Couldn’t resist this gorgeous shot! How cute is the red/white bubble skirt… and those 50′s seamed stockings? Best dressed at the market in my humble opinion. Fashion students perhaps?

busy busy!

Australia may be on the brink of recession there certainly was no sign of an economic downturn at the Melbourne Design Market on Sunday! As always, the turnout was incredible…. this has surely got to be the most popular design event in Melbourne.

Lots to see and buy, and its just so encouraging to see so many people out in force supporting local independent designers. Highlights above and below:

Gorgeous hand-made polka-dot ceramics by Sandra Bowkett

Lovely crocheted Christmas baubles from Ella Sanders (formerly Ellka, who I’ve featured here a couple of times…)

Great to see Ink and Spindle so busy! It was also lovely to finally meet the gorgeous Lara Cameron for the first time, after interviewing her by email earlier this year. The Ink and Spindle girls must have been so busy setting up their studio and preparing for the market… Do check out their website for more info and for some gorgeous shots of their stall before the crowds set in!

Lara Cameron’s lamps, and the lovely lady herself on the right – LOVE her gorgeous skirt, made from her own fabric.

Was lovely also to meet Kate Bezar from Dumbo Feather... albeit very briefly :) Actually an interview is in the works so stay tuned … :) She’s one inspiring lady!

Studio Round‘s Hold All bags. You can also buy them here.

Graphic Design Studio Pip and Co were selling all manner of printed matter… postcards, notebooks etc… and I loved those mini tiny notebooks above! They do some really fantastic, interesting graphic work. Andrew Ashton from Pip and Co also was telling me about his blog.

More from Pip and Co

Great handmade necklaces from Mucke, made from recycled and screenprinted T shirts (also available at Craft Victoria).

Little Salon was absolutely teeming – the crowds were 3 rows deep! Gorgeous brooches and accessories…

Spacecraft – always a winner with the crowds…

I loved this interesting, bold and very contemporary powder-coated jewellery by In Sync Design… Gorgeous stuff!

LinkThe incredible crafting-whirlwind Pene Durston was helping out at lighting designer Gregory Bonasera‘s stall (that’s both of them chatting to a customer in the top image). How does she find the time? Below – one of Gregory Bonsera’s latest ceramic designs.

Recycled tea-cup lights from Gergory Bonasera

Daylight! Ahhh – aren’t we lucky to live in such a beautiful city?