Just the right market for art

International sensation Zoe Ingram will be among artists selling their work at a new market in Oaklands Park on Friday night.

International sensation Zoe Ingram

Zoe IngramMARION Cultural Centre will be awash with colour and activity on Friday, when it hosts a market with up to 40 stalls. Artists who sell their work and wares on online marketplace Etsy will set up at the twilight Escape market.

They will include international sensation Zoe Ingram, who has 45,000 followers on Instagram.

The Seaview Downs woman worked as a graphic designer for more than 10 years, until deciding to take her career in a different direction – back towards textile design, which she studied at college in the UK.

“I came across an international art competition run in the US and the prize was to win representation at an agency,” she says.

“There were 1500 people who participated globally and I won.”

Ingram now has clients in Australia, Japan, the UK and US, including HarperCollins, Oxford University Press and Penguin Random House. Her illustrations now appear on lamps, tea towels, cushions and crockery, and you may even have bought a Hallmark greeting card featuring her designs.

About a year and a half ago, she began selling at markets, and finds it an ideal way to connect with customers.

“I’ve had people come up to me at markets and say, ‘I follow you on Instagram’ – it’s really nice.”

Etsy Adelaide and Market to Market are hosting the event, and organiser Colin Capurso says he hopes to attract about 2000 people.

Capurso has been running markets for about three years and says this time around, the theme is visual art.

“We’re all about exposing artists, designers and makers to other people in SA,” he says.

“If it goes well, we’d like to keep on doing more regular events and change up what products we focus on in future.”