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The Village Markets

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

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Smoothjuice & Their Tiny House

 Meet Jan and Kev, owners of much-loved TVM food and beverage caravan, Smoothjuice. Well-known for their epic juices, smoothies, healthy bowls, wicked sense of humour and upbeat vibes, the English…

 Meet Jan and Kev, owners of much-loved TVM food and beverage caravan, Smoothjuice.

Well-known for their epic juices, smoothies, healthy bowls, wicked sense of humour and upbeat vibes, the English couple have called the Gold Coast home for over a decade, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and have built a 100% self sufficient tiny home in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

We had a quick chat to Jan and Kev, two very much adored members of our TVM community about life in a tiny home, how COVID-19 has affected their business and more. Enjoy the read!


Hi guys. Local food trucks have taken a big hit throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, with most events being cancelled. Without permanent premises to retail, we know it’s been a really challenging for your industry. How are you going?

Strange times that’s for sure but we’re keeping a positive spin on things and hoping that good things will come of this situation when we are out the other side, locally and world-wide.

Have you been able to keep the business going during this time and if so, where and how can we support you?

We’ve managed to keep our heads above water with a little help from our friends and our local community in Mudgeeraba. We have a regular spot outside our friends cafe Millers Espresso (Swan Lane, Mudgeeraba) on Saturday mornings and we’re also still trading at Currumbin Community Farmers Markets on Thursday mornings.

You both recently built your own 100% off-grid 3m x 10m tiny home, in the Gold Coast Hinterland. This slow way of living must have made a big difference for you both, during what has been such a difficult time financially and emotionally for so many?

We are so grateful that our lifestyle affords us to be relaxed about finances as we’re aware of so many struggling.

This is basically what the tiny house movement was created for, an affordable and sustainable way of living that is also cohesive with the land.

I can’t tell you how many conversations we’ve had in the last couple of weeks about this. People coming to the realisation that so much of their money has been wasted or spent on credit on material goods that are pretty insignificant now and how they have realised time with their family is so much more important.

Images by Living Big In A Tiny House

 


Can you share with us your favourite go-to recipe for keeping your immune system up during this season?

I’m vegetarian (Jan) and Kev is a vegan. We do definitely feel that this contributes massively to our wellbeing, not to say we don’t enjoy a beer too, we both believe in a healthy balance! If we had one recommendation it would be to eat or blend lots of leafy greens into your diet along with fresh herbs.

Our Extreme Green Smoothie recipe would be a go-to for immunity:

kale/ spinach/ celery/ pineapple/ banana/ ginger/ ice/ coconut water


Where is the first place you’d love to travel to, once the travel ban is lifted?

As for travel we’ve actually decided that for the foreseeable future we are going to travel in Australia as soon as restrictions are lifted. It’s such a beautiful country and being Poms we haven’t seen too much of it yet.

Why do you love being a part of the TVM community?

We really can’t wait to get back to The Village Markets, we’re so missing the community of stall holders and the banter with our regulars & of course the boys breakfast club with Kev, Paddy (The Weiner Haus) & Joel (Olas Supply Co) Sunday’s have seriously not been the same!

Thanks so much guys! We can’t wait to see you soon on when TVM returns, Sunday 7 June at Burleigh Heads State School, Gold Coast.

Check out Jan and Kev’s tiny home at: @whytinyhouse
And you can follow and connect with them via Instagram: @smoothjuice_

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At Home With :: Kirra Smith

Today we chat with local Gold Coast based photographer, wordsmith, globetrotter and kind hearted woman, Kirra Smith about how she’s going during these challenging times, trekking through the Himalayas with…

Today we chat with local Gold Coast based photographer, wordsmith, globetrotter and kind hearted woman, Kirra Smith about how she's going during these challenging times, trekking through the Himalayas with a group of travel photographers and her top tips for local takeaway!


Hi Kirra! We go way back, having known each other through your work, TVM and similar social circles. I know how much the current global pandemic is affecting local creatives right now, we hope you’re doing ok! Tell us what work looked like for you, prior to COVID-19?

Before COVID-19 I was quite busy as a freelance writer and photographer, things were starting to pick up for the year ahead and I had lots of big plans for where I wanted to take my business.

How has COVID-19 affected your work so far?

Of course, as soon as the restrictions were put in place, I lost the majority of my work – I shoot food/venues, portraits and weddings mostly so all that had to stop . Luckily I’m also a writer so that continued in bits and pieces and I did have a few (socially distant) photography jobs pop up. It wasn’t all bad but (as it was for everyone) it was quite stressful for awhile. I am excited to see how all this changes things for me going forward, I have learned MANY lessons about how I work, what I love most and how being busy doesn’t necessarily mean being successful. Which I’ve loved honestly.

Where do you live and who are you self isolating with?

I live with my brother Dan and my Staffy Jagger. We’ve obviously been spending A LOT of time together but I’m quite lucky that we get on well and our house is big enough to escape each other when we need to.

What does your creative space look like at home? 

Like a mixture of all the things I love most. There’s lots of art, notebooks, candles and of course, a few cameras and film canisters on my desk plus old issues of travel and fashion magazines I love flicking through for inspiration (and to make collages – my fave iso activity). There are also a few novels on the floor beside me, always a good distraction when my brain has reached its’ creative capacity for the day.

How are you staying creatively inspired right now (it’s a struggle some days, right!?)?

SUCH a struggle some days. I find that I work best in the morning but if I don’t have any creative inspiration on a particular day, I just don’t work. I can’t make myself do something if I’m not feeling it and of course, the work isn’t good if you push it just for the sake of getting it done. Having said that, reading and magazines are probably the best ways for me to stay inspired. I have read so many incredible books lately and I’m obsessed with fashion and travel so looking at beautiful images is one of my favourite ways too.

Great, you're an avid reader - what are the top 3 books you've read in iso?

The best three books I’ve ready in iso are The Great Alone, The Switch and The Ruin. All so beautifully written, I could read them again and again. Oh and My Dark Vanessa, I’ve done A LOT of reading lately!


What sort of work projects do you love the most?

I love working with people to showcase their lives and work. Whether it’s restaurants/cafes, business owners or families, sharing stories is my absolute favourite thing to do.


I absolutely adore your photos and am obsessed with travel, so your travel images are my favourite. Tell me about your best travel experience to date?

Thank you! Travelling is the absolute love of my life, I didn’t do a lot when I was young so I’ve been making up for it the past few years. In November of 2019 I went to Nepal and trekked through the Himalayas with a group of travel photographers. I’ve never been a big hiker so there was a lot of preparation involved and the actual trek was the most beautiful and difficult experience I’ve ever had. We walked for up to eight hours a day at altitude so it was very physically challenging but more than that, it was mentally so hard. When I reached the highest point (5,500 metres) I cried, not for the first time that day, because getting there was the hardest thing I’d ever done but I’d made it and having done that I knew there was nothing I couldn’t do. Plus obviously, the Himalayas are so, so beautiful and some of the photos I took there are the best I’ve taken. So that was the best travel and general experience of my life for sure.

Can you choose one of your absolute fave images and share some insight into the image with us?

That’s a hard one! I think this one means the most to me. I was asked to submit an image for LIVIN x Robina Town Centre’s photography exhibition Collective Minds last year depicting my interpretation of mental health. There were about 15 incredible local (including internationally renowned) photographers asked to participate and I was SO honoured to be one of them. Seeing this image – called Emergence – hanging in the gallery was one of the most overwhelming and amazing experiences of my life (I cried). I was so proud to have been included in something so important among so many talented photographers, it was my first photo in an exhibition and one of the best days of my life.


You’re a local Gold Coast gal, tell us, what local eateries are you supporting right now whilst social distancing at home?

I go to either Custard Canteen or Espresso Moto every day for a coffee and for dinner, Restaurant Labart, The Collective and Etsu Izakaya. Plus Mr Consistent for a Margi mix - can’t be in iso without an epic margarita. Oh and Granddad Jack’s for gin and Black Hops for beers. Wow that sounds like I drink a lot. 

Lastly, a few quick ones for Iso Inspo!.....

Playlists to listen to? I’m one of those people who listen to the same things over and over again – my fave playlists are Hey, is that Ziggy Alberts, Hottest 100 of the Decade and The Office Stereo.

What to watch on Netlfix? I also absolutely loved lifestyle/surfing documentaries Given, Fishpeople and Under an Arctic Sky – they’re so beautiful and Normal People just came out on Stan (based on a book by Sally Rooney) and it’s SO GOOD,

Fave podcasts? I love On Being with Krista Tippett, Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations and My Dad Wrote a Porno is very funny.

What are your top 3 TVM businesses? Olas Supply Co, Lakiki Jewellery and The Wiener Haus.

Get in touch with the delightful Kirra Smith for brand collaborations and shoots, here:
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Mothers Day Feature :: Marissa’s Mum Pamela

To celebrate Mothers Day, TVM co-founders Marissa and Sarah have interviewed their own beautiful mums. Words by Marissa about her mum, Pamela: My earliest memories of my mum were of…

To celebrate Mothers Day, TVM co-founders Marissa and Sarah have interviewed their own beautiful mums.

Words by Marissa about her mum, Pamela:

My earliest memories of my mum were of her flowing hair, like Pocahontas, her earthy smell like warmth and love. Hosting little birthday parties for us in the backyard of our home, so down-to-earth and welcoming to all.

One kind-hearted, travel obsessed, life loving soul with a fiercely passionate heart, particularly when it comes to her family. Tunes always blaring, food always cooking, travel always on the horizon. Her loyalty and love for my dad, her family and her gorgeous female friendships are something I admire, always. Her ability to be so damn happy for other people, to have no issues giving compliments when they’re due and her friendly disposition – Pammy will strike up a conversation with a stranger, anytime, anywhere!

Nowadays, she’s a nan to four busy and talkative kids, we camp together and chat about our past and future travel plans, she’s always there whenever we need her and even when we don’t realise how much we do, our early morning walks before sunrise are something I will never take for granted and my sister and I have inherited her love of a nice French bubbles, vino, great tunes and a good boogie – plenty of memories include all of those elements combined!  

I couldn’t be more blessed to have my mum in my life and here I chat to her about motherhood. I hope you enjoy the read.

Pamela, Byron Bay 1970.

Pamela in Queenstown NZ, 1977.

 

 

Marissa: Tell me about Nanny Joan, what are your earliest memories of her as a mum?

Pamela: She was the best mum and so loving but also strict in that we had rules, good manners were important to mum. She was always there for me with a cuddle and a kiss. I was so lucky to always feel safe, loved and secure. I loved my childhood and both my parents, I was blessed to have them both.

Do you feel as though you intuitively felt into motherhood? I don’t imagine you as being heavy on the routine?

Yes, I do, it just felt natural to me and I loved every minute. I went with what I thought you needed and it seemed to work. Your father always said I was a natural and calm and therefore you and Amy were also really calm, happy babies.

Pamela, Amy and Marissa - the 80s.


One of the biggest things I find so valuable now as a woman, that I didn’t see so much when I was little, is your ability to celebrate other people’s success and especially other women. You’re a really authentic cheerleader and it is one of my favourite qualities of yours! Amy and I both display this trait too and I’m so proud you’ve instilled this in us. What was a characteristic of Nan’s that you feel was passed on to you, that you really value?

I suppose mum instilled in me a good sense of self, in that I was happy within myself and my life so was equally happy to see my friends thriving also. I know how nice it is to hear something positive and I love to pass that forward when I can. Also I am fiercely loyal, as was mum, loyalty is very important to me both with my family and my friends.

As well as your love of travel and your passion for family, something else I admire about you is the beautiful female friendships you have in your life. I love that your closest friends are from primary school and you still have your annual girls’ getaways. How important is having an amazing network of women in your life, particularly as a mother?

Oh my, I am so blessed to have my girlfriends, what wonderful women they are. My friends were instrumental in accompanying me and I them on our journey through motherhood. I think it is so important for young mothers to have women they can talk to who will listen without judgement and then in turn be listened to. Lots of laughter and tears over the years, oh and wine of course!

Now as a grandmother I still have the same girlfriends and we are on a different journey together, but together we definitely are.

Pamela with Jennelle, Shauna, Joanne and Donna.

How did motherhood change you as a person?

One thing I said to both you and your sister was to not even think about having babies until you are ready to never be number one again. In saying that, for me when you and Amy were born I felt I became a better more selfless person. I love being a mother.

What were some of the biggest lessons you learned early on?

To trust my intuition, as mothers usually get a gut feeling for what is right and also to seek help, if not sure. One of the most important things I adhered to and also advised you both to do was to be consistent and if you make a disciplinary decision to stick to it - even if you feel you were too quick to make that decision.

What has been the best thing about being a mum?

The whole process has been wonderful, even the testing times. I honestly think for me being a mum was the most rewarding experience I could have ever had. The nurturing, loving and guiding of your children to grow into wonderful humans cannot be underestimated - and look how wonderful you and Amy are!

Naw, thanks Pammy! And your proudest moment as a mum?

Ooh this is too hard a question to put down to one moment, as you and your sister have given your father and I endless proud moments but I must say watching you both with your own children I could burst with pride, you are both amazing mothers.

...And the most challenging moment?

Ha ha! You both laugh at me when I say that you were both pretty easy and we didn’t have too many challenging times, which is true. I would say girls around 15 years of age can test you in that they feel that they know a lot more than they do and feel that they should be allowed to do a lot more than they are allowed to. We were pretty strict and kept you both busy with sports, that is a good way to tire out any teenager.

How do you feel motherhood has changed since having me in the 80’s, to now watching me parent my two girls in 2020?

I don’t think motherhood itself has changed that much, as you both have the same values as I had in that our kids always come first. In saying that, you are both very creative and love your career paths, so I feel maybe there is a little more pressure now for young mothers to try and fit it all in.

Pamela and Marissa, Christmas 2019.


Life has changed so much since we were little. I’ll bet you’re glad we didn’t have social media back in those days! How would you navigate the world of social media as a parent nowadays? Personally, I am not looking forward to it!

I don’t blame you for worrying about social media! I think from what I see too many parents let their kids have mobile phones way too early and it seems to be the same with screen time too. When I read about some of the awful things that occur on social media, my first thought is just get them off it! I would try to discourage the kids from using it at all, or at least for as long as possible.

As we all know, no marriage is perfect by any means but it was such a blessing to see both Nan and Pop and obviously you and dad, so in love and connected my whole life. What’s been your secret over the past 44 years?

No marriage or relationship is perfect but I have always told you girls that I feel communication is the most important aspect to any good relationship, of course along with love, attraction and values. Dad and I talk about everything and try to solve any problem before it becomes a big issue. We have been together 48 years in total, so we have grown together, we are blessed!

Pamela and Michael, Christmas 2019 at Seal Rocks.

What’s once piece of advice Nan shared with you when you became a mother, that you’ve always remembered? 

To trust my instincts and go with what I felt was right and that if I felt I needed help with anything just to ask. She was an amazing mother I was very lucky to have great parents.

Love you Pammy x

Pamela, Marissa's daughters Pepper and Stevie, Marissa, Amy and Joan, 2013.

 

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At Home with :: K With Heart

Here we chat to creative, mother of two, wife, PR and Comms expert and spreader of good vibes, Karrie-Anne Vieceli about how she’s going during this time of social distancing/homeschooling/working…

Here we chat to creative, mother of two, wife, PR and Comms expert and spreader of good vibes, Karrie-Anne Vieceli about how she's going during this time of social distancing/homeschooling/working from home, the importance of connection within families, her incredible Our Chatter Matters cards and her creative small business, K With Heart.
Karrie-Anne, my family have been using your cards for some time now and it’s become a dinner time ritual for us, something we all look forward to at the end of our (usually!) busy days. It allows us to sit, connect and reflect on our days, what we’re grateful for, listen to our girls and understand how they are thinking and feeling. So special, particularly now during this time when we’re not feeling particularly grounded and there’s so much uncertainty around us.
Tell us about your little family, who lives in your home?
Our family consists of my high school sweetheart husband Brent and our babies, Seb, our loud, excitable, creative who is 6 years young, Myra - aka Queenie - our sass queen who is 4 years young, and our pint sized Jack Russell x Minie Foxie puppy named Angus Scratch.
We love nothing more than to head off on camping adventures, preferably in the bush, close to water with a camp fire and when we aren't doing that, we spend our time doing simple things like hanging at the beach or creek and having dinners under the stars with tunes on and dare I say it, with a few cold drinks for us adults!

When and why did you create the K With Heart, Our Chatter Matter cards?

I launched Our Chatter Matters cards back in February 2019, after having them in my mind and using my 'concepts' for almost a year before that! I am a big believer in the power of words, positivity, affirmations, dreaming big and thinking deeply and inquisitively about things. Before I created Our Chatter Matters, I used generic 'printable' conversation starters I found online, but none of them seemed to evoke conversations that mattered or ones that evoked feelings, memories and deeper connection. The printable ones would get lost and looked ugly, so I wanted to create something that could be displayed on a table and was always out and ready to be used at each dinner time.


You’re one of the most positive, uplifting people I have met, so blessed to know you and your sweet fam! How are you feeling during this crazy time of uncertainty?
Awww thank you. Likewise. It's funny how far we have all come through the wave of the changes, however after a few weeks into 'ISO" life, I must admit, I actually love many aspects of life as we know it at the moment. I just feel incredibly grateful to have our health, employment, a safe home, to live in paradise (Southern Gold Coast, Australia) and to have witnessed the most beautiful way the community has really come together.
I try and live by a few motto's but at the moment, being grateful for what we HAVE as opposed to what we HAVE NOT, keeps me in a good state of mind. I know that I will miss all of this extra time I now have with my kids as I am working from home, so I don't want to take any of it for granted.

You usually work full-time for the Government and you’ve now found yourself at home, working full-time in what I would say is quite a high pressure role, homeschooling two small humans AND you just bought a puppy! Aside from drinking all the wine and coffee, how are you managing everything so far? 

Ha! I do those, that is for sure! Hmmm... I guess when you put it like that, I have a little bit going on - ha! I don't think I could offer much advice in this department, however I am juggling as best as I can. Some days I feel like I could high five myself, others not so much! I have however, started going for early morning beach walks and swims and I feel 10,000% better if I start the day doing this.
I feel that as Mums particularly being able to have some alone time to stop that mental load is super important. I also enjoy little rituals like having my coffee outside in the morning with my incense on before the demands of the day kick in. If I could offer anything to any mums or dads doing the juggle - just be kind to yourself.
Do you have any family favourites, when it comes to the Our Chatter Matters cards? 

As expected, we have a few!

I love, 'Who were you kind to today?' I ask this question nightly because - Kindness is King! I also love 'What are you grateful for?', because gratitude changes everything!

My son loves, 'What is the best smell in the world and what is the worst', because this gets us all laughing! You can guess what a 6 year old thinks is the worse, first letter P, last O.

My daughter who loves animals always wants, 'If you could have a pet animal what would it be and what would you name it?', on the top of her list - a horse!

And hubby, hmm, I haven't asked him but he loves playing along!

You designed the cards yourself and I hear your handy husband made the wooden card holders too, small business indeed! Did the kids help with ideas also?

 

Yes, the bases are hand crafted by my husband Brent and yes, I sure did design them!

As we go camping a lot (we spent half a year in 2018 travelling around Australia) we have had many nights as a family sitting around a camp fire chatting away, so a lot of the questions were things we'd sit around chatting about.
When I was fine tuning the cards, my son had just started Prep (first year of school), so I designed them around the idea that the featured ('sight') word was in the centre of the card - that way if he couldn't read the entire sentence, he would know what it meant just by looking at the featured word. I can happily report this method worked!
I have some ideas for the next set of 'Our Chatter Matters', which will hopefully launch when we are on the other side of ISO and allowed to be out exploring and travelling with our families again!

So, where can people find the cards, do you have any stockists or is online the best way to get in touch?

Online is the best way, visit: www.kwithheart.com.
Thanks so much for chatting with us KA! xx
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At Home With Marissa Bowden & Her Girls

TVM Co-founder Marissa has spent the past six weeks at home with her two girls Stevie (8) and Pepper (6) at their beach shack. As their second week of homeschooling…

TVM Co-founder Marissa has spent the past six weeks at home with her two girls Stevie (8) and Pepper (6) at their beach shack. As their second week of homeschooling and working from home (and a little bit of surfing together as their daily exercise!) comes to a close, we thought we would share a little photo journal with you of the girls at home.

All images are by local lady legend, Kirra Smith. 

 

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At Home With :: Edith Rewa Barrett

As we start to settle into our new normal of social distancing, Sundays spent at home instead of at TVM and adapting our business accordingly, we wanted to explore how…

As we start to settle into our new normal of social distancing, Sundays spent at home instead of at TVM and adapting our business accordingly, we wanted to explore how our creative community are coping - what they're up to, how they are adapting (if at all) and staying inspired, what they are listening to and more. This week we chat to incredibly talented, accomplished and humble Illustrator and Textile Designer, Edith Rewa Barrett. We hope you enjoy the read.

Hi Edith, we recently met you whilst on our High End Hustlers summit with Owners Collective and were drawn to your kind, earthy vibe not to mention you’re an incredibly talent Artist and all-round legend. We hope you’re doing ok! How are you feeling right now?

Thank you for checking in, it is such a big old time..lots of shifting mental thoughts and re-imagining going on over here!

Image by Natalie McComas

Tell us a bit more about your background, how did you come to work for yourself, living your creative dreams?

I had a love for the natural world, pattern, colour and making things visually ‘fit’ from early on. I studied Textile design at RMIT in Melbourne, majoring in screen printed textiles interspersed with a study exchange to Estonia to study ethnographic textiles and complete a more hands on training at the EKA Art Academy. I had more time and greater freedom to explore my own illustrative style here which was probably my first taste of preferring less structure and self motivated work rather than a formal design environment.

Post-Uni, I moved to Sydney to work at Print studio Longina Phillips for a few years, working mostly on hand drawn and painted designs for the commercial fashion industry. This was wonderful training amongst a wonderful team but morally the industry didn’t sit right with me. It drove me out of work hours to create work that felt true to me in a way that aligned with my values. I explored the sandstone flora landscapes of NSW, to learn, draw, and develop my style further, creating my own patterns and illustrations.

Gradually, I started taking on freelance work and became part-time at the studio before receiving a book offer from the US, to illustrate a book of native American herbal plants. This was my jumping off point to start a freelance life and coincided with a move to Blackheath in The Blue Mountains which was a pretty dreamy first studio!

Since then I have established my brand Edith Rewa whilst also working on illustration and Textile Design commissions across a range of industries, moving back to Melbourne in between and now to Brisbane where I was lucky enough to meet you both at our HEH summit!

Image by Georgia Blackie

Image by Natalie McComas

Image by Kristy Staatz

Image by Natalie McComas

What did a work-day consist of for you, prior to COVID-19?

It was quite similar! If I am at my home studio, I usually start the day with breakfast on the deck with the butcher birds and some stretches. Depending on what I have on for the day, I usually focus on the most important work in the morning, some drawing/design work or emails. In the arvo, I might pack online orders and pop to the post office, go for a sunny walk and try and take that energy back into the studio for the last chunk of work for the day!

How has your business been affected so far?

There has definitely been a shift but right now I am definitely feeling grateful for having an online store presence and community. I have noticed that the majority of orders to my online store have shifted to gifts, people sending scarves or prints to loved ones they can’t be with right now, internationally or in Australia.

I have the option for my customers to leave a note for me to transcribe into a gift card to send with their order and some of the notes have been so beautiful!! Heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. It has been sad to see most of my stockist and gallery community struggle or have to close, and with that the stream of passive income they produce.

I have personally been really trying to shop local and support these independent stores when possible! Aside from that, it has been a lot of re-imagining and thinking outside the box in terms of markets and exhibitions and how to still connect and support the creative community right now ~ I really loved being apart of The Village Markets Insta market and am having an exhibition next month that will be online also which will be a first!

Image by Georgia Blackie

Who are you self isolating with, at your Brisbane abode?

In Brisbane! I live here with my partner, we are 1 year fresh to QLD, so it still feels new and exciting but also far away from family right now.

What does your creative space look like at home?

We just moved into a sunny Queenslander (best accidental pre-Covid timing!) so I have had a bit of a creative space upgrade. I have one room in the house set up as a stock room, for packing orders and keeping prints/scarves/packaging materials etc. It is my practical room, full of Vintage drawers and designed for optimum efficiency! I then have the Sunroom as my creative studio space. It is long and thin, lined with beautiful Queenslander windows, is nice and breezy and has the best natural light for drawing. I have lots of desk space here, plant specimens to keep my spirit up in the city and my favourite plant books. I really love having this mental and physical separation between the two spaces, it keeps the sunroom and my drawing time feeling more precious and uncluttered by logistical mess.

Image by Nicholas McKinlay

Image by Kristy Staatz

How are you staying creatively inspired (because some days, its a struggle over here!)?

Yes! I have found not being able to get to nature easily during this time difficult - Pre-Covid I was spending a lot of time getting to know QLD’s coastal heath landscapes and plant communities. Observing and learning and being in these places is an automatic creative top up for me, so I have definitely felt a bit disconnected.

I have filled my space with reminders of those places and plants to keep me feeling inspired. I actually really love times of space and quiet for creativity, and I think the physical distance from these landscapes has made me be more imaginative around the work I am doing on those plants which is nice! But asides from that, lots of music and neighbourhood walks and a daily dose of loungeroom dancing.

We loved that you contributed some works for the Together Gallery project, allowing people to get creative at home by colouring in and discovering incredible artists. Are there any other platforms or inspiring accounts youre loving right now, that we need to know about?

Together Gallery is such a good community resource for calm and creativity! The Planthunter for great nature based visuals and articles and Hattie Molloy for a next level iso puzzle!

You have mentioned you love a good playlist, whats your current fave?

-Instrumental - This is a playlist I like to listen to when need to do focused but energetic work. No lyrics, so it isn't thought distracting.

- Piano - Playlist for focused writing or thinking work.

- For strolling in the sun - Quite literally created for when I need an uplifting walk in the sun as a work break!

- And one more, not a playlist, but an album my partner made (Overlap) of field recordings from different landscapes in Australia, it is so evocative and really calming, perfect to float asleep too.

Any shows on Netflix youre watching?

I loved Unorthodox and have just finished Next in Fashion too!

What are you reading right now and what is your absolute favourite read?

Currently - The Yield by Tara June Winch and my absolute favourite….That is so hard! I’ll cheat 😀 My favourite book from last year was Boy Swallows Universe - Trent Dalton.

Favourite podcasts?

One Wild Ride - Pru Chapman

Full Story - The Guardian

Off Track - ABC Radio

Wowee Podcast - Esther Sandler + Min Pin

Tiddas 4 Tiddas - Marlee + Keely Silva

Design Matters - Debbie Millman

On Process - Adam Busby

What is one piece of advice you have been given that has always stuck with you?

‘Stay with your dream and learn to play’ (John Olsen)

Any advice for aspiring creatives hoping to take the freelance plunge?

Don’t rush yourself! Take the time to set boundaries and create positive and sustainable work habits for your long term future freelance self. Oh and be kind to you, be a good boss for yourself!

Where can people connect with you and checkout your work?

www.edithrewa.com

IG : @edithrewa (Work and life!)

@edithrewabushdiary (An indulgent planty account)

FB: https://www.facebook.com/edithrewa/

Thanks Edith!

Image by Kristy Staatz

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INSTA MARKET THIS WEEKEND!

We’ve been supporting local creative small businesses for the past 12 years but there’s never been a more important time than now to get behind these guys! That’s why we’re…

We’ve been supporting local creative small businesses for the past 12 years but there’s never been a more important time than now to get behind these guys!

That’s why we’re so excited to announce we’ll be taking The Village Markets online to our global community, celebrating with a TVM Insta Market next weekend running Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March!

Join us via our Instagram stories at @thevillagemarkets where will be celebrating our community of designers, artists and curators with an exclusive first ever TVM Market!

Isolated, quarantined, want to show some love to local creatives - you will be able to shop exclusive special offers, discounts and unique products by the most talented bunch of creative small businesses in all of the lands, at the tap of your finger and from the comfort of your own home.

From fashion brands in women’s, men’s and childrenswear, to jewellery, accessories, lifestyle products, art and homewares, locate your favourite food trucks to find out more about their services and we’ll also throw in tunes from some of our favourite local musicians.

Let’s come together and support each other during this time. See you there!

Friday 27th March
Saturday 28th March
Sunday 29th March

Creative brands from all over the globe that meet our TVM criteria, can now apply via our stall application form: here.

 

 

 

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How To :: Boost Your Immune System

With the current global health pandemic sending everyone into frenzy, we wanted to stop and take five to ask our good friend and world renowned Natural Health Specialist Katrina Ellis…

With the current global health pandemic sending everyone into frenzy, we wanted to stop and take five to ask our good friend and world renowned Natural Health Specialist Katrina Ellis for her top tips to boost our immune systems. Here she shares her tips and also an incredible immune boosting shake recipe!

"The greatest protection against any unknown virus lies in boosting and adapting your body’s own immune system. Some of the best natural immune boosting supplements that can reduce the severity of a viral infection include high dose Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iodine, Zinc, Lactoferrin, AHCC and beta glucans, Berberine, Artemisinin, Medicinal Mushrooms, Andrographis and anti-viral herbs like Baikal Skullcap, Rhodiola, Cat’s Claw, Andrographis, Licorice, Kudzu, Goldenseal and others." says Ellis.

Some of Katrina's favourite anti-viral agents that have the potential to stop many viruses in their tracks and have the potential to boost immunity to reduce severity of symptoms include:

  1. Vitamin D – best combined with Vitamin K
  2. Vitamin C – always in a liposomal form
  3. Zinc
  4. Iodine
  5. Beta Glucans like 1.3/1.6 glucan
  6. Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC) – fermented mushroom extract
  7. Lactoferrin and Colostrum

 

IMMUNE BOOSTING SHAKE RECIPE

1 tablespoon of a organic, vegan protein powder
1 teaspoon of colostrum
1 teaspoon of medicinal mushroom mix (reishi, shitake, maitake etc)
1 scoop of collagen – there are vegan options too
1 teaspoon of immune probiotic powder
A handful of blueberries
A small knob of ginger
1 cup of nut, coconut or hemp milk

Katrina Ellis N.D, by Natalie McComas

 

Stay safe, eat well, look after yourselves and each other!

Much love,

Marissa and Sarah

 

 

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A note to our community

Hello wonderful friends of TVM, There is so much uncertainty in the air at the moment, so we wanted to take this time to let you know about some decisions…

Hello wonderful friends of TVM,

There is so much uncertainty in the air at the moment, so we wanted to take this time to let you know about some decisions we have made around the current global health crisis and what it means for The Village Markets and our wonderful creative community in the immediate future.

For the safety of our stallholders and community, we have made the decision to close our next event on Sunday 29 March at Stones Corner in Brisbane.

All stallholders have received further communication via email regarding their booking.

We will be in touch with further information regarding our events in April onwards, by 27th March.

In the meantime, stay safe, look after yourself, perhaps look at your business and your processes in a different light, maybe even use this time to reinvent how you do what you do - and remember we are all in this together.

If you’re looking to switch off from the {bad} news and invest in expanding your mind, we have some really great positive reads over on our website, including How To’s for small businesses and inspiring interviews with our stallholders and musicians.

We are currently working on some exciting new opportunities for our stallholders and our wider community and we’ll be sharing this with you all as soon as we can.

If you have a question for us personally, or would like us to do some live chats so we can answer any other questions you may have, let us know in the comments below.

Also, if you have a GOOD news stories you’d like to share with us – please let us know via the comments. We all need some good news in our life at the moment.

Much love,

Marissa and Sarah
TVM co-founders

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Stall Profile :: Paper Pickle

Meet Amanda Owen-Evans, the founder of Paper Pickle, a qualified artist creating one-of-a-kind hand-painted artworks on fashion accessories including leather, faux leather or denim jackets. Originally from London and also…

Meet Amanda Owen-Evans, the founder of Paper Pickle, a qualified artist creating one-of-a-kind hand-painted artworks on fashion accessories including leather, faux leather or denim jackets.

Originally from London and also raised in Jakarta and Hong Kong, Amanda moved to Australia over 10 years ago with her husband (a Kiwi) and is also the proud mum of two kids and a Labrador named Ziggy Stardust.

What is your creative background/qualifications?

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Art Painting , from Wimbledon School of Art, London. I’ve exhibited my artworks in a number of London galleries and public exhibitions. I’ve also worked on a number of different artistic mediums including painting, photography, collage, sculpture and printmaking. I’m a photographer and painter with over nine years experience teaching and lecturing in photography and graphic design.

I have a thirst for knowledge and recently completed a Diploma in Art Therapy- as my other passion is teaching and working with young children.

Art is not only my passion, but my therapy!

Is this business your sole income or you do have a full-time gig?

For the moment Paper Pickle is not my current sole income, although I plan for it to be in the not so distant future.

Tell us about Paper Pickle, how did this come about?

I started Paper Pickle back in 2014, initially creating bespoke paintings and collages. That was until a friend who owns a bridal store requested a custom artwork on a jacket for her store. I soon realised I loved working with this new medium and what beautiful results can be created on leather, faux leather and denim jackets or accessories.

From there, I started creating bespoke artworks on jackets and accessories for brides and special occasions, and realised I just love it.

What products are included within your range?

I hand paint custom designs/paintings on jackets & accessories (such as sneakers, shoes, purses, wallets, compendiums, laptop bags, bags, etc). They can be anything from botanicals to deadly serpents - as long as it’s in keeping with my style and aesthetic.

I will have hand painted jackets and accessories available for purchase at TVM and accept items to custom paint and return to you.

You can choose to provide a leather, faux leather or denim jacket that is special to you, or one that matches your theme and occasion.

I recommend new or preloved jackets and accessories that are leather, faux leather, vegan leather, PU leather, pleather or denim.

To ensure your jacket is suitable for my artwork, I test the paint on a small patch on the inside of your jacket or in an inconspicuous area before I begin painting.

I use my own design process to get to know you and what you’d like to create. We start with you sharing your inspiration, followed by a 30-minute design consultation. From this, I’ll deliver two to three sketches for your approval, and only then do I start painting. This ensures you receive a beautiful bespoke piece, created just for you.

What inspires you creatively?

I am inspired by nature, culture, travel, Asian tattoos & other artists and designers.

Do you work from home, an office or creative workspace?

I have a small studio at my home where I can shut the door from the rest of the world and create alongside my side kick Ziggy. As I paint I listen to podcasts and lots of different music genres.

Do you implement any sustainable practices within your company, if so tell us about this?

If I can at all I try to be as sustainable as possible. I love painting on pre-loved jackets and accessories where I can bring items back to life.

Do you collaborate with any other local GC/Brisbane businesses?

I have collaborated with quite a few local businesses here on the Gold Coast, in Byron and Brisbane within the Wedding Industry. I am always looking to collaborate with other industries in and outside of the creative arts.

Why did you choose TVM as a platform for your business?

I've been coming to The Village Markets for quite a few years and have always wanted to showcase my work here. I'm always impressed with the talent and variety of new ideas, designs and trends. I can't wait to see what people make of my work/products.

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

I'm not a coffee or tea drinker, but am partial to the Acai bowls and ah-mazing breakfasts at Le Vintage Cafe near my home in Worongary.

Favourite book?

Most recent read is: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Favourite podcasts?

It's a bit of a mix: Offline with Alison Rice, Lets talk about sects and RA.

Favourite way to unwind?

Going for a run clears my head, helps me unwind and prepares me for my day ahead.

Websites or profiles you’re loving for business inspiration right now?

Business chicks, Justina Blakeney,

What’s your favourite TVM stall, if you have one?

It’s hard to say, I love all of them. I can't enough of my overalls from Olas Supply Co, they've travelled the world with me!

Thanks Amanda!
You can connect with Paper Pickle online, here.

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Stall Preview :: TVM Sunday 15 March ’20

The sun will be shining, the coffee brewing, the tunes soothing, the makers smiling – welcome to your Sunday morning spent at TVM! We’re getting ready for an incredible market…

The sun will be shining, the coffee brewing, the tunes soothing, the makers smiling - welcome to your Sunday morning spent at TVM!

We're getting ready for an incredible market morning this Sunday 15 March at Burleigh Heads State School, with the best boutique market stalls, street eats, live tunes and pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales on the Coast.

Stalls include Sweet Child of Mine, A Colourful Life, Australiana the label, Bandikoot Kids, Billy Vintage, Crawford & Co Handmade, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Drift Trading Co, Frankly my dear, Greg The Giant, HARVEST CLAY, Huckleberry Flowers, Ina Swim, Irla Bikini, Krystella Australia, Lavender Grae, Little Leas, Lotus and Luxe Jewellery, manning made, nicotte, Nudes, P.S. Phone Straps, Paper Pickle, Petals & Cream, Rustic Peppermint, Santography by danny santangelo, Sea & Sarong, Shantele Ianna art, Sonny & Evie Nursery and Bed Linen, Ted & Patrick, The Lobster Shanty, thrown, VC PRINTS, Wild Craft Co, Wolf and Clay, zeffa and fosse, ZELLA SWIM, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

Street eats include Baby It’s Cold Outside, Hungarian Food Factory, Jabbawocky Grind, Little Sprinkles Bakery, Matsu Shaved Ice, Mio Wraps, Monkey Magic, MySEN, Raw Earth Organic, Smoothjuice, The Weiner Haus, Wildflower Pattiserie and more.

Check out live tunes by Zaynab Wilson and Buttered Band and a KILLER pre-loved Rack Sale lineup, with some of the best fashion brands at ridiculously cheap prices.

See you on Sunday and be sure to tag us in your photos so we can share them @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

TVM Sunday 15 March 2020 from 8:30am until 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School

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Live Tunes this Sunday :: Buttered Band + Zaynab Wilson

You’re in for a treat this Sunday at TVM, with two unique musical acts for your listening pleasure. Two of our longtime faves, Jackson James Smith and Scott Dalton have…

You're in for a treat this Sunday at TVM, with two unique musical acts for your listening pleasure.

Two of our longtime faves, Jackson James Smith and Scott Dalton have recently paired up, forming Buttered Band.

Zaynab Wilson will join us for the first time at TVM, with her soul-folk musicial vibe.

8:30am - 10:30am Zaynab Wilson
11am - 1pm Buttered Band

Come and hang with us and enjoy free live music in the sunshine, from 8:30am until 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School.

Tag your photos @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

Zaynab Wilson

Buttered Band

 

 

 

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Musician Profile :: Zaynab Wilson

Heya Zaynab! We’re so excited to have you play some tunes at TVM this Sunday in Burleigh Heads and then also Sunday 29th in Stones Corner (yay!). We’d love to…

Heya Zaynab! We're so excited to have you play some tunes at TVM this Sunday in Burleigh Heads and then also Sunday 29th in Stones Corner (yay!). We’d love to know more about your journey with music, can you tell us about how and why you chose this path?

It is becoming clearer that music- creating, sharing and facilitating it, is a predetermined path for me; a path I trust I’m meant to be on. I tried to resist it, growing up in a full-on family Steelpan band, wanting to be an actor, a journalist, a teacher, a professional/Olympic diver or volleyball player, never a musician.

The resistance was futile as it is (a) present in almost every thread of my being. It feels like a return of sorts (of Saturn, maybe...) and it feels so good for my heart and soul. It offers me therapy, self-care, love and I carry it with me wherever I go. I’m flowing with the unfolding of the journey and constantly opening up my pathway of expression.

Why did you choose TVM as a venue for your music?

An inviting website and call to musicians- a good shot in the dark, I’d say. I’m not from here so I’m relying on my resourcefulness and creativity while trying to lock in venues and performance opportunities and network with new audiences. Markets are usually a good time with the range of creative artisans, the browsing pace and people- watching, of course. The music I’ll be performing is so much about connecting and sharing with people and I see the alignment with TVM. Thanks for having me!

How do you describe your performance style?

Soul-folk musical styling with storytelling, banter, charm and... there’s always something else that comes in out of my control. I show up with my tunes and the universe assists with the rest.

When you’re not performing music, what else do you get up to?

Planning a trip or looking up cheap flights to wherever. I’m quite the daydreamer. Journaling has become a regular pass time and a great way to keep track of my dreams and really manifest them. I’ve even started binding my own journals! I’ve also been getting into reading and audiobooks lately. I think I’ve got a few (too many) books on the go.

Favourite artists?

Sooooo many! Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong definitely play a role in my approach to embodying the sweetness of music and connecting through it. Billie Holiday, Norah Jones... It's a big jar of favourites.

How do you get your creative juices flowing and what inspires you?

Starting the day, as often as possible, early, reading a Daily Om newsletter followed by intentional journaling, with some body/mind/soul warm-ups (yoga, meditation, prayer) are some of the rituals that get me on an "I've got this day" page. From there, I take from either the reading, writing or listening to my surroundings and flow with it. Creation comes not only through music but in finding my joy with the offering of the day itself.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

"Once a year go someplace you've never been before" - Dalai Lama
Travel. See and enjoy the world.

When can we next expect you to play at TVM?

15 March - Burleigh Heads
29 March Stones Corner
Super excited and grateful for the welcoming, TVM team!

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Women of TVM

In the lead up to International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8th, we’ve chatted to a handful of talented women from our very own TVM community. We hope you enjoy…

In the lead up to International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8th, we’ve chatted to a handful of talented women from our very own TVM community. We hope you enjoy reading!

‘Here’s to strong women may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them’. Unknown.

Name: Brittiny Worth
Brand: Lakiki Jewellery
When and why did you start your business? I started my business in 2015, inspired by my love of design and stones. I still work in Real Estate while juggling my growing business.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Keeping the quality up to standard, with manufacturers being based around the globe. The pieces are designed by me on the Gold Coast and manufactured in Bali, with stones sourced from the Dominican Republic and India. Supply chain consistency is definitely the biggest challenge.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Put any fears you may have aside and just have a go. It may seem like a really big jump but start small and have confidence in yourself. If I think back to when I started, I would have loved someone to tell me to just follow my gut and just do what resonates with me!

 

Name: Carla Aplin
Brand: Desert Wanderer
When and why did you start your business?
I became a mother to my little girl in 2014 and felt so inspired to create around that period in my life and the desire to create something that would inspire her. I had previously worked in retail as the manager of Dissh (boutique) for years.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far? Social media and the growth that it has seen in the last six years – the change in algorithms, keeping up with trends, it’s harder to be seen. Reeducating yourself and trying to keep up with marketing is difficult too. Also, being the only person working in the business from start to finish (aside from husband Simon who helps with market day setup!)
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Just go for it, follow your heart. If it feels right and you want to do it, be inspired by the people around you, create a community of people that support you and just 100 % go for it! It can be amazing!

Name: Keele Pont
Brand: Prickle Free
Why did you start your business?
We have always been interested in reducing plastic and single use waste. We designed a product that looked good and was nice to use, so people had an alternative to single use razors.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Working full-time during the week and keeping my business going on the side and on weekends, it can be hard to keep it all going. I am a nanny full-time.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Be passionate about what you’re doing. Also markets are a great way to connect with people and add a personal element.

Name: Louise Hargreaves.
Brand: Thrown.
When and why did you start your business? In 2019. I love being creative and wanted to step away from just doing graphic design (Louise had previously worked in design for some of the largest print magazines in Australia). I lived in Sydney originally and did a pottery course and then more recently here on the Gold Coast my husband Rhys bought me a wheel. Friends started telling me I should sell the things I was making. I absolutely love doing it and since coming to the markets it just inspires me to get back onto the wheel. Mondays following market day I am always so inspired! I love seeing people buy my stuff and being a mum, it’s so nice to spend the time at the markets, side by side with other stallholders whom I have come to know well. Rhys has the kids while I am at the markets and then during the week I am creating pieces from my home. It works perfectly around my family life.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Just go for it! I never dreamed I would be selling my products at the markets. As long as you are enjoying what you are doing, then it will come out in your work. I only make products I would want in my own home, that I think are functional and beautiful. That is what I want people to take from my pieces.

Name: Christina Cassaniti
Brand: Only One The Label
When and why did you start your business?
I was living with my male housemate and needed some nice lounge wear to wear when he had his mates over. I couldn’t find anything that was stylish, trendy and high quality, so I started designing pieces for myself.
What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?
Mentality, believing this is not just a great concept in my head, that it actually is a great product – imposter syndrome, overcoming self doubt. Cash flow is also a challenge when you’re starting out.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
Go for it, don’t sit on the fence about it. For me, the biggest thing was I did not want to be an old woman thinking about what could have been. Put one foot in front of the other and if it’s meant to be, the universe will lead you there.

Name: Nao Yamaguchi (with her daughters Sana and Noa)
Brand: Nicotte
When and why did you start your business?
I started Nicotte in 2013, after I found out I was pregnant. I wanted to have an option to stay at home with my child.
What has been the biggest challenge for you in business so far?
The biggest challenge for me is to make clothing “size adjustable”. I have confidence in the quality of my work and the materials we use. The linens and cottons age so well, so you can wear them as long as you love them. When I was pregnant I gained weight and my clothes size changed - some of my favorite clothes didn’t fit me at all. Also, I found kids clothes are just one season as they grow so fast. So, I made most of Nicotte lines (both adults and kids)  size adjustable. For example kids may wear a dress and as they get older, it can be worn as a top.
Advice for fellow women wanting to start a business?
My advise for starting business is to follow your heart.
I learned sewing from my grandma as both of my parents worked full-time. I stayed with her, watching her sew and learning everyday. Since then, sewing is part of my life and my childhood dream was to have my own brand and also spend time with my kids.
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Stall Preview :: TVM Sunday 1 March ’20

It’s market week and we’re pretty damn excited to be bringing you another sweet lineup of boutique market stalls, delicious street eats (hello Mio Wrap!), live music and our Rack…

It's market week and we're pretty damn excited to be bringing you another sweet lineup of boutique market stalls, delicious street eats (hello Mio Wrap!), live music and our Rack Sales.

Come and join us this Sunday 1 March in Burleigh Heads and support your local creative community!

Food by Dolce Organico, Wild flower patisserie, Matsu Shaved Ice, Mio Wrap, Monkey Magic, Raw Earth Organic, Hungarian Food Factory, The Weiner Haus, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Smoothjuice, Greens on Grains, Jabbawocky Grind and Little Sprinkles Bakery.

Stalls include Aora Voyage, Forgotten Modern, JBK, Lotus and Luxe jewellery, Nicotte, Olas Supply Co., The Lobster Shanty, Wolf and Clay, Attic Vintage, CANNABELLA, Drift Trading Co, Lakiki, Little Leas, Lumila, MINARGA, Prickle free, AU FAIT LIVING, Australiana the label, Baby Bird, Blonde Bohemian, DESERT WANDERER, Divine Creatures Jewellery, Duke The Label, Huckleberry Flowers, Leather Me Baby, Limbo, Louv, Manning Made, Max and Koda, Nudes, Olas Supply Co., OnlyOne The Label, Petals & Cream, RBYSTUDIOS, Rustic Peppermint, STEVIEJEAN, The No Bake Company, thrown., Uncultured, VC Prints Zeffa and Fosse, Zoozap Eyewear and more.

Plus live music by Wildflower, Alexander William and The Caves x Shu (Japan).

Bring your fam, bring your friends and bring those good vibes!

TVM is on this Sunday 1 March at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am until 1pm.
Tag us in your pics @thevillagemarkets #thevillagemarkets

Image by Nat McComas

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Giving Back :: Project Preserve

We were recently approached by Melanie Sweeney and Bryton Al, university students looking to use their skills and creativity for good, by creating Project Preserve. The pair have designed thoughtful…

We were recently approached by Melanie Sweeney and Bryton Al, university students looking to use their skills and creativity for good, by creating Project Preserve. The pair have designed thoughtful tote bags and will be donating 100% of sales proceeds to World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) Bushfire Emergency Fund. This fund will go towards helping injured wildlife, restoring habitats and future proofing Australia.

TVM: Hi guys, we love your project and we're excited you chose TVM as a platform to sell your totes. What lead you to choosing us for Project Preserve?

The Village Markets would be a great avenue for us to promote our cause, because they emphasize creativity and community.

Why do you think it’s important for organisations to give back to their local community?

It is important for local businesses to have a positive impact on their community because they can be instrumental tools in helping people come together.

Which local organisations or individuals are you most inspired by?

Organisations that are inspire us are the local teams behind Livin, Make a Wish Gold Coast, The Girls in Business Movement and many more. We are also inspired by local business Heaven-yah Gelato who recently donated all their profits in support of restoration of damage by the bush fires, similar to what we are doing.

Find out more about Project Preserve and follow along, here.

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THE CAVES X SHU from Japan, this Sunday at TVM

This Sunday 1 March at TVM Burleigh Heads you’re in for a treat, as we have touring Japanese artists Shoma and Shu of THE CAVES X SHU doing a set…

This Sunday 1 March at TVM Burleigh Heads you're in for a treat, as we have touring Japanese artists Shoma and Shu of THE CAVES X SHU doing a set for us, followed by their good friend and talented Gold Coast artist Alexander William.
Find out more about THE CAVES X SHU below and come and show them some love this weekend, along with this lineup of talented artists:
SUNDAY 1 MARCH
Music Tent Lineup:
8:30am - 10:30am Wildflower
11am - 1pm Alexander William + THE CAVES X SHU
Busking:
9-11am Georgie Taylor

11am-1pm - 1pm Saorise Harding

THE CAVES X SHU, we’re so excited to have Alexander William and CAVES x SHU share a set this Sunday at TVM, tell us about how you connected and what brings you here to Burleigh Heads?

We think it's just destiny. We met Alexander William, a great musician in Japan last year and we did four performances together! Following this and with a desire to travel, he invited us over here to his home to perform alongside him again!
Are you touring and how long can we expect to find you in Australia?
We will stay from the 18th Feb to the 5th March. We will be visiting the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Brisbane, and Melbourne during our stay.
Why did you chose TVM as a venue for your music?
Alex told us this was an amazing space to perform and be among a creative crowd!
How do guys describe your performance style?
Someone says our music is like a calm lake - full of peace, feeling happiness and calming their hearts.
When you’re not performing music, what else do you get up to?
Shoma is a great painter and likes to paint and teach painting in his free time. Shu enjoys spending time with his wife and dog. He also likes to go to live shows.
Favourite artists
Judee Sill and Pascal Pinon. Please check their music out!

How do you get your creative juices flowing and what inspires you?
We are inspired by the nature and daily works, our ordinary life. They are all special to us.

How do you find the Gold Coast’s live music scene, as an artist?
We are really interested in it and looking forward to meeting nice artists on the Gold Coast. Of course in the venues and we do street performances!

The Caves x Shu

Alexander William

 

 

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Stall Profile :: Coral + Brass

This week we chat to new stallholders Amber Papenfus and Jenna Hattingh of homewares label, Coral + Brass. You guys are best friends, how and why did you decide to…

This week we chat to new stallholders Amber Papenfus and Jenna Hattingh of homewares label, Coral + Brass.

You guys are best friends, how and why did you decide to go into business together?

We are both teachers and on the first day of our December holidays we decided to holiday in Bali, with the hope of relaxing but also to feed our love of homewares. We hoped to bring home some coastal beauties from the Indonesian workshops.

It was there that we stumbled across a brasserie which made beautiful hooks, drawer pulls and statement pieces that we couldn't resist. We ended up buying a whole heap of goodies for our own home. But, that afternoon we got chatting poolside, and decided that so many other Gold Coast homes would love these too! We went back and are now in the process of designing our own designs as well as bringing back their unique designs.

Do you both have a creative background?

We both met at University in 2009 whilst studying art. Jenna was studying a business degree with electives in Fine Art, while I (Amber) studied a bachelor of Digital Media, majoring in Fine Art.

Since then we have shared a love of being creative. We spent our university days styling wedding shoots, creating art and playing with a bit of photography. We now use teaching as our creative outlet.

Jenna teaches Art in High School and I incorporate art into my lessons as a Primary School teacher, which we both love!

Tell us about your brand name, how did this come about?

We were sitting in a Balinese hotel room brainstorming names while staring at our beautiful brass. We really wanted to incorporate brass into our name as they are our staple pieces, but we wanted to allude to our love of the Coast and seaside interiors. We decided to choose Coral + Brass because a lot of our designs are inspired by the ocean (and my sisters name is Coral haha).

What can we expect to find at your stall this Sunday at TVM 16 February?

We are currently stocking brass hooks and drawer pulls in a range designs such as pineapples, palms and sea shells. We have also just had some beautiful palm door plaques, pineapple door knockers and stunning brass bottle openers arrive! Our items come in an antique brass colour or brushed gold, which is just beautiful!

 

What inspires you creatively?

We go through creative phases. We started being obsessed by wedding decor, floral arrangements and stylised photography. As we moved to being homeowners, we found a new infatuation with homewares, renovations and beautifully designed spaces.

We both have different styles. Jenna loves French and Hamptons inspired living, while I love more coastal, relaxed beach house designs.

One thing we both have in common is our appreciation of a beautiful brass statement piece!

Do you work from home, an office or creative workspace? 

Currently we work from both our homes. Jenna does all our marketing and social media and I work on the logistics, stocking and shipping.

Do you implement any sustainable practices within your company, if so tell us about this?

We are currently sourcing recycled postage packaging and gift bags, as well as recycled business cards.

Do you collaborate with any other local businesses?

We are in the process of talking with some local businesses on the Gold Coast. Stay tuned!

Why did you choose TVM as a platform for your business?

I have been a Burleigh/Miami local for over 20 years and have spent many weekends strolling through TVM on the hunt for my next original purchase.

We love that TVM values innovation, and supports local, small business.

We also know that the people of TVM will just love our curated collection as much as we do!

Where’s your favourite local coffee haunt?

Barefoot Barista or Canvas

Favourite book?

The Barefoot Investor - so easy to read and so practical!

Favourite podcasts?

Joe Rogan is a goody!

Favourite way to unwind?

Beachside, with a coffee in hand or homewares window shopping.

Websites or profiles you’re loving for business inspiration right now?

Three Birds Renovations is our ultimate fave!

What’s your favourite TVM stall, if you have one?

Brother Nature - because he is my brother, ha.

Find the girls from Coral + Brass at TVM this Sunday 16 February and you can also find them online, here.

 

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