OPENING THURSDAY 21 JANUARY

MADE Group

Come and visit us in store!

This summer, Wyndham City has created an exciting new pop up retail space in Werribee City Centre to support local creatives showcase their products.

The curated, market-style experience will feature hand-made or designed textiles, homewares and jewellery that you can buy direct from the maker.

Stallholders will change over every 2 weeks so be sure to revisit to discover new designs and creations.

Please note: MADE on Watton is a cashless store.  Purchases can be made via electronic transaction – EFTPOS and credit card. 

OPENING TIMES

MADE on Watton is open 4 days a week:

Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm

90 Watton Street, Werribee

MEET THE MAKERS | Shining the Spotlight on…

As we prepare to open the doors to MADE on Watton, we can’t wait to introduce you to all of the amazing local creatives who will have the chance to showcase and sell their products direct to you over the coming months.

Here are just a few of the makers that will be joining us from January 21, stay tuned for more!

 

 

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GEEBIZART

 

Gwenn is a self-taught artist who loves creating colourful paintings in acrylic and watercolor on canvas and paper, inspired mostly by nature and colourful things around her.

Gwenn not only has her original paintings on offer but she also prints her artwork on products, such as totebags, zipper pouches and cushion covers.

 

HAZEL BABY SOY CANDLES

HAZEL BABYSOY CANDLES

Hazel Baby is proudly a one-woman operation, owned and operated by Bec - a working mama who embraced the small business hustle in search of more work life balance. Bec specialises in beautiful hand-poured soy wax candles. With a love for home décor and a passion for creating, Bec’s created a wide range of candles to suit any space, whilst retaining a classic aesthetic with a timeless feel.

 

 

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STEPHANIE PROLE

Stephanie is a contemporary artist, who paints bright acrylic paintings on canvas in various sizes. Her work is inspired by nature and colour, and styles include abstract and botanically inspired works. Stephanie also makes hand painted canvas earrings.

Interview with Stephanie Prole

What inspired you to start your creative venture? 

I have always been creative from a young age, and loved sewing and drawing my whole life!  I studied fashion design in my early twenties.  I have always wanted a creative career and about 5 years ago, decided to take a short course in botanical watercolour at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The initial reason was to design myself a tattoo, but after the first class I was hooked on painting and realised I wanted to pursue it!

What’s your creative process?

Most of the time I will take a photo of plants or flowers that I admire, and compose the photo in a way I find beautiful so that I can use it directly for an artwork.  Trying to incorporate intuitive painting into my art practice means that I can really get into the flow of painting and leave the rest of the world outside the studio doors. I find painting very meditative!  I also varnish all my artworks and add hanging hardware to the backs myself - I enjoy the manual labour part of the process, and knowing that the piece has my touch from start to finish.

What does your average work day look like?

I've gradually learned that I don't work naturally in a 9-5 capacity, so usually I will start about 10am. If I'm painting I'll just go until I get hungry!  Other days I will set aside for admin which can include social media, accounting, emails, packing orders, and updating my website. I like to separate these days so that I can focus solely on painting when I'm doing it.

Favourite music to get the creative juices going?

Literally anything and everything! Some days all I want is classical, I love TripleJ quite often too! But most of the time it's lo-fi or deep/soft house like St Germain, Bonobo, Air, Massive Attack etc. I like music that isn't distracting.  Other days I'll just open the window and listen to the birds.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find most of my inspiration in my suburban surroundings, and the way that nature infiltrates our everyday life even in the confines of our own properties. So many of my paintings have been created simply from looking at my potted plants from different angles! I enjoy finding the beauty in the everyday, and in the small things that often go unnoticed.

Describe your pieces/creations in 5 words?

Colourful, whimsical, minimalist (sometimes!), loose, textural.

What’s one thing people may not know about you?  

I've been on TV! Well, kind of - I had two pieces chosen for a room renovation on House Rules 2020. Kane and Amy's bedroom featured two of my paintings of abstract leaves - that has been a real highlight of my career so far.

What’s your favourite project/design so far and why?

My latest series of artworks are my absolute favourite so far. They are painted in the style I've always wanted to do but just hadn't figured out the style yet. I absolutely love the mix of botanical work with loose abstract style, really capturing the most basic and raw beauty of my subjects.

What’s next for you? Any exciting new projects in the pipeline… 

I'd love to continue painting in my latest botanical style. The the biggest project I have going on is that I'm expecting my first baby in May!  So I'll paint for as long as I can, and then once the baby comes along who knows...things may change again! But that's what I love about my journey as an artist - nothing has to stay the same, and I'll always be learning and growing.

FAQs

What is MADE on Watton?

MADE on Watton is an exciting and innovative new pop up retail space in the Werribee City Centre to support local creatives, designers and artists showcase their products.

The pilot project will transform a vacant tenancy at 90 Watton Street into a curated, market-style experience featuring original, high quality hand-made textiles, stationery, ceramics, homewares and jewellery.

Where is MADE on Watton?

MADE on Watton is located on the main street of Werribee at 90 Watton Street, Werribee.  Located just 50 meters away from the main entrance to Wyndham Park and surrounded by cafes, other retailers and local businesses.  We encourage you to enjoy everything Werribee City Centre has to offer during your visit.

How long will the MADE on Watton pilot run?

The trial will initially run for three months, starting mid-January.

How many stallholders will feature at any one time?

There will be a maximum of 10 stallholders at any one time.  Stallholders will change over fortnightly and monthly so that you have time to come and visit your favourite makers again but so you can also meet new makers!

How do I get to MADE on Watton?

MADE on Watton is easy to get to via public transport or car.  It’s also close to bike tracks and if you live close by a nice walk.

By Car -Take the Princes Freeway M1 from Melbourne CBD or Geelong to arrive in an easy 30 minutes.

By Train - MADE on Watton is a short 7 minute walk from the Werribee Train Station. Check Metro services and timetables from Melbourne to Werribee.  If you’re coming from Geelong or a regional area you can check, V/Line and Regional Rail timetables for regular services to Werribee. Connect to taxis and buses at the Werribee station. Refer to Public Transport Victoria (PTV) guides for details.

Where can I park?

There is free all day parking at the West End Carpark, corner of Watton and Werribee Street.  It’s just a short 5 minute walk from MADE on Watton.

Free 3-hour parking is also available at the Cultural Centre Carpark and Riverbend Carpark, Comben Drive just a short 3-5 minute walk from MADE on Watton.

Is MADE on Watton accessible?

Yes, MADE on Watton has a flat surface entry, with entry and been spaced out to allow for mobility.

We welcome visitors with assistance animals certified by a registered authority.

Is there an ATM in the shop?

No, this will be a cashless shop with payment by EFTPOS and credit card only.

Is there WiFi at MADE on Watton?

Yes, there is free wifi at MADE on Watton.  Just ask the shop attendant for password and details.

Is there COVID safe information I need to be aware of?

  • COVID safe signage regarding conditions of entry will be displayed on entry.
  • If you have any cold-like symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, chills, fever, lack of taste or smell, please do not come to MADE on Watton. Please get tested at a COVID-19 testing site.
  • To assist with contact tracing and as a requirement by the State Government we will be requesting all visitors either scan the QR codes or complete a manual form.
  • Face masks are currently mandatory for indoor markets in Melbourne, therefore all staff and visitors to MADE on Watton must wear a mask.
  • We have determined the capacity of MADE on Watton based on current COVID safe restrictions/guidelines, the number will be displayed at store entry.
  • Visitors are requested to use hand sanitiser upon entry.

Please note: Anyone refusing to obey the restrictions outlined above or the direction of staff or management will be asked to leave. 

Are applications for stallholders still open?

Yes, applications for stallholders are currently open and we’d love to hear from you! Please go to the STALLHOLDERS APPLY NOW button at the bottom of the page for more details.

How can I find out about updates and new stallholders at MADE on Watton?

Follow the Werribee City Centre Facebook page and Wyndham City Instagram page.

How do I find a list of all the stallholders?

We will announce upcoming stallholders on socials and the webpage in the lead up and throughout their stallholder period, but the best way to discover all of the stallholders is to come and visit us in store!

STALLHOLDERS APPLY NOW

Applications for stallholders are now open for March market dates and will close on Sunday 31 January 11.59pm. Applications for January & February dates have now closed. Stallholders for February markets will be advised shortly.

Whether you’re established, just starting out or maybe you know someone who might be interested – we want to hear from you.

Just like a design market, each maker will have their own display, with the space changing regularly with new stallholders and unique, high quality products.

There’s no cost for local makers, with display furniture also provided.

Wyndham Makers, who meet the criteria, can make applications for either a two week or four week booking.

For further information email werribeecitycentre@wyndham.vic.gov.au

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