Tal­ented group shin­ing with col­lec­tive cre­ativ­ity

Once strangers, these sis­ters are shar­ing art shed

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

TUCKED away in Caloun­dra’s down town is a group of tal­ented women ready for the Coast to dis­cover their artist abil­i­ties.

Sue Sav­age, as the founder of the Col­lec­tive Mar­ket, is at the fore­front of the group.

“The Col­lec­tive Mar­ket is a group of girls from the Sun­shine Coast around the Caloun­dra area.

“Ev­ery­body makes some­thing. From jew­ellery, macra­mae, man­adala art, pot­ted suc­cu­lents, cro­chet and soy can­dles,” she said.

The tal­ent is di­verse and the Col­lec­tive group pride them­selves on the way they cre­ate their pieces.

“Ev­ery­thing in the Col­lec­tive is hand­made,” Sue said.

“We all make some­thing un­usual and we want peo­ple to see what we do.”

The mar­kets are held ev­ery week­end in the Pais­ley Park Project court­yard.

“We’re in the lit­tle shed there, so we’re all set up un­der cover,” she said.

Sue mus­tered up her in­trepid­ness to get the mar­kets go­ing.

“I had been try­ing to get the courage up to get some girls to­gether,” she said.

“When I was fol­low­ing lo­cal peo­ple on In­sta­gram I thought there’s just such beau­ti­ful tal­ent out there. The pub­lic should be able to see what peo­ple are mak­ing in­stead of buy­ing the same old stuff. I started to con­tact a few girls to see if they’d be in­ter­ested in get­ting to­gether and then I had to find a venue. I was lucky

enough to find Pais­ley Park and we just took it from there.”

Sue said she bit the bul­let and now with a new cir­cle of cre­ative friends the mar­kets are start­ing to flour­ish.

“I think you have to jump for your dreams and just do it. We’ve never known each other be­fore ...

“We’ve be­come such good friends. The sup­port and the ca­ma­raderie is there, we just love com­ing on a Sun­day.”

There are cur­rently 11 women all com­ing to­gether with their crafts on dis­play. To visit the mar­kets, head down to the shed in the court­yard on a Sun­day from 8am-12.30pm, or check it out on so­cial me­dia @thecol­lec­tive­mar­ket18.

We all make some­thing un­usual and we want peo­ple to see what we do. — Sue Sav­age

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

HAND­MADE: The Col­lec­tive Mar­ket hap­pens in Caloun­dra ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing, op­er­at­ing out of the shed in Pais­ley Park Project court­yard off Lamkin Lane. Store co­or­di­na­tor Sue Sav­age is with artist Michele Caines.

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