And so this is Christmas...well nearly!

Our last market for the year is over, and what a special market it was. We hope all who came to our December event had a lovely time, and snapped up some beautiful presents. It was a very big day, and our thanks go to all who participated, helped out and attended.

To be honest we have been rather overwhelmed by the level of local support the market has received, and it is very rewarding to look back over the past year, and think that we really have succeeded in our vision of bringing a boutique art and design market into being...and most importantly to give exposure and a showcase to our immensely talented stall holders.

We have loved the mix of established artists and designers, alongside brand new businesses and products, many of which we are proud to say, had never been sold before the market. We love that locals now have a monthly market to attend, and that our customers can be assured of high quality art and design, and constantly changing products and people. And last but not least, we love that it’s Christmas in 9 sleeps! We wish you a very merry Christmas, and a safe and happy festive season...see you next year for plenty more excitement, and lots more local love.

Bec, Shannon + Holly :0)

festively fresh christmas market no.2!

Date: Sunday 13th December
Venue: Masonic Temple (3 Sandy Bay Rd)
Time: 10am - 4pm

With a sprinkling of Christmas love, and a festively fresh line-up of stallholders... we are proud to introduce our final market for 2009 (back in Feb 2010)!

We are so excited about the products on offer at this market, and have worked hard to gather an extra special collection of stallholders to cover a large and beautiful range of products, really making the market a shopping destination unlike any other.

We have brand new designs being launched by many of our stallholders, a lovely selection of Christmas stationery and packaging (the kind that is just as nice as the present inside). Also on offer...Painstakingly handmade products, many of which, just quietly, you won’t find anywhere else..

Lovely limited run designs, locally made of course and ready to go to a happy home. Also, perfect little presents like especially delicious jams, home wares, accessories, clothing, linen, gorgeous garden and lighting design! And to tempt you while you shop, we have some delightfully sweet treats, and some new, and rather special savoury offerings.

We’d love to see you there...with bells on!

Bec, Shannon + Holly :0)

Ps: See below for the full list of stallholders at our December Market

stationery + decorations


holly webber

Phat Flats

Jasmine Rose Designs

Island Cards

Ruby Victoria Letterpress

children's wear, linen + toys (for both young + old!)


Nevanna Designs

Little Snoring


Wild Creations

Milk Linen Design

Caterpillars in the Kitchen

Tameeka Lynch

Rag Tag Teddies




cube art + design


Pip Emma: In the Afternoon

Simone Pfister

C and J

Gay McKinnon

Oceanides - art of the Ocean

Pili Pala Pieces

Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree

rebecca roth

Whatever Heather

clothing + accessories



Sashiko Design

Nadine Kessler Design


The Easel and the Bass Violin

homewares + outdoor living


Gilded Pony (+ jewellery)

Who Did That

Karen Wagner Garden Design

food, coffee, tea + soap


Barista Sista

Coco & the Flat Pack Bakers

Nature's Path

Gypsy Hill

Mary + Fran Sweet Treats

mondo mama's eats

Woodstock Fruits

stall holder profile:
Sarah + Hamish from The Easel & the Bass Violin

Sarah Elliot and husband Hamish, are the designing + making duo behind the vibrant and talented brand, The Easel and the Bass Violin. Lovely clever people, making LOVELY intriguing things, that’s what we’re all about at the market, and this newly formed business partnership is producing some beautiful products, perfect for special Christmas presents we think!

Sarah first studied Fine Art Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts, winning the Graduate Prize and went on to work in set design, winning the overall Melbourne Fringe Festival Award with a group of artists, installation and fine art. She loves the creative side of her work, handmaking everything for The Easel and the Bass Violin, while still spending as much time as she can with husband Hamish and their two children who are home schooled. Hamish applies his skills in the field of intricate paper cutting, or scherenschnitte, and the innovative use of silver in recreating antique lace designs. He is also Double Bassist who is a strong feature of the Tasmanian contemporary jazz scene being a working bassist for around ten ensembles.

When and why did Easel & the Bass Violin begin?
I have been designing and making my own dresses since I was young. Around a year ago I made some dresses and fabric brooches, and more than a few times people stopped me in the street to find out where I'd got "that beautiful dress, brooch etc.." so I thought: Hmmm maybe I should pursue this? Once I started designing and doing markets, Hamish started working with intricate paper cutting, and silver work. I'm also an oil painter hence the Easel and Hamish plays Double Bass hence the Bass Violin.

What are your creations inspired by?
We spend a lot of time out and about in the stunning Tasmanian landscape with our two beautiful kids, we find it so inspiring here. We are inspired by our favourite artists; Frida Khalo, Rothko, the Arts and Crafts movement and the writings of Ruskin as well as the Beautiful Jazz and Mininmalist music that we listen to and that Hamish plays. We are very inspired by our dear and creative friends here in Hobart who make it all possible!

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
We love being creative! And we love making everything from scratch; being hands-on through every step of the process, from designing to making to then selling and getting to meet the person who's buying. We love making unique handmade items that are affordable and special.

Favourite colours/materials to work with?
We love working with rich bright colours and natural materials, we use a lot of silk, silver, vintage fabrics, vintage buttons and beautiful ribbon.

What can customers coming to the market expect to see at your stall?
Heaps of Colour! A full range of Silk Flowers, Brooches, Hair Slides, Necklaces and my Original Design Dresses in unique Japanese fabrics.

Personal favourite design in your range?
Our favourite would have to be our Grosgrain Ribbon / Vintage Button brooches; they remind me of my Grandma when she was young and would wear a corsage on a coat, she was a seamstress and ballroom dancer.

stall holder profile:

Anna Grierson from Milk Linen Design

Milk Linen Design (what a lovely name!), is a collection of beautiful linen in stylish patterns and fabrics, made by the very talented Anna Grierson. The designs are all locally made, and the patterns of limited run. Anna’s luxe, but reasonably priced collection will be at our December market, but you can check out her brand new website from Dec 8th for a sneak peek.

When and why did Milk Linen Designs begin?

The Milk Linen Design concept was born approx 1.5 years ago when my daughter (Ava was 2 and my son William 5).

This came about purely by the frustration of finding contemporary bed linen that would merge from Nursery through to Junior years and that would blend with the rest of the décor through out the house. After being confronted endlessly with flowers,fairies,trucks and dinosaurs(these are all great in the toy box) I decided to search for fabric collections and started designing.

Favourite colours/materials to work with?

All materials are 100% cotton and locally sewn and handmade. This is what makes the linen unique as it is not mass produced and the fabric is limited edition. My collection consists of 3 piece cot and single sheet sets, cot and single quilt (doona) covers, comforters and cushions with made to order fit outs of cot valance and bumper.

What are your creations inspired by?

I am inspired by fashion,colour and décor trends, oh and of course my 2 darling children, without them or my husband, I probably would never have gone down this wonderful path of motherhood?!. These components make up the essence of Milk Linen Design which specializes in Contemporary and Vintage baby linen. There are gorgeous vintage rosebuds and petal trails in hues of blue,pinks and coral moving into nautical blues, spots and stripes with red and pink and white spotted ruffles, fuchsia pinks and corals. The vanilla bean luxe range is suitable for either baby boy or girl.

What can customers coming to the market expect to see at your stall?

I am very excited to launch a new addition to Milk Linen which will be available at the market on Sunday 13th, and that is the baby bodysuit. These are white cotton short and long sleeved with matching detail to the quilt sets. They are just gorgeous with a price point of$24.95-$29.95 to make a great xmas gift. Also as a Christmas special I will be offering 50% off all Vintage Designs and cushions will be priced at $25.00.

stall holder profile:

Anna Weber from Gilded Pony

The lovely Anna Weber, from Gilded Pony, will be joining us for our December 13th market, with her very special handcrafted range of jewellery. Anna is a Hobart girl, though did a stint in Sydney, where she studied design at the University of Technology. Now back on the island, she is reveling in creating her unique and contemporary designs, at her Hobart studio in the Bank Arcade.

Her pieces are mostly made from Sterling Silver, often featuring gold, oxidised silver, pierced or etched patterns…..(VERY delicate and pretty!) While Anna’s materials and silhouettes are of a quirky and modern nature, Anna is inspired by natural elements, grasses, trees, leaves and the like. This combines to make her range strong but feminine, unique but still quite classic…we love it!

Also at the December Market, Anna will be introducing her brand new lighting range…HATCH. This stellar piece of work has been included in the top ten list for the Tasmanian Design Award, congratulations Anna! We look forward to seeing you and your special things in a few weeks time.

When and why did Gilded Pony begin?

Gilded Pony began a couple of years ago. I was wanting to give a name to a collection that I was working on in my spare time. For my work as a jeweller I wanted to create a number of different ranges. One range would be known under my name and the other would be more fun and accessible and therefore needed a brand that represented that. I took this range to Sydney for the Young Blood Designers Market at the Powerhouse Museum and at this point Gilded Pony was born.

What are your creations inspired by?

My creations are inspired by nature in a very fun and pictorial kind of way. I do a lot of etching into silver and piercing out of patterns that include leaves, birds and vines etc

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

My favourite thing about what I do is now being able to push my jewellery and my new light shade label HATCH to a point where I can make full time. It would have to be one of the best things to get up for work every morning excited and passionate about what you do and look forward to what creations the day might hold.

Favourite colours/materials to work with?

At the moment I have a large focus on sterling silver for my Gilded Pony jewellery range with techniques like etching and imprinting onto the metal creating texture and interest. I have also been using some resin and enamel paints to add bit of colour. My lighting range is primarily timber veneers onto ply with Tasmanian timbers such as Myrtle, Blackwood and Tas Oak featuring. I will also be expanding the range into acrylic in the beginning of next year.

What can customers coming to the market expect to see at your stall?

Customers can expect fun sterling silver jewellery completely handcrafted by myself that would make a perfect small gift or there are also a number of special pieces to catch your eye. And as mentioned above my new light shade range HATCH in a variation of timbers that completely come apart and flat pack perfect for postage.

Personal favourite design in your range?

It is hard to pick a personal favourite design but I do enjoy the small etched studs which I have quite a few pairs of and I swap, mix and match each day as the fancy takes me. Also as my lighting range is brand new I am particularly excited about it and look forward to seeing what kind of response they get.

Gosh…What a lot of people turned out for our November Christmas Market!

Never before have we seen such a huge turnout. At 10am it was as if we opened a flood gate of happy Christmas shoppers! The upstairs shopping certainly added some intrigue (not to mention some much needed extra room for stallholders and customers. Who, by the way did not disappoint!) The stalls looked lovely, the products for sale were beautiful, and tastefully festive too!

We had a really positive response to our new layout, and it definitely enabled a better flow of shoppers. It was great to see the customers' reactions to the delightfully different wares on offer, many customers (like us!) were a little bit blown away by all the clever local makers! We are proud and grateful to have created a platform, where this sort of interaction can happen, and to have firmly established an event which shows off and supports the talent of our stallholders…yay!

Thank you to all who supported our November Market, make sure you come back on Dec 13th, for a fresh and EXCITING batch of designers, artists and makers…

Until then,

Bec, Shannon + Holly :0)

christmas market no.1!

Date: Sunday 15th November
Venue: Masonic Temple (3 Sandy Bay Rd)
Time: 10am -5pm

It’s nearly here! The weather is warming up…JOY, and things are starting to get rather exciting here at the market…Our very first Christmas Market is like a beautiful gift… all wrapped up in a pretty satin bow, and in it, the very best selection of local artists, designers and makers, we could get our little hands on.

We love Christmas at the market. Not so much the garishly overdone tinsel type of Christmas, we prefer things a little stripped back...We like beautiful handmade wares, clever and quirky design, SPECIAL things, one off finds, yummy food and drink to nibble while you shop, a lovely and intriguing market space, and Santa…no, unfortunately he won’t be making an appearance, but we do have some very special stalls that are just about as jolly! We’ll also be offering a stylish gift wrapping service, and as you may have heard an extended shopping space to improve the flow...and eftpos facilities - so you can shop until your heart is content!

It would be lovely if you could join us this Sunday, support your local talent, and find some very special presents, straight from the source, made with love.

Ps: See below for the full list of stallholders at our November Market

See you there,

Bec, Shannon + Holly :o)

stationery + decorations


a vintage affair

Emma Kimpton

Hillman Designs

holly webber

Loopee Designs

Magoolie Designs

Mel Hills * Wild Art

The Memory Store


White Paper

Zando Design + T’Art

children's wear + toys


Anna Jayne Designs

Fairy Goat Mumma

Nara Designs



Valley Patch



Hannah Vasicek

Jenny Mills Jewellery

little lari

little twig (+ stationery)

Love Button

Nice Pins

rebecca roth

Robin Cochrane

Whatever Heather

What Katie Did Next




Kiswa Screenprint



patti moi designs

Rebecca Coote

food / coffee


Barista Sista

cupcakes by Michelle + Jo

Fig Tree Muesli

Woodstock Fruits

stall holder profile:
Emily + Peta from little twig

Here at the market, we’re just a tiny bit proud of Hobart based design duo Little Twig. Peta Riddell and Emily Snadden - who in real life work as Graphic Designer and Jeweller respectively, produce a delightful collection of hand crafted jewellery, innovative stationery and giftware. They launched their very first range way back at our April Market, and we have watched happily, as their business has grown from strength to strength, or as you might say, from twig to tree! The twiggies, Peta and Emily share a love of illustration, clearly evident in their products, and tell us, they are inspired by all things ‘twiggy’ quirky and cute. Their designs are whimsical, pretty, and extremely wearable.

When and how was your business born?

We have been friends since completing Art School (UTAS) 2002 and in 2008 we worked on a collaborative exhibition piece for Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. It was through this collaboration that we discovered we could easily combine our skills (Graphic Design and Jewellery) and discussed working together on a product. We were looking for a way to get going and we discovered the market – the little twig empire was founded!!!

What are your creations inspired by?

The range is mostly developed on the ‘twig’ theme. Birds and bushland flora and fauna are recurring elements within our designs. We share a love of illustration, and all of the designs originate as drawings (by both of us).

What’s your favourite thing about what you do?

Producing a product that has developed a local following has been extremely rewarding, we enjoy interacting with all our ‘twiggers’ at the market and are each time over whelmed by the supportive feedback we receive. We design and produce little twig for fun but seeing a piece go to a happy home, and meeting the owner/buyer is extremely rewarding.

Favourite colours/materials to work with?

We are excited to announce that we are currently experimenting with Tasmanian timber, we love playing with new materials and are also exploring the possibilities of Laminex. We generally work in a minimal colour palette, we like to keep things simple.

What can customers coming to the market expect to see at your stall?

One customer described our stall as “…a bit like a lolly shop – too many choices” – we like that idea. We currently produce cards, gift tags, jewellery (including brooches, earrings and pendants) and magnets. We are currently working on some new Christmas products for the next market (Nov 15th) and will be launching some new jewellery designs too.

Your favourite item in your range?

Probably the Layered Acrylic Brooches - we both love the intricate detail that we have been able to achieve in the designs. They have proved to be a popular product after only two markets - although we are always working on new products, so favourites change often!

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