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Undercurrent 2017: The new kids on the block

Beatrice Smith

With design taking over the city, it’s hard not to want to take a piece of it home.

Sadly, you can’t pocket many of the exhibitions or displays, but at Undercurrent Design Market, everything you see, you can own.

Now in its eighth year, the blockbuster event encompasses homegrown design from jewellery to homewares, clothing, glass and ceramics. There will also be live music, food from Broadbean Catering and outdoor bars to enjoy.

As we’ve previously written about, there is a host of makers who will be returning to the National Portrait Gallery from 24-26 November for the 2017 market as part of the 70 makers exhibiting within 54 stalls.

But while there’s nothing like catching up with your favourites, there will also be more than 10 new designers making their debut. Here are some of the new stalls to look out for.



Looking for a small person’s dream Christmas present? Aly Peel’s adorable felted creatures will put a smile on someone’s face, no matter what their age.



Bring a pop of colour to any outfit with Emily Green’s bright and bold statement jewellery. Her necklaces, drop earrings and studs are all handmade in Melbourne.



Sutton-based glass artist Jacqueline Knight’s quirky style can be seen in her colourful vessels including bowls, glasses and even glass peg sculptures.



Masters in elegant gold minimalism, Maekar says “other possessions come and go, but there is a permanency about an item of jewellery”. We couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to their simple, timeless designs.


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Using laser-cut geometric shapes in a range of eye-catching colours, Jumbled Light create deceptively simple light shades that throw beautiful patterns come night time.


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Inspired by symbolism and using in the finest materials, Kyoti jewellery takes silver, onyx and precious stones and turns them into intricate necklaces, earrings and rings. One not to miss for a lover of unique jewellery.

the essentials

What: Undercurrent Design Markets 2017
When: 5-8pm, Friday 24 November, 10am-5pm, Saturday 25 November and 10am-5pm, Sunday 26 November
Where: The National Portrait Gallery
More information: via Facebook

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author