Sunday, October 7, 2012

Introducing one of our Melbourne Rummagers, Collette!

Introducing one of our delightful Melbourne Rummagers, Collette Dane and her stall Keeper's Secret.

I like to keep busy! I work full time as a Visual and Performing Arts Primary Teacher, exhibit artwork annually and run a craft stall "Keeper's Secret".

Keeper's Secret started a few years ago. I had always been interested craft and spent most of my spare time making, sewing, stitching, folding & cutting.  Whilst working at a craft store I amassed a great deal of craft supplies, but spent most of my time painting artworks to complete a BA of Fine Arts. During this time I experimented with bookmaking, and now my fine arts practice is based around this media.  Finally, after a few holidays overseas and study over, I thought I should probably use all my craft knowledge and materials to make objects to sell.  I spent a summer making jewelry with Japanese Chiyogami paper. I created an Etsy store, however had no sales.  The collection of jewelry was shelved until later this year when I had my first Keeper's Secret stall at the Winter Artisans Market at Northcote Town Hall.  It was daunting being a first time stall holder at a prestigious market alongside more experienced and professional set-ups, however it was a success.  I continued to extend my range of goods, creating handmade blank books and a stationary range, keeping with the Chiyogami paper theme.  I also make small creatures, hair clips and brooches with felt.

Working on my craft stall has been incredibly enjoyable.  It's such a great feeling when someone purchases something I have made. It's great to know someone out there is treasuring their handmade jewelry as much as I enjoyed making it.  You might see me around Northcote with a basket of felt crafting while watching local musicians......

I absolutely love the Suitcase Rummage market. It's a great format and everyone is friendly.  It's informal approach is accessible to anyone and is a great opportunity to give market selling a try!

You can find Collette and her wonderful wares at the next Suitcase Rummage at Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne on October 21.

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