Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sue Coombes

Metal and Stone aka Sue Coombes is with us once again.
In case you haven't seen Sue's work before she makes exquisite jewellery using silver and gold.
All of her cast designs are original and cast from handcarved wax.

Sue also cuts and polishes a lot of her own stones, using some beautiful Australian stones - opal, jasper, agate and chrysoprase.

Sue will have a wonderful selection of rings, earrings and necklaces on show as well as great gifts for men including zodiac sign necklaces on leather chokers, cufflinks

Leisa Hoare

Leisa is the creative force behind Vintage Creations.

At the moment Leisa is specialising in the most versatile bags ever!

They can be a handbag, shoulderbag, backpack or satchel all with the clever arrangement of the straps.

Not only that but the decorative fabric lid zips off and can be replaced with one of a different design and colour - giving your outfit an instant makeover!

Leisa uses recycled leather and wonderful fabrics to make her bags.
These are great for travelling and would make a wonderful gift.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Romy Roeder

Romy Roeder creates wonderful things from her studio in the inspirational township of Lawson.
There are teddy bears and their pals, gollys vying for space with all the Christmas creations of snowmen, santas, angels and many others such gingerbread men and reindeer.

Romy has a very distinctive, unconventional style.
Some of her pieces have a folk art ethos. Others are of the altered art style.
She alters objects like old chairs and other common household items to become wild and wonderful decorative art.
Old cigar boxes become shrines to house snowmen or other unique collectables.
Old Cigarette tins become little pieces of art, when altered and containing tiny old treasures such as old dolls, keys, pocket watches etc.

Romy is particulary inspired by old birdcages which she finds are a  delight to alter. 

Romy's house is bursting at the seams with all the various creations and she finds it very hard to part with all her treasures.
It's a rare treat to be able to see and have the opportunity to purchase one of Romy's one-of-a-kind artworks.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Claire Broughton

We're delighted to have Claire Broughton with us again.
Claire's patchwork bags and quilted table runners were very popular last time.

For those of you who are not familiar with Claire's wonderful work, she has been sewing and quliting for over 20 years and always has something new to show.

Claire enjoys finding the most beautiful fabrics - and then cutting them up!
But what she then creates is far more lovely that the constituent parts!

Look out for Claire's bags, table mats, babies cot quilts, and incredibly useful pocketed wall hangings at the market on Saturday.

The Box People

 The Box People are Andrew Taylor and Marina Brown....who, funnily enough make mainly boxes but also other creations from recycled, found & foraged materials such as wood, metal, fabric, computer bits, old handles and latches and hinges and all manner of matter that they find appealing.

Marina and Andrew have been creating their functional artworks for 20 years in Sydney,selling mainly at markets and festivals.
They moved to Katoomba in the beautiful Blue Mountains in Oct 2010 and since then have been selling their work at festivals such as Winter Magic, Ironfest, Leura Fair, Footlight Fest etc...

Every piece created by collaborators Andrew and Marina is an individual work of art.
you have to look inside each one as well, because there are surprises!

There is no end to what Andrew can turn into a box!

As well as boxes you will find delightful little wall plaques and magnets - all with a story to tell.

The Box People can also be found regularly at the  Magpie (Lawson) and Blackheath Community market. Look out for them at the Bluebird Market in Leura in mid December.
A great selection of work can be found everyday at the Nook @ Leura, a co-operative gallery.
We wlcome Marina and Andrew for the first time at Mountain Makers this coming Saturday.

Hurray for the creative mountains community!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sami Bop

Danette is the designer and creator behind the very popular Sami Bop range of the coolest, funkiest, sweetest little clothing around.

Danette brings 20 years of fashion design and experience to her creations. She creates quality kids clothing which is both innovative and fun.

She individually make each and every item herself from recycled and vintage fabrics - although very occasionally she will find something new that she could not resist!

Sami Bop features clothing for girls and boys -

babies -

She will have a range of summer hats -

and something for mums -

Friday, November 18, 2011

Marg Hutton

Marg is the brains (and the green fingers) behind going Potty with Marg.

Marg creates succulent and cacti arrangements in a variety of individual and often quirky pots.

These mini gardens are very resilient making them a perfect gift for someone with a busy lifestyle (don't we all!?)

Marg goes to a lot of trouble selecting the plants, which she propagates and grows herself, matching them with suitable pots.
Sometimes she enhances the arrangement with stones or figurines.

Marg will be bringing a large range of her potted creations to Mountain Makers next week, so be sure to check out her display.

You'd be potty not to!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Idle Hands

Idle Hands are Imogen and Amber ...and they make stuff!

Such varied and wonderful stuff!

Idle Hands is a Blue Mountains home-based business
focusing on contemporary handmadeness.

Their aim is to use quality supplies of Australian origin where possible.

And to be as green as possible - by the use of recycled and upcycled supplies.

And to create everything with love and care.

And it sure shows!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Teangi Chambers

We're so delighted that Teangi is joining us this time - she makes the cutest sculptures!

You can really see that Teangi has a passion for animals and nature which she expresses through her one-of-a-kind metal sculptures.

All of Teangi's sculptures are individually handmade, they are not mass-produced and each one is an individual , signed by Teangi.

Teangi uses steel to produce wild and exotic animals as well as taking commissions for her popular "sculpt my pet project".

All of Teangi's sculptures are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

Come along and be delighted by Teangi's metal sculptures.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Alison Dickin

Alison Dickin is a botanical artist who specialises in painting native Australian plants and birds.
Alison works mainly in watercolours but has also recently been using coloured pencils to add another effect to her work. 

Originally from Shropshire, UK, Alsion has a degree in textile design and has had previous careers as a knitwear designer and a graphic designer.

Moving to  the Blue Mountains inspired Alison to begin drawing and painting again.
She says that she loves the ancient forests of the Blue Mountains National Park and is inspired by the amazing local wildflowers including the Banksia, Kangaroo Paw, Flannel Flower and Waratah. 

Some of Alison's most recent creations are a series of fruit and vegetables.
Her artwork will be available at the market as prints, cards and originals.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Indigo Elephant

Sash Hinton is the creator behind Indigo Elephant.
She is an interior designer turned full-time-mum to her sons, and IndigoElephant was born to satisfy her need for a creative outlet whilst also allowing her to look after her family. 
Sash says she has been creating things for as long as she can remember, and has a love for all forms of colour, pattern and texture.

She first began sewing for her first son when he was a few months old and she discovered there was very little available, especially for boys, that was different to what you could buy in any large shopping centre.

So Sash began her foray into a creative sewing business producing a whole range of items including -
Burp Cloths
Crayon Wallets
Dribble Bibs
Dummy Clips
Feeding Bibs
Hair Accessories
Library Totes
Pram Blankets

Sash's use of fresh modern fabrics and eye-catching designs really do stand out from the crowd.
If you have young people in your life that you need to buy gifts for them you'll find something here.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wyck Candles

Wyck is a family owned and operated candlemaking business based in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. They specialise in hand-poured palm wax pillar candles, highly scented with quality essential and fragrant oils.

Wyck candles combine natural sustainable waxes with customised essential and fragrance oils to create uniquely scented candles.

At Wyck, the philosophy is that it takes time and the best ingredients to create true quality. You won’t find any production lines or automated machines in their studio – every candle is individually hand poured, scented and packaged.

Wyck uses natural waxes that are - 
  • Free from chemicals and additives, allowing our candles to burn cleanly with minimal smoke and soot.
  • Sourced from sustainable plantations, ensuring no habitat loss for endangered species.

 Wyck produce two styles of candles - long-burning pillar candles and smaller votives.

 The votives come beautifully packaged in origami gift boxes - perfect for Christmas gifts.

With their emphasis on quality rather than quantity, Wyck have made the decision to sell directly to the public and only a handful of carefully selected retail outlets.

Come along to Mountain Makers and experience Wyck candles!