LION’S CLUB MARKET DAY STALLS 2013 – 2014
( Stalls to be held 3rd Sunday each month May – November 2013 – 2014)
WHERE: Memorial Square Murray St. Colac – WHEN: Sunday - 15th June 2014- TIME: 9.00 am – 2.oo pm
Over 200 assorted Beanies will go on sale for babies, kids and adults!!
So many lovely designs and colours – you will not be disappointed with our magnificent range to keep you all warm and snugly for the cold winter days approaching!!
Lookout for the very colourful ‘BIG BEANIE TOP’ Stall!! (a work in progress!!)
Proceeds from ‘beanies4bipolar’ sales donated to the Ian Parker Bipolar Fund – raising funds for Bipolar Research.
About the ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Campaign
The Ian Parker Bipolar Fund ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Campaign – raising funds for Bipolar Research is a voluntary community- based event that began in 2013 with a ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ inspiration created by the inaugural Bipolar Research Fund Founder for Australia Carol Smit. In its formative months, the’Beanies4Bipolar’ Stalls was run by a group of Ian Parker Bipolar Fund Volunteers including Carol, Ike, Graham, Jan, Deb, Fran, Kimberley, Vi and Leila on a volunteer basis. The core group has slowly grown into a committed band of beanie- creators! We know our beanies! The ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Stalls were organised to sell beanies that have been hand knitted, crocheted or felted by local, remote and the wider community of Australia. It has grown into a fun event where many ‘wool artists’ share their talents and sell their finished beanies together with pride! The ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Stalls are unique because of the incredible amount of community participation and our unique ties with the local and so many voluntary craft people either known to some of us or completely unknown. The ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Campaign aims have always been to develop the many varying textiles, promote a ‘friendship’ culture and the beanie as a regional art form, as well as to promote handmade textile arts.
In May 2013 the ‘birthing of the Inaugural Bipolar Research ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Stall was launched at the Lion’s Club Market Day – Memorial Square Murray Street Colac Victoria!
The official objects and purposes of our ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Campaign are as follows:
(a) Promoting community participation in the arts of all things handmade,
(b) Developing fine art – giving opportunity for sharing and/or teaching a creative talent,
(c) Reducing the ‘stigma’ of Mental Health - to bring people together to form bonds and friendships of similar or different creative interests and to open up discussion and feedback of strategies by developing artistic and entrepreneurial skills,
(d) Promoting community empathy, awareness and education and of Bipolar Disorder.
Why the beanie???
Handmade beanies have long been valued globally. They are often colourful and individual in pattern and style. Everyone, no matter who they are, needs a beanie to enjoy the outdoors during any crisp, cold winter night.
National and International craftspeople from all areas have taken up the challenge to raise beanie making into a distinctive regional art form. Beanies can be given distinguishing characteristics and decorated with buttons, flowers, seeds, wires, jewellery, crocheted or ribbon floral art works from various fibres and embellishments. There is no limit to the sizes, shapes, textures, colours and patterns that are evolving. They are ideal for the tourist market, the pensioner and every day person being light and inexpensive.
Each month beanie lovers have gathered at the ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Stalls, to admire the latest crop of hand crafted beanies and make a purchase of that favourite piece of lovingly handcrafted special creation! There is an air of anticipation as the artists wonder if their creation might generate a sale toward ‘making a difference’ toward the Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund . Local entertainment and great food and the great variety of Stallholders make for a very pleasant and fulfilling day out!
Because momentum is building for the Ian Parker Bipolar Fund ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Campaign now has a national (and even some international following) reputation for the production of quirky beanies has become quite a talking point! The ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Campaign continues to strengthen its links with the local communities as many wish to contribute unwanted balls of wool, knitting needles, crochet hooks and beanie patterns.
The Ian Parker Bipolar Fund continues to be amazed by the strength of the interest in these old crafts, as well as the enthusiasm that reinvents traditional patterns into contemporary creative designs. We have no doubt that beanies are in vogue and are a much loved fashion item here to stay!
Women, men and younger knitters are invited to come aboard and learn new craft skills for beanie making and demonstrations may be arranged if generated interest is expressed. Spinners and craft makers are invited to share and or teach the beginner or those who wish to advance their knowledge at workshops we can arrange. These demonstrations are always highly popular, as it is a time of sharing culture and skills. Women and men have been known to have given wonderful demonstrations of their fibre crafts.
Knitters, crocheters and felt-makers- are invited to contribute to our ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Campaign or the ‘Handmade4Bipolar’ Campaign (accepting any good quality items of all varieties as long as handmade) by mailing to Carol Smit – Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund, P O Box 534 Colac Victoria 3250 Australia.
Further enquiries – please e-mail: email@example.com
The Ian Parker Bipolar Fund – ‘Beanies4Bipolar’ Campaign is a not-for-profit organisation.
This section is for the assorted handcrafted items at the ‘beanies4bipolar’ stall – including a big variety of warm and cuddly fashion scarves and bed-socks so lovingly knitted!!
Please support us as we strive to ‘lift the lows, heal the highs, support health minds, bodies and communities through research, awareness and education