Trove is little off the beaten track at Gold Creek and you have to search to find it, but it’s worth the effort. By Aine Dowling
A selection of art and hand-made at Trove, 7 O’Hanlon Place, Gungahlin (Gold Creek Nicholls)
Hidden away from the myriad of shops and cafés that surround The Abbey, Trove is across the road and in the direction of the Dinosaur Museum and sits among a small, but select, couple of cafés, a small craft shop, and a photographic studio.
A collective of artists, creators, inventors, and makers, Trove deserves more patronage than it actually gets. Here’s a little look at what Trove has to offer.
Fiona Hill: artist and painter—view more images at LFW Your Canberra—Fi’s Art House
JAC Designs: stunning upcycled jewellery made from spoons and copper piping
Creations by Holmes: beautiful wooden accessories, toys, home wear, and those gorgeous rocking horses—one of which is donated each year to a local Canberra hospital to assist with fundraising
There is some terrific and amazing talent in the Canberra area and there are a number of artists I consider to be my favourites. Some of you may remember the gorgeous painting Footloose and Fancy Free by Fiona Hill (Fi’s Art House) that I fell in love with, and adopted, a few months ago and now sits on the wall above my desk so I can admire it while I work.
Footloose and Fancy Free
Fiona creates colourful mixed media and intuitive art. Prior to the birth of her daughter she studied visual arts and taught drama and tournament of minds. Fiona continues, “My style of art was more photo representational and I was a bit of a perfectionist. With the birth of my daughter came the birth of a new style of art which I found more freeing.
“My purpose when painting is to fill a need—the need to create. I was a single mum for 6 years and had a lot of time to explore my own needs and values. I also came to the wonderful realisation that perfection is overrated and we need to treat ourselves with compassion. I observed my daughter’s natural ability to create without worrying about a perfect outcome. She regularly inspires me.”
Fiona is experimental in her work and likes to play with the paint rather than adhere to a strict set of art rules, and believe it’s the quirks and imperfections in the art that adds value. “The creative process is rewarding for me,” says Fiona, “and I am passionate about inspiring and enabling others, through my workshops, to connect with their own creative source.”
If you don’t have space for an original Fiona can make beautiful prints of her work, and also has a lovely collection of cards available that make gorgeous gifts.