Meet the Artists of Bazaar 2018

Published on November 29, 2018
Categories - Blog, Events, Featured, Q&A, The Creative

Support local artists this festive season with a visit to Bazaar, Perth’s longest running makers market, at Fremantle Arts Centre from Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December. Kira caught up with Bazaar vendors Gaelle Beech from The Anjelms Project, Amy Eaton from Oh Happy Home, Julie Ramsay from Bed Tonic and Peter Milligan from Peter Milligan Ceramics to talk about their festive style, wish lists and best sellers.

Gaelle Beech – The Anjelms Project

How are you getting festive this year? 

When you have a store as we do in the Fremantle markets, you get into the Christmas spirit early on by selecting unique gift options for customers, decorating the store, and a good Christmas album never fails.

On a personal note, Christmas in our family is a huge family affair which starts with a 4 generations sundowner with extended family the Sunday prior to Christmas. It is loud, cheerful and chaotic but focused on the blessings of having a big family. Christmas Eve is based on my French heritage with a nativity scene at our local church and Christmas Day is spent with our closest family and anyone who isn’t as fortunate for a lunch with all the trimmings, a swim and an afternoon nap! 

What’s on your wish list?

– I am a fan of biographies so any on social justice advocates from New Edition Bookshop, my Fremantle sanctuary.

– I love creative courses so the indigo workshop from Pollard designs studios in Bedfordale or the textile workshops from Angela Ferolla at Fremantle Arts Centre.

– I can’t wait for the handmade gifts we exchange with my husband and children as we are all makers in our own style (up cycled furniture, arts and musical videos).

What are your best-selling gifts this season? 

– Our plant dyed silk cotton wrap dress fits most body shapes and occasions.

– Our Kota Doryia (traditional Indian light cotton handloom) wrap shirt is so popular in all-natural dyes of catchu, lac and marigold.

– Our” Waste Not Want Not” hand stitched journals. Made from the waste materials of our clothing collection, each page is dipped in the plant dye water of our garments. Great gift for travellers, graduates or new parents.

– Our handloom cotton tote bags are the best stocking fillers for all ages especially uni students and for $15 only.

Amy Eaton – Oh Happy Home

How are you getting festive this year?

This year is a little different for us as a family we are on the move down south for a sea- change post-Christmas.  So, it will be a very pared back Christmas, minimal gifts and simple styling and celebration. 

What’s on your wish list? 

Every year I have been treating myself to a new bag from Bahru. So, will be putting in my request for a new one!  

What are your best-selling gifts this season? 

Our Aussie Felt Christmas Decs are always a best seller. We have Kangaroos, black swans and cockatoos this year. Our Mega Pom Pom garlands are great for styling all year round and our braided wool rugs and Moroccan Trellis Flatweaves are great rug options for the summer months. 

Julie Ramsay – Bed Tonic

How are you getting festive this year?

Our Christmas tree has gone up already as we have a very excited 10-year-old daughter! My mum comes to stay every Christmas Eve and we walk down some of the lovely lit streets in Wembley.

We are having a Christmas celebration mid-December at The Beach Club, Cottesloe with a few special friends and it just happens to be my birthday so always a fun afternoon! The Christmas light trail is on our to do list too.

What’s on your wish list? 

I love handmade candles, soap and chocolates I find around the markets, so I have hinted at these, plus each year I choose a perfume, this year Bulgari – au thé blanc. 

What are your best-selling gifts this season? 

Our raw edged grazing cloths are big sellers at the moment as people gear up for large gatherings over the festive season. Also, the Poets Tunics are such an easy garment to throw on with sandals or lounge around at home in – being one size they are a good choice to gift a loved one. 

Peter Milligan – Peter Milligan Ceramics

How are you getting festive this year?

Making food, eating too much, drinking a little too much and hopefully reading some good books. 

What’s on your wish list? 

A holiday in Portugal. 

What are your best-selling gifts this season? 

Salad bowls.

Gaelle, Amy, Julie and Peter

Set in the idyllic surrounds of Fremantle Arts Centre’s Front Garden with glowing festoon lights overhead, live music filling the air and wares from WA’s very best designers and makers available to purchase, Bazaar has become synonymous with summertime in the Port City.

Inundated with applications every year, the team behind the event spend weeks carefully curating the perfect line-up of makers for the event, which will see some of WA’s most skilled craftspeople travel from all corners of the state. Discover some of the very best jewellery, fashion, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork and textiles.

Fremantle Arts Centre’s Bazaar will officially open on Friday 30 November with a night of food stalls, a pop-up bar, live entertainment under the stars and the opportunity to have the very first pick of products from this year’s makers. Bazaar continues all day Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 5pm. Entry is $2 for adults and children under 12 are free.

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