Jo Olive and Ellie Beck are busy doing their own thing after Hey Maker.
Jo Olive and Ellie Beck are busy doing their own thing after Hey Maker. Blainey Woodham

Hey Maker! calls it quits to explore individual goals

MURWILLUMBAH'S creative collective Hey Maker! has called it a day.

The brainchild of five creative women, Hey Maker! was the product of a town with increasingly empty spaces and lots of creative potential.

It was started early last year by artists Ellie Beck, Jo Olive, Belinda Smith, Kathy Egan and Christy McLeod to fill empty shops with art.

Ellie Beck, one of the Hey Maker! ladies, said businesses had taken an interest.
Ellie Beck, one of the Hey Maker! ladies, said businesses had taken an interest.

Jo Olive said the group had left a lasting impression on the community.

"I meet people down the street who say Hey Maker! changed their life; that's a massive thing for me," Ms Olive said.

"I do miss being part of something much bigger than us as individuals.

"The main idea was to make creators and their art more visible within the community."

She would love to see creative people fill more empty stores and studios - something which demands community support.

"There's a lot of want for that, but it's a lot of work," she said.

Ellie Beck said Hey Maker! aimed to use vacant shops in a fresh way. Collaborating and connecting with local creatives was central to the project.

"Collaboration is a massive thing, and it's not an easy undertaking," Ms Beck said.

She said Hey Maker! had inspired other creative communities.

Ms Beck said Murwillumbah South's Stafford Street Studios would continue the collective's work in bringing the creative community together.

The group has disbanded to focus on individual creative pursuits.



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