I met my friend Kemmy in the city at Moral Fair Ground Ethical Market at Federation Square today. The weather was pretty inclement and windy. Big shame. I know many of the stall holders from other markets and events and it would have been great to have more foot traffic. But hey! There is still tomorrow, so try and get down there to support people who are doing their damndest to change the world. Great bunch…
I want this radio! Completely hand built from a number of gorgeous sustainable Javanese timbers, the Magno Wooden Radio is a piece of fine art.
Darling cinnamon Christmas decorations and trinkets made by villagers in Kenya for Afrikiko. Smelt like Christmas.
These handcrafted, ethical softies are made in Bangladesh for The Little Sparrow. Megan, one of the two founders of The Little Sparrow, is pictured below.
This is the Etiko stall where you can buy cool and ethically produced footwear, tees and underwear. Really edgy designs.
Seven Women work with disadvantaged women in Nepal to produce a range of softie products. Volunteer, Laura (pictured below), is tireless in her support for Seven Women.
Designer Kaitlyn, (above) works in partnership with traditional carvers and potters in Bali for her initiative Koa. Loved her modern colours and designs!
Shhh! I did buy some things. I left Kemmy in the sustainable Eco food tent watching cooking demonstrations. She was so happy.
Briefcase by Heaven Bag. You should be amazed to discover this beautiful leather bag only costs $108-00.
Mini Melbourne make these fun crocheted Viking hats for people of all sizes. Handmade at just $45-00. Love these!
Enpundit show you how to hand make this rustic pencil holder. Cost = time and tools.
Bittle and Burley from Brooklyn make a small range of lovely things for men. Each handkerchief will set you back $16-39. Things For Boys has an on-line tutorial showing you how to make this very practical travel shoe bag for him. Interesting site for all things crafty!
Lifetime Leather Co. custom make these keepsake toiletry bags and much more. They are a classic and stylish gift and cost $97-00.
Cool Material leather cord roll is such a great and portable idea for all those annoying tech cords! $45-00
Cool Material aprons are $80-00. This site is truly wonderful for man gifts. Following are some other ideas from Cool Material:
Key tools (above), $6-95, and a mermaid bottle opener (below) $10-00.
Zombie Kettle Bells, $43-00 +, depending on size, plus shipping… Oh my.
I know it is work, but who wouldn’t love their work if it looked like this? I have been madly packaging and creating stock for our new Greeves St. range for this year. Emily Treganowan designed the St Kilda screen print and a big thanks to Cath, Sarah, Helen, Brett, Cassy and Roz for stuffin’ them lil’ stars ‘n stuff, and to Liz Dansie, for helping me choose a balanced range of new fabrics.
As I was up-cycling this patchwork denim cushion I used whichever zipper I could find and it happened to be orange. But how cool does it look?
Part of my work is to create a sustainable enterprise engaging marginalised women. A number of our supporters have been donating their used denim to me and so I spent a bit of my holiday time playing with denim possibilities like this patchwork pillow. (Just as an aside, the lovely Jessie from St Kilda Mums suggested I pop down to Spotlight and grab some of their generic branded feather pillows for cushion inserts. Oh. My. I squashed the insert in so the pillow is smaller than a standard bed pillow, and it feels so plush and posh.) Also just surfed Pinterest and uploaded a bunch of very awesome and imaginative products made out of recycled denim. Take a look!