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The Seasonal Suitcase Crew showcases bags of unique treasure
Two creatives, Tracey Whitaker (Home Sewn) and Sandi Valerio (Into the Woods and Sunshadow Slippers) lead the creative team of makers known as the Seasonal Suitcase Crew. Together they have designed a unique market, displaying the work of local makers and artisans. Tracey and Sandi believe that the seasons should be celebrated and liken discovering and selecting new works and products to a treasure hunt.
There'll be something for everyone at Autumn Treasures. Here's just a sample of what you'll find at this unique Makers Market:
Wooly Roo's Waldorf Dolls - they are Extremely popular! These little cuties are made with a lot of love and attention to detail and are kept intentionally simple. A far cry from the mass produced plastic dolls in stores today, they don't blink, cry, wee, eat or walk - except in your child's imaginative play.
Remaker and mixed media artist, Mon Manabu will showcase her stunning collection of affordable art. Mon uses traditional and ancient Japanese techniques to transfer her contemporary art to old household items, giving them a new lease of life.
Psychedelic Baglady will showcase their cool and funky gear which includes cute play suits, shorts, skirts, men's shorts, vests and more. They use their grandmother's old Singer sewing machine to turn recycled and found materials into unique, one-off handcrafted items.
Blue ribbon rembroiderer, Eric Smith will be launching his unique range of embroidered items under his label "Atelier Smith".
And finally, Shave with Valor promises to leave a man "smelling like temptation itself" - that's quite a promise! Valor endorses old fashioned methodologies of brush and razor shaving with organic shaving soap and gentle beard maintenance products. Their artisan products are made in the hills behind Byron Bay.
Kids haven't been forgotten with local story teller Annie Bryant providing free story telling sessions in her special teepee tent at 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm. She will be launching her new "Seasonal Tales and Songs" CDs which will be on sale.
If all of this creativity works up an appetite, Byron's Liberation Larder will be at the ready, serving up delicious food as a fund raiser. And there's one more reason why you should definitely plan to visit these markets - it doesn't matter what the weather decides to do on the day as they are indoors which means they will go ahead, rain or shine!
With so much local creative talent to be found at the Autumn Treasures Makers Market, why not head to Brunswick Heads yourself and discover the many reasons why this market is so special?