Craft Hatch: August 2011

17 08 2011

The recent Saturday was spent with a lovely friend wandering into the city to visit Craft Hatch super-duper August market.

Ooh – it was such fun.

I came home with the following:

  • beautiful porcelain bowl and cup from Sophie Harle – just incredibly gorgeous and tactile and crying out to be held in the palm of your hand(s)

    ceramics by Sophie

  • a total fabulous card from The Gently Unfurling Sneak … I love these designs, and I have a t-shirt with their bird-cage lady on it that is a favourite (and a collectors item I find, now they’re not producing them any more …)
  • a cute little owl brooch from Tiger & Hare …. shhh, don’t tell, but they’re a present … hopefully said friend (no, not the one I went to the market with) won’t read this blog beforehand, because I think she’d know who I talking about … make sense?

    brooch and card ... yes, they're to go together

I hope the market was a success for all who were there. Yay Craft Victoria [again! still!].


27 05 2011

Hot pink, lime green, chocolate … hand-knitted … AWESOMENESS!

bought at Abbotsford Convent Makers Market

That is all.

Yarragon Annual Gem Show

18 01 2010

Just over an hour east of my place in Melbourne is Yarragon (on the way to Traralgon). It’s a cute little village, and their annual gem show on 16/17th January 2010 was a good excuse for a quick morning drive.

inside the gem show

I was there pretty early on the Saturday, and spent a little time wandering around. There were more mineral type stands than cut gems, and there were facet-ing demonstrations. I found some little gems that came home with me (from K.A.B. Form). I haven’t done a lot of gem setting, so will save these until I have just the right project and skills…

little sapphires and onyx

All in all a lovely morning out in the sunshine.

Yarragon village

Craft ‘Hatch’ @ City Library

10 08 2009

To reflect the theme of Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, the August ‘Hatch’ had a City|Country theme.

There were lots of lovely things, but I was particularly glad to see the graduating class of RMIT had a stall. I chatted with Fiona Simmons about the upcoming jewellery auction – the excitement of the students and the wonderful work they’ve collected so far for the auction. It’s great to see them embracing other opportunities for fundraising, with proceeds of the stall also going to the end-of-year exhibition and book. There were pieces by Charles Wyatt (foreground and mid-ground of first image below), Cath da Costa (background of first image), Naoko Inuzuka and Fiona (second image below).

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

photograph taken with permission

Something about the pendants above reminded me of fairytales, familiar and cute but also sinister … little red riding hood or the fox and the crow …

My other favourite stall at the market was Chloe Vallance‘s drawing – just beautiful and evocative. Her delicate  drawings on paint colour cards were captivating – it would be easy to walk by without noticing how gorgeous these little observations are, and there were such lovely stories behind many of the sketches. Chloe is also part of the Brown Paper Collective – such a small world!

Next Hatch is 12th September 2009.

Update (14th August 2009): the lovely Kim at Craft Vic blog (clog) has posted a story on the market, with great photographs – must say I’m chuffed to be photographed and named, an action-shot of me admiring Chloe’s drawings. I’ve just noticed that it’s pretty clear I support local makers – bag by ‘emotional baggage‘, skirt by ‘mint slice afternoon‘, top by ‘sneak design‘ … spread the love I say!