Monday, 5 November 2012

Sydney Design Markets for Christmas

Every year I am always trying to find gifts for my friends and family which are different, original and not seen all over town. This year I have found my new shopping destination with design markets. The idea of design markets has been around a while but over the past few years the Australian public have caught on and are loving the new products that are not only Australian made but also Australian designed. Check the three below that I have put into my calendar for this years Christmas shopping.

Young Blood: Design Markets @ The Powerhouse Museum

Friday 9 - Sunday 11 November, 10am - 5pm
$6 entry includes Museum admission (save 50%)

One of Sydney's only curated markets, Young Blood showcases innovative designs from talented and creative young minds right across the country.

These markets feature a range of stalls including fashion, jewellery, object design, homewares, textiles, graphic works and more.

Once you are shopped out and have all your stocking fillers bought, drop into the markets Make Lounge and try your hand at designing your own tea towel. Enjoy the live entertainment from Sketch the Rhyme, a multi-media/visual arts show with a unique take on a traditional gameshow combined with live drawing, freestyle rap and sounds of a funk band.

The Designer Markets @ The Entertainment Quarter

Sunday 25 November & Sunday 9 December, 10am - 3pm

Most products here are exclusive to The Designer Markets as their designers often prefer small production runs of particular designs, making these events not only a fabulous opportunity to see some emerging talent, but also a chance to purchase items that cant be bought from mainstream shops.

With over 80 market stalls, the Designer Markets will feature a huge range of homewares, fashion and accessories for men, women and children.

Not only is this market debuting this Christmas to the Entertainment Quarter but the Quarter will also become its fortnightly home in 2013. In addition this November/December the markets will feature pop up retail events at local shopping centres like Warringah Mall, Castle Towers and Stockland Wetherill Park.

The Finders Keepers @ CarriageWorks

Saturday 8 December, 6pm - 10pm
Sunday 9th December, 10am - 5pm

The Finders Keepers Markets are a bi-annual FREE event that showcases the work of over 65 emerging designers and artists from both local designer to areas all around Australia. 

With the Melbourne and Brisbane Spring/Summer 2012 events already complete, the last on the calendar before Christmas is Sydney. These markets truly are the last step for these designers before they reach mainstream production. So the talent is exceptional, the products are both quality and original work and its one of the few times you actually can meet the designer behind the products.

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