It was a happy Saturday because I visited a market:
the Etsy Adelaide Community Market at Tonsley.
the Etsy Adelaide Community Market at Tonsley.
If you think this scene looks familiar, that's because it is the same venue used by Maker Faire Adelaide–the former Chrysler and Mitsubishi factory's Main Assembly Building (MAB) which has been renovated and repurposed as a community space since the car manufacturer closed.
This market was organised by the Etsy Adelaide team of online shop owners. It was a great way for members of the public to inspect the goods first-hand and meet the creators.
There are some things that you cannot determine from looking at a photo on the internet; e.g. the weight, drape and texture of a fabric, the accuracy of colour representation or the fine details of handmade finishing.
I enjoyed getting a closer look at the hand-made products and was very impressed with the quality of workmanship and the creativity on display. There is so much talent in the local neighbourhood!
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in the neighbourhood.
I hadn't planned on taking photos. It was just going to be some good research for my Christmas shopping but , naturally, the camera came out when I found some crochet!
(Links are listed at the end of this blog entry.)
The latest fad amongst the teens right now is cacti and succulents so when I came across some wonderfully attractive specimens, I had to take a photograph for the teens' benefit.
At last I get a photo of my friend who was mentioned in my posts about the last two Maker Faires but didn't have a photo:
I must give a special mention to Juanita Tortilla. She had a variety of sewn goods including "Temperature Bags". If you are familiar with the crocheted or knitted "Temperature Scarves" or "Temperature Blankets" you will know that these items are made of colours which are determined by the weather.
Her lined shopping bags or totes were decorated with a woven patch pocket. The woven strips were applied in various colours depending on the temperature of the day, week or month. Juanita had gone to a lot of trouble to not only have a care label in her bags but also to include a little screed and legend so the new owners can 'read' their 'Temperature Bag'.
I was very impressed with her thoughtfulness!
This is what I love about good quality, handmade goods. Creators are proud of their work and they do their very best for their customers. It is true the adage, "love in every stitch" (or twist, brush stroke or dob of glue)!
Most of the artisans at the market were willing to create custom orders and take commissions too so if you are looking for something very specific that you can't find anywhere, try the local artisan or Etsy market when it comes to your neighbourhood.
Lots of Etsy Shops to Explore!
Here are some links to some of the stallholders that I met and saw on Saturday. The descriptions include the owners' own descriptions and some reminder notes of mine.
Bead Inspired: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/BeadInspiredSA
Hand-made beaded jewellery by Lisa Gawler & Kerry Kasmeris. Their pea pod, bird's nests and tree of life pieces caught my eye.
Blackwood Lily: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/BlackWoodLily
Mixed Media pendants and art, vintage inspired. (Liliana has very creative ideas; I remember cute sandwich and cupcake pieces and I loved her original display signage).
Chatterbox City: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ChatterboxCity
Fun whimsical funky items (including lupin heat/cold packs).
Handmade children's accessories and clothing (including babies' hats crocheted in acrylic).
Fig & Sparrow: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/figsparrow
Handmade giftware specialising in home decor and ladies' accessories (including crocheted coasters and cowls, knitted scarves).
Flora Domestica: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/FloraDomesticaShop
Unique botanical pressings framed in leadlight.
Glass Leaf Studio: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/GlassLeafStudio
Unique terrariums made with love and recovered glass.
Hand to Hand Designs: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/HandtoHandDesign
Unique handmade home decor by Tim. (We chatted about crocheting the planter pots and hats).
Head Cred: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/HeadCred
Jewelry handmade from vintage tins (including antique pieces. As a fellow tin collector, had an interesting conversation).
Hope Paper Scissors: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/HopePaperScissors
Origami decorations and embellishments, framed origami wall art.
(Great to see such confidence and enterprise in someone so young.)
Juanita Tortilla: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/juanitatortilla
Eclectic art to accessorise the eco conscious (including 'Temperature Bags', postcards, screenprints, weaving).
Kate Mason Artist: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/MessyMissKate
Art + Illustration
LHOH Leathercraft: https://www.facebook.com/LHOHLeatherCraft/app/259525164100619/
Only a Facebook page is listed on the business card.
Made in Wonderland:https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/MadeInWonderlandAUS
Custom fit women's and kids' activewear.
Unique, colourful, quirky, cute accessories. (Lots of bags in cute fabrics.)
My Vintage Supplies: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/MyVintageSupplies
Reclaim Repurpose Recreate. Little vintage finds for creators and collectors.
One.....Upon a Time: https://adornjewels.com.au/product-category/collections/cards-one-upon-a-time/
Handmade greeting cards and an excellent sales assistant!
Priscilla's Steampunk Emporium: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/PriscillasEmporium
An eclectic mix of jewellery and homeware creations, often of a collage form, using new, found and repurposed materials.
Twine & Seek: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TwineandSeek
Unique handmade gifts and décor (including yarn tassels, woven wall hangings, framed prints. Great colour palettes).
Violet New Village: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/Violetnewvillage
Ljubica Novosel, dress, pattern, designer, creator, maker. One off, unique, hand crafted pieces. (Beautiful clothing from vintage knitted fabrics, knitted lace fabric that almost looked like crocheted lace all self-designed.)
Wire Twists: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/WireTwists
Twisted wire tree decorations.
Word Finders Club: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/WordFindersClub
Cute woodland prints and cards (including word search cards and personalised cards).
This is by no means an exhaustive list of everyone in attendance at the Etsy Community Market at Tonsley on the 29 July 2017. These are the stalls that took my interest on the day. As I haven't been wearing jewellery much these days, I did not take too much notice of silver smiths and costume jewellery makers. The same goes for home made cosmetics and skin care as most products aggravate my sensitive skin.
I was so pleased to discover so many enterprising, clever and creative friendly people making beautiful, good quality goods in my own backyard. That makes me happy!
Do you shop on Etsy
or own an Etsy shop yourself?
Related Links & Posts
Etsy Australia: https://www.etsy.com/au/
- What is Etsy? Mission & Values Statement: https://www.etsy.com/au/mission?ref=hp&from=homepage.about_etsy
Lupey Loops, "Adelaide Mini Maker Faire 2015", 17 December 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/adelaide-mini-maker-faire-2015.html
Lupey Loops, "Lupey Loops at Maker Faire Adelaide 2016", 1 December 2016: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/lupey-loops-at-maker-faire-adelaide-2016.html
Maker Faire Adelaide: http://adelaide.makerfaire.com/
Ravelry, search result for "temperature scarf" shows a variety of projects based on temperature records: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#sort=best&query=temperature%20scarf