Bazaar maker’s market returns to Fremantle Arts Centre in 2023 with a bumper line up of WA artisan vendors.
Western Australia’s most loved Christmas market will be held December 1 – 3, treating marketgoers to a smorgasbord of bespoke, locally-made arts and craft wares. Now in its 44th year, Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) is thrilled to announce their curated list of 45 stallholders for the 2023 Bazaar Christmas Makers Market. Vendors will gather on the Arts Centre’s grassy lawns, hand selected for being of the highest calibre and designed and created in W.A. An enjoyable and unique Christmas shopping experience, the Bazaar market offers everything from crafts and homewares to fashion, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, woodwork, toys, prints, stationery and more.
FAC is also very pleased to announce its first major sponsor, neighbouring property development, Muse at Artisan Place by Edge Visionary Living and DevelopmentWA. Acting Director Olwyn Williams commented, “The Bazaar market has been part of Fremantle Arts Centre since 1979, when it was known as the Annual Crafts Fair. So much more than a traditional market, the event brings the community together and offers an antidote to the usual stress of Christmas shopping. As we celebrate 50 years of art at FAC, we are delighted to have found such a befitting partner in Muse at Artisan Place with a commitment to Arts and Culture at its core.” Muse is the first in a collection of inspired buildings at Artisan Place, and Edge Visionary Living Managing Director Gavin Hawkins said the Bazaar represented the perfect opportunity to present the vibrant new residential and arts precinct located on Vale Street in Fremantle’s east end.
“Artisan Place incorporates art studios and galleries, makers spaces, and a performing arts centre, and will help to connect residents with a community of like-minded neighbours at the Fremantle Arts Centre,”Mr Hawkins said. “We are very proud to be extending this commitment to the local arts scene, as the inaugural sponsor of the Fremantle Arts Centre Christmas Bazaar. “It is a privilege to contribute to such a vibrant event that is paramount in bringing locals and visitors together to enjoy the atmosphere while supporting the local arts scene. Muse will only add to the vibrancy of this very special neighbourhood,” Mr Hawkins said.
Some of the talented makers on offer at the market include ceramicist and art therapist Anthea Carboni of Yuniko Studio, with a range of hand made ceramics and textiles. Anthea is heavily influenced by Japanese design, and the concept of ‘wabi sabi’- beauty in imperfection. Not to be missed is timber artisan Mark Nagtzaam with a selection of works including wooden boards and kitchen utensils primarily made from reclaimed timber, sourced near his workshop in the South West of Western Australia. Lisa Gardner will display her resin jewellery made with organic materials including native grasses, foliage, flowers and shells; seamlessly integrated into resin. Bazaar regular Njalikwa Chongwe brings his ceramic vessels infused with themes drawn from his African heritage and coastal influences. Njalikwa embraces techniques found in Asian ceramics as well as practices used by traditional African potters – a true ‘melting pot’ and convergence of many cultures.
Collage artist Meagan Gardiner will also have a stall featuring her three-dimensional miniature shadow boxes containing found objects ranging from seashells from the Australian coastline to native seeds and wildflowers from the bush, and more recently, watch parts, Kalgoorlie gold and iron ore.
Fremantle Arts Centre will also continue to foster emerging makers through its incubators program. The Incubator Program involves subsidised stallholder fees, mentoring and support for craftspeople in their first five years, and is part of the Fremantle Arts Centre’s continued commitment to nurturing the careers of emerging makers. This year sees the program supporting four stalls, including Fish Apple Rugs, Koro, Love Lamps and MEG Ceramics.
As per previous years shoppers may rest their feet and appreciate delicious food and beverage offerings from a range of food vendors. What’s more, this year on the Friday evening Christmas lovers will also enjoy carols by the Arts Centre’s very own FAC Yeah! Community Choir.
Deep Earth Ceramics
Ceramics by Danica & Beste
Ceramics by Holly O’Meehan
Forrest Road Studios
Jewellery & Fashion
Kor by Lisa Gardner
Violet Clark Studio
The ANJELMS Project
Carmel Fasolo Designs & Daphneling.gt Designs
Claire Townsend Design
Clay + Metal
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Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia (WA) Inc
Sewing Machine Activist: Miranda Green
Susannah Kings-Lynne Jewellery
Tineke Creations Jewellery
Furniture & Homewares
ELIA Balms & Blends
Melting Pot Glass Studio
Nook & Corner Furniture
Turner + Turner
Print works & Art
Braw Paper Co.
Fish Apple Rugs
Jalbi Australia and The Natural Food Emporium
HOOSH Designs & The Mango Silk Collective