UPDATE MAY 2013:
Sadly the shop needs greater repairs than we are able to undertake at this time, and its become unusable for Nat & Sarah. Sarah is moving to a new studio space in shared offices, and Nat is operating from home again. Keep in touch by email or facebook.
Who are you?
Natalie Chater/Natalickit Sticksit
Natalie creates creates custom designed, and handmade stickers for the Roller Derby community under the label NataLickiT SticksiT. “I work closely with each person to gain a sense of their Roller Derby personality. Working closely with different clients locally and around the world I have developed a strong sense of how to produce unique designs specifically for the individual. I produce my designs into various mediums such as print and wearable art such as clothing and jewellery. My designs have a strong typography and design base with an element of illustration, and the use of humour, to give the designs their unique quality”, explains Natalie.
Sarah, under the label Paper Kitschen works mostly with paper to create handmade paper-cut illustration, collage and paper sculpture. “I love to draw and make things by hand with lots of detail. I usually begin with my original hand drawings which are translated into a new medium or sculptural object. My art has a strong graphic quality meandering between illustration, design, kitsch, handmade crafts and fine art.” Studio space with Renew Newcastle has enabled Sarah to work collaboratively with other artists and on a much larger scale, creating paper dioramas, photo-sets and theatrical props.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle? Natalie: Since following the Renew Newcastle project initiative from the beginning. It has been a huge source of inspiration in my own business aspirations. It’s the initiative this city has needed for a long time and I wanted to get on board. I love how it has helped Newcastle grow. I wanted to be involved so I could be a part of that growth. Sharing this opportunity with the local businesses that have emerged through the roller derby community. I wanted to have a space to work collaboratively with other like minded creatives.
Sarah: Renew Newcastle has brought new life to the local creative community and the city’s languishing buildings in a way that really works. Renew Newcastle creates incredible opportunities for starting artists by providing low cost and self managed spaces to meet, create, collaborate and promote their work. My first involvement in Renew Newcastle was when a friend encouraged me to participate in a little group show at ArtHive, and from that moment I began to realise a viable art career with group shows, exhibitions, markets and retail interest, and the opportunities keep coming!
Since the start of Renew Newcastle we have seen how it has broken down the obstacles for creative ventures in Newcastle.
What are you doing in your new space? Cut.Stick. marks the next evolutionary stage of the collaborative venture we began together at the Chop Shop Clinic last year. We have both enjoyed the benefits of higher visibility and an expanded community network which has brought some great opportunities and projects our way. We now have a space to better suit our own studio and gallery needs, and now we are also in a position to expand and invite others to contribute to the project.
We have a larger space for exhibitions and the eclectic variety of curios and other things we love to make and collect including clothing and accessories, plants and medical relics. Other artists and designers that fit the theme, collage artists, screen printers, stencil artists up-cyclers and assemblage artists will also be invited to display and sell their works here.
Tell us about the space… This lovely, time worn building was occupied by a watchmaker for many years, and some of the original mirrored jewellery cabinets are still here. It also has been a Renew space from the beginning as the Bird in the Hand Zine Shop and then The Woods gallery. Luckily for us prior Renewers have done so much of the hard work transforming this dilapidated shopfront into a charming little gallery and workspace and we have been able to move in quickly and make it our own.