Created by us, Jode and Alix, Santa Carla is the result of a long conversation about our mutual love of independent art and how all of this incredible work deserves a permanent home.
Whilst Alix was already working with many talented musicians, artists, and writers to promote and distribute their work online, I was looking for a way to use my experience in boutique retail management and web design for the good of the world. A physical and online shop seemed like the perfect union of so many of our dreams and passions.
So,with the support and encouragement of artists from all around the world, Santa Carla – art space and shop was established in late 2016.
We stock a carefully curated range from independent emerging artists, representing many forms – originals, jewellery, books, comics, prints, plushies, music, giftwares, homewares, stationery and accessories.
Pieces are often either exclusive to Santa Carla, unique, or form part of a limited collection. Everything is crafted with love and attention to detail and forms part of the artist’s creative life.
Working closely with the artists we make sure their work is properly priced and promoted with credit and respect.
There is always space for our artists to spend time in the store, to have a chat or forge connections with other artists and customers. We foster and encourage collaborations between our artists and special events regularly take over our space to highlight and celebrate the artists and their work, be it a comic launch, print signing or exhibition.
Santa Carla is a look inside our combined brains, our dream lounge room; it’s a personal, colourful, and celebratory invitation to discover the amazing talents of these one hundred or so artists.
Our aim is to create a space that takes you out of the world for a while and drops you into a place where everything is special, and has a real working artist behind it.
– Enjoy, Jode