Monday, 28 July 2014

The Barn Market in the Eastern Shore Sun!

The Eastern Shore Sun ran a fantastic story about Helen Mansbridge and the Barn Market for their July issue.
If you would like to read the full story online, please go here and turn to page 8.


In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the beautiful Midwinter Barn Market.  Our thanks go the fantastic stall holders, Clarence City Council for all their support and to Helen Mansbridge who has done such a superb job of creating such a wonderful market over the years.

And just in case you were wondering, Sonia Skegg and I (Tamsin Singleton) will continue together to make sure the Barn Market is a continued success.  Having both been stallholders at the Barn Market in past years as well as customers and now part of the management team, we have had plenty of opportunity to experience just what makes this market so special.

But, it wouldn't be a market without you, the customers, so thank you for supporting us! Please keep coming back.

Anna Jayne Designs

Babushka's Bazaar

Backyard Bounty

Busker- Jane Shearer

Continued

Continued

Herb and Co

Herb and Co

Joli Jewellery

Manning Polymer Clay


Murdoch Designs

People at the market

Pili Pala Pieces

Pony Black Co
Raven Design Co

Sally Cassandra

Schooza

Snow Queen's Garden

The Happy Nest

Worsley Bears
Belar Bakery
Don't forget to pop October 11th in your diary for a beautiful SPRING Barn Market!  Lots of exciting things to come with that market - but I won't reveal all now :-)

Thank you!

Tamsin and Sonia


Sunday, 13 July 2014

The countdown to the MIDWINTER BARN MARKET Saturday July 19th 10:00- 3:00

Images: Necklace- Pony Black Co., Snowglobe- Dick & Dora, Snow Queen - The Snow Queen's Garden.


It's finally time for our festive Midwinter Barn Market!  Pull on some winter woollies and come to the Barn, Rosny for a bit of winter indulgence!





Gingerbread House Decorating

The lovely Alecia, from Belar Bakery will be sharing her Gingerbread House decorating secrets in a Barn Market craft demonstration.
Surely no- one could resist one of these lolly-jewelled treats!
This craft Demonstration will be happening from 10:00 -2:30 in the Barn at the Midwinter Barn Market.




Inside the Barn and outside in the Courtyard, you'll find home-wares, accessories and jewellery.....

Images: Brooch- Scissor Sisters, Scarf- Ewenicity Handcrafts, Porcelaine Bowl- Sally Cassandra.


images: bag - Raven Design Co., Necklace - Manning Polymer Clay, Bracelets- Pony Black Co.

Images: Scarf- Raven Co Design, Bracelet- Willow Tree Lane, Skirt- Anna-Jayne Designs


We've got plenty for the kids:
Clothes, toys, accessories and imaginative play as well as winter-themed face-painting in the Courtyard.
                                    Images: ABC - The Happy Nest, Bear - Worsley Bears, Dinosaur dress-ups - Schooza.

You'll find the most exquisite pieces:
Images: Spoon,  Twig Necklace - Emily Snadden Design, Candle- Avadon.


And we know its cold outside, so when its time for a bit of nourishment:
Join our foodstalls in the courtyard for luxury Belgian Hot Chocolate, Barista made coffees, Wood-fired pizzas and the incredible Home Harvest Soup. Be quick as it sold like hot cakes last time!
Images: Soup - Home Harvest, Coffee -Coffee Mio, Stock Concentrate - Home Harvest


We're excited to be able to bring to youfreshly harvested veggies & fabulous plants:

Images: Seasonal Produce- Backyard Bounty, Herbs and planters- Herb & Co., Heritage Carrots- Backyard Bounty

The Fabulous Midwinter Line-Up:
Joli        Willow Tree Lane      Pili Pala Pieces      Murdoch Designs       Wakky Taz Creations  The Snow Queen's Garden     Schooza     Flash Glass     Continued     Worsley Bears     Avadon   Nina and Bess       Babushka Bazaar     Pony Black & Co.     Ewenicity Handcrafts     Elois Lark     Original Lizzie     Manning Polymer Clay       The Happy Nest     Belar Bakery     Sally CassandraDick and Dora     Scissor Sisters    Millie's Maa Soaps     Backyard Bounty  Anna- Jayne Designs    Pebel    Herb and Co     Raven Design Co    Coffee Mio Home Harvest   The Wood FieryRedhead    Henley &Co  Once Upon A Time Face-painters       Alan Gogoll   Fiona Hutchison     
See you on Saturday 19th 10:00- 3:00 at the Midwinter Barn Market!






Monday, 7 July 2014

Featured Grower: Herb & Co.

We're coaxing some of the Barn Market growers, designers, makers and creatives out of their studios and workspaces to share their unique stories and passions behind the beautiful handmade and grown items they bring along to the market.


There is a real passion for gardening behind Herb & Co's range of edible and medicinal plants. Jane and Harriet work from their greenhouses at home, promoting seasonal growing and organic gardening practices. Working on a smaller scale than your average nursery, Jane and Harriet's plants are living proof of their commitment to gardening and raising the healthiest of plants to bring to the market. 

We asked them to share a little bit more about their unique Tasmanian business, Herb & Co.

What brought you both together to create Herb & Co?
Harriet and I met at the Botanical Gardens (RTBG) in early 2011, when we both embarked on a new career and life-changing course. We were both accepted into the RTBG’s inaugural Certificates 1, 2 & 3 in Horticulture. Both of us had young families and were looking for a new focus in our lives.  This course was just what we were looking for. Juggling young families and all that life throws at us, we were nearing the completion of our course in 2012 when an opportunity to purchase a stall at Salamanca Market arose.  In what has become our signature style we jumped at the chance.
We began our small business venture in April 2012, purchasing the Salamanca Market Stall.
After an enthusiastic start with a dash of blind ignorance thrown in, Herb and Co is now up and running.


What has been the most challenging aspect of running Herb & Co:
We work from greenhouses set up at our homes and continue to juggle the busy, unpredictable lives of our families, but it works and we love it.
Finding our way in an industry that was new to us both has been the greatest challenge. Our course at the RTBG was fantastic and gave us the skills to grow and propagate our plants but what it didn't teach us was the skills to negotiate a new industry. 



We all have bad days at work, what is it about Herb & co that keeps you going?            Not the money! (We are still working on that part of the business).To be honest we laugh a lot! Also we are passionate about growing and promoting edible (and medicinal) plants that are suited to Hobart's climatic conditions. We love talking to like minded customers and sharing ideas and experiences.

Is there anything you wish you could say to everyone who stops by your stall at the market?
Lots of keen gardeners are confused about when to plant basil and coriander! Plant your basil in late spring when you put your tomatoes in! Basil needs hot weather conditions. Coriander is a short lived plant that thrives in our calmer, cool weather; plant it in early autumn all the way through to spring. Plant coriander every 3 weeks for a continuous supply.



It's midwinter, is there anything we should be growing right now in our gardens and windowsills?
At the moment we have strawberries, rhubarb crowns, saffron, parsley, winter greens and all your perennial plants (lavender, sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary). These can go into your gardens now ready to take off in spring.
It is always nice to have a few annual herbs sitting on your window sill ready to go. Parsley, coriander, heartsease (edible viola) and even a nice pot of winter greens always look good on your windowsill.



Herb and Co are newbies at the Barn Market, what can we expect to see for your first market and into the future?
We are excited to be joining an Eastern Shore market. We will have a large range of beautifully presented herb and vegetable plants, gifts of potted herbs and fruit. Plus our clever husbands hand made recycled timer boxes of herbs. Our range of plants will continually evolve with the seasons.  Expect a smile and lots of enthusiasm.


We can't wait to have such a fabulous plant stall joining us at the Barn Market on July 19th. Please give Harriet and Jane a warm- welcome !

You can find Herb & Co on facebook and at the Barn Market.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Countdown to the Midwinter Barn Market - and a colourful new look!

Well, the countdown has begun to our gorgeous, indulgent, Midwinter Barn Market! July 19th - so pop it in your diary now!

We are also very excited to announce that we have a new look! Our thanks go to Chris Mister from C.G. Mister Art & Design for his fabulous work.

We'd love to know what you think too?  We hope you like it as much as we do!





See you at the Barn Market in July!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Barn Market Featured Designer: Jacqueline from Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree

We're coaxing some of the Barn Market designers, makers, artisans and creatives out of their studios to share their unique stories and passions behind those beautiful objects we call handmade.

We're so proud to be able to bring them to share with you at each and every Barn Market.

Jacquie Rodemann in her studio
There is a real sense of beauty to Jacquie Rodemann's range of jewellery, Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree.  Natural materials such as Tasmanian Myrtle are balanced with vibrant colours, intricate details and evocative elements such as chiyogami paper and zodiacs to reveal pieces that are complex, thought provoking and beautiful.

We decided it was time to find out a little more about this talented designer and maker:


Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree: Feather Brooch

How did Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree come to be?
About 6 years ago I began experimenting with polymer clay and Japanese chiyogami paper to make pretty little tiles which I made into pendants, earrings and bracelets and incorporating lovely gem beads. Orders began coming in from friends and from there I set up an Etsy store, started doing the local design markets like the fabulous Barn Market and began picking up stockists around Tasmania and interstate. I still sometimes work with polymer clay but I primarily use colourful acrylic and beautiful Tasmanian timber which is then laser cut and etched with my designs. I decided on the name Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree as I wanted to emphasise the affiliation between the Japanese influences in my work and the fact I am based in Australia. So I tweaked the line in Waltzing Matilda which I thought apt! A lot of my work is based on Japanese icons like the origami crane, koi fish, bamboo and cherry blossoms but I do design other products with ideas from other creative influences like European folk art, Vintage patterns and current trends.

Wooden Red, Orange, White Koi Brooch - "Koi Dreams"
Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree: Koi Dreams
The materials you use in your jewellery range from Tasmanian myrtle through to Japanese chiyogami paper. What is the most challenging material to work with and how did it find its way into your jewellery making? 
Japanese Chiyogami paper can be quite challenging at times. There are so many different types with different textures and colours.  Different colours are accentuated with the varnish I use at the end and some colours don't work. So it involves a bit of experimentation when using new papers.

Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree: Triangle Necklace        

Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree has a firmly international following. What was key to reaching out to customers beyond Tasmania's shores?
Having a shop on Etsy was the initial start of having my work seen globally. I've had customers spot my designs through Etsy features and I've been lucky to be able to sell my work to all corners of the globe. It's so much fun sending my jewellery off into the big wide world!  Some customers have blogged about my work and and mentioned it via social media which has also been great at promoting my brand.  I've also sent many of my designs to fashion bloggers around the world who incorporate the jewellery in their photo outfit shoots. It is also a bit of a thrill to see what fabulous ways they mix and match the designs. Sometimes one thing leads to another; Fab.com asked if I'd like to have a pop-up sale on their popular European site and from seeing that, Vogue UK contacted me and featured my cherry blossom necklace in their magazine. That was pretty amazing!

Cherry Blossom Earrings
Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree: Cherry Blossom Earrings
 Is there any one thing that you would like to be able to tell each person who stops by your stall at the Barn Market?
Each product has a story! From the initial creative concept, to sketching the idea and tweaking it until I am happy with it. Then the design is drawn up on the computer. Samples are laser cut and sometimes the design is again amended. The design is laser cut and etched into wood and acrylic. These pieces are then put together; then they are sometimes painted, decoupaged with Japanese paper and lacquered to create the finished piece.  Then starts the photography, packaging, promoting. It's a huge process to create each design and there's a lot of love and work (and sometimes frustration !) behind each piece.

What can we expect to see in the future from Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree?
I am travelling to Japan in October, so will no doubt come home with lots of amazing supplies and creative ideas - so stay tuned!

Happy travels Jacquie! We look forward to seeing you at the Barn Market again soon!

Tasmanian Myrtle Cherry Blossom Ring
Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree: Model wears Tasmanian Myrtle Cherry Blossom Ring

Etsy Store: Etsy
And Jacquie is a much-loved, regular stall holder at the Barn Market!