Happy New Year! May your year be filled with beautiful local hand-made homewares and accessories…

The Maker & Merchant team have had a few weeks off for Christmas, but we are all back on board for 2014.

We have a couple of new addition to our shop including our outrageously huge playroom cushions for the kids.  These are all hand drawn on linen blend with contrasting piping and filled with 100% recycled PET which is created using sustainable methods.

Floor pillow

Over-sized playroom cushions

Tassels!

We are totally obsessed with these hand dipped 100% cotton tassels. Of course in our Maker & Merchant signature colours – minty fresh green, soft dove grey and sweet, sweet yellow. Whether your style is coastal cool or shabby chic these tassels sell it!

Tassels
Hand dipped 100% cotton tassels

If you’re inspired by coastal cool, check out January’s Home Beautiful “{fave finds} shop section for our “ship ahoy” linen cushion.  What a way to start the year – Thanks Home Beautiful!

We are also staring this year with a few new stockist…

Quirk collective
Shop 85 Pakington Street
Geelong West 3218
Ph:03 5229 9930
http://www.quirkcollective.net/

Gather
166 Liverpool Street
Hobart

Ally and Me
32 Bridge Street
Richmond, TAS

If you would like to stock any of the Maker & Merchant wares please contact us at: hello@makerandmerchant.com.au

Over-sized playroom cushions

Over-sized playroom cushions

Warming up the reindeer for Finders Keepers next weekend!

We can’t wait for Finders Keepers Market next weekend! We love it!

Being a mainly online based store it’s a definite  treat for us to get out and about and talk with our customers and other designers about current and upcoming trends and to see the fantastic work other local designers are producing! We can only imagine that the carnival atmosphere of Finders Keepers will be extreme as we jettison into the festive season!

Here is some of our work that you’ll be able to find at the markets next weekend!

handdrawn_ned_gallahs

We’re still all about bright summer colours … we’ve stocked up on our hand drawn favorites;  neons pink, yellow and  orange and we’re bringing along some new Australiana cushion designs too – we’re feeling very patriotic.

 

palms

Dreamy days by the beach, warm summer breezes, tropical cocktails and Panama hats have inspired a new range of hand dyed, hand painted linen cushions.

wallets

Our farmed kangaroo leather wallets were a favourite last time, and they make a great Christmas gift! In addition to tan, our new range in black is lined with a hand printed Story Bridge detail in neon green or neon red a second leather pocket inside for cards. The soft gold wallets are lined with hand printed antler print linen.

 

Summer-weight patchwork blankets for kids and adults

 

We’ve made a special effort to expand our range of summer weight bamboo, cotton and hand drawn linen quilts to include some fabulous gifts for the little ones, and not so little ones too.

teatowels

And of course we’ll have our tea towels range including this Christmas set! Perfect for a Christmas hamper or stocking filler.

We’ve got a new and improved spot this time at the market with more room and more stock!

You’ll find us at the beginning in Studio #1, store 205.

Come along to the Old Museum next weekend and say hello!

 

 

 

New and unique homewares for spring and summer

Here at Maker & Merchant HQ we are so glad it’s finally spring!

Over the winter we have been working away on a new Spring/Summer range and are super excited to finally reveal …

New cushions from Maker and Merchant

A peek at Maker & Merchant’s new range

Hand dyed and painted linen cushions in a bright colour pallet have us very excited.  Our inspiration for this range is found on the corner of street from Brisbane to Miami.  Yes its neon, but carefully tempered with subtle linen hand dyed for each style.

We are also fine tuning the designs for a range of what is shaping up to be very lovely cotton voile scarves inspired by the beauty of Indian traditional block prints with a Bambi twist. The finished product will be a luxuriously large, light weight, perfect for summer, must have accessory. I want one now!

Maker & Merchant are getting Out and About!

Our home wares are now available at 2 locations in Brisbane.

Nook and Jamieson's

Our homewares in Nook (left) and Jamieson’s Home & Fashion (right)

Jamieson’s Home & Fashion, at 37 Logan Road, Woolloongabba is a gorgeously curated collection of beautiful things for your home, and you. Cushions, linens, fashions, and accessories make this a decorator’s haven of good taste.

Nook is a sweet little shop at West End in Browning Street (Closed Mondays).  Nook is the perfect establishment to buy a gift for you or a friend. It is amazing the treasures and trinkets  you’ll find at Nook.

 

 

 

Brisbane Finders Keepers Markets 6 & 7 July: an abundance of hand made homewares and unique designs

Our first ever Finders Keepers experience on the weekend was wonderful!  We had a very successful and fun couple of days and received some really positive feedback on our pieces, which is so exciting!

Insider with M & M

Our market space in studio 3 at the Old Museum

We’ve been to Finders Keepers before as shoppers, but we’ve never sat on the other side of the table.  We met some great people including some fabulous designers and craftspeople.

Finders Keepers wrote a beautiful blog about our label in the days before the market which meant lots of people came and said “hello”, making us feel right at home. Read the post here.

Finders Keepers Markets at the Old Museum in Brisbane

Finders Keepers Markets at the Old Museum in Brisbane Photos by Alice Steiner

The quality and variety of goods on offer at the markets was super, teamed with great food and drink and lovely music, all wrapped in some perfect Brisbane weather!

It’s very difficult to choose a few designs to feature, but there are a few that we really loved, starting with our near neighbours all making their first appearance at the markets in studio 3.

Elke Lucas creates some beautiful hand thrown porcelain using lovely organic shapes and lines with a beautiful feel and texture; people couldn’t seem to put them down.  You can see all of her lovely pieces at Elke Lucas Ceramics

Right next to our stall was The Thinktree where Laura had some beautiful paper products, including cards and prints. Laura’s designs are beautifully finished and put smiles on faces with her wonderfully unique greeting cards.  You can see more of Laura’s designs at thethinktree

Featured designers

Jennifer Orland’s jewellery pieces, Laura from TheTHINKTREE, textile design from SitStayGO, Margeaux’s little creatures from Red tree designs, Trish’s designs from SitStayGO and ceramic pieces by Elke Lucas

SitStayGO from Melbourne creates beautiful textile wares created from watercolour paintings digitally printed on to linen.  Trish’s designs are colourful and fun, detailing beautiful organic patterns.   SitStayGO

Margeaux from Red Tree Designs produces individually handmade pieces from upcycled materials including purses, bags and delightful little fabric creatures.  You can see all Margeaux’s designs in her ETSY store Red tree designs

In studio 2 I met Jennifer Orland who produces lovely works from clay including some wonderful jewellery pieces with inspiration drawn from history, art, fashion and nature.

 

Outside in the sunshine

Out and about at the Finders Keepers Markets – Photos by Alice Steiner

Finders Keepers Brisbane markets was a super event and we can’t wait until it returns in November!

Handmade homeware and some upcycling for a Brisbane winter treat

Upcycling

Upcycling Onkaparinga is in the breeze this season.  We have created a range of bespoke cushions from vintage Australian made Onkaparinga Blankets. Onkaparinga (aaah) opened it’s woollen mill, and built it’s reputation, from 1872 with the finest, top shelf, quality blankets.

 

wool cushion leather pom pom velveteen

Cushions in blue and turquoise plaid wool with leather, velveteen and pom poms

Woollen & Plaid

Inspired by Stuart Membery, Alexander McQueen, and of course Vivienne Westwood, our winter collection of plaid and woollen cushions are perfect for napping on the sofa or power discing your favourite series, while the slow cooker does its thing with dinner. Why not change your style for the season with a few key bespoke cushions.

Leather & Skin

Inspired by ‘Winterfell’ quality leather and skin feature in our Luxury collection this season. All our leather is from sustainably farmed Kangaroo.  The quality of kangaroo leather means it is softer and more durable than cow hide and is used in other manufacture like motorcycle leather and high end fashion. Only the best!

 

cushions linen and leather with flannel

Cushions made with Kangaroo leather and flannel

Pom Pom Pom…

Pom poms really make the world a much brighter, better place.  Here at Maker & Merchant we have a delightful collection of pom-poms and trims direct from the markets at Sham Shui Po to add to the winter 2013/2014 range of home wares.

trim pompom

Pom pom trim

 

Inspiration Hong Kong

We’ve just returned from fabulous Hong Kong where we found great inspiration for our cushions and accessories around every corner.  Hong Kong has some great street art, these were taken last week in SOHO.

grafitti Hong Kong

Still more design can be found in Hong Kong’s many unique designer homewears stores.  My favourites are huddled below Hollywood Road in Central on Hong Kong Island. Petit Bazaar  sells children’s furniture and clothing with a decidedly French feel.  Just down the street is Homeless . This is a must for designer homewares, lighting fixtures, furniture and gifts from all over the globe.

Walking back up towards Hollywood Road on Aberdeen Street is Mushroom.  Mushroom is crammed full or beautiful and accessible homewears and accessories with an obvious whimsical bent. With decorative plates, decorative cushions, furniture and lights and jewellery it has plenty to browse.

Excitingly, our visit coincided with the inaugural Art Basel –Hong Kong where galleries from around the world showcase their artists work.

Dirty Bunny art sculpture

 ‘Log Lady and Dirty Bunny’ by Marnie Weber

Photo by Alice Steiner 2013

VW car sculpture form Art Basel - Hong Kong 2013

‘Beetle Sphere’ by Ichwan Noor

Photo by Alice Steiner 2013

In Sham Shui Po, an area  in the northwestern part of the Kowloon Peninsula,  Nam Cheong Street and Ki Lung Street are most famous for their fabric stores, ribbons and buttons so obviously that’s where we headed.  It’s an amazing area with generous streets, many still lined by original 1930’s buildings.

Fabric Markets Hong Kong Shamshuipo

 

ribbon tapes trims

 

Can’t wait to return.

 

Welcome to Maker & Merchant…here we go!!!

unique homewares by Maker & merchant

Here, at Maker & Merchant we are super excited, and can’t quite believe we made it this far!

We’ve put together a growing catalogue of unique homewares featuring hand drawn, printed and sewn pieces for you and your home and including some lovely leather wallets, cushions, modern quilts, tea towels, (and importantly not forgetting the family hound) designer dog beds.

We are busy putting the finishing touches on our fancy new website, we’ll keep you posted on that, but in the mean time you can view our wares at the Maker & Merchant Etsy shop or our Made it Shop.

We really hope you will enjoy following us along the way.

Welcome to Maker & Merchant and welcome to our blog! (cue Laverne and Shirley theme song … we’re gonna do it!)

See you soon!