Time Out (Melbourne) - - Made in Melbourne -

Mel­bourne is a great city for mak­ers thanks to all the re­tail­ers that cham­pion lo­cal de­sign­ers and artists. Next time you’re look­ing for some­thing spe­cial, why not visit one of these bou­tiques or mar­kets? By Rose John­stone & Re­becca Russo Guild of Ob­jects

Ven­ture to North Mel­bourne and you’ll find a ceramic par­adise. Guild of Ob­jects is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween three small batch pot­ters, Brooke Thorn, Chela Ed­munds and Tao Ou­domvi­lay, who know how hard it can be to get a small busi­ness off the ground and get your work seen by the wider com­mu­nity. Here you’ll be able to sup­port a new gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian mak­ers. They sell table­ware, planters, vases, jewellery, cloth­ing and more. à 690 Queens­berry St, North Mel­bourne 3051. guild­o­fob­ Wed-fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-5pm.

The Food Repos­i­tory

The Food Repos­i­tory pride them­selves on stock­ing small batch goods you nor­mally have to hunt around for. Sell­ing any­thing from chai to honey, lentils to hot sauce, they’re all about putting small busi­nesses in the spot­light. Each of the items stocked in-store are hand­picked by store owner Joni Marcelis, and are cho­sen specif­i­cally for their sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion meth­ods and their use of nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. à 346 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065. foodrepos­i­ Mon-fri 11am-6pm; Sat, Sun 10am-5pm.

Monk House De­sign

Back in 2005, owner Roula Tazidras opened her small Brunswick East bou­tique with a vi­sion to stock a care­fully cu­rated se­lec­tion of in­de­pen­dent la­bels from Aus­tralia and be­yond. These days, Monk House De­sign is a well-loved fix­ture on Ly­gon Street, of­fer­ing wom­enswear, ac­ces­sories and home­wares by the likes of Dress Up, Kloke, Base Range and Monk House De­sign’s very own self-ti­tled and Mel­bourne­made range of wardrobe sta­ples. à 102 Ly­gon Street, Brunswick East 3057. 03 9381 1191. Daily 11am-6pm.

Pieces of Eight Gallery

Housed in a cus­tom-built space in the CBD, this Mel­bourne gallery runs ex­hi­bi­tions, work­shops and events that show­case the care­fully se­lected col­lec­tions of lo­cal artists. In store, they sell hand­made, lim­ited edi­tion jewellery and ob­jets d’art, each piece as strik­ing and bold as the last. They also or­gan­ise com­mis­sions, in­clud­ing wed­ding rings, by many of their artists. à 28 Rus­sell St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9663 3641. www.piece­sofeight. Mon-fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm.

Baluk Arts

Head down the coast un­til you reach Baluk Arts: a non-profit arts or­gan­i­sa­tion owned and run by Indige­nous artists from the re­gion. As well as pro­vid­ing sup­port for lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal artists, Baluk also sells their one-of-a-kind pieces in their shop. Here, you’ll find every­thing from hand­crafted clap sticks made from Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula tea trees to jewellery crafted from nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, as well as pic­ture books and paint­ings. à 6 Bruce St, Morn­ing­ton 3931. 03 5975 5000. Tue-fri 10am-5pm.

SO:ME Space

Did you know that the South Mel­bourne Mar­ket is home to one of the city’s best popup de­sign spa­ces? Tear your­self away from the gourmet food stalls and browse bright home­wares at the su­per­cool, kooky cy­cling gear at Spin South Mel­bourne, colour­ful brogues at Lost in Sea­sons and more. The space show­cases new Mel­bourne de­sign­ers along­side its per­ma­nent stalls each month. à Coven­try & Ce­cil Sts, South Mel­bourne 3205. 03 9209 6295. south­mel­bourne­mar­ Wed 8am-4pm; Fri 8am-5pm; Sat, Sun 8am-4pm.

Mr Kitly

Any plant and home­wares store named af­ter a cat is OK by us. Owner Bree Claf­fey fills her shop with hand­crafted work by lo­cal mak­ers, like a vase by Mel­bourne pot­ter San­dra Bowkett, wood­fired in Tal­la­rook, or a pas­tel-coloured ceramic cup by Ira­nian-born Mel­bourne artist El­naz Nour­izadeh. à Up­stairs, 381 Sydney Rd, Brunswick 3056. 03 9078 7357. mrk­ Mon 11am-6pm; Wed-fri 11am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm.

Third Drawer Down

Over the last 14 years, Third Drawer Down have worked with more than 50 Aus­tralian big­name artists in­clud­ing Charles Black­man and Del Kathryn Bar­ton in de­sign­ing every­thing from tea tow­els to purses. Some of their fun and colour­ful prod­ucts are also made from the folks at Arts Project Aus­tralia, who work with artists liv­ing with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. à 93 George St, Fitzroy 3065. 03 9534 4088. www.third­draw­er­ MonFri 11am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm.

CTF Cu­rated at Spring Fash­ion Week

Sup­port lo­cal de­sign­ers at this one-off show­case for Mel­bourne Spring Fash­ion Week cu­rated by the Coun­cil of Tex­tile and Fash­ion. Meet the mak­ers be­hind the la­bels, learn the care of your gar­ments and find a new la­bel to love with items from emerg­ing brands Post Sole Stu­dio, Maude Stu­dio, Natal­ija, Col­lec­tive Clos­ets, Ci­ti­zen Wolf and Hew. à The Old Met Shop, Mel­bourne Town Hall. 90-130 Swanston St, Mel­bourne 3000. 03 9658 9658. mfw.mel­­rated/. 5-10pm. Fri Sep 1.

Rose Street Artists’ Mar­ket

Rose Street Mar­ket gath­ers some of Mel­bourne’s most ex­cit­ing artists and de­sign­ers to dis­play their wares and talk all things hand­made. Weave your way through the crowds and ware­house to check out the hand­made fash­ion, food and cu­rios for sale. à 60 Rose St, Fitzroy 3065. 03 9419 5529. www.ros­es­t­mar­ Sat, Sun 8am-5pm.

St Kilda Es­planade Mar­ket

Ev­ery Sun­day, Mel­bourne’s finest cre­ative folk gather in the palm tree-ad­ja­cent stalls on St Kilda’s es­planade. Since the 1970s, the mar­ket has fea­tured emerg­ing tal­ent in de­sign and hand­i­crafts – think art­work, pho­tog­ra­phy, illustration, jewellery, body prod­ucts and sta­tionery – mean­ing this place is a hot­bed for de­sign­ers, artists and film­mak­ers. à The Es­planade, St Kilda 3182. 03 9209 6634. www.stk­il­dae­s­planade­mar­ Sun 10am-5pm.

St An­drews Mar­ket

Wind through the hills of the Yarra Val­ley and you’ll find rows of stalls hid­ing in a eu­ca­lypt for­est sell­ing jewellery, crys­tals, pot­tery, sweet treats and skin­care prod­ucts. Af­ter­wards, grab a bowl of dahl and lis­ten to live mu­sic from lo­cal buskers. à St An­drews & Hei­del­berg-kinglake Rds, St An­drews 3761. 0467 535 341. www.face­ stan­drews­mar­ket. Sat 8am-2pm. Free.

Sed­don Mak­ers Mar­ket

A group of pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers run this in­ner west­ern mar­ket (for­merly known as the Maribyrnong Mak­ers Mar­ket). Stall­hold­ers are all lo­cals who share a pas­sion for craft – whether that’s mak­ing jewellery, can­dles, cakes or toys. à Sed­don Unit­ing Church, Cnr Ga­mon & Mackay Sts, Sed­don 3011. sed­don­mak­ers­mar­ 9.30am-3pm. Free. Sat Sep 2 & Sat Nov 18.

Heide Mak­ers Mar­ket

The river­side sculp­ture gar­den out­side one of Mel­bourne’s finest col­lec­tions of mod­ern art is home to a re­cently es­tab­lished Satur­day mar­ket. Heide Mak­ers Mar­ket was cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fitzroy’s Rose Street Artists’ Mar­ket, you can be sure of high-qual­ity wares. Cap off your visit with a stroll around the sculp­ture gar­den and some cof­fee and cake from Café Heide – it’s a Satur­day morn­ing well spent. à Sculp­ture Park, Heide Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, 7 Tem­plestowe Rd, Bulleen 3105. 03 9419 5529. www. hei­de­mar­ 10am-3pm. Sec­ond Satur­day of the month, re-com­menc­ing Sat Sep 9.

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