The Finders Keepers Design and Art Markets Fri, 24 Nov 2017 01:20:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Brisbane SS17 Market Wrap Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:28:23 +0000



Brisbane! Our hearts are full! What an amazing weekend we had filling our massive new venue The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds with creativity and colour on the 10-12 November.

Our enormous thanks to the tens of thousands of you who walked through the gates, ate and shopped your way through the market supporting all of our independent creative businesses from across the country.

We have a list that’s a mile long to thank those that helped make the Brisbane SS17 Market to be the blockbuster it was!

  • A huge thanks to all of our stallholders. What a huge year it has been for us all. We really appreciate all of the talent, effort and hard yards it takes to prepare for a market of this scale. We hope that you’ve all had a well deserved rest!
  • To all of our Supporters. Your faith in Finders Keepers enables us to grow to new heights each and every event. Above all, it helps us to continue to support our stallholders even further than we could imagine.
  • Special thanks to our long term partners and fabulous friends at frankie magazine and Capi. Your ongoing support and dedication to our community is hugely appreciated.
  • Thanks to MOO, Whirlwind and Signwave for helping us with our major printing requirements and to Beaconmaker for their continued support of our beautiful smartphone app!
  • To the staff of the Brisbane Showgrounds, thank you for your efforts and hosting your first Finders Keepers market with us. Big ups to Bangin’ Hangin for injecting so much colour into our new venue and thank you to Georgia and Zach for programming and coordinating the perfect mix of bands to entertain the crowds, young and old!
  • Colossal credit and thanks to the talented Megan McKean from McKean Studio for her city-themed original illustrations that feature on our posters this season. We LOVE IT!
  • Samee Lapham! Your attention to detail, hard work and oh-so-beautiful photographs are taking us back to that fun weekend! Check out the album over on Facebook, and be sure to tag your label or friends!
  • A seriously special shout out and welcome to our new National Event Manager. Lindsay Pepper you are an absolute superstar. And last but never least, the entire Finders Keepers team; permanent folk and casual crew, we quite simply couldn’t do it without each and every one of you.

What a way to celebrate our Spring Summer 2017 season!

Next on the calendar, Sydney! We will be returning to our new venue, The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve this 8-10 December. Download the special city-themed artwork by Megan McKean and RSVP on Facebook to help spread the word.


]]> 0 Sydney SS17 Market: Designer Line-up Announced! A-K Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:27:55 +0000 It’s been six months since our last Sydney market and a whopping ten years since the very first Finders Keepers market ever! Now,​ ​the​ ​longest​ ​standing​ ​Australian​ ​design market​ ​returns​ ​to​ ​The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve​ ​for​ ​our final (and very festive) tenth anniversary year market celebration.

Be sure to check out our complete designer line-up announcement below, it’s so huge it’s split over two posts!  You can also explore our online directory with info about each and every stall.  Check out the curated shopping highlights popping up on the blog closer to the event dates too!

Still​ ​only​ ​$2​ ​entry​ ​for​ ​adults,​ more of a festival than a market, the Finders Keepers will continue to bring the very best and latest in the Australian art and design community to you in our 10th anniversary year. Merry Christmas!

Sydney Spring Summer 2017 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 8th December : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 9th December : 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10th December : 10am – 5pm

Design Stalls A-K:

The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Lineup Annoucement

[ek-ho] skincare, A-Studio, Accessories by . G, Afternoons With Albert,
AKA, Alchemy Produx, Alison Jackson, All the Kings Men / Duckfeet,
All The Wild Roses, Amelia Herbertson Illustration + Stationery, Amy Blue Illustration, Ana Jensen Ceramics,
Andrea Smith Illustration, Aneau, Antony Makhlouf, Archon Designs,
B.Ties, Babs Bodycare, Banabae and Be Fraîche
The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Lineup Annoucement
Bea Bellingham, benconservato, Bespoke Letterpress, Betty Friday,
Bilboa, Blacbrail Atelier, Blackinkk, Boutique Brollies By Business & Pleasure Co.
Bridget Bodenham Ceramics, Burbia, Burnt Country, By Samantha Melbourne
Camp Cove Swim, Canga Comfy Beach, Cardigan Threads by Jeff McCann, Celeste Wrona,
Celia Loves, Chrysa Koukoura, Clare & Katie and clay canoe
The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Lineup Annoucement
Clay Leaf, Cleanse By Hepzabeth, Crowd Collective, Cub Love Linen,
dukes and duchesses apparel,, Earth Bottles, Eggpicnic, Emma Kate Co.,
Erin Lightfoot,Estelle Briedis, Eva Cassis, Fauve,
Flora Waycott, Frank & Dollys, frankie magazine, Frock Me Out Pty Ltd,
Gail CC Ceramics, Galina Dixon, Geometric Alchemy and Gertie & Belle

The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Lineup Annoucement

Good Grief, Hammered Leatherworks, Happy in Finland, Hazel and Herb,
Hello Miss May, Herbs & Heart, High Tea with Mrs Woo, Hobie Collective,
Home By Harlequin, Honeybee wrap, Huddle&Co, Hydrangea Ranger,
I Am That – Yoga, Indigo Thread, Inside Jo.B, Into the Woods Ceramics,
Irrelevant Society, Jane In Tribe, Jenna O’Brien Jewellery and Jillian Boustred
The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Lineup Annoucement

Jones Living, Julie White, K is for Kani, Kandila Company,
Katherine Wheeler, Keatopia, Kindling, Kingfruit Apparel,
Kiss Ready Lips, Koa – by Kaitlin and Kollab

Click here for L-Z

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Sydney SS17 Market: Designer Line-up Announced! L-Z Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:26:24 +0000 Following on from our impressive part one, here is part two of our amazing line-up of artists and designers that will feature at our upcoming Sydney Market! Discover the complete line-up over two huge blog posts and start crafting those wish lists!

If you are planning to come to the event and want to share with your friends our Facebook event invite is here. For continued updates, right through to live pictures during event, be sure to look out on our Facebook PageTwitter and Instagram.

For all Finders Keepers fans who are keen to fill their Christmas cart quickly, doors swing open at the earlier time of 5pm on Friday night, 8th December. Markets open and continue all weekend long with extended Christmas trade on Saturday ‘til 7pm too!

Sydney Spring Summer 2017 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 8th December : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 9th December : 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10th December : 10am – 5pm

The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Lineup Annoucement
Lauren & Angie, Little Puddles, Liunic On Things, Liz Lau Studio,
LouiseM studio, Love Astrid, Love Mae, Lovesoup illustration,
Lucie June, Mad About Mini, Made From Good Deeds, Made590,
Madge Goods, MakerSpace &company, Marit Hamer, McKean Studio,
Me and Amber, memobottle, Merchants of Nonsense and Metalhead Jewellery

The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Lineup Annoucement
Milk & Thistle, Minima Handcrafted, Minjimorphic, Miss Type Design,
Molly Coombs Marr, Mon Manabu, Mukumono Ceramics, Mulga the Artist,
my menagerie, Nani x Yiying, Nanna Woo, Nerida Hansen Print and Textiles,
Next of Kin Handmade, Nicole Berlach, No Nasties Makeup, Nzuri Organics,
Oktoberdee, OneThing The Label, Oshka Black and Outer Island
The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Lineup Annoucement
paper boat press, Pastel Designs, Peggy and Finn, Polli,
Posie, Public Holiday, Publisher Textiles, Ranger,
raw.suds, Renee Waters, rob fuller ceramics, Rowie,
Salt By Hendrix, Saltys, Seven Seas Home, Shabana Jacobson Jewellery,
Sollis jewellery, Sovereign Collection, Sunday Minx and svikis
The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Lineup Annoucement
Tammy Luk, The Authentic, The Fortynine Studio, The Little Veggie Patch Co,
the Raisin did it, Tinker by printink studio, TRADE the MARK, Truso,
Upswitch, We Are Wild, Wild Wattle, Will & Bear,
Windlewood, Woodfolk, Woodlander, Yin Yoga Mats,
Yoga Everywhere and You, Me & Bones.

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Brisbane SS17 Market on THIS WEEKEND Thu, 09 Nov 2017 20:00:42 +0000


Hello Brisbane! We’re so excited to bring you our biggest and best Brisbane market yet! To be hosted for the very first time at Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee this 10th, 11th and 12th November.

We’re super excited to be extending hours to include a fun Friday night! For all of our keen shoppers, doors now open at 5pm on Friday night, the perfect time and place to grab a drink, bite to eat and shop your way into the weekend. Markets open and continue all weekend long from 9am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday too.

Plan your visit to our brand new venue by clicking here. You’ll find a map, public transport options as well as more information on parking. If traveling by train, be sure to check Translink, as track closures this weekend impact CBD and Southern lines.

Looking to invite your friends? RSVP on Facebook here!  Follow the live action on Instagram, see you there!

The Finders Keepers Brisbane SS17 Market
Friday 10 November | 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 11 November | 9am – 4pm
Sunday 12 November | 9am – 4pm

Design Stall Highlights:

Blacbrail Atelier, Doops Design, You Me & Bones, Erin Lightfoot
Gather & Moss, Bonnie Hislop, By Samantha Melbourne, Minima Handcrafted
Memobottle, Vessel and Vine, Sienna Byron Bay, Emily Green

Plan your market day by checking out our directory here, or better yet, download our app!

Frankie Magazine:

Make sure you swing past the frankie magazine stall and meet the lovely faces behind our favourite mag. Issue 80 is fresh off the press, piled up and ready for you to get your mitts on, and there’s also an exclusive offer if you subscribe or resubscribe to frankie at the market!

Other cool stuff up for grabs include: their brand new 2018 diary and calendar, plus loads more special treats including SPACES Volume Four (re-released due to popular demand); their first real book, Something to Say; and all the cute and vintage-inspired bits and bobs that make frankie, frankie.

Food & Drink:

We are excited to announce wonderful selection of food and drink offerings for you to enjoy at our market. Visit our blog post for the full tasty line-up.

Music Set Times:

Friday 10th November
5pm – Elly Hoyt
6pm – Georgia Rose
7pm – Kayleigh Pincott
8pm – Rainman (DJ)

Saturday 11th November
9am – Rainman (DJ)
11:30am – The Vegetable Plot
1pm – Pat Tierney
2pm – Jo Davie
3pm – Luke Escombe

Sunday 12th November
9am – Rainman (DJ)
11:30am – The Vegetable Plot
1pm – Jen Mize
2pm – Rory J Dawson
3pm – Jordan Merrick

Discover more about these talented musicians right here.

Get Social!

Don’t forget you can follow along all the action on our social media pages. We have our Facebook Event here (invite your friends!) as well as our Facebook page. We will be posting live updates from the market all weekend on our Instagram page and we’d love you to do the same. Use the hashtag #brisbanefinderskeepers and #thefinderskeepers to join in!

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Five Questions With Alice Nightingale Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:00:46 +0000

Summer collection – designed and handmade by Alice Nightingale

Oh Alice Nightingale, how you make our hearts flutter!  We think Alice might have magic powers; she designs, prints, knits, crochets, embroiders and sews each and every piece in her collection! 

Pop by Alice’s stall at our Brisbane market to make sure you’re summer-ready.  Doors open 5pm Friday 10th November and the market continues all weekend! 

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers? Tell us about your journey so far and describe your label.
I’ve always been a crafty lass. After leaving school early to do my Diploma of Fashion Design, I started Alice Nightingale at 17 (selling mainly to friends and at local markets). My first Finders Keepers market, in 2011, was such a game changer. Not only did I find a community of artists who also design and make their wares locally, I also met wonderful humans who truly appreciated the effort I put into all of my designs! This really pushed me forward creatively and encouraged me to keep doing what I’m doing – and I haven’t looked back!

Hand Printed Banksia lingerie– designed and handmade by Alice Nightingale

Alice of Alice Nightingale in her Brisbane studio

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Alice Nightingale. Do you work full time on your label or are their others on your team? Do you have a studio or do you work from home?
My home studio comprises of a ‘sewing room’, where I do all of my pattern making, printing, embroidery, cutting and sewing, a fabric storage room, where I keep my second hand fabrics and a sunny corner room where I knit on my vintage machines and press my stock! An average day starts early, I spend a few hours (still in my pyjamas) cutting out pieces, sipping on coffee and getting my embroidery machine set up. Then after breakfast and a shower, I spend the day creating! I love the flexibility of working from home full time, solitude and comfort definitely helps to boost my productivity.

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Have fun and chat with everyone you can! It’s very easy to get caught up in the stress and fatigue of a busy, full weekend market. I’ve met some of my best friends from chatting to fellow stall holders and locals at Finders Keepers and you never know where these connections will lead! I also think heading to the event each day with a positive attitude can only result in great things.

Summer collection – designed and handmade by Alice Nightingale

Embroidered Bilby purse – designed and handmade by Alice Nightingale

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity? Is there a Finders Keepers designer who you admire?
A lot of my inspiration comes from Australia, I’m seriously in love with this country’s landscape. Every time my partner and I go camping and exploring, I come home with a new plant or animal obsession (that inevitably turns into a print) or a new phrase I need to embroider!

I’m so biased because she’s my best friend, but I’m pretty excited about being opposite Bonnie Hislop at this years market, she’s the best!

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?
I’m looking to keep improving my ethical practices! My new summer collection is made from second hand fabrics which I’ve printed and embroidered, I’m hoping to keep introducing these fabrics to my collections in the future. This is such an important goal for me, as I’ve always run my small label with a focus on low emissions, low waste and high quality clothing as a way of avoiding landfill.

Hand Printed Banksia lingerie – designed and handmade by Alice Nightingale

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Chook plate – designed by doop Designs

Doops Designs is a sustainable clothing and homewares label featuring designs by Jane Newham. With a studio tucked away in the gorgeous green rolling hills behind Byron Bay, Jane and her team hand print beautiful textiles; they even harness the power of the sun to expose the printing screens!

Be sure to catch Doops Design at our market in Brisbane, when they have their first ever stall this weekend.

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers? 
I went to my first Finders Keepers when I lived in Melbourne and dreamed of someday having my own stall at this magical marketplace.

I started my business in 2015 when Etsy were offering a challenge called Creative Courage Challenge for people who wanted to open a Etsy shop but would like a little advise and support along the way. Pip Lincolne of Meet Me at Mike’s & Cath Young of My Bearded Pigeon were our mentors. I’d just moved back to Northern NSW to raise my kids and I needed to make a living that could utilise my creative training (textile design at RMIT), while being viable out here in the countryside.

I was getting work as an illustrator but textiles were my passion. So I was juggling the two for a while, along with single-parenting two little kids, when all of a sudden, my online business just took off! I had to rope my mum in to sew for me and then a friend and then another friend. Now things are going so gangbusters I might need to pause for a moment to think about how best to ride this magnificent monster I’ve created!

cacti dress – hand screen printed and designed by Doops Designs

screen pringing process in Doop Designs printing shed

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Doops Design. 
I love bold, playful prints and started making clothes for myself when I couldn’t find anything that I really loved to wear that suited my figure. I have received so much glowing feedback from customers who feel the same way – why should we voluptuous ladies miss out on all the gorgeous fun?

A day in the life: First I slave for my children until school time, and then around 9.30 am I start work. I start by delegating tasks to my workers and getting on top of orders, responding to emails etc. Then I might do some screen printing out in my shed. Because I work from home it can be easy to get distracted by chores so laundry etc. might sneak in there too.  I usually stop by the village post office to send orders before collecting the kids from school. Now that I’ve got contract sewers I can knock off at a reasonable hour instead of working into the night, but I still might do some cutting or designing in the quiet time after the kids go to bed.

Who inspires you and your creative process?
Inspiration: I’ve always loved Marimekko – the bold colours, large prints and simple shapes in good quality fabrics and styles that cater for voluptuous women. I said to myself – I want to do that!

As an illustrator, I’m also inspired by the work of Rebecca Green & Marc Martin. I love to play with incorporating some of the storytelling elements of illustration into my print design.

My mum was my earliest inspiration, as a super-creative woman in the kitchen, garden and sewing room. She is a key member of my team and though we don’t always agree, creatively it is really good to be able to bounce ideas and problems around with her because we can be so honest (and occasionally blunt) with each other!

Blooming Cactus Oatmeal Linen Tea Towels – hand screen printed and designed by Doops Designs

Cacti Garden Linen Tea Towel and hand screen process – by Doops Designs

Blooming Mor Mors Garden dress – hand screen printed and designed by Doops Designs

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?  Is there a Finders Keepers designer who you admire?
I respect Frankie and Ray. She keeps it really simple with an emphasis on quality. Her clothing can be worn by women of any age. I love her Instagram feed – she makes it seem possible to keep doing this for a good long time, sustainably. I also love the work of Willowynn – we live just down the road from each other, with kids the same age and we have become really good friends.

Right now I am really content with and proud of having my products made here in Australia, creating employment in my local community and maintaining high ethical standards. I’m inspired by other Finders Keepers designers who share a similar mindset.

What has been your proudest moment to date?
Actually starting this business and it being a success! There were those who didn’t believe I could do it, and that actually motivated me to show them – or rather – show MYSELF that I could! And I did! The creative path is definitely not the easy path, but it’s in my soul and my blood. I can’t not do it. This is my passion and I am living it. I hope I can inspire other creative people to work hard and believe in themselves too.

confetti linen top – hand screen printed and designed by Doops Designs

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Five Questions With Bonnie Hislop Wed, 08 Nov 2017 23:00:01 +0000 This post was first published on May 17, 2016

Bonnie Hislop Artist

Bonnie Hislop and her ceramics


One of a kind ‘I touch Myself’ Bowls hand built from stoneware and painted by Bonnie Hislop

From a young age, Bonnie Hislop’s mother encouraged her daughters to ‘draw outside the lines’ and create their own imaginary worlds without boundaries.  We love this concept, and are in awe with the resulting free flowing creativity that Bonnie exhibits in her hand painted ceramic creations.  

Read on to discover more about this Brisbane based artist, who will be selling her ceramics at our Brisbane market this weekend!

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Drawing has been my one constant passion since I could pick up a pencil.  I remember keeping myself happily occupied on long car trips as a kid by sketching, and my Uni books are more filled with intricate doodling than they are with notes.

Ceramics was something I fell into by chance.  My mother took my sister and I to a ceramics painting class one school holidays, which sparked an interest in her as well.  Eventually it resulted in her pursuing her own ceramics business – both teaching and creating personalised plate ware.  By the time I was 13, our house was equipped with a ceramics studio including one, (now two) kilns.  By the time I was 18 I had developed and was selling my first collection of pendants and brooches at markets and a few boutiques.  The last 10 years have been a progression to where the label is at now, with some detours into illustration, painting and leatherwork in between.

bobbie girl plate – designed and made by Bonnie Hislop. image credit by Rachael Baskerville

splatter mugs – designed and made by Bonnie Hislop. image credit by Rachael Baskerville

Pink splatter mug – designed and made by Bonnie Hislop. image credit by Rachael Baskerville

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?  

Bring snacks!!

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Bonnie Hislop this year?
This year I’m hoping to explore all (or as many as I can manage) of the ideas for projects and products that are bouncing around my brain.  I’m constantly scribbling them down on post-it notes and shoving them in my pockets.  I’m also really interested in ideas sharing.  So far this year has already provided quite a few opportunities for collaborating with other creatives and teaching ceramic painting workshops, which have been fantastic and I hope to continue.

leopard and tiger vessel – designed and made by Bonnie Hislop. image credit by Rachael Baskerville

koala vessel – designed and made by Bonnie Hislop. image credit by Rachael Baskerville

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
YouTube actually!  I’m largely self taught so if I get a little stuck as to how to approach a project or I want to check I’m using correct technique, I’ll look up a tutorial.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
Right now my favourite pieces would have to be the eye brooches, but I just started developing quite a few new products so I’m really excited to release those very soon!


one of a kind ceramic Cat Vessels, hand built from stoneware and meticulously painted by Bonnie Hislop

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Five Questions With Magpie Goose Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:49:37 +0000

Phelecia Daylight in Tiwi Design Jean Baptiste Apuatimi’s Jilamara print – by Magpie Goose. Image credit photo by Rhett Hammerton

We’re incredibly excited to be supporting Magpie Goose with a debut stall at our Brisbane market this weekend.

Magpie Goose is currently being incubated by Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP), an organisation dedicated to fostering and supporting grassroots business development in partnership remote Aboriginal communities. Another bold, bright and exciting designer who’s our top pick this summer! 

Read on for our interview with label co-founder Maggie.

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers?

It’s been a big journey in a very short time! Last April my partner Laura and I were having a drink in Darwin and reflecting on a bad day I’d had at work. She asked what I’d be doing if I wasn’t Bush Lawyering (at NAAJA in the NT), and my mind immediately turned to the fabulous hand screenprinted textiles designed and printed in remote Aboriginal communities. These textiles tell stories of people, dreaming, landscapes and traditional motifs – in a bright, bold, fun, contemporary format.

And so the idea for Magpie Goose was born! Bright, bold, unapologetic fashion for people seeking connection with Aboriginal stories, people, and art. We struck up a business partnership with a tailor in Bali, got some samples made up – simple, statement designs that let the textiles do the talking; and did a big pre-order run on Kickstarter in Feb/March this year, which attracted 650 pre-orders worth $100,000. In March I took a hiatus from the law to concentrate on Magpie Goose fulltime; we launched our online store in August; and now here we are at Finders Keepers!

Rachana Rajan in Tiwi Designs print top – Yuwurli/Mangrove worm print; and skirt – Jean Baptiste Apuatimi’s Jilamara print – by Magpie Goose. Image Credit Photo by Maggie McGowan

Phelecia Daylight in Injalak Arts, Reuben Manakgu ‘wakih’ (fresh water prawn) print and Samara Billy in Dora Diagram’s Murnubbarr Karrolka (flying magpie geese) print from Babbarra Women’s Centre and Phelecia Daylight in Reuben Manakgu’s ‘wakih’ (fresh water prawn) print – By Magpie Goose. Image Credit Photo by Rhett Hammerton.

Georgia Ginnivan, wearing manme (bush foods) print by the Injalak ladies from Injalak arts, Gunbalanya (west Arnhem) 3/4 pants; and Osmond Mantilla’s pandanus print silk singlet top by Maggie Goose

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Magpie Goose. Do you work full time on your label or are their others on your team? Do you have a studio or do you work from home?
Laura and I are co-founders of Magpie Goose. I’m currently working on Magpie Goose fulltime; and Laura spends about one day a week on big picture/ strategy. Laura heads up Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP), an organization that works in partnership with Aboriginal communities to share culture and foster economic inclusion through enterprise. ELP is incubating a number of businesses (including Magpie Goose) – a fabulous bush medicine herbal tea (Gulbarn), cultural bike tours, bush soaps, op-shops etc – so there’s a lot on Laura’s plate! She’s also trying to get a Katherine Incubation Hub off the ground – so we can develop an ecosystem of entrepreneurship in the Top End!

We currently work from our tropical Katherine home, but are searching for a studio space, as Magpie Goose has huge capacity to expand and offer lots of local jobs. A typical day for me is popping in in the morning to brief our new Katherine screen-printing team who are printing designs we commissioned from local artists (we rent the space from a local arts organization); liaising with our four remote art centre partners to choose designs, base cloth and colourways, and get the fabric printed and down to our new manufacturers in Sydney; applying for grants so that we can offer enterprise learning and employment opportunities to Aboriginal people in our partner communities through Magpie Goose; planning future ranges and choosing new designs from new art centres; planning and dreaming for the future – like how we can support local printing and manufacturing in the NT!

Stewart Hoosan (From Borroloola) and Millie Shorter printing Stewart’s ‘Ringer’ design at a screen printing /design workshop for Magpie Goose in Katherine, August 2017. Image Credit Photo by Maggie McGowan.

Robyn Barnard in Tiwi Designs Bede Tungatalum’s Tiwi Bird print top; and Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation (Wadeye), Bridget Bunduck echidna print shorts – by Magpie Goose. Image Credit photo by Sarah Mackie.

Cam Klose, wearing Bridget Bunduck Nguluyguy (echidna) print from Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation in Wadeye – man shorts – by Maggie Goose

Who inspires you and your creative process?
I am constantly inspired by the Aboriginal people that I work with; both from my three years working as a civil lawyer at NAAJA, and my work now with Magpie Goose. There are so many daily challenges and punitive government policies that people have to deal with – one of the most pervasive one we see in the NT now is the Community Development Program (CDP, or ‘work for the dole), a welfare system that requires people to do either belittling ‘activities’ (e.g. painting rocks, paper quilling), or unpaid manual labour (that should be a paid job- e.g. mowing lawns, fixing houses) for five hours every day, five days a week. Despite all this – people remain positive, continue to thrive on country, create beautiful art, and do their best to keep culture strong.

I’m inspired by all the incredible Aboriginal artists of the Top End – who have been finessing the art of textile design over many years (Tiwi Design on Bathurst Island and Babbarra Design in Maningrida have been printing since the 60s!). Their ability to distill complex songlines, dreaming stories, seasons, maps of country into beautiful pieces of work is so incredible.

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity? 
We created Magpie Goose to be a platform to showcase a wide selection of incredible artists and screen-printers from across the NT- our clothing designs are really just the blank canvas to showcase all these amazing designs!

The artists that we work with are inspired by the whole sphere of life in the Top End. One print depicts a fresh water prawn (wakih) that is good food found in the billabongs on the artist’s (Reuben Manakgu) country in West Arnhem; another print by Elizabeth Kandabuma from Maningrida, depicts the special type of cloud that signal the wet season is coming to an end; another by Tiwi artist Bede Tungatalum details the pukumani pole, which is carved as part of the funeral ceremony to demonstrate the status of the deceased, and allow their spirit to pass into the next world.

This is our first Finders Keepers market – we are really looking forward to checking out all the other stallholders!

Phelecia Daylight in Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation (Wadeye) ‘waves’ print by Leonie Melpi – By Magpie Goose. Image credit Photo by Rhett Hammerton.

Margaret Duncan (from Urapunga) with her new ‘Billabong’ design for the next Magpie Goose range – screen printing workshop in Katherine – By Magpie Goose. Image credit Photo by Maggie McGowan

What has been your proudest moment to date?
Our proudest moment to date – aside from being star-spotted in the line for pizza in Coober Pedy, and being a crossword clue for The Age – is being able to offer screenprinting training and employment to five Aboriginal jobseekers in Katherine. These guys – Aaron, Michael, Andra, Martha and Alison – have been participating in CDP/‘work for the dole’ activities for many years, with little chance of employment (the unemployment rate in Katherine is huge). They all have aspirations to get off Centrelink, and make a career as an artist / screenprinter.

We created Magpie Goose with a mission to bring fabulous Aboriginal art to the world through fashion, while offering enterprise learning and employment opportunities to Aboriginal people in partner communities, and Katherine, as the business grows. It’s very exciting that we’re able to have our very own crew of screen-printers in Katherine, and demonstrate to government that there is a viable alternative to CDP – enterprise! We look forward to working with our screenprinting crew to get some of their own designs onto screens, fabric, and made into fabulous fashion!

Marita Perdjert in Tiwi Design, Bede Tungatalum ‘pukumani pole’ print top; and Babbarra Designs Dora Diaguma’s Murnubbarr Karrolka (flying magpie geese) print shorts; and Patsy Tchinbruru in magpie geese top, and Tiwi Designs Jean Baptiste Apuatimi’s Jilamara design skirt – By Mapgie Goose Image credit Photo by Maggie McGowan.

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Brisbane SS17 Market: Shopping Highlights #2 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:10:13 +0000 We are so excited to bring you our biggest and best Brisbane market yet!

Not only do we have a bigger venue, we will be opening the doors at 5pm on Friday 10th November, giving you longer hours to shop and more stalls to choose from, now over 200! Market continues at the Brisbane Showgrounds all weekend from 9am – 4pm on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November.

We’ve sourced some of the best local talent Brisbane has to offer, and some of our Finders Keepers favourites will be making their way across the country to join us in Brisbane. Check the highlights below, and for a more comprehensive list, you can also find out Brisbane SS17 Market Directory here.  Better still, download our brand new FREE smartphone app, and hold the keys to the markets in the palm of your hand!




We hope you can join us for a celebration of independent art and design, good food, live music and beautiful Brisbane sunshine!

Homewares Highlights:
The Finders Keepers Brisbane SS17 Market Highlights

  1. Kirralee & Co
  2. You, Me & Bones
  3. ML Ceramics
  4. Maker & Merchant
  5. Corner Block Studio
  6. Posie
  7. Erin Lightfoot

Art and Paper:
The Finders Keepers Brisbane SS17 Market Highlights

  1. J.F.A. Hynd
  2. Studio Sue
  3. Leah Bartholomew Art
  4. Kait D’Arcy
  5. @MCRT.Studio
  6. McMurtrie Illustrations
  7. Empty.Room

Fashion / Accessories and Jewellery:

The Finders Keepers Brisbane SS17 Market Highlights

  1. Blacbrail Atelier
  2. Olas Supply Company
  3. Frank & Dollys
  4. Ingo
  5. Sienna Byron Bay
  6. Will & Bear

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Brisbane SS17 Market: Music Line-up Announced! Tue, 07 Nov 2017 05:52:26 +0000

Musician Charlotte Emily captured by Samee Lapham at our Brisbane SS16 Market

Are you ready to check out the impressive line-up of musicians who will be performing at our Brisbane SS17 Market next weekend?

Find us at our new location, The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds at the earlier opening time of 5pm on Friday night for a jam-packed evening of live music and DJs. Share a wine with friends and dance along to the sweet tunes all weekend long, with markets continuing from 9am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday too.

The kids can also enjoy a special morning performance too! Popular family friendly band The Vegetable Plot will have two great sets over the weekend. But that’s not all, check out the rest of the great bands below who will be taking up residence on our live music stage!

Music Line-up:

Friday 10th November
5pm – Elly Hoyt
6pm – Georgia Rose
7pm – Kayleigh Pincott
8pm – Rainman (DJ)

Saturday 11th November
9am – Rainman (DJ)
11:30am – The Vegetable Plot
1pm – Pat Tierney
2pm – Jo Davie
3pm – Luke Escombe

Sunday 12th November
9am – Rainman (DJ)
11:30am – The Vegetable Plot
1pm – Jen Mize
2pm – Rory J Dawson
3pm – Jordan Merrick

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up
Elly Hoyt
My Nightingale (Solo) features the incredibly versatile vocals and songs of award-winning songstress Elly Hoyt; exploring the natural world and the themes that run through life’s experience. Expect groovy folk rhythms, soul-soothing tunes and the rawness of a voice and guitar.

Elly has played and worked alongside Katie Noonan, Xavier Rudd, Bobby Alu, James Morrison, Danny Farrugia, Gretchen Parlato (USA), Kenny Barron Trio (USA) and is a beautiful story-teller & composer. She transmutes her soulful jazz roots to indie-folk to create My Nightingale’s sound which was recently described as “absolutely exquisite… modern soul-funk, a bit folky, a bit celtic, with phenomenal voices, harmonies and dry humour!”.

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up
Georgia Rose
Georgia Rose is a young balladeer, storyteller and soulstress, gracefully capturing audiences with her unique lyricism and soaring vocal dynamics. Translating emotional stories into music with a delicate fusion of soul, folk, blues and jazz, Georgia takes influence from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Leanne La Havas, Bon Iver, Hozier and Leonard Cohen.

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up
Rainman (DJ)
Taking out a Queensland Music Award for his take on “The Valley” and copping hefty praise as an MC, Rainman first became known to Brisbane audiences as a DJ in the early 2000’s as party of the Drop Zone DJ collective. Continually flipping back and forth between mic, production and Doing duties on his own and other’s albums, Rainman has since held local residencies, played around the country and even ended up in Seoul, Korea in DJ mode for Hi Seoul Festival.

When in charge of selections, Rainman mixes influences ranging across classic and new soul, funk, reggae, hip hop, disco, Afro-beat, Latin, ska and mid-tempo beats, remixes and mash-ups. Rainman has also recently been commissioned to curate and perform tailored DJ sets for a diverse range of events such as Robotronica (QUT robotics and interactive design festival) and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhbition.

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up
The Vegetable Plot
The Vegetable Plot is an award-winning live music experience for kids, families and foodies. Serving up a feast of fresh grooves, catchy tunes, colourful characters and truly rotten puns, this funky bunch will ensure you never think about roots music or vegetables the same way again.
So come and join Aspara Gus, Ru Barb, Sir Paul McCarrotney and friends as they take you deep underground for a ride on the soil train. Winner of the 2014 Fringe Kids Award.

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up
Pat Tierney
Australian roots troubadour Pat Tierney’s music nestles somewhere between the inspiring sounds of Neil Young, Ry Cooder and Bob Marley. A hint of folk and blues with a splash of reggae roots, intertwined with soulful lap – slide guitar and sweet melodies.

Over the past 18 months Pat has toured extensively through Australia and New Zealand, taking his eclectic live performance to the masses and performing alongside the likes of Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), Horrorshow & Bobby Alu as well as a slew of festival performances includingBlues on Broadbeach, Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Nannup Music Festival and Victoria’s Swagger Music Festival. 

Based on the North Coast of NSW – Australia, Pat blends his love of slide guitar with harmonica and rhythmic acoustic guitar to create a sound that continues to grow and reach to the far ends of the globe.

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up
Jo Davie
Having just completed her Honours degree at the Queensland Conservatorium, local singer-songwriter Jo Davie is already making her mark. Whatever the musical setting, Jo sings her songs with heartfelt simplicity, versatile technical skill and an intriguing talent for genuine story-telling. And now, Jo’s delicately crafted music is moving from strength to strength. She was recently awarded the Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concert Award for her compelling performance in the Brisbane City Council’s QUBE Effect, together with selling out her debut full-band show in August.

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up
Luke Escombe
Luke Escombe grew up around rock and roll music, seeing acts like Bruce Springsteen, Prince and The Rolling Stones many times when he was just a boy. Trouble with illness in his teens drew him to the blues, where he found inspiration in the grooves and stories of the great blues storytellers like John Lee Hooker and Lightning Hopkins. To these musical influences he brings a sharp, poetic wit and wicked sense of humour that has seen him win awards at comedy and fringe festivals around the country. Add to that his extraordinarily deep voice, once voted “Sydney’s sexiest man voice” on a popular radio station, and you have one fascinating and highly entertaining singer-songwriter. Put simply, there’s no-one else like him. You’ll be able to see Luke twice on Saturday at the Finders Keepers Markets, once as himself, and once as Aspara Gus, leader of roots music kids band The Vegetable Plot. 

‘Luke Escombe is a rock-soul singer, raconteur, blistering blues guitarist, comedian and songwriter, and is very good at them all” – Sydney Morning Herald

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up
Jen Mize
This year is turning out to be the most hectic yet for the Queensland based Native American. The celebrated songwriter and host of the exciting new national radio program ‘Three Chords and the Truth’, is quickly becoming one of the foremost authorities on Americana and Alt. Country music.

The release of her widely acclaimed sophomore album ‘Warning’s & Wisdom’, (lovingly brought to life by producer, Shane Nicholson) continues to gain momentum.

As if supports for Troy Cassar-Daley and Iris Dement weren’t enough (not to mention all the appearances at music festivals all over the country with her band ‘The Rough n’ Tumble’ ), Jen is now being head hunted for co-writes nation wide. Meanwhile, in the midst of this mayhem, Jen will be launching her new podcast “Vagabond Highway Radio”, which gives unprecedented insight into the lives of traveling musicians in Australia and around the world.

‘Jen Mize is more than a great singer-songwriter… she’s a true artist. From the first time I heard her sing, she

gripped my heart with raw honesty and deep soul.’ – John Walker- Exec. Producer ‘Music City Roots’

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up

Rory J Dawson
Rory J Dawson is a Brisbane singer-songwriter who writes harmony drenched folk-pop songs. He launched his debut EP ‘While Away’ earlier this year and has been playing gigs in celebration of its release since, including support slots for Alex Lahey and Clea.

The Finders Keepers SS17 Brisbane Music Line up
Jordan Merrick
Bringing his unique style of Australian Bush Ballads, Americana and Blues, is Brisbane based singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick. Once Merrick moved to Brisbane in 2016 his thirst for a bigger sound and company on the stage was quenched when he formed his band, Fugitive & The Vagabond. In mid 2016 Fugitive & The Vagabond released their debut album, ‘Novella’ that featured the light-humoured and upbeat single ‘My Girlfriend’ – ultimately showing how Jordan Merrick has a wide range of songwriting capabilities.

His talent was recognised in 2016 at the Gold Coast Music Festival when he was nominated for young ‘Songwriter of the Year’ and the song ‘The Wild’ also nominated for ‘Song of the Year’.

While writing and performing for Fugitive & The Vagabond will continue, 2017 has been a huge year for Merrick’s solo debut. This humble, musical-poet released his debut single ‘Untitled #1’ in February which alone has had 250k+ plays on Spotify, had national radio play on Triple J & Double J and was later followed up by the single ‘You Gotta Go’ that reached #2 in the AMRAP Regional charts in May. Merrick then took his debut EP ‘In Colour’ (released May 5) on tour along the East Coast of Australia.

Kayleigh Pincott
Kayleigh Pincott is a vocalist, arranger and composer with a Bachelor of Music in jazz voice (advanced performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium. Since graduating, Kayleigh has been busy leading her own projects including arranging for a 10 piece band, writing original music for a guitar and voice duo utilising effects pedals, as well as releasing her new contemporary vocal jazz album, Solace, with her quintet.

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Five Questions With Love Mae Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:27:18 +0000

Love mae designs

Celebrating our 10 year anniversary has prompted a lot of nostalgia here at FK. Take earth caretakers Love Mae for example. We’ve seen such amazing growth since this local business’ first Finders Keepers stall, and reflecting on their journey has puffed us right up with pride! 

Five years since our last catch up, we interview Peta, a woman who, along with whole lot of determination and a great smile, is smashing her business goals and inspiring conscious consumption among the young and old. Be sure to catch Love Mae at our Brisbane market, who will be making the journey from Byron Bay this weekend! 

Remember when we interviewed you here? Tell us how you’ve evolved as a label since your first Finders Keepers stall?

Oh my goodness, that was such an amazing flashback to 2011.. wow! So much has evolved since then. For starters we are no longer in the foothills of Mount Warning in a beautiful old pottery building. I do miss that place… but I do also love our new modern warehouse in Byron Bay. Life seems easier not dealing with the outside toilet and the crazy little rooms for storage and the country post office… we do however still deal with snakes! 😉

As for the products I feel like we have come a long way in production and design. We’ve also grown globally with distributors all around the world including Europe, China and Taiwan among other places. Oh and we’ve got a flagship shop attached to the warehouse. It’s been such a journey of all sorts… both ups and downs.

Bamboo 5 pc Set, Australiana – designed by Love Mae

What has been some highlights for Love Mae since then?
Moving to Byron has been a big highlight, it was the best thing for growth and maturity of the business. Having a real warehouse really opened the door for us to all sorts of new things. It also paved the way for new positions and the people we now work with are helping take us to the next level. It’s exciting the opportunities that are presenting themselves.

How much time a week do you dedicate to your label and what does a typical day working involve for you?
I like the idea of working 4 days a week during school hours, but that doesn’t always happen. Especially at the moment as we go into our busy season, I find myself working until 5 of an afternoon and sometimes even at night. A typical day for me is divine, I’ve really manage to carve it out perfectly and I make sure that I don’t become complacent with it.

I’ll start the day with a walk to the beach with Chica (our dog) and help my girls get ready for school and then I drive to our warehouse … and thats when the day has no routine. Honestly, I sometimes wonder what I do myself. I wear so many hats and the day dictates which one I wear. Today I’m pretending I’m IT and trying to fix our system that is down. I’m also head of production at the moment as we do all the last minute decisions on our new products. Other days its designs or media or sales or distribution. Certainly never a dull moment! The variation is what keeps me alive and interested in Love Mae.

Bamboo Tumblers, Arrow and Feathers – designed by Love Mae

Bamboo 4pc Set, Unicorn Supper – designed by Love mae

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Have enough stock! Honestly The Finders Keepers markets never stop buzzing the whole time they are open so be prepared. I also think stand design is really important. Think how your customer will feel at your stand. They need to be able to browse without feeling like they are trapped. With so many amazing products to look at you don’t want them finding an excuse to skip your stand.

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?

I’ve got some of the biggest goals I’ve ever had locked in mentally and I’m so keen to achieve them. I’m all about new products at the moment. A few things that I’ve thought of for a while and now finally have the courage to do. I’m hoping that they help achieve a financial jump so that we can have more staff. The work culture here is so fantastic and it will be great to have a couple more of us so we aren’t so stretched.

Hopefully I could take a hat or two off so I can concentrate on just certain aspects of the business. I work with more 1-2 year goals at the moment and keep them tight and achievable. Another goal I have is to work more organised with time frames. We always seem to be doing everything at the last minute and I’m scared that I won’t be able to shift it as we’ve worked this way for 9 years now. You’d think we would have sorted it out by now! 😉

Love Mae collection

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Five Questions With Kara Rosenlund Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:18:54 +0000

Surf Coast Photographic Print by Kara Rosenlund

It feels impossible to give Kara Rosenlund‘s extensive body of work justice in a short introduction. So take our word for it, this interview is worth a read. 

For details on styling, photography and online shopkeeping details, first check out Kara’s bio. Then settle in and discover more from our chat with Kara, as she prepares for a stall our Brisbane market, on this weekend!   

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers? 
I have always loved Finders Keepers’ approach to the handmade market model and was involved a few years ago when I was selling vintage wares out of my caravan, called Frankie.

Now I look forward to returning with selected pieces from my fine art print and lifestyle collections. It’s a lovely feeling to be coming back with my own pieces, which I would describe as artful yet utilitarian.

Great Dividing Range Souvenir Tea Towel by Kara Rosenlund

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Kara Rosenlund.
Rise early, respond to all of the lovely comments on my social media pages and plan for the day ahead – which is usually filled in no time flat.

I balance my freelance/editorial photography work with my own in house collections, and you can usually find me either out in a remote location, or editing and designing in my Brisbane-based studio. I don’t work full time… I work all of the time.

Who inspires you and your creative process?
I am forever inspired by nature and the varied colour palettes it has to offer. I love arrad landscapes – neutral tones, dry heat, vast horizons. It’s harsh and gentle all at once.

Ultimately I draw my inspiration from women like Georgia O’Keefe, Annie Leibovitz and Jane Goodall.

KR Light Bangle Stack of Five design by Kara Rosenlund

Himba Bangle and KR Travel Fragrance by Kara Rosenlund

KR X WOOTTEN COLLAB Leather Bag design by Kara Rosenlund

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity? 
I admire the ceramicist Bridget Bodenham, who exhibits at the Melbourne Finders Keepers. I’m attracted to her pace in life and her close connection to nature.

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?
I just want more and more people to fall in love with Australia and the exotic landscape we have to offer. I love living in Australia.

KR Hand Knitted Tea Cosy designed by Kara Rosenlund

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