Hello there. So, you know how I live in Melbourne and it's almost Christmas, well today I thought I'd share some of my favourite made in Melbourne goodies in a little, local gift guide. Technically this could also be my wish-list. And, I really do mean 'little' guide because there are only twelve items here, I could've easily picked a bazillion more. Melbourne is so overwhelmingly stocked full of awesome creative talent it makes buying unique and locally made presents for birthdays and Christmas super easy. The only downside is trying to choose and hoping your eyeballs don't burst from all that awesomeness!
Starting from the top and going left to right;
Row 1: Min Pin - Twin Peaks, necklace; Sandra Eterovic - Ms Mortadella, wooden wall art; Kirsten Perry - Eyes, hemp cushion cover Row 2: Madeleine Stamer - Yellow Cosmos, art print; Natalia Milosz-Piekarska - earrings; Elizabeth Barnett - Moving House, original painting Row 3: Brendan Huntly - painting from Between You and Me at Tolarno Galleries / Ask Alice - Wish You Were Here - 2014 Charity Calendar / Alice Oehr - Tiger, cushion cover Row 4: Kim Jaeger - Pot Head, via Mr Kitly / A sneaky Bearded Bloke brooch from me, he's not on my wish-list but perhaps he's on someones elses / Dumbo Feather - the perfect magazine to enjoy reading over the break
Okay, so now I'd love to hear from you and find out who your favourite local makers are. Local to you wherever that may be of course, not just here in Melbs. Drop me a note in the comments below so we can all discover something new.
Til then, I'm off to wrap presents!
Edit note: This post was updated on December 19. The original post featured Melbourne's Hobes shoes and while they are super ace handmade shoes designed in Melbourne they aren't made in Melbourne as this post states. This was an honest oversight by me which I was happy to fix when bought to my attention. Thanks for keeping me honest and thanks to the lovely team at Hobes for their helpful information. In place of Hobes I have included Ask Alice's, Wish You Were Here - 2014 Charity Calendar. 100% of the profits are being donated to Melbourne's Asylum Seeker Resource Center.