On Saturday 11 July, come on a different journey to discover Australia – something new, exciting, unique and fun – with a coffee in your hand, sitting in your comfiest chair. We are excited to tell you that the Canberra Handmade Market team has, in their usual spectacular style, curated a stunning collection of designers whose love of Australia can be seen in products as unique and diverse as Australia itself.  Just like a good travel agent, Canberra Handmade Market has done the hard work for you so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.  Simply browse on-line all day starting from 9.00am to 9.00pm on Saturday 11 July and enjoy the wonderful Australiana sights the Market offers.

You may have noticed there has been a huge drive for sourcing Australian made goods and keeping small businesses afloat (which we love!) during these last few months. As always all products at the next CHM are made in Australia so this is a great opportunity to continue supporting this trend. Why not to start shopping for Christmas (it’s never too early, right?) or buy yourself or a friend that extra special and unique gift. Discover the many fabulous designers taking all things Aussie to the next level with their creative and varied products on offer.

To make things even easier for you the Bandicute team has scanned all the fabulous businesses to pick out a few Australiana hidden gems. So strap yourselves in and get your (virtual) bookmarks ready, because this guide is going to save you oodles of shopping time on market day.

Clare Mazitelli Designs

Clare Mazitelli runs a printed textile business from her home in Canberra.

Her passion for design and making products with real meaning and soul can be seen in all her products. This stunning tote bag, inspired by Australian native flora, started out as a watercolour painting which is now printed on lovely, quality, linen-blend fabric. Reliable and beautiful, your next trip to the flower market or cafe just got even more fashionable with this tote bag on your shoulder!

Canvas tote bag with eucalyptus design and leather strap

Heat Pack from Tasmania

What better product is there to get you through winter than these beautifully made heat packs from Heat Pack from Tasmania? Heat Pack from Tasmania carefully select local and natural materials. Their heat packs are sustainable and made from Australian Merino wool, woven in Tasmania. They are filled with Australian wheat and Tasmanian lavender buds or coffee beans roasted in Tasmania (so they smell divine, too!). Their aim is to help you release pain and relax every day by providing you with an Australian made high quality product designed to last AND to offer you an act of self care while minimising your impact on the planet.

Heat - Cold pack with koala fabric print and Tasmanian wool backing

By Samantha

By Samantha is a Melbourne made and designed lifestyle brand that has perfected the wrap dress so you feel confident, comfortable, sexy and chic.

This Isabelle print is a beautifully created design of some of our much loved Australian flowers and foliage and was exclusively designed by the talented ladies from from Sydney based La Source. This print will brighten your day and draw your heart back to the glorious flora of our beautiful country.

Beautiful wrap dress featuring Australian flora from By Samantha Melbourne

Dressed for Sunday

Dressed for Sunday celebrates the idea of taking time to dress with a range of accessories and jewellery that exude timeless personality. Dressed for Sunday suit accessories range brings joy through it’s iconic Australian botany. Wearing one of their accessories will certainly make you stand out from the crowd. Now that the blokes are starting to head back to the office, it is the right time to update your wardrobe with a tie or pocket square featuring Pink Eucalyptus Blossom, Blue Gumnut, Red Eucalyptus blossom, Banksia, Sturt Desert Pea.

Mens tie with Australian Flower Blossom Print

Kurly Wurly Bar

Kurly (aka Michael Kovacs) is an illustrator that loves to create quirky drawings of the parts of Australia he loves – galahs, surfer dudes, brush turkeys, chiko rolls and sea gulls. Kurly has created a range of fashion items and accessories including party shirts, beach towels, stubby holders and socks. With father’s day approaching, now is the perfect time to get organised with a gift Dad is going to go nuts over, like these ultra fun brush turkey shorts.

Mens board shorts with brush turkey and Australian flower print by Kurly Wurly Bar


If you haven’t seen Bandicute’s “Little Aussie” range of clothing, you’re in for a treat. Bandicute’s whimsical, signature fabric designs will make you squeal with delight when you put them on your little ones.

The Bandicute range is designed with comfort, style and versatility in mind, and guess what? We are also local to the Canberra region! With clothing ranging from sizes newborn all the way up to size 8, you really will be able to find something to suit all the little people in your life.

Girl standing in front of wall wearing pink head wrap and dress with Australian animals

Edge of the Forest

Meet the cute and cuddly forest critters such as Banjo the Bilby to take your little one on all sorts of Forest adventures.The innocence of childhood has been kept in mind and really shines through in the simplicity of the designs of each and every handmade cuddly friend by Edge of the Forest. These friends are designed to empower little ones – to be playmates and keepers of secrets; a friend to stand the test of time. They are super soft and cuddly and make great companions for kids with sensory issues. The different textures have been proven to calm and nurture even the littlest of minds.

Edge of the Forest Bilby plushy

Missy Minzy

Kids absolutely love temporary tattoos, and what could be cuter than these you-beaut Aussie designs from Missy Minzy?

Irene Tan is the local Canberra artist and illustrator behind the label Missy Minzy. She has more than 20 years of professional working experience in graphic design, packaging design and advertising design, which certainly shines through in her beautifully presented and whimsical creations.

Irene has a big love to create things which make people smile. All of her illustrations were typically hand drawn but she also likes to work on her illustrations digitally.

Australian temporary tattoos by Miss Minzy

Cockatoo Collection

Cockatoo Collection was born to celebrate all things Australian in a range of fresh and functional homeware and gifts. Whether it is a tea towel or a tray, their designs have been inspired by their love for the things that make Australia such a lucky place to live.

Most pieces have been designed by Helena and handmade by Katarina in Melbourne. They use Melbourne eco-friendly printers and suppliers for their textiles. Their designs blend fresh, modern, minimalist, clean Scandinavian designs with plenty of cockatoos, kookaburras and the odd wombat.

Wattle cushion by cockatoo collection

Tania Vrancic

Tania Vrancic is a contemporary ceramic artist working from her sunny little studio in Canberra.

Drawing her inspiration from landscape and childhood memories, Tania creates a sense of freedom and whimsy mixed with a Scandinavian design aesthetic.

Using various printing on clay techniques, hand building and slip casting makes each item unique. Details are added with sgraffito, ceramic pencil and slip trailing creating multiple layers which are enhanced by the translucency of high fired porcelain.

Her ranges include vases, tableware, tea lights, jewellery and these gorgeous Christmas ornaments.

Wattle cushion by cockatoo collection

Buttonworks Australia

Buttonworks is owned and operated by Liz and Mike Murray, who began making wooden craft buttons in 2001.

Their product range developed from a love of Australian timbers. Don’t think Buttonworks only makes buttons though. They have the most adorable Heads and Tails game featuring all your favourite Australian animals. Plus they have beautiful jewellery for the ladies, gifts for men, the home or corporate gifts.

Their design, manufacturing and assembly is done in their Mornington Peninsula studio in Victoria. They use several Australian timbers including Tasmanian Oak, Jarrah, Blackwood and Myrtle.

Wooden magnets in Australian koala, possum and wombat design

La Source Australia

Isabelle and Melanie are a mother and daughter team creating unique limited-edition prints and gifts inspired by Australia’s landscape and their French heritage. Their bold and playful artistic style is a reflection of their passion for life.

Their wide range of products feature Australia’s most iconic plants and animals. There are too many to mention so you will need to look for yourself. From bright jigsaw puzzles to tea towels to calendars, there’s something for all the family in La Source Australia’s distinctive style.

Australian bird 1000 piece puzzle by La Source
You really will find something to suit everyone’s taste at Canberra Handmade, and what better way to keep a local designer’s dream alive than to shop from them at the market on 11 July. Make sure you head to the Facebook event and RSVP!

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