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Published February 8th 2013
Perhaps the nicest thing about the maker is the simple, white-but-warm, grown-up, cosy-cool aesthetic that sits nicely in the historic industrial space of the converted Salamanca warehouses. Of course, you can't overlook the lots of lovely things: ljstruthers clothing by designer-owner Leonie Struthers, as well as ceramics, jewellery, textiles, gifts and assorted goodies from across the island. It feels as though every single thing in the store has been very carefully and personally chosen to fit the space's exquisite tastefulness as well as its ethos — it's all by local Tasmanian 'makers'.
The ladies were very helpful with my attempts to track down a copy of Kinfolk magazine, of which they're one of the few lucky carriers in Australia. Check out their online store here, but I strongly recommend an in-person browse if you're in Hobart.
Sadly, The Maker's more colourful sister store, Love & Clutter, was closed when I stopped by, but it is apparently replete with more locally created gifts, jewellery, accessories, and Leonie Struthers' children's clothing.
You'll find the maker at Shop 5, Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart and love & clutter at 31 Murray Street, Hobart