"I'm a mum of two adventurous little people and we live in beautiful Tasmania. Family is what matters most to me, but I also enjoy crafting in the late hours of the night while the kids are (or at least should be!) asleep.
I appreciate, support and have a love for quality unique handmade items."
Button Up By Mands
After collecting Buttons & Ribbons for most of my Adult life and the love of beautiful beads,bright colours. I wanted to make necklaces that I would wear and compliment those special outfits for any occasion. So I decided to make my own gorgeous creations from my extensive collection of buttons, wooden beads and ribbons over the last 10-15 years. With 2 girls at school & working part-time,I wanted something for myself and have always had a love of craft, so decided to set about creating necklaces. Teaming my love of buttons with beads and ribbons, I started wearing what I had created.
What followed was lots of lovely compliments and ladies wanting necklaces and brooches for themselves and for presents. So I decided to start making necklaces and brooches for other people to admire and enjoy. Button Up by Mands was created. With an eye for colour, beautiful ribbons and unique buttons its very satisfying to make such one of a kind designs for everyone to admire and look beautiful in wearing my designs. Each set is teamed with stunning wooden beads, my personal collection from around the world of embroided ribbons then finished with its own unique designed buttons from my collecton. My jewellery can be made in a set or just on their own - its entirely up to you! I also can cater to colour co-ordinate for that special outfit or just to wear every day just because they're gorgeous.
Catherine Westwood from Chik Design
Starting out in Melbourne in 2008, Catherine created chik as a brand of distinctive decorative pieces for the home. The aim has been to embody modern Australian design, inspired style and local manufacture. The products are all designed to delight and intrigue, using some cutting edge technologies to help create the finished result.
The range includes the ever popular metal and timber pear trees that can be adorned in your own personal style, striking water-jet cut wall plates, stylish box frames and a range of hand-crafted little hanging ceramic bells.
Cherry stew is lovingly hand crafted clothing, textiles , cushions, quilts & accessories. All are crafted in limited editions or to order by Madeleine Somers from her Melbourne studio.
Cocoon CoutureCocoon Couture is designed and brought to you by Ingrid Daniell and Melanie McLeod, two mums with a passion to design and create beautiful and inspiring kids spaces and quality product.
Originally started back in 2004; Cocoon Couture took its first baby steps into a select number of unique children's boutiques across Melbourne and Sydney. From these early beginnings Cocoon Couture soon gained momentum and a loyal following.
Both Ingrid and Melanie's children play an active role in the range, from design feedback, to road testing products and a constant source of inspiration and wonderful imagination!
At Finika we NOT ONLY sell bright, unique, hard to find KIDS PRESSIES for Mums with FLAIR, but even some handy and gorgeous products to brighten up your day! Lets face it... being a mum with young children is not always FUN, we believe you deserve to spoil yourself!
Finika ‘s products are FUN, FUNCTIONAL and FASHIONABLE!
It all started with the handsfree keyring! Available in many different colours at The ClothesLine!
Gina & May
Shine brightly in a stylish umbrella from recently launched boutique brand, GINA & MAY! The umbrellas are characterised by their bold colours and patterns and use of durable materials in their creation, including a windproof mechanism in all long handled umbrellas.
- - Windproof Mechanism
- - All long umbrellas are fitted with a windproof mechanism to help flip the shelter back in place should it turn out on a windy day.
- - UPF protection
- - Wooden handles
Kajita create a huge range of soy wax candles which use only high quality fragrant oils and 100% pure essential oils to create their magnificent smelling products. The fragrant oil candles tend to spread throughout several rooms, whereas the 100% essential oil range has a more mild and aroma-therapeutic scent. Everyone who ever comes into the shop says "Something smells amazing"... and that’s what you want from a great product which is all about their aroma.
I have a passion for textiles, art, design and architecture.
I love experimenting with traditional techniques and combining them with modern materials.
I graduated from the Textiles Workshop at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Visual Art and went on to obtain a Masters in Arts Management and Policy from London University, UK in 2008.
In 1999 I was awarded a residency at Megalo Print Studio and undertook an exchange with Kyoto Seika University in Japan through the ANU exchange program in 2000. My experience in Japan informed a body of work and as a result held a solo exhibition at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. I have been awarded the inaugural Emerging Artist Award by Fibrearts International Biennale, USA, and first prize in the City of Redcliffe Excellence in Craft Award, Australia.My work has been selected for national and international exhbitions
and has won a number of awards. Most recently my work has been selected to be exhibited in London at the Handmade in Britain Art Fair and Eco Design Fair in 2010.
My hand knitted bags from recycled plastic bags were exhibited at the Sydney Opera House in 2009 and on the 'Tube', London's Underground Transport System in 2008. My screenprinted images have been exhibited at the Bankside London's specialist print gallery on the banks of the Thames, next to Tate Modern in 2009. My designs are represented in the collections of New Zeland's World of Wearable Art Gallery, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in Australia, and the Museum of Design in Plastic in the UK, as well as purchased for private collections in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Kathy KooMelbourne based artist and designer, kathykoo, has been sewing since her little sister was born in 1984. She has since sewn her way through life; completing art degrees, teaching secondary school, travelling around the world and drinking tea aplenty. Since giving up full time teaching in 2008, Kathy has been juggling further study with a desperate desire to bring more hand sewn love to peopleʼs worlds – hoping to extend her current ʻcommissions for friendsʼ market.
Her designs aim for practicality and to convey a sense of the haptic joy associated with textiles.
kathykoo pieces utilise a combination of stunning vintage, reclaimed and retro off-the-roll fabrics and simple design aesthetic. Unique details make each piece a one-off or from a limited edition (Nannaʼs cushion cover only stretched to 2 purses...) with vintage buttons, pattern variations, fabric combinations, original additions and more.
Products available for sale are all hand made and individual pieces.
Kitty M Stationary
‘Kitty.M.Stationery&Design’ creates cards and stationery designed for people who truly appreciate the card-in-the-mail approach to communication. 'Kitty.M.' creates colourful, quirky and classic hand-designed greeting cards appropriate for various occasions and sentiments.
I love paper, and good quality paper is an essential ingredient in a ‘Kitty.M’ card! I use aesthetically pleasing, tactile card, and endeavour to use “green products” where possible. All cards are home-designed and printed. Each comes with a 100% Australian recycled envelope, and (when ordered for retail) wrapped in clear, recycled plastics for display and/or protection.
So whether its to share, connect, reconnect, congratulate, invite, thank, vent,have a laugh, sympathise, apologise, empathise, reminise, celebrate or declare your love, enjoy a browse through the Kitty.M. collection and may it inspire you to put pen to paper!
Kurt Saggers - The Cats Pyjamas
Little Shop of Handmade
Melbourne based Little Shops jewellery collection celebrates fun and affordable quality pieces of wearable art including brooches, earrings and necklaces all inspired from much loved fables, fairy tales, nursery rhymes and vintage ephemera. All having one thing in common, they are addictive - you simply can’t stop at one...
With a 10 year background in graphic design and product development, 4 years ago after testing the waters at her first market with 40 brooches – she sold 38 on the day – and resigned from her full time job the next day and has not looked back! You can still find her regularly attending markets in Melbourne as well running her ultra cute retail shop The Little Shop of Handmade.
Megan Barnao "Made By Meg"Im a mum of two cute little ratbags that keep me on my toes, and when I get a chance I sew! I love sewing, it relaxes me and it makes me happy, and I really love making bags!Every bag that is made is different in some way, even if I use the same fabric on the outside, more often then not the inside is different in some way. The lining colour or the funky internal pockets I like to make. I don't waste any part of the fabric, the little scraps I cut from the handles are made into a cool little internal pocket. I don't use a pattern and all of my bags are designed by me, I go by rough measurements but it all depends on the fabric and the size of the print on the fabric I choose to use. This way you get a very unique bag.
And then there is the baby wear...
A range of bibs and burp cloths in beautiful fabrics all backed with microfiber. Microfiber is lightweight, trim, highly absorbent, super soft and dries incredibly fast, making it perfect for soaking up dribbles. With matching baby shoes to make a lovely gift set for a sweet baby. Handy nappy wallets in a range of fabrics with waterproof liners for either disposable or washable nappies.
Hi I’m Brenda the creator behind Mira Narnie
I've always loved to make things and began sewing as a young girl. Back then I was always working on various projects and began making my own clothes with my mum’s old sewing machine and buying fabric so that I could make handmade presents for my friends - even when it wasn't cool. I love creating handmade items using various techniques like hand and machine sewing, and creating practical items as well as items for beauty and wonder.I live in Melbourne with my adoring Husband and after having our children I began to make them clothes and decorate their rooms. Then I began selling items on Etsy and Made It and also at various Handmade Markets. I love seeing where my inspiration will take me. When I’m not making something, you can find me nurturing my two greatest creations - my 2 beautiful children. Just enjoying the simple things.
Moops & Hoops
My Name is Julie Allen and I am the founder of MOOPS and hoops. I am a mum of three, who help inspire me with our little creations. I enjoy gardening, reading and absolutely love going to the movies. You will find a little piece of my creativity infused in every piece! I hope you enoy them as much as I have enjoyed designing and making them.
We are a Melbourne based business that specialises in stylish products that are handmade. MOOPSandhoops is happy to present you products that make shopping fun, easy and most of all stylish for you and the smaller ones in your life!
Lisa Bartlett from Pixie designs
I am an absolute accessories junky!!!! For years I was making my own hair accessories so when I went shopping one day for some clips for my little girl I couldnt find anything I liked Pixie Designs was created..I love vintage style materials,buttons,ribbons and anything with dramatic colour..
I spend hours thinking and designing new head pieces for the hair especially Race Fashion and Bridal..The base of my designs are originality..I vary rarely make the same thing twice..I feel its important to stand out and thats why my hair accessories for little girls and ladies have been so popular.
Rebound’s core philosophy is to reuse discarded paper products and turn them into something functional, necessary & beautiful.
Since starting Rebound in 2005, we have been making Journals, Sketchbooks, Photo Albums, Pocket Books, & Bookmarks. We use unwanted, pre-loved hardcovers & fill them with blank 100% recycled paper.
We are continually expanding our recycled stationery range to include printed paper inside our books.
Red ParkaRed Parka is an Australian design company run by Jen, a Tasmanian artist currently living in Melbourne, who designs and creates all the work in the Red Parka Collection.
Red Parka can be found most weekends at various markets around Melbourne and occasionally in other states. When not drawing elephants and other little creatures, Jen likes perfecting the perfect pad thai, watching reruns of Twin Peaks and bushwalking in the Tasmanian wilderness. She also really likes drinking coffee.
Not that long ago over a few red wines at a friend’s place, Kris and Jane let the inner Rascal run free. A group of friends had come around for a crafting night- who was to know that Red Rascal was to be born that night. Fast forward 6 months and after a few markets the girls are supplying fashion and children’s stores Australia wide with their funky, designer t-shirts and accessories – lovingly crafted in Australia by the two young mums (6 kids between them). Through the first year of Red Rascal, both Jane and Kris anve moved with their families. Jane had travelled and then bought a new house at Beechworth. Kris has moved to the trees at Warrandyte and set up her new studio. A new year 2011 and what will it bring The Rascals are big believers in fair, connected and low impact grassroots trade and supporting other Australian small businesses with an interest in genuine hand made products.