The Finders Keepers Design and Art Markets Fri, 13 Jul 2018 23:56:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Finders Keepers Melbourne Autumn Winter 2018 NOW OPEN! Thu, 12 Jul 2018 02:11:42 +0000

Melbourne is the next stop on the Finders Keepers Autumn / Winter 2018 tour, with the festival-feel market returning to Royal Exhibition Building over three epic days, 13-15 July.

Finders Keepers fans will LOVE our new hours on Friday ‘day’. Join us at the new opening time of 12 noon on Friday 13th July to shop the day away until 9pm. The festival fun continues all weekend from 10am – 6pm Saturday 14th and 10am – 5pm Sunday 15th July.

With the introduction of exciting new and elevated programs, be sure to congratulate our Artist Program recipient Magpie Goose at stall C18 who worked with Bede Tungatalum to create Tiwi Bird for our AW18 campaign. You must also stop by Kakadu Plum Co at stall C19, the recipient of our Melbourne Indigenous Program, who celebrate our bush foods raise awareness about the importance and value of not only Kakadu Plum, but the Australian Native Food Industry as a whole.

Get directions, invite your friends on Facebook, follow the live action on Instagram and once you’ve arrived, sign-up for your chance to WIN something pretty special.

Finders Keepers Melbourne Autumn Winter 2018
Friday 13th July | 12pm – 9pm
Saturday 14th July | 10am –6pm
Sunday 15th July |10am – 5pm

Finders Keepers Highlights:

Arcadia Scott Ceramics, Live Music, Maker & Mineral, Raw.Suds
Little Fear, KaPow Kids, Gemma Patford, Trade The Mark
Kakadu Plum Co, Wolf & Mishka, Solomon Street, Memobottle

See more in our directory, or better still download our app!


Frankie Magazine:

frankie magazine is back in their hometown and their stall is full of extra goodies to get you through the colder months. They’ve launched a new stationery range called ‘pretty useful paper’. It includes: frankie fangirl jotters; a scribble + jot notebook; and a gift wrap book overflowing with sweet patterns.

They also have their first-ever winter bumper issue, full of super-cosy stuff, like a special pull-out puzzle book; a poster that’ll teach you the Auslan alphabet; and scrummy hot chocolate recipes with a twist. Plenty to keep your eyes, hands and mind busy! If you fancy, sign up for a frankie subscription at the market and you’ll get 12 months of radness, plus some special bits and bobs. Pop by and say hi to the gang.

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.

Entertainment Program:

Friday 13th July
12pm – DJ Small FRY
2:30pm – Matthew Colin
3:30pm – Brooke Russell
5pm – Great Aunt
6pm – Georgia Fields
7pm – Mojo Juju (DJ set)

Saturday 14th July
10:30am – Rachel Heart (Kids)
12:00pm – Alex Dyson (DJ set)
2:30pm – Amarillo
3:30pm – TJ Patrick
4:30 – Mojo Juju (DJ set)

Sunday 15th July
10:30 – Rachel Heart (Kids)
12:00 – Alex Dyson (DJ set)
2:30 – Ha Na
3:30 – Mojo Juju (DJ set)

Discover more about these talented musicians right here.

Kids Creative Zone:

We hope to inspire the young and young at heart to contribute to our living creative project, a beautiful eclectic paper gum tree!  Drop by, pick up a texta and enjoy the solace while you create patterns inspired by Bede Tungatalum’s Tiwi Bird design.

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 #melbournefinderskeepers and #thefinderskeepers to join in!

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Melbourne Autumn Winter 2018 Shopping Highlights Wed, 11 Jul 2018 20:14:39 +0000 12pm noon FRIDAY the 13th July!…]]> Finders Keepers Melbourne Autumn Winter 2018 kicks off at the special new time of 12pm noon FRIDAY the 13th July!

Need some help getting your wish-lists started? Our curator Monique highlights selected stallholders below. All of the designers featured will be setting up shop at The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton over three huge days!  You’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces, handmade ceramics, fashion, food and more!

For a more comprehensive list, you can also find out Melbourne market directory here or better still, download our FREE smartphone app, and hold the keys to the markets in the palm of your hand!



Girls and Teens:
The Finders Keepers Melbourne AW18 Shopping Highlights Tweens and Teens

1. Girls clothing by Girl with Swag
2. Enamel pins by Oh Jessica Jessica
3. Nice words dishes by shuh.
4. Broccoli Earrings by Yippywhippy
5. Debut Book by Musings from the Moon
6. Youth/Teen and Adult fashion by Good Sport

Winter Delights:

1. Outdoor apparel by Mister Timbuktu
2. Coffee Paddle by Winestains
3. Bush tea by Kakadu Plum Co.
4. Chunky wool knits by The Woollen Earth
5. Clothing by Wolf & Mishka
6. Herbal bath by Sal Remedia

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Five Questions With Tuckshop Wed, 11 Jul 2018 06:01:32 +0000

Beanies and scarves from the Block Head collection – designed and made by tuckshop

Tuckshop is a brand spankin’ new knitwear label created by Sharidan Bowman in Melbourne, Australia. Back in the 80s Sharidan’s mum used to make wonderfully obnoxious jumpers on her own knitting machine to sell on the high streets of Washington DC.

Sharidan begged her Mum to teach her all the tricks and then spent time perfecting techniques and developing design concepts. From there, Tuckshop was born, featuring premium quality 100% Australian wool knits, beanies and scarves.

Catch Tuckshop and their Finders Keepers Melbourne debut this 13-15 July at the Royal Exhibition Building.

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

I have always been a creative person, which I think was really fostered by my parents when I was young – my weekends and school holidays were filled with papier- mâché classes, pottery workshops and a seriously unfortunate run of creative dance lessons.

In my twenties I was a makeup artist with Mecca Cosmetica for a few years and then took a sharp left turn into Marketing for a small bathroom and kitchen renovation company. After a while however, I started to crave the creative process I enjoyed so much years prior. After various creative endeavours, I serendipitously fell in to machine knitting, which is something my mum successfully did over 30 years ago.

Bubble Gum beanie & Violet Crumble scarf from the Block Head collection – designed and made by tuckshop

Beanies and scarves from the Block Head collection – designed and made by tuckshop

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Tuckshop.

I usually ease myself into the day with a coffee and start binding off scarves/seaming beanies before breakfast. I head over to my studio (otherwise known as my old bedroom at my parents’ house) just before lunch to start knitting on my vintage Singer knitting machine – aka Betsy the Singer.

You’ll find me knitting there most of the day listening to Cameron Daddo telling me to relax with a glass of red on Smooth F.M. Around 6pm I’ll head home, have dinner, and then continue binding off scarves and seaming beanies. I am now just realising that my day is based solely on knitting and eating food… and I’m pretty happy with that.

Who inspires you and your creative process?

My mum is a huge inspiration. She actually had a knitting business for ten years before I was born, making and selling jumpers in Washington D.C. in the 80’s. My mum is the one who taught me how to use a knitting machine and I still go to her now if I’m having an issue I can’t sought out!

Miami Vice beanie & Fifty Shades scarf and George beanie & Miami Vice scarf from the Block Head collection – designed and made by tuckshop

Beanies and scarves from the Block Head collection – designed and made by tuckshop

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

The colour combinations for my first range Block Head were inspired by things I see around on the street, TV, books… life in general. I have a colour-way named after Starbursts (RIP), another named after the awesome colours of Miami Vice. I even have one inspired by a suit George Calombaris wore on Master Chef last year.

I’m a massive fan of the shapes and colours Peter Cromer uses in his collages and paintings and am inspired every day by his three prints I have in my living room. Also I am resigned to the fact that I will leave FK covered head to toe in new jewellery… I’m looking at you Kingston Jewellery, Yippywhippy and Nannawoo.

What has been your proudest moment to date?

I officially launched 3 weeks ago so honestly?… Getting in to Finders Keepers!

Violet Crumble beanie & Poppy scarf from the Block Head collection – designed and made by tuckshop

]]> 0 Five Questions With Mazdevallia Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:46:36 +0000

Oceanic Rave Earrings – designed and individually handcrafted by Mazdevallia. Image credit photographer, Heather Lighton, Model, Flavia Lazarus and Make up artist, Josie Hanuska.

Mazdevallia is the work of artist and jewellery maker Maylin Evanochko. Originally a painter of large scale abstract works, in 2017 she began making jewellery in her Melbourne-based studio. Meticulously handcrafted components are assembled into eclectic earrings, each pair considered a miniature work of art. 

Find Mazdevallia at Melbourne AW18 Finders Keepers this 13-15 July

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

I have been passionate about painting and creating things for as long as I can remember. I moved to Melbourne in 2010 to study fine art at the VCA and was mainly into large-scale abstract painting but when I had my son in 2017, a limitation of space got me experimenting with materials on a smaller, wearable scale.

Mazdevallia started out with a few experimental pieces I made for the pure joy of it in our dining room and it has grown from there. I have always been such a fan of the Finders Keepers market and I’m in awe of the creativity on display, so I am thrilled to be a part of the community!

Moon Orchid Earrings – designed and individually handcrafted by Mazdevallia

Heliconia Earrings – designed and individually handcrafted by Mazdevallia. Image credit photographer, Heather Lighton, Model, Flavia Lazarus and Make up artist, Josie Hanuska.

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Mazdevallia

At the moment I split my time between Mazdevallia, another job and my young family so I like to think of it all as quite a highly choreographed ‘creative ballet’! I work from home when I’m creating for Mazdevallia and usually start my studio sessions with checking online orders and social media.

As I handcraft over 150 unique components for the styles I currently make, I do a lot of list writing to keep track of the production process and I plan my time carefully to allow for multiple layers of paint and different drying times. When I can I love to play around with new ideas and often have a few experiments on the go.

I’m also lucky to have the help of my wonderful partner and studio assistant so we’ve had a lot of fun whilst doing all the little jobs involved in running a small business.

Who inspires you and your creative process?

I continue to be inspired by the amazing women creating independently in Australia who have those unique, instantly recognisable visual aesthetics such as Rene Skelton from Concrete Jellyfish, Cassie Byrnes and Tiff Mannuell. I also adore the work of David Hockney and his exhibition of paintings at the NGV in 2016 was just extraordinary, his use of colour had quite an effect on me.

Bird Orchid Earrings – designed and individually handcrafted by Mazdevallia

Kaleidoscope Jungle Earrings – designed and individually handcrafted by Mazdevallia. Image credit photographer, Heather Lighton, Model, Flavia Lazarus and Make up artist, Josie Hanuska.

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

I think my background in Science and Engineering plays a big part in my creative process. It’s very experimental and I’m always looking for ways to push the boundaries of what a material can do. I’ve had a lot of amusing conversations in art supplies stores about using materials in peculiar ways, which usually ends up with both me and the store assistant on Google and them asking me to come back to tell them how the experiment went!

At the moment I’m currently taking a lot of inspiration from the wonderful world of plants and the name ‘Mazdevallia’ is a riff on the name for a species of orchid. I am super excited to check out Magpie Goose at the upcoming Finders Keepers in Melbourne and their amazing patterns (right up my alley!) and so many other incredible designers – too many to list!

What has been your proudest moment to date?

My proudest moment to date is really hard to single out but I have been touched by all the messages I’ve received from people who have taken the time to let me know how much they appreciate these colourful creations, seeing them appear on T.V and featured on Etsy international.

earring components – designed and individually handcrafted by Mazdevallia

]]> 0 Five Questions With Gemma Patford Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:29:16 +0000

Rope Coil Coasters – designed and handmade by Gemma Patford. Image courtesy of Amorfo Photography & Hardie Grant Publishing

Gemma Patford is a Melbourne maker. Working from her Brunswick studio, Gemma creates her popular rope baskets and experiments with other hand made goods.

With a background in pattern making, garment construction, fashion, textile art and styling, Gemma has collaborated with some of the industry’s finest creatives including The Design Files, Anthropologie, Etsy, Koskela, Sight Unseen, Apartment Therapy and many more.

Gemma Patford for her first time at Melbourne AW18 Finders Keepers this 13-15 July

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

I have always been such a huge fan of Finders Keepers.
Its such a humbling festival! All my local creative heros under the one roof. I’ll be so star struck at the event! Thank you Finders Keepers for letting me participate!
My Journey so far… Well I suppose I have always had very itchy fingers, creating and shaping things from what I had on hand. My rope creations really manifested playing around with everyday items. I had rope, I had paint and I had a sewing machine, and within a few moments, I had my first very wonky, floppy rope vessel.

Over the years I have sewn hundreds of kilometers of rope, burned through a few machines and broken a bazillion needles. The rope vessels have grown into a little fiber empire which lead to me writing my first book Roped In: Creative Craft Projects Made with Rope (and Other Awesome Things). Releasing this book has really allowed me to push my art in new directions and play with other mediums. I can’t wait to proudly display it at the Melbourne AW18 Finders Keepers this year!

Rope Vessel – Designed and handmade by Gemma Patford. Image courtesy of Amorfo Photography & Hardie Grant Publishing

Rope Coil Lamp – designed and handmade by Gemma Patford. Image courtesy of Amorfo Photography & Hardie Grant Publishing

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Gemma Patford.

A typical day starts off with my beautiful robust gregarious 3 year old alarm going off anywhere from 6am onwards. I throw a bottle of milk into the microwave and slowly come to terms that my day has started. My daughter will usually say something cruel slash sweet and then we start the early morning grind of showering, dressing, negotiating and getting everyone out of the house.

While I spend most of my time on, it is not my only role. I do have a professional career which I love and it takes the pressure off my creative career. I recently moved my studio home which has seen me increase my creative outputs a million percent. My studio is now in the garage. We are in process of beautifying the space. My brother is installing sky lights and we are replacing the gross brown garage door with lovely French bifold doors.

Who inspires you and your creative process?

I experiment hard! Each series is really designed by trial and error. At a base level, I really create for me and my taste. Very ego driven I know – HA! I look at each item and think ‘Would I love this in my house?’ ‘Would I be proud to gift this to a friend?’. If the answer is no, then I pivot my design and start again.

Show casing new treasures at big markets is another fantastic way to determine in your personal style is in the zeitgeist. As a maker you always want to create for yourself, however its always nice to see if your style works with the crowds.

Rope Coil Napkin Rings – designed and handmade by Gemma Patford. Image courtesy of Amorfo Photography & Hardie Grant Publishing

Rope Vessels – designed and handmade by Gemma Patford. Image courtesy of Amorfo Photography & Hardie Grant Publishing

Rope Coil Planets – designed and handmade by Gemma Patford. Image courtesy of Amorfo Photography & Hardie Grant Publishing

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

I am a heavy user of mood boards, colour sampling and photography. If I see something beautiful in nature, Ill take a snap and add it to my personal mood board.
I am excited to rub shoulders with Shuh. at Finders Keepers this year. I adore her style and we have been working along side each other for many years now.

This year at Finders Keepers my stall is next to Pirdy. I looooove her items. I have already reached out to her and can’t wait to watch her stall while she goes to the toilet! Laura Blythman, Emily Green too. There are just too many creative to name! Finders Keepers does a wonderful job of curating such a super star line up!

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Perhaps my book! Yes, def my book! I had literally just given birth and I started working on my book. Writing, styling and creating a book while navigating the torrid oceans of being a young mother was a-lot! But it’s out (the book) and I love it (the book and the baby).

Rope Art – designed and handmade by Gemma Patford. Image courtesy of Amorfo Photography & Hardie Grant Publishing

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Five Questions With Good Sport Australia Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:29:15 +0000

RECYCLED KIMONO BOMBER and HIBISCUS-AGNES-DRESS – designed and cut by Good Sport made in Melbourne

Good Sport is an Australian fashion label for girls who don’t like to take things too seriously. Featuring an up-cycled collection made from pre-loved kimonos, these unique textiles are transformed from vintage to modern in the form of classic, wearable silhouettes. 

Expect to discover one-of-a-kind garments, made in Melbourne for girls and teenagers ~ a lovely introduction to the important of slow fashion, made to last their next lifetime.  Read on for our interview with label founder Brietta. 

Find Good Sport at Melbourne AW18 Finders Keepers this 13-15 July

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

I began Good Sport about 3 years ago, initially I wanted to create age appropriate, thoughtful clothing for young girls… specifically for that awkward, pre-teen age that’s so often overlooked. I wanted to give the market something that was relatively gender neutral, fun, practical and just… cool.

As I’ve progressed I’ve slowly added more sizes by demand – and now I like to think of Good Sport as a label for ‘any girl or women’.

RECYCLED KIMONO SUITE, CYCLAMEN – designed by Good Sport made in Melbourne

RECYCLED KIMONO and SHORTS, PANSY – designed by Good Sport made in Melbourne

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Good Sport Australia.

The last 2 years I have been focusing on creating up-cycled garments. These are usually made from Japanese Kimonos and Antique Indigo that I source from local suppliers.

We, well mainly my husband unpicks the kimonos (surprisingly he is a gun at it!), then I wash and press them to prepare for cutting.

The cutting I do myself from my home studio on the Surf coast. I usually mix and match fabrics to create interesting contrasts or design lines. I am often dodging faults or tarnishes in the fabrics, so I would never trust anyone else with the job of cutting. Each garment is cut individually – so it’s time consuming, but I love it.

The cut garments are bundled and handed to my manufacturer in Melbourne, who does such a beautiful job with sewing them. By the time the garments are in her hands I have already invested so much into the materials and time, so she is such an important part of the process – I wholeheartedly trust her and respect her level of skill !

BRIETTA and her dog DIJON in the Good Sport STUDIO

Who inspires you and your creative process?

Firstly the people around me…my family and friends or supportive people in my community.

I like the fact that I am not limited by age or even gender – I look at both women and men.

Often a specific person springs to mind when I am sourcing kimonos. From the city or the coast these people are usually the inspiration behind the look.

Secondly, the want to be more resourceful… My father’s family run a plastic recycling plant in Geelong and have done for nearly 30 years. Although I may not have known it until now – I have grown up watching them looking for ways to convert waste or scraps into a commercial product. Luckily for me an old forgotten Silk Yuzen kimono is more inspiring than an empty, plastic Coke bottle!

AGNES DRESS, INDIGO – designed by Good Sport made in Melbourne

up-cycled collection – designed by Good Sport made in Melbourne

RECYCLED KIMONO SUITE PANSY – designed by Good Sport made in Melbourne

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

I’m relatively new to the Design market scene…but so far the experience for me is like camping with friends; bump-in is like everyone is helping you pitch your tent for a few days. You make friends with your neighbours…you trade tools and take it in turn to bring each other cups of tea…

I’m very excited to be doing the market this year with one of my favs, Natalia from Wolf and Mishka – weekly we touch base on how we are tracking leading up to a major market. There are laughs, and sometimes tears haha.

I also love discovering someone new; inevitably a market for me also means some personal shopping!

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

My goals are more around expanding into using other fabric bases like jersey and fleece, fabrics that are typically considered as ‘disposable’…and how I can re-use them to make something covetable.

I also wouldn’t mind trying some Men’s styles.

Obviously, as a business owner I want to expand my reach but I am more focused on creating limited pieces and using what I have available to me, than developing ranges and sourcing based on trends that come and go so quickly. I’m taking the slow approach.

EASY DRESS, CALLISTEMON RED – designed by Good Sport made in Melbourne

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Five Questions With Tegan Iversen Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:29:13 +0000

flowers artwork – designed by Tegan Iversen

Tegan Iversen debuts at Finders Keepers Melbourne AW18 this 13-15 July

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

I’ve attended Finders Keepers many times & always thought that being a seller at Finders Keepers would be amazing- ultimate goals & now I’m here woohoo!
I’m an artist & illustrator as well as a sometimes art curator, F*EMS zine co-organiser, party shop assistant, babysitter & hot chip lover!

I studied Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts a couple of years ago & since graduating I exhibit my art in galleries, create illustration work for clients as well as constantly make cute things like zines, stickers & lots & lots of colourful art!

kitty clock pins – designed by Tegan Iversen

little batman zines handmade – handmade and designed by Tegan Iversen

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Tegan Iversen.

I juggle my time doing lots of different things. I am always drawing or making something & at the moment I create art from my house.
I like to make lots of my items with my own hands- drawing, painting & making zines. I have local printers who do a beautiful job printing my digital artworks & recently have had some sweet patches & stickers made by cool companies within Australia.

Who inspires you and your creative process?

I am inspired by the wonderful world around me! Taking inspiration from knick-knacks, food, flowers as well as movies & music I like.
I love cute things & happy things & really enjoy making honest work.

favourite drink and food patches – designed by Tegan Iversen

toucan stickers – designed by Tegan Iversen

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

Oh there are so many amazing designers showing at Finders Keepers – I love Yippywhippy’s quirky earrings, Thistle Be Nice’s illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, Surfing Sloth’s work is so super cute, Able And Game’s stuff is always hilarious, Julie White’s use of colour is forever inspiring, Laura Blythman is of course a total boss & I’ve been dying to get my hands on one of Gracie Keal’s amazing creatures!

Tegan Iversen cards made in collaboration with AHD Paper Co. Image Credit by Susan Fitzgerald

Tegan Iversen artwork in exhibition Fake News

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Hmmm that’s such a tricky one! I had a solo show recently that I was pretty proud of, it was called ‘Tickets’ & was exhibited at Off the Kerb in Collingwood. I’ve admired the gallery for ages so it was really nice to finally show my work there. I painted over 100 “tickets” for the show & was happy with how it turned out. I was also really stoked with the wonderful feedback I received & that people could relate to the works & even wanted to buy some.

lightning pin – designed by Tegan Iversen

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Five Questions With Benna co Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:13:43 +0000

rainbow stoneware wall hangings – designed and hand built by Benna Co

Benna co offers stoneware wall-hangings and planters inspired by the the earth, the sky, the ocean, the desert, the forest and almost anything ceramicist Kelly Murphy lays her eyes on.  With a nod to the seventies and eighties, painterly glazes harmonise with earthy tones to create all-the-feels. We get the feeling collectors will love Kelly’s calming mix of unique pieces. 

Benna Co debuts at Melbourne AW18 Finders Keepers, this 13-15 July.

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

Benna co began as a kind of mish-mash of vintage furniture and homewares, plus handmade products made by me. It was all the things that I loved doing – collecting and styling vintage homewares and indulging creative urges by making any and everything!

In 2016 I was pregnant with my third baby, and so this slowing down time allowed me to focus on my interest in ceramics. It took off! Pretty soon after, it became the main thing that I do. I hand build pots and planters, plates and tableware and decorative wall hangings and mobiles from mixed stoneware clays and vintage yarns.

Kelly the creator of Benna Co

painted stoneware soap dishes – designed and hand built by Benna Co

Benna Co’s work place buddy

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Benna co.

Benna co is a one woman show. I work from home, and work around raising three small boys, which is a pretty tough juggle for sure, but hand building ceramics allows me to work from the kitchen table when I need to, and be in the backyard studio when I’m not taking care of little people.

A typical day begins at 3-5am with many large cups of strong tea, and working madly to create before the family rises. Throughout the day I will do small tasks whenever I can, and on the few days that the kids aren’t with me, I’ll be hard at it in the studio.

Who inspires you and your creative process?

There is so much to be inspired by! Many painters such as Peter Doig, Gerhard Richter, Marlene Dumas, the Colour Field art movement, ancient art, Indigenous art, children’s art. My own kids are amazing intuitive artists and I’m always seeking to capture that free, unhindered expression of their touch.

I’m inspired by the colours of the earth, the sky, the ocean, the desert, the forest. Absolutely everything I lay my eyes on can and does become a source of inspiration – its all about textures, colours and juxtaposition.

colour field tableware – designed and hand built by Benna Co

beautiful organised chaos at Benna Co’s studio

painter planters – designed and hand built by Benna Co

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

I have always been fuelled by the creative drive, and I’m pretty sure that every act in my life on a day-to-day basis is informed by this creativity.

I think Finders Keepers is a great big melting pot of intense creativity, and there would be so much to admire from every designer, who has worked extremely hard to hone their craft and bring it to market. There are two designers that spring to mind- I absolutely love the sustainable approach of Kirralee & co who use timber offcuts in such ingenious and creative ways. Kirralee’s work struck a cord with me back in the days before I was focusing on ceramics, when I was building furniture out of discarded timber. As a society we are creating epic amounts of waste and its so heartening to see people use their creativity to see waste as the resource that it is, and turn it into something incredibly beautiful.

I’m also quite impressed by the excellent business model of Halcyon Nights, who collaborate with amazing designers to come up with the sweetest prints on their bedding and children’s wear.

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

Over the next five years I plan to continue to develop my practice and explore the contrasts between clay and glaze. It is an endlessly inspiring medium, and I could spend a lifetime learning it’s ways.
I hope to set a fully functional studio that incorporates all aspects of my practice, from ceramics to woodwork, painting and more. I’m pleased to say I’m on track so far!

objects around the Benna Co studio

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Feature Interview With Finders Keepers Indigenous Recipient, Kakadu Plum Co. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:06:19 +0000

Tahlia on country in the Dampier Peninsula with Marion foraging and learning about the foods grown on land

Finders Keepers curator Monique chats with Founder Tahlia Mandie from social enterprise Kakadu Plum Co.

You must stop by Kakadu Plum Co. at stall C19, the recipient of our Melbourne Indigenous Program, at Melbourne AW18, this 13-15 July.

Tell us about how Kakadu Plum Co. works and the role it plays in the artistic and cultural life of traditional Aboriginal artists.

Kakadu Plum Co. is a social enterprise that celebrates Indigenous culture through food. Purchases of a range of our products allow us to make a direct contribution back to community. Our Jilungin Bush Tea for example is wild harvested by Indigenous Australians in the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. We are strongly connected to this community and feel honoured to be able to not only purchase directly from them but share their incredible bush food and medicine to the world. All our products share a story and tell a story, whether it be Kakadu Plum, Australia’s native bush superfood or our native bush tea range, all our products symbolise Aboriginal culture and traditional bush foods.

Jilungin Bush Tea by Kakadu Plum Co.

infusing Kakadu Plum Co. Bush tea

What kinds of products do you sell in your shop? What’s the most popular?

We sell a range of bush superfoods, bush teas and other Aboriginal made gifts such as bush soaps. Kakadu Plum Powder is still our most popular product, especially this time of year because it boasts a high natural source of vitamin C, but our bush tea range, including Jilungin Bush Tea and Gulbarn are certainly becoming very popular. These teas are all wild harvested by Indigenous Australians. Gulbarn is wild harvested by a community in Northern Territory and Jilungin from Western Australia. You can also pick up some of our wattleseed which is definitely an unsung hero. This is a beautiful spice that is so versatile in the kitchen and gives an exquisite coffee nutty like flavour to any cuisine.

Gulbarn tea, wild harvested by a community in Northern Territory

What are you most looking forward to about your upcoming stall at our Melbourne market?

This will be our first Finders Keepers market so I am not quite sure what to expect! I am looking forward to meeting new and existing customers as well as all the other artisan makers. I have made some incredible connections with other makers and brands at previous markets and events which often lead to other exciting ventures.

Kakadu Plum Co. powder

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Finders Keepers Brisbane AW18 Wrap-up Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:26:13 +0000

Juno + Ace and Theo the Label captured by Samee Lapham

We are feeling all the feels after
an awesome weekend in Brisbane.

What a fabulous, warm and sunny weekend we had on the 22-24 June at the Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds.

Our enormous thanks to the 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.

Good & Clean and Kim Wallace Ceramics captured by Samee Lapham

We’ve welcomed a few new faces in 2018,
so let’s get into our important list of thank yous…

  • A huge thanks to our wonderful stallholders, both new and established! We deeply appreciate all of the talent, effort and hard yards it takes to prepare for a market of this scale. Your support does not go unnoticed and we appreciate all your warming words and lovely feedback!
  • Special thanks to our long-term partners and fabulous friends at frankie magazine. Your ongoing support and dedication to our community continues to be recognised and appreciated. A big thanks to Beaconmaker for their continued support of our beautiful smartphone app!
  • To the staff at the Brisbane Showgrounds, thank you for hosting our event and welcoming us back to Brisbane in 2018.
  • Big-ups to Amanda May Lee for filling our venue with her meticulously handcrafted paper natives; thank you to Georgia and Zach for programming and coordinating the perfect mix of bands to entertain the crowds, young and old!

#BRISBANEFINDERSKEEPERS Highlights: @kittycamehome, @roffy_lrf, @maribray, @unmaterialgirl

  • Colossal credit and thanks to our inaugural Artist Program recipient, the inspiring Maggie and Laura from Magpie Goose, whose much-loved Tiwi Bird collaboration with Bede Tungatalum was seen across our campaign artwork! Extra thanks to Tiwi Design for printing the gorgeous Tiwi fabric seen throughout the venue on the Tiwi Islands.
  • 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 special shout-out to our National Event Manager Lindsay Pepper who gracefully held the fort, and of course, last but never least, the entire Finders Keepers team, including the recently joined Ashleigh, Kathy and Kaitlyn, all 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 Autumn / Winter 2018 season!

Third and final stop Melbourne. We are back 13-15 July so don’t miss out! RSVP here.

frankie magazine and kirralee & co captured by Samee Lapham

Are you an Australian maker or designer looking to get involved in this huge bi-annual event? You’re in luck!
Follow the link to apply for Brisbane Spring Summer 2018 Finders Keepers.
But be quick! Applications close July 20.

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Five Questions With Millésime Baby Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:09:43 +0000

knitwear collection – – designed by Millesime Baby

Fiona discovered that combining her love for design with her passion for numbers was the formula needed to create baby knitwear label Millésime Baby!  Three years after the label’s inception, we chat with Melbourne based designer Fiona about her Finders Keepers journey.

Find Millésime Baby at Melbourne AW18 Finders Keepers this 13-15 July

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

I started Millésime Baby a baby knitwear label in mid 2015, although I had been knitting and designing baby knitwear for well over 25 years as a hobby interest and also whilst completing Commerce studies. I was taught and encouraged to knit as a child and would never stick to a knitting pattern, always creating my own twist. So my love for design just grew from there and I am sure my love of figures and numbers has helped me along, I am forever calculating.

Our philosophy is that hand knits are ‘forever’ pieces if cared for correctly, as they will last a lifetime. Intended to be handed down from generation to generation, and if lucky enough be called an heirloom piece. The current collection sizing is from newborn through to 4 years.

Previously I hand knitted all the pieces to order whilst working part time. The collections are now hand crafted via ethical Fair Trade in South America. We have a team of talented artisans hand knitting each design.

We believe in ethical fashion, sustainable fashion and also eco-friendly fashion. The fibres used to hand knit our range are all natural fibres. The collections are made from 100% Pima Cotton or 100% Alpaca, both are the most luxurious and soft fibres and are of the highest quality, found local to our knitters.

My first Finders Keepers was Sydney and I have since been involved in 2 more, with Melbourne coming up to make 4!

kids knitwear – designed by Millesime Baby

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Millésime Baby

I am currently full time and my days are not too structured. I am juggling all facets of the business, packing orders, financials, administrative tasks, business planning, designing collections, liaising with fair trade manufacturers overseas, social media, photography, emails…. the list goes on!

The huge benefit of being self employed is the ability to seek balance! Some days I start late but work until the wee hours, other times I am up with the birds and take the afternoon off. I work from my studio space and two other allocated rooms at my home and I also get a scenery change most weekends down on the coast, I do a lot of my design work down there.

Any advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?

One big piece of advice is to setup your complete stall space at home beforehand and photograph it. You then have this to refer back to on set up day, it has been a life saver for me every time. I also pack everything up from that practise set up to ensure nothing gets left behind!

I also try to arrive early so I can browse the market and get to know other stallholders. These markets are very social and lots of fun!

knitwear – designed by Millesime Baby

knitwear – designed by Millesime Baby

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

Inspiration started with my nieces and nephews, two of them are my current muses. Many of the garments I design are named after them all. I also draw on inspiration from almost everything I see, all the colour and texture in my surroundings is a constant inspiration to me. I am torn between the love of bright colours and the more neutral tones, so this doubles the amount of possibilities. With my passion for hand knitting forever evolving, I don’t think the inspiration will ever be lost.

I admire so many labels at Finders Keepers, way too many to mention here. A highlight for me is getting to meet the creators and to see their product. I love listening to their stories and how they got to be where they are today. You can see the passion in their eyes, I always walk away inspired.

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

To continue to keep heirloom hand knits alive. The next step is to create bigger sizing’s, catering for a wider age group. Wholesale is also on the horizon and then to go International would be the ultimate dream.

Baby Booties in Candy Pink – designed by Millesime Baby

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Five Questions With Champ Mon, 09 Jul 2018 05:58:02 +0000

Lauren, Founder, director and head designer at Champ. image credit photographer Trenton Johnson-Boe

Founder, director and head designer at Champ Co, Lauren Steller was trained with MA in Architecture at RMIT Melbourne. After working at several Architecture firms in Melbourne, Lauren started Champ Co as a business that would develop her interest in play theory and exercise design in many other mediums other than architecture. Lauren runs both bespoke architectural projects along side a design product sales business to always incorporate her avid interest in human play.

Find Champ Co at Melbourne AW18 Finders Keepers this 13-15 July

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

Champ is a label with two design streams. We run a design service, architecture and interior design as well as making products, selling wholesale and occasionally in markets. The two elements of design services and product always inform each other and there’s a nice pull between the two. The things we like to design are a celebration of play and sustainability. The lovely thing about designing and making products is we get to put them out in the world and see them be enjoyed by many people.

Hoops and Loops in Blue and Grey Speckle – designed and handmade by Champ. image credit photographer Trenton Johnson-Boe

Production, ideas and research in the Champ studio. image credit photographer Trenton Johnson-Boe

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Champ. 

Champ is currently split between Melbourne and Hobart, While I direct most of the incomings and outgoings of Champ, I manage our design services from beautiful Tassie. Jade (Studio Manager) runs the production studio in Melbourne where everything is assembled and handmade by herself, and our new addition, Sarah.

Who inspires you and your creative process?

Theres no particular person or people that inspire my work. Champ is all about being resourceful and embracing play, so, every day experiences contribute to new ideas and resolving problems. For me, its all about just getting out into the world, not following or reading about it.

Rhombus Table Trivets – designed and handmade by Champ. image credit photographer Trenton Johnson-Boe

Jewellery Hoops in production in the Champ studio. image credit photographer Trenton Johnson-Boe

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

I’m often impressed by other market stallholders getting out there and doing their thing. I have met some really lovely people over many different markets. It takes lots of effort to put yourself forward and stand up for your creative trade.

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

So many ambitions for the future. But mostly, I hope to build a healthy business that supports our creative drive. To research more into objects and actions of play, and bring our findings back into things we can offer, that are strong with content, considered, practical and are sustainable.

Lauren preparing for a Champ photoshoot. image credit photographer Trenton Johnson-Boe

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