At the Market: Part I
It’s this weekend! The September Market is almost ready to open its doors and we cordially invite you to to browse, try and buy the best that Australia has to offer in handmade design.
From 10am until 4pm this Saturday and Sunday (10 & 11 September) two halls of EPIC will be packed with stalls. From homewares to children’s items, pressies for your pets to skincare and from high fashion to gorgeous jewellery, you will be spoiled for choice.
Wander the halls and chat to our amazing designers about their inspiration and process. Load up your bags with beautiful things and take them away, knowing not only that you have supported Australian business, but that you have a unique item with its own story.
To guide you through the offering for September, we have a beautiful online magazine with a full directory of everyone who is attending, and introductions to some of our newcomers. You can also look at images of all our designers in the directory on the Handmade website. However, to give you a bit of extra help, here is a step by step guide to some of the designers you will find at Handmade. This isn’t an exhaustive list (we have 220 stalls, all of them wonderful!) but will give you a great flavour of what you will find this weekend.
Starting with your garden, you could pick up a fountain from Annie Storey, garden sculptures from Paddock Pieces, furniture from Naturally Ingrained or boyandgirlco and garden art from Cut to Pieces. We have several indoor plant people, including Tiny Paradise, Living Glass Terrariums and Dinoplanters to name a few.
Textiles designers are abundant, from cushions to tea towels, so have a browse through Publisher, Femke, Ariella, Ink & Weave or Laughing Bird and stop for a chat with Bob Window, Tango & James or 1 Abbey Lane.
Several of our designers specialise in repurposed homewares, including Clockeyed, Industriana and Kingfish & Co.
Ceramics and wooden pieces are numerous – try Wood & Wax Studios, Hayden Youlley, Louise M Studio, Bopdotz or From Me to You Ceramics for starters, and if you’re after something a little different, Needs & Wishes Art, Pili Pala Pieces or Milk Thieves can accommodate you.
CANDLES & SCENTS
Anchor & Bliss and The Mister Brand will be catering for the gentleman and Byanne and Delicious Skin will be among those representing the ladies. Candles by Little Flame, Lumi and Honey & Glow will be bringing some of the many flickering delights on offer.
It’s Spring now, and time to look at that wardrobe. If there are any gaps, come along this weekend to fill them with beautiful and individual designs. Harriet Jane and Zilpah Tart will be displaying clothing made from their own fabrics, and if you want a pop of colour, try Spunky Bruiser/Soto Smith, or Orbit Clothing. More neutral items can be found at Eva Cassis and Nixx Apparel, or for something truly unique, head to Rockstars and Royalty.
New designers Animalyser will be bringing children’s clothes, or have a look at toys from my menagerie, Miss Ruby-May and Helen’s Handpuppets. Costumes from Mud and Sugar, teepees from Jilly Junior or trinkets from Lillibean Designs will also fill up your shopping bag!
It will be hard not to spend money on gifts for those you love, or to treat yourself. Jewellery from Marit Hamer, Insync Designs and Time Flies Designs showcase what’s new at the market, complementing the classic offerings from Appleye Jewellery, A Silver Circle and Jane Brown Pearls, amongst others.
Bags from Kaija, Travelling Alice or Kimono Yamamoto will go beautifully with your new outfits, or finish with unusual accessories from Tread and Pedals, Frank Ideas, Milk Thieves or Rancho.
If you encounter any bare walls on your Spring Cleaning rounds, you could do worse than Handmade to fill the space. Stephanie Elizabeth Artwork and Surfing Sloth focus on animals, while more traditional media comes from Sue Dyde, Kylie van Tol or Yvette Fitzpatrick. Vintage art from Twice Designs and Photographic art from Jackie Cooper are also beautiful. Have your portrait done by Welly’s Wonders, and for something local, Trevor Dickinson will bring the best of Canberra to Handmade in the form of his unique illustrations.
Don’t forget your beloved pet! Head to Maison Dog for beds, Dharf for accessories and Choppa Chops for food.
Have you made your list yet? Come back tomorrow for our rundown on the gourmet food hall, including our produce stalls and take away offerings.