Wednesday, 16 December 2009

what will you get for Xmas?

Hmmm, not to sure about that!

Saturday December 19th is our final Makers Market for 2009.
What a year it's been. We've done lots of work, and changed the name to make the market more identifiable. I think it has worked; we have a waiting list for stallholders, and there has been a huge increase in visitors to the Banyule Art Space.

We have over 30 stalls for Saturday. They include:
Katrina Lee - handbags and purses
Teresa Bennett - hand spun, hand knitted goodies
Julie Joyce - unique tea cosies, ironing board covers (36 sizes - who knew?)
Julie macmillan - most beautiful wedding accessories you ever saw
Cathy Sofarnos - baby quilts
Mieke Boynton - photography, cards
Kanella Tsirbas - silver jewellery
Stefaan Van Nunnen - artisan chocolates
Smiljan Kostic - wood turning, pyrography, handmade boxes
Shirley Barker - precious gem stone jewellery and toys for Kelti Indian charity
Lene Kuhl-Jacobsen - ceramics
Margaret Edwards - swarkovski crystal jewellery
Senia Kazar - ceramics
Michelle Garibaldi - fudge and turkish delight (yummo)
Christina Stewart - soy candles (the christmas blend is particularly nice)
Gill Peterson - slumped glassware
Di Bloomfield - glass jewellery
Inese Norvelis - paperwork
Alex Sanders - fabric passport covers, notebooks, cushions
Heather May - ceramics
Sophia Koulbanis - gem stone jewellery
Laila Fernandez - Indian sweets
Angie Davidson-Slater - natural soaps, lotions and balms
Nicole Sumner - glass jewellery, artworks
Douglas Blane - African beaded objets d'art
Patracia Bove - terracotta pots
Lesley Aurousseau - handmade childrens wear

There is definitely something for everyone this week! Come along, and support local artists.
10.00am - 4.00pm at Banyule Art Space, plenty of free parking, great coffee and cake at Cafe Ivanhoe just down the road!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Twilight Makers Market

On Friday December 11th from 5.00pm - 8.00pm, we will be holding our second annual Twilight Christmas Market.

Over 30 amazingly talented local artists will be showing off their creations. There is something for absolutely everyone on your list!
Because it is Friday night after all, Paul and his lovely crew from Cafe Ivanhoe are staying open late, with a special Makers Market menu option. So come along - you get unique one-off presents AND yummy food at the Twilight Makers Market.

The Twilight Makers Market is at Banyule Art Space, 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe.

Ivanoe Makers Makers Unplugged!

Thanks to everyone who came to the last Market. The weather held out, and over 25 stallholders displayed their goodies in the courtyard of Ivanhoe Library. Being in Upper Heidelberg Road was a great promotion for our Christmas Makers Markets.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

A change is as good as a holiday!

For one day only, the Ivanhoe Makers Market will be zooming to new spot!
On Saturday November 21st you'll find us in the courtyard of nearby Yarra Plenty Regional Library, at 255 Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe. Only 50 metres from our home, the library has plenty of parking for cars, bikes and prams. This is just a temporary location, we'll be back at Banyule Art Space in December.

Under the shady gumtrees you'll find a cornuccopia of goodies, including handmade chocolates, biscuits, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, and so much more.
Ivanhoe Makers Market is Melbourne's finest artisan market. Buying directly from the maker means you get to know about the product, how and why it was made, and most importantly, how much talent there is in Melbourne's northern suburbs!
10.00am - 4.00pm, 3rd Saturday of the month.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Artopia Glassworks

Gill Peterson of Artopia Glassworks makes handmade glassware; shaken, slumped, stirred and more.

I love her cheese boards - they are empty wine bottles melted in a kiln, and each piece is a unique shape and colour. And the best part is, she has to empty each bottle!

Gill runs workshops and makes beautiful one-off pieces for custom orders.

She will be at the Ivanhoe Makers Market this week - Saturday October 17th 10.00am - 4.00pm

Psst... only 68 shopping days until Christmas!!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

The Kelti Project

As well as making beautiful jewellery from gemstones and 18 carat gold, stallholder Shirley Barker also sells adorable toys.

I absolutey love the retro lounge suite, with matching old school tv!

The shower door really opens, and the toilet lid lifts up and down - who wouldn't want these in their dollhouse? I want them in my real house.

These wooden toys are handmade by a gentleman in Mooroolbark, and all money raised goes to support the Kelti Project, a charity that has two centres in India; in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan and Jehangirpuri, Delhi.

The Kelti Project began 10 years ago, and funds are used to enable underpriviledged women to learn work skills, improving the quality of their families' lives. The Project is open to all religions and is managed in India by the Sisters of the Destitute and priests of the Jesuit Order.

The Bhiwadi centre focuses mainly on tailoring and embroidery, with classes in basic literacy art, dance and music. The centre in Jehangirpuri also runs classes in hairdressing and computer skills. Both centres offer free childcare, to enable wpomen to attend classes.

It's only 116 until Christmas, and I'm sure this helicopter would look pretty spiffy in a lucky someone's Christmas stocking.

All toys available exclusively at Ivanhoe Makers Market.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Our lovely new logo!

This is it - after much to-ing and fro-ing, the unveiling of our new logo is finally here. Look out for the bookmark; it lists all the Makers Market dates until June next year and there's a handy map on the back. Available in all good places!

If you'd like to help with distribution, please email, and I'll post some out to you.

The next Ivanhoe Makers Market is Saturday September 19th, so mark it in your diary.

Friday, 14 August 2009

One more sleep to the next market!

Yep, tomorrow (Saturday the 15th August) is the next market and hopefully we're all ready and raring to go.

We welcome four new people to our market. Samone Reid (stationery) and Kanella Tsirbas (Silver jewellery), both of whom are attending their very first market, how exciting for them. Gail Dickson (sculpted soaps) and Katrina Lee (bags and hats) are attending our market for the first time. We welcome them warmly and hope they have a good time. Please take time to have a look and give them feedback, it's lovely to hear what people think (purchases would be terrific too!).

And we have our regulars too:

Teresa Bennett (textiles)
Maureen Nugent (glass bead jewellery)
Inese Norvelis (paper cards, books and more)
Julie McMillan (elegant textiles)
Sophia Koulbanis (jewellery)
Smiljan Kostic (woodwork)
Ray Macminn (painter)
Di Bloomfield (glass bead jewellery)
Gill Peterson (glass)
Jennifer Dartnell (buttons)
Margaret Edwards (jewellery)
Josephine Yee (flowers)
Stephanie Winther (soft toys)
Lene Kuhl Jacobsen (ceramics)
Sarah Allen (soy candles)
Shirley Barker (jewellery)
Kelti Project (wooden toys)
Julie Joyce (textiles)

Come and see us, we're indoors and don't forget it's our 2nd birthday, wish us a happy birthday!

Friday, 24 July 2009

What a lovely day it was!

Thanks to everyone who came to our market. Wasn't it lovely and some nice new stallholders to see, and our regulars to catch up with.

Next month is our 2nd birthday, so we think cake is in order! Some of our regulars are returning for this month, so come along and help us celebrate.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

The market is on Saturday

We've got some lovely new stallholders for this Saturday (18th July, 10am-4pm):

Ray Macminn - oil painter; who is also a tutor at Livingstone Community Centre
Tank Donaldson - this month's challenge winner from Red Bubble
Josephine Yee - lovely fresh flowers
Julie Joyce - handmade ironing board covers
Patricia Keech - millinery
Margaret Edwards - jewellery

Come along and enjoy the beautiful Banyule Arts Space in Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Changing times in a changing world


In order to broaden our horizons, we are in the process of changing the name and look of the 9" x 5" Quality Makers Market.

Over the next few months, we will have a new name, and a spiffy new logo on our banners and postcards.

So, what's in a name...

The name 9" x 5" Quality Makers Market was originally chosen to represent the history of Banyule, in particular the artists of the Heidelberg School. The Market is now approaching its 2nd birthday, and the wide variety of high quality work produced by our stallholders is not adequately reflected in the name.
We think that "Ivanhoe Makers Market" better reflects what we actually do. All stallholders create the beautiful works of art and craft available for purchase - pieces are not outsourced to China or Vietnam, they are all made here in Melbourne by our amazingly talented "North of the Yarra" artisans.

In the meantime, it's onwards and upwards - our next market is on Saturday June 20th, 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Ivanhoe Makers Market is held inside the Banyule Arts Space- perfect on a cold Winter's day. Don't forget to check out the original Art deco toilet doors - when you see them, you'll be amazed!!
Banyule Arts Space is located at 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe. It's 25 metres from Upper Heidelberg Road, and is 200 metres from Ivanhoe Railway Station.

The stunning work featured this month is by jeweller Di Bloomfield. Di makes handcrafted lampwork glass beads, which she then turns into one-off bracelets, necklaces, bookmarks, key rings and more.
I'm in love with the red and white spotty bracelet (sigh)

Di is a new stallholder at Ivanhoe Makers Market - Created by Hand, and we welcome her to the show, and look forward to seeing what new creations she has each month.

Like to become a stallholder? Visit for more information.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Market Day this week

It's the third Saturday of the month, which means the 9" X 5" Quality Makers Market is on again.

Saturday May 16
10.00am - 4.00pm Banyule Arts Space 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe
Welcome to all new stallholders, and thanks to our regulars for sticking with us through these tricky economic times!
For stallholder info, visit

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Ivanhhoe Festa

Come and see us at the Ivanhoe Festa today. We've got a small information stall, with some goodies for sale, at the Ivanhoe Festa on Upper Heidelberg rd, from 10 till 4pm. Come and have a chat with some of the stallholders.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Market this Saturday!

The 9" X 5" Quality Maker's Market is on again Saturday April18th, from 10.00am - 4.00pm at Banyule Arts Space. We have over 20 stallholders, with absolutely beautiful handmade wares that you won't find anywhere else in Melbourne.

There is plenty of free parking, and Banyule Arts Space is 5 minutes from trains (Ivanhoe Station) and buses. We are situated at 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe - very handy to some of the best coffee and yummiest cakes in Melbourne.

Stuck for a Winter project? Why not purchase some hand-spun and dyed wool, from textile artist Teresa Bennet? Perfect for knitting nice warm mittens and scarves! If you're new to knitting (or just need a few tips), pop by Teresa's stall and have a chat. You'll definitely be inspired.
Available only at 9' X 5" Quality Makers Market.

Also this month, check out the amazing prints by competiton winners on A great opportunity to pick up some affordable art, and meet the makers.

Interested in being a stallholder? Visit and download an application form.

9" x 5" Quality Makers Market - 3rd Saturday of the month

Sunday, 22 February 2009


Some of our stallholders have their own websites and blogs, so I've added these to our front page.

We're also looking for more stallholders for our beautiful market, if you're interested or know someone who might be, download an application form from

Friday, 20 February 2009

We're back!

Exciting news. We've changed our market day to the 3rd Saturday of the month. The first for 2009 is tomorrow, the 21st February, from 10am till 3pm.

Come along and have a look at us and enjoy coffee in Ivanhoe.

See you there!