There is a bit going on at Fremantle Kings Square today with new retailer MADEN opening at the MANY 6160 incubator. Maden sells exquisitely designed wears and is a collaboration of five female artists who have studios on the first floor. Go and see Dark Nouveau by Helen Creagh, Hanna Farleigh’s design, Haptic by Vaelei Walkden-Brown, Rocuco by Angela Ferolla and Stiff Clothing by Stephanie Viol. Maden is next to the cafe at the back of Many 6160.
While there join the opening of the Hollow Project, created by Sarah Blangiardo and Ariane Palassis of Feast Your Eyes. There will be mocktails and live music from 5-7 this eve.
And check out the digger artwork on the wall of the building and a stunning wood work art piece of a man pulling a heavy object in one of the windows.
it’s all very Freo, so support it!
I went to the PECHA KUCHA event at the Fremantle Fibonacci Centre last night and what a ‘food for thought’ evening it was. What impressed me most was that the audience was made up mainly of young people under 35 and that the place was packed. It shows that only when groups do things differently they remain relevant. Some struggling established community, political and artistic groups should take heed off that.
The format was very simple. Invite 12 people from different parts of the community to show 20 images and speak about each one for twenty seconds. Toby Whittington from Green World Revolution, graffiti artist Lady Bananas, Paul Pule from Men Alive Australia, the founders of Higher Ground Coffee, Fibonacci’s own delightfully quirky Robby Lang, photographer Aaron Bradbrook, designer Sheree Dornan from Love in Tokyo, games designer Kate Raynes-Goldie and Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt all talked about REVITALISATION, that was the theme of the night.
It was a fascinating, inspiring, thought provoking and a very relaxing evening, and it was also nice to see that the organisors were happy to only charge $ 5.00 entry fee and the same price for beer and wine. The Blinco Street Cafe served yummy curries.
I will make sure to remain in contact with the worldwide Pecha Kucha movement and be at the next events in Freo or Perth.
Fashion designer VELVET SUSHI is moving out of the New Edition book shop to 16 Wray Avenue where it will share space with MADAME BUKESHLA.
Designer Deborah McKendrick will take up residence with textile designer Trish Bygott and partner Nathan Crotty.
I am really very sad to hear that the magnificent NEW EDITION bookshop in Fremantle High Street will close its doors at the end of February. New Edition has been a true Freo ikon for many years, and is my favourite bookshop. Even when they were still at the Cappuccino Strip, New Edition had that special ambience, and that only improved when they moved to the much larger and more beautiful premises in High Street.
Of course the closure affects the Grumpy Sailor Cafe, who are looking for an affordable new location in the Freo centre, and also fashion designer Velvet Sushi, who will have to move.
It will be a truly sad day for Freo when New Edition leaves and I suggest we have a wake to thank and goodbye them.
To end on a more positive note; Hush Cafe is moving from Market to High Street, just two doors away from the Bodkins Bootery.
There are many Myer shops but just one MANY. That is the new name given to the MYRE retail incubation project by Spacemarket in the former Myer building at Fremantle Kings Square.
Go do some Christmas shopping there and support up and coming designers, artists, furniture makers, fashion, etc.
I am not sure what to call the retail incubation project at the former MYER building at Fremantle Kings Square, since they are not allowed to use MYRE anymore. Maybe something like CUBE, for incubation, or simply KINGS would do the job for a new name.
Anyway ‘MYRE’ is celebrating Movember with this cute artwork and open for business, including late night Friday trading, so pop in and buy your Christmas presents from our young creatives.
The Fremantle Fashion Collective put up the very impressive Runway Show at B Shed on Victoria Quay on Saturday evening, as part of the Fremantle Festival. Designers Anna Excell, Belle Bijoux, Daniella Caputi, Little Dove, Luka Rey, Monster Alphabets, Pekho, Sheree Dornan, Tindale, and Wild Horses all took part in showcasing their clothes. Because there were so many designers involved, I have put a large amount of photos on, to do justice to all. I hope they give some impression of the stunning show.
MYRE the all new retail concept at Fremantle Kings Square is doing very well, according to the shop owners I talked to today. They refute the negative comments that the place is struggling, telling me it is going really well, that they love working there, and that sales have past expectations. They are hoping to get a big boost over the Christmas shopping period that will be starting soon.
Go and check out MYRE if you are coming to the city for Fremantle Festival events on Sunday. MYRE is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am.
The official opening of the Fremantle MYRE retail incubation project took place at 10 am on Saturday with Mayor Brad Pettitt doing the unveiling of the space at Kings Square. A good number of people were keen to have a first look at what is on offer and most were quite impressed. There is some great handmade furniture, a florist has joined the other retailers, designer fashion and handbags are on show, as are hats, cute knitted cacti, T-shirts, and all sorts of clothing, craft, nicknack, and stunning arty aerial photos by Jarrad Seng.
The coffee at the cafe is great and the ambience very relaxing, so go for a browse and buy someone or yourself a present! MYRE deserves the support of the Fremantle community!
It is disappointing that there are already knockers of MYRE; it’s a white elephant, it won’t work, it’s only for young people, it’s hippy but hippy was the eighties, etc. Let me tell those knockers MYRE is hip and funky and full of positive and creative energy and it deserves a fair go.
MYRE is an incubator for new businesses, and in a worst case scenario all these people at least will have had a chance to network and in the future might want to collaborate at some stage, when Sirona Capital will start refurbishing the building. They might join forces and combine businesses and open a shop somewhere else in Freo. Fashion and flowers go well together, so why not combine those, art and fashion, art and flowers, art and cafe, fashion and cafe, there are an endless number of combinations one could come up with.
MYRE is good because it is not traditional shopping, it isn’t a market and it isn’t a pop-up shop. MYRE is fun, very Freo, and I love it!