With an accomplished history of hand crafted goods, makers markets, and established designers, Melbourne, and wider Victoria’s, design community rivals the best in thw world.
Supported by everyday Melbournians, suburbs without craft shops full of handmade goods are far and few between. Some of the most revered brick and mortar shops full of locally made goods include Perfect Splash in Seddon, stocked with jewellery, ceramics and clothing; one suburb over in Footscray there’s Post Industrial Design, full of homewares, prints and illustrations, and a beautiful cafe adjoined for when you’re tired of shopping; further east in Hawthorn there’s The Woodsfolk, specialising in his, hers and childrens gifts; in the southside Pahran’s Shelley Panton is full of handmade goods for the new home, known for their one of a kind furniture pieces, door handles and Portuguese glass.
Further to this, Victoria’s crafting and folk art scene has established a Society Of Folk & Decorative Artists, full of artists new and old who convene to share their mutual love of folk art as well as workshop and meet guest speakers.
However with so many crafters and designers moving their craft stores online, many makers have found the best way to foster a face-to-face community is with regular makers markets and design markets. Most running monthly, bi-monthly, and seasonally, with extra events during the peak Hallmark events throughout the year, it has fostered a new way of shopping locally to support small business in a much less costly way to opening up a shop. While many major suburbs plaster posters and work with local councils to promote local events such as these, some unnamed heroes running calendars such as The Market Guide updating regularly with new markets and upcoming dates.
The sum of all of this is found in local organisation Crafts Victoria, whose aim is to ‘bring together a vibrant and sustainable contemporary craft and design community by supporting, showcasing and celebrating all craft disciplines and practitioners.’ Craft Victoria provides a wealth of resources for those established and emerging, or those just interested, including a members directory with dozens who have registered as official crafters of Victoria, a calendar of craft and design events for those wanting to showcase their work or for those wanting to purchase some locally made goods, and even their own store showcasing local makers in the city in the heart of the city.