Artists Nadine Whitney and Bronwyn Russell in their new Art in the Heart space in the Star Court Arcade where art, and hearts, are flourishing.
Artists Nadine Whitney and Bronwyn Russell in their new Art in the Heart space in the Star Court Arcade where art, and hearts, are flourishing.

Old world charm to arcade

Artist Nadine Whitney said she loves the 1920s because it was a time when people were celebrating life after the end of WWI and there was an explosion of style that permeated everything, from clothing and jewellery to the music of the day.

Nadine is one of three artists who have combined forces under the banner 'Flapper Dapper' to celebrate the era from the 1920s to the 1950s with a collection of clothes, jewellery and fashion accessories for sale.

They will be selling their wares during January in the Star Court Arcade, where they have transformed an empty shop donated by owner Susanna Carpi as part of the Art in the Heart project.

Nadine explained the 'flapper' was a nod to their retro inspiration while the 'dapper' alluded to the fact there is a growing men's section with funky cravats, ties, bow ties and shirts.

"I like that the 1920s era was a style but not a fashion - women in their 70s were wearing the same stuff as women in their 20s," Nadine explained, "whereas now we tend to have fashion for young people, fashion for middle-aged people and fashion for older people.

"The 1920s was incredibly prolific in terms of style with this huge celebration of humanity post-war. The jewellery was amazing and anyone could create a look for themselves from the style of the time. Elegance was for everyone."

Alstonville-based Nadine is selling a collection of brooches, earrings and other fashion accessories, while ceramicist Bronwyn Russell from Evans Head sells whimsical rings, pendants, brooches, clips earrings and a range of small dishes. She has also made paintings and three-dimensional objects using teabags as part of the creative process.

"It was the only medium that I was attracted to when I had the urge to create," Bronwyn explained. "I'd just left my life in Australia as a ceramic artist and I'd moved to New Zealand to work in a friend's café as a dishwasher for the ski season. Not long after arriving the creative bug grew and I had to do something.

"Clay wasn't easy to get so I decided to try collage to create the similar feel and essence of my clay works, which are earthy and textured. Coffee grinds and teabags passed through my hands all day and a thought lodged itself in my head. Let's try using coffee grinds and used teabags!"

The final artist is Twilight Market founder Candy Glover, a classic Gemini who gets bored easily and is forever seeking new endeavours. Through her love of fashion and all things old comes her new clothing line Dorothy Pepper, a range of tops and frill dresses made from new and recycled fabrics.

Flapper Dapper will be open at Shop 12 in the Star Court Arcade until January 30.


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