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Make Space

Suzie Bailey, Alison Bodman, Sophia Emmett, Di Jones, Chloe O’Reilly, Edwina Richards, Jackie Smallcombe, Trish Stenzel.

Property Donor: The GPT Group & UrbanGrowth NSW

Launched: 4 March 2009

Closed: 16 Dec 2013

Shop 104, 152-160 Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle

Tue to Wed 10am – 3pm, Thus to Sat 10am-4pm

local, handmade and heartfelt

Make Space s a not-for-profit artist run collective founded in 2009 with a retail shopfront in the Newcastle Mall. Stocking product by members and other makers from Newcastle and surrounds, the space is always a riot of colour, with a common recycling theme running through their 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. The Make Spacers also love to rescue discarded items from the street, give them a bit of love, and use them to create whimsical shop and window displays. If a visit puts a little bit of inspiration in your day, they’re happy.

To date, Make Space is proud to have supported the art and craft work of over 50 local makers.

The 6 current members are:

Diana Jones, Co-Ordinator Member since 2012

Screen printer extraordinaire, Di started her label Sketch & Jones in 2007, as she wanted to design, screenprint and sew with her own fabrics. She is very much a renaissance woman – her current range includes home wares, women’s and kids clothing,toys, stationery, and award winning illustrations and artworks.

Mel Ainsworth Member since 2013

Mel is a Newcastle born and bred designer working under the label of Skye Rocket Sews. She designs and makes fun and contemporary kids and women’s clothing and accessories, with a nod and a wink to some kitsch designs from the past. She draws inspiration from elements of the Japanese kawaii style, the folksy feel of Dutch design, and the distinctive patterns of vintage Scandinavian design. Her range includes handmade Babushka dolls, girls dresses and tees, boys hoodies, babies bloomer sets and shoes and women’s A-line skirts and t-shirts. Items are sized from newborn to 8yrs for girls and boys and sizes 6-16 for women.

Beverley Stuart Member since 2013

Having always loved 1970‘s chenille, Beverley started making kids clothes and accessories out of the ‘hairy’ fabric about 10 years ago. These days she still has a soft spot for the old bedspreads, but has no problem cutting them up and mixing them with retro and other recycled fabrics to create new and original wearables for kids under the label Dandylion Kids. Practical, durable and fun – they have become a favourite staple of the Novocastrian kids’ summer wardrobe.

Beverley Deeming Member since 2012

A former international entertainment industry make-up artist of many years standing, Beverley Deeming relocated to Newcastle with her young family in 2007 for a slower pace of life. Moving from a small house in Sydney to a big house in Newcastle meant there was interior decorating to do and on a tight budget she had to get smart. Encouraged by her friend’s reactions to her first attempts in hand made home wares, she started a stall at the Olive Tree Market and the rest as they say, is history. After almost 4 successful years trading as Now that’s Gorgeous! (nuff said!) she decided to join Make Space in September of 2012. Beverley loves Make Space because it allows her to both showcase her quirky trademark cushions, oilcloth pegbags and ‘stuffits’, and to dabble with a range of products and materials. Her current range includes creatures made from vintage blankets, crocheted cowls and handmade cards and gift tags.

Lee Howard Member since 2013

Lee is South African born and after a gap year of backpacking around Europe and a bit of Africa that turned into ten, she settled in Scotland to do her degree. By the end of her studies however, she decided that she had experienced enough grey weather to last a lifetime and headed south for sunny Australia. She is now happily settled in Newcastle with her 2 dogs who feature in her product logo. Her label is called My People and Me and her products include tasty treats and funky threads for the modern dog about town. When she isn’t studying or crafting you will find her at the park with her dogs or the beach in the surf.

Edwina Richards Founder, Member since 2009

With a background in photographic art and film-making, Edwina started Make Space with the aim of bringing like-minded local people together who are both passionate about producing their own hand made wares, and keen to support the burgeoning creative community of Newcastle in a shared retail/work space. Her own work is a mix of textile crafts and photographic based artwork.

You can find out about their special nights and workshops, as well as the latest products and makers on Facebook or