Artisan Lane – Meet the Makers
Featuring some of the very best handmade art and craft items on offer, Artisan Lane won’t just give you the chance to browse and buy, you will also get to witness the skills involved in creating these products with live demonstrations throughout the day. Wander through this exciting new space and learn first-hand the story behind each and every product.
Maria Espinosa – Agmia Handmade Jewellery, Stand AL18
Maria works exclusively with the ancient technique of silver filigree, using it as the heart of all of her pieces. After travelling around her hometown Colombia, Maria fell in love with the delicate and detailed approach of this art, a cultural tradition that she started learning from masters of this field to create contemporary designs beautifully crafted from the finest threads of sterling silver.
Allen Dai – Alsa Fine Food Ingredients, Stand AL7
With a passion for taste and flavour, Allen designs all formulas, blends to taste and packs each product by hand.
Sara Hogwood – Bopodotz, Stand AL10
Sara lives in Canberra where she creates silver jewellery and ceramic objects. Sara has been making her simple designs for many years; 23 as a potter and 6 as a jewellery maker. During that time Sara has been taught by experienced creative makers whom she has learnt from, allowing her to explore ideas to achieve simple, well-designed, well-made pieces.
Duncan and Natalia Broadhead – Broadcroft Design, Stand AL16
Having moved to the Sunshine Coast 12 years ago, Duncan and Natalia saw a gap in the market which lead them to producing quality handmade Australian garden art products. Everything that comes out of their small, family-run business is made by either Duncan or Natalia. They believe in creating and designing original items and are constantly looking to innovate their product.
Beach Art Glass Jewellery by Darlin Australia, Stand AL9
Beach Art Glass Jewellery was founded by two sisters – Julie & Becky who live in the UK. When Julie first started making glass lamp work beads in 2007 she could not have imagined how they would become a way of life, and take her all over the world. Driven by an urge to make, Julie learnt to control hot glass and perfect her signature beachy designs. Julie wants her jewellery to remind you of places you love and memories you treasure, or inspire you to take the next trip, see the world and feel the sand between your toes. Julie is supported by step-sister and best friend Becky who manages the business and making the jewellery, giving Julie more time in the studio.
Therese McMahon – Earth Hand Fire, Stand AL8
Therese has been making and exhibiting pottery for over 30 years on the South Coast of NSW. Each piece is handmade individually, meaning no two pieces are the same. Six years ago, Therese decided to pursue a living from her work and “EarthHandFire” was launched. Therese makes tableware that is designed for daily use and decorative pieces that express her love of nature and coastal landscapes.
Laura Breiner – Featherdale, Stand AL5
Laura’s passion for nature, sustainable fashion, and a love of birds inspired her to start Featherdale. Each pair of handmade feather earrings are ethical and sustainable fashion pieces and come straight from Laura’s farm in Armidale, NSW. Laura collects the naturally molted feathers – sanitises them all – and then turns them into earring creations. Laura’s Mum has now come on board to help run the business and her Dad has also started making earrings – it’s a family affair.
Fiona Roderick – Stand AL12
Fiona was born in South Wales, along the Welsh coast, and moved to Sydney in her twenties. After a varied career of Visual Merchandising in London and graphic design, Fiona began printmaking. These days Fiona is a print-maker, creating through collage, Australian native birds from her lino prints.
Ennia Jones – Fleurette Aromatherapy, Stand AL3
Inspired by natural recipes and self-care traditions passed down through generations, the Fleurette Aromatherapy collection is hand crafted in small batches using pure, natural and ethically sourced ingredients. From their aroma-studio in the Hunter Valley of NSW, comes a bespoke well-being collection which includes organic herbal teas, soothing massage oils, relaxing room mists, pure essential oils blends, aromatic bath soaks and more, all created using pure essential oils to support recovery from stress related conditions and help ease nervous tension.
Lynda Rennick, Homelea Lass, Stand AL13
Lynda creates contemporary crochet kits for mindful makers. Passionate about helping people to easily crochet and relax, Lynda discovered the healing and relaxing powers of crochet in 2012. Crochet helped Lynda to escape to her happy place and rebuild her life after experiencing illness. All of the Homelea Lass kits are made by hand in Victoria using 100% Australian grown and processed merino wool, and contain online access to detailed video tutorials.
Jacinta Haycock – Stand AL6
Jacinta is a mother of 11 whose passions are family, the land, and art. She grew up on a sheep farm at Carinda, three hours north-west of Dubbo and now lives on a property on the outskirts of Dubbo.
Rowan Sivyer – Little Rowan Redhead, Stand AL4
Rowan is compelled to create on a daily basis. Whether it’s intricate hand-carved stamps, original lino-cut prints or her range of unique stationery, Rowan is an avid maker working across many mediums. With an enduring love of printmaking, Rowan enjoys the challenge of working with negative vs positive space, the intense focus required when carving, right through to the sound of the ink being rolled out until the thrill of the final reveal.
Maisie Johnson – Mai Designs, Stand AL2
Maisie is 23 years old and lives in the small rural town of Moree in North Western NSW. Maisie is primarily a textile artist who also works with watercolour and acrylics. After discovering the art of weaving five years ago, Maisie was instantly hooked and Mai Designs was born. For Maisie, painting and weaving is a meditative and joyful experience, and her hope is that this feeling is transmitted as each piece finds its new home. One of Maisie’s crochet hangings was recently featured on Studio 10 as part of Sydney Gift Fair’s live trend segment with Jen Bishop from Interior’s Addict.
Rebekah Small – My Abduction, Stand AL11
Rebekah is the owner and creator of My Abduction. Her passion for creating products such as Wax Melts, Soaps, Bath Bombs and Bath Products started many years ago as a hobby, and one that she has continued to enjoy. It has grown from strength to strength, as the products are made from natural ingredients; 100% non-toxic, 100% pure and safe and releases a naturally beautiful fragrance. With the encouragement of family and friends who have constantly used her products, Rebekah has branched out into different fields.
Simon Begg’s Wood Turning – Stand AL15
Simon is one of Australia’s top young wood turners, passionately working to create new designs and master the art of wood turning. Simon specialises in carved embellishment and enjoys turning plain pieces of timber into beautiful pieces. Simon works to bring out the best of the sustainably sourced Australian wood and has had his works sent around the world.
Alice Ayu – Soap Opera Sydney, Stand AL17
Soap Opera is a homemade artisan soap bar, with the initial idea of making them as wedding souvenirs. Along the journey, Alice’s passion for soap making grew and 6 months later Soap Opera Sydney was established.
Lucy Kim – Starlight, Stand AL14
Lucy started painting by unexpected chance, and fell into it very quickly. Lucy paints in her spare time and paints what she either sees or imagines. For Lucy, painting can deliver more messages than works.
Brooke Joe – The Quirky Bovine, Stand AL1
Cow skulls have fascinated Brooke for as long as she can remember. Needless to say, growing up on a Beef Cattle farm in Ramornie NSW on the East Coast of Australia, there was no shortage of examples to catch Brookes eye. In later years, having truly embraced her inner creative, Brook found herself reverting back to her childhood fascination and found a way to not only incorporate skulls into her art but allowed them to become the pillar of her creative process and pursuits. They became the canvas.
As part of a commitment to provide ongoing support to rural communities severely impacted by the ongoing draught, together with our Business Partner Australia Post we have sponsored Mai Designs, Jacinta Haycock, Featherdale and The Quirky Bovine from the Buy From The Bush community to take part in Artisan lane at Sydney Gift Fair at no cost. This exciting new feature is not to be missed.
Learn more about each of our Artisans here