Thursday, 4 December 2014

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas from the Barn Market!

Thanks to Natalie Mendham Photography for helping to make the Christmas Barn Market so special with those festive images. Our thanks also of course have to go to the wonderful stallholders who worked so hard, the amazing and talented buskers,  our lovely customers and supporters, Clarence City Council (especially the Arts and Events team) and the numerous helpers behind the scenes offering ideas, support and cups of tea.
Have a very happy Christmas and a well-earned break over the festive period.
Tamsin and Sonia. 

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Christmas Craftacular at the Barn Market

The Christmas Barn Market is fun for everyone and we are very excited to be able introduce Colette Goyne to the Make-It Marquee!

Colette is a primary school teacher with three children, and she especially loves the creative aspects of teaching.

Colette says, " I still remember the joy of making my first toilet-roll Santa many years ago, (soon followed by miles of paper chain and blizzards of snowflakes)!  This Santa is still part of my mother's treasured collection of Christmas decorations and takes it place on the tree each year.  For me, Christmas and craft go together like disco and sequins, and every year my kids and I make a new decoration to add to the growing number of beautiful, memory-rich and slightly wonky treasures that beautify our house.  I am really looking forward to the Christmas Craftacular and helping lots of Barn Marketeers make something special for their family and maybe use too much glitter!"

Colette will be in the Make-It Marquee on the 21st and 22nd November. Join your child in creating some fabulous Christmas memories.

Craft sessions will be $5 per child with the opportunity to make three different Christmas decorations that make fabulous gifts or would bring Christmas cheer to any home.

Friday and Saturday, limited places available. Please book on the day,

Friday, 3 October 2014

Featured Designer: Emma from Morse Consulting and Design

The Spring Barn Market is only a week away (October 11th) and we are very excited to announce our first workshop in the Make- It Marquee! Emma from Morse Consulting and Design will be running the workshop and we thought it time we found out a little bit about this talented stylist!

Emma, you have a creative background but what lead you to become an Interior Stylist, specialising in colour and paint selection?
I’ve always been passionate about colour and design, but for years it took a backseat to my studies and work in psychology and counselling. I dreamed of one day combining both somehow. 
While my kids were babies I did a Cert IV in Colour and Design by distance. I adored learning the theory but really missed working with people. When I finished the course a friend asked for help choosing a new colour scheme and it all clicked! I got to help people identify their needs, limitations and resources, and then apply design theory to answer those problems practically. So my dream of combining both passions found its path! I discovered that lots of people feel overwhelmed by choosing colours, or making their house feel like a home, and the work flowed from there. **

A living room corner, styled by Emma.

As an Interior Stylist, you see trends come and go.  What guides you when you are making a purchase for a home you are working with?
My clients are normal families on a budget who want to make the most of what they have. So, I love to hunt down quality pieces that bring character to a space and will stand the test of time. Handmade and locally made are always my preference. Just like clothes, with a good quality, classic base, the occasional on trend accessory is all you need to be cutting edge, yet not wasteful. Also, at the moment trends are so focused on the '70s to '80s, it’s very easy to upcyle and re-purpose.

Emma loves macrame and is running an Introduction to Macrame at the Spring Barn Market. 
When you are working with your clients, where do you draw your inspiration for each design from? 
 My first step with clients is to get a good sense of their style. I get them to show me their favourite object, fabric, or image, and we work from there to build the room, taking into account the things that can’t be changed. I often have to work outside my own style preferences, but it’s so important that a space represents the occupants and tells their story, to create a sense of home for them.

Emma also works with paint selection for building exteriors. 
If you could give one piece of advice to all those people out there who are about to start a decorating project, what would it be?
Start by collecting images of things you love, and try to identify a common theme. Clarify your limitations and budget. And a little bit of professional help goes a long way when it comes to getting a great result.

Can you tell us what we should be doing to freshen up the look of our homes leading into summer and the festive season?

One of the hottest trends at the moment is to bring the indoors out and the outdoors in! Our outdoor areas are becoming more like lounge-rooms, and our indoors are getting a lot greener. Now is also the perfect time to de-clutter, simplify and streamline your space after being inside over winter. Get ready for more entertaining.

Emma Morse, Morse Consulting and Design.
**Emma is also giving away a 1.5 hour home interior colour consultation to one lucky visitor to the Barn Market on Saturday 11th. Entry forms at the Barn Market.

Pop over the say hi to Emma at the Barn Market. 

You could participate in her workshop or contact her on the links below.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Pony Black Co - Featured Designer and Maker

With just three weeks to go until our gorgeous Spring Barn Market, it's a great time to delve into some of the stories behind the incredible designers, makers and artisans who bring their beautiful wares to the Barn Market.

Pony Black Co has captured the attention of many a visitor to the Barn Market and Rachel Dean is the talent behind this highly successful label. Pony Black Co is an independent studio situated in "deep, dark Tasmania". There is a quirky, humorous and evocative element to all her work that reveals itself in designs, motifs, details and bold and colourful accessories. I can't help but be drawn to the beauty and intrigue of her designs and had to find out more about the mysterious Rachel Dean and Pony Black Co.

Can you tell us a little bit about how your travels and experiences of living in Tasmania influenced Pony Black (and lead to its creation)?
I moved to Tasmania about four years ago while on long service leave from my employment in Melbourne.  After about three weeks, I started playing with the idea of starting up a small business. I've always liked fashion design and construction, so I gave it a go.  That's what I love about Tasmania- she provides you with the opportunity and the freedom to follow your passions. Travel is something that I love doing too (I'm working on off-setting my carbon footprint!) and now with Pony Black I have guilt free fabric acquisition experience -it's for Pony Black after all!

Your preference is to work with natural fibres, albeit luxurious ones, what comes first, the design or the fabric?
Usually the fabric comes first - I just love scouring fabric shops and markets around the world and at home. Each country expresses itself differently, ranging from gorgeous batiks from Bali, fabulous kimono fabric from Japan and exquisite silks from Cambodia and Thailand. Instead of buying souvenirs, I buy fabric.  I have a stash of beautiful fabrics at the moment - lets see what happens!

What has challenged you most about Pony Black Co since its inception?
Working by myself- I spend a lot of time in my studio by alone.  My community consists of artists and musicians and even though we all have a mainly solitary working experience, we do try and mark the working week with Friday night drinks and dinner. So it's all good really.

If you could say one thing to each person who stops by your stall, what would it be?
Buy local - not only do you get a fabulous product that is lovingly crafted and exquisitely made, you get to support your community and local economy.  You often have the opportunity to talk directly to the maker too.  Its amazing how many fabulous and talented artisans Tasmania has!

What can we expect in the future at the Barn Market from Pony Black Co?
I picked up some gold leather while I was in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, so expect accessories using fabulous gold leather!  A bit Royal don't you think?

You can meet Rachel at the Christmas Barn Market, November 21st and 22nd and see more of her fabulous work.
Website: Pony Black Co