Country Culture (www.countryculture.com.au) has launched providing a first-time online global marketplace for Australia’s most talented regional designers, craftspeople and producers showcasing the culture of Australia.
Curator Angela Lavender, a resident of Spring Ridge (pop 150) and 75km from Quirindi in North Western NSW, has bought together a community of like-minded traders who take pride in representing their own special plot of Australia. They may be weavers, potters or clothing designers but each has their own unique story to tell and products to showcase, whether from NSW’s Nundle or the Northern Territory.
What is special about Country Culture is that many of these traders are “undiscovered” and their goods, mostly handmade, have never been made available online before. Angela is not only searching out these hidden country gems but delivering them to doorsteps around the country and OS in one collective, forging Country Culture as a true supporter of homegrown Australian made and designed products.
Angela has spent the last two years travelling regional Australia looking for bespoke, high-quality designer goods each with a special story or an example of individual craftsmanship. She could see the talent from the ground and is passionate about sharing a different side of regional Australia that most people don’t see.
“I grew up in country NSW and loved discovering and exploring the work of Australian-based artists. Country Culture is all about telling each of these trader’s stories and supporting talent from all regions of Australia,” Angela says. “I’d like to think we are a one-stop Aussie shop for the whole world.”
Country Culture traders include Southern Highland’s artist, Harriet Goodall, who produces hand-woven baskets and pendant lights all from purely organic materials. Her Bangalow palm and emu feather pendant light is made to order from her Robertson base and available only online through Country Culture.
Other traders include Camilla Croppers’ White Clover home furnishings featuring block printing and hand-stitched rugs and cushions, or stunning hand-crafted fallow red deer hides and antlers from Mandagery Creek in central western NSW. Not to mention Antonia Throsby’s hand-made ceramic lights, Danny Ponton’s leather goods and Kate Ward, a ceramicist and textile printer from Capital Country, ACT.
All goods purchased online at Country Culture are individually giftwrapped in gorgeous wrapping and sent direct from the traders, and also make great Mother’s Day gifts. Goods can also be shipped overseas proving popular with the Australian expat community.