The quarterly market showcases experimental clothing, accessories, jewellery, furniture, ceramics, leatherwork, stationery, homewares, textiles and many other art forms.
The primary purpose of Craft Hatch is to give up-and-coming designers and craft students an opportunity to test their products and establish a profile. It also showcases established artists who are experimenting with new mediums.
Craft Hatch is a 'curated' market. Anybody can apply for a stall, and Craft Victoria then selects the artists based on the merit of their application. The works need to be 100% handmade in Australia, demonstrate a high level of creative design, and be of sound quality.
Bags by Scottato, image courtesy of Craft Victoria
Craft Hatch Coordinator Kim Brockett explains "each market is curated to ensure that there is a great mix of different products. Quite often we have a wide range of artists working in different mediums and techniques, and recently some of the more extraordinary products have included kangaroo leather postcards, terrariums and woven work from the Pacific Women's Weaving Circle. The most interesting products often come from artists who have developed new ways of looking at and working with a particular material."
Ceramics by Gemma Johnson, image courtesy of Craft Victoria
At each market, over 30 artists present their work in the gallery space at 1000 £ Bend, whose cafe has an all day menu for hungry shoppers.
Some of the highlights from upcoming and previous markets include sustainable timber furniture made in Melbourne by Anaca Studio, terrariums from Greenscape, ceramic tableware from Kate Hill, knitwear and textiles by Jack of Diamonds, organic baby clothes from Fable Baby & Nursery, recycled cards and prints from Nina Ruth, and printed fabric purses and clutches from Catherine Pilgrim.
Jewellery by LoricaLorica, image courtsey of Craft Victoria