Celebrating Canberra


You’ll probably know by now that Handmade is pretty much Canberra’s biggest fan. The team loves this city we call home for so many reasons, especially in the upcoming Autumn season. The sky is enormous and blue, the sunsets are spectacular, the mountains are magnificent, the storms are intense and the trees are a tapestry of warm colour. We love the coffee, the food scene, the culture, the events and the uniqueness – the talent Canberrans have of following their own path rather than staying in the mainstream.

Handmade is lucky enough to have many designers that also celebrate this city. Photographer, Glenn Martin‘s recent storm images have literally set the world on fire, all the result of patient hours at the top of Mount Ainslie. Little Noisy Miner‘s simple wonky drawings include our very own Telstra Tower commission and Parliament House sketch. Bus shelters make great souvenirs, made infamous by Trevor Dickinson, but adopted in jewellery form by Marlo & The Sailor. Trevor’s Canberra illustrations extend to other landmarks, not least our beautiful War Memorial, and local artist, Mick Ashley of Leafy Sea Dragon has a wonderful portfolio of local landmarks.

Canberra love is also evident on Hell Wench‘s ceramics with our much-loved and loathed magpies wearing a badge of pride. And at this market, we welcome photographer, Scott Leggo, whose Canberra landscapes capture the magic of the city and its surrounds.

Souvenirs have come a long way, and Canberra has more than its fair share of mementos that are original and well-designed, so grab them at the market and then send them to the four corners of the world to show off our heritage.

The market is on 23 & 24 March, 10am – 4pm, Budawang and Coorong Pavilions, Exhibition Park in Canberra. We’ll see you there.