Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
come on, fly with me
into the realm of wildest
Tell us a little about the origins of Niche Drawings.
I have always written poetry and drawn pictures. When I was growing up, I used to make little cartoons of my dog ‘Sneaky Jasper’ having adventures and generally getting into trouble, and then when members of my family started having babies, I started making them books. This year I’ve just decided to do that on a bigger scale!
Describe your creative process.
I write the stories, and then paint the pictures by hand. I make all these little hairpieces, and costumes, and teddies and pets, and I scan them into the pictures by hand to fill the custom orders. (it’s very labour-intensive!) Then I edit the images and type the text in, and send off the whole to a publishing company which returns them as beautifully bound, hardcover glossy books.
What inspires you the most?
I have the privilege of spending time with a lot of wild, funny children of friends and family, and I am always being prevailed upon to tell stories. I usually just make them up as I go along, and something about the pressure of having a pair of wide childish eyes staring into mine, waiting to hear ‘what will happen next’ really gets the creative juices going!
What are your ultimate dreams for Niche Drawings?
I would love to get to the point where Niche Drawings could be my main focus. There’s something about making things for children that is just so magical.
What will will we find from Niche Drawings at our December Bend and Snap Market?
I will be taking order for the custom books at a special market-only price, as well as selling my framed wall-art, gift cards and gift tags!
flyer designed by OLIVIA YORK.
Beautifully crafted handmade concrete pots and planters by MRS N HANDMADE.
Handmade products such as owl plush toys (specialising in pop=culture owl characters), embroidery hoop wall art, felt accessories and many more crafty things by crazy owl lady SCRABBLE KITTY.
Home-made soy wax candles hex-jars and amber bottles by ELIZABETH & MARY.
Jewellery from the minimalist to the straight up science to the more mystical with A PASSAGE OF TIME, ARTOMIC ART, INDOVINO JEWELLERY, OH DAKOTA and a special jewellery project from Narrelle M Harris, the esteemed author behind KITTY & CADAVER – A fictional band facing a zombie apocalypse devouring Melbourne and “raising rock ‘n’ roll hell to exorcise the dead!”. Yuka, Kitty and Cadaver‘s angry heavy metal Japanese drummer, wears jewellery made of the salvaged remnants of instruments destroyed when her first band accidentally summoned a demon and everyone but her was killed. Narrelle has collaborated with a number of local artists to create unique jewellery assembled with salvaged remnants of instruments.
Mad science and other curios with turning recycled electronics, antique medical equipment, found bits and pieces, modern oddities, and culinary creations into shiny science experiments by MAD SCIENCE AT WORK.
Original, Handcrafted, Delicate and Unique 3D Paper Sculptures, Artworks, Crafts and Photographic Prints by PLATED IMAGE.
Quirky, custom-made cards, posters, gift-tags, boxes, and, above all, children’s books by NICHE DRAWINGS. (be sure to see Nichla with your ideas – you can work with the artist to develop a story together, and let Nichla work her magic to create a completely unique, one-of-a-kind, limited-edition book, just for you).
In addition to celebrating the work of the local art and design community and our regard for shopping locally, we are proud be featuring a number of our philanthropic stall holders utilising their creations to give back to the community, for instance:
ARTOMIC ART – jewellery sourced the coolest scientific pictures discovered by various science students and researchers and created to raise awareness of such important research.
A portion of their proceeds is donated back into research towards the sourced image – for example, the Midnight Magic Cufflinks, these stainless steel cufflinks are made using an image produced during research into schizophrenia (image courtesy of Candace Wu (researcher at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health), for each purchase of the Midnight Magic Cufflinks, a portion of the profits will be donated to mental health research. http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/206216550/midnight-magic-cufflinks
Personalised vintage & pre-loved second hand clothing.
The Applique Vintage team, following their commitment to act sustainably, have launched their new initiative THE BIG CLOTHING DRIVE where they will collect your unwanted items which will then be sorted, and those that are of a high quality and suit the Applique Vintage style, will be sold in our store. The rest will be donated to charities including the Brotherhood of St Lawrence and the Red Cross. Then, next month they will be starting their monetary donation project, where 50% of all sales from your donations will be donated to a charity of your choice.
Melbourne based jewellery brand, creating unique pieces artfully hand-crafted from 92.5 sterling silver, 18ct gold plating & adorned with semiprecious gemstones, sourced from around the world. Each piece is purposefully designed with a high level of thoughtfulness and detail, and each crystal is carefully hand-picked, ensuring every piece is truly ‘one of a kind’.
Indovino Jewellery aims to use art and jewellery to bring greater awareness to the Water Crisis that is happening all over the world in Africa, South East Asia and Latin America. A portion of every sale will be donated to Charity Water – a charity dedicated to bringing clean water and sanitation to people in less developing countries. (see more here).
Image courtesy of Jasmine Dowling.