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The Finders Keepers Indie Design & Art Markets 2013

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by Olga R. (subscribe)
I am a writer in the making with a passion for imagery, globetrotting and exquisite designs.
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Liberté, égalité, créativité
The term 'índie' is short for 'independent' and fist appeared within the music industry to describe a group or label not owned by or affiliated with a major record company.

South Wharf Sunrise - photography by ViVi Designing
South Wharf Sunrise - photography by ViVi Designing (see

As many sector-based neologisms, such as the acronym DIY in home improvement, the term has expanded into neighbouring fields and now generally represents an autonomous production culture, unlinked to a commercial establishment.

Basically, the indie movement is the French Revolution of the arts, proclaiming itself autonomous from the powers that be in large-scale industrialized businesses.

Jewellery by Brooke Johnston (photographed by Renee Anne)
Jewellery by Brooke Johnston (see - photographed by Renee Anne

The Finders Keepers markets were born in 2008 in Sydney and aim to give exposure to new and emerging artists and designers from both Australia and New Zealand and now feature bi-annual Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer events in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Illustrations by Sweet William
Illustrations by Sweet William (see

The website itself represents a rendezvous for the independent art and design community, presenting a truly rich and engaging array of local shops, labels and all-around inspired talents.

Lamps and lampshades by Retro Print Revival
Lamps and lampshades by Retro Print Revival (see

If you're like me, and you appreciate anything involving the creative genius free from the reins of an establishment, you'll love this cocktail of playful, innovative creations flavoured with the unassuming dignity of artisans.

Eco-loving, tree-hugging stationary by Ask Alice
Eco-loving, tree-hugging stationary by Ask Alice (see

Also, if you feel that sustainable materials are the stuff of your dreams and look upon vintage with the sighing nostalgia of a fallen aristocracy, you may very well think you've died and gone to heaven here.

Cute, quirky, individual pieces by Pretty Pickings
Cute, quirky, individual pieces by Pretty Pickings (see

In the general spirit of the movement, the Finders Keepers website has a welcoming, personal touch. Besides providing useful tips and resources, it also includes a list of blogs it has a crush on and crafty gift ideas, as well as interviews with featured artists.

Melbourne Autumn/Winter 2013 market flyer
Melbourne Autumn/Winter 2013 market flyer (artwork by Meeri Anneli)

In Melbourne, the market is now held at the Royal Exhibition Building. Keep in mind that most stalls only trade in cash and there is no cash machine inside the building, so be sure to line your pockets beforehand.

Also, you may want to check out how to get to the venue, as well as parking information.
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Why? To celebrate autonomous creative minds, and get some goodies too
When: Friday 5th April 6pm - 10pm Saturday 6th April 10am - 5pm
Where: The Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne
Cost: Gold coin donation entry
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thanks. will check this out
by newintstudents (score: 2|474) 2397 days ago
What's NOT to check out with this. Gorgeous stuff.
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