Handmade in the Country volunteer Leah Kelly with some of her wares.
Handmade in the Country volunteer Leah Kelly with some of her wares. Shannon Newley

Creating a hub for handmade wares

DELICATE love hearts dotted with intricate detailing are just some of the trinkets Allora's Leah Kelly spends hours making.

Mrs Kelly recently joined forces with Hand Made in the Country - a tourist initiative aimed at promoting south-east Queensland as a hub for handmade wares - to help promote crafted goods of other local artists.

"I am the first official volunteer," she said.

"I have taken on the role of looking after the social media side if things.

"We hope to have the website up by June."

Mrs Kelly said she was excited by the idea of helping artists connect with each other, galleries and potential sales outlets.

"When I had my shop, Beads of Ambrosia, I wanted to do something similar on a smaller scale, then a flyer for this turned up," she said.

Mrs Kelly said so far the response had been positive.

South-east Queensland Country regional tourism development officer Jules McMurtrie said a new board for Hand Made in the Country would be elected in March and they were looking for people to step forward for the roles.

She also said in the coming weeks they would decide times and locations for workshops in Warwick in February.

For information email handmadeincountry@hotmail.com.


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