Whenever I go to the beach I like to look at the local shops inbetween beach going. Often I find there are quirky, interesting stores selling all sorts of unusual items that make perfect gifts. The great benefit of shopping away from your home town means that you will always be able to surprise your family and friends with items they won't find in Brisbane. This is why I was so excited to find the Coastal Artisans Gallery Store at Peregian.
Elke Lucas Ceramics
Opening only a few months ago this store is a fantastic addition to the lovely village square of shops that is the heart of Peregian. In this world of mass produced and cheap items I am always so pleased to find handmade artisanal items of the quality you will find at this gallery store. This high quality is surely a result of the store being a collaboration between three local artists Brenda Marshall from Tree Tomato (artist and printmaker), Melissa McFarlane from Charlie Mac Designs and Elke Lucas from Elke Lucas Ceramics.
Nestled in the Oasis Laneway off Peregian Square this lovely gallery has a range of handmade creations made by local artists and those further afield. The range of artworks includes jewellery by several artists, handprinted cards, beautiful leather notebooks, purses and belts, hand printed t-shirts, hand thrown pottery, paintings, soft toys and hand dyed and printed textiles.
Jewellery made out of skateboards by Elie Beck and Sam Messina of NSW
Many of the items are made from pre-loved items such as Margeaux Davis' toys constructed from old or discarded fabric, the jewellery made out of old skateboards by Ellie Beck and Sam Messina and the beautiful paper and books created by Michelle Auer and her vintage typewriter, needle and thread.
Handmade Toys by Margeaux Davis
On the day I visited a passionate conversation was occurring between one of the founders and a potential new artist and it was lovely to feel the energy and enthusiasm that surrounds this new venture. Yet another great reason to visit Peregian Beach.