The second edition to Handmade in Melbourne hit the shelves a month or so ago, and I finally picked up a copy last week. It’s a really broad, well-researched round-up, it’s well laid out, the editorial is interesting and in-depth… but… I have to admit that something about Handmade in Melbourne irks me just a tiny little bit! :( Agghh! How awful!

I think it has a lot to do with the inclusion of full page ads (Coopers Beer ad on the back cover?)… and I am a little curious about the editorial selection process. Metalicus was a weird inclusion for instance. Don’t get me wrong – they’re a fantastic locally-designed label and should be commended for keeping all their production in Melbourne… but ‘handmade’? And although it would be impossible to include every Melbourne crafter…. I just can’t help but think how many wonderful local artisans were left out!

ANYWAY look I really really hate to be negative – there are so many fantastic local makers showcased in the book, and it’s great to see them promoted in this way. The localised round-ups of some unexpected neighbourhoods like St Kilda, Brunswick and Canterbury also make interesting additions. So don’t let me put you off… it’s definitely worth a flick through – check it out before making your own judgement…!

Contents pages and Foreward by Wilkins and Kent

Many TDF favourites are included in the book – Madeleine Beatty‘s gorgeous resin accessories and Madeleine Sargent‘s beautiful hand-stitched homewares sit happily facing each other on a double-page spread… and then there’s the Brunswick round-up! (But how did they miss Lygon st??)