The Finders Keepers http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog Design and Art Markets Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:02:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Feature Product: Work Soap by Soap Club http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/09/feature-product-work-soap-by-soap-club/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/09/feature-product-work-soap-by-soap-club/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:02:28 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=29199

IMAGE FEATURES work SOAP HANDMADE & CUT BY HAND IN SMALL BATCHES BY SOAP CLUB

Soap Club is a Melbourne label who are passionate about essential oils and plant scents. They carefully select and use oils that are uplifting, promote calm and clarity and help your house feel homely.

We can’t wait to get our mitts of a block or two of their special handmade Work soap.  Not only would the spearmint and cedar-wood smell delicious, imagine the scrubbing power of the Australian pumice!  If you’re like us and enjoy gifting soap, you can rest easy knowing your vegan and natural loving friends have been considered too.

Fancy yourself a regular soap user? (hey aren’t we all?) Then perhaps you might be interested in one of Soap Club’s subscriptions!  Pretty neat hey?

Be sure to join Soap Club at our Melbourne market next month, we are back at the Royal Exhibition Building on the 20-22 October.

soapclub.com.au
instagram.com/soapclub
facebook.com/soapclubaustralia

IMAGE FEATURES work SOAP HANDMADE & CUT BY HAND IN SMALL BATCHES BY SOAP CLUB

IMAGE FEATURES work SOAP HANDMADE & CUT BY HAND IN SMALL BATCHES BY SOAP CLUB

IMAGE FEATURES work SOAP HANDMADE & CUT BY HAND IN SMALL BATCHES BY SOAP CLUB

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image features artist Emily May of The Nonsense Maker

Melbourne illustrator Emily May, best known by her alter ego The Nonsense Maker, lives rogue in a world ruled by imagination.  Meet Emily at our Melbourne market next month, 20-22 October! 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
The Nonsense Marker started out as a way to express my own alter ego; a caffeine fuelled adventurer and professional maker of nonsense. Starting out in fashion design I have always loved to draw, but it was after a two year adventure living in London and exploring Europe that my nonsense making really began. Bringing my sketchbook everywhere I went, my sketches were initially a fairly realistic view of my surroundings, but towards the end of my trip trickles of nonsense had dripped into the imagery. Gradually I found that the more nonsense that snuck into the pictures, the more sense and meaning they had to me. When I returned home to Melbourne I became obsessed with creating these dreamlike images and before long decided it was time to free them into the real world.

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image features gift cards illustrated and designed by the nonsense maker

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image features the Octopus has Eyes Art Print – illustrated and designed by the nonsense maker

Who inspires you and your creative process?
My inspiration can come from anywhere, books, film, music, and the places I visit every day. Growing up in Melbourne I have always been fascinated by its hidden lane-ways, and the many secrets they must hold. The best ideas often come from just letting my imagination dawdle along a path of its own. Every illustration starts off as a vague thought. Sad, silly, or simple as this thought may be, it usually snowballs into a wild and extravagant story, rambling and jostling forward until I can whip out my sketchbook in time to catch it. Because of this process every one of my prints has a little back story behind it.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for The Nonsense Maker this year.
The Nonsense Maker always has new prints and cards underway, but this year I am most excited about introducing some original illustrated fabrics inspired by our newest collections, ‘Overgrown’ and ‘Hidden Bellow’. I am also lucky enough to be surrounded by so many other wonderful and unique local artists, so I’m always on the look out for fun collaboration ideas!

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image features Overgrown Stories Art Print – illustrated and designed by the nonsense maker

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image features Work In Progress with Fine Liner, Illustration of Turtle Reef Art Print – illustrated and designed by the nonsense maker

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
The Nonsense Maker could not exist without that special place that sits somewhere between dreaming and reality, where silliness and sadness dance and play, and where imagination is never restricted by reality. That and fine liner pens. Many, many fine liner pens.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
I love all my products, but I have always had a soft spot for Gerald the Giraffe. A set of two A5 portrait prints, it is Gerald’s silly story that makes him so special. Descendant from a long line of prestigious leaf eaters, Gerald was all set to continue in his family’s footsteps. But in his heart of hearts something didn’t feel right, so one day he decided to risk it all and follow his long held childhood dream, Accounting! Gerald has a witty sense of humour and is a fiercely loyal friend. His courageous tale is a bit sillier that most, but please don’t tell him, he considers himself a serious professional.

thenonsensemaker.com.au
instagram.com/thenonsensemaker
facebook.com/thenonsensemaker

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image features Harvey, Marlon and Gerald, Animal Portrait Art Print – illustrated and designed by the nonsense maker

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image features Wonderland Art Print, 4 of Diamonds – illustrated and designed by the nonsense maker

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Five Questions With Afternoons with Albert http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/09/five-questions-with-afternoons-with-albert/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/09/five-questions-with-afternoons-with-albert/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:00:23 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=24493 This post was first published on Mar 2, 2016

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image features Shane the designer behind Afternoons with Albert – with leather Cord Roll in Tan

Read our interview with Shane, a pilot who designs minimal and practical travel accessories. Visit Shane’s stall, Afternoons With Albert at our Melbourne market next month to prepare for your next adventure.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
As a child I spent Sunday afternoons with my grandfather (Albert) in his shed.  He was an avid carpenter and tinkerer and I would pass him tools and do the small jobs, eventually graduating to making stuff of my own, with his guidance, for the family home.  After the work was done we would retire to the garden and eat cake and drink tea, lovingly prepared by Nanna.  This memory forms the basis for the name of the label.

After he passed, I was given all his tools, and set them up in a shed of my own.  It was a place where I would go to get lost in ‘making’.  I would dream up designs, then go create them.  Seeing them come to life was amazing.  This background, coupled with my inquisitive nature means that I always have to know how something works – I am forever interested in the design of functional, utilitarian things.

When I became an international pilot for QANTAS at 25, I was suddenly exposed to an entire world of design (pun intended).  Having the globe as inspiration, and a jet to access it all has only strengthened my interest and passion in the design space.  This passion grew intense enough last year to start the label off the back of what was an extremely successful crowd funding campaign.

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image features The cord Roll, Black – designed by Afternoons with Albert

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image features The cord Roll, Black – designed by Afternoons with Albert

Who inspires you and your creative process?
Inspiration: Travel inspires me.  The world is such a massive place – everywhere I go, I meet people unlike anyone I’ve met before, each with their own take on life.  Interacting and learning from their different points of view gives me an incredible opportunity to add to my own views, while also challenging some assumptions that often creep in.  It keeps me fresh, and open minded.  Taking all this in and expressing it through a creative exploit is incredibly aligning.

Creative Process: I am an idealist in many ways.  I am inspired by the cities I visit, the world around me – the everyday things that should be better.  Lazy, thoughtless, ugly design frustrates the hell out of me.  When I interact with products and processes that are harder and less intuitive than they need to be, my mind starts to wander and dream up ways to get from A to B faster, with a more pleasant experience, culminating in a better result.

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image features The cord Roll, french grey – designed by Afternoons with Albert

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Afternoons with Albert over the next 12 months.
Over the next 12 months I intend to expand the range of Cord Roll’s into different colours.  I’ve had a lot of interest from the vegan market telling me to make a synthetic version, so I plan cater to that market as well.

I have two whole notebooks of other product designs that have been swimming around in my head for a few years so the next focus will be to choose a few of them to add to the product range.  As to what they will be … AWA creates lifestyle-wares for people ahead of the curve … so they will be designs centred around making your journey better, whether that entails jumping on a bus everyday to get to work, backpacking through Vietnam, or flying to London for a meeting.

I am also super excited about doing a pop-up with complementary brands to create an encompassing experience.  This will definitely involve coffee.  It may also involve gin.  The single biggest buzz I get from being in this space is seeing people interact with my product(s) and talking to them about it.  Design is a process that never ends – I am intensely keen to keep learning from the people that really matter – the end users.

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image features The cord Roll, tan – designed by Afternoons with Albert

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image features The cord Roll, tan – designed by Afternoons with Albert

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
TIME!  Flying requires a LOT of discipline.  Things are always changing and there are always new policies and checklists to learn.  Time management is critical for me – it always has been, which is why I’m so drawn to things that makes sense, are efficient, and improve my daily life.  So designing something in this space was incredibly natural for me.

As a startup, time is constantly the one thing I wish I had more of.  I think it is always this way when you engage in a pursuit that you are passionate about.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
I just have the one product in the collection at the moment, however the Tan Cord Roll is my choice of colour.  When I was designing the product I thought it would be the Black – the red hand stitching on the Black looks incredible and adds a heap of personality.  But after playing with all of them, the natural, earthy tones of the Tan really go well with my other travel gear … and the leather is so soft, I could play with it for hours!

Check out Shane’s Real Entrepreneur story here.

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instagram.com/afternoonswithalbert
facebook.com/afternoonswithalbert

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image features The cord Roll, french grey – handmade by Afternoons with Albert

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Five Questions With Sistawood http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/09/five-questions-with-sistawood/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/09/five-questions-with-sistawood/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:16:34 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28855 This post was first published on July 8, 2017

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Image features sistawood’s stall at the AW16 Melbourne Finders Keepers Market – Photo by Mark Lobo

Continuing with the sister theme, we chat with Patricia and Jacqui, you guessed it, the sisters behind Sistawood!  These two powerhouses make these delightful succulent pots by hand, as well as a range of other handy products.  Read on to discover more about this label, and catch their stall at our Melbourne market, 20-22 October! 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label?
Sistawood is a quirky collaboration of design, wood and imagination – created by two sisters with a love for hand craft.

As we’re both creative enthusiasts, as well as extremely visionary people, starting this business seemed to be the perfect new adventure.

Our journey began over 2 years ago in the small town of Nagambie Victoria. Taking over the backyard shed with saw dust in our hair, wood shavings in our boots and a whole new appreciation for power tools, our brand began to evolve before our eyes. Starting with just 12 handmade succulent pots in 2015 at our first local market, to 600 pots 12 months later at the Finders Keepers, our journey to say the least has been un-freaking-believable!

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image features Stationery holder in mint – designed and made by sistawood

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image features Hand dotted succulent planter – designed and made by sistawood

 

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image features hand painted succulent planters – designed and made by sistawood

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Organisation. the Finders Keepers is an awesome experience for new and existing labels, and to sell your product well is to not only sell it with pride, but to let it sell itself with an organised, eye-catching, creative display. Think about the product and packaging, the best way to exhibit the product and what compliments the product within your setup.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Sistawood this year?
Sistawood is always striving to impress our customers with new designs and new creations. After the release of our new placemat and coaster sets, we’re excited to be sharing these with our Finders friends for the AW17 Melbourne Finders Keepers in July. We took 10 to trial at our last market, to see what our customers thought of the new product – they loved them. As for the rest of the year…you’ll have to wait and see!

 

 

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image features tools of the trade and Resin coated coaster set – designed and made by Sistawood

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Image features sistawood’s stall at the AW16 Melbourne Finders Keepers Market – Photo by Mark Lobo

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image features Resin coated coaster set and Hand painted succulent planter – designed and made by Sistawood

Name one resource that your label could not live without?
Dad’s drill press. Sistawood originally use to hand carve all of our wooden succulent planters from start to finish. After further examination from Dad (father duties) and sore arms for a week, we decided it was time to claim Dad’s old drill press.

This now saves so much time and allows for more hours spent elsewhere within the business. As our top selling and original product, it feels so rewarding to see that our succulent planters are still our number 1.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
Ooooh this is tricky – we love ALL our products. If we have to choose one, it would be our placemat and coaster sets. These beauties are almost a fine art in themselves. Made from plywood and a two part resin coating, not only do these sets look gorgeous, but they are incredibly durable and easy to maintain. They are easy enough to wipe down any spills and handle heat like you wouldn’t believe. With multiple designs to choose from, our sets will complement most household colour schemes and decor.

sistawood.com.au
instagram.com/sistawood_
facebook.com/sistawoodurl

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image features Resin coated, marble designed, placemat and coaster set –  handmade by sistawood

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Melbourne SS17 Market: Designer Line-up Announced! L-Z http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/08/melbourne-ss17-market-designer-line-up-announced-l-z/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/08/melbourne-ss17-market-designer-line-up-announced-l-z/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:54:26 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=29083 Facebook-EventCover-1568-590-SS17-Melbourne-Megan-Mckean

Melbourne Spring Summer 2017 | Illustration by Megan McKean

Following on from our A-K line-up announcement for the upcoming Melbourne Spring Summer 2017 Market, we are delighted to announce part two, L-Z!  Closer to the event we will be announcing other fantastic features including our music line-up, our food trucks and food stalls, as well as more details on the event.

Melbourne Spring Summer 2017 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Friday 20th October 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 21st October 10am – 7pm
Sunday 22nd October 10am – 5pm

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.

Melbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Lineup announcement LZ

La La Land, Land of Rhi, Lauren & Angie, Lavallier Emporium,
Le Petit Bouton, Leah Jackson, Lekker Bikes, Lil Gas,
Lisa Peri Ceramics, Little Puddles, Love Astrid, Love Mae,
LoveHate, Lumen + Luxe, Lynka.Ink, Madge Goods,
Make Me Iconic, Mali & Wolf, Mari Bray Ceramics and Marini Ferlazzo

Melbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Lineup announcement LZ

Marit Hamer, McKean Studio, Meet me in Shermer, Mel Macklin,
Melb_Bowtie, Meow Girl, Merchants of Nonsense, Meta Design Co,
Mi Goals Pty Ltd, Miann & Co, Milk & Thistle, Mimosa Botanicals,
Minima Handcrafted, Ministry of Shave, Mirador, Miranda Murphy,
Miss Frankie, Moments to Make, Mother Daughter and mr willo

Melbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Lineup announcement LZ

Ms Leonila, Musings from the Moon, Muscrats, Namoi Designs,
Nanna Woo, Natasha Gardos, Next Romance Jewels, Nice Digs,
Nicky Kriss Art, Nicole Berlach, Nzuri Organics, Oktoberdee,
One Thousand Lines, ORA, Ovazania, Partos + Pike,
Peggy and Finn, Penelope Duke, Pinky & Kamal and Plant by Packwood

Melbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Lineup announcement LZ

Poppies for Grace, Polli, pretty parcel,  Proyager,
Q.H.M_Est2016, Rachel Bainbridge Art, Rainebeau Co, raw.suds,
Re-sawn, Renee Loves Frances, Renee Waters, retrobub,
Sarah Makes These, Scarlett Red Designs, Sebastian Says, Seedleaf Designs,
Shonah Tomkins, shuh., simple dimple and Sistawood

Melbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Lineup announcement LZ

Sly Pony, Soap Club, Solid State for Men, Soxy Beast,
Squeak, Straight Lines Studio, Strange&Grace, Such Great Heights,
Suki McMaster, Sustomi, Tassel & Twine, The Club of Odd Volumes,
The Essentials Lab, The Fallen, The Huntress & Co., The Little Veggie Patch Co,
The Naturalist, The Nonsense Maker, The Print Emporium and The Seek Society

Melbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Lineup announcement LZ

Theo the Label, Tinta Crayons, Tread & Pedals, Truso,
Two Little Ducklings, Two Sisters Green, Two Threads, Two Worlds Collide,
Upswitch, Urban Cartel, Valley Plains Pottery, vee.p bath and body,
Verso, Vice & Velvet, Violet Eyes, Warisa,
We Roam, Welly’s Wonders, What The Wolf and Will & Bear

Melbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Lineup announcement LZ

Windsor Lane, Wolf & Mishka, Wood to Wall, write to me,
Wyldling, Yalu Apothecary, Yano Designs, Yin and Yarn,
Yippywhippy, Yogini Divine Living Co, Zefyr and Ziel Essence.

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Melbourne Spring Summer 2017 | Illustration by Megan McKean

Australia’s favourite independent art and design market is back in Melbourne!

Today we are super excited to announce our incredible Melbourne Designer Line-up, over two huge posts, featuring the freshest fashion, home-friendly artworks, gift-worthy jewellery and super-cute kidswear….and SO MUCH MORE.

Melbourne Spring Summer 2017 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Friday 20th October 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 21st October 10am – 7pm
Sunday 22nd October 10am – 5pm

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.

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[ek-ho] skincare, Accessories by . G, Afternoons With Albert, AKA,
Alchemy Produx, Amindy, Ana Jensen Ceramics, And O Design,
Anna Scheen – Linogirl, Ariella, Atelier Nómada, B.TIES,
Babs Bodycare, bask aromatherapy, Beau Est Mien Prints & Designs, Beau Wylie,
Bespoke Letterpress, Bilboa, Bisuketto Studio and Blacbrail AtelierMelbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Market Lineup AK
Blackinkk, Bombshell Bay Swimwear, Botanicals By Bella, Bridget Bodenham Ceramics,
Buddha Body Care, By Samantha Melbourne, Camp Cove Swim, Cardigan Threads by Jeff McCann,
Carla Dinnage, Cassia Essentiels, Cat Rabbit, Charlie & Fenton,
Che Sara, Cheerio Paper Co, Chrysa Koukoura, Claire Ishino,
Clay by Tina, Clocksicle, Coconut Revolution and Colour Work
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Connie Lichti Ceramics and Little Teapot, corestyle,  Crowd Collective, Daisy Cooper Ceramics,
Dana Kinter Art, Darling Paper Co., Days of August, Dela Viktoria, Argent Silversmith,
Denz + co, Devoi, Dots by Donna, Earth Bottles,
Eat.Me.Do,, Edge of the Forest, Eliza Piro, Ella Bendrups,
Ellis, Emma Kate Co., Ernest Framing and Ernest and JoeMelbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Market Lineup AK
Ettie Ink, Eveline Tarunadjaja, Fjord Illustration, Flaming Pot,
Florence + Myrtle, For Me By Dee, Frank & Dollys, Frankie Gusti,
Frankie Magazine, Freckly Ollie, Frock Me Out, fujinella,
Full Tilt Nanna, Gaia Soul Designs, GailCC Ceramics, Gather & Moss,
Geometric Alchemy, Ginny Reynders Jewellery, Habitue Design and Halcyon Nights
Melbourne SS17 Finders Keepers Market Lineup AK
Hannah Rae Powell Designs, Hannakin, Happy Hands Happy Heart, Happy in Finland,
Harvest Lane, Harper & Edie, Haus of Dizzy, Hello Zef,
Hello Laura Jane, Heyy Dream Swim, High Tea with Mrs Woo, Holey Tote,
Honeybee wrap, Huddle&Co, JACK by Sam, Jagger Sleepwear,
Jesses Mess – Jess Racklyeft, Joel Sansom Design, joeyjellybean and Juno & Ace Jewellery

K is for Kani, Kandila Company, KaPow Kids, Katherine Wheeler,
Kennedy Smith, Kindling, Kingston Jewellery, Kitty Came Home,
Klei on Beach, KOA – by Kaitlin, Kollab and Kumo

 

 

 

 

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Gift Guide: For the Kids With Minimnt http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/08/gift-guide-for-the-kids-with-minimnt/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/08/gift-guide-for-the-kids-with-minimnt/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:14:00 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=29059 We asked Ashleigh, of Sydney based kids label Minimnt to pull together some fun gift ideas For the Kids. What was Ashleigh’s inspiration?

Kids are like little bubbles of energy, ready to burst from excitement! That’s why we think their clothes, toys and bedrooms should be as unique and crazy as them. I’ve picked out 10 awesome products to get you inspired, now go see what’s out there!

Sounds like so much fun!  Read on for Ashleigh’s exciting round up of local and ethical products.

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1. O My, Fish Eye! By Beach & Bandits
2. Chasing Inky by Electric Confetti
3. My Treasure Board by Onetwotree
4. Palm 2 by Victor Fox
5. Fox Gathered Dress by Minimnt
6. Backpack Mini Victor Fox Limited Edition by The Little Vikings
7. Cool Kids Flag by Woouf
8. Alternative Leopard Leggings by Talking Red
9. Desert is Alive Floor Cushion by Little Wolff
10. Electric Boots by Pretty Brave

About Minimnt
Hey I’m Ashleigh and I have a kids clothing label called Minimnt. I think of myself as a big kid designing for little kids. I love how unapologetic kids are, when they hate something they’ll stick their tongue out but when they like something they really love it and will wear it every single day. That’s what I strive for. Designing for kids is the best job I could have ever fallen into, as I love colour, prints and small things.

minimnt.com.au
instagram.com/minimntkids
facebook.com/minimntkids

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Melbourne AW17 Market Wrap-up http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/melbourne-aw17-market-wrap-up/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/melbourne-aw17-market-wrap-up/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:32:22 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=29043 Finders Keepers Melbourne AW17 Market - Royal Exhibition Building Captured by Mark Lobo

IMAGE CAPTURED BY MARK LOBO – SEE MORE ON FACEBOOK

Melbourne! You’ve completely blown us away. We are only just coming up for air after our RECORD BREAKING 10th Anniversary Market on the 14-16 July.

Our enormous thanks to the tens of thousands of you who walked through the doors and supported all our independent creative businesses at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton.

There is a list of thanks a mile long to those that helped make the Melbourne AW17 Market happen.

A huge heartfelt thanks to all of our extremely hardworking and talented stallholders. What a huge year it has been (already)! We really appreciate all of the effort and hard yards it takes to prepare for a market of this scale. We hope that you all took a well deserved rest!

To the staff of the Royal Exhibition Building; thank you for hosting our event and for taking care of us all weekend.

To all of our Finders Keepers Supporters. Your faith in Finders Keepers supports us to grow to new heights each and every event, and above all helps us to continue to support our special 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 is hugely appreciated.

Thank you to Georgia Mooney for curating and coordinating the perfect mix of bands to entertain the crowds, young and old!

Thanks to Whirlwind and Signwave for helping us with our major printing requirements and to Beaconmaker for their continued support of our beautiful smartphone app!

Thank you to the gorgeous Esther Sandler from Togetherness Design for the stunning original illustration featured on our poster.

Thank you to Mark Lobo for all your incredible enthusiasm, hard work and oh-so-beautiful photographs! Check out the album over on Facebook, and be sure to tag your label or friends!

Last but never least, HUGE THANK YOUS to the Finders Keepers crew – we quite simply couldn’t do it without each and every one of you.

What a way to wrap the Autumn / Winter season!

Next on the calendar, Spring / Summer 17 taking place over October, November December in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney! Download the special city-themed artwork by Megan McKean and RSVP on Facebook to help spread the word.

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Melbourne AW17 Market Opens TONIGHT! http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/melbourne-aw17-market-opens-tonight/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/melbourne-aw17-market-opens-tonight/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:00:03 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=29009 Finders Keepers Melbourne Autumn Winter …]]> Finders-Keepers-AW17-Melbourne-Poster-Togetherness-Design-1

Are you ready for a huge weekend of art, design, food and music?! Visit the Finders Keepers Melbourne Autumn Winter 2017 Market this 14th, 15th and 16th July at the beautiful heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. Invite your friends and see you there!

For all of Finders Keepers keen shoppers, doors will swing open at the new time of 5pm TONIGHT! It’s the perfect place to grab a drink, bite to eat, have a boogie to some sweet tunes and shop your way into the weekend.  Featuring over 250 stalls, the markets continue all weekend long on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

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

All this for just $2 entry (and kids under 12 are completely free)!

Plan your route via public transport to the Royal Exhibition Building and find all the information you need to visit our huge Melbourne event here. Read on for more details about all of the awesome stuff you can enjoy this weekend.

Design Stall Highlights:

Melbourne Designers Finders Keepers

Martha Jean, Merci Perci, Mushama and Me, Collective Closets
Mickey Rose, Hoodooloulou, Leah JacksonLittle House Stationery
Nice Digs, Tympan Ink Letterpress, alexis, eclectic, Bonnie Hislop

Click here for the complete Melbourne AW17 Market Directory.

Frankie Magazine:

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Pop by the frankie stall and meet the lovely folks who put together our favourite mag. They’ll have the latest issue ready to get your paws on, as well as an extra-special offer if you subscribe or resubscribe at the market!

Take home a free bumper bundle, including their book A Little Bit Crafty, a tote bag and a set of afternoon tea-themed pins designed in collaboration with Kitiya Palaskas. There’ll be plenty more goodies up for grabs, too: SPACES Volume Four (which tends to sell out in a jiff); their first real book, Something to Say; and all the bits and bobs that make frankie, frankie.
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Food and Drink Stalls:

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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:

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Friday 14th July
5pm: Anna O
6pm: Brooke Russell
7pm: Swim Team
8pm: Bridget Hustwaite (DJ)

Saturday 15th July
10:30am: Rachel Heart
12pm: TBA
1pm: John Flanagan
2pm: Miss Eileen & King Lear
3pm: Bridget Hustwaite (DJ)

Sunday 16th July
10:30am: Rachel Heart
12pm: TJ Patrick
1pm: Tiaryn
2pm: The Weeping Willows
3pm: Bridget Hustwaite (DJ)

Discover more about these talented musicians right here.

Kids Activities:

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Kids can kick start their creativity with a dedicated craft zone and contribute to our beautiful green wall, inspired by our event artwork!

Social Media:

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 #melbournefinderskeepers and #thefinderskeepers to join in!

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Five Questions With Studio Twocan http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/five-questions-with-studio-twocan/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/five-questions-with-studio-twocan/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:59:21 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28580 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Studio Twocan-1

image features sisters, Maddie and Becc Sharrock of Twocan Studio

Don’t miss the Studio Twocan stall in Melbourne this weekend!  A creative collaboration between two sisters Maddie and Becc, who create beautiful homewares and artworks. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Studio Twocan is a creative studio, managed by sisters, Maddie and Becc Sharrock.  Sharing a keen and life-long interest in design and creativity, our chosen paths have led us in different directions. Becc – direct, organised and pragmatic – is an experienced graphic designer, having worked in some of Melbourne’s leading design studios. Maddie – fearless, passionate and inspiring – after studying fine art at the Victorian College of the Arts has forged a career in art production and is dedicated to her craft.

Because two heads are better than one, we now embark on our collaborative journey combining our shared skills and knowledge. We challenge the ordinary, and each other, in design and production. Our process borrows equally from the design and art worlds to produce beautiful and meaningful work.

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images feature Artwork #2 and Original pots – handmade and designed by Studio Twocan

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image features Artwork #4 and Double Hole Vase – handmade and designed by Studio Twocan

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image features Original Pots – handmade by Studio Twocan

Who inspires you and your creative process?
The artisan in us takes inspiration from experimenting and getting our hands dirty. The designer is us takes inspiration from the refined beauty of objects that surround us.

The core inspiration for our signature Cement Ceramic range is landscapes. Our aim is to emulate the Earth’s natural beauties, referencing aerial views and cross sections of the Australian outback.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Studio Twocan this year.
With new techniques and processes, Studio Twocan constantly evolves bringing more creative opportunities and ambitions every year. We’re most excited to be collaborating with architects to create colourful formwork concrete facades, countertops and other large architectural features.

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image features Medium Dish, Original Pots #4 and original Pots #5 – handmade by Studio Twocan

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image features Double Hole Vase, Original Pots, Large Vase with Metal Insert and Medium Dish – handmade by Studio Twocan

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image features Custom Table Top – handmade by studio Twocan

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image features Original Pots – handmade by Studio Twocan

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
It sounds silly but since the beginning, we’ve been using the exact same baking sieve to refining cement. Although old and a bit scrappy, it still does the job and we couldn’t imagine life without it.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection. 
Our absolute favourite is the Double Hole Vase. It’s rectangular shape really featured the organic layering and cavernous pockets, which is contrasted against the smooth wall. We celebrate imperfections, which ensures that each vase is unique, like a work of artwork.

studio-twocan.com.au
instagram.com/studio_twocan
facebook.com/studiotwocan

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image features Artwork #11 – designed by Studio Twocan

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image features Artwork #12 – designed by Studio Twocan

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Five Questions With Leah Jackson http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/five-questions-with-leah-jackson/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/five-questions-with-leah-jackson/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:31:04 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28811 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Leah-Jackson-combinations vase

image features ceramic vase – designed and made by Leah Jackson

Leah Jackson is an Australian ceramicist working primarily with slip cast and hand built porcelain. Her range of instantly recognisable homewares will be available at the Melbourne market, where Leah will be having her first ever Finders Keepers stall.  Don’t miss out, doors open 5pm Friday 14th July. Market continues all weekend. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
I had a strong interest in ceramics from an early age, determining upon it as a career in the later years of high school. This led into studying ceramics at university. Even from the early years I was excited by the commercial side of ceramics – product designers like Hella Jongerius, very early Mud and Bison, Versace homewares.

After relocating back to Melbourne, working in the arts, and travelling for a few years, I started making and exhibiting again. During those early days I was still working part time, but each year another day of the week would become a studio day, until it completely took over!

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image features ceramic teapot and mug – designed and made by Leah Jackson

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image features ceramicist Leah Jackson

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image features ceramic mugs and bowls – designed and made by Leah Jackson

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image features ceramic tumblers – designed and made by Leah Jackson

Who inspires you and your creative process?
I find the creative process deeply personal and deeply ingrained – I have tried to adopt tips from other creatives about how they best work most productively, but generally will revert to my own behaviours. The tenacity of friends who are also makers and/or business owners is what inspires me most. Owning a gallery, writing a book, creating a fashion label. It all takes that crazy initial step off the ledge, taking a risk, and sticking with it.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Leah Jackson for the next 12 months.
I am currently working at capacity – which means that if my label is to grow I need more hands on deck, or a completely different way of working. Strategising how best to move forward is both daunting and exciting, but I hope it finds resolution within the next 12 months.

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image features ceramic jug – designed and made by Leah Jackson

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image features large ceramic combinations vase – designed and made by Leah Jackson

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image features small ceramic vase – designed and made by Leah Jackson

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
The greatest resource for 2017 has been clinical pilates – ceramics is a physically demanding practice, and this year the cumulative effects of both repetitive detailed, fiddly movements, and lifting bulky, heavy items have amounted to a nasty case of tennis elbow! It is easy to undervalue your own physicality in the rush to deadlines, but an injury is a quick reminder to (preemptively, wherever possible) keep your ACTUAL number one resource your label can’t live without – your body and brain – in good working order.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.

I am most proud of the mug – I am often told by people it is their favourite mug, and they mean functionally as well as visually. (Having been an owner of many favourite mugs throughout my time, that is no small compliment! It is a sacred relationship!). I find people often feel the need to express that they are lovely to use, as though surprised something so decorative can also be utilitarian, but creating something both useful and visually joyful is a driving factor for me.

leahjackson.net
instagram.com/jackson_leah

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image features ceramic mugs – designed and made by Leah Jackson

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Five Questions With Homelea Lass http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/five-questions-with-homelea-lass/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/07/five-questions-with-homelea-lass/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:03:39 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28791 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Homelea-lass-01 Grounded Cowl, Lynda

image features Lynda of Homelea Lass wearing her hand knitted Grounded Cowl

We chat with Lynda about her label Homelea Lass, featuring both “made for you” and “make your own” blankets and scarfs.  Start your crochet journey at our Melbourne market, 14-16 July. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
In 2012 my career as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager came to a crushing halt when I was struck down by chronic fatigue. As my life crumbled around me I sought refuge in crochet – I could do it without draining my energy so I spent my days crocheting and researching yarns. I then started Homelea Lass as a blog to share what I was learning.

This soon turned into designing patterns and during many, many hours of crocheting I discovered that crocheting with chunky yarns made from natural fibres made me feel peaceful and happy.

As I’ve been rebuilding my health I’ve been bringing Homelea Lass to life as well. I love that I can now share everything I’ve learnt about crocheting and soulful creating through my “made for you” and “make your own” blankets and scarfs.

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image features yarn – by Homelea Bliss, made in Australia

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image features Bliss Blanket – made by Homelea Lass

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image features Chunky Starter Kit – by Homelea lass

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
My advice for a first time seller is to keep it simple and learn lots.

The majority of people walking past your stall will be discovering your brand for the first time so make it easy for them to know who you are. Design your stall so it feels like your brand (remember less is more) and select your product range so it’s easy to absorb – make sure it covers a range of price points too.

You’re going to learn lots from your first Finders Keepers and everybody you meet will be amazing – the Finders Keepers team, other stallholders and your beautiful customers. Enjoy your interactions with them and learn, learn, learn so that you can make your next market even more amazing.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Homelea Lass this year [or next 12 months].
For awhile now I’ve been dreaming of bringing together women from all over the world to learn to crochet and experience how creativity helps with feeling happy and peaceful.

I’m excited that this dream is coming to life this year as Blanket School – it’s an online course and community and over 9 weeks we’ll crochet a chunky blanket.

Women all over the world will be connecting and having nourishing conversations as they’re bringing their chunky blankets to life. We’ll be supporting and helping each other and really experiencing the power of creativity.

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image features CHUNKY YARN – by Homelea Bliss, made in Australia

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image features Chunky Crochet Tools – by Homelea Bliss

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image features Release Blanket, Bliss Blanket and Grounded Stool – made by Lynda of Homelea Lass

Name one resource that your label could not live without. 
Soft merino wool that is fully grown and processed in Australia is an integral part of Homelea Lass.

When I started crocheting I discovered that the feel of a yarn determined how enjoyable my crocheting was. Homelea Lass is all about finding peace and happiness through creativity so it’s important that our yarns feel soft and squishy and that they’re ethically produced.

Merino wool is an amazing natural fibre that’s amazing to crochet with. Australian is the highest producer of merino wool in the world and as an Aussie farmer myself, it make perfect sense for our products to be made with this gorgeous fibre. We’ve taken this a step further by having all the wool processing done in Australia – merino wool feels so lovely and it feels even better when it’s fully grown and processed in Australia.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
My favourite product is definitely the Grounded Cowl – at present I wear one every time I leave the house!

I love my Grounded Cowl because it’s gorgeously chunky without being too big. It sits beautifully whether it’s worn wrapped tightly around my neck or just hanging like a super big woolly necklace. Plus they’re really easy to make.
I’ve got a confession to make – I’ve got 2 Grounded Cowls (a Steele Blue and a Mustard) and I’m seriously considering making myself an Olive Green one. The soft and chunky merino wool makes them so lovely to wear that I just couldn’t stop at one. Maybe I need a Dusky Rose one as well.

homelealass.com
instagram.com/HomeleaLass
facebook.com/HomeleaLass

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image feature and Grounded Cushion and Stool – made by Lynda of Homelea Lass

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image features Macarla Blanket – made by Lynda of homelea Lass

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