Look forward to another year of indie design talent, as makers across the country descend on Fed Square when the Little Sparrow Market returns
The Little Sparrow Market is an inspired collection of wares made by Australian artisans and aspires to be a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Each market is carefully curated with a line-up of hot new things, established designers, vintage stalls, food and beverages. The market has its eye on ethical production and sustainable materials, so you can feel good about buying locally and helping the planet while you're at it.
Amongst other things, this month's market features 60 plus stalls laden with objects of desire. To help you out, here are a few of our favourite things at this treasure trove of handmade goodness.
Made by Northwood
Made by Northwood founder Emma Nasifa creates stunning timber artworks out of reclaimed and salvaged wood from all over Victoria. Each piece is handmade by Emma and are often combined with living plants to create botanical installations that constantly growing and evolving.
Warisa Somsuphangsri makes tiny handmade porcelain pieces painted with line drawings of cats and bulldogs chock full of personality. While diminutive, these pieces are functional; the pot plant holders ($22-$35) have holes in their base for drainage. Feline lovers will have kittens over the ceramic pinch pots ($39) and broaches adorned images of a grumpy cat ($22).
Eden Homeware aim to turn your home into a beautiful oasis you can escape to daily. Stocking stylish yet practical Scandinavian-inspired homeware and permanent home fittings, Edem is home to a contemporary collection of beautiful designs by local and international talent.
Suki McMaster is a Sydney-based designer who makes thoroughly cheerful homewares, fabrics and stationery. One of her most popular images is a cuddly, but clearly thoughtful bear, which is apparently inspired by her husband (it’s a compliment). Her pink donut wall decals (ten for $20) are perfect for anyone riding the sugar wave of Melbourne’s donut obsession.
Industrial design grad Kaitlin Liddell is behind Koa’s intricately etched cups, pot plant holders, vases and plates, which are made from Javanese clay and hand-carved by Balinese artisans. All of Koa’s wares are functional as well as long-lasting. Koa’s teacups ($35) are the perfect winter gift for tea aficionados.
Sick of paraffin candles stinking up the house with toxic residue and smoke, the crew behind Soyja Candles felt compelled to hand-pour their own soy candles. Overwhelmed by requests from mates and family, Soyja rapidly went from hobby to business. Enjoy subtle scents ranging from lemon myrtle to orange and vanilla. Prices vary according to size and container, but the Soyja X-Large Jar soy candle is great value ($40 for 90 hours of burn time).