The Gatherers


Pop in before September 23 to find yourself amongst the more hip than hippy product range The Gatherers bring to us from a recent trip to India. Beautiful rugs, handmade mugs and even handmade books are just a few of the items in this inspired travel collection.

‘The Gatherers’ is a lifestyle brand for 18-35 year olds who want not only fashionable items with
soul, but also with a story. We want to empower our customers with the knowledge of where their
items are made and the people who made them. We have some inspiring stories to share! 
After many wanders to different places in the world, we have met some amazing people who are
making big changes in their local communities. On a recent trip to india, we decided to make our
dream a reality, and have purchased our first batch of stock from women’s co-op’s, self help
initiatives and local craftsmen. We believe there is a shift away from the mass produced, and now
more than ever customers want to know the stories behind their products.
90% of our items are from Non-Government Organisations that support and promote the
traditional crafts and will provide an income to the craftsmen and woman of each region, the
other items are handcrafted by local artisans in ethical conditions.
Currently we have a range of hand crochet shoes, throw rugs, crockery, soft toys, bamboo-cotton
scarves, hand-made books and jewellery.





Artist profile – Sylvia Shrewsbury


Sylvia Shrewsbury’s practice focuses on sculpture and ceramics. Through the reanimation of disused and static material, she revisits past artwork and found objects to create assemblages that carry personal narratives and inner conflicts that are universally understood.

“I explore these concepts in mixed media sculpture and 2D compositions which are generally abstracted to a point where they can be reflected upon for their materiality first, and their personal concepts second…”

During her tenure as artist-in-residence she is planning large-scale explorations of mixed media sculpture involving the anti-aesthetic, embodied character and melancholy narratives which are recurrent in her work. Inspiring her creations are juxtapositions, personal narratives, innovative uses of waste, the ugly, disjointed or out of place and the ‘artist’s mark’ or imperfections in the handmade. She also works in clay, creating unusual and functional ceramic home-wares for everyday use.

View more of her work at:



met.a.morpho Oct25-Nov17



Join us during Open House Perth weekend on November 2 and 3 for creative collage workshops with Austrian artist Martina Lang during her quirky exhibition met.a.morpho. Be inspired by the whimsical world of das Auto, der Affe der Hund and others that give new meaning and life to existing materials.

Martina Lang’s work and performances have been shown in a number of venues in Vienna, Austria. Now, in her first exhibition in Australia Martina creates cut out image compositions from magazines and newspaper which are considered to be trash. Her collages simultaneously creates a new whimsical world for the human senses. These quiet, inexplicable compositions make us laugh and wonder. Her tools of trade: Scissors, glue, paper and some coffee 🙂 More of Martina’s work can be seen at


q&a – Steven Makse

Steven Makse studio panorama

Meet visual artist, Steven Makse, on Friend or Faux open day 1st August, 2013 and every Saturday during exhibition open times from 2nd to 24th August, 2013.

You are well known for your oil paintings, what lead you to deviate from your previous works to construct the mosaics in Friend or Faux?

Oil painting is my main vice, but I do occasionally work with other materials. The concept always comes first, and I choose the medium that’s going to best convey the idea.

I’ve always been interested in optical illusions and double images. Lately I’ve been intrigued by QR-codes ­– seeing shapes and images within them, much like when you can look at a cloud and imagine a shape within that. The mosaics were an obvious medium to recreate the black and white matrix of pixels. The screen-print versions came later, as I was looking for a method to reproduce the concept more easily than the mosaics.

How are the mosaics made? Do you copy from a drawing and how are they pieced together?

The Friend or Faux images start in Photoshop as super-low resolution pixel drawings. The challenge is to be able to retain detail in a 25- or 50-pixel-wide image.

The digital version is then recreated by arranging the single glass tiles in a grid. This is transferred and glued onto MDF, then grouted etc. It’s quite an involved process.

Why do the screen-prints appeal to you?

They are simply a quicker and easier way of reproducing the images. They also gave me a chance to work with paint again. Even though there are multiples of the same designs, each piece in each edition has a different hand-painted background, so the colours vary as well. I was hoping to make these more affordable too… with economics of mass production and all that.

How did you choose those particular characters in your mosaics and who are the people behind the names?

‘Friend or Faux’ follows on from a series of screen-prints I did a few years ago called ‘Facespace’, where I used friends Facebook profile pics as a starting point. I was thinking about how people present themselves on online social networks like Facebook – and how closely the online personality people cultivate matches the real-world person. (See the Facespace series here: )

So ‘Friend or Faux’ ties in with that. The QR-code graphic gives me a visual framework for creating the images, but also refers to the notion of people’s online ‘brand’.

The characters pictured are quite arbitrary; I just needed faces to work with so I used the models that are most easily accessible… my family.

The icons like the crow, cat, skull etc are a bit of fun really, again thinking peoples’ varied perception of the same objects – how we see – or don’t see things… Friend or Faux, good or bad, real or fake.

Does your artwork actually function as scan-able barcode?

Unfortunately not… I haven’t figured that part out yet. QRs are easy to generate online – you just put in your URL, press a button and you get barcode. I haven’t found anything that enables you to go the other way… yet.

So what’s next?

I’ve just finished a self-portrait for the Black Swan Portrait prize… it’s also based on a QR-code but this time it’s in oil on canvas. I’m also trying to get permission to do a QR mural in Freo. Then I think that’ll be enough of the QR codes.

Describe what your work space looks like.
It’s pretty messy right now as I get into finishing the artwork for the show. I work from a studio at PS Art Space in Freo… a very cool, old ‘shipstores’ building with around 25 other artists.

Steven Makse studio panorama

Made in Margaret River

Made in Margaret River

On display now is a range of children’s art and designs from local Margaret River artisans.
Cute soft-soled leather shoes from Margaret River Stompers and gorgeous 50’s inspired onesies from Jimini Tees, perfect for little grommets. And for busy parents, insulated carry bags by Taxiride are perfect for those quick dashes to the markets or shops and will keep your food and drink cool and cushioned.

Made in Margaret River

Made in Margaret River

Made in Margaret River

Artist call-out

la petite galerie

La Petite Galerie is currently taking submissions for artist displays during its inaugural year.

A hole in the wall atelier, this working galerie showcases the work of both emerging and established artisans. Only restricted by space, submissions are accepted from all art forms.

Display duration is between two and four weeks with petite desk space available for artists to work at during galerie opening hours. Local artists are asked to sit in at least two days per week during their display.

Please click here to download the submission form and gallery floorplan.

Hot desk available


Hot desk space available next to William Street arts hub on casual and regular basis. Ideal for creative freelancers who want a desk to call your own when inspiration strikes and to be close to the action in the CBD. High speed wireless internet and outgoings included, space shared with one other artist. Rates start from $20/day for 3 or more days a week, $25/day for one or two days. Please contact us with your inquiry on 0466 875 808.


The Terror of Existence

Terror of Existence

6 February to 6 March 2013

Meet The Terror of Existence by Mike Robinson

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As featured in Foto Freo 2012 Open Exhibitions

Photographs are a record of the past, a substitute for memory. They enable denial – memory is all that should remain of that which is gone. The things we construct in our mind are intangible, and one lifetime is all we have in which to do this. Yet a photograph can rebuild, reclaim, that image. Alone in a world devoid of meaning but that which we personally ascribe; photography presents a chance to examine the ending and the middle. The beautiful and serene. The peaceful and calm. The violent and majestic. The everyday. It can leave space for an authentic life. Here is a visual memory of death, and of life. Macabre and beautiful, in darkened black and white. All that we see is all that we will see. Leveling the viewpoint, only majesty remains.