George Manioudakis doesn’t hesitate when describing the atmosphere at the Blender Lane Artists Market he co-founded with Matthew Domenic Salvo six years ago.
‘It’s almost magical at times’, Manioudakis says. ‘We get lots of creatives in a small space. It’s very intimate.’
A vibrant mix of local artists
Against a backdrop of bold and colourful street art, the market brings together a vibrant mix of artists offering everything from illustrations and leather wallets to decorated recycled household items and twisted metal sculptures. Artists themselves, Manioudakis and Salvo were determined to support emerging talent.
‘As an artist it’s really tough to get out there and have a fair shot’, Salvo explains. ‘Ninety-five per cent of the products are handcrafted by the artists to sell to the public. That’s really something we wanted to push when we first started.’
Supporting emerging artists
Ashlea Christenson collects discarded metal from railway lines and bangs them into quirky structures to house succulents and air plants. The market gives Christenson the opportunity to share her work.
‘All the work is unique and original’, Christenson explains. ‘You can see everyone really cares about their art, wants to do well and wants people to love their product.’
Summer markets in Melbourne
For culinary delights and unique treasures, spend some time discovering the markets around Melbourne this summer.
- The Carlton Farmers’ Market offers pantry essentials to create fresh summer feasts, including cheese, eggs, ethically produced meat, fruit and vegetables.
- The historic Queen Victoria Market is a shopping mecca with over 600 stalls offering everything from fashion and homewares to coffee and produce.
- Goldsbrough Lane Gourmet Farmers’ Market brings organic, wholesome, farm fresh produce to the heart of the city.
- The Summer Night Market is back at Queen Victoria, with more than 50 street food traders. Don’t miss the new BBQ pit.
- Celebrate the lunar new year with the Lunar Markets, a pop up food festival celebrating Asian cuisine and culture.
- Feast on mountains of meat cooked by some of Melbourne’s finest pit masters at The Yaks Melbourne Barbecue Festival.
- Visit The Design Anarchy for innovative and fresh designs by local and international artists, along with free creative workshops and gourmet food trucks.
- With its regional market feel, Arts Centre Sunday Market offers locally produced products ranging from arts and crafts to delicious handmade delicacies.
- Kensington Market is a vibrant showcase of the talent in the Kensington/Flemington area offering fashion, jewellery and vintage treasures.