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Fancy That


Address:  The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle NSW 2300
Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm
Property Donor: Iris Capital
Launched: April 2015

e:  [email protected]

Our collective of artists that formed Fancy That have taken many directions since The Emporium closed.  Kerri is writing a blog and will continue drawing and painting.  Sandy is taking a break but is cooking up new creations in the meantime some of her items available for sale at Hand to Hand Craft  in Wolfe St  and Petra is going to travel around Australia with a box full of felting wool to teach and create items ready to exhibit upon her return.

What do you do?
Fancy That is an artist/crafters collective. We currently have five members who all create different but wonderful items. Our current product line consists of, but is not limited to, paintings, artist prints, wooden miniature houses and cars, origami items, a small range of adorable knitted toys, silk scarves and wall hangings, layered paper bowls, polymer clay jewellery and trinket bowls, greeting cards and other small papercraft items.

Colleen Madsen ~ I am the coordinator of the group. My products are mainly papercraft items, in particular handcrafted greeting cards. I’ve been crafting all my life and it is wonderful to now have an outlet to sell my creations.

Petra Hilsen – I was born in Germany, and have lived in Australia since September 1983. Before that I lived in Germany and Turkey. In Australia I have lived in Hobart, Melbourne and now Newcastle. I have worked as a spinner and weaver, civil engineer, a director of a child care cooperative and in urban revitalization. I have two beautiful children who live in Melbourne. I live with my partner in Newcastle and the rest of my family lives in Germany and Turkey. I am keenly interested in the revitalisation of Newcastle and see Renew Newcastle as the instrument to do so. At Fancy That I am a felt maker and work in functional and sculptural felt. My Label is Felt by Petra

Kerri Smith – I’m an artist living locally enjoying the freedom to express my love of home, place and family. My abstracted paintings conjure feelings of comfort and the idea of a sanctuary within a chaotic society. Of late my interests within the painting realm rely on juxtaposition of colour, defined brushstrokes and a pensive vision. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to display a selection of my artwork within Fancy That.

Sandy Dorse – In my mid-fifties, I’ve been creating since at least the age of 13 when I did a cross-stitch for my Grandma Brown, which I still have. In all the years since then, I’ve dabbled in cross-stitch, candle making, macrame, painting, hand applique, quilting, mosaics….. always doing something creative, you name it, I’ve just about done it. My passion now is crochet and yarn and papier mache…… and mostly representing all the beautiful Oldies who have been in, and are still in my life. Who knows where I will go next?!

Phoebe Aletras (Sad Gal Craft) – Hi, my name is Phoebe, but everyone calls me Phoobs. I am a self-taught crafter and the founder of a brand called Sad Gal Craft. I started SGC to help keep me busy while I struggled with depression. The brand is constantly evolving as I wade through my own mind and experiment with media. At the moment, I make wearable polymer clay miniature scuptures and small marbled pots but also dabble in illustration, cross stitch and sticking googly eyes on everything.

Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
Our space is at the entrance to The Emporium. It is a lovely old building with a lot of history. There are currently eight other permanent artist spaces in The Emporium that inspire creativity, with all their beautiful product on display. It feels like a little community there and we are very happy to be a part of that.0