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A Thing Created: Fringe Festival Artist Markets


A Thing Created: Fringe Festival Artist Markets

Madeleine Manglaras

'A thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed, but a thing created is loved before it exists.'

-Charles Dickens

The Flinders Street Market is full of things created, and it's about to get a whole lot more things when it hosts the Adelaide Fringe Festival Artist Markets. 

Running from 11am to 7pm every Saturday and Sunday during the Fringe, the artist markets will highlight the talent, drive and heart of South Australian makers and shakers. Flinders Street Market has been around for 17 yearsand will party through the 2016 Fringe like it's 1999, supporting local artists, crafts people, and anything homemade, handmade or homegrown. 

Why? Because Adelaide is home to a mixed lolly bag style assortment of goods created out of love, of a quality and cleverness that is unique to South Australia and its artistic communities. From antiques to fashion, food, art, plants, produce and homewares, the artist markets will be deliciously diverse so that you can't help but contribute to the South Australian economy (AKA spend all your mula).

We caught up with two of the artists who will feature at the markets: Kate Cuthbert from Satin&Tat Collage and Bren Garrett from Bren Garrett Art, to talk creative process, Adelaide's healthy lack of pretension, and the surprisingly inspiring sounds of corduroy.


                             "Edie" (Happiness) by Satin&Tat

                             "Edie" (Happiness) by Satin&Tat

Kate Cuthbert of Satin&Tat is a collage artist who works predominantly in paper and mixed media. She find inspiration from the beauty of materials, and held her first exhibition last year with SALA. She's participated in RAW Adelaide and has an exciting few months ahead, with her work going on display in a San Francisco exhibition, Wildwood Gallery on Rundle Street, and Argos on the Parade.

Kate loves working with vintage materials, because you can seldom find such colours in modern printing. All her pieces are hand cut. 

What are you looking forward to about the Fringe Festival Artist Markets?
Flinders Street Market always has a great vibe so I can only imagine it will grow during the Fringe Markets! It'll be a relaxed meeting place for people before taking in a Fringe show with food and a bar on offer. It'll be a wonderful showcase of the designers, makers, and fabulous stall holders. 

What can people expect to be delighted by at Satin&Tat's stall? 
I'll be selling a wide selection of my fine art collage prints, greeting cards, t-shirts and tote bags, along with little favourites: stickers and fridge magnets. 

What's your experience of being an artist in Adelaide? What do you find unique about our art scene?
Being an artist in Adelaide is full of opportunity. SALA is an amazing initiative and gives artists of all experiences a platform to exhibit. The Fringe and the Adelaide Festival bring in huge interstate and international crowds interested in seeing what South Australia has to offer. We're very lucky to be have these festivals here. I've been offered great opportunites through Flinders Street market as well - you never know who will come through for you!

Hot tip: Don't go home without one of Kate's 'Fashcats': the most glamorous felines you'll ever lay eyes on. 



                             "Symbiosis" by Bren Garratt Art

                             "Symbiosis" by Bren Garratt Art

Bren Garrett's art reflects his concerns for environmental sustainability and the value we place on nature; his fascination with the animal world, and after three years living in Montreal, his overseas adventuring. His work has been showcased all over the state including at Urban Cow Studio and Littlest Vintage, as well as online on Etsy

Bren likes to use watercolour and ink, as he's a big fan of soft colours and line work. His creativity is inspired by 'the sounds of corduroy and the sight of moss deep within a forest', because, well - he likes those things. 

What are you looking forward to about the Fringe Festival Artist Markets?
I'm looking forward to seeing Adelaide at its very best, with loads of people checking out all the great art, collectables and other amazing items at the markets! It's such a fun time to be in Adelaide. It's always good to see what other artists and stallholders are creating or selling and see the smiles of people's faces when they find something they love.

What kind of treasures can people expect to find at Bren Garrett Art's stall? 
My stall will be stocked full of my prints, some limited edition pieces, and some favourites from the past. I have cards that comes with recycled brown envelopes which I think are great souvenirs for people from interstate. 

What's it like being an artist in Adelaide? What do you find special about our art scene?
I love being an artist in Adelaide. Adelaide is an amazing city full of great people, and many talented artists. There are some great markets to be a part of, some really cool galleries to sell from, and a lack of pretension, which is a big benefit. We also have some cool street art hidden in and around the city, whilst not obvious, it's fun to find. I think the size of Adelaide is ideal: it's a cool place.

Hot tip: You might also pick up some rad vintage pieces if you can sweet talk Bren into parting with them. 


Other featured artists include:

Aussie Jules - glass
Deckle Studio - handmade paper art
For the Love of Henna - henn'
Little Sister Co - illustration & typography
Lydia Kaminski - modern acrylic painting
Messy Miss Kate - illustration, art, prints & greeting cards
Pip Kruger Illustration - illustration & map
Playn Jane - art
Prince - art & illustration
The Sunshine Van - roving art caravan

What: Adelaide Fringe Festival Artist Markets, 230 Flinders Street, Adelaide 5000 SA

When: Saturdays and Sundays, 13 February to 13 March 2016, 11am to 7pm

Where: Flinders Street Market, 230 Flinders Street, Adelaide 5000 SA

Cost: None!


Check it out on the Fringe page or join the Facebook event.

Header image via the Flinders Street Market website.