The Finders Keepers Design and Art Markets Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:14:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gift Guide: For the Kids With Minimnt Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:14:00 +0000 We asked Ashleigh, of Sydney based kids label Minimnt to pull together some fun gift ideas For the Kids. What was Ashleigh’s inspiration?

Kids are like little bubbles of energy, ready to burst from excitement! That’s why we think their clothes, toys and bedrooms should be as unique and crazy as them. I’ve picked out 10 awesome products to get you inspired, now go see what’s out there!

Sounds like so much fun!  Read on for Ashleigh’s exciting round up of local and ethical products.


1. O My, Fish Eye! By Beach & Bandits
2. Chasing Inky by Electric Confetti
3. My Treasure Board by Onetwotree
4. Palm 2 by Victor Fox
5. Fox Gathered Dress by Minimnt
6. Backpack Mini Victor Fox Limited Edition by The Little Vikings
7. Cool Kids Flag by Woouf
8. Alternative Leopard Leggings by Talking Red
9. Desert is Alive Floor Cushion by Little Wolff
10. Electric Boots by Pretty Brave

About Minimnt
Hey I’m Ashleigh and I have a kids clothing label called Minimnt. I think of myself as a big kid designing for little kids. I love how unapologetic kids are, when they hate something they’ll stick their tongue out but when they like something they really love it and will wear it every single day. That’s what I strive for. Designing for kids is the best job I could have ever fallen into, as I love colour, prints and small things.

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Melbourne AW17 Market Wrap-up Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:32:22 +0000 Finders Keepers Melbourne AW17 Market - Royal Exhibition Building Captured by Mark Lobo


Melbourne! You’ve completely blown us away. We are only just coming up for air after our RECORD BREAKING 10th Anniversary Market on the 14-16 July.

Our enormous thanks to the tens of thousands of you who walked through the doors and supported all our independent creative businesses at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton.

There is a list of thanks a mile long to those that helped make the Melbourne AW17 Market happen.

A huge heartfelt thanks to all of our extremely hardworking and talented stallholders. What a huge year it has been (already)! We really appreciate all of the effort and hard yards it takes to prepare for a market of this scale. We hope that you all took a well deserved rest!

To the staff of the Royal Exhibition Building; thank you for hosting our event and for taking care of us all weekend.

To all of our Finders Keepers Supporters. Your faith in Finders Keepers supports us to grow to new heights each and every event, and above all helps us to continue to support our special stallholders even further than we could imagine.

Special thanks to our long term partners and fabulous friends at frankie magazine and Capi. Your ongoing support is hugely appreciated.

Thank you to Georgia Mooney for curating and coordinating the perfect mix of bands to entertain the crowds, young and old!

Thanks to Whirlwind and Signwave for helping us with our major printing requirements and to Beaconmaker for their continued support of our beautiful smartphone app!

Thank you to the gorgeous Esther Sandler from Togetherness Design for the stunning original illustration featured on our poster.

Thank you to Mark Lobo for all your incredible enthusiasm, hard work and oh-so-beautiful photographs! Check out the album over on Facebook, and be sure to tag your label or friends!

Last but never least, HUGE THANK YOUS to the Finders Keepers crew – we quite simply couldn’t do it without each and every one of you.

What a way to wrap the Autumn / Winter season!

Next on the calendar, Spring / Summer 17 taking place over October, November December in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney! Download the special city-themed artwork by Megan McKean and RSVP on Facebook to help spread the word.

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Are you ready for a huge weekend of art, design, food and music?! Visit the Finders Keepers Melbourne Autumn Winter 2017 Market this 14th, 15th and 16th July at the beautiful heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. Invite your friends and see you there!

For all of Finders Keepers keen shoppers, doors will swing open at the new time of 5pm TONIGHT! It’s the perfect place to grab a drink, bite to eat, have a boogie to some sweet tunes and shop your way into the weekend.  Featuring over 250 stalls, the markets continue all weekend long on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

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

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

Plan your route via public transport to the Royal Exhibition Building and find all the information you need to visit our huge Melbourne event here. Read on for more details about all of the awesome stuff you can enjoy this weekend.

Design Stall Highlights:

Melbourne Designers Finders Keepers

Martha Jean, Merci Perci, Mushama and Me, Collective Closets
Mickey Rose, Hoodooloulou, Leah JacksonLittle House Stationery
Nice Digs, Tympan Ink Letterpress, alexis, eclectic, Bonnie Hislop

Click here for the complete Melbourne AW17 Market Directory.

Frankie Magazine:


Pop by the frankie stall and meet the lovely folks who put together our favourite mag. They’ll have the latest issue ready to get your paws on, as well as an extra-special offer if you subscribe or resubscribe at the market!

Take home a free bumper bundle, including their book A Little Bit Crafty, a tote bag and a set of afternoon tea-themed pins designed in collaboration with Kitiya Palaskas. There’ll be plenty more goodies up for grabs, too: SPACES Volume Four (which tends to sell out in a jiff); their first real book, Something to Say; and all the bits and bobs that make frankie, frankie.

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:


Friday 14th July
5pm: Anna O
6pm: Brooke Russell
7pm: Swim Team
8pm: Bridget Hustwaite (DJ)

Saturday 15th July
10:30am: Rachel Heart
12pm: TBA
1pm: John Flanagan
2pm: Miss Eileen & King Lear
3pm: Bridget Hustwaite (DJ)

Sunday 16th July
10:30am: Rachel Heart
12pm: TJ Patrick
1pm: Tiaryn
2pm: The Weeping Willows
3pm: Bridget Hustwaite (DJ)

Discover more about these talented musicians right here.

Kids Activities:


Kids can kick start their creativity with a dedicated craft zone and contribute to our beautiful green wall, inspired by our event artwork!

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 #melbournefinderskeepers and #thefinderskeepers to join in!

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Five Questions With Studio Twocan Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:59:21 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Studio Twocan-1

image features sisters, Maddie and Becc Sharrock of Twocan Studio

Don’t miss the Studio Twocan stall in Melbourne this weekend!  A creative collaboration between two sisters Maddie and Becc, who create beautiful homewares and artworks. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Studio Twocan is a creative studio, managed by sisters, Maddie and Becc Sharrock.  Sharing a keen and life-long interest in design and creativity, our chosen paths have led us in different directions. Becc – direct, organised and pragmatic – is an experienced graphic designer, having worked in some of Melbourne’s leading design studios. Maddie – fearless, passionate and inspiring – after studying fine art at the Victorian College of the Arts has forged a career in art production and is dedicated to her craft.

Because two heads are better than one, we now embark on our collaborative journey combining our shared skills and knowledge. We challenge the ordinary, and each other, in design and production. Our process borrows equally from the design and art worlds to produce beautiful and meaningful work.

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images feature Artwork #2 and Original pots – handmade and designed by Studio Twocan

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image features Artwork #4 and Double Hole Vase – handmade and designed by Studio Twocan

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image features Original Pots – handmade by Studio Twocan

Who inspires you and your creative process?
The artisan in us takes inspiration from experimenting and getting our hands dirty. The designer is us takes inspiration from the refined beauty of objects that surround us.

The core inspiration for our signature Cement Ceramic range is landscapes. Our aim is to emulate the Earth’s natural beauties, referencing aerial views and cross sections of the Australian outback.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Studio Twocan this year.
With new techniques and processes, Studio Twocan constantly evolves bringing more creative opportunities and ambitions every year. We’re most excited to be collaborating with architects to create colourful formwork concrete facades, countertops and other large architectural features.

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image features Medium Dish, Original Pots #4 and original Pots #5 – handmade by Studio Twocan

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image features Double Hole Vase, Original Pots, Large Vase with Metal Insert and Medium Dish – handmade by Studio Twocan

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image features Custom Table Top – handmade by studio Twocan

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image features Original Pots – handmade by Studio Twocan

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
It sounds silly but since the beginning, we’ve been using the exact same baking sieve to refining cement. Although old and a bit scrappy, it still does the job and we couldn’t imagine life without it.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection. 
Our absolute favourite is the Double Hole Vase. It’s rectangular shape really featured the organic layering and cavernous pockets, which is contrasted against the smooth wall. We celebrate imperfections, which ensures that each vase is unique, like a work of artwork.

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image features Artwork #11 – designed by Studio Twocan

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image features Artwork #12 – designed by Studio Twocan

]]> 0 Five Questions With Leah Jackson Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:31:04 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Leah-Jackson-combinations vase

image features ceramic vase – designed and made by Leah Jackson

Leah Jackson is an Australian ceramicist working primarily with slip cast and hand built porcelain. Her range of instantly recognisable homewares will be available at the Melbourne market, where Leah will be having her first ever Finders Keepers stall.  Don’t miss out, doors open 5pm Friday 14th July. Market continues all weekend. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
I had a strong interest in ceramics from an early age, determining upon it as a career in the later years of high school. This led into studying ceramics at university. Even from the early years I was excited by the commercial side of ceramics – product designers like Hella Jongerius, very early Mud and Bison, Versace homewares.

After relocating back to Melbourne, working in the arts, and travelling for a few years, I started making and exhibiting again. During those early days I was still working part time, but each year another day of the week would become a studio day, until it completely took over!


image features ceramic teapot and mug – designed and made by Leah Jackson


image features ceramicist Leah Jackson


image features ceramic mugs and bowls – designed and made by Leah Jackson


image features ceramic tumblers – designed and made by Leah Jackson

Who inspires you and your creative process?
I find the creative process deeply personal and deeply ingrained – I have tried to adopt tips from other creatives about how they best work most productively, but generally will revert to my own behaviours. The tenacity of friends who are also makers and/or business owners is what inspires me most. Owning a gallery, writing a book, creating a fashion label. It all takes that crazy initial step off the ledge, taking a risk, and sticking with it.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Leah Jackson for the next 12 months.
I am currently working at capacity – which means that if my label is to grow I need more hands on deck, or a completely different way of working. Strategising how best to move forward is both daunting and exciting, but I hope it finds resolution within the next 12 months.


image features ceramic jug – designed and made by Leah Jackson

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image features large ceramic combinations vase – designed and made by Leah Jackson

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image features small ceramic vase – designed and made by Leah Jackson

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
The greatest resource for 2017 has been clinical pilates – ceramics is a physically demanding practice, and this year the cumulative effects of both repetitive detailed, fiddly movements, and lifting bulky, heavy items have amounted to a nasty case of tennis elbow! It is easy to undervalue your own physicality in the rush to deadlines, but an injury is a quick reminder to (preemptively, wherever possible) keep your ACTUAL number one resource your label can’t live without – your body and brain – in good working order.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.

I am most proud of the mug – I am often told by people it is their favourite mug, and they mean functionally as well as visually. (Having been an owner of many favourite mugs throughout my time, that is no small compliment! It is a sacred relationship!). I find people often feel the need to express that they are lovely to use, as though surprised something so decorative can also be utilitarian, but creating something both useful and visually joyful is a driving factor for me.


image features ceramic mugs – designed and made by Leah Jackson

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Five Questions With Homelea Lass Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:03:39 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Homelea-lass-01 Grounded Cowl, Lynda

image features Lynda of Homelea Lass wearing her hand knitted Grounded Cowl

We chat with Lynda about her label Homelea Lass, featuring both “made for you” and “make your own” blankets and scarfs.  Start your crochet journey at our Melbourne market, 14-16 July. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
In 2012 my career as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager came to a crushing halt when I was struck down by chronic fatigue. As my life crumbled around me I sought refuge in crochet – I could do it without draining my energy so I spent my days crocheting and researching yarns. I then started Homelea Lass as a blog to share what I was learning.

This soon turned into designing patterns and during many, many hours of crocheting I discovered that crocheting with chunky yarns made from natural fibres made me feel peaceful and happy.

As I’ve been rebuilding my health I’ve been bringing Homelea Lass to life as well. I love that I can now share everything I’ve learnt about crocheting and soulful creating through my “made for you” and “make your own” blankets and scarfs.

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image features yarn – by Homelea Bliss, made in Australia

Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Homelea-lass-03 Bliss Blanket, made by Homelea Lass

image features Bliss Blanket – made by Homelea Lass

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image features Chunky Starter Kit – by Homelea lass

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
My advice for a first time seller is to keep it simple and learn lots.

The majority of people walking past your stall will be discovering your brand for the first time so make it easy for them to know who you are. Design your stall so it feels like your brand (remember less is more) and select your product range so it’s easy to absorb – make sure it covers a range of price points too.

You’re going to learn lots from your first Finders Keepers and everybody you meet will be amazing – the Finders Keepers team, other stallholders and your beautiful customers. Enjoy your interactions with them and learn, learn, learn so that you can make your next market even more amazing.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Homelea Lass this year [or next 12 months].
For awhile now I’ve been dreaming of bringing together women from all over the world to learn to crochet and experience how creativity helps with feeling happy and peaceful.

I’m excited that this dream is coming to life this year as Blanket School – it’s an online course and community and over 9 weeks we’ll crochet a chunky blanket.

Women all over the world will be connecting and having nourishing conversations as they’re bringing their chunky blankets to life. We’ll be supporting and helping each other and really experiencing the power of creativity.

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image features CHUNKY YARN – by Homelea Bliss, made in Australia

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image features Chunky Crochet Tools – by Homelea Bliss

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image features Release Blanket, Bliss Blanket and Grounded Stool – made by Lynda of Homelea Lass

Name one resource that your label could not live without. 
Soft merino wool that is fully grown and processed in Australia is an integral part of Homelea Lass.

When I started crocheting I discovered that the feel of a yarn determined how enjoyable my crocheting was. Homelea Lass is all about finding peace and happiness through creativity so it’s important that our yarns feel soft and squishy and that they’re ethically produced.

Merino wool is an amazing natural fibre that’s amazing to crochet with. Australian is the highest producer of merino wool in the world and as an Aussie farmer myself, it make perfect sense for our products to be made with this gorgeous fibre. We’ve taken this a step further by having all the wool processing done in Australia – merino wool feels so lovely and it feels even better when it’s fully grown and processed in Australia.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
My favourite product is definitely the Grounded Cowl – at present I wear one every time I leave the house!

I love my Grounded Cowl because it’s gorgeously chunky without being too big. It sits beautifully whether it’s worn wrapped tightly around my neck or just hanging like a super big woolly necklace. Plus they’re really easy to make.
I’ve got a confession to make – I’ve got 2 Grounded Cowls (a Steele Blue and a Mustard) and I’m seriously considering making myself an Olive Green one. The soft and chunky merino wool makes them so lovely to wear that I just couldn’t stop at one. Maybe I need a Dusky Rose one as well.

Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Homelea-lass-05 Grounded Cushion and Grounded Stool, made by Lynda

image feature and Grounded Cushion and Stool – made by Lynda of Homelea Lass

Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Homelea-lass-10 Macarla Blanket, made by Lynda

image features Macarla Blanket – made by Lynda of homelea Lass

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Five Questions With Mosey Me Wed, 12 Jul 2017 01:46:32 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Mosey-Me-5

image features Zebra and Curve napkins – designed by Mosey Me

Mosey Me is a Melbourne based homewares label created by textile designer Eliza O’Sullivan. The natural extension of Eliza’s own style, Mosey Me features directional colour and pattern in her hand painted designs. Find Mosey Me this weekend at our Melbourne market

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
I’m a Textile Designer who has been working in the commercial design industry for the past 6 years – it became apparent to me quite early on that that style of work wasn’t going to satisfy me for long. I moved around a bit, switching from apparel to homewares and tested out small business verses large scale before I made my decision to start my own label.

Mosey Me was born as my side project to keep me creative on my weekends, I’d just paint, draw or collage patterns and keep it light but always with the vision that I would eventually do something on my own one day. Last year I decided I was ready, so I launched in November with a printed tableware range – now I’m trying to figure it all out!


image features Curve and abstract napkins – designed by Mosey Me


image features Zebra Napkins – designed by Mosey Me


image features Blue Dreams napkins – designed by Mosey Me


image features Modern Tablecloth – designed by Mosey Me

Who inspires you and your creative process?
Style and mood plays a huge influence on me and my work – whether it be styling and composition or someone’s actual sense of style in the way they have pieced something together. Style tells you so much about people from their interiors to fashion and accessories, they are all clues to what that individual is all about. I love seeing that in other people and putting it out there myself. My product is an extension of me, my personality, mood and style. That’s what my creative process is all about.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Mosey Me this year.
I’m launching bedlinen later this year!! It has been a total dream of mine for years and it’s so exciting/challenging watching it come to life. I also have a couple of great collaborations coming up with designers outside of my product realm which has been really fun to work on.


image features Zebra and Curve Tablecloth – designed by Mosey Me


image features Eliza working in the Mosey Me studio


image features Texta Napkins and Modern Tablecloth – designed by Mosey Me

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
Right now it would have to be Instagram, it’s such an easy self-promotion tool and everyone is on it so its opportunities are endless. It’s definitely been a game changer for people starting businesses and best of all its free! I also rely heavily on great design blogs and I love big art and design books.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
I really love my new Modern print in the Tablecloth. It’s such a statement piece and does all the talking for you. The colour and everything is just right, layer it up with a delicious winter meal and enjoy the way it gives life to your table.


image features Mosey Me studio

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Five Questions With Mel Macklin Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:59:35 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Mel-Macklin-2

image features minty fresh print – illustrated and printed by Mel Macklin

In preparation for our Melbourne market opening in just a few days, we chat with kitsch-smitten, fairytale-fancying, pop-femme picture-maker Mel Macklin

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Hello there! I’m Mel, a kitsch-smitten, fairytale-fancying, pop-femme picture-maker from Melbourne. More specifically, I would say I’m an illustrator because of the strong narrative element that’s always inspired my work since I was a child.

My artistic style blends lowbrow influences with delicate, detail-oriented European storybook illustration. In any one of my illustrations, a careful eye will find unlikely pets (albino alligators anyone?), disapproving cats, anthropomorphic food, the odd rose or strawberry, and at least one magical girl.

My heroines seek to capture how traditional fairytales interact with contemporary life (because if mermaids did discover bubble tea they probably would forget all about flirting with sailors). So too do I live vicariously through them: whatever size, shape or colour, my girls are all a little piece of me. With their adventurous spirits, love of mischief, couture threads and awesome hair, it’s my hope that my characters inspire all the same sass, fun and creativity in my collectors as I felt in making them.


image features The Cookie Committee print – illustrated and printed by Mel Macklin


image features magenta kitsch witch enamel pin – designed by Mel Macklin


image features snaptwig and red cap card – illustrated by Mel Macklin

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Enjoy every second, your debut is special! Even though my brand and shop setup has evolved (hopefully for the better!) in the 3 years I’ve been exhibiting at the Finders Keepers, there’s a few rules I always hold myself to.

Even if I’m racing the clock to get everything ready, I always leave enough time to dress up in something spesh, and do my hair nice. Have a presence that is in some way an extension of your brand- for shy peeps like me, wearing something that stands out will give you a bit of pep, make you memorable, and will allow your customers to approach you and get to know the person behind the brand.

Also!- listen to what your customers are saying, smile, say thank-you, and don’t be discouraged if people don’t want to talk or just want to take a business card. You never know when they might be back!

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Mel Macklin this year.
I have just this year launched my first two series of enamel pins, which is very exciting! The ‘Thunderbolt Brat’ pin has been the design my collectors identify with most. I love that she’s so resolutely grumpy, and that people’s initial reaction is to laugh, and tell me a story about themselves or someone they love, convinced that I’ve made that character just for them!


image features thunderbolt brat enamel pin – designed by Mel Macklin


image features moonlight harvest print – illustrated and printed by Mel Macklin


image features the caucus chase print – illustrated and printed by Mel Macklin

Name one resource that your label could not live without. 
Hehe, me! My label is such an extension of my imaginary universe, and all the weirdo things I like to draw (socks and heels anyone?). Of course, listening to people’s own stories has made my work much richer and more relevant, and no creative person who wants to build their business can live in a vacuum.

This is where events like the Finders Keepers are so valuable, so often by necessity creatives work in isolation, so it’s really important to interact, take an interest in and respond to the people who want to support us!

I also couldn’t live without my printer- I use archival inks on museum quality paper, and this little combination together is tested to last at least 120 years. All my prints are signed and numbered limited editions. As a collector myself, I love knowing that the artwork I buy is finite in the world, and has been personally handled by the artist who made it. Making things to last is my way of saying thank you to the wonderful people who buy my work: I want them to be able to enjoy their prints for many happy years to come, and for the quality to remain as lush and vibrant as the day they adopted it.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
My current favourite is my deluxe A2 limited edition print ‘The Cookie Committee’. It was inspired by cookies, cats, all things Marie Antoinette and a whole lotta Wonderland. (But mostly cookies, which, in my humble opinion are very worthwhile things to have committees for).


Image features an afternoon at the neon lagoon – illustrated and printed by Mel Macklin

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Five Questions With We Are Mother Daughter Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:02:23 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-We-Are-Mother-Daught-3

Linen bedding – handmade and designed by We Are Mother Daughter. Image credit phoebe powell photography

We Are Mother Daughter is a linen label with family foundations.  Carefully sourced, cut and sewn by mother-daughter duo Ruth and Grace in coastal Victoria, read on to discover more.  

Catch We Are Mother Daughter at our Melbourne Market, 14-16 July at the Royal Exhibition Building. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
We’re a mother-daughter team who started our label back in 2014. Mum was a bit tired of buying expensive linen bedding that wouldn’t last the distance and I was looking for a creative outlet, so it really was the perfect combination!

We spent six months looking all over the world for suppliers, and then another six months or so testing different sewing methods with the linen to make sure our crafts(wo)manship matched the longevity of the fabric we wanted to use. After that, we officially launched at the Finders Keepers last year and haven’t looked back!

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
Plan! Set up your stall before you arrive to make sure it works visually – there’s a big difference between what you imagine your stall looking like and what it can look like practically. Make sure your customers can easily interact with your product without a barrier – whether that’s you standing there, or a table.

Make the most of the space you’re given with backboards and shelves, with multiple layers for a better overall effect. Wear comfortable shoes (boring but effective!) and make sure you’re rugged up if you’re in Melbourne this winter! Also, get chatting with your customers, you’ll have so many people giving you on-the-spot feedback so you can also use the time for a bit of market research. But most of all, enjoy the experience, it’s a wonderful weekend and you’ll leave feeling inspired and tired in a good way!


Linen bedding – handmade and designed by We Are Mother Daughter. Image credit phoebe powell photography


Linen bedding – handmade and designed by We Are Mother Daughter. Image credit phoebe powell photography


Linen bedding – handmade and designed by We Are Mother Daughter. Image credit phoebe powell photography

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Mother Daughter in next 12 months.
We’re actually really excited about this one – sleepwear! Linen is so good for your body and your sleep in so many ways (antibacterial, breathable, nice to your skin) so we thought we’d extend the range to include handmade linen pants and tops to sleep in during the warmer months. It’s all made to order as usual, so we thought it would be a nice offering to add to our collection. We’re also toying with the idea of napery (napkins and tableware) because we have so many requests for table cloths and aprons etc – but we’ll have to keep you posted on that one!


Linen bedding – handmade and designed by We Are Mother Daughter. Image credit phoebe powell photography


Linen bedding – handmade and designed by We Are Mother Daughter. Image credit phoebe powell photography


Linen bedding – handmade and designed by We Are Mother Daughter. Image credit phoebe powell photography

Name one resource that your label could not live without. 
Mum! She’s our number one resource, she’s the maker and I’m the marketer. She has a lifetime of knowledge (not kidding – her Nan taught her to sew when she was nine!) so she’s our go-to resource and the Queen of Quality Control when it comes to liaising with our suppliers and keeping everything in the workshop up to scratch. Meanwhile, I’ll be hammering away on the keyboard in the corner agonising over our Instagram and chatting to the press!

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
Oooh, that’s a really tough question. My favourite product would have to be our duvet covers, but our fitted sheets are a close second. The duvets are (in my opinion) the best way to finish off the look of a room. There’s something about the texture of the linen that softens a space and makes you want to dive right in at any time of day.

Our fitted sheets are also up there because they’re made to order for the exact dimensions of each bed, and finished with an extra thick (but stretchy) elastic so they fit super snug and don’t slide around. If you asked Mum this question, she’d likely say it was the flat sheets that she loves, because the weight of the linen and the long side-drop keeps them on the bed all night. As you can tell, we love our whole range!


Linen bedding – handmade and designed by We Are Mother Daughter. Image credit phoebe powell photography

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Feature Collection: Homely by Tara Whalley Mon, 10 Jul 2017 22:57:02 +0000 Finders-Keepers-Feature-product-Tara-Whalley-1

image features Home dress In a silk-like viscose which feels like a dream – designed by Tara Whalley

Tara Whalley is a Melbourne based Textile Designer. Her latest collection, Homely, features her own original gouache paintings of her favourite plants and keepsakes in her studio, alongside her illustrations of dear friends.

Known for her eye catching prints on flattering shapes, in comfortable fabric, a Tara Whalley outfit will be your new favourite outfit.  These beauties are designed and made in Melbourne in limited quantities in a range of sizes from 8-16.

Don’t miss your chance to try something on for size at Tara’s stall at our Melbourne market.  Doors open 5pm Friday 14th July and the market continues all weekend!


image features Faces Skivvy and Faces Skirt, can be worn separately or together – designed by Tara Whalley


Image features Held dress – designed by Tara Whalley


image features Home dress In a silk-like viscose which feels like a dream – designed by Tara Whalley

Photo campaign credits
Photographer: Dulce Amor
Stylist: Marco Fusco
Hair: Jorge Viota
Makeup: Falzon Fashion Consultants
Model: Alice Hargreaves
Shoes: Radical Yes

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Five Questions With Daisy Cooper Ceramics Mon, 10 Jul 2017 04:56:20 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Daisy-Cooper-Ceramics-5

image features Midnight Blue Collection – handmade by Daisy Cooper Ceramics

Today we chat with Brunswick based potter Daisy as she prepares to debut at our Melbourne market, just a few days away!  Read on to discover a little more about her sweet handmade label, Daisy Cooper Ceramics

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
I have always been a creative person and after a trip to China I fell in love with ceramics, when returning home I took a short course at a local pottery studio and from there I have taught myself the rest, which I guess is where my unique style comes from. Since moving to Melbourne last year I have been able to make this my full time business, there’s nothing more inspiring than that. I love being able to go to my studio and make pieces that will be treasured by others.


image features Jewellery Dishes – handmade by Daisy Cooper Ceramics


image features Daisy making bowls in her studio


image features Bud Vases – handmade by Daisy Cooper Ceramics

Who inspires you and your creative process?
Inspiration comes in many forms for me; sometimes it’s a trip to a gallery to see the ancient pots and colourful abstract paintings, other times it’s simply taking a walk to the studio and gathering foliage and found objects from the parks, nature is by far my biggest inspiration.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Daisy Cooper Ceramics in the next 12 months.
In the next year I plan to expand my studio and start to take my River Collection further and develop it into a wall mounted art piece as well as a full tableware collection.

image features River Platters- handmade by Daisy Cooper Ceramics


image features Ring Cones – handmade by Daisy Cooper Ceramics


image features Selection of Tableware- handmade by Daisy Cooper Ceramics

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
Betty my kiln, without her there would be no Daisy Cooper Ceramics.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
Just now my favourite product has to be my dinner plates; each one comes out of the kiln with its own personality, I’m loving the way the glazes sit differently on each one and create a beautiful mix and match setting.


image features Sugar Spoons – handmade by Daisy Cooper Ceramics

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Melbourne AW17 Market: Shopping Highlights Sun, 09 Jul 2017 22:14:03 +0000 THIS FRIDAY night with one of our best designer line-ups yet!  Below…]]> The Finders Keepers Melbourne AW17 Market opens THIS FRIDAY night 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 Royal Exhibition Building. Check out part one here! Doors open on Friday 14th July at the NEW time of 5pm and the market continues all weekend from 10am on the 15th and 16th July!

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




AW17 Melbourne Finders Keepers Markets Shopping Highlights

  1. Feliz Home
  3. WSworkshop
  4. Leisure Craft
  5. memobottle
  6. Irrelevant Society
  7. L’entendre

Recharge / Adventure:

AW17 Melbourne Finders Keepers Markets Shopping Highlights

  1. Jaccob McKay Studios
  2. Green Pea Books & Stationery
  3. Pant Active
  4. Erinn Louise
  5. Nice Digs
  6. Mushama & Me

Fashion / Accessories and Jewellery 1:
AW17 Melbourne Finders Keepers Markets Shopping Highlights

  1. Julie White
  2. Abbey Rich
  3. Wolf & Mishka
  4. Ada Hodgson
  5. McKean Studio
  7. Frank & Dollys
  8. Happy in Finland

Fashion / Accessories and Jewellery 2:

AW17 Melbourne Finders Keepers Markets Shopping Highlights

  1. Elk
  2. uimi
  3. Tara Whalley
  4. Chloe McColl Jewellery
  5. Lady Fox
  6. Loré Loré
  7. Campbell Charlotte
  8. Kindling
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