Western Suburb Creatives Give Back at Perth’s Biggest Design Market




Four creatives from the western suburbs of Dalkeith, Claremont, Subiaco and Shenton Park are using their art to support communities in need and help create a more sustainable world. Collectively, they will exhibit for the first time ever at WA’s biggest design market – Perth Upmarket – to show how easy it is to do good while shopping

Justine Barsley – Director of Perth Upmarket – commented that the new creators are part of the First at Upmarket offering – a new incubator concept that helps newly established local artists to get into the marketplace – and will add a unique experience to the event on 21 March 2021. 

“First at Upmarket has been developed to encourage and support new creative small businesses to test a ready Perth market in an effective way without the risk of high costs of a brick and mortar store or a delay in getting a brand in front of buyers,” explained Justine. 

“In addition to an affordable exhibition rate, the new Perth creatives also receive online training to prepare for market day and valuable tips, advice, networks from the 200+ Upmarket community members who’ve had years of trading and business experience.”


Perth Upmarket: Each of your businesses present a sustainable or giving element which will add a unique experience to a concept of shop local, shop good to this month’s Upmarket. How have you come up with this sustainable concept?

Prints by Aliah: My work was inspired through a community aid volunteering trip to India, and now 40% of profits for each purchase goes directly towards creating meal packs for people in the Anantapur district in India. I’m excited to bring to the Perth Upmarket my passion for photography and art, whilst also giving the buyer of my artwork the opportunity to become a patron who can contribute to help end world hunger and poverty.

Miko Cosmetics: I want to show people at the upcoming Perth Upmarket, and beyond at my upcoming guest display at Mt Hawthorn Gift Collective, how it is possible to be guilt free when it comes to buying luxurious beauty products such as textured soaps inspired by Carnarvon mangoes and charcoal pebble shower melts.

Mamy Hews: In addition to stopping waste in the fabric industry, I was also so tired of beige, fawn, camel and tan interiors. So I combined my two passions of bold colour and sustainability to create vibrant one off improvised patchwork homewares, handmade from 100% locally sourced and recycled fabrics.

Julia Grace Designs: I have previously designed environmentally sustainable garments for art – such as at the Mandurah Wearable Art program, Telstra Perth Fashion Festival and Eco Fashion Week. Now, I am excited, through Perth Upmarket, to show people an alternative to fast fashion with everyday garments that have been made with minimum impact on the environment.

Visitors and shoppers to the Perth Upmarket can meet the First @ Upmarket retailers in person and shop their sustainable and for purpose, handmade products at the upcoming event on Sunday 21 March at UWA (Hackett Hall) from 10am – 4pm.

More information on the new Perth Upmarket retailers:

Julia Grace Design
Julie Grace Design is a sustainable, ethically designed and produced clothing apparel. All garments are designed and made by Pam Prince here in Shenton Park, Western Australia. More info: https://www.instagram.com/julia_grace_designs/

mamy hews
mamy hews by Amy Mathews offers eclectic and vibrant one off improvised patchwork homewares from 100% locally sourced, recycled fabrics. All designed and handmade in Subiaco. More info: www.mamyhews.com

Miko Cosmetics
Handmade and carefully curated by Rochelle van der Nerwe in Claremont, Mike Cosmetics offers green beauty products that have been made from ethically sourced natural ingredients and produced with zero waste. More info: www.mikocosmetics.com.au

Prints by Aliah
Dalkeith based nature photographer, Aliah Bognadich, creates flora and fauna photographic prints that are meant to showcase the quiet beauty of our world. Aliah donates 40% profits from every print sold to prove meal packs for a community in India. More info: https://www.printsbyaliah.com.au/