Next Market, Sunday 18 December | 9am – 2pm
A TUK | Nyibol Deng
A TUK means “Beginning” in English. It is a Nuer word from South Sudan and Ethiopia. I chose it as the name for my business because I was starting a new life in a new country, and wanted to create something that would be there to support future generations. I wanted to acknowledge that all of the women in my community have abilities and talents and ideas, and to encourage them to know that – despite it being hard to find jobs and learning English as a second language – they could start something that could support themselves and their families. The name A TUK was decided between my two friends and myself as a way of expressing that it is possible to start something new in life, also to show our children that it is possible to overcome difficulty by creating something new. A TUK also offers opportunity for women in the community to display and sell goods under the A TUK umbrella, as a way to empower women to develop their business ideas. Thanks to everyone for your continues support, it means a lot to me and all the women in my community.
Deborah Klein | Artist
Deborah Klein | Artist
Deborah is a Ballarat-based painter and printmaker whose work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally. Her work is represented in numerous public and university museum collections. In 2009 Deborah founded Moth Woman Press, through which she publishes her limited edition artist books and zines.
At BMI Maker & Community Market Deborah will present selected Moth Woman Press publications alongside a selection of miniature silhouette paintings, many of them created especially for this event.
FEAR – The Femxle Experience Art Rebellion
The Femxle Experience Art Rebellion produces a range of handmade jewellery (mainly earrings), limited edition badges, art prints (various sizes), handmade greeting cards, small to medium collages, up-cycled display plates, handmade key-rings and more.
Jenny Peers Artist
Kerith Holmes Design | Kerith
Lillipilli Beads | Faye Heininger
Mat Tetni | Mary Top
Mary Top and Mary Deng were born in South Sudan and spent their formative years as refugees in Ethiopia, before journeying to Australia and settling in Ballarat. Learning all too quickly how difficult it is for migrant and refugee women to find work in Australia, they began exploring the idea of establishing their own business.
Beginning with sewing lessons, followed by designing and manufacturing of aprons in their home garage, Mat Tetni soon became a cottage industry, selling aprons at local markets. Combining environmental consciousness with a passionate desire to celebrate and showcase the joyous colours of Africa, Mat Tetni aprons are skilfully crafted by teaming upcycled denim with vibrantly printed African fabrics.
Today, the business is located in a studio at the Ballarat Welcome Centre. Mat Tetni aprons are still sold at local markets, but you can now also find them on sale in Ballarat’s A Pot of Courage café, and online at Made by Many Hands. What’s more, Mary and Mary appeared in a recent episode of ABC TV’s series Movin’ to the Country (still available on iView)!
New Spring Jewellery | Emel
Oaky and Ginger Upcycled | Simone Reid
Otway Opals | Jackie Pike
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