GITH Magazine loved popping into Bejta Artisan at Ta’Nikol Gallery in Victoria – not only for their eco-friendly, local products and community events, but for a good old chat with owners, Abi and Emma. They have recently had to close their doors in Victoria due to Covid but this is not the end…
Abi and Emma met at the school gates and their passion for art immediately bonded them.
Their gallery, Bejta Artisan at Ta’Nikol opened five and a half years ago and they have courageously and joyfull supported and showcasesd local artists ever since. As you explore the cobbled streets of Victoria you can’t miss Bejta Artisan at Ta’Nikol Gallery just a a stones throw from the central Pjazza San Gorg. Bright artwork adorned the surrounding walls and founders, Abi and Emma are full of heartwarming positivity and it is clear that this runs through every project they undertake. It’s guaranteed that a few moments in their company will bring smiles and laughter.
They strive to be ecologically mindful and everything they sell is sourced and made locally. Now the shop will be closing, they are moving it all online and it will be – as usual – brimming with upcycled or recycled products inspired by the beauty of Gozo. They do everything they can to create work that is made from reclaimed materials, from cupboard doors to broken china and anything else they might be given. Only recycled packaging is used and they are part of the international green initiative Morsbag, whereby recycled materials are turned into bags and given away. What a great way to use unwanted fabric whilst reducing landfill waste!
The site will feature around ten local artists, something to suit a variety of tastes. Beyond artwork, it will be a treasure trove of authentic Gozo-made trinkets and items such as tote bags, tea towels, glassware, jewellery, handcrafted cards and much more to ensure you find a perfect present or treat for you. Abi and Emma are talented artists themselves and you can buy many of their own one-off pieces too. Abi’s speciality is mosaics and Emma works with clay. Recently they’ve joined artistic flair to bring you Colour My Gozo – a series of colourful collages of traditional Gozitan buildings and scenery and Abi has also joined forces with Catherine Mia Designs and currently showing at the Citadella.
Abi and Emma worked tirelessly throughout Covid making sure children weren’t stuck with things to do at home. Among other things, they created a series of craft kits and hand-delivered them to children around the island and we are sure that this kind of support was a huge help to parents whilst the kids were home from school. They uploaded a really cool arts and crafts tutorial for children too. Is there no end to these ladies talents?