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The AERACURA Collective @ Rag Trade & Recycle Street Market

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Alice in Wanderland - 1 of 5 in the 'Aeracura Collective'
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One could say I have ants in my pants because I never sit home long enough during the day to gather dust. On weekends, forget about it. You'll never find me at home. The sounds of a rag trade market I found on Weekend Notes piqued my interest and I'm so glad I went because I met some lovely people and had a great morning. Some of the lovelies I met belonged to 'The Aeracura Collective'; and no, you're not going to find them on Facebook, nor do they have a website. Perhaps eventually they will, but for now, they themselves are enjoying being happy spirits, doing what they love. Like me, if you want to see them again, you'll have to ask them where they're going to be next. This time I can help you out, because I did ask. See details below. You might also find them at the Gleadell street rag trade and recycle upcoming monthly market dates.

Aeracura Collective at the Pre-Rainbow Market
Saturday 16 January 2016 from 9am to 5pm.
Cnr Robert & Stewart Street, Brunswick East

There's a host of stall holders and 6 DJs no less to have you dancing in the streets on the day. Find out more details about the market on their Event Page

The collection of clothing caught my eye first as I looked for something for my daughter. There were many bargains to be had at this rag trade and recycle market and the Aeracura Collective stall was no different. The clothing was bargain price and to top it off, a lot of it was tasteful, young and fresh. I noted that I wasn't the only one that kept this stall busy and it wasn't only the young looking at the merchandise. There were a few middle aged women looking for that younger look and picking up a piece here and there to fit into their wardrobe. They weren't disappointed as there was plenty there that could easily fit into all styles and wouldn't have one looking like mutton dressed as lamb. I personally appreciate seeking out the opinion of the younger set whenever one wants to avoid going for same old same old styles in exchange for a fresher new look.

Remember the art of macrame when it was trending in the 70s ? Generally in the form of hanging plant holders and intricate wall hangings from another era, it seems to be making a modern comeback. Alice in Wanderland, one member of five in the Aeracura Collective certainly showcased macrame as the comeback kid. I was intrigued by the macrame jewellery she had handmade herself, most with gemstones and I couldn't resist picking up some. I myself could never get my fingers around macrame (perhaps it was the patience I lacked) in larger projects; I had to admire someone who was working it in small intricate patterns as jewellery.

If you have a treasured piece or remnant, or gemstones you'd like to have styled into macrame jewellery, you can contact Alice on 0413 706 881.

As mentioned before, there are five members bringing their talents together in the collective, on this day there were just two of them with their goods. They'd certainly need a larger stall to showcase the goods of 5 creatives that's for sure. There's Alice (Alice in Wanderland - and yes, her name really is Alice) who makes the macrame jewellery, but her talent does not end there. Courtney, Brooke, Lola and Shae make up the rest of the collective. Between them all you'll find seamstresses, hair wrappers, face painters, recycled and upcycled clothes and goods, jewellery and more. They're all from Inverloch, bar one. As you can see in the picture below, I forgot to mention dream catchers; handmade by Alice.

it's no surprise to find that the girls are into local, handmade and fairtrade. They're into remaking, reusing, upcycling, recycling and of course love creating. They hope to inspire young people to do what they love. Brooke (of the collective) is involved in a women's empowerment magazine and Alice is planning a trip to Borneo, located north of Java, west of Sulawesi, and east of Sumatra. The island is divided among three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia to the south. She wants to go over personally to hand over some money to help with the plight of the Orangutans. Needless to say her strong feelings lie not just with the Orangutans but with deforestation as well.

I guess it was not just the talent and the goods at their stall but the free spirit of these young women that drew me. You certainly won't find any hard sell here. The two kids you see in the picture were obviously also attracted to their friendly soft attitude, they made themselves very comfortable as you can see. I thought they were old friends, but nope. Even their mother (from whom I got permission to take pictures of the kids) was so at ease and trusting of the girls, she actually left the children there while she went shopping at the supermarket for a while. These good natured girls had no issues baby sitting and Courtney went on to entertain with hair weaving.

The name of the collective Aeracura is derived from The Essential Doreen Virtue Collection and the girls identify with the invocation therein. Calling upon Aeracura and connecting to mother earth with bare feet to fill their heart with great divine love and tap into their creativity to unleash their inner artist. To express love in a way that benefits the world just about sums it up and that's not a bad thing. Catch this stall at the Pre-Rainbow market as mentioned above.

As an aside, the Gleadell Street Market runs every Saturday from 7am to 1pm for all your fresh fruit and veg. If like me, you wander out of Gleadell street, turn right onto Bridge road and cross the street, you too can enjoy some beautiful fresh Vietnamese food at very reasonable if not downright cheap prices. The ambient surrounds at Pho N Roll is very pleasant and the presentation ain't half bad either. There are plenty options for the vegetarians as well. Enjoy!

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Why? Bargains, upcycled, recycled clothing, jewellery, face painting, hair weaves and more
When: Saturday16 January 2016 from 9am to 5pm
Where: Pre-Rainbow Market, CERES Environment Park, Corner Roberts Street and Stewart Street, Brunswick East, VIC
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