Finders Keepers design market returns to Carlton


The Finders Keepers Market, now in its 16th year, is coming back to Melbourne from July 12 to 14 at the iconic Royal Exhibition Building, promising an unforgettable, creative day-out.

Bringing together a diverse array of local designers, artists, makers, musicians, and food enthusiasts under one roof, Finders Keepers celebrates mindful making and thoughtful consumption across various markets throughout the year.

“The Finders Keepers has been hosting design markets in the local community since 2010, and we always love coming home to Carlton for our events twice a year,” Finders Keepers general manager Katie Smith said.

“We bring together more than 250 stallholders at each event, giving local artists, makers, designers and foodies the chance to showcase their wares to a community that we know is mad for design and supporting local.”

Among this year’s line-up includes local illustrator and artist Hayley Sinnatt of Hayle and Shine, making her Finders Keepers debut.

“I combine hand painted and digitally drawn artwork into playful patterns and whimsical scenes to add a bit of colour and cheer to the world,” Hayley told Inner City News.

Starting in 2020 with Hayley selling illustrations to friends and family, Hayle and Shine has grown to offer a range of commissioned pieces, apparel, fine art prints, and stationery.

Inspired by flowers, food, travel and still life scenes around the home, her work is a true expression of joy and fun.

“I always want to bring some joy through my work, and get so excited when someone wants to buy a piece for a loved one, or hang one up in their home,” she said.

“I’ve been doing local design markets in Melbourne for a few years, so I’m very excited to be bringing my stall to a market that I’ve been attending since it first started in Docklands.”

At the upcoming market, Hayley will be selling original illustrations on greeting cards, stickers, and postcards, alongside t-shirts, fine art prints, and framed paintings.

Her pieces are also printed by local studios across Australia, reflecting her commitment to sustainability and community.

“To be selling alongside such talented makers and chatting to new people and meeting online friends in person will be wonderful,” Hayley said.

“I have such a great love for this city I’ve spent my whole life in. This neighbourhood is on the doorstep to such an inspiring creative design and arts community that I feel so lucky to be a part.” •

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