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Published June 17th 2014
Craft creations open the minds of the naive
Alfresco style dining precincts incorporating distinctive shops and services are opening up around South East Queensland to the delight of passers-by or regulars who live near. Main Street, Wellington Point has become very popular for dinners and coffee connoisseurs and nestled among the eateries is "Village Creative".
Owner Roz Creamer, an extremely talented lady and artist in the craft field can visualise wonderful creations from the most common items and materials. I had visited her shop a few months ago; however returning recently with a friend and was lucky enough this time to meet Roz in person.
It never stops to amaze me the continuous supply of extremely clever ideas that are borne from the mind, not mine of course, but certainly Roz's. Bracelets made by cutting coloured pencils into pieces, rings, earrings and brooches made from real Lego, buttons, miniature jigsaw pieces and laptop keys as well as beautiful necklaces made from recycled items.
One necklace in particular which caught my eye, was made from recycling small white rubber discs and combining them with deep red beads to produce a very striking item indeed. I believe, when you know how and what is incorporated in their production, it creates a much more connected effect when wearing them.
Each necklace is unique by the recycled items used
Village Creative also retails articles made by other local artists. Karen Benjamin has the unique talent of creating items such as the dress pictured from all different kinds of recycled plastic bags; onion, avocado, orange, etc and she even added guitar strings to one dress which made up the circles on the belt. Logie red carpet nominees eat your heart out with these creations!
All shoes in the shop are designed and painted by Sharma-Deanne-Designs of Birkdale. The canvas paintings hung on the walls of the business and boys painted shorts are also by Sharma. There is an array of children's clothes for sale sewn by Andie Rose – Classics for Girls and Kiss My Patootie.
Sauces from The Chilli Factory in numerous varieties are sold along with Chilli Willies and Geronimo Beef Jerky. Soon owner Pete will be producing his own range of Chilli Salt. The sauces are 100% gluten free with no MSG and proudly Australian owned and made. I can vouch for the Medium Green Thai Chilli Sauce which is great with seafood, in stir-fries or green curries.
The Village Creative are running School Holiday Workshops; however workshops are not limited to children as there is plenty of creative pursuits for adults as well, which run all year round. You must book as spaces are limited. Call in to obtain a copy of the workshop list or you may find more information on the Village Creative Facebook page. Courses include jewellery making, colour your T-shirt, rag rugs, bookmarks and magnets, sock monkeys etc. Saturday classes are available for those working girls, like me. In fact, Doodling for Relaxation is being run by on Saturday 12th July by Marloes from Busy Pens and techniques from Zentangles will be shown.
Roz is looking for other talented teachers who may like to run classes at the Wello Village Creative business, so if you have an interesting hobby and would love to show others how it's done, pop into the shop or ring Roz to discuss. A tutor in silversmithing is coming soon.