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The Fine Design Market

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
I'm an experienced corporate communicator and editor with an eye for interesting events and an attachment to my trusty Oxford dictionary.
Published September 12th 2012
Einstein may not have known much about fine design but he certainly understood Energy, and plenty of energy will be on display, along with creativity, at The Fine Design Market at Manningham City Square (or MC˛ as it's known to the energetic) from September.

the fine design market
Image from The Fine Design Market Facebook page.

Inspiration comes from interesting sources. With Newton it was an apple, with Einstein it was reportedly Mozart's music, but for The Design Market's creators, Manningham residents Michele Stagoll and Susie Lunt, it was cupcakes and craft. An afternoon get-together with their creative friends got them thinking about crafty people making a living from their creative outlets and ultimately led them to establish the market. Their mission? Providing emerging and established designers, artisans and artists with the opportunity and space to exhibit and sell their original wares.

Michele and Susie tapped into the new and vibrant MC˛ development, a community hub that will house an art gallery, cafes, community organisations and a library, and the creative duo will present their fledgling bazaar to the world at the MC˛ Community Open Day on Sunday 16 September from 11am to 2pm.

You'll find everything from fashion to photography and art to accessories. If it's handcrafted, individual, beautifully designed and presented you'll probably find it amongst the 50 stylish stalls that will grace the MC˛ Civic Plaza on 16 September and every second Sunday after that.

Here's a glimpse of some of the crafty contributors.

The Wolf and i is a women's fashion label that likes to keep it natural. Their signature range includes, dresses, scarves, jackets and tops in natural fibres and earthy or bright tones.

The Wolf and i
Rose print sheer chiffon dress from The Wolf and i


kathykoo create cute, must-have purses from vintage fabric offcuts. You'll get history and fashion with every purchase.

Vintage textile purses from kathykoo.

Keeping the focus on recycled materials Something Profound designer Holly Graham makes stylish, tactile and highly original jewellery.

Jewellery from Something Profound.

Swanky Bagz' creator Cindy Harvie designs and makes lovely screen-printed bags from her home studio.

Swanky Bagz


If you're the creative type you can apply for a stall from their website here. You can also keep up to date with market news at their Facebook page here.

Melbourne's newest and most stylish market will prove that not all cutting edge design is born, bred and sold in the city.
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When: Every second Sunday from 16 September
Where: MC˛ (Manningham City Square), 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
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