Donation boosts artists’ creativity

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 23, 2019

COCOON Store and Studio volunteer Billie Cunningham believes a recent donation of goods to the Albany-based store will help create a multitude of new artistic projects for the creative minds who volunteer there.

Empire Blue owners Carmel and Evelina Daniele donated a range of stock to Cocoon Store and Studio this week in the name of community spirit.

Cocoon Store and Studio operates as both a retail outlet and creative workshop space, where community members can donate goods to be resold or upcycled by volunteer artists practising in the store.

Its beneficiary is the Albany Community Hospice, with all profits made at Cocoon going to the hospice.

Ms and Miss Daniele hope other local businesses will follow suite to help the cause.

“Cocoon is such a great idea,” the mother-daughter duo agreed.

“It’s a fantastic way for aspiring artists to sell their goods and to put their names out there, so we encourage everyone in the community to help out and donate when they can.

“And Hospice is so important; we have to support it.”

Ms Cunningham was appreciative of the donation, which included pillows, scarves, photo frames and baskets.

“These are wonderful,” she said.

“We will be able to re-sell these and give the money to Hospice, and some of our Cocoon artists can spruce them up as projects.

“Like this pillow for example; it could sell as it is, or one of our girls might think, this is a great blank canvas to sew onto, and it gives the pillow a new look.”