Melbourne's first Modish Creators Market kicked off last weekend and there were over 60 stalls at the market's Malvern Town Hall locale. Business partners and cousins, Kylie Loy & Kelly Jenkins, are the gals behind Modish. As well as running the market all day, they each had their own stall: Kylie's Tiges and Weince and Kelly's Cool Kids Creations.
Colourful pin-cushion apples and fabric Russian dolls caught my eye at Morgan Wills' eco-friendly stall. Morgan's Bushka Baby rattles are made with recycled fabrics, remnants and vintage tea towels and her fine-wool scarves and baby blankets are made from recycled jumpers.
I first came across Mecino's bird cage necklaces while browsing Etsy a few months ago and was delighted to see Michelle Luna's stall at Modish. Her jewellery was displayed on antique saucers and plates - the perfect pairing to the vintage findings Michelle uses in her designs.
One of the widest array of wares was at the rabbit & the duck stall. Shannon's collection covers everything from cards and journals, cushions and totes, bags and purses and the cutest fabric-covered magnets - a pack of which I couldn't resist for an extra Mother's Day gift.
Monique Gaspar creates paper collages on ready-to-hang wooden panels. The fabulous peacock has more than 200 pieces of paper in its tail - yes, I counted them! Monique uses a variety of paper in her designs including origami paper and even recycled maps. I was chuffed to see my local Smith St as a fence post with a red cat perched on top. Carolyn featured Look at the Wall on indie art & design back in 2008.
At only eight months old, Me & M'lee had a nice selection on offer. Cushions, totes, aprons and wheat pillows in coordinating prints. Maria's range came about after friends told her she should 'go large' instead of just making pieces for school fetes.
I spotted this crocheted necklace amongst the delicate knitwear clothing and accessories at Loré Loré. Each one-of-a-kind piece is handcrafted by textile designer Lorena Gonzalez. Keep an eye out for her upcoming line of mens knitwear.
The coolest prop of the day was the spinning turntable at Record Attempts. Mark Farrell upcycles preloved-vinyl into ring-bound journals and 50s-style flying ducks for hanging on the wall of your den.
All photographs taken at Modish Creators Market by Emma Starr.
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