A cacophony of colour, a sea of texture and the coming together of some of Melbourne's finest artists. They create candles, craft porcelain, print streetwise apparel and dream impossible dreams creating fantasy worlds. It was well worth the early morning wake up call and traveling on an early stomach to talk with artists who I've admired for years. Those artists include Emily Green (who'll be at at the Big Design Market next week), Anna Ross of Kester Black and couple, Irene and Peter behind Iggy and Lou Lou. I was so excited to meet Peter and Irene, unaware they would be at the Odd Studio Sale and was surprised that Irene remembers reading my fangirl heavy blog post in 2011. I bought two gorgeous ceramic bowls on sale for two fabulous women, and a porcelain charm necklace for myself but also enjoyed introducing myself and just making general connections.
I had only heard of the Odd Studio Sale through Instagram the night before and I'm so glad I spent a few minutes scrolling through my feed (following Kitiya Palaskas). If you're bummed you miss out on this gathering of artists, don't despair! Melbourne has heaps of markets coming up in the lead up to Christmas, but already this might be my favourite. That's largely influenced by the beautifully colourful products on show and sheer range of products packed into a relatively small space. It wasn't super busy, and it was so nice to talk with the artists, have time to photograph their tables and watch them talk with one another. Unlike some of the larger markets, I didn't feel like I there was too much to see either. For the full list of artists or for more events, specifically if you're in Fitzroy/ Brunswick or a Collingwood locals, check out The Club of Odd Volumes.
The photographs are somewhat disorganised, but for those who are interested the first few photographs were of Kitiya Palaskas and Ashley Ronning's table. Kitiya made the perspex brooches, earrings and Christmas decorations (ooh!) as well as felt pizza pennants. Ashley (who was dressed like a boss) focuses on producing zines as well as hilarious, Australian themed cards. Next to them were the porcelain brooches, necklaces and figurines made by Irene and Peter of Iggy and Lou Lou. Since I've been such a huge fan of their work, basically since I started this blog I lingered there and took more photographs of their work than any other (can you blame me?) The candles housed in science beakers and conical flasks are made by a company called Alchemy Produx, combining fashion and science to create something whimsical but practical. As a self-proclaimed science nerd I was super excited about the marriage of these two elements, which are often seen as non-compatible.
Shuh Lee had the most diverse range of products, varying from handmade necklaces to water colour prints, textiles and paper goods. Had I not spend all my money at Iggy and Lou Lou I would have loved that gothic cross necklace (it reminded me a lot of Givenchy). Admittedly, I didn't visit and talk with every single artist because I was pretty exhausted but you can also see the polymer clay necklaces from none other than Emily Green. Her designs have been copied A LOT, more so in 2014 I'd say so kudos to her for sticking it out and continuing to push her designs. She has a keen eye for which colour combinations go together, likewise her brushstrokes copied in miniature for each bead. I had the pleasure of discovering You, Me & Bones for the very first time and marveling at their creepy yet cute decorative candles of doll's heads and pastel coloured brains. From afar, they look sweet but up close? They're enough to deter the especially squeamish. I feel like that's precisely the kind of filter I want for my future home.
Last but certainly not least were the ethical (that is cruelty free and vegan) cosmetics by Kester Black. I've written about her jewellery collections in late 2011 and early 2012 but the brains behind the operation, Anna Ross, has transitioned from fashion and jewellery to championing nail polish. You can see in the last picture the range she carries, but how meticulously her rainbow of colour is organised. I talked with her at length about how her career has evolved and still continues to change, largely influenced by practices she herself follows. This was focused on eliminating sugar and palm oil from that which she consumes, which isn't something we necessarily consider when purchasing our cosmetics. There have been such big resurgences in recycling and ethical clothing next year, we both predict that the same mindful awareness will eventually permeate the cosmetic industry. That's a heavy note to end on, but proof that in Melbourne artists and business women thinking about the future.