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TVM Startup Stall :: Harper and Harlow

Our TVM Startup Stall recipients for this week are Blaze Reddy and Mel Augustino with their label, Harper and Harlow. They will join us for the first time at TVM…

Our TVM Startup Stall recipients for this week are Blaze Reddy and Mel Augustino with their label, Harper and Harlow. They will join us for the first time at TVM this Sunday 19 August with their beautiful and ethical childrenswear.

We both met 11 years ago as we worked together as flight attendants based in New Zealand, we still currently work for the same company however we are now based in Australia and living in Gold Coast raising our little wildlings. A deep friendship formed and we bonded over creating sustainable clothing from natural fibres.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

Being mothers made us feel like we had to pursue our passion. After having our little girls we wanted to ensure that we were setting the right example and also someone that they can look up to.

What does your brand consist of?

Harper and Harlow the label consists of beautiful organic hemp and linen fabrics designed for children and soon to be woman. A lot of thought and love has gone into these designs and it is made so that your child can grow with it, for example everything is adjustable or can be worn different ways. We are a brand that is very proud to go plastic free including postage and packaging this is a passion of ours being environmentally conscious and we hope that being a small business we can make an impact or even better have bigger companies follow in our footsteps.

Where is the label designed and made?

Our label is designed by us here in Gold Coast, modelled and taken on many adventures by Harper and Harlow and made with love by a beautiful mother in Bali who is a great friend of ours. She also employs five of her friends and family members to help and they all work together while their little girls run around in the background.

What inspires you?

Everything about nature, our little wildlings and travelling. We are both so lucky that we get to travel around the world and visit places we could have only dreamed of. We also grew up in such a surreal country the land of the long white cloud surrounded by unspoiled greenery, rolling waves of soft earth and beautiful culture, we want to pass this onto the girls and show them this spectacular world we live and all the beauty that surrounds us.

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

We plan on releasing a boys and woman’s range in the coming months, we hope to help people understand that how we choose to consume impacts the environment and the people making it. At the moment we are just so excited to share something we both have worked so hard at creating and can only hope that people adore and enjoy our clothing as much as we enjoyed creating it.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

Oh my gosh how we laugh at ourselves now, we really went in blind trying to juggle motherhood and being new to the industry. Our biggest challenge would have to be the business side of it all, there is some much that goes into running a small business and it has given us such a deep respect to everyone who is giving it a go.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The best thing about having our own business and a business partner/friend is that you can always rely on one another to help each other out, having our own business meant we could do something we have always adored creating ethical clothing while being at home surrounded by family and spending precious time with Harper & Harlow which is very important to the both of us.

Connect with Harper and Harlow online, here.
Follow them on Instagram, here.
Find them at TVM this Sunday 19 August 2018.

To find out more about our TVM Startup Stall, check here.

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Stall Profile :: Ghost & Lola

Meet Wendy Powitt, founder and creative behind jewellery label Ghost & Lola. Read on to find out more about this experienced fashion powerhouse who handcrafts bespoke pieces from her rainforest…

Meet Wendy Powitt, founder and creative behind jewellery label Ghost & Lola. Read on to find out more about this experienced fashion powerhouse who handcrafts bespoke pieces from her rainforest home set on 100 acres.

I studied Fashion and Textile Design at Sydney College of the Arts and worked in the Fashion Industry in Australia and USA as a Fashion Designer, then Illustrator and then Creative Director before deciding to move up North to Byron Bay. In Byron I studied Fine Arts Sculpture at Southern Cross University and started making jewellery. Ive always been fascinated with vintage fashion and I had been collecting the pieces long before I started to make jewellery. Once Ghost and Lola was born there was no turning back. It is the perfect combination of fashion and craft. I love the hands on artisan making and also meeting with people who get the label and understand the vision of making something new from something old.

What made your pursue your creative passion?:

I have always been creative and I always believed in making things. It was how I was brought up. Dad was building the house around us and mum was always creating. It was just a normal way to be.

We all have a creative spark, the trick is to believe in yourself and allow it to shine.

What does your brand consist of?

I make Ghost and Lola jewellery from vintage components. I source the pieces from all over the world through vintage and antique dealers and also travel and explore to find precious pieces.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is designed and handmade by me in Northern NSW. I have a studio in my house that I work from. My house is surrounded by 100 acres of beautiful rainforest so it provides endless inspiration.

The pieces that I collect connect me to a past once vibrant and now largely forgotten. I am inspired by Mythology, Alchemy and tales of the past when the world was interpreted as less scientific and more spirited and creative. And I like to connect that to our contemporary lifestyle because I believe that we all need a little more meaning and to feel special.

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

I am hoping to share Ghost and Lola with a larger audience. I find that my style attracts customers of all age groups and people are fascinated with the product because it is so unique. The marriage of old with new is immediately apparent when you see the pieces. I love hand-making the pieces and want to retain that aspect, so it will always be an artisan brand and each piece will be limited and special.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I am committed to working full-time with Ghost and Lola, so sometimes the unpredictability of cash-flow is daunting. Also learning to navigate a fresh world of digital Marketing is a 'thrill'. I have learnt so much since launching the brand, from my customers and I truly want them to feel special that they are wearing something unique and handcrafted that is sustainable in its use of re-purposing what is already existent in the world.

What is the best thing about having your own business?

Freedom! Creative freedom, and freedom in each day. I love what I do so nothing is an effort!

Find Ghost and Lola online, here.
And follow on Instagram, here.

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Live Tunes :: Sunday 19 August ’18

We are lucky to have the lovely and talented Laura Hill join us on the main stage this Sunday, as well as our main man Ondre Solien (always a crowd…

We are lucky to have the lovely and talented Laura Hill join us on the main stage this Sunday, as well as our main man Ondre Solien (always a crowd fave!). Come and hang with us under the trees as we soak in that delicious winter sunshine and celebrate local creative talent.

Main Stage:
8:30am - 10:30am Ondre Solien
11am - 1pm Laura Hill

TVM | Sunday 19 August | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets

Ondre Solien

Laura Hill

We welcome Laura as she tours with her brand new album, Secrets.

'Secrets' gently unwraps Laura's beautiful gift as a songwriter. She writes whimsical songs with intriguing intimacy, full of love and purpose. With hints of youthful wisdom Laura’s song writing is matched with a stunning clarity and tone to create a beautiful soundscape.

Laura’s newest studio album ‘Secrets’ infinitely defines her stunning sound. Her fourth studio recording, it demonstrates a deviation from the somewhat laid back demeanour of her earlier albums Guava Tree and Blue Skies and greatly compliments her best selling solo release Powdered Sunshine from 2014. The songs here are emotionally raw, painfully honest and yet threaded with a singular bright positivity... swung from the heartfelt letter that didn't get through, to ballads of stargazing, shoe-gazing and road-tripping.

After touring nationally and with newfound pride in her sense of place, Laura’s home on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula helps define her impeccable indie folk sound. Secrets was recorded live in several stunning locations that clearly defines the releases ambiance. From Mixmaster’s studio, known for its incredible acoustic warmth to the stunning stonewalls of a restored historic barn for the tracks Beautiful and Dreamer.

 On my travels I was often asked where have you been hiding? I believe there’s something beautiful about discovering a secret destination or new experience that really resonates in your heart. If it’s a tasty new cofffee or the discovery of a great muscian, when you find something new it’s like your own little secret discovery but the best part you ask? Just as quick as you find it you want to share it, after all life is best shared with the people you love right?  - Laura Hill

In modern society where moments are fleeting and Laura’s belief that the best things in life are better shared Laura chose to shun modern day smoke and mirrors for a release that is real and sure to pull you back to the simple things in life; the Moments and people that really matter.

In all seriousness, it hasn’t been an easy two years for the reserved Laura Hill with several life changing events causing a stumble and nearly stopping the release all together. During the recording and production process she became a new mother and in a brutal twist of fate, grappled with the news and complications around her Mum, Dad and Aunty being diagnosed with cancer.

These events prove there is no doubt Laura is a lover, she has an undeniable desire to make the world a better place through her music and live performance, managing to establish connections on so many levels. No one gig defines Laura and as long as her music is touching the lives of her listeners she will continue to shine. Wether you’re a lucky listener rambling along at a bustling market, fortunate enough to have her play at your wedding or a secret garden show, playing solo shows or at some of Australia’s most cherished festivals, nothing is to big or small.

As an independent artist, your support and generosity never goes unnoticed and Laura can’t wait to connect with you somewhere out there soon.

 

 

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TVM Preview :: Sunday 19 August ’18

We’re all set for SUN-day and can’t wait to see you for another amazing morning celebrating creative local talent, epic tunes, the Gold Coast winter sunshine and good vibes. Make…

We're all set for SUN-day and can't wait to see you for another amazing morning celebrating creative local talent, epic tunes, the Gold Coast winter sunshine and good vibes.

Make sure you grab one of our brand spanking new TVM Good Vibes Market Totes from the TVM info tent to stash all of your #TVMFaveFinds. They are bigger, better and more re-useable than ever.

Food by Coffee and Me, Flat Earth Orgaic, Hungarian Food, Jardin Juice Co, Little Sprinkles Bakery, smoothjuice, Stix+Stone Street Grill and The Wiener Haus and new foodie Garlic and Spice (Korean food).

We have so many new stalls this weekend including Arcade Vintage Boutique, Born A Grain, Gather & Moss, Heather Macrame, Stump and Co, Style Pose Click Camera Straps, SUUN MOON, taz Jewellery, Toteally Recycled, and Tusk Linen Co.

We welcome back Nakawe Trading and Lotus and Luxe Jewellery and all of your loyal faves A  Happy Home, Ace of swords, Au Fait, Bali Batik at Home, BONES SOCIETY, Bonita Havana, Coco Lou the Label, Comfort & Calm, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, Dust, Eco Sisters, ELKII, Frocktail Party, Ghost and Lola, Halo & Horns Company, Huckleberry Flowers, Imogen Stone, Iron and Cub, karasuccs, Lakiki, Little Leas, Luxe Luna, manning made, Melon & Goliath, Mermaid Collective, Minarga, MOSSY, NIGHT TIGER, Olas Supply Co, One Fable, Rustic Peppermint, South Seas Beard Co, The Botanica Whyte Collective, The Elements Co, The Lobster Shanty, THE PUP CLUB, The Sunlounge, Two In The Sun, VX Label, wanderers co, Wood Sky Sage, Young Squad, Zeffa and Fosse, ZYLO and more.

Live music by Ondre Solien and Laura Hill. See here for times.

Share your pics with us so we can share the love with our creative community, #thevillagemarkets @thevillagemarkets

TVM | Sunday 19 August | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School, Gold Coast

Image by Kirra Smith

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Guest Post :: My TVM Sunday with Kirra Smith

As every Sunday should be, I recently spent a morning wandering amongst the market stalls, sipping coffee and generally getting immersed in the good vibes that make up The Village…

As every Sunday should be, I recently spent a morning wandering amongst the market stalls, sipping coffee and generally getting immersed in the good vibes that make up The Village Markets.

Arriving at 8.30am, the space was already bursting with locals looking to snap up some goodies. Of course, I headed straight for the coffee van and then onto Huckleberry Flowers for my flower fix. So. Many. Stunning. Options. I chose the most colourful bunch I could find and hovered around as long as possible to soak up the scents.

Next it was onto Olas Supply Co. to choose a few pieces for when winter is finally over (please hurry, we’re done now). I went with the Barefoot Overalls and a white tee to add to my apparently never ending collection.

Onto Lakiki Jewellery for some silver stacking rings and a chat with the lovely Brittiny and then over to Au Fait Living to pick up a new candle (or two). Huge fan of the Coconut and Lime with Elderflower, I’d say I’ve bought at least 30 of them in my lifetime and there’s plenty more to come.

From there I flicked through some vintage goodies at Forgotten Modern (loved everything) and wandered down to Tanora Design to check out their woven bags. Could have bought one of each but managed to stop myself this time.

Same goes for Harvest Clay who make some of the cutest ceramics in the world. I would absolutely LOVE to stock my house with their goods from top to bottom and one day I’ll definitely make that happen. Maybe next time TVM rolls around actually.

Last but not least I stopped in at Rustic Peppermint, who I’d been reading about, to try some of their beautiful vegan skincare. I left with the Revive Polishing Powder and Nourish Oil Cleanser and my skin has never been so sparkly. Highly recommend.

All that shopping, and just life in general, makes me super hungry and my fave Sunday treat, The Wiener Haus, were there to help me out.

One Monica Lewinsky later and I was ready for an ocean dip and a sneaky afternoon nap.

As always, I loved cruising around, chatting to store owners, soaking up the sunshine and purchasing all the pretty things at my absolute favourite Sunday morning spot.

Love you always TVM.

By Kirra Smith

Kirra Smith is a lifestyle writer and photograper based on the Gold Coast, Queensland. You can connect with her via her website, here, and Instagram, here.

 

Images by Kirra Smith

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Sunday Sorted!

We’re all set for an epic Sunday so come hang! Splash some cash on the best local talent by way of designer threads, homewares, jewellery, art and more, enjoy live…

We're all set for an epic Sunday so come hang! Splash some cash on the best local talent by way of designer threads, homewares, jewellery, art and more, enjoy live local music all day, devour delish gourmet eats and hit up the Rack Sale for some serious bargains.

8.30am - 1pm Sunday 5th August 2108 at Burleigh Heads State School

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Stalls Preview :: TVM Sunday 5 August ’18

TVM is on this Sunday and it’s looking to be a good one – come and hang! Find the best lineup of boutique market stalls, street eats, live tunes and…

TVM is on this Sunday and it's looking to be a good one - come and hang!

Find the best lineup of boutique market stalls, street eats, live tunes and our monthly pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales. Meet the talented local makers, soak in the winter sunshine and enjoy the Coasts best market.

Eats by Koconut kid, Double Zero Pizza, The Hungarian Food Factory, coffee & me, smoothjuice, Garlic & Spice, Little Wahaca, The Wiener Haus,  Jardin Juice Co, Pequena Cocina and Little Sprinkles Bakery.

Stalls include Little Leas, One Fable, la ciganna, Akazi, Lotus and Luxe jewellery, Jewellery By Kim, Olas Supply Co., Halo & Horns, Forgotten Modern, wanderers co, Zoozap Eyewear, Love St, Au Fait, Nicotte, the pod.me, Wild Heart, Mahiya, Luxe Luna, Degoey Planet, Bam Loves Boo, South Seas Beard Co, manning made, Sissy & me, Inner Relm Wetsuits & Surfwear, Eco Sisters, Santography by danny santangelo, Desert Wanderer, Lakiki, Mossy, The Lobster Shanty, The Elements Co., dust, Venner, Yucca Stone Ceramics, Limbo Collective, Huckleberry Flowers,  Frocktail Party, Drift Trading Co, karasuccs, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Staple & Hue, Rustic Peppermint, Harvest Clay, The Lobster Shanty, Olas Supply Co and Yucca Stone Ceramics.

Tunes by Jackson James Smith and James D'Khan, check here for times.

TVM Sunday 5 August 2018 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets

Image by Alice Wint

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Tunes at TVM :: Sunday 5 August ’18

Catch live tunes at TVM this Sunday thanks to James D’Khan (8:30am – 10:30am) and Jackson James Smith (11am -1pm). Shop boutique market stalls and pre-loved designer and vintage Rack…

Catch live tunes at TVM this Sunday thanks to James D'Khan (8:30am - 10:30am) and Jackson James Smith (11am -1pm).

Shop boutique market stalls and pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales, devour street eats and soak in the sweet Sunday vibes at the Gold Coasts best market.

TVM | Sunday 5 August 2018 | 8:30am - 1pm | Burleigh Heads State School | #thevillagemarkets

Jackson James Smith

James D'Khan

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How To :: Merchandise Your Stall, with Kari from Night Tiger

There’s a certain art to ensuring your stall looks inviting, well thought-out and importantly your products highlighted to maximise sales. We spoke with the master Kari, from Night Tiger and…

There's a certain art to ensuring your stall looks inviting, well thought-out and importantly your products highlighted to maximise sales. We spoke with the master Kari, from Night Tiger and got the low down on Visual Merchandising for your market stall.

I first learnt about visual merchandising when I was working for a designer label called 'RICH'  in Melbourne. It was a large store on Brunswick street Fitzroy consisting of Australian made but Italian sourced fabrics with Men's and Women's clothing shoes and accessories.

My manger had been professionally trained and every Monday we would re-merch the store for a fresh look. She taught me everything she knew and I realised I loved the process. I worked there for about two years and then for a few other labels in Melbourne.

When I moved back up to the Byron Shire I worked with my dear friend Rowie, from Rowie the Label. I worked for her for about four years at the headquarters managing stock and online customer service, retail in her shops and sometimes doing markets. I worked in a lot of different roles at the label, one of them being a favourite, Merchandising her stores.

I created Night Tiger because I had always loved making my own clothes and dressing up (I also have a background in dance where I made a lot of costumes). After a while people wanted me to make clothes for them because they liked the garments I was wearing so I realised that I could make a small business out of it.  I did a course in Fashion Design and Technology and it kept growing from there.

My 5 tips for merchandising your market stall would be:

  1. I never over clutter my stall. Variety and options are good but simplicity is key, especially clothing racks, not having too many items on each rack so the customer can easily touch and see each item.
  2. Have an inviting space. Possibly something the customer can walk into and a centrepiece of some sort, maybe a table or rack in the middle is good for me. Occasionally I will hang macramé or hanging pants to compliment the clothes but not always. A little bit of extra decor is always nice though as customers don't like feeling to exposed in a bare open selling environment.
  3. For each rack in my stall, the clothing is hung in a complimentary colour scheme. I also hang things in a way so that the longer items and shorter items aren't bunched together and it all has a flow and balance on the rack. These factors are aesthetically pleasing to the human eye and unconsciously it draws customers in as there is an ease for them to look at it all. My racks and the way the clothing is presented is the main focus of my stall.
  4. Having some sort of Mat or floor is really good because it separates you from the path outside and psychologically 'slows' people down in your stall to stay a while and relax and have look.
  5. The stall should just have an over-all simple shop feel. I try to keep all equipment that is not necessary out of the stall i.e. marquee covers, rack ropes, trolleys.....anything that's not nice to look at. And my extra clothing boxes of stock I put under a table or cover with nice discreet throws out of the way.

Thanks so much Kari for this incredibly insightful info! You can find Night Tiger at most TVM events, including the next one on Sunday 5 August 2018.

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Sunny Sunday’s at TVM

Come hang and enjoy our epic lineup of local boutique market stalls, gourmet street eats, the preloved and vintage rack sale and live tunes, today at The Village Markets. Sunday…

Come hang and enjoy our epic lineup of local boutique market stalls, gourmet street eats, the preloved and vintage rack sale and live tunes, today at The Village Markets.

Sunday 15 July 2018 at Burleigh Heads State School 8.30AM - 1PM

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Stall Profile :: Allure Art

New to TVM this Sunday is Allure Art, by Cassandra Ashton Thomas. Founded in her studio at Runaway Bay in May 2018, Cassandra a graphic designer, works with alcohol ink,…

New to TVM this Sunday is Allure Art, by Cassandra Ashton Thomas. Founded in her studio at Runaway Bay in May 2018, Cassandra a graphic designer, works with alcohol ink, ink and watercolors to create original art pieces.

TVM: What inspires your work?
CT: My inspiration comes from the colours and forms found in nature. Living on the Gold Coast I am surrounded by a never-ending wonderland of oceans, lush green forests and a bounty of colourful flora. Using colour as language, my work is alive with emotion through the movement of inks and luscious layers. Each painting is filled with layer upon layer of ink, building a rich history into each piece.

What do you find to be the biggest challenge in having your own business?
For me one of the biggest challenges in being a full-time artist is the pressure to compete with big box stores and items made cheaply in other countries. Also reserving uninterrupted creative time in amongst busy days! It is the cornerstone of growth and success for my business since its vibrant nature is what differentiates it from others.

If you were to offer any advice to other emerging artists, what would it be? 
To listen to what others have to say—friends, family, experts, even yourself. When it comes to things that have to do with your entrepreneurial goals, be a sponge. As you learn, start to work out the idea in your head. Write things down. Keep notes from all the resources you come across to develop a detailed plan. Don’t go it alone! Call on your trusted advisers and contacts to help work through and get you back on track.

You can find Allure Art at TVM this Sunday 15 July.

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