The Melbourne AW14 Finders Keepers Markets launch TONIGHT at the Royal Exhibition Building from 6pm until 10pm. We will also be open again tomorrow from 10am until 5pm. This event see our Melbourne markets expand, taking over the entire ground floor of the Royal Exhibition Building!! Check out our impressive line up of independent art & design stalls (over 200!), our Food Trucks & Farmers Lane, as well as our Vintage Emporium which are all NEW Melbourne features! We’ll also have live bands and djs plus all NEW creative workshops!
A feast for the senses you will be sure to find something new and inspiring, with lots to see, eat, hear and make! All for the price of $2 entry fee! Download the site map ahead of time to find out exactly where your favourite designers are located, and perhaps discover some new ones! For more information on the event including how to get there, parking and other info please head to our Melbourne markets page here. There you will also find out how to get a free ride to the event with Uber (new users only)! Take a sneak peek of some of the amazing new design stalls and event highlights below.
Design Stall Highlights:
Melbourne Market stall highlights L-R:
Garden Creative, For Me by Dee, Blank,
Resinate Jewels by Jacqueline, Constance Roe, Bridget Bodenham, Dear Mabel Handmade
Bikerax, Maisonette, APOM, Metta Skincare
For the the full list of designers see the Melbourne AW14 Directory
Bespoke Letterpress is bringing to Melbourne Finders Keepers a great big jumbo stall full of letterpress loveliness! Come find all of our stationery favourites, as well as lots of new goodies just launched – including new foil printed stationery and our brand new collection of double sided gift wrap fresh off the press – all printed the beautifully old fashioned way on our vintage printing presses in our country studio in the Southern Highlands, NSW.
Follow your eye to the wall of gleaming foil fringing and you’ll find the frankie magazine stall stocked to the brim with frankie issue 60, as well as their snazzy interiors book, SPACES Volume Two, and plenty of copies of the latest Smith Journal. Also up for grabs will be handmade headbands, bunting and pillowcases by the basketful, plus their limited edition market tote bag and frankie tea towel in three sweet designs. Yahoo! And the most exciting thing of all: their crafty workshops are making their Melbourne debut! Whip up some felt pennants with Kitiya Palaskas, rope vessels with Gemma Patford or bright and bubbly paper wall kites with Alice Oehr.
funkis is a Sydney based company, who owes its name – and aesthetic – to the Swedish word funktionalism, referring to the utilitarian design movement of the early 20th Century. Manufactured to the same specification for over 30 years, the brand’s handmade clogs and sandals are made from sustainable plantation wood and grained leather that wears beautifully and softens with time. Our collection is unique and timeless, inspired by modern and classic Scandinavian design. All funkis products are proudly made in Australia and Sweden; our manufacturing processes are part of a broader sustainable business model focussed on ethics and the environment. Our funkis brand bags, and a large part of our clog, clothing and home wares ranges, are made of vegetable dyed leather and organic textiles. We are proud to offer such high quality products to our customers at an affordable price. funkis will be selling their latest collection of clogs, bags and jewellery at the Melbourne market. We will also be giving away a free funkis necklace with each clog purchase.
A little bit about us from Otto & Spike… Back when we first started knitting, good ol’ Brunnie was the centre of Melbourne’s textile industry. Nowadays things have changed hardly anyone knits in Australia. Companies chasing cheaper prices moved their production overseas. Our family has been knitting in Brunswick for half a century now and we’re not about to stop. Like a good family recipe, our knits are constantly being tweaked and perfected. The finest ingredients are selected from Australia and New Zealand as we constantly scour the lands for beautiful surplus wools. Our bounty includes everything from Merino, Angora and Cashmere to name a few. Every great recipe warrants the best tools, we have an amazing collection of knitting machinery, enough to document the last century of knitted history.
Space To Create
At Space to Create we are all about furniture that is high quality and well designed – our aim is to create pieces that provide that perfect touch of style and individuality to any room. Online thinking is at the core of our company, with the online store being our main distribution channel and warehouse being situated in North Melbourne, Victoria. We’ve been in the furniture business for just under 10 years, first starting in the event hire business through STC’s sister company Dann Event Hire. Our aim was to always provide unique hiring solutions to our clients, continually scouring the globe for that perfect product to add to our ever-expanding collection. With this knowledge and constant questioning of “why don’t you sell your products”, we decided to bite the bullet and launch Space to Create in 2013. The Arrow Range is the debut collection for Space to Create – its instantly recognisable arrow pattern and sleek geometric lines provide the perfect choice for the design savvy customer.
TMOD output experiential Australian design. Led by multidisciplinary artists Georgie Swift and Milenka Osen, TMOD’s interactive stationery and lifestyle stories have transfixed a cult following. After graduation from The College of Fine Arts (COFA, UNSW), the duo established TMOD as a vehicle to explore design boundaries and challenge expectations of functionality and purpose. Blending materials and processes, TMOD’s manifesto is to design without constraints. TMOD’s stationery includes ranges of interactive greeting cards that requires the human touch from scratchie cards to cards that double as animal masks and temporary tattoo cards. The lifestyle range includes DIY kits of chalkboard stickers for labelling, bags that show the moon calendar, and pencil cases that come with a needle and thread to stitch your journey. Their latest range TMOD ADVENTURE is a range of enamel cups and water bottle with a double use. Each cup is illustrated with handy instructions of ‘how to’s for the outdoors. These include how to make a teepee, navigate using the stars and how to make damper on a campfire.
The Mod Collective
The mod collective is a small porcelain studio producing computer designed and generated vessels and sculptural works. My porcelain collection includes lights, table ware and art objects, the new collection encompasses glass, metal including copper and brass, and timber. The new Wall handle series in Walnut and Oak will be released at the Finders Keepers Market in July. A series of Wall handles that can be used as coat hooks, decorative objects, lighting brackets or door handles, they are produced in Walnut, Oak and recycled hardwood with a coloured Porcelain centre. A full range of table ware including plates and Salad bowls in old and new colours will be available along with a display of new glass and porcelain lights.
We were so delighted to have the opportunity to curate a special Vintage Emporium for the Melbourne Aw14 market! We have selected a fantastic range of vintage fashion, accessories and homewares sellers, who will have impressive vintage collections on display for you to browse and buy. We also have the fabulous Betsy the Vintage Caravan making a special appearance so head towards her to find a treasure trove of vintage delights. You can find the full Vintage Emporium line up here.
Food Trucks & Farmers Lane:
We’ve rounded up some of the best Melbourne foodies and asked them to create their most delicious delights for you at our Melbourne AW14 market! With five Food Trucks, coffee carts by Allpress & bars by Stone & Wood and for the very first time in Melbourne there will be a Farmers Lane! You will be sure to find something tasty and locally made to feast on, both during the event and to take home as well! Check out the full line up of food trucks & stalls here.
Shillington Sign Writing Workshop:
Shillington College will be hosting three sign writing workshops with industry experts Frank + Mimi over the course of the weekend. Go home with your very own hand-painted sign – and a new passion for hand-lettering!
Book your tickets here. – selling fast!
Unleash Creative Workshops:
Unleash Creative is popping up at our Melbourne AW14 market to offer a range of fun and creative workshops. Join Pilgrim Lee of Draw! Pilgrim, Magdalena of The Craft Revival, BLANK and Emma Van Leest for some graphic art, Polish paper chandelier making, jewellery making and paper cutting.
For more information click here.
Frankie Magazine Workshops:
To celebrate the launch of their interiors book, SPACES volume two, Frankie have teamed up with a few of their favourite crafters, Kitiya Palaskas, Gemma Patford and Alice Oehr. Not only will they help you come home with a little something to brighten up your own space, but also some handy skills to continue on your crafty adventure! Each workshop attendee will also go home with a free copy of Frankie’s Gift Wrap book. There are only 12 spots per workshop, so you’d best get in quicksticks.
Book your tickets here. – selling fast!
Music Line Up:
Here is our live music line up for the Melbourne AW14 Markets! Check out this announcement post for full details including images and bio’s of some featured musicians.
6pm: Mini May (DJ Set)
7.45pm: Mini May (DJ Set)
9.15pm: Mini May (DJ Set)
10am: Nenzy (DJ Set)
11am: Pixie Jones
12.15pm: The Man Who Wasn’t There
1.30pm – 2.15pm: Anne of The Wolves
2.45pm: Empat Lima
3.30pm: Nenzy (DJ Set)
4pm: Fabadelica (DJ Set)
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. You can also follow us on Twitter as well as Instagram. 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 so we can find you posts and share some highlights after the event!
See you there! x