finders keepers set to hit melbourne

All you Melburnians, listen up and listen good! For the first time ever, the creative cats behind Finders Keepers will be hitting Melbourne this Spring/Summer. Combining elements of design, art and fashion into 150 talented stallholders, this heralds their biggest market yet. What’s more, entry is free and open to all. So say yes to this bit of local lovin’.

Melbourne’s Finders Keepers markets will touch down on October 9 & 10 at Shed4, Docklands. Interested stallholders can apply online until August 27 via the Finders Keepers site.

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favourite folk #5 gary bigeni

A celebration of the sung and unsung heroes we adore the guts out of. Gary Bigeni, as recommended by favourite folk #1 Tanya Stevanovic.

Dubbed “the one to watch” going into his debut at Fashion Week 2010, Gary Bigeni is turning heads in the Australian fashion world. Having previously designed for Josh Goot and already stocked at iconic Sydney boutique The Corner Shop – owned by his mentor, Belinda Seper – Bigeni is no stranger to success. But at just 29, he is eccentric, adorable and, in fact, only just getting started.

A Sydney native and graduate of East Sydney TAFE, Bigeni says designing is in his genes, and he has been doing what comes naturally for as long as he can remember.

“I was always creating things as a kid; I went from high school to design school then straight into starting my own label. I used to have a collection of Barbies that I used to design and make hand-sewn garments for – all day, every day. I was never happy with the options Barbie had. It has always been in my blood to create pieces for people to wear.”

Of his designs, Gary says his secret is in the detail.

“I design art forms that have their own clever structural secrets: soft but tricky hems, interesting panelling and intricate design techniques are present in every element of my collections. My vision is to create new shapes and interesting silhouettes. I draw a lot of inspiration from everyday life.”

Although the trademark Bigeni craftsmanship is present, as ever, in his SS-10 collection, Gary says the range is very different to previous years.

“I only wanted to offer colours in the collection and take out black to give it a fresh approach. I also introduce more woven and tailored elements to offer different textures and fabrication. The shapes are more to the body.”

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new wallets at dosh

The designer folk at Dosh have been at it again, getting all collaborative on us.

This time, they’ve hooked up with Pedal Consumption, a cycling and push bike-culture website which produced a smooth, racing-striped design; the Semi-Permanent Design Conference, which asked young creatives to submit a design for a competition, the winner of which, Stephanie Foti, gets her cute design immortalised on a Dosh wallet; and Stab magazine, the surf magazine whose resulting Dosh wallet is funny, quirky and colourful.

Check them out, we think they’re worth a look-see.

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storytelling at sydney design 2010

Sydney Design 2010, a 16-day festival of all things contemporary design, wants us to spin them a yarn. The theme of the festival, which starts on 31st July, is ‘tell us a story’, and will be showcasing some of the stories and ideas behind design until the 15th August.

Beautiful storytelling is often made even more delightful by beautiful clothes and at the festival’s headquarters at the Powerhouse Museum, an exhibition on the 50-year partnership of husband-and-wife team Bruno and Hazel Benini, gives us both in one pretty hit. Creating the Look: Benini and Fashion Photography, follows the Beninis’ process of fashion photography, from styling to composition to design. Together, Bruno, a photographer, and Hazel, a stylist, created some of the most elegant fashion photography in Australia, and the exhibition promises to give an insight into the stories of those images.

If you’re after something more hands-on, you can get your craft on at one of three craft and design-recycling workshops. The age-old arts of knitting and cross-stitch are covered, with Nikki Gabriel teaching us how to magically transform simple knitted shapes into beautiful clothes in Knitting Construction, and Tamara Maynes showing how to use cross-stitch in interior design in Craving Cross Stitch. Meanwhile, Felt My Tote will show us how to turn an old knit jumper into a brand new tote bag. Skills, no doubt, we could all use.

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id magazine folds

Though the end of the year is almost upon us, it looks like the GFC is still claiming casualties. Iconic American design publication I.D. Magazine has announced they are shutting up shop after 55 years, with the upcoming January/February edition to be its last. Publisher Gary Lynch has cited the decline in print advertising, as well as a fragmentation of core readership as the major factors behind the decision.

I.D.'s Annual Design Review will continue in an online format, but it's a sad day for lovers of design and print.

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