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Published December 16th 2015
Collectibles Store, New and Rediscovered Treasures
Sue Fleming, former student and lecturer at The Adelaide Arts College Campus on Light Square, has had her dream of a gallery offering hand-made art works and crafts come to fruition. Opened on Tuesday, 1st December, Wunderkammer Gallery Giftsis located on Level 1, 129 Currie Street, Adelaide (opposite Adelaide TAFE). Since the launch there has been a steady flow of office workers, tourists and passing foot traffic coming through to see the various arts and crafts on display.
New art works and craft coming in on a daily basis. Photo: H. Radford
The gallery offers a blended mix of splendid new and rediscovered treasures of up-cycled and re-cycled options and clearance sales. What adds to the excitement is the new art works and craft coming in on a daily basis, providing a different refashioned appearance.
New local artists and craftspeople are encouraged to exhibit their work. Photo: H. Radford.
Gallery Proprietor, Sue Fleming, said, "Over 15 years or more, in one form or another I have been part of the arts precinct of Adelaide and there were moments when I would want to obtain something that was different, not too pricey, which shows off some Adelaide talent that is Australian."
Sue Fleming and her daughter, Fiona. Photo: Haydn Radford
Fleming said, "I wanted to open a shop that I would want to come to, which is why it is a blended mix of splendid new and rediscovered treasures. I mix and match to get a new combination of beautiful things. I don't want to pay top retail prices all the time. I'm sure we all experience occasions when we love our friends, but don't want to pay outrageous prices."
Fleming said, "I am a very tactile person, and if something feels good to me, I will add it to my displays, which I find visitors are also drawn to. There are also decorative items that are purely whimsical, or things that are functional as well. Some work on both levels, and may lift your spirits at the same time. Similarly objects with texture, like wooden bowls with patterns maybe functional as well."
Interesting and unique one-off pieces. Photo: Fiona Fleming.
Fleming follows her passions of what she really likes, and when she sees it, she will buy it, especially when it is a real statement piece. She said, "Wunderkammer Gallery Gifts allows me to stock whatever I really like that takes my fancy. I value the connections with new local artists and craft people and encourage them to exhibit their pieces. Students bring in art work from SA Arts, as well as artists who may be seniors who are just emerging, and are looking to find a place to exhibit their work."
Wonky Wine Glasses by Cameron Fleming. Photo: Fiona Fleming.
Undiscovered, local craftsman, Cameron Fleming, (no relation), works at home creating a variety of unique glass work and exhibits an interesting range of pieces. For that hard to find gift, check out his global warming wine glasses. Cameron experiments with all sorts of things. The wine glasses started as a fun thing for his own family and have proven very popular. Although there is quite a trick to fashioning them they are a regular item.
Cameron Fleming's melted clock - referred to as his Salvatore Dali clock. Photo: Sue Fleming.
Another of his unique gifts is what appears to be a melted clock, often referred to as his Salvador Dali clocks. Cameron's glass pot plants are colourful and eye-catching, they are moulded from optical lenses, bent and then colours added. Naturally, there can be several firings necessary to create the final art object, with any number of failures along the way, to create the final work.
Hipster Christmas Stockings by Monique Smith. Photo: Fiona Fleming.
Monique Smith, a nurse who in her spare time, is another crafts artist who follows her passion, creates a magnificent range of well-made items. For example her hipster stockings could find a home with people who are over the traditional Christmas stocking. She also makes an attractive collection of carving spoons, mixed media with water colour and pressed metal pieces.
With more local artists and craft makers coming on board, Fleming is very excited how this aspect is developing. In the last week 4 more artists are exhibiting their work. Ceramicist, Jess Headly's work embraces delicate pastels and organic shapes, in particular pouring jugs, cups and free flowing sculptures.
Jewellery and artworks by Margo Evans. Photo: Fiona Fleming.
Ceramicist, Kat Kimpton, who is soon to depart to Melbourne (Adelaide's loss!) is known or her eye-popping glazes which simply sparkle!
Prints by Ashley Lithgow. Photo: Fiona Fleming
Fleming said, "I can see how this will grow and expand with the new talent and opportunities established with exhibitions of particular artists and promoting their work. Some artists may be present to be available to discuss their pieces and will be seen working at their craft.
Inviting roll-in, roll-out artists who invite their friends and guests will bring its own energy when staging special events."
Why? Wunderkammer Gallery and Gifts offers a blended mix of splendid new and rediscovered treasures of up-cycled and re-cycled options and clearance sales.
When:Christmas trading hours: Mon 14 December 9.30am - 6pm Tues 15 December 9.30am - 6pm Wed 16 December 9.30am - 6pm Thurs 17 December 9.30am - 6 pm Fri 18 December 9.30am - 9pm Sat 19 December 10am - 4pm Sun 20 December 10am - 4pm Mon 21 December 9.30am