Woodvale artist to launch Fiddlestix Markets in Ocean Reef


Woodvale artist Hilary Mann. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Woodvale artist Hilary Mann. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A WOODVALE artist plans to launch Fiddlestix Markets in Ocean Reef this month.

Hilary Mann will co-ordinate the first market on May 20 at the community hub at Prendiville Catholic College.

Mrs Mann said the school-based markets would provide students and young artists a space to start a business and gain confidence “in a non threatening environment”.

She has enlisted help from platform consultants, including Inga Mirski-Smith from Arbonne, Sarah Sefton from Scentsy and Marine Chomienne with Tupperware, to mentor others.

“Fiddlestix Markets will provide opportunities for all stallholders to work alongside these amazing mentors and to learn the skills of trade from their wealth of experience,” she said.

“Students, teachers, the whole school community and the general public can come together to sell their products, hold demonstrations, provide inspiration and motivation, collaborate and to share ideas.

“The markets will benefit the community of Joondalup by providing opportunities for employment, business, entertainment, networking and a sales outlet for the local art and craft community.”

Mrs Mann said it would also be a tool for teachers and would help students learn about operating their own business.

“(They) can learn and experience valuable entrepreneurial skills, such as making and selling pottery, jewellery, woodwork and other hand made products,” she said.

“Students wanting to ramp up their community service hours can also take part by volunteering for activities such as directing cars and car parking, manning the information booth, etc.”

Mrs Mann said the markets would help stallholders gain exposure and their businesses could be promoted through the community hub website.

There will also be a young talent competition at the May 20 market, which singers, dancers and musicians can enter by emailing fiddlestixmarkets@iinet.net.au .

Future Fiddlestix@Prendiville market dates include June 24, August 19, October 14, November 11, 17, 25 and 30, then December 2, 3, 9, 16 and 23.

For further information or to register a stall, email Hilary at fmp@iinet.net.au.