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  1. A wall with shelves filled with pottery and a sign that says Convent Made.
    Photograph: Sarah Kerr
  2. Two women working a lino graph printing press.
    Photograph: the Abbotsford Convent
  3. A set of printed pillows and a cactus in a planter.
    Photograph: Sarah Kerr

Abbotsford Convent launches new online store of local artisanal products

It's now easier to shop beautiful, locally made wares while also supporting local creatives

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier

After years of running an in-person pop-up shop that attracted more than 15,000 visitors, the Abbotsford Convent has launched its online store called Convent Made. Now you can easily shop beautiful hand-made and original products while also directly supporting our local community of creatives. 

The Convent was closed for 305 days due to lockdowns, so the aim of creating this e-commerce platform is to help support the Convent and its artist and creator community that have been struggling. 

"We know that so many in the community are looking for ways to tangibly support the artists who have been deeply impacted throughout the pandemic," says Collete Brennan, CEO of the Convent. 

The shop currently features works by nine artists ranging from ceramicists, visual artists, photographers, textile printers, fine art painters, writers and designers, with more creatives expected to join as the website expands. 

At the moment, you can shop ceramics by pottery studios Cone 11 and Ghost Wares; printed tea towels and textiles by Hamish and Buster; printed cushions, aprons, shirts and more by Sora May; photographic prints by Helga Salwe; printed cards and table linens by Ink and Spindle; greeting cards and posters by Maggie Vaiopolous; books and cards by Rick Mateur; and graphic novels and paintings by Simon Swingler.

If you're keen to add some of these beautiful new wares to your home, head to the Convent Made website to start shopping.

Keen to shop local for your groceries, too? Here are Melbourne's best fruit and veg markets. And if you'd rather shop online, these are the best grocery delivery services in Melbourne. 


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