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The Event

The inaugural Capel Makers Trail was held over 3 days.
Friday April 26, Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28, 2019

The Trail was held throughout the Shire of Capel.
The venues included:

  • Capel Community Centre

  • Capel RSL Hall

  • Peppermint Grove Beach Community Centre

  • Dalyellup Community Centre

  • The South West Rail & Heritage Centre

  • Boyanup and Districts Farmers Market

  • Home Studios and Maker Businesses

103 makers and artists from sculptors, metal workers, wood workers and felters to quilters, preservers, winemakers and potters participated in the Event.

It is estimated that “Trail Blazers”, i.e. visitors to the Trail, made approximately 3,085 visits to Community Centres, home studios and businesses over the 3 days resulting in 18,510 visits with makers.


Feedback from makers and visitors was overwhelmingly positive, reflecting pure enjoyment of a Community Event with a desire to contribute or attend again next year.


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Interaction with the makers was the highlight for most visitors.

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The breadth of community involvement which represented a mix of individual makers, community groups and maker businesses.

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A wide and unique range of products and experiences.

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A very high standard of products achieved by all Makers that was consistent across the Trail.

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A friendly welcoming atmosphere with a sense of community was created across the Trail.

One Maker's Trail Story

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Michael Gill

Potter - Boyanup

1927 - 2019

Michael contacted the Trail in 2018 wanting to know how he could participate. What was unique about Michael was that he was not only a maker but a collector. Over his long life of potting he had collected extensively; his own work and the works of well-known Australian potters (who were his peers) as well as pottery from all over the world.

He carried a legacy, an enormous history of stories and people that needed to be captured. The Trail cultivated this connection in a way that respected and honoured his life story and his craft assisting him to participate fully in the Trail. He opened his home studio for the 3 days. Friday brought only 1 visitor, but this person stayed for 4 hours and made Michael’s day. On Saturday 12 visitors arrived and Sunday brought 50!! He managed with a roster of friends and volunteers who stayed with him so he could get the most out of the experience.

Sadly Michael passed away in 2019. His participation in the next Trail will be sadly missed. 

Committee Members

Thank you to our hard-working 2019 Committee.

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Tracie Walsh


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Colin Bosustow


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Gaynor Beck


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Lesley Jackes

Ordinary Member

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Friends of the Trail

We wish to acknowledge our “Friends of the Trail” but would emphasize that so many others also gave their time and energy. We are grateful to everyone who has been part of the Trail for 2019.

Centre Coordinators

  • Kathryn Wiseman

  • Corenne Lynn

  • Lesley Jackes and the Peppy Art Group

  • Lyn McMahon


  • Liane Molewyk and the Dalyellup Music Academy

  • Tanya Kavanagh and the Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School

  • Georgiana Molloy Anglican School Buskers


  • Linda Skroyls

  • Anne and Norm Chapple

  • Luke Hagar

  • Kelly Draper

  • James Sprivulus

  • A + L Printers

  • Library Staff at Capel Library

  • Rebecca Mammolite

  • Bonnie Alllen

  • Lisa O’Neill

  • Trevor James

  • Ron and Angela Sims

  • Elizabeth Cullam

  • Chris Jones

  • Kevan Collett

  • Capel Courier

  • Peppy Beach Bulletin

  • Boyanup Post

  • Gelorup – Dalyellup Gazette

  • Donnybrook Community Radio


  • All the makers and artists from the Shire of Capel

  • Capel Art Group

  • Peppy Beach Art Group

  • Creative Circle Dalyellup

  • Sew N Tell Boyanup

  • Joyful Patch Workers

  • Potter Dah’l Chalet

  • Capel Men’s Shed

  • Country Women’s Association of WA Inc. Capel Branch

  • Capel Garden Club

  • Capel Youth Collective

  • Peppermint Grove Beach Community Association Inc.

  • Boyanup Progress Association

  • South West Rail and Heritage Centre

  • Boyanup and Districts Farmers Market

2019 Sponsors

We would like to take this opportunity to thank every sponsor enormously for your contribution. 

  • Shire of Capel

  • Capel Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank

  • Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

  • Lotterywest

  • Capel Chamber of Commerce Inc. 

  • South West Women's Health & Information Centre

  • Fishbone Margaret River

  • Rocky Ridge Brewing Co.

  • Capel Vale Winery

  • Capelberry Cafe

  • Brownes Dairy

  • Kellivale Estate

  • Tourist Radio 87.6FM

  • Barrecas Winery

  • Gingerbread House

  • Coffee Joy

  • Capel Bakery

  • Bakers Delight Dalyellup

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Lesley Jackes -

2019 Photographer.
Thank you.

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