Mortels famous Big UGG Boots take on a new look with Mai-Wel Creative Arts


Image caption: Stephanie Mortel with the people behind the UGG boot design; Mai-Wel Creative Arts Mentor, Denise Duffy, Creative Arts Facilitator, Steve Burchill and artists Briety Dorahy and Emma Parks.



In a celebration of diversity and inclusion, Mai-Wel Creative Arts have made their mark on the famous Big UGG Boots at Mortels in Thornton.

The boots, sitting at a massive 13 times the size of women’s size 8 UGG boots, have become a local landmark on the lawn of the Thornton premises at 1 Weakleys Drive, wowing passers-by with different themed designs at various times throughout the year.

“The opportunity to make our mark on such a unique feature and famous landmark is not only a great opportunity to showcase our work to a mass audience, it’s also been a valuable learning opportunity for our artists to experiment with different canvases,” says Steve Burchill, Mai-Wel Creative Arts Facilitator.

Stephanie Mortel says she is happy to have engaged Mai-Wel Creative Arts for the unique design and is thrilled to see the community getting behind the freshly painted boots through social media comments and stopping by to get photos with the boots.

“It’s very exciting to showcase local art and we have received a lot of really positive feedback,” says Stephanie.

The Sunday Muster artisan market, set for Sunday, 18th November 2018, at Mortels Thornton location, is the perfect opportunity to see the boots up close whilst enjoying the market stalls and entertainment between 9am and 2pm. This will be the last Sunday Muster for 2018.

For more information about Mai-Wel Creative Arts and the unique design of the UGG boots, please contact Mai-Wel Creative Arts Facilitator, Steve Burchill on (02) 4015 8480 or email Additionally, for more information about Mortels Big UGG Boots or The Sunday Muster artisan market, please contact Stephanie Mortel on (02) 4966 0990 or email


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