The Finders Keepers http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog Design and Art Markets Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:20:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.9 Five Questions With ALŌ Botanics http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/03/five-questions-with-alo-botanics/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/03/five-questions-with-alo-botanics/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:00:42 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27832 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-ALŌ-Botanics-10

image features Daily, Active & Beard oils by ALŌ-Botanics

Friends Jess and Rachel launched their boutique skincare range ALŌ late last year and have hit the ground running with their collection of nourishing face oils.  We can’t wait to chat to these clever ladies in Sydney at their very first Finders Keepers market this May. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
We’re two great mates with a passion for Australian native-seed oils, brought on by a chance meeting 2 years ago which ignited a keen interest into the power of plant and flower extracts. After delving into the world of essential oils we learnt that not only did these natural extracts smell amazing, they also have an abundance of positive effects on our skin, hair, and well-being.

From here, our obsession developed from perfumery and aromatherapy to skincare. When learning about the relatively unknown natural benefits of Australian native-seeds, we were hooked! We set upon the pursuit of the perfect face oil – one that nourished the skin like no other without containing any harmful additives or chemicals.

We launched at the Bondi markets in November last year with our Daily, Active & Beard oils, packing them with vitamins and antioxidants from natural Australian botanical ingredients – including Kakadu Plum, Sandalwood Seed and Macadamia Nut.

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Who inspires you and your creative process?
Australian Aboriginal people’s relationship with the land has naturally been a big inspiration and influence on ALŌ’s story and creative process. We are only just beginning to learn about and understand the rich and diverse history of our country’s native botanicals, and the unique properties and benefits of Australian native plants.

We’ve both also been inspired by our parents and experiences from our childhood. Rachel’s Dad is a botanist who often took her on trips to the local botanical gardens where he trained. She has definitely inherited his strong sense of smell and interest in plants. As a child, Jess travelled a lot throughout Australia with her family, into some of the remotest parts of the country. On these trips she learnt about the various native flora and fauna and how they adapt to survive in such remote and unforgiving environments.

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Tell us something exciting that you have planned for ALŌ Botanics this year.
We really look forward to continue spreading the word about Australian native-seed extracts and increasing people’s understanding of the benefits of botanical oils – both here in Australia and overseas.

We’ll continue to research, trial and test new native extracts and blends. We’ve found that the more we discover about plant-based skincare, the more obsessed we get! We’re really excited about adding new products along the way and have some big ideas for 2017… watch this space!

Name one resource that your label could not live without. 
For the products themselves and their raw materials it would have to be the Kakadu Plum, it’s in all three of our products. It’s an Australian super-fruit that has the highest natural source of Vitamin C in the world and does wonders for the skin and hair. Ours is sourced from Cape Leveque in the Kimberley region.

We’ve been really fortunate to have met some great industry professionals and experts along the way – both chemists and creatives – who have been really generous with their time and knowledge. Our tip for anyone wanting to go out and do something new is to always ask (respectfully), to pick the brains of those ‘in the know’ and you’ll often, if not always, be rewarded!

Finally, ALŌ would still be all but a dream if it wasn’t for our test pilots / family, friends and partners. Everyone has been so supportive and forthcoming with their help, which we appreciate so much.

alobotanics.com
instagram.com/alobotanics

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Five Questions With shuh. http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/03/five-questions-with-shuh/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/03/five-questions-with-shuh/#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:00:58 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=26119 This post was first published on the 19th July 2016

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It’s pretty impossible not to be completely obsessed with the creative work of Shuh Lee.  Don’t believe us?  Read on!  Of course, be sure to pop by the Shuh. stall at our Sydney market in May for an amazing array of technicolour handmade goodness.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
I have been interested in art subjects since I was young.  I would draw or do something crafty when I had free time.  I remember contributing artworks regularly for my club’s newsletter (I was in the Interact club) or competing in local art competitions!

Without much thought, I took up arts in high school and college in Kuala Lumpur before leaving home to complete my Fashion Degree at RMIT University in Melbourne.  After years of learning design, I decided to take a break and worked full time in retail.  Earning a regular income was great but I felt something was missing in my life – doing something creative.

The turning point was when I reopened my sewing kit and started stitching again.  I then slowly moved on to drawing and painting.  I don’t know why but I felt so excited about creating and having fun with materials.  I realised from that moment on, that this is what I want to do for life.

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image features jewellery – handmade and designed by Shuh.

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image features GRAFFITI clothing range made with organic cotton – designed by Shuh.

Who inspires you and your creative process?
I don’t have a specific person but I love observing and looking at people.  People on the street, people at the market, people taking public transport… I find myself picking up details that I find interesting and sometimes noting it down in my sketchbook or daily planner.  In the words of Grace Coddington, “Keep your eyes open. Because whatever you see can inspire you.”

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Shuh this year.
I am currently taking ceramic classes as I want to learn more about working with clay.  I hope I would be able to incorporate what I have learned into my upcoming work.  Other than that, I hope to have new prints (on paper and textile) every year!

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image features GOOD AFTERNOON NAP PILLOWCASE in organic cotton – designed by Shuh.

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image features the talented and lovely Shuh in her studio

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image features Girl cushions – designed by Shuh.

Name one resource that your label could not live without. Be specific (if you can!)
Colours.  Any tone of colour.  I can’t imagine not using colours in my work as it represents how I express myself creatively.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
I would pick the one off necklaces or earrings.  It is how shuh. started and I believe is the foundation of the label.  I love that every piece is one of a kind and limited in quantity.  I save it as a project for my play time.  There are no rules or time limits; I really enjoy putting materials together and stitching.  I treat them as artworks and documents every piece before it gets sold.

shuhlee.com
instagram.com/shuhlee
facebook.com/shuhxx

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Sydney AW17 Market: Designer Line-up Announced! L-Z http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/03/sydney-aw17-market-designer-line-up-announced-l-z/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/03/sydney-aw17-market-designer-line-up-announced-l-z/#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:24:54 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27740 Following on from our impressive part one, here is part two of our amazing line-up of artists and designers that will feature at our upcoming Sydney Market! Discover the complete line-up over two huge blog posts (A-K and L-Z) and start crafting those wishlists!

We cannot wait to see what these inspiring designers and artists bring to our first market of 2017, our 10th Anniversary year! Want more on these talented creatives? You can check out our Design Directory right here!  Closer to the market we will be announcing other fantastic features including our music line-up, our food trucks and food stalls, as well as more details on our event.

Don’t forget that our Sydney venue has also changed. The Finders Keepers Sydney Market will now be held at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve – the city’s newest and most flexible cultural space. Along with the venue change we’re also adding an extra hour of trade to Friday night for Autumn / Winter. For all of our keen shoppers, doors will now swing open at 5pm! For more information regarding this move head over here.

Sydney Autumn Winter 2017 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 12th May : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 13th May : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 14th May : 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.

Design Stalls L-Z:

The Finders Keepers Sydney AW17 Market Lineup Annoucement
Love Mae, Maclatchy, Made From Good Deeds, Made590,
Marit Hamer, Martha Jean, Mary and Sally, McKean Studio,
me and amber, memobottle, Men with Valor, Merchants of Nonsense,
Milk & Thistle, Milk Thieves, Minimnt Kids, My Little Succulent,
Nanna Woo Handmade, Next Romance Jewels, Nicole Berlach and Nikau
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Olivia Bezett , Orbitkey, Outer Island, Ovazania,
paper boat press, Pastel Designs, Polli, Public Holiday,
Pure Pod, Quiet Sydney, raw.suds, Renee Damiani,
Renee Waters, retrobub, Rowie, Scarlett Red Designs,
Seriously Milestones, shuh., Studio Onethirty, Surfing Sloth
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Sustomi, Talaria, temono, Terrariums By Bella,
The Club of Odd Volumes, the Raisin did it , The Seek Society, The Storybook Rabbit,
Thettray.shop, Tightology, tinfoil collective, Trade the Mark,
Truso, Turner + Turner, Two Warm Hands, Typoflora,
Upswitch, Urban Cartel, Uscha, We Are Wild,
Will & Bear, Woodlander, Write To Me Stationery and You, Me & Bones.

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Sydney AW17 Market: Designer Line-up Announced! A-K http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/03/sydney-aw17-market-designer-line-up-announced-a-k/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/03/sydney-aw17-market-designer-line-up-announced-a-k/#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:23:51 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27731 Drum roll…. It’s time to check out our amazing line-up of artists and designers that will feature at our upcoming Sydney Market! Discover the complete line-up over two huge blog posts and start crafting those wishlists!

We cannot wait to see what these inspiring designers and artists bring to our first market of 2017, our 10th Anniversary year! Want more on these talented creatives?  You can check out our Design Directory right here! Closer to the market we will be announcing other fantastic features including our music line-up, our food trucks and food stalls, as well as more details on our event.

Don’t forget that our Sydney venue has also changed. The Finders Keepers Sydney Market will now be held at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve – the city’s newest and most flexible cultural space. Along with the venue change we’re also adding an extra hour of trade to Friday night for Autumn / Winter. For all of our keen shoppers, doors will now swing open at 5pm! For more information regarding this move head over here.

Sydney Autumn Winter 2017 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 12th May : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 13th May : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 14th May : 10am – 5pm

Design Stalls A-K:

The Finders Keepers Sydney AW17 Market Lineup Annoucement
Afternoons with Albert, Aka, Alchemy Produx, Alison Jackson,
All The Wild Roses, ALŌ Botanics, annie hamilton, Annie Zorzo Accessories,
Archon Designs, Assorted Affair, Babs Bodycare, Barocky Chocky,
Bay On Third, Bespoke Letterpress, Bilboa, Blackinkk,
Bridget Bodenham Ceramics, CatKe Design, Chrysa Koukoura and clay canoe
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Cleanse By Hepzabeth, Crayon Chick, Cub Love Linen, Days of August,
drømme, Duckfeet Australia + All the Kings Men, dukes and duchesses apparel, [ek-ho] skincare,
Eloïse Panetta, Emily Green, Emma Kate Co., Erin Katherine Cookson,
Ernest and Joe, être guides, Fictional Objects, Flaming Pot,
Fondindustries, ForgeDesignCo., Frank & Dollys and Frankie Magazine
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Freckly Ollie, Frock Me Out, Galina Dixon, Geometric Alchemy,
Ginja design, Girl Nomad Ceramics, Heather Grafton Illustrator, High Tea with Mrs Woo,
Homelea Lass, Hungry Eyewear, Hutwoods, iBark,
In the Daylight, Indigo3 Designs, Juno&Ace Jewellery, Kate Sale Jewellery,
Katherine Wheeler, Kingfruit Apparel and Kingston Jewellery, Knit for Life,
Koa – by Kaitlin, Kokkos, Kollab and Kumo.

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Featured Shop: All My Friends Pop Up http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/02/featured-shop-all-my-friends-pop-up/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/02/featured-shop-all-my-friends-pop-up/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:00:12 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27712 The-Finders-Keepers-Featured-Shop-All-My-Friends_1

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To our lovely Melbourne readers who enjoy strolling down High Street in Northcote, you’re in for a treat!  All My Friends is a brand new, and extremely delightful little pop-up shop managed by Natalia of Wolf & Mishka fame!  Today, we chat with Natalia to learn all about her new venture…

Tell us about All My Friends Pop-up and what things we can expect to discover.
All My Friends showcases an exclusive collection of locally made and crafted goods from a talented group of Melbourne designers. In All My Friends you will find beautiful clothing, jewellery, ceramics, homewares, plants, and lots more in one carefully curated space.

I’ve always wanted to open a shop for Wolf & Mishka, so when this amazing pop-up space became available in Northcote, I thought whoopee! But it’s a slightly daunting prospect to go on a solo mission, so I decided to ask some friends who also run labels to come on board.

All My Friends features 16 very talented Melbourne designers. Products include women’s and tween’s fashion, homewares, jewellery, ceramics, super-stylish pet products, candles, bags, plant life, and tea.

Our designers are:
Wolf & Mishka – clothing, jewellery and homewares
Min Pin (who did our gorgeous logo!) – jewellery
Nice Digs – super stylish dog beds, collars, leashes and accessories
Merci Perci – exclusive original artwork, amazing plant pots, cushions and jewellery
Aacute – jewellery and wood wick candles
La Petite Fabrique de Brunswick – unique one-off ceramics
Jennifer Conroy – glass jewellery and sculptural ceramics
Good Sport – tween fashion
Togetherness by Esther Sandler– clothing, jewellery, homewares and accessories
Bon Lux – candles
Keegan – jewellery
Tara Whalley – clothing
Kumo – clothing
Louie Couture – leather bags and clutches
Storm in a Teacup – tea and ceramic tableware
By yiyinglee – ceramics

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How did you go about curating the labels featured at All My Friends?  We’ve noticed a few FK designers which is very exciting!
I knew some of the designers from uni, work or through our crazy younger years, so it’s been fun and rewarding to go through this all together.

Others, I met while attending markets, such as the Finders Keepers Market. It quickly became clear that my new market friends and I shared similar goals and passions for our businesses. Doing something creative together was a nice, logical next step.

What is your favourite part of the shop?
Working amongst so many gorgeous products, in a beautiful light-filled, deliciously scented space! I’ve also loved getting to know and sharing ideas with an amazing group of creative and inspirational designers.

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image features jennifer conroy sculptural ceramics, merci perci cushion and top by esther sandler from togetherness.

When you are not in your shop, what are you usually doing in Melbourne?
My days off are usually spent running around frantically organising production for Wolf & Mishka. However, I always try to break up the day with visits to my favourite Melbourne cafes for a much-needed caffeine hit! (My caffeine addiction is sending me broke). I also love finishing the day with a trip to my new favourite summer hangout, the Northcote Pool.

What do you love most about running your shop? What have been some challenges?
I love engaging with customers. You can miss that face-to-face contact when you primarily operate as an online store.

As any small business owner knows, there is a lot to organise on a day-to-day basis. I’m forever juggling multiple priorities. But all the labels have been so wonderful to work with, so overall it’s been a real breeze and so much fun.

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image features Wolf & Mishka jewellery at the AW16 Melbourne Finders Keepers Markets – image credit Mark Lobo

What new plans or aspirations do you have for 2017?
We hope to see All My Friends turn into a permanent store later this year. Watch this space!

Store information:
All My Friends pop-up will be taking place from Jan 23rd – April 16th 2017

All My Friends
277 High Street
Northcote, 3070

Trading hours:
Wed – Sat: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

*Times may vary to later nights and Monday/Tuesday’s through our pop up period.
So keep a look out on our Facebook + Instagram pages.

instagram.com/allmyfriendsstudio
facebook.com/allmyfriendsstudio

wolfandmishka@gmail.com

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Feature Poster Artist: Julie White http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/02/feature-poster-artist-julie-white/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/02/feature-poster-artist-julie-white/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:22:02 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27673  

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Who could forget the adorable Julie White, an illustrator, textile designer and all round legend who also happened to be our Spring Summer poster artist in 2016!  Julie was so busy creating and showcasing her fabulous new collection last year that we’ve only just found the time to catch up and learn a little more about her artistic process.  Read on to discover the joys of Julie White…

How would you describe your artistic practice?
I make Art Fashion accessories with my main obsession in mind – the prints! The range is an ongoing story of print collections, specialising in silk scarves and hosiery. I draw inspiration from personal experience, memories, imagination and my love of contemporary Australiana. I often keep my sketchbook handy wherever I go incase something sparks. Sometimes I might pursue a print idea that sparked that day, months or even years ago. Sometimes it’s quite a linear process but more often not. Besides the actual drawing, I spend a long time developing each print story from research to building up looks and technique. I love working with hand drawing methods as much as possible and using acrylic inks, gouache and marker pens most.

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image features Julie White’s latest collection ‘Lola’s Garden’. image credit photography by Jessica Clark

How do you feel your practice has evolved since you began your creative business?
The creative business I have now is very different since it began. I feel the journey started back in 2007 when I first put my work in boutiques during a rocky time in the industry. It’s nice to look back, and I do have those moments of ‘well….how did I get here!?’.

Aesthetically, it’s changed drastically, starting from one-off clothing pieces and I used to have a small line of screen printed illustrated leggings. While it’s changed creatively, the one thing that never has is my desire to make beautiful, original printed products people can wear. I love that my products can give people some kind of joy and find their way into their own individual style.

While it’s taken a lot of practice to figure out how to make a living from a creative business, as things get busier I have realised my full limits as one person. I used to be proud of doing everything myself and worked 7 days a week. But that’s just a silly recipe for being burnt out. I’m now learning how to delegate more and letting go. Scary at first, but the only way forward!

Have you always been on a creative path? How did you find yourself working as an artist and designer?
I was pretty lucky to have some creative parents who encouraged me. So it was pretty normal to think from the beginning that I’d end up with a creative career. I’ve been making things since I can remember but it was until my teens that I became really interested in fashion, art and independent style. I enrolled in fashion school after high school and decided from then and there that I wanted my own independent label.

But, it took a long time for my skills, industry experience, and not to mention developing the self confidence to catch up with my own ambition! I owe what I know now to study, travel and putting my work into shops as soon as I could. I’ve also been really lucky to work as a creative assistant for some amazing individuals (namely, now good pals at Naomi Murrell) for several years in Adelaide. I never really had a ‘start up’ business – it’s just grown very organically.

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What was your inspiration behind the beautiful artwork created for our SS16 poster?
It was really fun working with the Finders Keepers team! We started chatting ideas based on my ongoing colour palette and style. The brief being a Spring Summer vibe featuring Aussie flora and fauna, I was in my element! It was actually a really fun print to draw, building up all the motifs into the final artwork in a painterly, abstract style. It was pretty amazing seeing it blown up at The Finders Keepers Market and it’s definitely one of my favourite collabs so far!

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image features ‘Emblem’ silk scarf from Julie White’s latest collection ‘Lola’s Garden‘. image credit photography by Jessica Clark

Describe your favourite creative project to date.
Tough one! But I felt pretty chuffed to be an artist featured in The National Gallery of Australia’s ‘Street Wise’ exhibition celebrating contemporary Australian print culture (2015). A huge wall was covered in my ‘Red Waratah degrade’ print. It looked incredible as wallpaper, especially as the print was inspired by an Australian take on William Morris.

What advice would you give aspiring artists who are looking for a career in the arts?
Originality, authenticity and persistence. Finding your own creative voice and honing your style takes a lot of persistence but authenticity is so valuable. Find a story that no one else can tell.

juliewhite.com.au

instagram.com/hellojuliewhite
facebook.com/juliewhitefashion

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Image features Julie White’s latest collection ‘Lola’s Garden’, specialty printed tights and Julie’s inspiration behind the collection. image credit by photography Jessica Clark

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2017 Dates and Changes; Grab your diaries! http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/02/2017-dates-and-changes-grab-your-diaries/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2017/02/2017-dates-and-changes-grab-your-diaries/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:37:34 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27674 Finders Keepers 2017 Date Announcement

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2017 marks a milestone year for Finders Keepers! We’re embarking on our tenth year of operation – Wahoo!! We’re looking forward to an exciting year of reflection as well as celebration and can’t wait to share it all with our amazing community.

It is also a year of exciting change. Please read the following information carefully as our market calendar is evolving this year in more ways than one. As our beloved community we wanted to be sure that you were the first to hear about changes in the year ahead.

Market and Application Dates 2017:

To kick start the big year ahead, grab your diaries and note these important ‘save the dates’ for your 2017 market calendars.

Sydney AW17 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 12th May : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 13th May : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 14th May : 10am – 5pm

Applications for Sydney AW17 are now closed

Melbourne AW17 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Friday 14th July : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 15th July : 10am – 6pm
Sunday 16th July : 10am – 5pm

Applications for Melbourne AW17 Market are NOW OPEN! – Apply here
Applications close : 24th February

Melbourne SS17 Market
The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

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

Applications open : 7th April
Applications close : 5th May

Brisbane SS17 Market
Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee, Bowen Hills

Friday 10th November : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 11th November : 9am – 4pm
Sunday 12th November : 9am – 4pm

Applications open : 1st May
Applications close : 2nd June

Sydney SS17 Market
The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo

Friday 8th December : 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 9th December : 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10th December : 10am – 5pm

Applications open : 23rd June
Applications close : 28th July

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Image features INGO, Kirralee & Co, Atelier Nomada

Big Changes for Brizvegas!

The Finders Keepers Brisbane market will now be held at Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee, Bowen Hills, Brisbane

We’ve loved the intimacy of hosting our events at the Old Museum over the past years. However, we’ve reached capacity in this location and a rising demand from stallholders and shoppers sent us on a mission to create an event that could be on a much larger scale and compare with our other major city markets.

In 2017 we will focus on hosting one blockbuster event in Brisbane. We’re focusing on growing the number of stallholders we can accept into Brisbane, adding a bar, as well as adding an extra day of trade.

Stay tuned for further Brisbane updates closer to the event time.

Melbourne Apps Now Open

The markets will return to the wondrous Royal Exhibition Building on Friday 14th – Sunday 16th July.

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 in our tenth anniversary year and will continue to ensure that the market remains full of fresh, exciting and ethical ideas. If you are a designer or artist interested in applying for the markets please head here!

Don’t miss out; applications close 24th February!

Additional Changes

Many of you will be aware that in 2016, Finders Keepers piloted a market in Adelaide. While this event was a success on many fronts, it didn’t come without sacrifice behind the scenes. We are continuing to work on different venues, formats and business models for Adelaide and endeavour to bring it back onto the annual market calendar in the future.

We’re big believers that less markets, doesn’t mean less opportunities. In fact it can mean more! Make sure you stay closely tuned for a BIG online surprise coming soon. Bringing more opportunities to all of our stallholders.

Lastly, don’t forget that our Sydney venue has also changed. The Finders Keepers Sydney Market will now be held at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve – the city’s newest and most flexible cultural space. Along with the venue change we’re also adding an extra hour of trade to Friday night for Autumn / Winter. For all of our keen shoppers, doors will now swing open at 5pm! For more information regarding this move head over here.

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2016 End Of Year Wrap and Exciting News for 2017 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/2016-end-of-year-wrap-and-exciting-news-for-2017/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/2016-end-of-year-wrap-and-exciting-news-for-2017/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:56:31 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27617 finders-keepers-blog-end-of-year-2016-1

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What an incredible year 2016 has been for Finders Keepers!

We’ve continued to grow and continued to watch our community grow too. We’ve listened to your feedback and keep tweaking and adjusting our events to ensure that we are the best version of Finders Keepers we can be.

In 2016 we’ve continued to evolve our small team while hosting 7 major events across Australia!

As you can imagine, these events don’t just ‘happen’. They’re the result of a lot of hard work and passion from a small but very dedicated and incredible team that work across the country all year round.

Our huge thanks go to our amazing team…

  • Alischa – For heading up the enormous job of our event management! Thank you for bringing all of the logistics for each city together and ensuring everything runs smoothly (especially while managing the logistics of a newborn)!
  • Annalyse – For making our communications shine bright like a diamond all season round, not to mention diving head first into leadership mode at all of our events moonlighting as our crew manager.
  • Monique – Our online rockstar. Your sharp eyes make sure we showcase our wonderful stallholders so well. You were one of our first staff members and continue to do an epic job of our online content.
  • Rachel – Our amazing stallholder superstar! You manage so much, put out plenty of friendly fires and are an incredible support to all of our stallholders and suppliers.
  • Renee – For making all of our online marketing and social media hum every single day of the year! Not to mention the small feat of getting us to over 120K followers on insta! YES!
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As well as our extended 2016 family…

  • Angela and Vanessa – Thanks so much for your contribution and being a part of our team earlier this year, your lasting impact is still felt daily and your presence at FK is dearly missed.
  • Extra special thanks to our boys behind the scenes: Luke for managing all of FK’s website needs and Ezra for all of 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 2016: Aaron, Adrian, Amy, Anna, Bec, Candice, Emma, Ezra, Gabbi, Glenn, Grace, Jarrod, Jennifer, Jodi, Josh, Laura, Lindsay, Louise, Li Yan, Monique, Neisha, Olivia, Phoebe, Renee, Ruby and Wallace.
  • To the amazing artists: Peaches + Keen and Julie White who worked with us on our seasonal campaign illustrations in AW16 and SS16 respectively. The branding across all of our events has been successful in every way.
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To our amazing event photographers that captured so many beautiful images and moments this year: 
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To our music co-ordinators: Georgia Mooney, Fabien Beillard and Alannah McFadzen thanks for helping our events to buzz with great music line-ups.
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To our wonderful event partners and supporters that we are so grateful for! Frankie magazine, Dann Event Hire, Capi, Moo, Beaconmaker and Whirlwind Print

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 23rd December until 9th January 2017. We have some really exciting new plans for 2017 and can’t wait for an even bigger and better 2017!

Sarah and Brooke
Event co-founders and Directors xx

P.s. Hi!  It’s the Comms Team here.  We thought we’d take this opportunity thank our amazing directors for creating Finders Keepers and for tirelessly supporting this wonderful community that we adore. Thanks legends! :) x

But wait… there’s more!

Exciting news for 2017!

Image credit: Kata Bayer Photography for Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Image credit: Kata Bayer Photography for Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Drum roll….. 2017 marks a milestone year for Finders Keepers as we embark on our tenth year of operation! (We can’t believe it either). We’re so excited to share lots of surprises with our entire community for the big birthday year – we thought we’d kick start by letting you know about our NEW LOCATION!

The Finders Keepers Sydney Market will now be held at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve – the city’s newest and most flexible cultural space. For those of you yet to visit, it is an incredible new site available for Sydneysiders and tourists to enjoy. It sits beneath Barangaroo Reserve and is set amongst Sydney’s native botanic garden and surrounded by the beauty of Sydney harbour. Notably it’s got great access for ferries, buses and trains as well as those on foot and bikes too!

Our team has worked tirelessly throughout the current season to ensure we could secure the best new venue for you. Australian Technology Park has sold privately and we are sadly unable to continue to use this venue. We’d like to thank ATP for memories and all they have done for us over the years and wish all of their staff well.

We’re looking forward to hosting a series beautiful and exciting events with you all next year. Stay tuned for more information to come in 2017!

Venue tick. Applications open. TICK.

To ensure our first event at Barangaroo (and first event for 2017) is a great success, we’re opening up our Sydney Applications NOW.

The markets are planned at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve for 12th – 14th May, 2017. Opening Friday 12th from 5pm – 10pm and continuing Saturday 13th from 10am – 5pm as well as Mother’s Day Sunday 14th from 10am – 5pm.

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 in our tenth anniversary year and will continue to ensure that the market remains full of fresh, exciting and ethical ideas. If you are a designer or artist interested in applying for the markets please head here!

Don’t miss out; applications close 20th January (please note holiday closing hours for any inquiries).

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Image features The Nonsense Maker, Ingo, ManPlants, Casey Freeman Art, Our Instagram Wall and Capi captured by Mark Lobo and Samee Lapham

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Sydney SS16 Market Wrap-up http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/sydney-ss16-market-wrap-up/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/sydney-ss16-market-wrap-up/#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:00:20 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27595 Image captured by Mark Lobo. See more on Facebook!

Image captured by Mark Lobo. See more on Facebook!

Wow Sydney! What an amazing weekend we had to wrap our Spring Summer season of markets! We’ve had such a huge year, it was such a fantastic way to celebrate. Our biggest brightest thanks to the tens of thousands of you who supported over 200 independent creative businesses at the Australian Technology Park last weekend!

There is a long list of you who helped to make our Sydney SS16 market happen.

  • A heartfelt thanks to all of our extremely hardworking and talented stallholders. What a huge year it has been! We really appreciate all of the effort and hard yards it takes to prepare for a market of this scale, especially during such a busy time of year. We hope that you’re all getting a much needed rest!
  • To the staff of the Australian Technology Park; thank you for hosting our event and for taking care of us all weekend.
  • Thank you to our fabulous friends at frankie magazine, your ongoing support is hugely appreciated.
  • Thanks to Dann Event Hire, for working so so hard to create the perfect chill out spaces for our busy shoppers, and to the team at Capi for keeping our stallholders and visitors hydrated and happy.
  • Thanks to Whirlwind for helping us with our major printing requirements and to Beaconmaker for their continued support of our beautiful smartphone app!
  • Thank you again to the gorgeous Julie White for the stunning original illustration featured on our poster, gorgeous decorations and our very first digital billboard!
  • 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.

See you all again in Sydney next year!
#sydneyfinderskeepers #thefinderskeepers

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Sydney SS16 Market Opens TONIGHT http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/sydney-ss16-market-opens-tonight/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/sydney-ss16-market-opens-tonight/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:00:59 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27445 Finders Keepers is returning to Sydney for our last stop on the Spring Summer Market calendar.…]]> Sydney SS16 Market

In perfect time for Christmas, Finders Keepers is returning to Sydney for our last stop on the Spring Summer Market calendar.

Now in it’s 9th year, Australia’s favourite design market is coming back to the Australian Technology Park this Friday night from 6pm to 10pm, and again on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Join in the weekend of festive fun where thousands of people come along to shop up a storm while celebrating independent art and design. With over 200 stalls, Finders Keepers is packed to the rafters with perfect pressies, sensational stocking fillers and cracking Kris Kringle ideas.

As always, you’ll be able to grab gourmet delights and bites from our tasty food trucks and food stalls.  Kick back on one of the comfy Dann Event lounges while you’re listening to the sweet tunes from our live music stage.

Be sure to head to our Instagram Wall for a fun themed place to create special memories with friends.  Don’t forget to tag your photos #sydneyfinderskeepers #thefinderskeepers!

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

Plan your route to the historic Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh and find all the information you need over here on our special Sydney markets page.

Our friends at UBER have provided us with a super uber offer that will save you pennies on parking too. If you’re using UBER for the first time your can get $20 off your first ride with the code FINDERSKEEPERS20.

Find your favourite designers by downloading our event map ahead of time here [Download pdf size 379kb] or better still, download our brand new FREE smartphone app, and hold the keys to the markets in the palm of your hand!

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Read on for more details about all of the awesome stuff you can enjoy this weekend.

Design Stall Highlights:

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Woodfolk, Camp Cove Swim, EggPicnicAlchemy Produx
Cocheta, Huddle & Co, Slower Dawn, Kollab
Hello Miss May, Chops For Tea, Bilboa, McKean Studio

Click here for the complete Sydney SS16 Market Directory.

Frankie Magazine:

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Come meet the lovely folk that put together the raddest mag in town: frankie. They’ll have their last-ever 2017 calendars and diaries (not to alarm you, but there’s only a handful left!); their brand new bumper issue of frankie magazine, filled with lots of exciting extras; their first BOOK book, Something to Say; as well as their usual bits and bobs. Plus, if you subscribe or resubscribe to frankie at their stall, you might just walk away with some free goodies!

Food and Drink Stalls:

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 9th December
6:00-6:40pm: Taryn La Fauci
7:00-7:40pm: Martha Marlow
8:00-10:00pm: Martin Novosel (Purple Sneakers DJ)

Saturday 1oth December
10:30-11:30am: The Vegetable Plot
12:00-1:30pm – Jack Shit (DJ)
2:00-2:40pm – Elizabeth Hughes
3:00-3:40pm – Rachel Maria Cox
3:40-5:00pm – DJ Dylabolical

Sunday 11th December
10:30-11:30am: The Vegetable Plot
12:00-1:30pm – Jack Shit (DJ)
2:00-2:40pm – Jep & DEP
3:00-3:40pm – G G
3:40-5:00pm – 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 ANTIPASTEL http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/five-questions-with-antipastel/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/five-questions-with-antipastel/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:34:41 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27413 Image features Antipastel captured at our Sydney AW16 Market by Mark Lobo

Image features Antipastel captured at our Sydney AW16 Market by Mark Lobo

If it’s a distinctly Australiana flavour that you’re after, make sure you also check out Antipastel at our Sydney market this weekend. Designer / Maker Michaela Stone pays tribute to Australia using modern national emblems like prawns and budgies; brightening up her tongue in cheek jewellery and accessories range.  Read on to discover more!

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label
As a little girl, I used to fill up countless supermarket sketchbooks with biro drawings of everything from princesses to centaurs and my own Sailor Moon/Planeteer-inspired superheroes. I grew up watching Fantasia, The Little Mermaid and Fern Gully on repeat, and enjoying the works of Australian illustrators and artists, like Jeannie Baker, through picture books. I learned to play the flute, sing and act through school and went on to study visual communication at uni. I’ve always been creatively inclined and feel a deep desire to express myself through my own makings. I started ANTIPASTEL as a way to do that. I believe the world needs more colour and really I just need to get what’s in my head out there. I get a lot of joy from sharing that with other people and seeing them react positively to it.

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Talk to your fellow stallholders! Finders Keepers is a great way to meet new customers, yes, but it’s also a great way to meet likeminded makers from all over the place! Step away from your stand for a few minutes and take the time to go around to the other stallholders and say hi. It’s a wonderfully supportive community out there! And try the food, too…

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Tell us something exciting that you have planned for ANTIPASTEL in the next year
I have a bazillion ideas for new sketches that will make their way onto textiles and jewels shortly. There are a few bigger projects simmering in the background, too – but I’m keeping mum on those for now!

Name one resource that your label could not live without
Oof. Just one? Really, it’s the support – and the extended knowledge base – of the immensely talented creative friends I’ve been fortunate to meet through doing markets like Finders Keepers. Closely followed by packing tape, and cheese flavoured corn chips.

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Tell us about your favourite product from your collection
New Aussie-made linen aprons! I’m proud that these are made here, they showcase my illustrations really well and they’re incredibly practical!

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Five Questions with The Salty Merchants http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/five-questions-with-the-salty-merchants/ http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/2016/12/five-questions-with-the-salty-merchants/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:16:55 +0000 http://www.thefinderskeepers.com/blog/?p=27421 finders-keepers-5-questions-the-salty-merchants-1

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We chat with Lachlan of The Salty Merchants as they prepare for their first ever Finders Keepers market stall at our Sydney market this weekend! In perfect time for summer too! 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label
My name is Lachlan Leckie.  I have been a graphic designer and mixed media artist in the surf and beach industry for over 15 years. The Salty Merchants started as a hobby and an outlet/excuse for me to make and experiment with surf products I liked (mainly surfboard fins to start) and over the past five years it has developed into the reality it is today.

In the past two years we have launched a sub label for more beach and lifestyle related products, this is called BOUTIQUE BROLLIES and is founded on our high quality beach umbrellas.

Who inspires you and your creative process?
The past is a huge inspiration, we like to reference the days when things were made well and made to last. I like to think it’s the future and the trend is starting to pull away from disposable consumer goods and we would like to contribute to that movement.

Our aim has always been to put the time and energy into doing things that the big companies wouldn’t (probably because it doesn’t make good business sense haha).

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Image features beach umbrella made locally in Coolangatta by The Salty Merchants

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Image features beach umbrella made locally in Coolangatta by The Salty Merchants

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for your label
Everything is exciting at this stage. We have gained some traction overseas and have distribution in Japan, EU and UK and have began setting up our own base in the US.  All of it is daunting but exciting at the same time.

On the product side, there has been the most amazing response to the umbrellas part of the business this past year and we have began to expand the range including some very cool and very large out door cushions and deck chairs.

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Image features beach umbrella made locally in Coolangatta by The Salty Merchants

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Image features beach umbrella made locally in Coolangatta by The Salty Merchants

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
A beautiful environment is key. Specifically sunshine and waves haha. We notice a huge slump in sales when the weather goes bad or the ones goes flat so we are always praying for good weather.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
My favourite product would have to be the Cashmere canvas umbrella from our latest range. The print crosses the surf side of the brand with the beach lifestyle side and the finish and look of it make me feel like going on a mystical and very salty adventure some place in the unknown.

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