What we’re talking about: Handmade markets


Handmade markets

With a spotlight on sustainable fashion options, Handmade Canberra’s spring market is on this weekend, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, packed full of fashion, food and fun. Market organisers have chosen to highlight fashion for the September markets, with a focus on the abundance and quality of the ‘slow’ and sustainable fashion options available. Handmade traders must only sell Australian-made goods, and managing director Julie Nichols says “so many of our designers are committed to more ethical and sustainable production methods. Many of them design and print their own fabrics and source recycled materials”. The markets will again be supporting local charity organisations. GIVIT will be collecting donations at the entries, and the Newborn Intensive Care Foundation (NICF) will be holding their annual Bake for Babies fundraising stall, raising money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Handmade Canberra spring market, 7-8 September 10am-4pm at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC). Entry: free, but donations to charity collectors are encouraged. More info: handmadecanberra.com.au

Consequence of Change

Being environmentally friendly just got a whole lot cuter, with the launch of Consequence of Change’s debut collection of designer bags. A one-woman start-up, Consequence of Change celebrates and showcases the work of emerging Australian artists on canvas bags, and has embraced the notion of a ‘moving canvas’, allowing the purchaser to wear their artwork on their arm. A portion of each sale is also donated to i=Change, a platform that allows the purchaser to choose where their donation goes after the sale.

To find out more, visit consequenceofchange.com

Women’s Health Week

Women’s Health Week (2-6 September) is on right now, and women’s health organisation Jean Hailes is urging women around the country to “unlock their powers for good” and look after themselves both inside and out. “Women are leading busier lives than ever before,” says WHW campaign manager, Brenda Jones. “Sometimes they need to be reminded to put themselves on their own to-do lists. WHW is the perfect opportunity for women to set aside some time for their own health and wellbeing. Together, we want women to think about, and do something positive for, their health.” More than 100,000 women and girls were expected to attend WHW events around Australia this week.

For more information, visit womenshealthweek.com.au

The Iconic takes to the skies

Online fashion giant The Iconic has announced a partnership with Alphabet’s drone delivery service Wing, and selected Canberra customers will be able to receive their online orders in as little as 10 minutes. It was announced that Canberra-based customers could initially shop select apparel and accessories via Wing, from a curated edit of pieces from brands Atmos&Here and Staple Superior. Wing and The Iconic said they also plan to deliver products from Calvin Klein, Camilla & Marc, Bonds, Daniel Wellington, G-Shock, Happy Socks, Le Specs, Local Supply, Quay, Ray-Ban and Timex. Customers can order from The Iconic via the Wing app; their order will be dispatched via drone from the company’s depot in Mitchell and make its way to the recipient’s address.

Wing is available for trial in the Gungahlin suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin, and is coming soon to Harrison. For more information, visit wing.com/australia/canberra

Specsavers x Fred Hollows Foundation

Specsavers has joined forces with The Fred Hollows Foundation to close the gap on vision loss between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, with two limited-edition frames. The frames feature the artwork of Aboriginal artist and Gumatj leader, Peter Datjing Burarrwanga. The artwork, entitled Ganiny and Fog, was one of the first stories painted by Datjing after receiving sight-restoring cataract surgery, and the artwork depicts his homeland Birany Birany in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. $25 from the sale of each of these frames will be donated to The Fred Hollows Foundation, with the aim of raising $125,000 to help the foundation continue their work in Australia.

Available now in Specsavers stores and online via specsavers.com.au

New in!

What’s new in the world of beauty? ‘A Beauty’ (Australian beauty) is continuing to dominate:


Skincare queen and founder of Go-To Skincare, Zoë Foster Blake, has done it again, launching a skincare line for babies and children that claims to be “clean, cute and worry-free”, as well as totally adorable. Foster Blake said she created Gro-To to give children a sense of ownership about their body and what’s used on it. “We made something kids can clearly identify as theirs, because it is theirs,” she said. The products are pH-balanced and free from synthetics, harsh soaps, silicones and SLS. The range comprises a body moisturiser, calming room mist, gentle bubble bath and a body oil.

Prices start from $15, available via grotoskincare.com

Bondi Wash:

Sydney-based makers of natural Aussie products, Bondi Wash have released another hand wash and hand lotion combo in ‘natural native citrus’. Renowned for bringing Australian botanicals into the home, Bondi Wash make products for the home, body, baby (and even the dog), and promise their newest line is free from synthetic ingredients and parabens and is non-toxic, biodegradable and Australian-made.

Native citrus hand wash $30 and hand lotion $50, available via bondiwash.com.au


Another cult Australian beauty brand, Biologi has launched its latest offering to the world – organic rosehip oil that’s unaltered and unrefined. Touted powerful yet gentle, Biologi says their latest product can be used to hydrate the skin, reduce redness and inflammation, improve the colour and texture of scars, reduce blemishes, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles to make the skin feel firmer and tighter. 

Biologi organic rosehip oil $28, available via biologi.com.au

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