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Little Papercup

Paper Art, Desing, Illustration

Property Donor: The GPT Group

about Little Papercup


Sadly, Little Papercup has closed the doors on the shopfront, however you can still find Little Papercup’s design and illustration at the Olive Tree Market on the first Saturday of the month, as well as online via

Little Papercup is a shop, studio and installation space dedicated to art, illustration and paper goods from independent illustrators, artists and designers. We stock art prints, greeting cards and other papery goodness from the likes of Catherine Campbell, Blueberry Paper, Emily Martin, Bella Stationery Studio, Trevor Dickinson, Ruby Victoria Letterpress as well as our own inhouse labels Happily Ever Afternoon and Heart of a Gypsy.

Little Papercup is also a space where customers can come and have a cup of tea, gather materials and inspiration (from our little library) and nestle in at the group table to make their own paper creations such as greeting cards, wrapping paper and decorations. We’ll also be hosting a monthly “Crafternoon” including drawing and papercraft workshops suitable for both kids and adults. We believe that everyone is creative at heart, some just need a little more encouragement than others!

The Little Papercup store is the vision of illustrator Jo Dyer – “a creative lass who likes to draw & dabble in all sorts of arty things” and Fran Crane – “a crafty minx with a penchant for storytelling and creating quirky things”. Jo’s whimsical illustrations and mixed media artwork are sold at markets and in a handful of shops in NSW, VIC and TAS, and Fran creates art and paper goods sold exclusively through Little Papercup.

We asked them what inspired them to get involved in Renew Newcastle?

Jo: Having a Renew Project space is such a fabulous opportunity to both share our work and connect to the many other creative folk in our community. Working alone from the home studio gets pretty lonely! Also, Little Papercup has been successfully operating as a market stall since the beginning of the year and has received such great feedback, so it seemed logical to have a go at Little Papercup the Shop.

Fran: Having recently returned to Newcastle after four years in Melbourne I was inspired by how much Newcastle’s creative scene has grown through initiatives like Renew Newcastle and the establishment of local markets like The Olive Tree (at the Junction) and Red Lantern Night Market. Jo and I have been throwing around creative ideas for a while so when I moved back it just made sense for us to collaborate together.

Jo and Fran are putting finishing touches on the space, which until recently was occupied by another Renew project Mad Hatter Millinery. About the space: “We think the Hatters did a great job of keeping it well stocked with lovely hats – it is a really big space to fill! We love love love all the glass frontage and the natural light that comes in and can’t wait to create some eye catching window displays. The space is great and ultimately we want to share it with the community, so come in and get creative!”