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Out with old and in with the handmade

Annie Caughey

Rid yourself of those unloved winter woollies and brighten up with some of the most exquisite handmade products Canberra has to offer (while also perusing a dessert stall or two).

The Winter Handmade Markets are back again for the ninth year running, and I promise you they aren’t anything as bleak as their season. Over the weekend of 10 and 11 June, Exhibition Park in Mitchell will host more than 250 stallholders travelling from all ends of Australia to create what has become a beloved Canberran event. A one-stop shop where you can find the best in Australian handmade fashion, homewares and artisanal products.

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While exploring the abundance of stalls why not drop by the St Vincent’s de Paul blanket drive and give those old jackets, jumpers and blankets a new life? Then (guiltlessly) fill that newfound empty space in your cupboards with some market goodies.

But if you’re not quite ready to let go of last season’s coat, you can still support those suffering in Canberra’s colder months with a cash donation. All proceeds will go directly to support the local Canberra community and with every donation, you will automatically go into the draw to win a Handmade hamper worth over $300. Seems like a real win-win situation if you ask me.

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Here are just a few of the exciting newcomers joining the markets this winter.

Made 590

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Is your style bright and bold? Then the Made590 stall is calling your name. This Sydney based women’s fashion brand has been selling their unique designs for over 13 years, and now they are finally coming to Canberra! Distinctive for their vintage inspired colourful prints and classic shapes, their skirts and dresses are the perfect items to pair with stockings and boots this season.

All of their items are designed in-house from created from scratch. So not only will you stand out from the crowd in your new get up you’ll also be supporting the true blue Aussie designers.

Matteo Berna

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Or maybe you’ll find the the perfect wall piece to compliment your home? Italian-born artist, Matteo Berna will be selling a variety of his work at this winter’s markets. He is known for his bold loose figures created through an infusion of unpredictable watercolours, oils, ink and charcoal.

These modern expressionist pieces capture the essence of movement and personality. They are the perfect accessory to individualise your home.

Ironworx

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Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean your life in the garden has to end too. Roger Tite from Ironworx Australia combines creativity and skill to create rustic sculptural pieces that will help bring your winter garden back to life.

Just like a fine bottle of wine, these pieces will only age better with time for seasons to come. They are designed to attract birds, display plants and flowers and even encourage the exchanging of tales around an outdoor campfire.

Tusk Books

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Pull on your woollen socks, light up the fire and take your family on the captivating journey of Ella. This children’s book tells the tale of a baby elephant who is torn away from her mother to work in the tourism industry. Ella’s quest for reconciliation will help teach your children about companionship for animals and the importance of wildlife conservation.

Copies of Ella written and illustrated by Canberran locals, Nicole Godwin and Demelsa Haughton, will be available for purchase at the Handmade Markets.

Karen Lee’s Kitchen

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Yes, here they are like we promised – scrumptious treats! Karen Lee’s Kitchen specialises in handmade caramelised desserts that are a little naughty and a little nice (but mainly naughty). A twist on the classic toffee apple, Karen’s most popular treats are their range of gourmet caramel apples made with the freshest grown Granny Smith apples smothered in delicious soft caramel and decorated with the decadent, tantalising toppings. A weekend treat for the kids or the perfect addition to the dessert table at your next big event – you decide.

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What: Winter Handmade Markets
When: 10 – 11 June 2017
Where: Exhibition Park, Canberra. Corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue
Web: handmadecanberra.com.au

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Annie Caughey

Annie Caughey who has just recently returned from London has spent most of her life coming and going, but always seems to find herself back in the humble Canberra. She is a big believer in the vibrant colourful culture that exists here and loves everything from fashion and food to music and art. Even though she still can't figure out the bus system, she has a great knowledge of what's happening in Canberra and loves sharing all about it with Her Canberra readers. More about the Author

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