Saturday, 28 November 2009

The Crafter's Way 119 - A Handmade Christmas

This week's Messenger column.

Christmas Shopping
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about what you are going to get those people in your life who seem to have everything. Why not think handmade? Choosing to buy handmade gifts can have lots of benefits. You don’t have the hassle of trying to find parking and deal with long queues. You can have an enjoyable experience engaging with the maker. The possibilities are there for you to commission a custom piece. A handmade gift can be as unique and individual as your loved one. Here are a couple of options.

Jane Pollard

Cherish 2009 at the (m)art design store offers affordable and fascinating Christmas gifts from a selection of Australia’s best emerging and established designers and makers. Located within Artisan at 381 Brunswick St, Cherish has the latest in contemporary ceramics and glass. Marvel at the innovative jewellery, colourful stools and shadow boxes. Cherish 2009 promises colour, form and texture within a wonderful selection of gifts for someone you cherish. Continues until 24th December. For more information contact Denise McQueen on Ph: 3215 0804 or email:

Tara Badcock

The talented group at BrisStyle are holding their Christmas Market on Saturday the 5th December at St Augustines’ Church, Racecourse Rd, Hamilton. The BrisStyle Markets are fast establishing a reputation as the hottest destination for everything handmade. The craft artists of BrisStyle are sure to delight. For news about the BrisStylettes visit or

Megan O'Rourke

Reverse Garbage’s Echoes Gift Shop is another treasure trove for that one of a kind Christmas present. Reverse Garbage is a not-for-profit cooperative that collects high quality industrial discards and then sells them at low cost to the general public. Echoes Gift Shop exhibits and sells the innovative and high quality works of craft artists who use at least 75% recycled materials in their work. They are open Monday – Saturday at 296 Montague Rd, West End.

Enjoy your Handmade Christmas Shopping Experience.

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