about Make Space
Make Space Is a not-for-profit artist run collective with a shopfront in Newcastle’s Hunter Street Mall. The space is always a riot of colour, with a common strong recycling theme running through various disciplines known in-store as the ‘womble aesthetic’. Everywhere is the mark of the artist and everything for sale is either a one off or a limited production line. Make Spacers love to rescue discarded items from the street, give them some of love and use them to create interesting shop and window displays. If a visit puts a little bit of inspiration in your day, they’re happy.
Local, handmade and heartfelt.
There are currently eight members of Make Space.
Suzie Bailey | Once Was
(Make Space Coordinator)
Suzie is a self-confessed fabric addict recycling fabric from the past to make beautiful ladies and children’s clothing, hats, bags and blankets. All items in the ‘Once Was’ range were once something else; sheets, aprons, tablecloths, scarves, ties and samples of good quality classic fabric, often hiding in someone’s cupboard for decades.
Alison Bodman | Alie Jane Travel Accessories & Designs
After a trip to Europe, Alie Jane thought no more boring beige bumbags! Her accessories are designed to be as fun and colourful as the trip they’re intended for.
Sophia Emmett is a glass artist who has widely exhibited her hand blown glass objects within Australia.
Di Jones | Sketch & Jones
Screen printer extraordinaire Di started Sketch & Jones in 2007 when she wanted to print and sew using her own fabrics. Her current range includes homewares, women and kids clothing, toys, stationery, illustrations and artworks.
Chloe O’Reilly | Tulip & Coffee
Often cleverly re-purposed from vintage fabrics, embroidered tablecloths, even linen tea towels, Chloe produces women and kids wear that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. In the last few years her collection has included a number of wedding dresses. Her work has been stocked all over Australia, Japan and Singapore as well as appearing in numerous magazines.
Edwina Richards | Fancy Dancy Pants
(Make Space Coordinator and Founder)
Coming from a background in photographic art and film-making, Edwina intends to use wall space at Make Space for small rotating exhibitions of both her own work and that of fellow visual artists. She also likes to muck around with scraps, forcing them into clothing, homewares and other small functional flights of fancy.
Jackie Smallcombe | Jackie Smallcombe Jewellery
Around 14 years old Jackie took her first course in beaded jewellery. Since then she has continued making jewellery using found objects such as sand worn glass or pebbles and shells found on the beach. When she moved to Sydney to study Jewellery Design full time at the age of 18 she then progressed into more ‘precious' materials. Jackie has completed courses in Foundry Metal Casting and Welding & Furniture Design. Her pieces often start with a theme then develop and change to create small series of works. This enables Jackie to create limited and individual production pieces with no two pieces being exactly the same.
Trish Stenzel | Wanderlust
(n) a very strong or irresistible impulse to travel. Wanderlust is the brainchild of Trish Stenzel, the designer behind the successful Miss Fancypants pinup swimwear label.The collection features timeless pieces made from travel friendly fabrics and many designs are multifunctional.
Shop 3, 200 Hunter Street, Newcastle (next to White’s Records)
Tues to Fri 10am-3pm
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