Library transformed into artisan market
This Saturday 18 June the State Library will be transformed into a craft market with a difference. Rebecca Lewis is one of 60 incredibly talented artisans that will showcase their handmade products as part of the BrisStyle markets that will fill the Knowledge Walk. The day will also include food, music, hands on workshops and innovative programs such as a human library where you borrow a person instead of a book. Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1122895857748594/
Rebecca is a self-taught printmaker and seamstress who lives in Ipswich with her two children. ‘I'm lucky enough to live right across the road from my best mate and creative collaborator/print making assistant. After many years of printing there's still nothing quite like the thrill of lifting a screen or print block to reveal the image underneath. I don't think I will ever tire of it.’
Rebecca will be bringing a selection of timber house blocks, plenty of screen printed cushions and a range of hand printed and UPcycled girls and ladies clothing to the Big Day.
‘It's great to chat with customers about my process and products and also wander around the markets to see what other makers are putting their energy and passion into (and maybe picking up some new handmade goodies to take home).’
When asked about her creative practice, Rebecca is keen to share the journey of her individual pieces. ‘Our hand drawn images are first carved into Lino print blocks this process is really important as it transforms our sketchy images into something else entirely, softening lines and adding little line work details. Most of the sewing is done at home on an old singer and all our cushion inserts are made in Australia from 100% recycled PET bottles.’
So what does belonging mean to Rebecca?
‘I would say belonging is about loving where you live because you are part of a community of like-minded souls… belonging is also about supporting your people. This might include being involved in community arts projects, teaching and sharing my creative passion, being part of other folks’ community events and spreading the word on all the brilliant stuff that happens in my town.’