March 2013 Stallholder of the month announced!

Posted by wp-admin on Sat, Sep 14 2013 06:56:41

Each month we highlight one of our talented stallholders. The March stallholder of the month is...

Wade Skelly of Wade Skelly Photography



Tell us a bit about Wade Skelly Photography

I am primarily a photographer and while I do sometimes sell prints of my work I am currently focusing on making jewellery using my photographic images. I make pendants, earrings, rings and cufflinks. I also have produced a small range of greeting cards featuring my photography.

How did it all begin?

I only recently discovered my passion for photography. I've always been an art lover and dabbled in various creative pursuits over the years, but I never imagined it would become my job. But when I discovered photography, everything seemed to suddenly make sense. I'd found my 'thing', so to speak. I quit my job working in hospitals to pursue my new found passion and needed a new way to make some money. I've always been interested in jewellery design and as I was looking for a unique and different way to present my photography work it all seemed to fall into place. By accident, I've found what I really love to do and I am pretty excited about what the future holds for me as a photographer as I learn and develop my skills further.

Where are you based?

I'm from Melbourne but recently relocated to Tasmania, where my wife is originally from. I am now based in Hobart, where my wife and I both work from our home studio.

What do you love about what you do?

At the heart of it, I simply love photography, capturing moments, colours, patterns and emotions through the lens.

What inspires you?

So many things inspire me it's hard to know where to start! Wispy clouds over the mountain, greek mythology, Jane Austin novels, thunderstorms, philosophic arguments on Facebook, the smell of strong coffee in the morning, Albert Tucker, classical music, the dingy alleyways of Melbourne, the wide open space of the Tasmanian highlands..... it's endless really, if you open your eyes and pay attention, inspiration is everywhere.

What do you do when you're not creating for Wade Skelly Photography?

Most of my days are spent working on photography in some way. But outside of that, I love writing and can often be found in a cafe, scribbling in a notebook about my ideas for short films or a novel I dream of publishing one day. Taking my dog to the beach, watching bad reality tv (Ramsay's Hells Kitchen is the current favourite!) and obsessively updating my Instagram feed takes up the rest of my time! (I'm @wade777 if you're on Instagram come and find me!)

What do you enjoy about selling your wares at markets?

I love seeing my ideas and work out in the world. It's always satisfying when I get good reactions from people at the market, when they want to wear them straight away.... I love that people can incorporate clouds or a soaring bird or a mosaic from the other side of the world into their outfit! The interactive environment of the market is always fun - getting to chat to people about the work, which invariably ends up in lengthy discussions about life, philosophy, nature and any other number of things! It's also great to meet other makers and be a part of the artistic community, especially as a newcomer to Tasmania.

Do you have a useful tip for new stallholders?

I am quite new to markets and am still learning myself. My best tip would be to practice your display at home so you can organise the right props and know what you're doing on the day - it saves a lot of stress in the morning! How you display your work makes a huge difference so if you're new to markets, get ideas online about interesting and effective merchandising. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration - just search for market stall displays and you'll get lots of ideas to inspire you. You'll learn the most by getting out there and doing it - talk to other stall holders, talk to your customers and you'll learn as you go.

How can people contact you?

Etsy store:





In the news...

Since its launch in November (2012) Kingston Beach Handmade Market has featured a number of times in the Kingborough Chronicle, Kingston Classifieds and The Sunday Tasmanian.

KBHM is still a very new market, so it's great to receive such support from local media to help spread the word about this community focussed event. Click on the images below to read some of the articles and see some of the great photos that have been published (posted 28 Jan. 2013).

Kingston Classifieds, 15 November 2012, page 1 and 3:

Kingborough Chronicle, 20 November 2012:

Kingborough Chronicle, 8 January 2013, page 8:

Kingborough Chronicle, 15 January 2013, page 17: