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Undercurrent Markets: Nine creatives to uncover

HerCanberra Team

The Undercurrent Design Market has become a must-do on Canberra’s social calendar.

Returning this weekend, the annual market will showcase an expanded array of original, fresh and contemporary gifts and objects – from ceramics to jewellery, textiles to design co-ops. Held in conjunction with the DESIGN Canberra Festival, the market will also include live music and a bar at tomorrow’s opening night. We break down the highlights.

1. THE LAST OF THE BROKEN HEARTS

Prolific songwriter and spellbinding vocalist, Melanie Horsnell, joins her talents with sublime cellist Gemma Clare and Philip Moriarty, clarinet player, singer/songwriter with The Gadflys and Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen, to form The Last Of The Broken Hearts. Melanie and Phil are both residents of Candelo and met at a song writing club which Melanie had started.  They describe their music as torch songs for the timid and anthems for the alienated. With a unique line-up of voices and instruments, they’re finding it too.

The Last of the Broken Hearts

The Last of the Broken Hearts

2. KIVA, MADE FOR FUN 

Kiva started in May 2015 to fill a niche in the Australian children’s apparel market – functional, unisex everyday wear for children from birth to 5 years. Kiva draws inspiration from northern European textile and clothing design and construction to offer a unique line of wares for bodies and homes, and challenges conventional fashion norms, pushing the boundaries of imagination.

Kiva

Kiva

3. ALL THE KINGS MEN/DUCKFEET 

All the Kings Men endeavour to make things that don’t break. If they should have a great fall, they can put them back together again, and they will. They use materials that are principally natural, including canvas and leather, and are designed to change with you.

All the Kings Men

All the Kings Men

4. ALISON JACKSON 

Alison’s signature jewellery collection draws inspiration from the clean lines of geometric shapes, paired against soft satin finishes. Each piece is hand crafted from sterling silver and complimented with gold and oxidized finishes. Her tableware range combines traditional silversmithing techniques with a contemporary aesthetic to create special pieces for everyday use. Alison often individually hand raises each piece of hollowware from flat sheet through to the finished form. This age old process is intensely time-consuming, taking days to complete as the metal is hammered, shaped and worked. More recently, she has begun to explore the use of industrial processes in combination with these traditional techniques.

Alison Jackson

Alison Jackson

5. HIGH TEA WITH MRS WOO 

High Tea with Mrs Woo is the collective memory and design collaboration of sisters Rowena, Juliana and Angela Foong, and the name of their clothing design label and stores. “We are a small family business and we find inspiration in memory, story and landscape to create our designs and styles,” they say. “Together, we work mostly with textiles, stitching beautiful clothing with printed and natural fabrics. We present our clothing designs, gather and cultivate charming homegrown ingredients and artisanal products made by hands and hearts from places near and far.” The sisters encourage high quality production and sustainable consumption, and bring these goods to their local market, celebrating thoughtful, well-made, long-lasting designs.

High Tea with Mrs Wu

High Tea with Mrs Wu

6. LEAFSMITH AND KIN 

Together Leafsmith and Kin create, collaborate, grow and rejuvenate; bringing together and draw on the talents of local artists, collectors, growers, family and friends. The designers draw on our heritage and create something tactile, versatile, practical, beautiful and desirable.

Kin

Leafsmith and Kin

7. PILAR ROJAS

Pilar has a rich ceramics background having lived in several countries learning, teaching and practicing ceramics. As an exhibiting artist in Australia she had solo exhibitions at Craft Victoria and The George Gallery in Melbourne and Access contemporary Art in Sydney. Her work is included in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, Museum, Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Shepparton Art Gallery. She has also taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, NMIT and recently at University of Granada, Spain, where she also owned and ran Artefactoria, a boutique gallery/shop, representing over twenty local crafts people. She views making as a philosophy, a way of thinking and a way of life. Pilar leads Porcelain Jewellery courses and is available for mentoring.

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Pilar Rojas

8. BULA’BULA ARTS 

Bula’bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation provides the artists of Ramingining community and surrounding homelands an outlet to voice the stories of their country through their art. The  not for profit organisation operates for the benefit of the community by preserving and fostering Yolngu culture, providing a supportive and happy atmosphere for artists and staff, giving assistance, training and encouragement to artists, providing and outlet for artists to display, market and sell their works and presenting the beauty and knowledge of Yolngu art to Australia and the world.

Bula Bula

Bula’Bula Arts

9. CATHERINE CASEY HANDMADE FOOTWEAR 

Catherine Casey is a Melbourne based shoe maker. She specialises in hand crafting footwear that is beautiful, unique and durable. Catherine sources high quality leather and materials, and is committed to reducing her footprint.

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Catherine Casey

 

The essentials

What: Undercurrent Design Market
When: 5pm to 8pm on Friday 27 November; 10am to 5pm, Saturday 28 November and 10am to 3pm Sunday 29 November.
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Web: www.facebook.com/events/119890498367039/ 

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