Hypmotive - The Community of Creatives
Hypmotive hub is a creative space that is bursting with all things artistic. It celebrates local artists, creators and designers using a variety of different mediums. Each month the hub showcases a different artist at their monthly exhibitions. They also have an in-house and online shop where you can purchase bespoke, hand-created gifts. Many artists show and sell their artworks at the hub and at the Monthly Makers Markets.
Don’t be mistaken, Hypmotive is not only for trained artists who have spent years mastering their craft. It is for everyone in the community. Whether you are wanting to come by to admire the art or wanting to get involved yourself. It is well known that involving yourself in creative processes is a meditative experience and well let's face it... fun. If this sounds like something you’d love to be a part of and you’re feeling creative, you may want to check out their new pottery hub. There are workshops in wheel throwing, glaze and sip, adult group classes and children's parties. With an onsite kiln, wheel hire and lessons in creating with clay, it really is your one-stop shop to delve into a new artistic pursuit.
One local artist whose work is featured at Hypmotive is Jo Skipworth - her work, Marrickville Pork Roll is featured on the front cover of this issue. We interviewed Jo to learn more about her and what inspires her.
What motivates you to create?
I find inspiration everywhere – travelling to new places, architecture, and colour. I find creating really helps escape from the stress of day-to-day life – it’s all-consuming so your mind has time to chill out!
How did you develop your art skills?
I have drawn ever since I can remember and dabbled with painting in high school. I have a background in architecture, which is probably why I love drawing buildings so much. My current style developed by experimenting with different materials – almost as if they are in charge and it's my job to figure out how to form an illustration from their application.
What is your favourite medium to use and why?
I love using Copic Markers. They apply almost like watercolour, with the added bonus of not having to wait until they dry! The colours are so intense and apply really evenly. You can build layers and tone easily and I find I have a lot more control when using markers rather than paint.
Why is art still important to our community?
By connecting people with places, art can be used to evoke nostalgia and a sense of community - it can be used as a time capsule to celebrate the character of our neighbourhoods, that with the rapid development of our suburbs may not be there much longer.
What is your connection to Marrickville?
I moved to Sydney from Newcastle about 5 years ago, and Marrickville reminded me of my old neighbourhood. It’s a vibrant, creative suburb with great community spirit.
Does the local area inspire any of your Art?
Yes! So many iconic locations that act as landmarks for the local community. And the fact that the old Marrickville Pork Roll shop used to be a public toilet is just wild!
Hypmotive is located at 20 Smidmore St, Ground Floor (NEW SIDE), Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre
They are open 7 days a week and you can contact them on 02 9746 6960 or check out their website for more information: www.hypmotive.com