Be Bold Festival is excited to have creative locals at the festival. Browse the diverse selection of items and support local creative businesses.
Kontiki is a not for profit organization whose main goal is to build the capacity of women and participants of all ages from refugee and migrant backgrounds to become self-sufficient, learn new skills and become socially connected.
Kontiki will be displaying and selling a variety of fabric cut offs with the objective of reducing waste to help the environment.
Artist Marijke Fotia creates unique hand stitched jewellery including earrings, brooches and pendants. Her love of cross stitch and embroidery was passed down to her from her two Dutch grandmothers, Antje and Artje and her modern take on this traditional craft includes vibrant geometric designs, florals inspired by nature and a cheeky sense of humour. Along with jewellery, Antje, Artje and Me will have some fun and quirky home decor and will be taking orders for custom cross stitch portraits.
Fiona Clarke, a Kirrae Whurrong woman from South-West Victoria has created her own range of bespoke clothing, with striking aboriginal designs. Fiona uses uncomplicated symbols, juxtaposed against rich earthy backgrounds and colours, producing vibrant contemporary works of art. Fiona will be joined by her husband Kenneth McKean. Both are renowned artists with over 30 years of experience.
Duyen Anh Pham will be selling a diverse selection of one of a kind artworks, handmade craft items and unique gifts from communities in Vietnam in support of social development.
“I started making aprons a few years ago when Ballarat held its famous Apron Festival. Then Covid hit and the festival folded. I found I really enjoy sewing and have continued screen printing and sewing aprons, bags, hats, tea towels and cushions. I don’t have a regular outlet so it is great to have the opportunity to be part of the Be Bold Market.”
Aunty Jean has been painting since she was a child. She is from Wilcannia, the Bakandji people, the river people known as the Baaka. Aunty Jean’s artwork is a reflection of her very being. Each piece reveals an enduring journey from childhood, relaying Dreamtime stories such as her mother’s ability to speak with nature.
Aunty Jean passes her language, culture, and artwork to her children.