Laura Ellis graduated high school mere weeks ago but is already pursuing her dream career, displaying hand-crafted earrings at the Emerging Young Creators Market.
The markets are a Bundaberg Regional Gallery initiative, held annually as part of the Emerge Exhibition.
They’re open to creators and artisans aged 25 or under.
It was the first time 17-year-old Laura had attended the event, showcasing her business Handmade by Laura Marie.
“I decided that it would be a good opportunity to get my business out there and get a bit more publicity,” Laura said.
“I think it’s just great that we all get the opportunity to do this because sometimes as young people we get looked past and older people will get more opportunities.
“It’s really good that we’re all here together and it’s just a fun environment.”
Her polymer clay earrings proved popular with market goers and Laura said she was thrilled with the turnout.
She described her designs as unique, but simple and easy to wear.
Always having been interested in pursuing creative outlets, now that she has graduated from Bundaberg State High School, Laura said she hoped to make a career from her fledgling business.
“Maybe expanding, making a website,” Laura said.
“I’m just really excited to see where it goes.”
Meet the young creators:
Bundaberg Regional Galleries director Rebecca McDuff said the Emerging Young Creators Market had been a huge success.
“I’m really excited to see people supporting this event and supporting young creators in the region,” Rebecca said.
“I’m amazed by how beautiful their stalls are, they all just put so much effort in.
“It says that we have a really talented creators and artisans in the region and we have a lot that are coming through as young businesspeople.”
To support emerging artists, the young creators were given free sites at the popular market event.
“Part of the gallery’s reason for doing this is supporting young emerging creators, giving them a leg up to actually develop that as a business.”
The work of young artists throughout the region can also be enjoyed in the Emerge Exhibition, on display at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery until February 2021.