With an eclectic mix of local makers, artists and vintage sellers, the Valley Laneway Markets is back, celebrating our amazing creative community on the first Saturday of every month. Browse the fantastic range of wares including plants, ceramics, beauty, homewares and jewellery, plus with all your fave The Lanes Fortitude Valley boutiques and eateries open as well, it’s always a great day out.
Meet some of the makers and find out what inspires their creative outlets before you head along to the next Valley Laneway Markets:
Rebel Art Creations
Fluid splashes of mesmerising colour immediately draw your eye to Judith Leonard’s creations. These are homewares deserving of display, the pops of swirling resin and ink on wood, ceramics and casting resin serving as functional art. Each one-off piece is created in small batches using custom colours and adorned with silver, bronze and gold leaf for sparkle.
Judith’s love of colour is apparent in her Rebel Art Creations stall where you’ll find a huge selection of cheeseboards, lazy susans, ceramic bowls, resin stools, hand-painted planters and soy candles, plus wearable art such as earrings and brooches.
Another of Judith’s loves is her two monster rescue tom cats, which she walks around her neighbourhood on harnesses with flashing lights or in a pet pram. Perhaps we might spy them at the pet-friendly Valley Laneway Markets sometime?
Alessia E Art
This 21-year-old polymath is a young artist to be reckoned with. Dux of her year 12 art class, Alessia Emanuele has dabbled in various mediums from hyper-realistic oil paintings to screenprinting and ceramics, and also sews most of her own clothes.
Now turning her hand to clay, Alessia loves the freedom of ceramics to create functional art and has developed her own aesthetic and style with whimsical designs. The creative process can be quite lengthy, taking up to three weeks as Alessia hand builds and paints each glazed ceramic piece.
Most of the Alessia E Art pottery pieces sold out at the last Valley Laneway Markets, so Alessia has been busy creating a suite of all-new ceramics – her own personal favourites include the hand-painted cherry mug and fried egg mug and her chequered large plate. You’ll also find sweet milk jugs, teapots, bowls and screenprinted totes, each with their own story – so be sure to ask Alessia for the tea!
Sustainability is infused into every aspect of ETC Body – maker Eric Clews even schleps all of his luscious creations to the Valley Laneway Markets by public transport! ETC Body is all about natural beauty products without the expensive price tag, so every body can be gorgeous and eco-friendly.
Eric has been making soap for more than a year as a hobby before turning it into a business and expanding into other beauty products. Eric does everything himself from recipe creation and ingredient research to blending and designing the packaging. ETC Body soaps can take up to six months to make, depending on the ingredients and time required to cure. His bestselling product is also the first one he ever made – the divine orange and honey shampoo bar.
The ETC Body collection available at the Valley Laneway Markets includes soaps, shampoo and conditioner bars, bath salts, lip balms, natural deodorants and Eric’s latest creation, whipped scrubs.
Image source: Rebel Art Creations
– August 2020