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Sunday, August 24, 2014

{explore} fox & ramona at maribyrnong makers market

Established in 2008, the Maribyrnong Makers Market is a not-for-profit, community based arts and craft market run by a local volunteer group. The enthusiastic group provides a much-needed forum for artists and crafts people to promote and sell their handmade wares, welcoming visitors from across Melbourne to discover one of the hidden jewels of the west.

With the cold, windy, winter days almost behind us, the Maribyrnong Makers Market is set to embark upon another busy season of crafting, with the first market to be held on Saturday 13 September.

With stalls limited to just 40 places, all exhibitors at the Maribyrnong Makers Market are modern artisans. And Kristy Tull, the inventive mastermind behind fox & ramona, is no exception. Based in Spotswood, fox & ramona is a blossoming home wares label that specialises in concrete planters, bowls, and vases. Featuring edgy, triangular patterns, all pots and planters from fox & ramona are 100% handmade from concrete. “The organic nature of concrete means no two pieces are alike. Variations in the texture and finish are what makes your pot unique,” said Kristy.
fox & ramona was born in 2011. But it’s come a long way since then. “I'm a maker. I love to design, to create. I've always just made...stuff. fox & ramona originally began with resin and polymer clay jewellery - a far cry from the concrete I work with today. Then, about eight months ago, I came across a small terracotta pot that was painted to look like concrete at a junk store. And, in the words of a true maker, I thought, I could make this…so I did,” said Kristy.

While fox & ramona is inspired by Kristy’s serious love of interior design, home wares, fashion, and art, it is perhaps Kristy’s experience working at an architectural firm that most influences her design palette. “There I was surrounded by raw concrete, plywood, all natural materials - I think being exposed to such a creative work environment has contributed to my love of the raw, organic nature of concrete. The finished product is always unpredictable. I love that,” said Kristy.
A huge advocate of ‘shop local’ and ‘shop handmade’, Kristy is looking forward to her outing at the
Maribyrnong Makers Market. “The market is well known in the west for its high quality handmade
products and for its community spirit. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that,” Kristy said.
Offering a diverse range of products, the Maribyrnong Makers Market is a one-stop-shop for eclectic
handmade goodies, ranging from bespoke home wares and designer clothing, to chic accessories and
vintage children’s trinkets and toys.

The next Maribyrnong Makers Market will be held on Saturday 13 September, from 9.30am to 3.30pm, on the corner of Gamon and Mackay Streets in Seddon. Entry to the market is free. For more information please visit www.maribyrnongmakersmarket.com.au or www.foxandramona.com.au

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1 comment:

  1. WoW! They are amazing! I especially love the planter bowls at the top! Very cool!






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