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. guildofobjects.com. 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. foodrepository.com.au. 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. monkhousedesign.com. 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. com.au. Mon-fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm.
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. balukarts.org.au. Tue-fri 10am-5pm.
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. southmelbournemarket.com.au. Wed 8am-4pm; Fri 8am-5pm; Sat, Sun 8am-4pm.
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. mrkitly.com.au. 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.thirddrawerdown.com. 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.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ctf-curated/. 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.rosestmarket.com.au. 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.stkildaesplanademarket.com.au. 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.facebook.com/ 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. seddonmakersmarket.com.au. 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. heidemarket.com. 10am-3pm. Second Saturday of the month, re-commencing Sat Sep 9.