Aussie Marketplaces Join Forces for Charity

Australian online marketplaces Bluethumb and Handkrafted have joined forces to launch Created with Care — a collaborative art project designed to benefit local charities.

The project involves a Bluethumb artist pairing with a Handkrafted furniture maker to collaborate on a one-of-a-kind piece, which will then be auctioned off for charity, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to a charity nominated by the artists.

Bluethumb — an online art marketplace that sells original art direct from artists to buyers — and Handkrafted — an online marketplace that connects buyers with furniture makers to commission bespoke furniture and goods — formed the partnership with the belief that companies, especially start-ups, can do more through collaboration than alone.

“While it may sound a little clichéd,” said Handkrafted founder, Fred Kimel, “collaboration is paramount to the success of every business and individual — it’s so important to take the time out to reflect upon and approach potential collaborators to discuss ideas and opportunities. It’s also much more fun.”

So far, five unique, hand-made pieces are up for auction on the Created with Care website, with three more on the way.

“I am staggered at the outcome,” said Bluethumb co-founder, Edward Hartley. “Every day I look at incredible art, yet these pieces are beyond my greatest expectations. They have set the bar for future artists and crafters. What’s beautiful to see is their own art and trade has transferred so well across mediums and captured the essence of their style.”

Bombora Furniture Co.’s Luke Collins, and contemporary artist partner, Tanya Keenan nominated Spirit Foundation, a charity trust that has been supporting the Wye River and Separation Creek communities that were devastated by recent bushfires. The collaborative piece is aptly named ‘Wye River Buffet’.

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Luke Collins (left) and Tanya Keenan (right) with the Wye River Buffet.

The proceeds of Stephen Ziguras and Anne Ellison’s ‘Tegl Bowl’ will go to a cause close to their hearts. “Proceeds from our work will go to Foundation House, the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture,” says Stephen. ”They help refugees and asylum seekers who have been through the most awful trauma to start a new life.”

Tegl Bowl
Stephen Ziguras and Anne Ellison’s Tegl Bowl.

So far, Created with Care has raised over $4,000, with the two companies aiming to raise at least 10 times that before the auction wraps up in June.

This will be the first auction for the fledgling charity outfit, with further artist collaborations and auctions to be scheduled on the successful completion of the first auction.

Many of the collaborations have been made possible by the generous donation of timber by Britton Timbers.

The Created with Care auction is still open and final bids must be received before 5pm Friday 10th June.

 

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