What inspired you to start Utopia Handmade?
I’m very passionate about supporting the handmade movement and local businesses. In my mind, there’s nothing better than knowing that what you are buying is unique, has been created with love and thought and that you are supporting people in your community.
I’ve been sewing for a few years with guidance from my Mum and starting Utopia Handmade felt like a natural progression. I launched Utopia Handmade in January 2014 with the goal to create handmade clothing for children with a modern twist on retro and classic styles.
What will you be selling at our Beaufort Street Network’s very first Beaufort Street Art Market?
I’ll be selling a range of handmade clothing for children, including art smocks and aprons with matching chef hats. I’ll also have some wonderful 50’s inspired retro aprons for ladies.
As the market is on Father’s Day, I’ll be offering a special on some great BBQ style aprons for anyone looking for a last minute present for Dad.
If our members want to purchase from you after the Beaufort Street Art Market, where can they find you?
I love interacting with customers, so I try to attend at least one local market each month. To check out my Market Schedule, head to my website.
For those who prefer online shopping or can’t get to the markets, I also have an online Etsy store.
Lastly, what do you love about Beaufort Street?
Beaufort Street is such a special place for me. My Mum had a café on the Beaufort Street strip for most of the 90s, so I spent a lot of time in the area. I have many wonderful childhood memories including my first ballet lesson at the Astor, ‘Fire Engine’ lemonade drinks at The Queens Hotel, buying jellybeans from McKenzies Chemist and renting VHS tapes from Planet Mt Lawley.
While I remember all of these memories fondly, what I most love is seeing the evolution of Beaufort Street. I feel like Beaufort Street is a resilient area that is forever reinventing itself and staying relevant to the community and their needs.
SPLICEJAM is a series of handmade street art inspired miniatures where two ideas may be harmoniously joined or wildly juxtaposed.
Come and meet Jason McLeod who is one of our Suitcasers - already packed and ready for your enjoyment on Sunday at the Beaufort Street Art Market 9am to 1pm Sunday & September 2014 - https://beaufortstreet.com.au/art-market/
…is Tankateo who excels at meticulous black and white drawings and who also impulsively swaps her precision pen to ink with acrylic, brushes, watercolors, sander and even an engraver. Meet her at the artisan Stall area at the Beaufort Street Art Market 9am to 1pm Sun & September 2014 - https://beaufortstreet.com.au/art-market/
Tell Dad he can be caricatured by a living oxymoron! (Joseph Filocamo’s own description of himself!)
Joseph is The Artistic Engineer and is our feature artist at our new Beaufort Street Art Market this Sunday. Especially for Dad on Father’s Day Joseph will draw an amazing charicature for your Dad for just $20. You will love it and so will Dad - bring him down and get him all drawn up!
You can read a full interview with Joseph about his work and his visit to the Art Market here at foodie cravings Perth blog.
Local pop and stencil artist I’m the Boss (Shane Hughes) is influenced by everything he comes into contact with. He has a major fascination with the acceptance of all things popular in the public eye and always questions what it is about certain people, products and places that makes them desirable. His work reflects and adapts constantly to everyday happenings as he always looks to combine what he already knows with new discoveries in the world of design.
Check out his work at The Fence Gallery at the Beaufort Street Art Market this weekend.
The Laneway Collective is bringing together local artists, residents and land owners to create inspiring laneway art. The first major project will create a unique street art gallery in a forgotten laneway between Grosvenor Road and Chelmsford Road in Mount Lawley. The laneway is just behind IGA on Beaufort Street. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/lanewaycollective
Amok Island and Fergus McFudge were in action today painting the second and third murals.
Most of the action will happen in conjunction with the Beaufort Street Festival on 15 November 2020. Find out more about the Festival at www.beaufortstreetfestival.com.au.
Check out some of the amazing artists taking part in the laneway project -
How Can You Help?
If you want to see this happen, help support it by chipping in a donation. All donations received will help support local artists to deliver this amazing project. Email Mel McVee at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The Beaufort Street Art Market, presented by Beaufort Street Network, aims to celebrate Perth’s creative brilliance and talent in an incredible display of local artists, designers and artisans.Beaufort Street Art Market.
The first market is to be held on Sunday 7th September, and, subject to Council approval, will be held on the first Sunday of each month.
Where: Barlee Street Carpark
(corner of Barlee and Beaufort Streets, Mount Lawley)
When: Sunday, 7th September 2014
Come and visit! We’d love to see you. All goods are art-based, locally made, varied and totally fabulous!
The Fence Gallery
Hanging on a hook or propped on easels, you will be able to view and buy canvasses, photography, paintings, illustrations and sculptures in an informal exhibition on the fences bordering the perimeter of the car park.
The Suitcase Art Park
Meet the ‘Suitcasers’. Artists and designers who have booked one of our limited Suitcase Spots in our Art Park area and have filled their suitcases to the brim with arty wares displayed for sale in our mini scaled suitcase stall zone.
Meander round the 18 stalls chock a block with wares from artists, craft artisans and designers.
What makes you happy? Family, friends, holidays, coffee? A new study from the United States has found that people who volunteer in their communities are significantly happier than those who do not. Read the article <here>.
The Beaufort Street Network is positive and proactive group of businesses and residents volunteering their time to create a Better Beaufort Street. Great places don’t just happen. They need to be created by people for people. It takes some hard work. But there are huge benefits for local businesses, residents and visitors. We get an amazing place where we can relax, shop, meet friends, live, work and play. A place to feel proud of.
There are also plenty of personal rewards in helping your community. Check out this Facebook clip of why you should care for others– https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201781335275182
Want to Help?
There are so many ideas and possible projects to improve Beaufort Street. If you are interested, we’ll let you know what is going on and find something you would be interested in helping with. Or you might have your own ideas. Creating a better place can be fun and build on your skills and abilities.
We all lead busy lives. A really easy way to help is to join the Beaufort Street Network. The Network is a not for profit community organisation run by volunteers. Your support helps the Network to create better places, promote local businesses and build a stronger community. It only costs $15 a year to be a Member and $95 a year for businesses. To join, follow the link https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=12403
“Ask not what Beaufort Street can do for you – ask what you can do for Beaufort Street” John F. Kennedy 1961
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are“ – Theodore Roosevelt
The Laneway Collective is a recently created collaboration that works to set up street artists with residents to revitalise unused areas with murals. Their first major project is in the Grosvenor Road Laneway in Mount Lawley. It is a 150m long laneway with over 30 different walls that will be painted by over 30 different artists. Currently they are talking with the Beaufort Street Festival with combining the painting of the laneway on the day of the festival - scheduled for the 15th of November. This will ensure that the artists work will be seen by over 100,000 people, as well as creating a unique artistic space on the day (art stalls, music and a chill out area is also being discussed for the laneway in conjunction with the live street art).
Both the home owners and local artists are very keen to be involved. Prominent artists such as Stormie Mills, Amok Island, Fieldey, Jerome Davenport, Andrew Fraser, Dan Duggan, Melski and Rob Jenkins amongst others have all registered their interest in this project. Click on the Laneway Collective_Promo for a bit more of a background of what they are hoping to achieve.
Click <here> to read an article on the project in the Perth Voice.
Would you be interested in helping this project? They have already secured funding from the City of Vincent, and possibly co-funding from the Festival, but currently its not enough to be able to pay the 30 artists for their time and skill in producing the artwork. The Laneway Collective would like to talk to local businesses and residents to see if they would be interested in sponsoring an artist - either a prominent/established local artist or an up and coming local artist.
To sponsor an artist, the costs are as follows: Prominent/established artists would be $1000 for a wall for sole sponsorship, whilst up and coming artists would be $500 a wall for sole sponsorship or $250 for joint sponsorship. This includes a thank you to the sponsor painted on the bottom of the wall (such as “Sponsored by The Butcher Shop”). They will also mention you on their Facebook feed and website (currently being built).
Please contact Mel McVee from The Laneway Collective who would be more than happy to discuss the proposal further and answer any queries or questions you might have. Her number is 0406 431 664 and have a look at their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lanewaycollective