Finding reasons to attend big design trade fairs can be tricky for the domestic and the professional crafter alike. In recent years we've seen these events, at least in part, have set out to celebrate the handmade by inviting craft in and letting it show off. This years DMT is no exception. Of course being so closely linked to CV (Beck is the sector development manager and I'm on the board) means we are biased in our opinion. We do urge those that can to check it out this weekend for inspiration, for shopping, and to support the makers being showcased as part of the Craft Victoria contingency

the gently unfurling sneak

Anika of The Gently Unfurling Sneak has a completely unique way of looking at the world. I  bought this gorgeous 'sneak'silk scarf for my daughter's 18th birthday and she adores it

mingus designs
We are crazy for the designs of textile and stationary designer Dear Songsuwan and hope that the blindfolded bear makes and appearance on the stand.

Adriana Christianson

It will be refreshing to see some old school ceramics in the design heartland! Adriana Christianson's work has real charm and I'm hoping one of these birds will fly home with me.

We are pretty sure Emily Green is now officially a craft superstar. Hopefully she will sign autographs for fans.

Sandra Eterovic
We can confirm that Sandra Eterovic is a genius. We are hoping some of it rubs off on us!

Gaye Abandon
Gaye Naismith of Gaye Abandon designs will keep you toasty with her warm and woollies. It can get drafty in the royal exhibition building.

The Hungry Workshop

Letterpress deign duo The Hungry Workshop are just round the corner from my house. Their impressive Heidelberg press can be seen through the storefront window and that bit of old school ingenuity is beguiling to say the least.


Cindy Lee Davies of  Lightly is the perfect example of where craft and design meet, shake hands, exchange ideas and produce lovely well crafted design pieces. does that make sense?

How impressed are we with Wovenspoke? Beautiful woven designs incorporating reflective thread for safety on your bike/scooter/feet? love!

Dani M Designs
We wont deny it, we have a crush on Dani M and her designs. Like lollies! like the shards that built supermans house! Lots of super triangle goodness too.

Victoria Mason

Any jeweller who makes a silver granny square is ok by the ladies of handmadelife. Noice work Victoria Mason

Lots to see, lots of craft. See you there? 
Design Made Trade is on this weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building Carlton. $10 entry fee open 10-5


Saskia said...

LOVED DMT. Came home literally bursting with inspiration (and a very large Christmas wish list). Agree Sandra Eterovic is a genius - her stand was my favourite. Also loved Ingrid Tufts and Emily Green. The Make-do area was amazing too...

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