The old Butter Factory in Dayboro, along with many others in South East Queensland, is breathing fresh life with the love and dedication from their owner.
In 2016 Nola and David Aitkins opened Entangle Living Art in Dayboro, which is not only a shop but also a place for events, workshops and an art studio. The studio is situated on the upstairs mezzanine floor and creates a magnificent atmosphere for an exhibition with light streaming in from stain-glass windows and plenty of wall space high to the ceiling above.
Each month Nola partners with artist Michelle Bowden to bring themed art exhibitions to Dayboro. In the month of May 2017 the studio presented the “Ebb and Flow Exhibition”, which included artists Gayle Reichelt, John Chapman, Dan Webb, Anne McIntosh and Michelle Bowden.
At the butter factory’s entrance from Williams Street, a gazebo type structure easily invites you into the building beyond. This gazebo is covered with vines and decorated with all types of recycled wooden pieces and plants. You could be forgiven for thinking that you were walking through a favourite garden.
The shop was even more enchanting with an array of individually designed pieces made from natural and recycled materials. There were no two pieces alike. I was enthralled with the beauty of the natural wooden sculptures, which was the centre piece of the shop. If nothing else, the creativity displayed in this building made me look at branches and trees in an entirely different way after my visit. In fact, I could quite imagine scouring the bush for a perfect tree stump or branch. If you are interested in learning how to create your own individual piece, Entangle Living Art hold weekly workshops. More information about these can be found on their website or by telephoning Nola or David on 0449 533 620.
The shop has plenty of gift items for sale including the healthiest looking hanging baskets in an abundance of growth, eco-friendly artisan homewares, recycled truck tyre pots, turned wooden items, furniture, gift items, vases and much, much more. The day I visited, happily scurrying across the floor was the resident blue tongue lizard making his home among the greenery.
A plan for the future is to open up the space for weddings, special occasions, corporate events etc., which will include catering from the Grate Life Café next door.
Entangle Living Art is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day except Tuesdays and like the name implies Entangle really is living art.
Opening Hours: 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays): 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: 6/38 Williams Street, Dayboro, Queensland
Phone: 0449 533 620