run their own businesses so we were craving a “creative outlet” to add to our busy lifestyle that really filled our cups and created more balance - something that gave back to our hearts and our souls, but that also served others. Creating and blending natural perfumes, infant roller blends and grown up roller blends that provided a natural option to common ailments seemed the most obvious, as we were doing it anyway, but now we could share our passion with others.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

August 2018 we launched, My Qi Aromas was over 18 months in the making.

What does your brand consist of?

My Qi Aromas ha there ranges:

Natural Perfume Oil (My Empowerment Qi, My Love Qi, My Balanced Qi)
Infant Roller Blends (Mini Sleep, Mini Airways, Mini Peaceful, Mini Immune, Mini Teething, Mini Tummy, Mini Growing, Mini Warrior, Mini Focus)
Grown-Up Roller Blends (Relax, Happy, Immune, Sleep, Headache, Pain Free, Sinus)

What inspires you?

Helping others to add chemical free options into their homes and daily living - especially for the little ones! The less chemicals we are exposed to the better our health can be.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

We are currently in the process of getting Australian Certified Organic and would love to reach people Australia wide.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Deciding on a name (Qi - pronounced “Chee” means ‘life energy’ in Chinese)

We are still working on best ways to market our brand as we are not experienced in this area at all!

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The chance to be creative and also the flexibility with a young family is great!

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Scott Dalton & Hannah Campbell this Sunday at TVM

Catch live tunes by Scott Dalton and Hannah Campbell at TVM this Sunday 9th December. Bring your posse, grab a coffee, stroll the boutique market stalls and then settle in…

Catch live tunes by Scott Dalton and Hannah Campbell at TVM this Sunday 9th December. Bring your posse, grab a coffee, stroll the boutique market stalls and then settle in under the trees for some killer live tunes.

8:30am Scott Dalton
11am Hannah Campbell

Make sure you tag your pics so we can share them @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

TVM | Sunday 9 December 2018 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

Scott Dalton

When Scott Dalton was barely seven, he had abandoned bionicles, swapping Lego for Ludwig. A natural aptitude for the keyboard created a fierce passion for music unfulfilled by just one instrument. By 13, Scott had added guitar to his repertoire of skills, alternating between electric and acoustic. It was in his senior year that Scott realised the potential in his voice, honing his vocals into something of incredible power. Never the underachiever, Scott combined passion, an intrinsic knowledge of the music industry and undeniable talent into launching his singer-songwriter career.

Influenced by a mixture of Matt Corby, John Mayer, Dire Straits and Pink Floyd, Scott's unique sound is one that does not demand attention but entices it. Both intimate and emboldening, Scott's music resonates with his listeners, irrespective of numbers, and is not just a song but an experience.

Hannah Campbell

Hannah Campbell is a warm, discerning, and joyfully vulnerable storyteller, recently moved to the Gold Coast from Melbourne, Victoria. Her style of songwriting echoes of folky roots through stories of failings and hopefullness, desire, emotional vacancy and unspoken truths.

Hannah’s trademark honest humility is the undercurrent of her shows that keeps audiences enthralled.
Her latest single Run Like Wolves received high praise from Triple J’s Roots N’ All presenter Nkechi Anele, who said “Her voice is just one of those old timey voices that could be from any generation.”

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Destination Gold Coast :: Industry Storyteller of the Year #DGCCA

This week, we we’re thrilled to be award Industry Storyteller of the Year at the Destination Gold Coast Content Awards. The inaugural awards celebrates Gold Coast businesses that have embraced…

This week, we we're thrilled to be award Industry Storyteller of the Year at the Destination Gold Coast Content Awards.

The inaugural awards celebrates Gold Coast businesses that have embraced the best of digital and social storytelling.

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TVM Preview :: Sunday 9 December ’18

We’re popping up with an extra TVM date this Sunday to amp up that Christmas shopping buzz  – come and hang with us and support local small businesses this festive…

We're popping up with an extra TVM date this Sunday to amp up that Christmas shopping buzz  - come and hang with us and support local small businesses this festive season. Find 100 boutique market stalls, street food, live tunes and sweet Sunday vibes.

Here's a preview....

New stalls include My Qi Aromas, Auston Fox, Bindii, Bonnie and Dyed, stone, The Woven Store, bambii the label, swell and solis.

Plus all your faves including Akazi, Isabelle Quinn, Lotus and Luxe, a beautiful life, Alfie EST 2011, Frankly My Dear, Sissy and me, VASH, One Fable, Coastal Coral Co, DESERT WANDERER, Drift Trading Co, Huckleberry Flowers, Iron and Cub, Jacktars Locker, karasuccs, Lewd, Limbo Collective, Little Leas, Lokoa, Night Tiger Designs, Rustic Peppermint, TFPR and Co, The Miniature Treasury, Zeffa and fosse, ZYLO, Bam Loves Boo, byron bay bath bombs, Comfort &Calm, Eco Sisters, Frocktail Party, HARVEST CLAY, The Lobster Shanty, A Happy Home, ALESSANDRA et BRIDGETTE, Bali Batik at Home, Bones Society, Bonita Havana, Collect and Conquer, HAUS, Melon & Goliath, My Gold, Santography by danny santangelo, seamone, Shuturp, the Bondi Alchemsit, The Elements Co, manning made, Kippy Skateboards, zeffa and fosse and more.

Food by Flat Earth Organic, Koconut kid, Jardin Juice Co, smoothjuice, The Wiener Haus, Little Sprinkles Bakery and more.

Live tunes by the talented Scott Dalton and a second act to be confirmed.

Make sure you tag your pics #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets

TVM | Sunday 9 December | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School

Image by Frankie The Creative

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When Frankie the Creative Comes to Visit…

Last Sunday we were lucky enough to host Adelaide photographer Frankie Smith from Frankie the Creative. Expect to see loads more of her vibrant market snaps over the next little…

Last Sunday we were lucky enough to host Adelaide photographer Frankie Smith from Frankie the Creative. Expect to see loads more of her vibrant market snaps over the next little while...

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Extra Christmas TVM this Sunday!

There’s only three markets left prior to Christmas and we’ve added an extra one this Sunday to ensure you can spoil your family and friends with locally made and designed…

There's only three markets left prior to Christmas and we've added an extra one this Sunday to ensure you can spoil your family and friends with locally made and designed gifts.

See you this Sunday 9th December at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM

 

Image - Frankie Smith @createwithfrankie

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Shop Small, Shop Local, Today at TVM

The first of our four December markets is ON today, so gather your crew and make your way to Burleigh for epic pre-Christmas shopping, live tunes, the Rack Sale and…

The first of our four December markets is ON today, so gather your crew and make your way to Burleigh for epic pre-Christmas shopping, live tunes, the Rack Sale and loads of good vibes.

Sunday 2nd December at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM

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Stall Profile :: Amber Days

Crafting ethical and non-toxic childrenswear was a top priority for new Mama Corina Muir when she launched Amber Days after the birth of her daughter. Combining her background in photography…

Crafting ethical and non-toxic childrenswear was a top priority for new Mama Corina Muir when she launched Amber Days after the birth of her daughter. Combining her background in photography with a scholarship to Billy Blue College, Amber Days was born in 2018 and debuts at TVM this Sunday as our StartUp Stall recipient.

Tell us about your background?
Prior to launching Amber Days, I worked in environment and community organisations. I love this kind of work but after 10 years it can really wear you down and it is definitely an area where you do have to sacrifice a lot.

After leaving high school, I studied photography. Motivated by environmental justice and inspired by ethical fashion I shot my final folio mostly using vintage clothing or ethical brands. I then moved to Sydney after receiving a scholarship to Billy Blue College for fashion design. After 5 months in Sydney, I missed my family too much so I moved back to Melbourne.

In between my work in community, I would plot away at working on my label which at the time was an ethical yoga wear label.

What made your pursue your creative passion?
I gave birth to my beautiful daughter in 2016, and Amber Days was also born. I have always been passionate about the environment and people so when falling pregnant with my daughter, finding clothing that didn’t use harmful chemicals in their processes was really important to me.

After doing some research into the fashion industry and the toxins and practices used, I was pretty terrified. This really reinforced the importance of transparency in the fashion industry and buying from designers that use organic fabrics that have been dyed with non toxic dyes and produced ethically.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
The real push was when I had my daughter and I went back to work. She came with me to work which I am grateful for but I found the whole work system not set up for mothers. It was then that I decided to take the leap and launch Amber Days.

What does your brand consist of?
Amber Days is a Melbourne based ethical children’s wear label that is inspired by the Australian bush, desert and sea. Amber Days is made for mindful, adventurous, free spirited little ones, who are the next generation of change makers.

Amber Days consists of ethical and sustainable hand made baby and children's clothing. We have essentials for everyday wear and a few seasonal pieces all made out of quality natural fibres. Our hand made garments are made to last and wear to their full potential. We believe that there is nothing more special than being able to pass down your favourite garment to your next child or generation to come especially when that garment holds onto so many beautiful memories.

Where is the label designed and made?
Amber Days is designed in Melbourne and hand made in Melbourne. I also source all my trimmings from a little shop in Melbourne and the essentials range is printed on GOTS certified organic cotton which is knitted and printed in Melbourne. Supporting local small business is really important to me.

The fabric used in our essential range are designed by different Aboriginal Women. This range we collaborated with the beautiful Lara, Worimi mother and artist behind Yukul Art.

What inspires you?
My daughter Sapphire is my biggest inspiration. Her creativity and love for life is just the most inspiring thing in the world. I am also constantly inspired by the bush, desert and sea, my family, friends and by my culture. These are things that give me the most inspiration.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
I hope that my business can grow to support a community of women and mothers and also inspire other women to follow their dreams! I really love creating beautiful, ethical clothing for little ones so I hope that my brand can continue to grow enough for it to be able to sustain me and my daughter <3

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
The biggest challenge I found when launching my label was having the confidence to believe in myself and my brand. It is also just really challenging doing everything as ethically and as sustainably as you can. Fashion will never be sustainable unless we start shopping second hand and don't produce anything again which is so extreme so it's just working out the best way to do things with as little impact on the environment and supporting the people that are doing the right thing.

What is the best thing about having your own business?
The best thing about having my own business is the freedom it brings to be a present mum to my daughter. There is so many pressures in our modern world for mums to be a full time stay at home mum and to also work full time and this is obviously quite challenging as being in two places is impossible. It is really empowering to be a single mum, be able to financially support my child and be a present mum! And doing this in an ethical, sustainable way that supports other women to do so to, is just the best feeling.

Connect with Amber Days

amberdays.com.au
@amberdays

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Live Music :: Sunday 2nd December 2018

Two of our absolute faves return to TVM on Sunday… it’s always our pleasure to host them. Grab a coffee, pull up and rug and enjoy. 8.30AM – Ondre Soien @ondredavis…

Two of our absolute faves return to TVM on Sunday... it's always our pleasure to host them. Grab a coffee, pull up and rug and enjoy.

8.30AM - Ondre Soien @ondredavis

11AM - Lily Budiasa @lilybudiasa

Sunday 2nd December 2018 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM - 1PM

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Preview :: Sunday 2nd December

It’s time to start the Christmas shopping and there’s no better gift than a locally designed and/or made piece from your favourite designer, creative or collector. Start that gift list!…

It's time to start the Christmas shopping and there's no better gift than a locally designed and/or made piece from your favourite designer, creative or collector. Start that gift list!

Come shop this Sunday and browse this epic lineup of stalls, including Sweet Child of Mine, Jbk, Olas Supply Co, Frankly My Dear, Aulieude, Yacca Stone, Reclaimed Diamonds, Isabelle Quinn, The Elements Co, Business & Pleasure, Forgotten Modern, House of Paloma, Drift Trading Co, Min Ceramics, Sahara Blue Co, Au Fait, A Happy Home, The SunLounge, Little Leas, Isabelle Quinn, Bowl de coco, Caz Creations, Iron and Cub, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, Limbo Collective, the Bondi Alchemist, Huckleberry Flowers, Feather and Grant, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Tahlee & Bench, Lokoa, Lui the label, Comfort & Calm, Rustic Peppermint, Alfie EST 2011, The Miniature Treasury, Lowanna Collection, TFPR&Co, Coastal Coral Co, Sleep-in Society, Love St, Bandikoot kids, Always On The Run, My Gold, Akazi, Night Tiger the Label, Vash, Shawnee Made & Found, Harvest Clay, Little Fisher Co., Amber Days, Haus, Wild Heart,  Desert Wanderer, Zeffa and Fosse, wanderers co, Lakiki, Lewd, Bam Loves Boo, Hazel, SNRKLBR Swimwear, Succulents Gold Coast, Eco Sisters, manning made, seamone, Melon & Goliath, Zoozap Eyewear, Bonita havana, Dust and The Lobster Shanty.

Street eats by Little Sprinkles Bakery, Monkeymagic dumpling, Flat Earth Organic, The Hungarian Food Factory and Jardin Juice Co.

Sunday 2nd December 2018 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM-1PM

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Stall Profile :: Shawnee Made and Found

A painting degree, teaching art and English in India and establishing a love for well-made fabrics and materials lead Shawnee Dean to create beautiful handwoven wall-hangings, cushion covers, pouches and…

A painting degree, teaching art and English in India and establishing a love for well-made fabrics and materials lead Shawnee Dean to create beautiful handwoven wall-hangings, cushion covers, pouches and accessories, with care and intention. Coupled with a 'found' collection of vintage ceramics and other curated vessels, the brand Shawnee Made and Found was born.

Tell us about your background, were you always creative?

I graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts majoring in painting at Queensland College of Art in 2016, before this though I spent 3 months teaching art and English in India. I've always been drawn to well-made and handmade fabrics and materials, and India is so huge on textiles, so these inspirations coupled with my desire to constantly learn new ways of making things and share that with people I think led me quite naturally to fibre arts and hand-weaving.

When I learnt about the art of loom weaving and saw some of the things people were making with it I became obsessed and eventually made my own loom and taught myself to weave. It's been about 2 years since I started weaving now and I feel like I've evolved a lot but I am continually learning new things about this process and where it can take me.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I think the biggest driving force was my own need to be doing something creative with my life, and then when I started making the things I am now, the comments I got from people about how much they liked it or how unique my products were really solidified my beliefs that I was on the right track with this and I could take it somewhere.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

For about the last year I have been working on things that had a customer or audience in mind, rather than just making them for myself, but having a part-time job and studying full time at university was distracting me from really focusing on turning this creative outlet into a business and a way of life for me. So in October this year I was at a point where I felt like I was really happy with the things I was creating but didn't have the time to invest in it properly, so decided to quit my retail job and take the plunge into working on my business full time. So far it's been a great decision, but I still have so much more growing to do.

What does your brand consist of?

Handwoven goods and art pieces, fibre based earrings and other accessories, handmade baskets and original artworks.

I also have a found collection that I hand select items I feel resonate with and compliment the items I make.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything handmade is designed and created by me (Shawnee) on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Being a one-woman show means I limit the amount of things I can make and how quickly they are made, but I think it adds value to my products that they all have evidence of the hands that made them and are all original in their own way.

What inspires you?

I am extremely inspired by the Australian natural environment, so far as colours, shapes and materials. I use a lot of things from nature, and try to source as much of my materials as I can from within Australia, as well as hand dying some of my yarns and fibres with plants I can find locally. These processes of foraging and utilising the the environment around me continually inspires my work and design process.

Also, as weaving is such an ancient art form, I also get a lot of inspiration from textiles and tapestries from throughout history and across cultures.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

My main goal for this brand was to prove to myself that I could support my way of life by making things with my hands and using my skills. I like the idea of sharing my creativity with the community to enrich it rather than keeping it to myself. Long term plans are to be creating bespoke woven art pieces for people's spaces all around the country, as well as teaching workshops to share my knowledge and skills.

I am currently in the process of making a website and an online sales point as well, so that is my short-term plans for the brand.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I think my largest challenge is time, and the pressure of a consumer culture that wants things fast but still to an excellent quality. By choosing to pursue hand-weaving, the qualities that I value in my products can't be achieved quickly, and the idea of making enough products and on a frequent basis is daunting when thinking about the slow nature of my process. But I think more and more people are appreciating the extra time and often higher quality of hand-made and slow-made, artisan products these days, and I think are more willing to wait longer and pay more for something truly original and high standard that supports an individual artist, rather than a large corporation.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

I have only just begun the journey of owning my own business and being my own boss, and I have a lot of space to evolve and master the art of it, but so far I have found the work I do is so much more fulfilling and I am proud of what I am doing. Being able to dictate my work life and be in control of the direction I take is extremely satisfying.

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Come Hang at TVM Today

We’re on the Christmas countdown with only five markets left until Saint Nick makes his appearance. Get in early and stock up on  locally made and designed goods that are…

We're on the Christmas countdown with only five markets left until Saint Nick makes his appearance. Get in early and stock up on  locally made and designed goods that are bound to impress your family and friends this year. Plus you'll be supporting a small business owner and just make their day!

Today's lineup is epic, plus there's live tunes by Liy Budiasa and Ondre Solien and don't forget delish street eats.

Sunday 18th November 2018 8.30AM-1PM at Burleigh Heads State School

After a Good Vibes market bag to stash your haul? Shop here.

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