Finders Keepers Part.2

Standout home wares designers included The Mod Collective, whose master craftswomen Valissa Butterworth’s appreciation of colour, form and the very essence of modernism provided particular visual splendour.

All images: Mod Collective
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Butterworth’s work stands on it’s own, as does her ability to curate a kaleidoscopic showcase of precision moulded ceramics in all the colours of the rainbow. We left the stall with a sneaking suspicion that this is one name to watch.

Not far across the floor, were regional Victoria’s ceramic darlings; Angus & Celeste whose extensive collection included ceramic hanging baskets, decorative vases and boutique jewels strung on silver chains which drew a swollen queue of feverish customers.

All images: Angus + Celeste
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Textiles both vintage and new age, were represented in full force. Alongside eco friendly and oh–o-sweet brand Mookah, were up and coming Beneath the Sun. Entering the stage as a welcome revival of colour blocked and playful pillow slips, cushion covers, novelty tea towels and (not surprisingly) a side of delightful stationary. Byron Bay’s Leah Bartholomew has been running the brand for less than a year, and is already making her mark. As colourful and vibrant as her textiles – we were able to sneak a few pretty pics (thanks Leah!)

All images: Beneath the Sun
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Moving right along to Ernest Hope, where Sydney based textile and fabric enthusiast Erin, has also gone wild on cushions and pillows, but in her own special way. Having collected fabric for the past 20 years, Erin’s cushions feature their own little slice of history. Salvaged drapery from a dated Miami Hotel is turned inside out and paired with Belgium linen, creating muted tones of days gone by. A series of intricate lace doilies from the seamstress’s very own wedding have been hand sewn onto cushion covers, leaving no one item the same and all have cleverly imbedded a story of their own. Ernest Hope’s one off pieces have spawned a mini revolution of ‘couples’ cushions – featuring thread sewn names against vintage hues.

All images: Ernest Hope
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Like a moths to a bright flame, we were drawn to a particularly curious chameleon who appeared from her own jungle of elaborate light and colour. Tamara, was the face behind Retro Print Revival, whose mesmerizing one off refurbished lamps feature 1960s and ‘70s ceramic bases matched with vintage fabrics. Shades featured a fabric edition of Frida Kahlo’s garden, monochromatic geometric prints and a version of Eric Carle’s legendary ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ – a must for any well informed nursery.

All images: Retro Print Revival
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Among many other stand out exhibits were Masai Mara Jewellery by Kristina Brenke and Mara & Nick’s Melbourne based Print Space, displaying a beautiful collection of graphic prints.

All images: Print Space
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As the afternoon drew to a close, we fell upon the good girls from Frankie Magazine, whose mags had sold out bar their very last copy but who were only too happy to have a chat. The Frankie team are celebrating the recent release of a new publication, ‘Smith Journal’.  Frankie’s largely feminine roots have wriggled into a brave new space of ‘man reading’ (for lack of better phrase) and Smith Journal reveals an authentic alternative to existing men’s magazines which are sadly awash with semi clad airbrushed ladies and luxury brand toting millionaires. Thank you Frankie for changing the way our men read!

Image: gorgeous girls from Frankie mag.
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WOW. What a day – what an event – and what an inspiration. The Finders Keepers is a must for anyone looking to experience grass roots trade of world class design wares. The people, the colour, the excitement and the lack of compromise to living the creative dream was rife – and we left feeling the love.

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