The Olive Tree Market

The Olive Tree Market is part of the renaissance currently taking place in Newcastle’s artisan community. Started in 2008, The Olive Tree Market is the leading art & design market in Newcastle and the launching pad for over a hundred and twenty creative minds!’

The market is constantly growing and evolving with new artisans joining the market each month. The Olive Tree Market has a strong emerging artists section with an eclectic array of exciting stalls.


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We are very happy to announce that HoutenPlank is debuting at The Olive Tree Market on July 5th. The maker Melanie Muddle is the brains behind this gorgeous brand.

Melanie say, “HoutenPlank is the Dutch for ‘wooden board’ and brings together the things that I am passionate about; family, my heritage, food and desire to create beautiful, functional home wares. Designed with function in mind, my range of Planks not only showcases the beauty of food, but provides a practical kitchen tool that ultimately brings people together.”

We asked Melanie how she came to begin on the road to creating HoutenPlank. “It’s funny how during the toughest times, some of the greatest ideas are birthed. This is true for me. A few years ago I left behind my corporate job (which I loved) to focus on raising a family. Surprising, the new mother gig was much harder than I could have ever anticipated. It was in the thick fog of fatigue following the arrival of my second baby that the idea of HoutenPlank was birthed.”

If the images of some of the range are anything to go by Olive Tree thinks that HoutenPlank is going to be a massive success. Make sure to visit Melanie and HoutenPlank at The Olive Tree Market on July 5th.

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We sure love the work of the talented boys from Growingbooks! What a fantastic product they have created by up-cycling vintage books into growing gardens. Make sure you visit them at The Olive Tree Market on July 5th- their stall is under the big Figtree.

And now have a watch of this little video about Luke & Jeremy by Josh Cartwright.

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We are super excited at Olive Tree central that Pepe Saya will be debuting at The Olive Tree Market on July 5th! Think unbelievable artisan butter created 100% by hand.  They also sell ghee, buttermilk, crème fraiche and mascarpone. Yum!

The alchemist behind Pepe Saya is owner Pierre Issa, and lets just say, that this unique company is developing a serious reputation! The butter is being used in some of Australia’s best restaurants and also on Qantas first class menus.

For those of you who like a little information on your gourmet products Pepe Saya’s Australian Cultured Butter is made using the best local ingredients – milk from happy cows, filtered water and a dash of home grown Aussie salt – because Pepe believes in making good food that is good for you! The ‘Culture’ in his butter is the good bacteria (lactobacillus), which is added to the cream, fermented for 24 hours and left to ripen over 3 weeks.

The Cultures eat the sugar (lactose) in the cream and turn it into lactic acid (souring the cream), which adds flavour to the butter and fills it up with probiotic so it’s better for you too.

So get in early on July 5th and make sure to check out this amazing stall!

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If you haven’t noticed the beautiful work of illustrator Lauren Merrick at The Olive Tree Market then make sure you visit her sweet stall on July 5th!

Lauren creates unique whimsical illustrations often taking inspiration from the natural environment. She works full time in the illustration industry and has designed a unique range of greeting cards and art prints. Lauren is also open for commissions and illustrations for children’s books and has recently illustrated  ”The Billy that Died with it’s Boots on and Other Australian Verse” written by Stephen Whiteside.

You may also know Lauren’s work from the beautiful Christmas Poster she illustrated for The Olive Tree Market Christmas Poster Competition in 2013- she was the overall winner. Lauren has also created branding for a number of Olive Tree regulars including Cocoa Nib.

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Oh Deer Boutique will be making an appearance at The Olive Tree Market this Saturday June 7th. Come and have a look see at this great little brand that has been making a big splash at Olive Tree.

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Natalie Ness is a costumier, jewellery designer and illustrator, specializing in costume finishing techniques such as intricate beading and embroidery work. Natalie has been hand stitching for over 20 years, has a diploma in Theatre Costume and previously worked extensively in theatre, film and events. A self confessed lover of all things vintage, Natalie’s jewellery features old world methods of production, rare antique images and materials sourced from around the world. She has been making jewellery since 2003 and now operates full time on her jewellery label, Natalie Ness, out of her workshop in Sydney’s Marrickville.

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