The Finders Keepers Design and Art Markets Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:52:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Feature Product: A5 and A6 Memobottle Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:50:39 +0000 The-Finders-Keepers-Featured-Product-Memobottle-3

image features A6 Memobottle™ – designed by Memobottle™

Memobottle™ co-founders Jesse Leeworthy and Jonathan Byrt grew up together in a small coastal town south of Melbourne, Australia. Noticing an alarming number of plastic water bottles polluting local waterways and parks, they started looking into the global impact of this problem. It turned out to be a lot worse than they anticipated!

Human convenience is often the catalyst for environmental harm. To influence a positive change, and to effectively break people’s habits around single-use drink bottles, they realised they needed to offer an alternative that was truly convenient, beautiful and sustainable in design.

The memobottle™ is a premium, re-usable, flat water bottle designed to neatly slide into carry bags alongside computers, books and valuables. Every element of the memobottle™ has been carefully considered, from its innovative shape to the recycled cardboard packaging.  Pretty neat huh?

Be sure to visit the memobottle™ stall at our Sydney market, taking place on the 12th, 13th and 14th May at The Cutaway, Barangaroo.


image features A6 Memobottle™ – designed by Memobottle™


image features A5 and A6 Memobottle™ – designed by Memobottle™


image features A6 Memobottle™ – designed by Memobottle™

]]> 0 Gift Guide: Mother’s Day By Nikau Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:25:00 +0000 Nicole Steele, a designer and ceramicist, and her business partner Nikki Pocock, a florist and botanical stylist are busy preparing for their Sydney market stall under their brand new collaborative label Nikau.  As Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and in fact the same weekend as our first market of the year, we couldn’t think of a better pair to share some local gift ideas, perfect for Mum.

Bringing the best of all things botanical and clay from makers around Australia – the perfect gift for Mum.

finders keepers spring mothers day gift guide by nikau
1. Sea Foam Wrap Bowl by Clay Canoe
2. Plant Lady Is The New Cat Lady Pin from Nikau
3. Glacier Planter by Leaf and Thread
4. Gold Monstera Earrings by Polli
5. Kelp Wash Oil Painting by Grain of Descent
6. Beehive Vessel by Public Holiday
7. Treasure Cup sand with Gold Handle by Bridget Bodenham Ceramics
8. Clear Candle Collection by We Are Posie

Nikau (nee-co) is a botanical and clay emporium located in beautiful Byron Bay.

A collaboration between Nicole Steele, designer and ceramicist, and Nikki Pocock, florist and botanical stylist, Nikau brings thoughtful, functional and sustainable design to the local community and around the world.

As well as designing and creating their own ceramics and textiles, Nikau stocks and supports other artists that follow the same ethos – original handmade product with a focus on slow buying.

Their Byron Bay store includes a flower bar, hard-to-find plants and cactus, ceramic works by renowned potters, and original artwork – plus workshops on the deck, including clay hand building, floral classes and plant education.

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Five Questions With Galina Dixon Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:50:56 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Galina-Dixon-1

Image features hand lettering by GALINA DIXON

Today we chat with the lovely Galina Dixon as she prepares for her debut stall at our Sydney market in just a few weeks time. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
After ten years in design and advertising in Sydney, I decided to follow my heart, take a leap of faith and invest in the dream of starting my own boutique stationery brand. I don’t know where my original love of paper and fine stationery came from, but I do remember that even as a little girl growing up in Russia, I was obsessed with colouring in and drawing type.

I studied design at high school and university in New Zealand, and really enjoyed my professional creative career in Sydney. Until one day, after the birth of our son, I could no longer resist the desire to do my own creative thing, and so the GALINA DIXON Boutique Stationery brand was born. I believe in keeping it simple. I believe that beautiful words on gorgeous paper bring much happiness. I believe in the handwritten note.


Image features Galina Dixon. Image credit: Heath Bennett.


Image features the Brush Collection – by GALINA DIXON


Image features “The futures is bright” gold foil card – by GALINA DIXON

Who inspires you and your creative process?
A lot of the inspiration behind the words I hand letter comes from everyday life, my family and friends. I design greeting cards that make me smile, and that I would want to buy myself, to give to my husband, mum or best friend. My creative inspiration comes from all over. I’m always jotting ideas down in various notebooks and making endless lists. The ideas that I keep coming back to, the ones I can’t ignore, I start drawing.

I often start with black ink and a brush. When I’m happy with my work on paper, I scan it and continue working on it digitally. It’s hard being a perfectionist when it comes to my work, and knowing when to stop. I try to embrace the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi (art being perfectly imperfect) on a daily basis, but the struggle is real. I admire the work of Alex Trochut, Sergey Shapiro and Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for GALINA DIXON for the next 12 months?
The GALINA DIXON brand launched in January 2017, with a collection of luxe letterpress and foiled greeting cards. It felt so good to finally put my ideas out into the world. Over the next 12 months I’m excited to expand the card collection with many new designs. I’m also working on a range of art prints, gift tags and double-sided wrapping paper. You can expect to see lots of new paper delights at my debut at the Sydney AW17 Finders Keepers Market.


Image features “To the most handsome man” copper foil card – by GALINA DIXON


Image features the Romance Collection – by GALINA DIXON.


Image features “For like ever and ever” letterpress card – by GALINA DIXON

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
Coffee. No, it would definitely have to be the paper. All of my stationery items featured my hand lettering, so my brand couldn’t exist without the paper to create my artwork on. I use a variety of brushes, pencils, pens, calligraphy nibs, inks and watercolours to create my artwork, but paper is definitely the common thread in my creative process.

The final output of my work is also always on paper. All my greeting cards are either hot foil stamped or letterpress printed the old fashioned way on luxurious 100% cotton paper, or on carbon neutral or recycled paper stock. I couldn’t imagine my brand without paper (and coffee).

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
Hmm… that’s like asking who your favourite child is! I love them all equally. Having only just launched my luxe greeting card collection, my favourite (if I really had to choose just one) would be the gold foiled “The future is bright” card. It’s so perfect for so many occasions in life, and it sums up exactly where I’m at right now.

I’m optimistic and excited to see what the future holds for my new brand. I also try to keep this as my general outlook on life (so stay tuned for the limited edition art print version of this card). No matter how rubbish life can get sometimes, there are always bigger and better things just around the corner. Onwards and upwards. And who doesn’t love a gold foil?


Image features “Good vibes only” letterpress card – by GALINA DIXON


Image features “I love you” letterpress card by GALINA DIXON

]]> 0 Five Questions With The Seek Society Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:08:53 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-The-Seek-Society-1

image features Enamel Adventure Mug – by The Seek Society

Founded by partners Charity and Phoebe just six short months ago, The Seek Society is a community based, earth conscious label specialising in quality camping and outdoor essentials.  We can’t wait to see what these legends bring to our Sydney market in a few weeks, but for now be sure to read on to discover more about this local label. 


Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
The last few years have been a long but fabulous road for my wife Phoebe and I. We first had the vision of The Seek Society not long after we met in 2013, I had been writing music and running eco tourism companies in the far North West of Australia for the last decade and Phoebe was an environmentalist for the NSW Government. We were both feeling a little disenfranchised with the day to day and craved change. We were passionate about the environment, and loved adventuring in the outdoors.

So we packed up our Defender and went traveling around Australia and then abroad. We experienced so many epic remote locations but were perplexed when we witnessed so many people camping out in cheap plastic tents and utilising other camping wares that would barely last their journey. These adventures inspired us to design and manufacture our own quality camping and outdoor products that may encourage others, even those who don’t like being outside, to enjoy nature and not kill it in the meantime.


image features Enamel Adventure Mug and Earth Eco Bottle – by The Seek Society


image features Enamel Adventure Mug and Earth Eco Bottle – by The Seek Society


image features The Mabo – 3m Canvas Bell Tent – by The Seek Society

Who inspires you and your creative process?
Both of us love being outdoors and exploring. Being among nature and on new adventures inspires our creative process the most. In the outdoors we dream up new products, develop big plans and feel at peace creating and designing new product lines. Phoebe is an environmentalist so always seeking inspiration from new articles or discoveries about the earth, environment, and animals, I play music a lot and I find that also helps inspire that business part of my brain strangely. Lisa Messenger, Clare Bowditch and Mia Freedman are inspirational Australian women that have forged remarkable paths and continue to inspire us as daily as women in business.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for The Seek Society this year.
There’s always something exciting being planned in our household for Seek. We have only been around for 6 months, but the next 6 months will be massive. Our bag range will be launched, starting with our flagship duffle and backpack, army grade canvas, leather and brass detail… we’re sure these are going to be a favourite. We’ll be expanding into the US and NZ market as well with the bell tents and also planning on hosting some pretty exciting outdoor and camping events in some of Australia’s most stunning locations. Lots more seeking adventure.


image features Enamel Adventure Mug – by The Seek Society


image features The Londonderry – 4m Canvas Bell Tent – by The Seek Society


image features Enamel Adventure Mug – by The Seek Society

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
Campaign Monitor is our start up go to with customers. We find having a very specific email database with fantastic design qualities is essential to building the right database and email lists of customers and ensuring they receive the right content. Providing customers with engaging content and visually pleasing EDM’s has been made possible with Campaign Monitor, the insights it provides to you are exceptionally valuable for marketing and remarking. If you don’t have Campaign Monitor managing your sign ups we suggest you look into it!

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
Ohhh that’s a hard one. Our Londonderry 4m Bell Tent is our favourite product! The ‘Londonderry’ 4m bell tent is a modified version of the standard bell tent, designed to be super functional and durable for Australian camping whilst maintaining the charm of the traditional bell tent. Our unique design means this bell tent can erect tightly with no areas for water to gather. We utilise the toughest, army grade canvas available and it makes camping and being in the outdoors an absolute joy, you haven’t truly camped or glamped until you’ve met the ‘Londonderry’. See for yourself!


image features The Odyssey – 5m Canvas Bell Tent – by The Seek Society

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Sydney AW17 Market: Food and Drink Line-up! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:48:05 +0000 Food and Drink Line-Up for the Finders Keepers Sydney AW17 market! Charlie’s bar is back…]]> Here is our mouth watering Food and Drink Line-Up for the Finders Keepers Sydney AW17 market!

Charlie’s bar is back with crisp Stone & Wood ales, and to make sure you’re coffee-happy we have added Grace & Taylor to the line-up, who specialise in fresh, high quality and transparently sourced coffee and follow a green coffee chain.

Kicking off on Friday night 12th May and continuing over the weekend (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May, that’s Mother’s Day!), head to The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve to enjoy these food offerings, along side our art and design stalls, live music and more!

Coffee, Drinks and Food Trucks:
Sydney AW17 Finders Keepers Food and Drinks Line-up

Bagels ‘n’ Balls, Bar Pho, Bibim Bowl, Capi
Charlies, Donut Papi, El Poco Loco, Grace & Taylor,
Hola Fresco, Miss Lilly’s Kitchen, My Muffin Top, Mr. Bao,
Nutie Donuts, Peri Pena – Indian fritterie, Sticky Chai and Two Chaps , The Avocado Hut,
Those Girls Beverage Co., Tsuru and Veggie Patch Van by Yulli’s

Produce Stalls:
Sydney AW17 Finders Keepers Food and Drinks Line-up

Eat Me Chutneys, Extraordinary Foods, Handsome Devils Co., Hunted + Gathered,
Koja Health, Organics for lily, Salted Caramel Sauce, Sweetness by Adora Handmade Chocolates,
Sydney Chocolate, The Nourish Movement.

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Five Questions With Katherine Wheeler Sun, 09 Apr 2017 23:00:22 +0000 This post was first published on the 15th June 2016


Image features Katherine Wheelers 2017 collection of Rock Coral Earrings


Image features illustrations in progress – by Katherine Wheeler

What we love about Katherine Wheeler’s ceramic creations is that they beautifully blur the line between art and jewellery.  Her fine art background is apparent through her work, as each of her pieces are truly unique.  Read on to discover more about Katherine practice, and experience her work in person at our Sydney market next month. 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
I have always been artistic, and have had my dad’s pottery in the back yard since I was a little kid.  I studied a Diploma of Visual Arts followed by a Bachelor of Fine Art (gold and silver smithing) at RMIT.  The drawings, jewellery and homewares that I make now have years of experimenting and exhibition work behind them that I draw from.  I have now kind of merged my artistic disciplines to suit the way I want to express my ideas.  I love being able to make one of a kind wearable art pieces or homewares, that are imbued with personality and the marks of the maker, from start to finish in my home studio.


Image features one of a kind Rock Coral bangles designed and handmade by Katherine Wheeler


Images feature jewellery handmade and designed by Katherine Wheeler

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
This might sound a bit cliché, but stay true to your original ideas and yourself.  Don’t look around too much as it can be quite daunting.  And get some great product shots taken.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Katherine Wheeler in the next 12 months.
In the next 12 months I am planning on developing one of my products (the thread and porcelain vessels) into lamps and light shades.  This is something that has been on the list for a while, and I think this year is the time.

Also I’m pretty excited to work on a few collaborative pieces with Hanna from Nanna Woo Handmade, that will be ready in time for the Brisbane AW16 Finders Keepers.


Image features one of a kind ‘Rock coral’ rings, in coloured porcelain – handmade and designed by Katherine Wheeler


image features Black Fungi Bowl in clay – handmade and designed by Katherine Wheeler

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
Ok – if I can have two? It would be the trusty bamboo skewer and my kiln.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
My favourite products are my “Rock Coral” Porcelain rings.  I just love making and wearing them, and coming up with new colours and designs, no matter how big and crazy.  I think they are a great overall representation of my brand.  I also love watching people try them ALL on to find perfect fit and colour.


Image features work in progress – by Katherine Wheeler

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Feature Product: Textiles and Furnishings by Studio Onethirty Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:08:32 +0000 The-Finders-Keepers-Featured-Product-studio-onethirty-5

Image features Paloma cushion and Alpha Side Stool – designed by Studio Onethirty and made in Sydney

Created by Sarah Kalidis in 2016, Studio Onethirty is the result of a lifetime passion for design and all things handmade.  Sarah’s original hand drawn patterns take centre stage in the studios collection of textiles and soft furnishings.

If that isn’t enough for you to ogle over, Sarah also designs furniture to perfectly suit her textiles, using her 10 years experience as an architectural consultant to create an all encompassing Interior Design studio.  If you’re keen to bring fun, life and colour to a space, Studio Onethirty’s creations are for you.

Be sure to take a closer look at this bespoke Sydney based business at our Sydney market this May.  If that’s too far away, why not shop online here.


image features textiles – designed by Studio Onethirty and made in Sydney. Image credit: Photography by Alana Dimou


image features textiles – designed by Studio Onethirty and made in Sydney


image features drawings and inspiration by Studio Onethirty


image features Katse Bench in American Walnut, shown with Maya fabric – Designed by Studio Onethirty and made in Sydney

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Five Questions With Annie Hamilton Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:00:21 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-Annie-Hamilton-3

image features Leafy Silk Tee + Leafy Silk Pants – printed and made in Sydney, designed by Annie Hamilton. Image credit by Yaya Stempler

Annie Hamilton may be new to this community, but her ethos rings so true with our values.  Annie is passionate about the connection between the designer, maker and customer and this very principle is why we do what we do at FK!  Read on to discover more about this emerging Sydney designer and be sure to try one of these beautiful silk pieces at our Sydney market this may. 

Ps. Congratulations to Annie for winning the Frankie Good Stuff Award for Fashion

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Hello! I’m a designer and musician from Sydney. When I finished school I spent several years at COFA studying textiles, graphic design, jewellery, photography and drawing, but I was touring a lot at the time so I ended up dropping out of uni to focus on music.  Last year I decided to get back into textile design, with a plan to design a small range of silk scarves; I had made silk scarves when I was at uni, so it seemed achievable.

That plan escalated when I had a chance meeting with Christiaan from the Fashion Production Company – a small garment production company in Sydney.  I decided to do a small line of silk clothing that has been digitally printed with my illustrations, and launched the label late last year, just in time for the December, Sydney SS16 Finders Keepers Market. The clothing is all 100% silk and is printed in Alexandria and made in Redfern, Sydney.


image features Magpie Silk Shirt – printed and made in Sydney, designed by Annie Hamilton. Image credit by Yaya Stempler


image features Magpie Silk Tee, black silk pants – printed and made in Sydney, designed by Annie Hamilton. Image credit by Yaya Stempler

What would be one piece of advice you would give a first time seller at The Finders Keepers?
I had such an amazing time at the last Finders Keepers Market – it was such an awesome weekend and it was so lovely to meet people who were interested in my designs, as well as other designers.  Being able to explain my process, how the clothes are made, what they’re made from and to give a little insight into the behind-the-scenes of my label was invaluable… so I think my advice would be to wear comfy shoes, get lots of sleep and drink lots of coffee so you have enough energy to be up and chatting to people the entire time.  It can get pretty exhausting at times but is definitely worth it.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for annie hamilton for the next 12 months?
At the moment I’m trying to plan a few little trips out of Sydney to work on new prints and new styles for future collections.  I spend a lot of time in Jindabyne so I’ll definitely try to get down there for a few weeks to get lots of work done – it’s so beautiful down there, and kinda eerie.  I find that to really delve into creative work it helps to get out of Sydney, so I have less distractions.

My label is still very new and I’ve never had any experience in fashion or anything, so I’m also just really excited to see how it develops over the next 12 months. I still have a lot to learn but I’m really enjoying the process.


Image features Rattlepod Silk Shirt + Rattlepod Silk Scarf – printed and made in Sydney, designed by Annie Hamilton. Image credit by Annie Hamilton


Image features ‘The Gumnuts Are Watching’ art print – illustrated by Annie Hamilton and printed in Sydney.

Name one resource that your label could not live without?
I’m going to say Instagram… it’s an incredibly useful tool and I don’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing without it. It’s such a great way to communicate with people, discover new things and make new friends.  I think it’s really important to show people the inspiration / process / behind-the-scenes of what you’re doing, so they understand what goes into making a product and why you’re doing it.

With Instagram I can show people every step of my process, from sketching and developing the prints to making the samples, and can also introduce people to the lovely makers who sew my clothing.  In a fashion industry that is dominated by fast-fashion I think it’s incredibly important to bring back a connection between the designer, the maker and the customer.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
My favourites would be the rattlepod silk shirt + pants… I like that the print is a bit dark and mysterious, black and red with little ants and things.  The prints are inspired by native Australian grevilleas, but my drawings are never scientifically accurate.  When designing the print I wanted to create a sense that the branches are growing up and around the body, still very alive.  The cuts of the shirt and pants are both really simple and timeless, and are designed to flatter any body shape.  They’re also super comfy and silky soft :)


Image features Annie Hamilton in her studio @wip_studio


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Five Questions With Will & Bear Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:00:21 +0000 This post was first published on the 7th October 2016


image features Lauren, the chief Will of Will & Bear

We chat with Lauren of Will & Bear to discover more about this Melbourne based lifestyle brand.  Be sure to try on a hat for size at our Sydney market in May! 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to begin your label.
Will & Bear is a small lifestyle brand based in Melbourne, Australia. With a love for the outdoors and life on the road. Our unisex styles are inspired by the environments we play in and finished with the finest details.


image features the Wesley Green – designed by Will & Bear


image features William Brown – designed by Will & Bear


image features Behind the scenes from Will & Bear’s recent video shoot, featuring the Wesley Green

Who inspires you and your creative process?
We were inspired by our love of nature, design and photography. We wanted to build a community where travellers, story tellers and photographers (of all levels) can share their experiences with our product. And inspire others get outdoors and engage with their environments away from sedentary lifestyles.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Will & Bear in the next 12 months.
We plan to focus on the social side of our business over the next 12 months to promote our Plant A Forest Project and will be looking to start a local project to begin in Australia.

Recently we’ve have partnered with to plant 10 trees for every hat sold. Each purchase helps counter the effects of deforestation, as well as supporting families and communities out of poverty.


image features Will & Bear hats in production



image features the Full range – designed by Will & Bear


image features wool, prior to hat production for Will & Bear

Name one resource that your label could not live without.
We couldn’t live without wool!
Our hats are proudly made from 100% Australian wool. Along with its aesthetic qualities, wool has got some pretty handy features. It’s naturally UV resistant and breathable, so it won’t stink if you get sweaty while adventuring.
We’re committed to looking after our environment and the community. So the fact that wool is naturally produced, biodegradable and renewable is also pretty great.

Tell us about your favourite product from your collection.
William Brown, our most versatile silhouette, William is a fedora with a stiff woollen brim. Becoming more flexible with every wear and moulding to your head for the perfect fit – William grows with you.

William Brown was the first hat we designed and a reminder of where we’ve come from. With it’s natural earthy tones and simple design aimed to suit anyone and everyone.


image features William Brown – designed by Will & Bear

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Five Questions With ALŌ Botanics Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:00:42 +0000 Finders-Keepers-5-questions-ALO-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.


image features Daily face oil by ALŌ-Botanics


image features ingredients by ALŌ-Botanics


image features Beard oil by ALŌ-Botanics

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.


image features Active face oil by ALŌ-Botanics


image features ingredients by ALŌ-Botanics


image features ingredients by ALŌ-Botanics

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.


image features ingredients by ALŌ-Botanics

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Five Questions With shuh. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:00:58 +0000 This post was first published on the 19th July 2016


image features collection of Shuh. designs in the Shuh. studio

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.


image features silk scarf – designed by Shuh.


image features jewellery – handmade and designed by Shuh.


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!


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


image features the talented and lovely Shuh in her studio


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.


image features Shuh working hard in her studio

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Sydney AW17 Market: Designer Line-up Announced! L-Z Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:24:54 +0000 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
The Finders Keepers Sydney AW17 Market Lineup Annoucement
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
The Finders Keepers Sydney AW17 Market Lineup Annoucement
Sustomi, Talaria, temono, Terrariums By Bella,
The Club of Odd Volumes, the Raisin did it , The Seek Society, The Storybook Rabbit,, 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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