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summer markets

Hope Street Markets logo

A quick note to let all our artists, designers & crafters know that applications are now open for the Hope Street Summer Markets. The Markets will be held on the first weekend of February in the new year, but applications close on December 6th. For more info & to download application forms, visit

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Thursday, November 15, 2007.

christmas advertising

The Indie Wire news update

We're currently busy putting together the indie art & design Christmas Gift Guide - a wonderful selection of Australian products which will surely delight! We have a limited number of advertising spaces available to be placed between editorial content. If you're interested, please contact us by 16.11.2007 (this Friday!). We are planning to post the Christmas Gift Guide early next week.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

six from the fifth

Scotty & Kitty Perspex Brooches by Mistress of the Upper Fifth

Aren't these little guys sweet? They're from Melbourne label Mistress of the Upper Fifth who designs & makes original & quirky accessories. These two are perspex brooches, with Scotty on the left and Kitty on the right. (AUD $35 each)

Dress Pattern Wallets by Mistress of the Upper Fifth

I remember many afternoons spent with my Mum & Nan in department stores (when they still sold haberdashery!) and fabric shops, leafing through pattern books that were almost bigger than I was at the time. Mistress of the Upper Fifth has used those familiar vintage dress patterns to create her range of Dress Pattern Wallets, (AUD $40 each). Each one has it's own unique personality.

Button Sets by Mistress of the Upper Fifth

How cute! These twin button sets are designed to be worn as pairs, with half of the image on the first button, and the other half on the second. Pictured above are the Girl with Balloons (left) and Giraffe (right). (AUD $12 each)

Zip Wallets by Mistress of the Upper Fifth

This Zip Wallet (AUD $35) provides the perfect solution to the drama of finding the right shrapnel from the depths of a crowded purse under the pressure of a surly cashier with a queue of impatient customers behind you. This ingenius design allows you to bypass the credit cards & receipts by zipping open at the depth of the coins themselves - or, zip open closer to the top to access a card with ease. Functionality aside, it looks really funky too!

Mistress of the Upper Fifth accessories & brooches can be found at the following stockists:

Online: Georgie Love
VIC: Hunter Gatherer, Hummingbird 60, April May, Kids in Berlin, Pussycat Black, Meet Me at Mikes, I Dream a Highway and A-nom'-a-ly'.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007.

in racing spirits

Stallion Cuff by Fuzz Design Workshop

Well, I didn't have any luck on the horses this Melbourne Cup, but I did find a trifecta of horse-themed goodies to lift the spirits! The Stallion Cuff (above, AUD $78) from Fuzz Design Workshop is bold & beautiful. Made from cast pewter and formed acrylic, this galloper can certainly make the distance.

Hobby Horse Etched Wooden Brooch by Allira Tee

The etched wooden Hobby Horse brooch pictured above is from popular local label Allira (AUD $35). This young filly shows talent (and a lovely wood grain) but may have trouble finding direction!

Burgundy Horse Bib Top by Secret Squirrel Clothing - available from YTBA, Yet To Be Announced Designer Products

In third place is this burgundy bib top from Secret Squirrel Clothing featuring a stampede of brumbies on the front. A fine finish with optional belt detail. It is available for online purchase from YTBA for AUD $80.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007.

lucky winner

Indie Art & Design Update Peacock

Congratulations to Courtney, our October Giveaway winner! The Magic Jelly prize pack will soon begin its postal journey all the way to Italy. Thanks again to Karena who created & donated these sugary delights :)

Indie Prize Pack from Magic Jelly, Indie Giveaway October 2007

We'd also like to welcome aboard all those who have recently registered on Indie Art & Design. It's exciting to see our indie family grow, & your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

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Monday, November 05, 2007.