The Finders Keepers Design and Art Markets Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:59:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Finders Keepers Brisbane Autumn Winter 2018 OPENS TOMORROW Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:00:24 +0000

Brisbane is the next stop on the Finders Keepers Autumn / Winter 2018 tour, with the festival-feel market returning to The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds over three epic days, 22-24 June.

Finders Keepers fans will LOVE our new hours on Friday ‘day’. Join us at the new opening time of 12 noon on Friday 22nd June to shop the day away until 9pm. The festival fun continues all weekend from 9am – 6pm Saturday 23rd and 9am – 5pm Sunday 23rd June.

With the introduction of exciting new and elevated programs, be sure to congratulate our Artist Program recipient Magpie Goose at stall H02 who worked with Bede Tungatalum to create Tiwi Bird for our AW18 campaign. You must also stop by Yunmi at stall B13, the recipient of our Brisbane Indigenous Program, created by not-for-profit Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP) to connect Aboriginal entrepreneurs to the market.

Get directions, invite your friends on Facebook, follow the live action on Instagram and once you’ve arrived, sign-up for your change to WIN something pretty special. See you there!

Finders Keepers Brisbane Autumn Winter 2018
Friday 22nd June | 12pm – 9pm
Saturday 23rd June | 9am –6pm
Sunday 24th June | 9am – 5pm

Finders Keepers Highlights:

Yunmi, Kirralee & Co, Notely, Alice Nightingale
Misty’s Caramel Sauce, Happy in Finland, Halo & Horn Company, Magpie Goose
Live music by Elly Hoyt, Bridget Bodenham, Apostl, The Great State

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

Frankie Magazine:

Well, this is a bit exciting – frankie magazine’s first-ever winter bumper issue has made its way into the world! It’s chock-full of extra-cosy things, like a special pull-out puzzle book; a poster that will teach you the Auslan alphabet; and scrummy hot chocolate recipes with a twist.

Also up for grabs at their Brisbane market stall: a brand new stationery range, including frankie fangirl jotters, a scribble + jot notebook, and a gift wrap book overflowing with sweet patterns. Plenty to keep your eyes, hands and mind busy! If you fancy, sign up for a frankie subscription at the market and you’ll get 12 months of radness (not to mention, some extra-special goodies for Finders Keepers shoppers). All this, plus the usual cute and vintage-inspired bits and bobs will be up for grabs. Pop by and say hi to the frankie team.

Food & Drink:

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.

Entertainment Program:

Discover more about these talented musicians right here.

Friday 22nd June
12pm – Firstbourne (DJ)
2:30pm – Dana Gehrman
3:30pm – Kayleigh Pincott
5pm – Kristin Berardi
6pm – Kieran T Stevenson
7pm – Rainman (DJ)

Saturday 23rd June
9:30am – DJ
10:30am – Fabulous Lemon Drops (Kids)
12pm – DJ Mister Sheffield
2:30pm – Hailey Calvert
3:30pm – Megan Cooper
4:30pm – Rainman (DJ)

Sunday 24th June
9:30am – DJ
10:30am Fabulous Lemon Drops (Kids)
12pm – Rainman (DJ)
2:30pm – Clea
3:30pm- Rainman (DJ)

Kids Creative Zone:

We hope to inspire the young and young at heart to contribute to our living creative project, a beautiful eclectic paper gum tree!  Drop by, pick up a texta and enjoy the solace while you create patterns inspired by Bede Tungatalum’s Tiwi Bird design.

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 #brisbanefinderskeepers and #thefinderskeepers to join in!

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Five Questions With Happy In Finland Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:58:50 +0000

Orbit Earrings in Coffee – handmade by Happy in Finland

Jewellery designer, Rosie, is a sixth generation Tasmanian with a business named Happy in Finland, chosen for it’s uplifting vibes when said aloud.  Working in acrylic and brass, the newest release from Happy in Finland is big, bold and brassy. We chat with Rosie to discover more about her passion below. 

Happy in Finland will have a stall at Finders Keepers Brisbane AW18, 22-24 June

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers?

It was destiny! As a child I was always raiding the ‘useful box’ and I think I finished just about every project in the Women’s Day Kids Craft Book. Twice. As a kid my most prized possession was my Crayola Caddy. There were a few detours along the way (a short stint as a nanny in England and an abandoned PhD), but I finally found my way back to my creative path in the late 2000s.

Happy in Finland is latest in a line of creative business I’ve run. In previous creative lives I made fabric covered hair accessories and brooches and then polymer jewellery. I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in Finders Keepers with all three of these enterprises.

Rosie in her Happy in Finland stall at FINDERS KEEPERS Melbourne AW17 – BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURED BY Mark Lobo

Tidal Earrings in Blue – handmade by Happy in Finland

Rainbow Earrings in Transparent Blue- handmade by Happy in Finland

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Happy In Finland.

One of the most attractive things about working for oneself is that there are no typical days. Although a morning coffee or two is always a must. During Winter I split my time between working at home in front of the wood fire and in my studio at the Salamanca Arts Centre.

Depending on whether or not I have orders I’ll either be making stock, doodling new ideas, working on prototypes, or any of the hundred other things on my to do list. If the weather is nice, I like to squeeze in a walk with the dog.

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

Make sure you have comfy shoes, plenty of stock, water and a sense of humour. And don’t be afraid to ask other stall holders for help or advice. That’s the way you make market buddies!

Orbit Earrinsg in Shell – handmade by Happy in Finland

Fortune Cookie Brass Earrings – handmade by Happy in Finland

Jetty Earrings in Blue – handmade by Happy in Finland

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

I can find inspiration in almost anything- landscapes, street signs, brick walls! My eyes are always seeking out pattern and colour. When it comes to other stall holders there are so many creatives out there that I admire.

Off the top of my head I love Clay Canoe ceramics, Tara Whalley’s clothes, Nanna Woo’s jewellery, everything made by Shuh Lee and Bridget Bodenham. I suspect I may have almost as many of Bridget’s mugs as she does!

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?

My only real goal is to continue doing what I do- making things.

Geometric Earrings – handmade by Happy in Finland

]]> 0 Five Questions With Kim Wallace Ceramics Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:35:10 +0000

Kim Wallace in her studio with Jake the dog – image credit Emma Nevison

Working from a home-studio in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, ceramicist Kim Wallace spends her day making with ambient bird calls, fresh breezes and glimpses of Noosa and the ocean.  Kim has been making and selling her functional and decorative ceramics with Finders Keepers since our very first Brisbane event, and we are so warmed to be welcoming Kim back this Autumn Winter season.

Be sure to visit Kim Wallace at Finders Keepers Brisbane AW18, 22-24 June

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers?

I’m originally from a graphic design background. I loved my job as a senior designer however felt the need to get away from the computer screen and get my hands dirty again. So I did ~ covering them in mud and my ceramics journey started.

In 2008 my brand was born and slowly it has grown from part-time, into running a studio with two assistants whilst raising 3 little ones. My first Finders Keepers was also the first event that was held in Brisbane. Prior to that I had only done small local monthly markets and I will never forget the epic weekend that followed at the Old Museum. I had a stall with my partner-in-crime Renée Treml and once the doors opened we didn’t know what hit us! We still laugh about how unprepared we were (oh well maybe just me that is).

Kim Wallace creating in her studio – image credit Emma Nevison

Ceramic Mugs handmade by Kim Wallace

Kim Wallace working in her studio – image credit Emma Nevison

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Kim Wallace Ceramics.

My workplace is a home-based artist studio. It overlooks the surrounding bushland with glimpses of Noosa and the ocean. It’s a beautiful place to work, in amongst bird sounds and fresh breezes. We were very lucky to find this house when we moved from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast with our first born 6 years ago.

The studio was much larger than I needed at the time. Now I am constantly adding more shelves and shuffling benches and workspaces around to ensure a somewhat efficient workflow as we are fast outgrowing the space.

My day starts with getting the kids ready and off to school. Which means mayhem in our house. My work day consists of making ceramics, as well as the daily business tasks of checking emails and orders, unloading and loading kilns, updating stock, social media, sending newsletters, taking photos for the website, listing new products, handling wholesale and restaurant enquiries, business planning, admin, and so many more things! It’s a juggle for sure but I am very fortunate to have two amazing studio assistants, Nikki and Dakota, who not only power through orders and to-do-lists, but make running this business all the more enjoyable with their company.

Incense holder with gold lustre detail – handmade by Kim Wallace Ceramics

plant pot with saucer – handmade by Kim Wallace Ceramics

Advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?

Be prepared. Don’t be like me and needing to fold boxes on the spot or add pricelables when the doors have already opened! Bring plenty of stock and a helper at least for a few hours so you can browse the other amazing stalls and eat in peace!

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

I love instagram and pinterest for inspiration. It can come from anywhere ~ photos, certain colour combinations, textures. There are so many ceramicists and designers I admire and I am looking forward to visiting some at the next Brisbane markets!

vintage lace collection plates – handmade by Kim Wallace Ceramics

Kim Wallace Ceramics studio – image credit Emma Nevison

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Producing work for well-known restaurants like Aria Sydney, Cape Lodge and Ormeggio and locally, Ricky’s and Sails in Noosa would definitely be on the list. But overall I would say the fact that I am a proud studio owner, making handmade ceramics and tableware for lovely customers, wholesalers and restaurants around Australia and internationally, and employing two staff whilst being able to spend time with my family ~ that I am most proud of. It hasn’t been an easy journey but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Journey back through the archives with our interviews with Kim in 2009 and 2015.

Reusable Ceramic Takeaway Coffee Cups – handmade by Kim Wallace Ceramics

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Gulbarn tea from the Yunmi Marketplace

Finders Keepers curator Monique chats with Founder/CEO Laura from Enterprise Learning Projects and Yunmi marketplace.

You must stop by Yunmi at stall B13, the recipient of our Brisbane Indigenous Program, at Brisbane AW18, this 22-24 June.

Tell us about Yunmi and the role you plays with the artistic and cultural life of traditional Aboriginal artists

Yunmi was established to provide a platform for Aboriginal people living in remote Australia to share their unique, culturally informed products with the world. Enterprises need access to markets in order to survive and grow. Remote Aboriginal communities are isolated from mainstream markets, and entrepreneurs in these areas face additional challenges in connecting with potential customers. Yunmi offers an online marketplace to help overcome these challenges, and provides sales, marketing and distribution support to the emerging Aboriginal businesses featured on the site.

This enables remote enterprises to tap into larger markets, increase their revenue and grow their businesses, while providing people across Australia and the rest of the world an opportunity to buy a range of products they would not be able to purchase otherwise.

People living in remote Australia are passionate about sharing their culture and using their traditional knowledge to produce contemporary items. Yunmi provides an avenue for consumers to interact with these producers, enabling the creation of new relationships that are mutually beneficial.

Margaret Duncan’s hand weaved basket from the Yunmi Marketplace

multi disciplined artist Margaret Duncan

What are you most looking forward to about your upcoming stall at Finders Keepers Brisbane?

We’re looking forward to giving Brisbane a small insight into the amazing creativity, entrepreneurship and cultural leadership that is happening among Aboriginal people in remote Australia.

We can’t wait to share some of the stories behind the products and give visitors to the markets a chance to take home something special.

Margaret Duncan’s hand weaved basket from the Yunmi Marketplace

Earrings from Nauiyu community

Who’s eligible to be a member of the Yunmi’s marketplace?

The products currently available through Yunmi have emerged through enterprise support offered by Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP), a Katherine-based business incubator. We are open to taking on products from other Aboriginal-led remote enterprises who need sales, marketing and distribution support.

Ngarinyman Bush Soap from the Yunmi Marketplace

Fridge magnets from Nauiyu – Yunmi Marketplace

What kinds of products do you sell in your shop?

Gulbarn, a traditional bush medicine of the Alawa people from Minyerri community, who have introduced it to the world as a herbal tea. You can learn more about Gulbarn Tea by watching this video here.

Our friend Ben Shewry, owner and head chef at Attica, says this about Gulbarn:
“It’s the most beautiful thing. It’s very light, very mellow, floral, soothing. It makes me feel good to drink.” We think you’re going to love it too!

We’ll also have a range of soaps from Yarralin-based Ngarinyman Bush Soap, who use infuse bush medicines wild harvested from their land with a glycerine soap base.

We’ll have some photography products from some of our enterprise project partnerships – postcards from Yarralin and earrings, key rings and magnets from Nauiyu/Daly River.

And a range of products created by artist Margaret Duncan, including gift cards and posters, wood carvings and hand woven baskets. You can learn more about Margaret’s story by watching the video below.

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Five Questions With Dana Kinter Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:13:01 +0000


Dana Kinter is an artist living and making in the Fleurieu Peninsula. Drawing from the natural environment surrounding her home and an Encyclopedia of Australian Birds handed down by her Grandmother, Dana has created a signature style that embraces Australia’s native flora and fauna.

Inspired by early 20th century Australian and Indigenous art, religious iconography, Japanese culture, and everything Art Nouveau, Dana employs a subdued colour palette with emphasis on the natural characteristics of her materials. Dana uses pencil acrylic on timber in her paintings, preferring to work on a series of woodblocks at once, aided by foraged treasures and views from her backyard studio.

Recently, Dana has begun working with ceramics, carving and painting feathered friends with a distinctive focus on colour, line and form, onto hand built homewares that serve as a base for her artworks.

Be sure to visit Dana Kinter at Finders Keepers Brisbane AW18, 22-24 June

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers?

Six years ago I left my job in a gallery to focus on my art, a scary decision but definitely the best. I have been very fortunate to have had some amazing women since that time encouraging me to do my first solo exhibition, my first big art/design market in Adelaide and an opportunity to collaborate with an Australian fashion label.

My focus has been on exhibition work, specialised art/design markets and selling through my online shop. Social media is an important part of how I communicate with my audience and I really value the relationships we have created. Last year I embarked on broadening my audience and drove my van from Adelaide to my first Finders Keepers in Melbourne, it was wonderful and I haven’t looked back.

This year I have been a part of Finders Keepers in Sydney and in a couple of weeks I will jet set off to one in Brisbane. What makes these markets special is the new and lasting friendships made with other makers, supporting each other to be the best we can and the audience, a special group of people that embrace all thing handmade and understand the love and dedication that goes into our makings.

dana kinter art stall AT FINDERS KEEPERS melbourne SS17 – BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURED BY mark lobo

Greeting the Morning, framed limited edition print – by dana kinter art

eucalyptus and little thornbill – by dana kinter art

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Dana Kinter Art.

For most of my time I work quietly away painting with my 2 year old rescue pup Honey by my side in my home studio, a big shed surrounded by trees, on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Recently I have returned to ceramics and study one day a week in the city, I am always wanting to expand my practice and learn new skills, meet people and grow as an artist.

Mornings are for computer and coffee, with a promise to Honey for a beach walk and wave chasing when we’re done, then afternoons spent in the studio painting or playing with clay.

Advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?

To embrace it, be super organised. And coffee.

Silk scarf – by dana kinter art

dana kinter studio work

Dana Kinter – image credit Angela Lisman Photography

Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

I am very grateful to live in such a beautiful place, a walk down my beach or some time in the garden is my perfect spot for some inspiration.

There are so many Finders Keepers designers I admire – Katherine Wheeler ceramics, Nanna Woo handmade, Linogirl Anna Scheen and Bridget Bodenham – but the team I admire the most is the Adelaide designers Katrina and Farley from Kitty Came Home. I love their products, and am in awe that between the two of them they hand-make each purse and wallet in their studio. And the stalls they set up for Finders Keepers are always outstanding.

What has been your proudest moment to date?

The most amazing thing that has happened to my art business has been the 2017 winter collaboration with Australian fashion label GORMAN. This was just such a fabulous experience, Lisa and her team were so encouraging and a dream to work with. The collection was beautiful and is such a great thrill you see someone walking down the street in a dana x gorman.

dana kinter art stall AT FINDERS KEEPERS melbourne SS17 – BEAUTIFULLY CAPTURED BY mark lobo

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Brisbane AW18 Market: Entertainment Program Announced! Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:32:32 +0000


Are you ready to check out the impressive line-up of musicians who will be performing at our Brisbane AW18 Market this weekend?

Find us back at our new location, The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds at the earlier opening time of 12pm on Friday 22nd June for a jam-packed day of live music! Enjoy drinks with friends and groove along to the sweet tunes all weekend long.

The kids can also enjoy a special morning performance too! Family friendly band Fabulous Lemon Drops will have two great sets over the weekend. But that’s not all, check out the rest of the great bands below who will be taking up residence on our live music stage!

Music Line-up:

Friday 22nd June
12pm – Firstbourne (DJ)
2:30pm – Dana Gehrman
3:30pm – Kayleigh Pincott
5pm – Kristin Berardi
6pm – Kieran T Stevenson
7pm – Rainman (DJ)

Saturday 23rd June
9:00am-10am – Seja (DJ)
10:30am – Fabulous Lemon Drops (Kids)
12pm – DJ Mister Sheffield
2:30pm – Hailey Calvert
3:30pm – Megan Cooper
4:30pm – Rainman (DJ)

Sunday 24th June
9:00-10amam – Seja (DJ)
10:30am Fabulous Lemon Drops (Kids)
12pm – Rainman (DJ)
2:30pm – Clea
3:30pm- Rainman (DJ)

The Finders Keepers AW18 Brisbane Music Line up Dana Gehrman
Dana Gehrman
Brisbane based guitar-slinger and singer Dana Gehrman has just had the sort of year most musicians can only dream about. Sharing the stage and studio with the legendary Tim Rogers, toured in support of Australian music icon Mick Thomas and his Roving Commission and 3-time ARIA nominated alt country stalwarts The Wilson Pickers, graced the stage of numerous festivals and has been recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Queensland Music Awards.

Armed with her old Fender telecaster and matching Fender amps, Dana takes no prisoners on stage while she brings her 70’s ‘West Coast’ inspired Roots-Boogie to life with more panache and vitality than most rock n roll men could even dream of. We’re talking foot on the fold back, amps up loud and attitude to match. Gehrman’s debut LP is set to be released late 2018.

The Finders Keepers AW18 Brisbane Music Line up Kayleigh Pincott
Kayleigh Pincott
Kayleigh Pincott is a vocalist, arranger and composer with a Bachelor of Music in jazz voice from the Queensland Conservatorium. In 2016, Kayleigh was awarded the coveted ‘Generations in Jazz’ Vocal Scholarship from a field of six finalists Australia-wide, naming her the best young jazz vocalist in the country. Since then Kayleigh has been working on a variety of projects including arranging for a 10-piece band, writing original music for a guitar and voice duo utilizing effects pedals, as well as releasing her debut album, Solace with her quintet.

Released in May this year, Solace features original compositions and arrangements in a contemporary jazz style, showcasing Kayleigh’s mature musical voice. Since it’s release, Solace has received positive reviews and airtime on radio stations around Australia including features on ABC Jazz programs, Jazztrack and Home Cooked. Kayleigh’s sensitive and captivating performance style, complemented by her strong sense of swing and unique compositional voice, has her labelled as one of Australia’s most exciting young vocalists.

The Finders Keepers AW18 Brisbane Music Line up Kristin Berardi
Kristin Berardi
Berardi is one of the first calls in the Australian Jazz Scene. She has worked with such international greats such as Kenny Werner, Jim Pugh, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Pascal Schumacher, Dan Weiss, Thomas Morgan, Gary Versace and such Australian Jazz greats as Julien Wilson, Sam Anning, Barney McAll, James Muller, Jamie Oehlers, Ben Vanderwal, Tony Gould amoungst others. She won the Montreux Jazz Festival's International Shure Voice competition in 2006 and the following year supported Al Jarreau and George Benson at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

She won the National Jazz Awards for Voice 2012 at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival and has three Bell Awards for the Best Jazz Vocal Album of the year. Also, in 2010 she was awarded the Freedman Fellowship for Jazz in Australia, and is the only vocalist to ever win this prestigious award. Since 2013, Berardi has been on casual staff at the Brisbane Conservatorium of Music, and WAAPA from 2017. She also guest lectures around universities in Australia and New Zealand, and continues to tour and record albums. She has released ten albums to date.

The Finders Keepers AW18 Brisbane Music Line up - Kieran T. Stevenson
Kieran T Stevenson

Taking stock of his musical loves a few years ago, Brisbane vocalist and songwriter Kieran T. Stevenson, let a mix of old and new favourites rise to the surface, ultimately finding solace in the hearty snares and synth foundations of 80s pop gems.
Taking influence from artists such as Haim, Joni Mitchell, Bleachers, and Ben Folds, Kieran’s follow up to his debut 2016 EP ‘Go’ is due in 2019.

Stevenson’s “assured vocal performance shows impressive ability and restraint, his sustained falsetto the musical equivalent to fairy floss: sweet, soft, and weightless.” (AAA Backstage)

The Finders Keepers AW18 Brisbane Music Line up - Rainman DJ
Rainman (DJ)

Taking out a Queensland Music Award for his take on “The Valley” and copping hefty praise as an MC, Rainman first became known to Brisbane audiences as a DJ in the early 2000’s as party of the Drop Zone DJ collective. Continually flipping back and forth between mic, production and Doing duties on his own and other’s albums, Rainman has since held local residencies, played around the country and even ended up in Seoul, Korea in DJ mode for Hi Seoul Festival.

When in charge of selections, Rainman mixes influences ranging across classic and new soul, funk, reggae, hip hop, disco, Afro-beat, Latin, ska and mid-tempo beats, remixes and mash-ups. Rainman has also recently been commissioned to curate and perform tailored DJ sets for a diverse range of events such as Robotronica (QUT robotics and interactive design festival) and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition.

The Finders Keepers AW18 Brisbane Music Line up - DJ Mister Sheffield
DJ Mister Sheffield

DJ Mister Sheffield has been DJing at Brisbane’s best worst bars since 2008. After running the Honky club night upstairs at Ric’s for five years, he then frequented Black Bear Lodge, The End, Southside Tea Room and a few weird government festivals before “retiring” gracefully, only coming out of his hibernation for special events and things his mates organise. Yes, he loves the Brisbane Broncos and yes, he takes requests.

The Finders Keepers AW18 Brisbane Music Line up - Hailey Calvert
Hailey Calvert

Owning a powerful blues tone that’s never the voice people think will come out of her gives Hailey Calvert the element of surprise. Her charismatic performances and honest writing style has earned Brisbane’s Hailey Calvert many fans as well as turning her into a festival favourite.

Winner of the blues category in the 2015 International Song writing Competition, Hailey’s engaging performances go from quiet, reflective folk to emotive blues. 2018 is set to be another  busy time for Hailey with her ‘Vintage & Modern Soul’ show earning rave reviews, an album of new material and a tour at the end of the year.

The Finders Keepers AW18 Brisbane Music Line up - Megan Cooper
Megan Cooper

Megan Cooper’s music is high country, folksy, vintage, fresh… the sonic equivalent of a fragrant cup of tea with a sneaky shot of something a little stronger. With addictive melodies and extraordinary tales of common hearts, Cooper’s been earning praise since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Ghosts, Choirs & Kings in 2014.

Her new album Wild Mountain due for release in July 2018 and featuring the single Running with Ghosts confirms that Cooper has an inbuilt affinity with everything that is good in twang and she consistently delivers an optimistic, elegant serving of aural sweetness that is rooted in the traditions of Americana and Australian Folk.

The Finders Keepers AW18 Brisbane Music Line up - Clea

Continuing to delve into her own eclectic tastes and influences, 21 year old Clea is making her mark upon the Australian music scene.
‘Polyester’, Clea’s enigmatic debut single, quickly racked up over two million plays on Spotify and earned acclaim from both Australian and international blogs alike. Next came the release of her second single, ‘Dire Consequences’, picked up by triple j and ushered onto a high rotation spot.

Clea’s new single ‘Bright Blue’ sees her ethereal vocals cut through pulsating instrumentation, her lyrics delving into the complexities of our broken democracy and the myopic optimism that keeps us from rebellion and change.
Clea’s forthcoming debut EP, ‘Fairweather’, set to be released in June was co-produced by Zefereli in a mix of both challenging circumstances and inspiring surrounds; between coastal and rural Queensland abodes and inner city studios. Sublime and surprising in its simplicity, ‘Fairweather’ delves into family relationships, heartbreaking loss and existing in a world where we so desperately need and crave honest leadership.

Seja (DJ)
Since 1998 Seja Vogel has been an integral member of Brisbane synth-punk trio Sekiden, who have released two albums and two EPs. Sekiden’s high-energy live performances have reverberated worldwide, with extensive touring throughout Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA. 2007 saw Seja join iconic genre-mashers Regurgitator. To date Seja has travelled with the band throughout Australia and on numerous overseas jaunts to Japan, China, Europe and Brazil.

An artist constantly wanting to push her own creative boundaries, Seja has also lent her keyboarding and singing skills to touring buddies such as SPOD, David McCormack and Ben Salter. Seja has created two solo albums under her own name We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares and All Our Wires. The latter sees contributions from the likes of Robert Forster of Australian legends the Go-Betweens, Cut Copy’s Tim Hoey Regurgitator’s Ben Ely and Wally De Backer (Gotye). Seja was the winner of the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship in2013 and is currently touring Australia with Regurgitator performing the iconic Velvet Underground and Nico album.


Fabulous Lemon Drops
The Fabulous Lemon Drops bring a unique live music experience to family audiences with their dynamic, high-energy show that aims to get children dancing, singing, thinking and laughing. Featuring husband and wife duo Dez and Vanessa, the band is currently performing around Australia bringing their music to family audiences everywhere.

Their unique sound combines meaningful lyrics with memorable tunes, that immediately connect with children of all ages. They hope to inspire everyone to have fun, and celebrate life through music and dance, changing the world one smile at a time.

DJ Firstbourne
Firstbourne has been DJing for around 20 years, playing funk, soul, reggae, hip hop, and good vibes in clubs, bars, concerts and festivals in Brisbane and beyond.

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Five Questions With Devoi Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:21:36 +0000

Lise top in Sticks Stones – designed by Devoi

A chance meeting of UK fashion designer, Rhianne de Almeida, and an Australian lawyer, Cheryl D’Amico at a local roof-top bar led to the establishment of the independent Melbourne fashion label DEVOI.

Despite their different backgrounds, the pair’s shared passion for distinctive clothing brought them together to create a brand with soul, advocating a vision for femininity that is individual yet effortlessly striking.  But don’t just take our word for it.  Read our interview with Rhianne and Cheryl for more on this fun label. 

Be sure to visit Devoi at Finders Keepers Brisbane AW18, 22-24 June

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers?

Our first experience of Finders Keepers was as shoppers! We loved the thrill of finding something beautifully handcrafted and unique and if we weren’t buying a little something for ourselves, we were finding excuses to buy presents for our friends and family!

Finders Keepers is a huge supporter of independent Australian designers, so being a stall holder was an obvious goal for DEVOI. In fact, it is an honour, while at the same time a joy, to be in the same league as so many talented designers!

DEVOI was established in 2015 by UK fashion designer, Rhianne de Almeida and Australian lawyer, Cheryl D’Amico. We met through a mutual friend at the end of 2014. After discovering that we have a shared passion for distinctive clothing, we decided to come together to create a brand with soul, advocating a vision for femininity that is individual yet effortlessly striking.

DEVOI is a label devoted to feminine silhouettes featuring original prints and using natural fibre fabrics. We also believe in countering the damaging effects of mass-consumption that results from fast fashion. At each stage, we take care to ensure each DEVOI garment is beyond-trend, long lasting and will be loved and treasured by the wearer for many seasons, indeed years, to come.



Talk us through a typical day in the life of DEVOI.

We both have full time jobs as we work on building the business. So our weekends are devoted to DEVOI. We have a home studio in Surrey Hills and an intern works with us most weekends. Every day at DEVOI is different – one day may be a photo shoot, another fitting clothes on a model or painting a new bold print to feature in our next collection.

We will be featuring more of what happens at our home studio on InstaStories, so stay tuned! We work hard on every aspect of our garments to ensure that they are exactly how we envisioned them.

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

Take time to talk to your customers. As a predominantly online business, our customer interaction is limited. Being at Finders Keepers gives us a chance to understand our customers’ needs and wants and get feedback on our garments. So invaluable!

ROSALIND SKIRT in NEMOPHILY – designed by Devoi


Tell us about your inspiration for creativity?

By being open and present, we try and find beauty in the world around us because beauty, in whatever form, inspires us. Whether it be the fairy floss-like clouds of a pink sunset or pomegranate seeds that glisten like rubies, it is a joy seeing beauty in the the everyday and incorporating these sources of inspiration into items of clothing we create.

We are a huge admirer of the work of Dana Kinter. Inspired by nature, her pieces are delicate and wonderfully understated in their beauty.

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?

We are now focusing on having our collections featured in more boutiques, especially interstate. For customers to fully appreciate our garments, they need to not only see them but touch and feel the natural fibres we use and then try them on to see how our feminine silhouettes enhance their best features.

We often get enquires from customers asking where we are stocked so this is an important goal for us now as well as in the future. The great thing about Finders Keepers is that it is an opportunity for retailers to meet us and get to know the DEVOI brand.

Ophelia Top & Aurora Skirt – designed by Devoi

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Five Questions With Juno + Ace Jewellery Sun, 17 Jun 2018 01:00:04 +0000

BIG DROP earrings, TRIANGLE earrings, LINKS earrings + TINY ARCHES earrings – designed and handmade by Juno + Ace

Inspired by makers from the Finders Keepers community, Sacha created Juno + Ace and applied for a Sydney AW17 debut stall with her small collection of handmade jewellery.  Sacha has since evolved her jewellery to feature recycled metals and eco-resin and extended the collection to include copper and brass wall hangings and delicately balanced mobiles.

Be sure to visit Juno + Ace at Finders Keepers Brisbane AW18, 22-24 June

NB: We interviewed Sacha in May 2017, images have been since updated.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.

I moved to Australia from the UK last year with my Aussie husband and our 2 oldest kids, (whilst 7 months pregnant with the 3rd. Fun times!) I first started selling jewellery back in the UK when I was on maternity leave with baby number 1, so about 5 years ago now. It wasn’t called Juno + Ace back then and the designs were a little different too. The other big difference was that all my sales were done online. After moving to Sydney, (and having my baby) I re-launched and re-branded and Juno + Ace Jewellery was born (named after my 2 daughters).

The way people shop here is very different, you have so many awesome boutique shops and amazing markets that I just needed to become involved. It was the AW16 Finders Keeper Markets, that I just happened to stumble across last year (while very pregnant), that got me motivated to start working again so soon after emigrating and having a baby. You guys put on such a good show, I knew I had to focus and get ready to apply to sell with you this year!

LUNA + HEROINE wall hangings in recycled copper + brass – designed and handmade by Juno + Ace

DOUBLE OPEN rings, BIG CIRCLE ring in pink and BIG CIRCLE ring in marble. – designed and handmade by Juno + Ace

Who inspires you and your creative process?

Hmm, probably my kids, but not in that soppy “they’re so lovely’” way, but more in the way that they drive me nuts on a daily basis. 3 kids under 5 is pretty full-on and I have always found that making things and using my hands has calmed me. Ha ha!! It’s a kind of escapism. I truly enjoy immersing myself in a project, from designing to making and even selling. I quite like the adrenaline that comes with being face to face with my customers, rather than behind a computer screen.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Juno&Ace Jewellery this year.

I plan on making it to a few more markets and I also want to start stocking some of the awesome boutiques in my area (and those further afield) I need to get myself a little more organised. Hopefully before the end of the year, I will have had the balls to approach a few places. It’s quite a daunting idea for me.

PHASES, REBEL + HEROINE wall hangings in recycled brass – designed and handmade by Juno + Ace

Name one resource that your label could not live without.

One resource that I couldn’t do without would have to be my husband. As well as just being totally awesome and supporting me in my business choices, he’s a bit of an entrepreneur and has a few of his own businesses (that are much bigger than mine). Although he is not really super clued up about women’s jewellery or even slightly interested in fashion (he will only wear black t-shirts and only owns 1 pair of thongs!). He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to everything you need to know about the behind the scenes part of business. He even does my books for me!

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.

Ooh, well I am a big fan of the Colour Pop earrings and I’ve made myself a pair in most of the different colours. They are just so light weight and comfy. I love big, bold earrings and I can’t wear jewellery that isn’t made from real metals, as it irritates my skin. I also have sticky out ears, so I reckon wearing big earrings balances that a little bit! Ha ha!

ECLIPSE + PHASES wall hangings in recycled brass – designed and handmade by Juno + Ace


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Brisbane Autumn Winter 2018 Shopping Highlights Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:03:07 +0000 12pm noon FRIDAY the 22nd June!…]]> Finders Keepers Brisbane Autumn Winter 2018 kicks off at the special new time of 12pm noon FRIDAY the 22nd June!

Need some help getting your wish-lists started? All of the designers featured will be setting up shop at The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds over three huge days!  You’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces, handmade ceramics, fashion, food and more!

For a more comprehensive list, you can also find out 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!



Mums and Bubs:

1. Devoi jewellery collaboration with Next Romance Jewels
2. Platypus wall print by Suki McMaster
3. Non-toxic, Cruelty free, Vegan nail polishes by Sienna Byron Bay
4. Wooden handmade soother chain by Luna’s Treasures®
5. Bamboo tableware by Love Mae
6. Handmade loungewear by Lorraine and Blair

Winter Delights:

1. Carrot seed and rosehip eye serum by Alchemy In The Raw
2. Impressions Collection, hand crafted wearables by Pilar Rojas
3. Handmade toys by Creatures of Yarn
4. Handmade bio-resin homewares by Nanna Woo
5. FODMAP/Fructose friendly, Gluten free sauces by NOGO SAUCES
6. Candle holders by Stump and Co

This post sponsored and supported by the stallholders featured.

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Five Questions With Gertrude and the King Thu, 14 Jun 2018 05:27:48 +0000


Gertrude and the King is the venture of mother and daughter team, Sandra and Kate.  With an emphasis on natural fibres and ethically made products, you can expect to find practical and stylish accessories for bubs from this Brisbane based label.

Be sure to visit Gertrude and the King at Finders Keepers Brisbane AW18, 22-24 June

How did you come to be a seller at Finders Keepers?

Gertrude and the King is family thing, a mother and daughter team. And we never in a million years thought we would be working together!

After leaving the corporate world, Mum (Sandra) returned to her first passion – sewing and creating. She dabbled in baby and children’s items and this was long before any grandkids were around. After having my first child a little while later, I (Kate) struggled to find soft sole shoes and bibs that I liked. I wanted classic and timeless designs without a whole bunch of prints. I wanted to save the beautiful prints for the clothes!

A few months into my maternity leave and with my brand new Instagram addiction in full swing, Mum and I talked more and more about business together. I was discovering all of these super talented children’s clothing labels on Instagram and could absolutely see a big gap Mum could fill with her designs. She was making incredible things, they just needed to be seen by the right people!

We decided to make it official, a few months later we rebranded to Gertrude and the King and set some goals. Showcasing at the Finders Keepers was one of those original (scary!) goals. It took us quite a while to feel like we were ‘ready’. Nothing like a little bit of self doubt when you’re starting out, right?! When we finally got the email telling us we were accepted, it felt like a huge step forward. One of our early goals, with a big fat tick next to it! Hooray!

Now we’re over a year into business, we’ve transitioned from being entirely handmade to having half of our collection manufactured (Mum needed to sleep after all!), we’ve exhibited at our first trade show and have a bunch of amazing retailers who stock us.

Eucalytus and Marine Mary Janes – designed by Gertrude and the King

Dune Soft Sole Sneakers – designed by Gertrude and the King

Mary Janes and the Suzanne Hat and Bib – designed by Gertrude and the King

Talk us through a typical day in the life of Gertrude and the King

We both have our own areas of expertise so each day is totally different. Mum’s house doubles as our warehouse and studio. She handles the daily processing of orders, post office runs and courier bookings. Sewing to replenish hats and bibs is a full time gig in itself.

Then of course there is the design, construction and trialling of all new products. Every new design we release takes months and months of samples before production begins. Luckily I’ve had small babes that conveniently double as models, downside is I now have a 3 year old with a very serious shoe addiction. Whoops!

For me, GK is a night time and nap time hustle! Working part time for another small biz and having a 1 and 3 year old means that Gertrude and the King fits in around everything else. Our online presence (website, Facebook, Instagram), building the wholesale side of our brand and dealing with our manufacturer is my area.

Who inspires you and your creative process?

We continue to be inspired by the Mums and Dads we meet! So many of our designs or the fabric choices we make come from hearing the words “I wish I could find…” uttered by a parent at a market.

We listen to what Mums and Dads want or what are they have difficulties with – are the bibs absorbent enough, are the shoes kid proof, are our hats and bonnets in the right fabrics? Those conversations are the beginning of a new design and usually the most exciting but daunting time in our business.

left, Mustard Sneakers, Ernest Hat and Jamie bib and right, Hunter Aviator Hat, Jamie Reversible Bib, Dune Sneakers – designed by Gertrude and the King


Lilac Soft Sole Mary Janes – designed by Gertrude and the King

Is there a Finders Keepers designer who you admire?

It’s a pretty difficult task to name just one Finders Keepers designer that we admire… Over the last few years I’ve shopped at Finders Keepers markets and every single time I’ve left with a list of new designers I’ve fallen in love with.

Whilst my interests have changed (kids tend to really affect your shopping habits!), the Finders Keepers market still hits the mark bang on. I think every person who walks through a FK door knows they’re going to fall in love with something new.

To now be a part of this group of crazy talented people, this calibre of brands, is totally motivating in itself! If it was easy to have your own business, everyone would do it. But it is far from easy and every single designer at a Finders Keepers market has worked super hard to be there!

What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?

We want to continue building our brand and maintain our reputation for stylish, quality accessories for little people. We plan on expanding our reach online and being found in more children’s retailers. Within the next 2 years we plan on becoming established internationally as well.

Our ultimate goal is to have a secure and consistent income for both Kate and Sandra, that allows us to spend quality time with our families and be present for the little things in life. Doesn’t 9-2 sound like a dream!


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Brisbane AW18 Market: Food and Drink Line-up! Tue, 12 Jun 2018 04:47:53 +0000 Food and Drink Line-Up for the Finders Keepers Brisbane AW18 market! Finders Keepers fans will…]]> Here is our mouth watering Food and Drink Line-Up for the Finders Keepers Brisbane AW18 market!

Finders Keepers fans will LOVE our new hours on Friday ‘day’. Join us at the new opening time of 12 noon on Friday 22nd June to shop the day away until 9pm.  The festival vibes continue all weekend from 9am – 6pm Saturday 23rd and 9am – 5pm Sunday 24th, June.

Head to our new venue, The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds to enjoy these food offerings, along side our art and design stalls, live music and more!


Brisbane AW18 Finders Keepers Market Food lineup

Bald Rock Beef Jerky, Chai Addict, Crackle Caramel Popcorn, Handsome Devils Co.,
Misty’s Salted Caramel, NOGO Sauces, Rosemarie’s Cakes, sin-ko-nah tonic syrup,
The Dandy Tea Co. and The Salty Goat

Ready to Eat and Drink:

Brisbane AW18 Finders Keepers Market Food lineup

Abbiocco Food Truck, Allpress, Amplify Kombucha, Chai Collective,
Cold Brew Iced Tea Co, Food kartel, Fresh Gozleme, Koobideh,
Lisboa Caffé – Discover Portugal, Nude Juice, Pipi Cucu Empanadas, Poffertjesking,
Queen of Pops, Rustic Pastel, Sushi to the Max, Temple Coffee Gold Coast,
The Chippery and Zicatela Woodfire Mexican.

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Featured Publication: Look What We Made Fri, 08 Jun 2018 01:09:24 +0000


Well folks, we’ve got something extra special for you today!  As many of you may know, our friends at frankie press published a beautiful new book this year, Look What We Made.  You can imagine how excited we were to not only discover Alice Nightingale as the cover star, but find so many makers from the Finders Keepers community celebrated within the pages.

FK Community Manager, Renee recently caught up with frankie press‘ editor-in-chief in Jo Walker to ask what makes a maker “book-worthy” as well as some valuable advice for fledgling makers!  Read on…

We can’t stop pouring over Look What We Made. It’s like you’ve created a book to celebrate our community! Tell us a more about Frankie’s latest book?

Hah – yes I guess it is a bit of a love letter to the maker community. We wanted to include makers of all kinds from all across Australia (from Broome to Hobart!), using all kinds of materials and making all kinds of different things. Some practise really traditional crafts like shoe-making or leadlighting – but maybe updating the craft so you’re leadlighting hip-hop album covers!

But we also really wanted to broaden the idea of what a maker is. So we have a couple making ice-cream. A lady making cat tattoos for people. A dude making political posters. A band making an album. Some people are doing this full-time, some are doing the side hustle. But all of them are full of passion for the stuff they bring out into the world.




With so many talented makers across the country, and the world, what makes a maker “book” worthy?

Oh my gosh – we really ended up with enough makers to publish 10 books like this. I just wanted a really good mix of materials, locations, stories and visuals. For instance I really wanted to cover people in regional locations, so we kind of locked them in first. There are many, many more ‘book-worthy’ makers out there than are contained in Look What We Made.

I must say it was a wee bit more challenging to find frankie-appropriate male makers! So yeah maybe that’s the ‘in’ for next time. Be a token male!

We know you probably can’t play favourites, but are there any pages you recommend we flick straight to?

This is a tough question. I guess I like the unusual stuff, so I love the story of Susie Rush, a lady in Broome who makes awesome glitter rain hats – even though it doesn’t rain that much there, and when it does it’s full-on monsoon so you can’t go outside, even in a rain hat! I love the section on Phil Ferguson, who taught himself crochet so he could stitch his own crazy food-themed costumes to show off on Instagram – sort of like a crafty slo-mo drag performance.

I also love Freya Jobbins, who used to be a police fire arms trainer and now makes amazing sculptures out of op-shop Barbies and toys. Talk about a radical lifestyle change.




Finders Keepers support hundreds of fledgling and emerging designers through initiatives such as the Artist Program, and our Debut stalls. Do you have any advice for newbie makers trying to make it?

We actually tried really hard to make the book realistic as well as romantic and pretty, so we asked a lot of makers for their tips on running a business, doing markets, publicising their wares, staying sane, and all that stuff.

One thing I thought was really interesting was from Alice Nightingale, a fashion designer and dressmaker in Brisbane. She found she sort of had to shove the idea of her handmaking every single garment down people’s throats on social media in order to get fair prices for her stuff. Otherwise people assumed she got things made overseas. So I guess the lesson there is you need to educate your customers: yes I design and make everything myself, each product represents x hours work, here’s my story and if you’re buying one of my things you’re buying into that story.

The other idea I loved was from Shuh Lee, a Melbourne maker. Before each market she tapes out the stall space in her kitchen and practises setting everything up, making sure the displays work together, and that she has enough space and time to do what she wants. It sounds so simple, but I was like, “Yes, this would totally work!”



Aside from making magazines and beautiful books, do you like to make things? Tell us your go-to craft escape for 2018!

When it comes to craft, I normally have more time for admiring other people’s talents than developing my own. I do like an activity you can do in front of the telly (and heater) though. So maybe this year I will drag out the old crochet hooks again. Would be lovely to conquer the granny square one of these days. : )



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