The artisan's market is back for 2016
Local designers selling beautiful objects fill the Brunswick Town Hall when the Sisters' Market puts the word out for stallholders every two months. Celebrating locally made handcrafts, this indoor market is a carefully curated selection of over 60 stalls of jewellery, ceramics, beauty products, art, shoes and clothing.
In 2016, the market – which was started by local sisters Roberta Parisi and Marianna Gentilin – celebrated its eighth anniversary. We spoke to Marianna (left) about how it all started.
Marianna, where did you get the idea for the first market?
When my sister and I talk about it we always say that we’re basically just shopaholics and we wanted all the nice things we like under one roof. We used to go to markets all the time so we thought it would be great just to pick and choose stalls from our favourite Melbourne artists, and so we came up with keeping it local and doing it in Brunswick Town Hall. That was back in 2008.
How has the market grown since then?
We thought we would start small but we’ve ended up using the entire Brunswick Town Hall which houses about 60 stalls. We have dabbled in lots of other venues but we’ve always stuck with Brunswick in the end.
Could you describe the atmosphere for someone who hasn’t been before?
We always say that it’s got a casual market feel to it, but we have high quality products. We’ve got high-end arts, crafts and fashion so there’s a real mix. We’ve got lots of categories covered from clothing and jewellery, to stationary, books and food.
How do you choose your stalls?
We like to cover all the categories on our website. Often for jewellery we like to have somebody who’s a silversmith, some costume jewellery, clay beads, and so on. We keep in mind that we want it to be casual but at the same time it does have to be a high quality product.
Do you search out artists or do they come to you?
Both happen. On Facebook and Instagram we search for new artists. It is nice to have regulars at each date, but at the same time to always have some new blood so we look for something new all the time.
What have been some of the market’s that you’ve visited that have influenced you?
Last time I was in Manhattan I went to Grand Central Station and I was there around Christmas time, so I was lucky to get there two days before the Grand Central Market was on and that was great. It was great to see similarities with our artists and also looking at different things that are happening around the world. And it was also an indoor market with a similar setup in a beautiful building like ours.
What have been some of your favourite market finds?
I do love the Kajita candles; the white tea scent I think I purchase every time, and I always look for jewellery even though I make my own. It’s one of my loves.