I still felt a little out of place beside all these emerging designers in a gallery space. They all have such a minimalist approach with 20 items lovingly anchored on wedges of wood or twisted vine. But you know me...
Give the table height, color and lots of things to look at.
I tried my best to cull it down and just take a small sample of say 30% of the products I do, but it still managed to look full to the brim.
Being minimalist is just not me...
An interesting fact, was that everything I sold on the day is exactly what I sell well at Northcote and Brunswick markets. So the city siders shopped no differently than the northerners. Not sure why I thought they would be drawn to anything different, but there you go.
In case boredom struck...or the need to go for stroll in the city, I had my trusty beau as my sales assistant for the day.
As it was, we spent most of the day tag teaming to go on photo trips, lunch stops and shopping adventures. The market really only called for one person to be manning a stall. Not much customer flow at all after 1 0clock. Admittedly, there was so much on in the city. Book fairs, fair trade markets, and not to mention at least three major markets in the burbs.
So I think the Christmas crowds were quite possibly evenly dispersed between all the amazing handmade offerings out there on Saturday.
At least I can tick another x-mas commitment off my list. We are quite quickly working our way through all the meetings, work party's, markets and making. With only one more market to go this Thursday night, I quite look forward to putting my feet up and taking time ride our bikes, go to the park and have a few BBQ's.
Hopefully the late prediction for storms holds out so you take in a big dose of handmade this weekend.
I'll be down at Craft Hatch, an intimate design market on level one of the city library.
My entire range will not be there, Just focusing on my screen printed men's items and some new art bangles and pendants.
Today you'll also find Sisters Market is on at the St.Kilda town hall and the lovely Made in Thornbury market is on. So lots of choices and lots of handmade out there waiting to put a few ticks on the Christmas list.
It's so crazy this time of year and although I've had a 'to do' list the size of the oxford dictionary, I've just had to take some time out to keep sane.
So we've had end of year concerts,
days at the beach,
playtime with ducky,
lots of watermelon,
and somewhere in between all that...I turned 35. A year older and wiser. So they say!
I sometimes think lists are more about getting it all out of your head and on to paper so you can sleep at night. Otherwise the brain just keeps buzzing and for me to have achieved 50 to 70% of the ridiculously extensive list by now is all good.
I may get there...and finish the extra 30%...or I may not.
One thing I know for sure is those little spells in between where there is a halt on the production front are absolutely neccessary.
To maintain balance and reclaim a sense of being. Otherwise we just become machines.
Northcote town hall, 189 high st, Northcote Vic December 2nd, 9th and 16th 5.30 - 10pm
Whilst day one was quiet, it gave me a chance to do the rounds and get a few of my own chrissie presents organized. It also gave me time to get the layout organized and make sure I could fit everything in. My first time trying to set up clothing, so I was a bit anxious. But it all came together looking really good. I'll take a camera for photo's this time I promise.
There are four of us hailing from Olive Grove at the market. Well five really, as Mrs. Beckinsale aka jenny has some of her famous tram cushions on display. It's almost like we are bringing the shop to you.
So if your in the neighborhood, do pop down and say hi and don't forget to bring your v.i.p bloggie voucher.
Saturday December 11th, 253 Flinders Lane, City Library, Level 1 Gallery, Melbourne
There is an amazing line up of talent for the day, so I'm a wee bit nervous that I don't belong, but I'll fake it till I make it... and pretend I am a designer worthy of such a high profile city central market.