The Finders Keepers Design and Art Markets Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:17:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DREAM JOB ALERTS (TIMES 3)! Wed, 24 Jan 2018 07:16:08 +0000 Finders Keepers Jobs 2018

Bridget Bodenham captured by Samee Lapham at our Sydney SS17 Market

Are you ready to take on your dream job with Australia’s longest running independent design market!? Finders Keepers are updating their roll call and we want to hear from you! Act now deadlines for applications close February 13, 2018.

Due to business growth and change, we’re ready to open our doors and welcome in a new Assistant Event Manager, a Partnerships Executive as well as a Customer Service Specialist.

Like all of the team at Finders Keepers, we’re keen to hear from born do’ers. Are you an energetic go-getter? Is your enthusiasm infectious? Are you highly motivated and ready to support growth and success for Finders Keepers? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

Head to our jobs page to see a break down of what we’re looking for across three different roles. If you’d like to hear more and receive the full job pack including requirements and selection criteria for any of the roles contact us at straight away.

]]> 0 2017 End Of Year Wrap plus Market and Application dates for 2018 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 01:11:29 +0000 tenth anniversary has…]]>

Finders Keepers Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building captured by Mark Lobo

What an extraordinary year our tenth anniversary has been at Finders Keepers!

We’ve continued to grow and continued to watch our community grow with us too! We’ve listened to your feedback and launched two new venues in 2017 and hosted some of our biggest ever events!

In 2017 we’ve welcomed new team members, launched a brand new website and hosted five unforgettable events across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

As you’d know, these events don’t just ‘happen’. They’re the result of months of planning, hard yards and plenty of passion from a small but very dedicated and incredible team that work across the country all year round.

It’s with truck loads of thanks to this amazing team

  • Alischa – It’s been many years and many more markets of your hard work and dedication to Finders Keepers. It’s time for you to pursue new dreams, but we’ll never forget the legacy you’ve helped us create at FK! Good luck with your new adventures.
  • Annalyse – A challenging year of launching new venues and much change amongst the day to day didn’t deter the results from letting people know to getting them in the door. Your smile on the ground when managing some of the tough stuff makes it look like smooth sailing.
  • Lindsay – Welcome aboard the FK ship Mrs Pepper. We’ve watched you from afar and now you’re part of the official team and we couldn’t be happier (and luckier). You’ve transitioned into the role seamlessly and already making lasting impressions.
  • Monique – Our online legend! Your super sassy style and sharp eyes continue to make sure we’re showcasing our wonderful stallholders so well. You are now our longest standing staff member and we salute you!
  • Rachel – Our stallholder superstar! Endless thanks from us as well as the many stallholders that you support all year round. You’re on the end of many phone calls, emails and questions which you manage ever so elegantly.
  • Renee – Remember that time we hit 150,000 followers on insta? What about the record breaking crowds in Melbourne? You can thank this marketing mastermind for that. We do not know what we’d do without you!

Tin Foil Collective captured by Samee Lapham

As well as our extended 2017 family…

  • Ryan – Thank you for being a part of our team for some time in 2017. Your support has definitely helped us to to develop some new systems to help streamline our hardworking team.
  • Nicole – For all your behind the scenes tech skills! We thank you for your superstar software development skills on streamlining our new systems.
  • Extra special thanks to our boys behind the scenes: Luke for managing all of FK’s website needs and Ezra for all of our last minute signage demands and your awesome work at events.
  • Thank you to all of the amazing team of casual event staff that have worked hard and fast with us at events in 2018. We quite literally couldn’t do it without you all!

Togetherness Design and Tara Whalley captured by Mark Lobo

McKean Studio captured by Mark Lobo

  • To the amazing artists: Esther Sandler of Togetherness Design and Megan McKean of McKean Studio who worked with us on our seasonal campaign illustrations in AW17 and SS17 respectively. The branding across all of our events has been successful in every way we ever imagined and more.
  • To our amazing event photographers that captured so many beautiful images and moments this year: 
Mark Lobo and Samee Lapham
  • To our music programmer Georgia Mooney, and all the wonderful musicians and DJS! Thanks for helping our events to buzz with great music line-ups.
  • To our wonderful event partners and supporters that we are so grateful for! We launched our Finders Keepers Supporter Program this year and have had some wonderful collaborations and friendships blossom as a result! Special shouts for Frankie magazine, Dann Event Hire, Dead East Bar Co. Capi, MOO, Beaconmaker and Whirlwind Print for your ongoing commitment to our community.
  • Last but not least, THANK YOU to the wonderful makers, designers, artists, foodies and musicians that have devoted their time and amazing work to the markets!! You are the people that shine and the reason we do what we do!!
  • Thank you also to the people that come to shop and support small independent business, and attend our events each year.

The Finders Keepers are now officially on break from 22nd December until 8th January 2018. We have some really exciting new plans for 2018 and can’t wait to share them all with you!

Sarah and Brooke
Event co-founders and Directors xx

P.s. Hi!  It’s the Comms Team here.  We thought we’d sneak in a big HIGH FIVE, THUMBS UP and THANKS to our amazing directors for keeping the FK dream alive for an entire decade! WELL DONE YOU GUYS! Here’s cheers to the next ten!

But wait… there’s more!

Marit Harmer captured by Mark Lobo

Public Holiday captured by Samee Lapham

Sydney AW18 Applications NOW OPEN!

To ensure our first event for 2018 is a great success, we’re opening up our Sydney Applications NOW.

The markets are planned at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve for 4th – 6th May, 2017.

Applications for stallholders who make and produce original and creative work, independent and innovative designs, or high quality products of a hand made nature are NOW OPEN.

As the number of applications grows each year, naturally, so does the competition. We anticipate an overwhelming response across our range of categories including art, design, fashion and food and will continue to ensure that the market remains full of fresh, exciting and ethical ideas. If you are a designer, artist or foodie interested in applying for the markets please head here!

Click here to apply, but don’t miss out; applications close 8th January
please note holiday closing hours for any inquiries

Keep scrolling for our 2018 dates!

Nanna Woo captured Samee Lapham

Pete Cromer captured by Mark Lobo

Market and Application Dates 2018:

To kick start the big year ahead, grab your diaries and note these important ‘save the dates’ for your 2018 market calendars.

Sydney AW18 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 4th May : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 5th May : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 6th May : 10am – 5pm

Applications for Sydney AW18 are now OPEN! Apply now.
Applications close : 8th January

Brisbane AW18 Market
Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee, Bowen Hills

Friday 22nd June : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 23rd June : 9am – 5pm
Sunday 24th June : 9am – 5pm

Applications open : 25th January
Applications close : 26th February

Melbourne AW18 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Friday 13th July : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 14th July : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 15th July : 10am – 5pm

Applications open: 23rd February
Applications close : 23rd March

Melbourne SS18 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Friday 19th October : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 20th October : 10am – 7pm
Sunday 21st October : 10am – 5pm

Applications open : 11th May
Applications close : 13th June

Brisbane SS18 Market
Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee, Bowen Hills

Friday 16th November : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 17th November : 9am – 5pm
Sunday 18th November : 9am – 5pm

Applications open : 15th June
Applications close : 20th July

Sydney SS18 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 30th November : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 1st December : 10am – 7pm
Sunday 2nd December : 10am – 5pm

Applications open : 27th April
Applications close : 18th May

Until next year! x

Dandy Tea Co captured by Samee Lapham

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Sydney SS17 Finders Keepers at The Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve – Captured by Samee Lapham – See more on Facebook

Sydney! Our hearts are so festively full! What a weekend we had filling The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve with creativity and colour on the 8-10 December.

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

We have a list (and we’ve checked it twice) to thank everyone that helped make our final Market for 2017 the blockbuster it was!

  • Firstly, we don’t have a market without our stallholders. A huge thanks for a huge market and even bigger year for us all! We deeply appreciate all of the talent, effort and hard yards it takes to prepare for a market of this scale. We hope that you’re all planning a summer of rest and relaxation.
  • To all of our Supporters. Your faith in Finders Keepers enables us to grow to new heights each and every event. Above all, it helps us to continue to support our stallholders even further than we could imagine.
  • Special thanks to our long term partners and fabulous friends at frankie magazine and Capi. Your ongoing support and dedication to our community continues to be recognised and appreciated. Thanks to MOO, Whirlwind and Signwave for helping us with our major printing requirements and to Beaconmaker for their continued support of our beautiful smartphone app!
  • To the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, thank you for hosting our event and welcoming us in our new location in Sydney in 2017. Special shout out our new counterparts Sabia and Eric who work effortlessly to support us to make things bigger and better on the ground and behind the scenes.
  • Big ups to Bangin’ Hangin for injecting love and colour into our new venue, thank you to Georgia Mooney for programming and coordinating the perfect mix of bands to entertain the crowds, young and old! As well as Matt and his crew from Dead East Bar Co, for keeping our visitors’ thirsts quenched with tasty teezers at the bars.
  • Colossal credit and thanks to the talented Megan McKean from McKean Studio for her city-themed original illustrations that feature on our posters this entire season.
  • Samee Lapham! Your attention to detail, hard work and oh-so-beautiful photographs are taking us back to that fun weekend! Check out the album over on Facebook, and be sure to tag your label or friends!
  • A seriously special thank you to our exiting National Event Manager Alishca Hermann, who has been with us for many years. She has left a legacy and some big shoes to fill and we thank YOU from the bottom of our hearts.
  • Alas, we also should shout out and welcome our new National Event Manager, Lindsay Pepper who many of you will already know! Isn’t she a superstar? Last but never least, the entire Finders Keepers team; permanent folk and casual crew, we quite simply couldn’t do it without each and every one of you.

What a way to celebrate our Spring Summer 2017 season!

We’ve got a big announcement coming in the next few days, so be sure to tune in one more time before we wrap for the year!

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Sydney SS17 Market on THIS WEEKEND! Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:00:41 +0000 BACK in Sydney for our final and very festive tenth anniversary…]]> The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17

Now the longest standing Australian design market, we are BACK in Sydney for our final and very festive tenth anniversary year market celebration! Head along to the 2017 Spring / Summer Finders Keepers Sydney Market at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve this 8th, 9th and 10th December!

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

Get directions, invite your friends on Facebook, follow the live action on Instagram and see you there!

The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market
Friday 8th December | 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 15th December | 10am –7pm
Sunday 16th December | 10am – 5pm

Design Stall Highlights:

The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market Directory

Clay Leaf, Crowd Collective, Sovereign Collection, Indigo Thread
Eggpicnic, Jillian Boustred, Liz Lau Studio, Molly Coombs Marr
Banabae, Home by Harlequin, The Fortynine Studio, Burnt Country

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

Frankie Magazine:

Finders Keepers Frankie Magazine Sydney SS17

Pop past the frankie stall and wish them a merry Christmas! Their extra-big bumper issue is fresh off the press and full of loads of goodies: pull-out wrapping paper, a giant 2018 wall planner, and all the usual laughs, lessons and loveliness. As well as that, there’s a special surprise at this market: a collection of blooming beautiful Edith Rewa x frankie magazine tees and totes.

(If you subscribe to the mag on the day, you might even go home with a tote and some enamel pins for nix!). While their 2018 calendars have sold out, you could nab one of the last remaining diaries before Saint Nick arrives. And the re-released SPACES Volume Four also makes a pretty great gift. Hint, hint.

Food & Drink:

Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Food Lineup

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

Music Set Times:

Friday 8th December
Shelley’s Murder Boys –  5pm
Richard Cuthbert – 6pm
Taryn La Fauci – 7pm
Martin Novosel (Purple Sneakers DJ)
 – 8pm

Saturday 9th December
The Vegetable Plot – 10:30am
Jack Shit (DJ) – 12:00pm
Lisa Caruso – 2pm
Ollie Brown – 3pm
DJ Dylabolical – 4pm  

Sunday 10th December
The Vegetable Plot – 10:30am
Jack Shit (DJ) – 12:00pm
Leroy Lee
 – 2pm
DJ Dylabolical 
- 3pm

Discover more about these talented musicians right here.

Get Social!

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

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Feature Collection: Woven Grafik’ by Milk & Thistle and Trade the Mark Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:30:19 +0000

Woven Grafik’ by Milk & Thistle and Trade the Mark

“From the very first time I saw Trade the Mark ceramics, I imagined it as a fabric print,” says Milk & Thistle label founder/designer Danielle Atkinson of her collaboration with ceramicist ‘mark-maker’ Christina Mclean. “Christina’s love of raw materials and dedication to slow craftsmanship was the perfect match for our product and we are delighted to work with such a true artisan.”

Milk & Thistle’s latest collaboration presents the designs of ceramicist ‘mark-maker’ Christina Mclean on suitably raw and organic materials – using hand-printing on 100% natural linen. The design explores the juxtaposition of negative space and pattern and perfectly complements the relaxed silhouettes of Milk & Thistle’s summer range. “I knew the hand-drawn etchings would translate perfectly onto fabric and create a beautiful, wearable art range,” says Atkinson.

If the Woven Grafik collection presents as the most organic print Milk & Thistle has showcased to date, that’s not just down to its genesis – as patterns etched in clay thrown and detailed by hand in Mclean’s nearby studios. It’s also reflective of a collaboration that could only have come about via slow percolation in the creative scene of Sydney’s inner west, where both artists work.

“I’ve lived in the inner west for over 20 years now, and I’d noticed Milk and Thistle on King St,” Mclean recalls. “I remember the first time she came to one of my Open Studios – we hit it off immediately. I loved that her store was up the road from my studio, that we are both inner west locals and are dogged about our passions.”

The local connection also extends to the production of the garments – which are all made locally in inner west Sydney. It’s an important distinction for Mclean, whose ethos is the opposite of fast fashion and disposability. “I believe Vivienne Westwood says it best – Buy less, choose well, make it last,” she says. “The transparency in Milk & Thistle’s supply chain is transparent, and here!!”

For Mclean, this range brings together her two creative streams in satisfying resolution. She developed prints in her other guise Christina McLean Design for the fashion industry for over 10 years, this collaboration brings both passions together. “To see one of my ceramic pieces translated onto linen and with Dan’s styling, well it’s come full circle,” she says. “It’s a wonderful process, that makes completes sense.”

Catch both Milk & Thistle and Trade the Mark at our Sydney market 8-10 December at The Cutaway Barangaroo Reserve.

Woven Grafik’ by Milk & Thistle and Trade the Mark

Woven Grafik’ by Milk & Thistle and Trade the Mark

Woven Grafik’ by Milk & Thistle and Trade the Mark

Woven Grafik’ by Milk & Thistle and Trade the Mark

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Five Questions With Home by Harlequin Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:01:40 +0000

Camarilla Collection – designed and made by Home By Harlequin

Designer Lauren Eaton’s proudest moment to date was having the courage to leave a 15 years career, follow her dream and create Home by Harlequin.  We’re sure glad she did!  Debuting at our Sydney market this weekend, read on for an interesting insight into Lauren’s creative process. 

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers? Tell us about your journey so far and describe your label.
Squeal! I have always had a wee crush on The Finders Keepers Markets. These markets have such a wonderful energy and house the most unique and beautifully crafted products, makers, designers and artists. I have always wanted to be a part of this and felt that this year the timing was right – I was delighted to be accepted to SS17 Sydney Market.

HOME BY HARLEQUIN first came about in 2015 and a large portion of this journey was researching materials. As with anything, there are always highs and lows, but with patience and perseverance I developed a collection of vessels cast from stone that are the result of years of inspiration and experimentation.

Austin vessel in confetti – designed and made by Home By Harlequin

Camarilla Collection – designed and made by Home By Harlequin

Austin vessel in confetti – designed and made by Home By Harlequin

Talk us through a typical day in the life of HOME BY HARLEQUIN.
On a typical day, I arrive early to my studio in Alexandria, as I feel my best work is done in the first part of the day. My favourite mornings include being greeted by the resident cat, Motor, who loves to sprawl on my workbench by the window. I always try to walk in with a plan, usually starting with casting new vessels and sanding others while they dry.

Of course there are lots of conversations (with people and my plants), coffee, chocolate, jazz music and more pats with Motor throughout the day. By afternoon, I like to prepare for the following day, which includes mixing colours, preparing stone confetti, and cleaning down my workspace. I am the sole creator behind HBH and I look forward to the day where I can dedicate myself full-time to this dream.

My creative process has been shaped from so many influences – from those that inspire me, to the skills I have learnt from years in management, and motivational speakers who provide valuable insights that help grow the work I am doing.

Ivana vessels, trio of dots in powder blue – designed and made by Home By Harlequin

Ota vessels in grey and blue wash- designed and made by Home By Harlequin

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?
Whilst living in Melbourne from 2014 – 2017, inspiration was everywhere! Many things inspire me, but above all, simple design, colour, shape, and surfaces. I also love food; it would be fair to say I visited lots of cafes and restaurants during my time there! It was largely their interiors and colour palettes that continue to inspire my creativity to this day.

One Finders Keepers designer I admire is Flora Waycott, who is debuting at this year’s SS17 Sydney Market and is my neighbour at the studio! Not only am I in awe of her illustrations but also having learnt of her journey and how she became the artist she is today is very inspiring to me. I am very excited that we can share our first Finders Keepers experience together!

What has been your proudest moment to date?
Leaving my former career of 15 years to follow my dream.

Camarilla Collection – designed and made by Home By Harlequin


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Five Questions With Paper Boat Press Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:51:23 +0000

Kylie(right) in her Paper Boat Press stall at Finders Keepers Sydney SS16 – beautifully captured by Mark Lobo

LOVE IS LOVE Ornament by Paper Boat Press

We almost lost for words as to how to introduce the amazing Kylie Johnston of Paper Boat Press, a community leader, mentor and a true inspiration!  So just read on.  Be sure to pop by Kylie’s stall at our Sydney market, our final event of the year on this weekend. 

We first interviewed your label in 2009 here. Tell us how you’ve evolved as a label since then?
A lot has changed, but the running of the core business is the same, all of our ceramic work is proudly made piece by piece in my Brisbane studio. Looking back on my first interview with the Finders Keepers in 2009, my 2nd collection of poetry was about to be released, and since then I’ve had a third book published, 2 years ago a collection of the quotes I use on my quote tags was published by UQP (University of Queensland Press) it is called ‘melancholy and bright’.

But since then probably the biggest and most exciting thing that has happened is the opening of our little gallery in Brisbane. It is now five years old, and we have held 13 exhibitions, with four on the calendar for next year. One of the things I think that has also evolved (and naturally so through the gallery) is a collaborating with many artists, using their designs in my work, selling their work and doing pop up events.

ceramic magnets at Paper Boat Press stall at Finders Keepers Brisbane SS17 – beautifully captured by Samee Lapham

works in progress by Paper Boat Press

What has been some highlights for Paper Boat Press since then?
The highlight would have to be the gallery, but I think one thing I am continually grateful for is being able to continue being a full time artist. So much has changed since 2009, we didn’t have instagram (blogs were big!) my online store (and online shopping as a whole) was still very new. I do love instagram as it has allowed me to tell my story, what my days are filled with, the inspirations I find, behind the scenes in the studio.

Another highlight is my sister Tiffany and I are now hosting creative tours of Kyoto. In January we are doing our 2nd tour and have the 3rd booked for October. This is just an extension of my love for ceramics but in a sharing capacity. I have also been awarded a Churchill Fellowship for next year, which is very exciting, and I will be spending 2 months in Japan learning Kintsugi and visiting galleries and learning from them.

How much time a week do you dedicate to your label and what does a typical day working involve for you?
Honestly I work nearly every day on something, but try and have Sunday and Mondays off. The gallery is only open Wednesdays to Saturdays, and we work in the studio on Tuesdays also. I have a wonderful small team of staff.

My days are mostly filled with my hands in clay, stamping in the designs as I have my staff to roll the clay and do a lot of the other jobs like colouring and sponging back, glazing and so on. I also spend time designing, responding to emails (though I’m pretty bad at that) and working on upcoming exhibitions that I host and curate in the gallery. We start making for Christmas in February each year, strange but true.

Paper Boat Press stall at Finders Keepers Brisbane SS17 – beautifully captured by Samee Lapham

christmas ornaments at Paper Boat Press stall at Finders Keepers Brisbane SS17 – beautifully captured by Samee Lapham

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Enjoy and have fun with it, make your stall a reflection of your work and style, be on trend yes, but also be yourself… One thing I have always had in mind when doing a market is the ‘big picture’, it isn’t always about the amount of money you ‘make’. It is about the connections you make with your customers and other makers, sometimes my less profitable markets have still had pearls like meeting a great wholesaler that I still have on my books to this day.

You have to know that it is about getting your product seen and loved for the long term and not just on a sale on the day. Don’t get me wrong it is about selling, that is why it is called a market, but like life there are ebbs and flows and if you are planning to stick with it know that sometimes something you’re not expecting might come from it. And there is so much to learn from just selling and talking to customers face to face, watching their reactions about price, colour, style, size etc… these things can only be seen by observing a customer in front of you at a market and can inform where you go forth from there with a product or whole range.

ceramic vessels – designed and handmade by Paper Boat Press

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?
To get more sleep (ha ha but true) I think as I’ve been working so very hard this year, and (for the last five years in fact) setting up the gallery as a place to have my work for sale year round, I need to work in a bit more work life balance. I have so many ideas including workshops and sharing more artists work in the space, as well as more ideas for the work itself, new products and designs.

I suppose my goal is simply to continue to live as a working artist and ceramicist and continue to support other artists through sharing their work in my gallery. Oh yeah, and more balance, but I’ve said that already… that is just to remind myself again.

christmas ornaments Paper Boat Press stall at Finders Keepers Sydney SS16 – beautifully captured by Mark Lobo


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Sydney SS17 Market: Shopping Highlights #2 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:35:08 +0000 ! Below is just…]]> The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Market is back with one of our best designer line-ups yet!

Below is just a taste of some of the incredible products you can discover over three huge days at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve. Doors open on Friday 8th December at the NEW time of 5pm!

For the full fabulous list of stallholders, you can find our Sydney market Directory here or better still, download our FREE smartphone app, and hold the keys to the markets in the palm of your hand!



Leather Essentials:
The FInders Keepers Sydney SS17 Shopping Highlights

1. Sovereign Collection
2. memobottle
3. All the Kings Men / Duckfeet
4. A-Studio
5. Afternoons With Albert
6. Blackinkk

To the Beach!:
The FInders Keepers Sydney SS17 Shopping Highlights

1. Boutique Brollies By Business & Pleasure Co.
2. Salt By Hendrix
3. Hobie Collective.
4. Fauve
5. Ranger
6. Saltys
7. Kollab
8. Woodlander

Set the Table:
The FInders Keepers Sydney SS17 Shopping Highlights

1. Public Holiday
2. Good Grief
3. Home By Harlequin
4. Tinker by printink studio
5. The Fortynine Studio
6. Posie

For the Planner:

The Finders Keepers Sydney SS17 Shopping Highlights

1. Andrea Smith Illustration collab with Earth Greetings 
2. Eggpicnic
3. Made From Good Deeds
4. Emma Kate Co.
5. Crowd Collective
6. Me and Amber

Click here for more Sydney SS17 Shopping Highlights!

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Five Questions With You, Me & Bones Thu, 07 Dec 2017 02:07:13 +0000

wann at her gorgeous stall at Finders Keepers Brisbane SS17 – captured Samme Lapham

details of You, Me & Bones stall at Finders Keepers Brisbane SS17 – captured Samme Lapham

Meet Waan Pivasiri. Cat lover, owner and creator of quirky and unique candles for her label You, Me & Bones. Waan sculpts, moulds and hand pours each candle in Melbourne using natural waxes and cotton wicks. Find these clever creations and more at our Sydney market this weekend and pick something up for even the hardest on your list.

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers? 
Our first Finders Keepers Market was in October of 2014, I believe – it was so much fun. I’ve never been to a design market before and when I visited FK in July ’14, I was totally in awe of the amount of customers and awesome brands that were there.

I love how even though we’re a part of FK every year, we still get discovered by new people, as well as seeing the regulars – which I think is super lovely since our products are quite niche and unique. We love that we’re offering something different to the candle industry and it’s awesome to see that there are people out there who are into the weird and the curious like we are.

doll head skull candle – designed and hand poured by You, Me & Bones

i tried trophy – designed and made by You, Me & Bones

Talk us through a typical day in the life of You, Me & Bones. 
Officially, You, Me & Bones is a one lady, two cats (Bones & Gas) operation. Behind the scenes though I have my partner Dan Danckert, a tattoo artist, helping me with product creation, mould making and keeping me in check with the organisation of my workspace; I do have major struggles with keeping things neat and tidy. Working from home is so convenient – almost too convenient!

boob monster vessels – designed and made by You, Me & Bones

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Oh, but I have so many! If I have to pick, I’d go with take the time to look up your stall neighbours and introduce yourself. It’s also nice to tell your back stall neighbour if you’re putting up a wall or a shelf so they can utilise the space – and vice versa!

doll head candle – designed and hand poured by You, Me & Bones

cat head candle – designed and hand poured by You, Me & Bones

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity? Is there a Finders Keepers designer who you admire?
I’m inspired by the weird and the wonderful. I love figuring out how to make something ordinary into something unique.

I totally admire Sarah from The Club of Odd Volumes and Sara from Alchemy Produx. Sarah from Clubs has become a really dear friend of mine and both ladies are such awesome mentors who have both taken me under their wings. *cue cheesy music*

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?
Expand the team and organise for a proper studio for sure! It’s been a long time coming and we are definitely in a position where we need more than 4 set of hands (and paws) to get work done quick smart.

poison collection reed diffuser – by You Me & Bones

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Five Questions With Molly Coombs Marr Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:45:49 +0000

Australiana Earrings – designed and made by Molly Coombs Marr

Molly Coombs Marr With Francis the cat. Image credit Kat Parker Photography

Molly Coombs Marr is an Australian designer-maker based in Sydney. Her handmade collection is inspired by the nostalgic, unique and beautiful parts of Australia and ranges from native flora and fauna, to everybody’s favourite childhood ice-creams. We are super pumped to host Molly for the first time at our Sydney market this weekend. Read on for more. 

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers? 
My childhood has had a huge influence on my design style today. I grew up in a country town in Northern NSW on a small farm. My family spent weekends traveling down red dirt roads to secret beaches and stopping on the way home for hot chips and ice-cream – the quintessential Australian Dream in my opinion. I couldn’t have grown up the way I did without developing this love for all things Australiana.

I developed a love for jewellery design at university and began making big colourful earrings for myself. Some friends began asking for their own and suddenly it clicked that I could start my own business from my love of design, so I gave it a crack and focussed my spare time on building my brand.

My handmade, collection is inspired by the nostalgic, unique and beautiful parts of Australia, ranging from native flora and fauna, to everybody’s favourite childhood ice-creams. Influenced by my love of wearable art, the Australian landscape and our unique plants and animals, my designs explore what it is to be Australian.

Bandy Bandy Snakes Earrings – designed and made by Molly Coombs Marr

Cockatoo Earrings – designed and made by Molly Coombs Marr

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Molly Coombs Marr. 
My workspace consists of a long desk in the living room of my little one-bedroom apartment so each morning I’m able to move straight from brekkie to work. Each day is different, but generally I’ll sit down with some music or an addictive crime tv series in front of me and I’ll begin sketching or I’ll dive straight into creating.

I’ll be joined by my cat, Francis, who insists on sleeping on my jacket at the other end of my desk while I work. Other than him, I design, make and manage everything myself (with the exception of my cute mum and partner helping me out at markets) throughout the week, which can be tough, but extremely rewarding.

Native Bird Earrings – designed and made by Molly Coombs Marr

Rainbow Lorikeet Earrings – designed and made by Molly Coombs Marr

Who inspires you and your creative process?
I’m inspired hugely by the colourful Australiana style of the 80s and 90s, pioneered by Australian artists like Ken Done, Jenny Kee, Linda Jackson and Reg Mombassa. The freedom to use such bold colours and really relatable, Australian motifs has had a massive impact on my personal style and they way I design.

Waratah Earrings – designed and made by Molly Coombs Marr

Seagull and chip earrings – designed and made by Molly Coombs Marr

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity? Is there a Finders Keepers designer who you admire?
Obviously I’m a sucker for anything and everything Australiana, so it’s no surprise I can’t take my eyes off Edith Rewa’s amazing botanical illustrations and the growing collection of clothing by Magpie Goose. Both inspire me to step outside and take in the amazing landscape, plants and animals we have in Australia and they both make me incredibly proud to be Australian.

What has been your proudest moment to date?
That’s a toughie. I’d say it was probably the moment I resigned from my day job to pursue my own business full time. It was only in September this year and it was one of the most gratifying feelings. I am so grateful to the people who have followed my progress and supported me so much that I am now able to live off my designs and the work I love.

Rainbow Paddle Pops and Bubble O’Bill Earrings – designed and made by Molly Coombs Marr

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Five Questions With Saltys Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:53:32 +0000

TIRIAN boardshorts – designed by Saltys

Salty’s stall at Finders Keepers Brisbane SS16 – beautifully captured by Samee Lapham

From thunderstorms to sunny skies, Sydney weather can be wild but that’s why we love it. Speaking of perfect beach weather, make sure you catch Salty’s at our market this weekend.  You’ll find small run surf apparel with an accent on colourful yardage prints and limited branding. Read on for our interview with legend Brent.

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers? Tell us about your journey so far and describe your label.
I came to be a seller at Finders Keepers through the Byron Bay Market community. There is a strong design culture in Byron and it didn’t take long to get the tip that I should be selling at FK.

I started Saltys after 6 years designing with another label called Sea Apparel. Once my wife and I had our son Woody I needed some flexible work hours as we juggled work and family. So I took a screen printing course so I could print my own tees which assisted in stock control and I started designing shorts for my new label Saltys with the plan to sell at markets throughout the Byron region.

Saltys is a boutique surfwear label. Small runs of boardshorts & shorts, tees and caps with an accent on colourful yardage prints and limited branding. A picture is worth a thousand words.

TIRIAN boardshorts – designed by Saltys

TIRIAN boardshorts – designed by Saltys

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Saltys.
There is no such thing as a typical Salty day. It’s more of a weekly or seasonal cycle. As a one man band I am across many things in the work week. Stock control, printing tees, online sales, marketing, social media, photo shoots, selling at the markets, planning our market calendar and overseeing productions abroad. And in between that, I need to find the time and creative space to design new yardage, tees and cuts. That can be challenging.

I work from home and a studio I have in the Byron Industrial Estate. I have help. My wing man Dan Sparks helps with with the markets and runs the ship when I’m away in Bali producing shorts. He is golden, a joy to be around and can sell ice to Eskimos…

ZAPPA boardshorts – designed by Saltys

boardshorts – designed by Saltys

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
My advise to first time sellers at FK is “DO IT..” Don’t die wondering. And once you do, get ready for a ride. Get stocked up, make sure you have a banging set up that showcases your stock and your brand. You are on show. There are plenty of eyes and itchy wallets at your disposal.. Put your best foot forward and give it your best crack.. You won’t regret it.

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity? Is there a Finders Keepers designer who you admire?
I get inspired by the weirdest things. Art, movies old design mags, curtains. Artists really fire me up. Andy Davis, Geoff McFedridge and Jeff Canham are always on the radar.

My 8 year old son’s drawings have recently really got me thinking. The unthinking. Considered but naïve. He made me a birthday card the other day that just said HAPPY. The font was amazing. I think I may turn it into a tee next season..

 I can’t name a designer that floats my boat at FK. Someone catches my eye every season. So many creative folks. It’s overwhelming at times. I like seeing what my Byron buddies come up with. They push and support me as I do them. Rowie and Bandikoot.

Panama walkshorts – designed by Saltys

Bolt eden walkshorts – designed by Saltys

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?
In 5 years I think I will be wholesaling a bit more. I am opening my first shop in Bali soon. Exciting and scary. Yep, wholesale and do a few design markets like the Finders Keepers and get a few Sundays back to enjoy with my family.

Whale Truckers Hat – designed by Saltys

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Five Questions With Naomi Murrell Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:38:19 +0000

PARADISO collection – designed by Naomi Murrell

Designer and purveyor of fashion jewellery and accessories since 2009, Naomi Murrell Studios brings a little ray of sunshine to folks who cherish fine design. 

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers? 
After working for Tiff Manuell on her Happy House label for 6 fun years during my mid twenties, I was ready to develop my own design voice. I spent a year or two freelancing, exhibiting screen prints, producing jewellery and homewares – figuring out what I was good at, what I felt most engaged with creatively.

During this time we began attending Finders Keepers – I think we started with Sydney, back in 2010, selling screen prints and laser cut jewellery. We were total newbies on the market scene back then!

These days we design minimal, on point – yet irrepressibly playful womenswear and fine jewellery. Inspired by colour, graphic shape, modernist art and offbeat cinema by the likes of Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson, the label turns out refined everyday pieces for the individual.

Our wares are available through our Flagship Store in Adelaide, our online store and a selection of boutique stockists nationally.

Jewellery – designed by Naomi Murrell

PARADISO collection – designed by Naomi Murrell

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Naomi Murrell. 
I work full time on the label with my partner in life and design, Dave Stace and our small studio and store team. We also work with some amazing ethical suppliers in Bali, who share our values for quality and attention to detail, both in the products themselves and the way they look after our silversmiths and tailors.

My work life varies wildly from day to day… from jewellery and fashion design, production management, graphic design, social media, marketing, styling and creative direction, to website updates, event planning, visual merchandising, team meetings and general studio admin. I can be in the studio, the store, at home, or on location attending a shoot or event depending on what is needed.

I try to devote at least one day a week to drawing in the sketchbook, playing with shape and colour.

PARADISO collection – designed by Naomi Murrell

PARADISO collection – designed by Naomi Murrell

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

Make sure you have enough stock, that you know your stand layout and product pricing way ahead of time. If you want to get good results it pays to be prepared. Don’t forget to wear comfy shoes, bring water and snacks and try to rope in a peppy markets helper, even if it is just for a few hours each day.

We find these tricks help us have a fun market every time.

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity? 
I am driven to be creative, I’m a daydream believer, a problem solver and I like a challenge! I get such a kick out of finding ways to bring beauty and fun into our everyday lives.

More than anything I love connecting with others, helping them express themselves and their identity visually. I’m very big on empowering women to feel feminine without too much frou frou.

The NM girl is a fun lover who delights in the details. She mixes vintage and designer pieces with confidence, dances to her own playlists with abandon and appreciates quality in all things.

I adore the work of Bridget Bodenham, a talented ceramicist with a playful eye for elegant pattern and form. Dave and I are slowly growing a collection of her work by choosing a new piece every time we attend Finders Keepers!

PARADISO collection – designed by Naomi Murrell

PARADISO collection – designed by Naomi Murrell

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?
As owners of an independent label which we have built from the ground up, reinvesting our own profits as we go, it has been a real labour of love in bringing our ideas and business to life.

Over the next five years we hope to build on our success through refining our slow approach to design, production and retail experience, with a view to opening a second store somewhere on the east coast, likely in Melbourne.

We want to share our good vibes with all the design savvy, relaxed life-stylers, living on the other side of Oz! Which is why we recently had a stall at Brisbane Finders Keepers for the first time!

Personally, as a designer I hope to chart new territory with each collection, to learn new skills, incorporate sustainable practices into our work and continue exciting our audience with new ideas and fun looks.

PARADISO collection – designed by Naomi Murrell


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