Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Last Market for 2011 this December 17th!!!

Well its been a big year at The Olive Tree Market!! My partners Bec & Ally moved onto their new project One Penny Black Cafehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Penny-Black-Espresso-Bar/144805218888240 which has been doing amazingly well! I miss them but am proud of them for following their dream. You should check out One Penny if you haven't!!

Olive Tree has been growing and we have had some amazing new stallholders join the market. Frankie & Frida who make gorgeous cedar jewelry, graphic designer and artists Angie Goto, The Hare and the Tortoise who make very funky kids toys, Elkhorne with beautifully hand screen-printed home-wares and handmade cards from Blueberry Paper to name a few.

We have had great music at every market from Grace Turner, Sorella Strings, Earthen Rhythms, Jack Dawson, Scott Gelzinnis, Zoe Klemenczuk, The Do Riders and more!!! At the last market we some great backpackers from Germany the Jammin' Johnny's and I really wished you had all seen them as they rocked the house with the amazing energy!! It was the end of the day so not as many people were at the market which was a pity!!

We will have some of our favourite stallholders move onto new things after our last market of the year! Julia from Frejj is off to have her second child, printmaker Robyn Mcpherson will move to Melbourne to attend Victorian College of the Arts and Emily Rose will move to Sydney to study. It sad to see them go but it also means we will have some great new stallholders in the new year. So you really should come to Olive Tree next week on December 17th and snap up some of their amazing work!!!

Make sure you come to Olive Tree on December 17th and support your local Handmade Community!! There will be lots of lovely work on offer and beautiful work from the hands of the people who make them for you to give to the people you love this Christmas!! 

Hope to see you there!! Make sure you tell all your family and friends and come and enjoy the extended hours from 9am-6pm and take in the atmosphere of people who love what they do!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Don't forget our December Markets-3 & 17 December 9am-6pm!!!

Blueberry Paper at The Olive Tree Market

Just a little post to let you know that we have two markets this December!!! The dates are December 3rd & 17th and both have extended trading hours from 9am-6pm!! A lovely long day for you to choose when you would like to come!! Breakfast, lunch or early dinner!!! We are very keen to get the BUY HANDMADE message out for this Christmas!! Support our own very talented community of artists and designers and send the message that YOU LOVE unique and handmade work that comes from the hands of the maker to the hands of the people you love!!! More on that front very soon!! These beautiful cards are from Blueberry Paper and can be found at Olive Tree!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

the ebb and flow of markets...

Markets are a funny old world. Although there is a lot of organisation that goes on, in some ways you have to be fluid in the way you approach the whole shebang, otherwise you'd go nuts!! As an organiser you see artists come and go, and that is a good thing in the long run, as people need to go away, travel, take a break or whatever else they do to get the creative muse happening.

Some of my favourite people are heading on back to Olive Tree this month which is great!! Carl Brett from Scrounge Art is back after having time off to work on new projects and have exhibitions.

The lovely Alison Bodman, one of the first Olive Tree stallholders, is back from Melbourne and its great to have her back in the hood. Alison is also working at One Penny Black and Makespace no shrinking violet is she!

Emily Rose is back after travelling in Europe with a beautiful series of work titled Sleepy Europe.

We also have some great new stallholders this month which is always exciting but potentially dangerous to my moneybox. The Blissful Brush will be there as will Eddie Botha and Flamboyant Joe. Hope to see you all under the olive tree- rain, hail or shine!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Saturday was fantastico!!!

What a beautiful day was Saturday!! I was trying to avoid the weather maps all week, although I did ask the weather gods to be nice, and thankfully they were listening. The market really seems to be thriving and evolving in lots of positive ways right now which is really heartening. The handmade wave is certainly in full swing, another of my mixed metaphors, and it really is the time to try and promote Newcastle's artisan community.

                                                       Diana Bower Camera brooch

I've been trying to think of new ways to get the word out about The Olive Tree Market so on Saturday I had filmmaker Neil Mansfield come to the market to make a little film about our talented community. I'm very excited about it as Neil has a great eye, and not only makes films, but as I've learnt of late is a very talented photographer. So... I'll hopefully have a lovely film to share with everyone very soon!! Some things from Saturday!!!

                            The Lovely Grace Turner

We were very lucky to have the lovely Grace Turner singing for a good few hours. She really has a gorgeous voice and hopefully she may have a CD some time soon so you can buy one the next time she plays at Olive Tree!!

                                                                  Copyright Tom Croft

We were also very lucky to have Indigenous Artist Tom Croft at the market for the first time and judging from the overwhelming response Tom received he is going to be a very popular stall-holder which is really fantastic!

                                                                        Elkorn Design
Elkhorn was at Olive Tree for the first time with their beautiful screen printed pillows and fabrics with flowers and feathers. Its great that we are starting to have a strong section dedicated to hand screenprinted work- both fashion and special things for your home. I really don't like the word 'homewares' it sounds like a word from a 80's housewife with big hair!!! Anyway... we seem to have more and more talented people wanting to join the market and thats fantastic!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

keeping up is a little tricky!

                                     Copyright Tom Croft

All the good intentions for blogging sometimes just go pear shaped!! Perhaps the problem is taking on other projects and spreading the love a little too thin! It’s that time again with the August Olive Tree just two days away. We have some first time stallholders this Saturday that I'm a little excited about!! Local Indigenous painter Tom Croft will be under the COLA and I'm really looking forward to seeing his beautiful paintings in the flesh and also to having an Indigenous artist at Olive Tree. Thats one of Toms' artworks above. We will also have photographers Frost and Roxburgh Studio with their unique photo booth which should be a lot of fun! You can dress up in some of their quirky gear, be photographed on the spot, then have a photograph or postcard printed. You can be your own work of art!! I'll post one after Saturday’s market! We will also have Elkhorn who design and screen-print lovely home wares and fashion and the fun and vibrant The Hare and the Tortoise who make gorgeous kids softies, clothing and other fun things!! So, lots happening people… Earthen Rhythms are playing as is the gorgeous Grace Turner and the talented strings trio Sorella Strings. There will also be some yummy new food including Indonesian, Spanish and gorgeous Cupcakes from The Sweet Boutique!! Hope to see you at Olive Tree!

Monday, July 18, 2011

looking forward to reading about stallholders!!

Copyright Robyn McPherson

One of the reasons for starting this blog was to have a space to talk about the stallholders that make The Olive Tree Market what it is. I sent out a list of questions to the stallholders a few days ago and their answers are starting to trickle in. It's actually rather exciting, as sometimes running a market, actually leaves you being the person who doesn't get to know the clever artisans. My brief glimpses on market day do reveal the lovely relationships that have sprung up between the stallholders. These relationships have grown outside of The Olive Tree Market and real friendships and collaborations have been made. Think Makespace in the Hunter St mall, which is a co-operative of artisans, many of whom met at The Olive Tree Market. But back to the surveys... I'll start to use the stallholders words to introduce them to 'blogland' what do you actually call this process??!! What I mean is I would like to create a dialogue that highlights all the incredibly talented people that belong to Newcastle's handmade community. Before I go, the images in this blog are by a talented lady by the name of Robyn Mcpherson!! She is one of my favourite local illustrators. Check her out at Olive Tree.

Copyright Robyn McPherson

Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's amazing how many talented women there are...

I'm not sure what it's like in other cities but I'm always amazed in Newcastle by the sheer number of creative woman that exist here. Not merely exist but who who dedicate themselves to their artistic life and careers with full force. So many of these women create their own luck in a city that doesn't offer up much in the sense of support or opportunities. We have some fine institutions but after being a student, and for those who may not have had that opportunity, people either fly the coop for bigger cities or have to make some big decisions about living in Newcastle. Most of the creative woman I know juggle many hats, I think I've mixed my metaphors there, and do some really amazing things. But it really is a long hard slog. I ran into one of our old stallholders at Bank Corner in Newcastle West this morning- check it out if you haven't. They have great coffee, play very cool music and the people that work there are lovely. Anyway...Kim Long of Clay http://clayaustralia.blogspot.com/ is a ceramicist who makes simple but beautiful pieces. We were talking about the situation that faces a lot of artists and is really hard to negotiate. Kim decided to take a break from ceramics this year to create space in her life for inspiration and to build up some funds by working in a cafe. She still has pieces in shops and galleries around Australia and at Make Space in Newcastle but is taking a breather from Markets etc. Kim decided she needed to reassess everything after her experiences last year having success on a larger scale- she started doing bigger venues, like trade fairs, and her work really took off but in a way became too big. It was really difficult to keep up with the orders and she was faced with the difficult situation of either employing someone to help create the pieces or stopping. She chose to pull the pin for a while which I can imagine was a really difficult decision. Riding that wave must bring up so many questions as an artists and I'm not sure what the right way to go would be??? Do you employ an apprentice/assistant to help produce your work, and if you do, does the work still feel like yours and how does your art feel when it becomes a serious business as opposed to purely 'art'. I don't know the answer but I could really see the quandary. Maybe some of you out there have some good answers/suggestions... Anyway I've seen a number of women over the years stop practicing their art because of falling between the cracks of just surviving and 'success' ..... Back to Ms Kim Long. I know she has a kiln in her house in Islington and I hope she starts to use it again very soon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A very creative family....

Miranda Earle Designs

Whew! It's been a big week and it's only mid way through! Market week is always massive.. perhaps a bit of meditation is in order! My blogging brain is not in the sharpest of form so I'll only be brief!

We have some lovely new stalls coming this Saturday which is exciting and I always look forward to seeing what our new artists and designers actually have on their fabulous tables!! Its always a dangerous time if I have money in my pocket!!

I'm also excited that this Saturday Miranda Earle http://www.mirandaearle.com/is returning to Olive Tree after having her second child. Miranda and her partner Justin Montefiore are incredibly talented people and not just in one area. Miranda teaches, performs in theatre and is a screen printed/designer/textile artist. They are only the talents I know about so there is probably a whole other bag of things she does. Justin is a musician and makes amazing instruments and we are very lucky when he plays some of them at the market. Notice I say some!!

Anyway I'm very glad Miranda is back because she does such original work and Olive Tree is a more interesting place when she's around.

Oh dear! I'm burnt out already so it's over and out for tonight!

Miranda Earle Designs

Monday, June 27, 2011

I must say 'Blossom & Cat' are a big favourite at the moment!

Blossom & Cat has been a regular stallholder this year at The Olive Tree Market. I really love what creator Helen does with her handmade 'creatures' and sewing kits. You only have to take a little look at the images below to see how cute her work is! Blossom & Cat uses new, rescued and vintage fabrics which you can either buy as little works of art or as sewing kits to create for yourself at home. I'm really looking forward to getting in first this Saturday so I can buy one of Helen's new brooches myself!! To celebrate winter she has created heart and owl brooches from recycled winter blankets and they are totally gorgeous!! Come and check them out- but I wouldn't leave it too late!! If you would like to have a look at the Blossom & Cat website click herehttp://www.blossomandcat.com.au/#!

Recycled Blanket Heart Brooches

Sewing Kits

I Heart You Brooches

Friday, June 24, 2011

Miss Di Jones is very clever!!

Ice Skating Fifties Princess copyright  'Sketch & Jones'

Well its been a bit of a crazy week in the lead-up to next weeks market but I had a little reprieve when I visited two of our talented stall-holders for a little bit of help with my blog. Di & Anita happen to be sisters and I went to their house for the very first time and was mightily impressed by their hive of creativity!! Di is the clever lady behind 'sketch & jones' and Anita is the alchemist behind the delicious macaroons and cupcakes that you find at olive tree. 

So!! into their house and through a magic curtain I entered their kitchen/living room. In front of me were trays of glimmering macaroons- very glossy and delicious did they look!! I was lucky enough to sample the chocolate and pink ones and I really think you should head on down to the next market and snap some up!!

But I'm getting off track. My visit was partially for Di to give me some pointers on how to work the design panels that must be mastered for successful blogging. I'm ashamed to say I walked away not having written down more than a few words. Di very nicely said I should come back another time with a project to complete. Miss Jones kindly solved one of my problems, last night she worked some magic, and the pretty flags you know see on my page were rendered by her crafty hands.

Anyway... You should flick on over to Miss Jones blog to look at all her wonderful illustrations, images and fabric artworks. http://sketch-jones.blogspot.com/ Her illustrations are some of my favourite things at Olive Tree and often evoke favourite childhood memories with a twist.

Friday, June 17, 2011

newcastle has pretty sunsets...

It's is freezing outside!! But very beautiful too... Sometimes when the sky is like this i'm very glad that i can rug up and walk along the breakwall. I think its my favourite place in Newcastle and a good walk in the cold is good for the spirit!! Sometimes anyway! The sky was very pretty and really thats all that matters. I'm old enough to remember the beautiful sunsets we used to have when the steelworks was still here- all that pollution was great for the sunsets!?! I think I prefer the ones now.

These photo were taken with my phone which is really still a revelation to me. I do have a new camera though and I hope to start using my eye again. Once a pona time, as my 8 year old spells it, I used to be a photographer!! Perhaps writing this blog will inspire me to start using my camera a little more.

I do always take photos at The Olive Tree Market but sometimes its hard to be creative when you are rushing about in 'Market Manager' mode. We are always looking for photographers. It has actually been hard to find them so if you are one, an artistic one, please drop me a line.....

Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's a new phase at Olive Tree...

Today I visited my lovely designer Gwena Levasseur, she is the clever lady who designed all the material for Red Lantern Night Market last year. Anyway, she will make the Olive Tree blog a little less basic next week, which will be nice, as it really isn't my forte!

I'm busy working away for the next market on July 2nd and for the first time it's on my lonesome! My co-creators of The Olive Tree Market, the lovely Bec Thomson and Ally Buchanan, are my partners in crime no more. The girls have opened a fantastic cafe One Penny Black so have made the hard decision to leave Olive Tree. It's been a dream of theirs for many years, to open a cafe, so we made the decision that I would continue Olive Tree on my own.

While we are all sad that this project is ending we are also excited that we are entering a new phase of our creative lives. Anyway, I'll miss those crazy sisters as collaborators but I'm sure we will work on projects together in the future. It really has been a wonderful partnership and we are all so proud of what we have created with The Olive Tree Market. So!!! Go and check out their wonderful cafe- its a funky lit bit of Melbourne in the Hunter St Mall.

Anyway... I am really excited by this new phase of The Olive Tree Market and will be doing lots of new things in the coming months.

A little bit about the next market. Nick & Liesl who are a fantastic 'folkish' duo will be playing on July 2nd. They are just back from a very successful tour around Australia and we are lucky that they will be doing their only gig in Newcastle at The Olive Tree Market before heading off on a tour in Europe. They have just released their second album, and its been getting some great airplay, so come and have a listen!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Perhaps a blog about Olive Tree would be a little more fun...

We started a website last year for The Olive Tree Market and while it looks very pretty I really think I am more suited to blogging!! That and I'm a bit of a ludite and all that uploading and upkeep was frankly a little overwhelming!

Did you know that The Olive Tree Market has been running since 2008 and has over 100 talented handmade artisans as stallholders?! Our stallholders are an eclectic bunch and represent a whole lot of disciplines! Printmaking, photography, silver smiths, fashion, textile arts, kids handmade toys & clothes, jewellery, woodwork, blacksmithing and more...

So!! over the next little while I will start blogging about our fantastic market and i'll introduce you to some of our creative and talented artists and designers.

First off the rank is Jo Dyer, from happily ever afternoon, who is an amazing illustrator and currently is having a solo exhibition at The Roost Creative in Newcastle. Her Blog is here

I'm already the proud owner of a number of Jo's beautifully whimsical prints and can't wait to see her exhibition.

So, this is the first little post. I have a lot to do. Design and ideas and a whole lot more but I'm looking forward to it.... Let me know if there is anything you would like to hear about!

Jo Dyer brooches 'happily ever afternoon'

Jo Dyer Little Paintings 'happily ever afternoon'

Wednesday, June 8, 2011