When I heard QAGOMA were hosting their Winter Design Market again, I’ll admit I counted the days until 19 July. 

This year saw more than 30 stallholders displaying their handmade wares for sale. As expected, an eager public were waiting to get their hands on the visual treats that were laid out upon beautifully crafted stalls.

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Such a wide array of textiles, ceramics, jewellery, homewares and paper products were on show; really shining a spotlight on local artists and designers. The vibe of the market was absolutely electric, with market-goers buzzing from one stall to the next and stallholders delivering tidbits on how they crafted their products.

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It was great to see the eclectic styles working so well together and in particular, the local people lapping up what the market had to offer. I managed to find myself a hand-crochet pineapple brooch from Yardage Designs which really tied in with the QAGOMA’s Harvest exhibition.

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I also came across an amazing toucan postage stamp cushion from Touch Wood Design, as well as some intricately woven mats and bowls from Northern Territory’s Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Aboriginal Corporation.

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A personal highlight was when I visited Ra Ra Superstar’s stall to check out their vintage-style garments and fruit-themed earrings, and even received some free sewing advice on how to fix my favourite skirt.

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Luckily the market closed at 4pm, otherwise I could have spent all night trawling through the amazing goodies. I can’t wait for the next QAGOMA Design Market.

Words by Bianca Scargill | Images by John Colombo and Kymberley Rauber (first two images)