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QAGOMA Christmas Design Market

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Have yourself a handmade little Christmas
If you're hankering after something handcrafted, high quality and perhaps a little haut monde for the people on your Christmas gift list this year, a great place to start searching is the one-day QAGOMA Christmas Design Market.

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On the first day of Christmas ... Image courtesy Paper Boat Press
To be held outside the Gallery of Modern Art on Saturday 30 November (9am to 4pm), the QAGOMA Christmas Design Market is now in its seventh year and features the work of 36 leading local craft artists and designers.

It will showcase the creativity of Brisbane's thriving craft and design community through jewellery, ceramics, textiles, homewares, accessories, paper products and more, with many stallholders exclusive to the QAGOMA Christmas Design Market and an extra 10 to choose from this year.

Market curator and stallholder Kylie Johnson, of boutique ceramic studio Paper Boat Press, said the QAGOMA Christmas Design Market had grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2007.

This year's stallholders, she said, had been 'handpicked from a wealth of talent' to wow Christmas shoppers. 'Stallholders will range from established contemporary jewellery designer Barbara Heath and creative support service provider Monte Lupo to some of our newcomers, such as Japanese-themed accessory-maker Mabina Alaka and potters Pinkie and Maurice. Also new this year we have arts organisations (on show, including) the Art From the Margins and the Brisbane Institute of Art.'

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Good enough to eat. Image courtesy Jetta's Nest.
Johnson said the market also catered for the eco-conscious, with a few examples being recycled timber jewellery by Jetta's Nest, recycled fashion by Ra Ra Superstar and Liana Kabel's delightful vintage knitting needle jewellery.

The QAGOMA Christmas Design Market also features textiles and homewares by Touch Wood Design, Zillpa, Everingham and Watson, Yardage Design and Anon and Co. Ceramics continue to be a focus, with works by Spun Mud, Erin Lightfoot and Jennifer Orland.

Coffee and light refreshments will be available for purchase. And a word to the wise: line your wallet with plenty of the green stuff, as it will be cash and cheque payments only on the day.

The QAGOMA Christmas Design Market coincides with the gallery's California Design 19301965 Living in a Modern Way exhibition.

Other markets-with-a-difference worth checking out include the Botanique Christmas Bazaar and the Wolston House Christmas Craft Day.
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Why? Designer one-offs for special gift recipients
When: Saturday 30 November, 9am to 4pm
Phone: 07 3842 9900
Where: Gallery of Modern Art (outside)
Cost: Free entry
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