Finding A Sacred Space
Noosa is in the midst of a coworking craze with plenty of hot desks ready for entrepreneurs and start-ups. But, where can the creatives go to work on their artistic endeavours? Jolene Ogle visits Lipstick Lane to find out.
Nestled amongst industrial units in Noosaville, is Lipstick Lane Atelier and Showroom. A showroom and coworking space that encourages artisans to find their “sacred space” away from the chaos of home. Founded by Jean’e Mae Racing Fashion creative director Jeanie Hunter over a year ago, Lipstick Lane was born from a need to separate home from work.
For too long, Jeanie had worked alongside her overflowing washing pile, the dishes and too close to the abundance of housework that needed doing. She needed a place where her creative juices could flow without the interruption of everyday pressures.
“How do I cowork as a creative? I don’t have just a laptop. I have a mannequin and cutting tables and a sewing machine. How can I make that work?” Jeanie says. “I thought ‘ok, I will just start one’. It would be a shared space where creatives can collaborate and make their products.
“It’s an affordable place where we can create, find sacred space and even sell our products thanks to the showroom.”
For Jeanie, the separation of work and home is essential to ensuring continued creativity.
“When home is work and work is home, you bring together different energies. For me, a sacred space is about having that separation in energy,” Jeanie explains.
“Your creative space shouldn’t be compromised. It’s not the kitchen bench or an ugly nook where you’re making do to try and run a business.
“A sacred space is a designated place where your energy can flow and you can be creative. It’s an ordered, inspiring space that will enhance your productivity.”
Jeanie first imagined a creative coworking space more than 10 years ago. Now, she can’t believe her luck to offer Lipstick Lane Atelier and Showroom to the local creative community.
“Walking in every day is so cool,” she says. “Everyday I say ‘wow’. The idea was born in Cairns and now we’ve created it. It’s just so cool. The idea of working out of a home office again is not even an option.”
Since opening the doors over a year ago, Lipstick Lane has become renowned for the #imadeitmyself workshop series. The workshops include everything from macramé hangers to resin artworks and everything in between, tapping into the growing demand for craft workshops.
“I bring in teachers to come and teach at the studio,” Jeanie says. “They love the opportunity to share their skills and guests just love it. “The series is all about offering a wide variety of creative pursuits to the creative community.”
BUTTER FACTORY ARTS CENTRE COOROY POTTERY STUDIO
Annual memberships are now available.
COST: $35 per person with a $10 access pass per day and discounted firing rates
DAY & TIME: Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30-3pm.
11a Maple Street, Cooroy
Ph 5442 6665
NOOSA ARTS & CRAFTS CENTRE
Memberships are available
COST: annual membership $80 or 3 months for $50 Members can access the art groups and enjoy discounts to workshops.
1 Wallace Drive, Noosaville
Ph 5474 1211