Re­gion’s artists let their cre­ativ­ity loose

South Western Times - - Front Page -

Move over ap­ples, Don­ny­brook is fast be­com­ing known for its di­verse range of arts and crafts by cre­ative lo­cals.

The Don­ny­brook Ar­ti­sans Project has been launched in the town with the ini­tia­tive aimed at pro­vid­ing a self-sus­tain­ing and con­tin­ual out­let of art and craft sales.

The re­sponse to the cre­ative hub in the cen­tre of Don­ny­brook has been so over­whelm­ing there is even a wait­list for artists to show­case their work, ac­cord­ing to project co­or­di­na­tor Bel Stephen­son.

“The feed­back has been ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, it’s been so pos­i­tive and peo­ple are just in awe of be­ing able to come and buy things that are made lo­cally,” Mrs Stephen­son said.

“The re­ally good thing is you have peo­ple come in and they’re bring­ing in their guests from Perth to come and have a look at this amaz­ing shop which is re­ally ex­cit­ing for us.”

The hub has been likened to pop­u­lar cre­ative spa­ces such as Bridgetown’s Rab­bit Hole and Maker + Co in Bun­bury.

The project has been run­ning for about a month and has seen the art and craft group’s mem­ber­ship grow from 44 to about 65 al­ready.

Mrs Stephen­son said the group had been talk­ing about launch­ing a hub for sev­eral years and was fi­nally able to kick start it thanks to a $2000 grant from Bendigo Bank.

“There’s so many tal­ented peo­ple in Don­ny­brook and it was a way of show­cas­ing and ex­hibit­ing and get­ting peo­ple more in­ter­ested in be­ing part of the Don­ny­brook arts and craft group,” she said.

Works on dis­play and for sale in­clude hand­made, re­cy­cled and up­cy­cled pieces.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Don­ny­brook Ar­ti­sans Project “core four” and founders Liz Elk­ing­ton, Car­olyn Flynn, Jill Lynch and Bel Stephen­son show some of the cre­ative pieces on dis­play.

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