Slow September


Time is passing fast. We’ve only just said goodbye to the Winter market, held at the end of June. But the dust has settled and we’re gearing up for our Spring fiesta. The next Handmade Market will be on 7th & 8th September at Exhibition Park in Canberra. From 10am until 4pm both days, the halls will be packed with stunning design and wonderful food & drink, so start saving, as it won’t be long!

Our feature image is by Spunky Bruiser & Robyn Ru, who will be at the market in September with their sustainable and ethical fashion.

We had many hundreds of applications from stallholders for the September event. It took time to curate, and we are very happy with the balance of successful applications in each of our categories. We’ll be announcing the full line up very soon, but in the meantime, let’s chat about the theme for Spring.


Each season, the Handmade website changes its look. We love how the images and colours alter to reflect the weather and the new focus for each event. Warmer days and blue skies make the Spring light soft and inviting, so we wanted our look and feel to reflect this softness. Have a look at our new colours and images, in soft blues, khakis and dusky pinks. They make a fresh impression and sum up the season perfectly. We staged some images of our own and combined them with some of the wonderful photography provided by our exceptional designers. We’d like to thank each of them for allowing us to incorporate them into our theme, and they are all named in the captions.


So far this year, we have paid homage to our nation’s capital (March) and our dedicated foodies (June). September’s Market shines a light on Handmade fashion. When we hear the stories of the fashion designers that come to the market, we are both amazed and proud of what they do. The media is full of stories about unethical factories overseas, employing child workers in horrible conditions. While the larger stores in Australia struggle to monitor and screen their suppliers, the smaller businesses here Australia have no such dilemma. Many of them design and print their own fabrics. Many source recycled materials. Most of them invent and cut their own patterns. And careful construction and finishing ensures that each piece is not only unique, but made with love. All here in Australia.

Handmade fashion heroes. Clockwise from top left: Spunky Bruiser & Robyn Ru, Matta Clothing, Butterscotch Castle, Harriet Jane, Lauren & Angie, EllA Fashion, Zoe Georgiou, Eva Cassis, Chalk n Cheese Clothing, Windsor Lane.

Handmade is a big supporter of slow fashion. Of knowing where your garment comes from. And of understanding who made it. We will tell more fashion stories over the coming weeks because there are a number of wonderful designers attending the market in September. And of course, we have lots of other stories. We’ll be talking about seasonal food and drink, gifts, homewares and accessories. So keep visiting the blog and put the September market in your calendar.

More gorgeous products that tie in with our colour theme. Clockwise from top left: Jenny Reid, Crayon Chick, Miss Mollys, Mona-Lisa, Restore Grace, Applye Jewellery, Maya Muse Textiles, Two Plums Designs, Mint Handmade.