Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Olive Tree has had a great start to 2012 with our first market for the year on February 4th. As usual the weather gods kept us guessing but it turned into a gorgeous day with a big audience visiting us throughout the day- which is always great!! The Olive Tree Stallholders had been making lots of lovely new work and I think 2012 will be really exciting year at Olive Tree. Stay tuned for more announcements very soon!

We had lots of new stallholders in February and it's always exciting to see what their stalls are be like in the 'flesh'!! We have an application process at Olive Tree but much of this happens online these days so often  we only meet our new stallholders for the first time on market day. One of our new stallholders is the lovely Ms Shana Dennis or 'Doll Eyes'!!

Shana makes very cute tea light candles and sells her photographic work and original illustrations. Shana was also responsible for running Newcastle's Silent Film Festival last year. If you can't wait until the next Olive Tree Market on March 3rd you can buy Shana's Tea-lights from one of Newcastle's most original shops Blackbird Corner here If you haven't been there before you should!!

We had a 'guest' appearance from Sydney Illustrator Nicholas Beckett whose black sense of humour caught my eye last year when I ran the This is Not Art Zine & Artists Market. Anyway, Nicholas has visited Olive Tree twice now and you should have a look at his work here!! I'm hoping he will hop on the train from Central with his suitcase full of zines and illustrations sometime soon!!

I'm also loving the work by illustrator and jeweler Angie Goto. She doesn't have a website or Facebook Page at the moment but you can meet her at the next Olive Tree on March 3rd. She makes funky wearable art and I really like the quirky characters she creates!!

Nick and Liesl played throughout the day on February 3rd. They always bring a strong central Coast following with them and its great to have so many people coming to the market from other areas. We are always so lucky to have Nick & Liesl at Olive Tree. As well as being wonderful performers they are always so generous with how many sets they perform at the market and create a really fantastic vibe. You should check out their Albums here if you don't have them already!!