We’ve been talking to some of our designers and producers in the run up to the December Market (10 & 11 December, 10am-4pm at EPIC). With a balance of new and established designers to choose from, our latest chat is with Handmade veteran, Delilah Devine. If you’re making a shopping list and need pretty, on-trend gifts for your mum, sister or girlfriend, we’re pretty sure you’ll find the perfect piece at Linda Marek’s stall at the market. Linda is the designer, maker and self-professed boss lady of Delilah Devine, based in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. There, she creates homewares and jewellery that are made from salvaged and upcycled vintage wallpapers, combining nostalgia with style. We asked her FIVE questions so you can get to know her better.
- What is your business all about?
At Delilah Devine, I salvage vintage wallpapers and turn them into jewellery, artworks and wall decor. I’m all about recycling and small footprints on the planet.
- What advice would you give to designers coming to Handmade for the first time?
Try to get some sleep and take your vitamins because its always a HUGE weekend! It can get busy early on, so make sure you’re there early and if possible, have a helper for at least a few hours each day for coffee and lunch breaks. Unlike Business 101 tells us, the other stallholders are your community not your competition. Make time to get to know your neighbours. I’ve made some long lasting friendships through the market and it’s always so much fun to catch up in Canberra.
- What’s the best thing about Handmade?
Well, obviously, it’s the amazingly talented designers and unique, locally made products!! But as well as that, I’d have to say that it is one of the most well organised events around. The team are always approachable and there’s a great sense of camaraderie. Plus, there is really excellent coffee!
- What’s new for the Christmas Market?
I’ll be bringing along a new range of jewellery that I’m really excited about. Using a more pared back colour palette, it’s a bit of a change for me.
- What will Santa be bringing you this year?
If I’m really good, I’m hoping Santa will let me do my own shopping at the market! On my wish list is a new summer top from Mookah, one of Erin Lightfoot’s gorgeous printed vases and hand printed cushions from Femke Textiles. And I can’t go past Lindsay & Edmunds organic chocolate – I’m pretty sure Santa knows that by now!
Thanks for sharing Linda – we hope you get time to tick off all the items on your list!