We’ve been saying it for a while now. Canberra has its own style, atmosphere and culture. With a gourmet scene that’s unmatched in originality, an artisan community that is putting us on the map artistically and of course, our beautiful landscape, it’s no surprise that Canberra’s fashion designers are flourishing too. At Handmade Canberra, we are fortunate enough to be able to draw on local talent to populate some of our fashion, accessories and jewellery stalls. Here are just some of our local favourites attending the market on 16 & 17 September.
Truly local, with a beautiful shopfront in Braddon, Assemblage Project showcases women’s fashion and accessories by local designers with a focus on sustainability. The clothing is designed for women who care about what they wear, how it is made and who is making it. With small collections and bespoke one off designs, all Assemblage Project garments are made in Australia.
If you’re looking for warmth and colour with the weather still on the chilly side, go no further than Nullarbor Nights. Made here in Canberra, the collection includes beautifully designed knitwear to embrace and complement the body, made of natural fibres, including hand-dyed merino wool, pure cotton, linen, silk and alpaca.
Taking direct inspiration from Canberra’s landmarks, Zilpah Tart makes garments and accessories that are designed for women who like to wear something unique, feminine and comfortable, something that makes them feel special and stand out in a crowd. The designs are made locally in Canberra by designer Yumi Morrissey. Yumi designs her own exclusive fabric prints using photographs taken around Canberra. The image at the top of this page was taken by Yumi. She calls it Lucent Blue, and it is an adaptation of an image taken at Questacon, for use in her Illuminate collection.
If you’re looking for the perfect accessory to go with your new fashion purchase, Handmade can offer local milliners and accessories designers. Sovata is a fashion label created and run by designer Jade Sargent. Jade is dedicated to creating vibrant and unique garments and hats to be worn for any occasion, taking an environmental approach with minimal waste. Also local, MM2B Millinery will create the perfect hat or fascinator for you – visit the stall at Handmade for inspiration. For bags and accessories, Second Dimension makes individually handcrafted bags and totes up the road in Murrumbateman. With 25 different fabrics to choose from and various sizes, the bags have generous pockets and comfortable leather handles. The only part of these bags not biodegradable are the zips – a nice little bonus after you have loved these to death.
Beautiful jewellery in a range of styles can also be sourced on our doorstep. Chunky beads and fun accessories from Amanda at LLL Designs will complete your outfit. For elegant pieces made locally from stunning pearls, head to Jane Brown Pearls. Jane found her passion for freshwater pearls while living in China and has brought that passion back to Canberra, offering excellent quality and fabulous designs. JAC Studios specialises in unique and original jewellery designed and handmade in Canberra using alternate or unusual materials that you would not expect to be associated with jewellery design.
And you can feed your inner geek with local jewellery from Crankybot, featuring science and geek themed jewellery and accessories, inspired by the beauty and patterns within science and nature. The range includes items from the different sciences such as biology, space and astronomy, chemistry, maths and more. Or try the Not a Toy range from Rhapsody Design. Robyn is a Canberra based designer/maker who creates accessories inspired by geekery and games, handmade from Lego and Scrabble pieces.