Our top finds at one of Melbourne’s coolest night markets
Wander through Melbourne's laneways on a Wednesday evening in summer and you'll likely stumble across Blender Lane Artists' Market: a gathering of local artists and designers.
Against a backdrop of vibrant street art, you'll find one-of-a-kind art, craft, jewellery and fashion. Shop while you listen to live music and eat street food snacks, and don't forget to head into the open studio to discover the work of more local artists.
It wasn't easy, but we've chosen five stalls to look out for at this season's market. Happy shopping!
Chehehe is a local artist who has fashioned a travelling collection of curios he has aptly named a Museum of Fine Oddities (MOFO, get it?). Inspired by space and the concept of time travel, his work has a retro-futuristic, ’50s atomic art feel to it. His zines and stickers make for great gifts, if you can bear to part with them.
Aloi is an artist with a truly distinct aesthetic. From watercolour illustrations to ‘titty tees’, the offerings produced by Aloi are both quirky and entertaining. Buy for a friend or for yourself, after all, ‘tis the season.
Founded in Taipei, Dea’er is a handmade leather dealer honing his artistic skills with a strong sense of individuality. Each week a limited edition product, be it a backpack, wallet, belt or other accessory will be on offer. Track their Facebook page for hints as to exactly what intriguing good will be on available week to week.
Melbourne born and bred, Sylvia ‘Sylkz’ began her lifelong artist journey as a toddler sitting in a high chair. Drawing for as long as she can remember, Sylkz creates intricate illustrations, jewellery and crafts inspired by our cities’ grimy urban street art. An exotic, international flare can be seen to permeate her work also, stemming from an interest in foreign cultures.
Skewered Brazilian BBQ
Skewered will be severing up authentic Brazilian fare made with local Australian produce for hungry market-goers. The vegetarian skewer is a delicious must try for meat eaters and vegos alike.