Melbourne Design

Able and Game

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We are Able and Game and we make greeting cards from our studio in Brunswick. Anna has a fine art background and Gareth has a computer science background. We put these two skills together to create our little card business. We both work on the card concepts together with Anna doing all the illustration. Gareth grew up in Scotland and Anna grew up on a sheep farm in East Gippsland. We love watching TV, watching people and looking at everything and how it relates to a card. We just went over to Hobart recently and visited Mona which was really amazing. So many rock star artists. Oh and cats and booze also seem to feature strongly in the cards so I guess they are big inspirations.

We just got a new printer, so lots of ideas are coming from all the things we can do with paper now. We love being able to create our own products so we can release lots of weird and wonderful things.

We have been doing Rose Street for a few years now and it really did help Able and Game get started. We love having a little mini shop set up every weekend and talking to the customers about which cards they love. We often say we love hearing people laughing at the cards and share stories after each market on who we spoke to on the day.

Emerald Green Submarine

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As an Interior Designer turned jewellery maker, Nicole of Emerald Green Submarine brings simplicity and playfulness to her Australian made designs. She is passionate about bringing the healing properties of colour to her customers in a contemporary framework. Nicole is stimulated by the power of colour and shades as a transformational device to enhance ones mood which combined with her passion for architectural model making, inspires her designs. She enjoys working with her hands in a miniature framework to create striking structural shapes and forms that maintain the soft touch of a handcrafted line.

As a spin off from her 2012 collection 'transformations', she is now working on a new range inspired by Crop Circles and UFO's - circles and elliptical forms combined with 925 sterling silver - simply and fun designs for everyone.

Nicole credits the market with giving her a direct relationship with her customers, where she gets to be part of the joy her designs bring. As well as nourishing her creatively, it gives her a regular income which allows her to continue doing what she loves!

 

Pirdy

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What started out as a bit of fun quickly turned into a thriving homewares and accessories business for Juliet Carr, the energetic designer of label Pirdy. With a background in visual merchandising and retail management, Juliet completed a casting course a little over 5 years ago and today boasts an ever expanding product range all made by hand (including molds and pigments) so it's little wonder that her products consistently wow and excite an eager market crowd.

Inspired by nature, nostalgia and colour, expect to find gorgeous Humming Birds, bright Peacocks for your home and some very 80s inspired jewellery!

Juliet loves the market for giving her the opportunity to chat with customers, seeing their reaction to her work and just generally being inspired by the creativity around the space.

They Call Me Ishmael

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Every so often, a product comes along that is totally unique, playful and well thought out - totally encapsulating what Rose Street is all about. These dinosaur pot plants are exactly that! By Matthew Aldridge of They Call Me Ishmael, these dinosaur planters are totally carved and painted by hand and come in a beautiful array of pastel shades.

Since debuting at the market this year, they have proved to be a huge hit so this is one dinosaur that will be around for a while!