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Wakefield Press is a local, independent publishing house with a strong focus on South Australian authors and stories. They have helped many South Australian authors get their names and work into print, and are holding a Makers Market to support the arts scene and local creatives.
Entry to the Makers Market is free and it's a family-friendly event. You're welcome to not only bring your kids, but even your literate pooch on a leash. It's being held at Wakefield Press, 16 Rose Street, Mile End on Sunday 12 November from 11am until 3pm. Not only do you get the chance to browse market stalls with locally crafted artisan goods, but you can also take advantage of a 3-for-2 special on all titles (the cheapest book is free). What a great way to clean up on Christmas shopping for gifts.
Everyone is keen to get handcrafted goods nowadays. Why buy cheap and nasty mass produced handcrafts that are sourced overseas where the artists are paid little for their work? In Australia, we have a growing number of creative people whose main source of income is the artisan goods that they make with love and care.
We can tell you some of the makers who are coming to the the market, although the full list isn't available yet. Expect colourful creations from Bel Short Design, Emma Hough (pegmode_art on Instagram) and Paul Howe. Susan Minter will display her custom-made jewellery with unique designs, while Ayesha Aggarwal creates handmade ceramics with an artisanal flair.
Tracy Crisp is a Wakefield Press author who also makes textiles, and you can browse her craft works at the market stalls. Pick up cards and prints from Ray Tyndale, because those Christmas cards will need to be in the mail soon. Other handmade wares on sale include leather bags and purses, tea towels, aprons, wooden chopping boards, zines, cards, ceramics, art prints and vintage clothing.
Darren Wilson-Roberts is a vintage goods seller who also has a food bike, but you will have to wait until market day to find out what food is on offer from him.
I think that I'll swing by Wakefield and Friends Makers Market around lunchtime to take advantage of their sausage sizzle. There'll still be plenty of time to enter the competition to win a box of Wakefield Press books by correctly guessing how many titles are tucked away in a packing box.
While you're shopping there's a children's corner where activities for kids include a colouring-in wall. No activities for your pets have been mentioned, but if both cats and dogs show up simultaneously then it might be spontaneous fun for all.
Find more about Wakefield and Friends Makers Market from their Facebook page, the website, or just come along on the day. You'll find me in the corner lusting after their marvellous City Streets book.