The Finders Keepers http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog Design and Art Markets Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:39:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.11 Feature Poster Artist: Esther of Togetherness Design http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/06/feature-poster-artist-esther-of-togetherness-design/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/06/feature-poster-artist-esther-of-togetherness-design/#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:16:58 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28602 The-Finders-Keepers-Featured-Artist-Togetherness_design_1_Botanica-Top

image features Botanica Top and Salmon Flora Earrings – designed and made by Togetherness Design

Today’s feature is a special one for us!  We chat with the lovely Esther from Togetherness Design, who many of our readers would recognise from our Autumn Winter 2017 poster illustration!  Get an inside look into Esther’s process below, and be sure to visit her stall at our Melbourne market to get the first glimpse of Togetherness Design’s new mini winter collection.  

Oh and if that isn’t enough to get you cheering with delight, Esther’s band Swim Team will also be performing on Friday night at the market!  

How would you describe your artistic practice?
I’m a textile designer who creates work under my label Togetherness Design as well as doing freelance work and occasionally teaching a bit at University. The majority of my personal work for Togetherness Design focuses on developing outcomes that are rich in pattern, bold colour and inky linework in some sort of functional form, be it a textile-based garment, bag, or cushion, illustrated papergoods or ceramic jewellery and homewares.

I am largely influenced by the natural world, including flora and fauna, and myths and legends as well as more traditional textile influences. I gain a lot of inspiration from the massive amount of talented designers I am surrounded by both locally and overseas.

How do you feel your practice has evolved since you began your creative business?
My practise has expanded to include new and exciting mediums that I wasn’t necessarily using when I first started out. Although I originally studied fashion out of high school, creating handmade garments to sell is a new thing for me, and my most recent venture with the label. It’s been a great new way for me to showcase my love of pattern and colour and experiment with how these elements work on the body. I’ve also added ceramics to my repertoire and look forward to exploring new creative avenues in the future!

Managing my label and juggling different streams of work is something that I have become more used to and slightly better at handling as I grow more experienced with my business although this is still something I struggle with!

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image features Greenhouse Dress – designed by Togetherness design

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image features Cotton Linen Throw Cushions featuring Greenhouse, Daylight and Rugged Earth prints with the lovely model Ava the dog – designed by Togetherness Design

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image features Rugged Earth top and Hand Screenprinted Bloom Wrap Skirt – designed by Togetherness Design

Have you always been on a creative path?  How did you find yourself working as an artist?
I had some key creative influences in my early life – my mum who sewed a lot of things for us as kids, after school pottery classes and being in Brownies. When I was growing up I thought of being a lawyer, an archaeologist, a forensic scientist – never anything creative.

After high school I decided that perhaps I would try studying Fashion Design as I had taken a liking to screen-printing in my high school art class and since then I have been on a creative path. I still sometimes wonder how I ended up essentially drawing for a living, as I have never felt like an especially talented illustrator, but somehow here I am!


What was your inspiration behind the beautiful artwork created for our AW17 poster?
The artwork was inspired by lush tropical leaves and geometric shapes and was painted using a mix of gouache and ink. I love leaves and flowers as subject matter and my work somehow always comes back to nature or has some sort of botanical influence.

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imaeg features the Finders Keepers Aw17 poster by togetherness design

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image features Dumpling Purses in Greenhouse, Botanica and Rugged Earth prints – designed by Togetherness Design

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image features Bloom Dress Hand Screenprinted – designed by Togetherness design


Describe your favourite creative project to date.
I’m currently working on a new and exciting ongoing creative project with my friend Penny Ferguson. We’ve started a podcast called Wowee! Podcast where we interview fellow creative people and share information about our process, ours lives and our inspirations. This has been such an exciting project and something that has pushed me out of my comfort zone and given me the chance to talk to like-minded people and even people from the creative community that I greatly admire but would have been too shy to talk to in the past. It’s made me so aware of the amazing community that Melbourne offers and makes me glad that I live here!


What advice would you give aspiring artists who are looking for a career in the arts?
Just go for it! I feel very lucky to live in a time where it has never been easier to make a living from working in the creative industries. Social media and the internet have made it so unbelievably achievable – its so easy to show your work to a wide audience, run an online store or find like minded people to talk to. It takes time, patience and a lot of hard work but if you keep plugging away at your creative work, things will hopefully work out.

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instagram.com/togethernessdesign
woweepodcast.com

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image features Throw Cushions featuring Greenhouse, Daylight and Rugged Earth prints – designed by Togetherness Design

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image features Esther’s workspace

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image features POLKA DOT JUMPSUIT – designed by omzii the label

Omzii the label is a small label aiming to make a big difference.  Exclusively designed in Melbourne, Australia, Omzii creates limited edition collections with a focus on detail, fit and comfort. Founder and designer Nyomi Nobes created the label to combine a lifetime love of fashion with an understanding of fair trade. Nyomi plans to continue to grow the product range and expand opportunities to collaborate with talented makers around the world.

This lush Autumn/Winter 2017 collection draws inspiration from Memphis style prints, the mod sixties era, textured knitwear and Scandinavian winters. With the use of a simple black and white colour palette and hand drawn patterns, Omzii has created a contemporary print story mixed with simplistic garment designs. This collection offers distinctive handmade knitwear in monochrome tones, clean silhouettes and a beautiful mix of flowing shapes. With minimal quantity and high quality — all garments are designed with Omziis confident handwriting for easy to wear clothing.

Don’t miss Omzii the label at our Melbourne market, only a few weeks away at the Royal Exhibition Building, 14-16 July!

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image features Mod knit sweater, Winter Wooly beanie, scarf and Sqiggle Dress – designed by omzii the label

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image features Mod knit sweater, WInter Wooly beanie, scarf and Sqiggle Dress – designed by omzii the label

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image features left: WInter Wooly scarf and Sqiggle Dress Right: Squiggle Top and high wasted shorts – designed by omzii the label

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image features WInter Wooly beanie, scarf and Polka Dot Jumpsuit – designed by omzii the label

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“Relaxed Sundays in slippers and a cosy dressing gown. Cups of tea, eating pastries and snuggles with my cheeky toddler if she’ll stop for a second.”

Sounds delightful!  Read on for Claire’s beautiful round up of local and ethical products.

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1. Classic Cacao Hot Chocolate by Ceremony Cacao
2. Classic Fingerless Gloves by Cashmerism
3. Pink Cable Jumper by I Love Mr Mittens
4. Peach Cushions by Merci Perci
5. Candle La Blanche by Maison Balzac
6. Chunky Knit throw by Kenzi living
7. Earrings Silver La Bomba by Merci Perci
8. Chug Mug by Studio Arhoj

About Merci Perci
Named after designer Claire’s pet rabbit Perci, Merci Perci is a lifestyle label with a colourful style expressing happiness. Signature prints, original one off artworks, soft furnishings, homewares and jewellery are all designed by and made mostly by Claire in her studio in Melbourne.

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Five Questions With The Souvenir Society http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/06/five-questions-with-the-souvenir-society/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/06/five-questions-with-the-souvenir-society/#comments Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:00:14 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28399 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-The-Souvenir-Society-3

image features Marlbing Season Multiverse Wrapping Paper – by The Souvenir Society

Born from a shared love of pattern, illustration, packaging and design, The Souvenir Society is a collaboration between Kasia Gadecki (packaging designer) and Allison Colpoys (book designer), with a focus on recycled stock and compostable cello packaging!  Discover more when The Souvenir Society debut at our Melbourne market in July.

 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Allison and I met in 2000, we were both studying Multimedia Design at Monash and envisaged a career in digital media, however, that was short lived! Not long after our studies, we pursued jobs in print related design; Allison in book design, and myself in packaging. Bonded by our mutual appreciation for pattern, texture, design, and intense love of stationery, we decided to start up our own label merging our 10 years (or so) experience in our prospective design disciplines.

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image features Marbling Season Acid Rain Card – by The Souvenir Society

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image features Marlbing Season Thin Card – by The Souvenir Society

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image features Marlbing Season Stone Cold Card- by The Souvenir Society

Who inspires you and your creative process?
Lots of things inspire us: our ridiculously talented friends and family, art, music and books. But our number one inspiration is definitely nature.

Our creative process is both independent and collaborative. We tend to start with an agreed vision and then go off and independently work on different graphic elements, such as patterns and textures to create a library of sorts, then compose compositions from elements we’ve created.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for The Souvenir Society this year.
We’ve been super fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with some incredibly talented local creatives who we really admire, and we plan to continue down this path, so watch this space!

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image features Marbling Season Stone Collection Tag Set – by The Souvenir Society

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image features Marbling Season Dark Matter Card – by The Souvenir Society

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image features Marbling Season Dusk Notebook – by The Souvenir Society

Name one resource that your label could not live without. 
Markets like the Finders Keepers! Because we don’t have a bricks and mortar store, it’s a great opportunity to meet our customers in person. It’s also wonderful to meet the other creators at these events and to feel part of a small creative business community.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
We have a massive crush on Japan, its people and their culture. And it is our mutual affection for all things Japanese that has inspired the reusable wrapping cloth, otherwise known as ‘furoshiki’. A re-usable piece of cloth with an intended purpose to wrap presents or objects, without waste (or sticky tape!). It’s a brilliant concept for its simplicity and versatility.

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instagram.com/thesouvenirsociety
facebook.com/The-Souvenir-Society

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image features Masters Cloths Boxed – by The Souvenir Society

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image features Marbling Season Collection – by The Souvenir Society

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Five Questions With Vice & Velvet http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/06/five-questions-with-vice-velvet/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/06/five-questions-with-vice-velvet/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 22:51:22 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=26764 This post was originally published on the 4th October 2016

image features the creator behind Vice & Velvet

Today we chat with Mei, creator, formulator, soap maker, mousse whipper, scent blender, photo taker, graphic designer, product packer, book keeper and general cheerleader at Vice & Velvet! Mei has been making soap and body products since her early teens, a passion that lasted over a decade before Vice & Velvet was born.  Catch Vice & Velvet at our Melbourne market in July!

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Since my early teens I was making soap and body products for my family members as gifts and it is a hobby that has stood the test of time. I originally started Vice & Velvet in 2011 to continue to fund this hobby but when I realised how much I enjoyed both the creative and business aspects of running a soap company, there was no turning back. It is still a one-woman business to this day. All my products are made entirely from scratch in small batches, using sustainably sourced ingredients and scented with my own signature scent blends.

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image features Mei making Black Jack Alley body polish – for Vice & Velvet

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image features cloud soap + bar soap + body polish – handmade by Vice & Velvet

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image features Mei hand-stamping soaps – for Vice & Velvet. Image credit Natalie Jeffcott Photography

What inspires you and your creative process?
I don’t really have a basic formula in my creative process. For example, with my signature soaps, the initial concept/inspiration might start with a person, place, time or feeling – from there I work on experimenting with different scent notes to create a blend that reminds me of that concept. Then, I would consider complimentary visual design, colours and ingredients and of course, a memorable name that is the final touch to tie all the different aspects together. However, I could just as easily start off with an experimental scent blend first, and then build a theme and visual design around what I felt the scent evoked. I don’t follow any perfumery rules when blending my scents – I just follow my nose and my heart and it has worked well for me.

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image features jewel soap set – handmade and designed by Vice & Velvet

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image features selection of bar soaps – by Vice & Velvet

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Vice & Velvet for the next 12 months.
I am constantly experimenting with new blends and releasing new Limited Edition scents so this is something I will definitely continue to do over the next year. I also have lots of custom orders lined up for 2017 so I’m looking forward to seeing my products head off to weddings and other special events all over the world.

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
The internet. Since I haven’t been able to take part in a market for 4 years (for logistical reasons – not having a car), my business has relied entirely on online sales and an online presence. I would love to own a little bricks and mortar studio-store one day but I can’t deny that the internet and selling online gives Vice & Velvet access to the globe and vice versa.

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image features Rockpool cloud soap – handmade by Vice & Velvet

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image features cloud soaps – handmade and designed by Vice & Velvet

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
Picking a favourite product would be like picking a favourite child but at the moment, I am incredibly proud of my Cloud Soaps. As with the rest of my range, I designed every aspect of the product and packaging and it took a lot of trial and error to get the results I was happy with. The scents and formulations are the same as some of my best-selling bar soaps but the whimsical cloud shape makes you want to hop into a bath with one of them even more.

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instagram.com/viceandvelvet
facebook.com/viceandvelvet

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image features Laneways cloud soap – handmade and designed by Vice & Velvet

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Melbourne AW17 Market: Designer Line-up Announced! L-Z http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/melbourne-aw17-market-designer-line-up-announced-l-z/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/melbourne-aw17-market-designer-line-up-announced-l-z/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 07:36:54 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28329 Following on from our A-K line-up announcement for the upcoming Melbourne Autumn Winter 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 Autumn Winter 2017 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Friday 14th July : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 15th July : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 16th July : 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 AW17 Finders Keepers Lineup announcement LZ
From left to right:
L’entendre, Lady Fox, Lamai Anne, Laura Blythman,
Lavallier, lazybones, Le Petit Bouton, Leah Jackson,
Leisure Craft, Lekkel & Co, Lil Gas, Linogirl – Anna Scheen,
Little House Stationery, Little Wolff, Lore Lore, Love Mae,
Luella Loves, Maclatchy, Make Me Iconic and marcello
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From left to right: 
Marikit By Kitty Choy, Marit Hamer, Martha Jean, McKean Studio,
McMurtrie Illustrations, Mel Macklin, memobottle Pty Ltd, Merchants of Nonsense,
Merci Perci, Miann and Co ( formerly La de dah kids ), Mickey Rose, Millésime Baby,
Mini Metal, Minimnt Kids, Miranda Murphy, Mon Manabu,
monstar kids, mookah, Mosey Me and Mother Daughter
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From left to right:
Mr Fancy Plants, MurphyMadeJewellery, Mushama & Me, Musings from the Moon, Nani x Yiying,
Nanna Woo Handmade, Naomi Bishop Jewellery, Naomi Murrell, Natasha Gardos,
nesska, Nest Accessories, Next of Kin Handmade, Nice Digs,
Nicole Berlach, not juste paper, Nzuri Organics, Oktoberdee,
Omzii The Label, Opaque Handcrafted and Ourlieu
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From left to right: 
Ovazania, Pant Active, paper boat press, Paper Saver,
Paris-Bourke, Pete Cromer, Pey Chi, Plant by Packwood,
Polaroid Soup, Polli, Poppies For Grace, Porkchop,
Proyager, Publisher Textiles, raw.suds, Rbcca Kstr,
Re-sawn, Rebecca Crane, Renee Damiani and Renee Waters
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From left to right:
retrobub, Rosery Apparel, Rosie Lou, Salt By Hendrix,
Seedleaf Designs, Simple Dimple, Sistawood, Skimming Stones,
Slower Dawn, Sparrow & B, Squeak, Studio Twocan,
Sunday the label, Sustomi, Sweet William, Talking Red,
Tända Modern, Tara Whalley, Temono and The Base Collective
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From left to right:The Club of Odd Volumes, 
The Commonfolk Collective, The Essentials Lab, The Only Label,
The Plant Society, The Souvenir Society, The Waltzing Moose, The Wolf and I,
The Zipper Tree, This Wee Piggy, Tightology, tinfoil collective,
tinker by Printink Studio, Tinta Crayons, Toffee, Togetherness Design,
Truso, Turner + Turner, Two Plums Design and Tympan Ink Letterpress Melbourne AW17 Finders Keepers Lineup announcement LZ
From left to right: uimi, v e e.p bath and body, Valley Plains Pottery, Vice & Velvet,
Victor Fox, Vinyl Cuts, Wheatbags Love, Will & Bear,
Wolf & Mishka, Wool days, write to me, WSworkshop,
Yin and Yarn and You, Me & Bones.

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Melbourne AW17 Market: Designer Line-up Announced! A-K http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/melbourne-aw17-market-designer-line-up-announced-a-k/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/melbourne-aw17-market-designer-line-up-announced-a-k/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 07:36:03 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28219 Australia’s favourite independent art and design market is back in Melbourne! Today we are super excited to announce our incredible…]]> 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 Autumn Winter 2017 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Friday 14th July : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 15th July : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 16th July : 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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From left to right: 
Abbey Rich, Able And Game, Ada Hodgson, Afternoons with Albert,
Alchemy Produx, alexis, eclectic, Alykat Creative, anaCeramic,
Anvil Creek Co., Apiary Made, Apom, Arcadia Scott Ceramics,
Asaka ceramics, Atelier Nómada, Babs Bodycare, Be Fraiche Skincare,
Bespoke Letterpress, Bilboa, Blacbrail Atelier and Blackinkk

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From left to right: Bliss Baby, Block Artt, bon lux, Bonnie Hislop,
Bridget Bodenham Ceramics, Butt Naked Skinfood, Campbell Charlotte, Casey Freeman Art,
Casherism, Cassia Essentiels, Cavarra, Che Sara,
Chloe McColl Jewellery, Chops For Tea Kitchenware, clay canoe, Claypots by melanie pec,
Clocksicle, Collective Closets, Concrete Crush and Core.
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From left to right: Crayon Chick, Crowd Collective, Daggy Designs, Daisy Cooper Ceramics,
Darling Paper Co., Dawn Tan, Devo, Dots by Donna,
Dressed for Sunday, Earth Bottles Australia, Edge of the Forest, Elk,
ElnazCeramics, Emily Green, Emma Morgan, Empty Bags,
Erin Katherine Cookson, Erinn Louise, erinswindow and Fabric Drawer
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From left to right: Feliz Home, Fictional Objects, For Me By Dee , Fortis Green,
Frank & Dollys, Frankie Gusti, Frankie Magazine, Freckly Ollie,
Frock Me Out, Geometric Alchemy, Glow by Culture Tea, Good Vibes,
Green Pea Books & Stationery, Habitue Design, Halcyon Nights, Happy Hands Happy Heart,
Happy in Finland, Harvest Lane, Heather Grafton Illustrator and Hello Sweet Mae
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From left to right: High Tea with Mrs Woo, Holy Tote, Homelea Lass, Honey Ginger Toast,
HooDooLouLou, Hook&Eye, House of Concept, Hutwoods,
In the Daylight, Indigo Luna, Irrelevant Society, Jaccob McKay Studios,
Jack by Sam, Jack+Jules, Jane In Tribe, Jenna O’Brien Jewellery,
jolie petite chose, Julie White, Just Ray Baby and K is for Kani
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From left to right: Katherine Wheeler, kennedy smith soy candles, Kindling, Kirralee & Co,
Kirstydavidson, Kitty Came Home, Klei on Beach, Knit for Life,
KOA – by Kaitlin, Kollab and Kumo.

Click here for L-Z

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Sydney AW17 Market Wrap-up http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/sydney-aw17-market-wrap-up/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/sydney-aw17-market-wrap-up/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 06:26:37 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28352 Wow Sydney! What an amazing weekend we had to celebrate…]]> Image captured by Mark Lobo - see more on Facebook

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Wow Sydney! What an amazing weekend we had to celebrate our very first event of 2017. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick start our Finders Keepers tenth anniversary year! Our enormous thanks go to the tens of thousands of you who supported all the independent creative businesses at our new venue at the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve last weekend!

Firstly, a huge thanks to all of our loyal supporters who have followed us from previous venues, Australian Technology Park and Carriageworks. Due to the change of management and sale at ATP we needed to find a new home in Sydney, so thanks for sticking with us! For more information head to this blog post announcement.

And to the long list of folk who helped to make our Sydney 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’re all getting a much needed rest this week!

To the staff of the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve; 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!

BIG HUGS and a huge THANK YOU to the Finders Keepers crew – we quite simply couldn’t do it without each and every one of you.

We will be back in Sydney in December, but first, MELBOURNE! Stay tuned for an exciting Melbourne announcement very soon.
#sydneyfinderskeepers #thefinderskeepers

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Sydney AW17 Market Opens TONIGHT! http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/sydney-aw17-market-opens-tonight/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/sydney-aw17-market-opens-tonight/#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 20:00:08 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28246 10th Anniversary?! Visit the Finders Keepers Sydney Autumn Winter 2017 Market this 12th, …]]> Poster artwork by the talented Esther of Togetherness Design

Are you ready to celebrate our 10th Anniversary?! Visit the Finders Keepers Sydney Autumn Winter 2017 Market this 12th, 13th and 14th May at our exciting new location The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve.

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 favourite tunes and shop your way into the weekend. The markets continue all Mother’s Day weekend long on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

With over 200 stalls, Finders Keepers is the perfect place to score unique products from local independent labels. As always, you’ll be able to grab gourmet delights and bites from our tasty food trucks and food stalls too.

Chill out on comfy Decorative Events lounges while you’re listening to tunes from our live music stage. For a gold coin, kids can kick start their creativity with a dedicated craft zone and contribute to our beautiful green wall, inspired by our event artwork!

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 Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve and find all the information you need to visit our huge Sydney event here. Read on for more details about all of the awesome stuff you can enjoy this weekend.

Design Stall Highlights:

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Studio OneThirty, ALO Botanics, Shuh., We Are Wild
The Seek Society, Ernest and Joe, Ovazania, Typoflora
Galina Dixon, Annie Hamilton, Clay Canoe, Juno&Ace Jewellery

Click here for the complete Sydney AW17 Market Directory.

Frankie Magazine:

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Pop by the frankie stall to meet the lovely folks who put together the raddest mag in town. They’ll have the latest issue available on the day, as well as their brand new interiors book, SPACES Volume Four (these tend to disappear in a jiffy, so get in quick); their first BOOK book, Something to Say; and their usual vintage-inspired bits and bobs. Plus, if you subscribe or resubscribe to frankie at their stall, you’ll take home a free bumper bundle, including a book, a tote bag and a set of enamel pins!
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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 12th May
5:00-5:40pm: Jake Stone (DJ)
6:00-6:40pm: SUIIX
7:00-7:45pm: New Venusians
8:00-10:00pm: Jack Shit (DJ)

Saturday 13th May
10:30-11:30am: The Vegetable Plot
12:00-12:40pm – Katie Brianna
1:00-1:40pm – Bonniesongs
2:00-2:40pm – Pheno
3:00-5:00pm – DJ Dylabolical

Sunday 14th May
10:30-11:30am: The Vegetable Plot
12:00-12:40pm – eüsh (solo)
1:00-1:40pm – Okin Osan
2:00-2:40pm – Emma Davis
3:00-5:00pm – DJ Dylabolical

Discover more about these talented musicians right here.

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 #sydneyfinderskeepers and #thefinderskeepers to join in!

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Five Questions With Ovazania http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/five-questions-with-ovazania/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/five-questions-with-ovazania/#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 03:02:09 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27949 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Ovazania-1

image features Tabankie Earrings – designed and handmade by Ovazania. Image credit: by photographer Daria Yákina

Designer Refiloe Khobane effortlessly creates a kaleidoscopic odyssey of contemporary accessories for her label Ovazania. Inspired by African aesthetics and handmade in Melbourne, be sure to add a piece or two to your collection this weekend at our Sydney market.  Read on to discover more. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
I am a graphic designer who was born and bred in South Africa. I worked briefly in the film and television industry before moving to Australia, and then made the transition into becoming a Graphic Designer when I moved to Melbourne. I always had an insane desire to be a creative entrepreneur and to create and have own my label. I knew that I wanted to create something that encompassed my cultural heritage, my love for design, modern fashion & accessories and my passion for most things that are visually stimulating and that’s how Ovazania came about.

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image features Tabankie Earrings – designed and handmade by Ovazania. Image credit: by photographer Daria Yákina

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image features Tabankie Earrings – designed and handmade by Ovazania. Image credit: by photographer Daria Yákina

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Get organised and be as prepared as you can be. The Finders Keepers is such an incredible experience and a it’s a great platform for you to introduce your label to a larger audience and potential stockists. Think about unique and creative ways to present yourself with regards to your display and packaging, so you can make sure that you’re on your A-Game

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Ovazania this year. 
Oooh there are some exciting collaborations with renowned Australian clothing labels on the horizon, I can’t wait to share them; people can look forward to some one of a kind pieces. I am constantly looking and thinking of ways to create unique pieces, there should be a new collection for AW17 and there’s a lot more in the planning to expand the brand, stay tuned!

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image features Tabankie Earrings – designed and handmade by Ovazania. Image credit: by photographer Daria Yákina

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image features Mothoe Earrings, pastel mint – designed and handmade by Ovazania. Image credit: by photographer Daria Yákina

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
Definitely Instagram! I mean, I am sure that the majority of us basically live on instagram, I know I certainly do; it’s a free resource with a wealth of inspiration from across the globe; perfect for a creative mind that has the incessant need to be fed and inspired.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
My favourite products are the new Tabankie earrings from this year’s Phadima Collection. They are luminous pair glitter drop earrings that are the quintessential statement piece for any occasion. I love these because they are a tribute piece to a very special woman in my life, Ma’Tabankie a woman who played an instrumental role in my upbringing. It’s been so beautiful seeing how well they have been received, it’s almost as if the world gets to experience a glimpse of her magic too.

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instagram.com/ovazania

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image features Tizita Earrings, black – designed and handmade by Ovazania. Image credit: by photographer Daria Yákina

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Feature Products: Cups and Mugs by Public Holiday http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/feature-products-cups-and-mugs-by-public-holiday/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/feature-products-cups-and-mugs-by-public-holiday/#comments Wed, 10 May 2017 23:04:35 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27848 The-Finders-Keepers-Featured-Product-Public-Holiday-2a

image features stoneware cups – hand painted and made by Public Holiday

 

Public Holiday has an emphasis on simplicity of form. Repetition, pattern and colour are also integral in the finish of each piece. Each piece is hand formed on the wheel in Carly Buteux’s small studio in Marrickville.

The unique shapes and glazes embrace the beauty in imperfection. The natural colours and textures from a variety of stoneware clays have become a feature in the continuing development of Public Holiday’s ceramics.

Be sure to pop by the Public Holiday at our Sydney market this weekend.  These gorgeous creations won’t last long!

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image features patterned ‘U’ mug made with a textured dark stoneware clay – hand painted and made by Public Holiday

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image features Public Holiday cup being used at Sydney SS16 Finders Keepers Market. Image credit Mark Lobo

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image features Blushed mugs, awaiting glaze by public holiday

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image features ribbed, shape up and universe stoneware cups – hand painted and made by Public Holiday

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Featured Collection: Plastic Pop Party by Renee Damiani http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/featured-collection-plastic-pop-party-by-renee-damiani/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/05/featured-collection-plastic-pop-party-by-renee-damiani/#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 23:37:56 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=28269 The-Finders-Keepers-Featured-Product-Renee-Damiani-3

image features Jellyfish Drop earrings – designed and made by Renee Damiani

Introducing the delightfully bright Plastic Pop Party collection, handmade by Renee Damiani using recycled plastics, hand dyed tubing and polymer clay.

Taking her inspiration from underwater, Renee creates shapes and designs that reference jellyfish and anemone.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled this weekend as Renee is currently working on a Deep Sea Disco collection, available at our very own Melbourne market!  Doors open 5pm Friday night, continuing all weekend at The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.

We love the fun and playful vibes that Renee creates in her jewellery.  Agree with us?  Show your support on Instagram.  Head to Renee Damiani for more.

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instagram.com/renee_damiani

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image features Jumbo squiggle studs – designed and handmade by Renee Damiani

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image features Confetti Tassel Bangles – designed and handmade by Renee Damiani

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image features colourful confetti clutch – designed and handmade by Renee Damiani

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