livingExclusive Inspiration: To Market, To Market

o. 31 – June, 2012

To Market, To Market

There is something truly wonderful about perusing an artisan’s market. The chatter of an energetic crowd hunting for treasures, the colour and creativity of the stalls… it’s an atmosphere brimming with raw passion and talent.

Today livingExclusive profiles some of Australia’s top artisans and designers from our vibrant market community. Each has established themselves as a true talent in their field, showcasing and selling their creations at markets across Australia.

The livingExclusive Market Day Event offers you the opportunity to peruse these amazing artisans from a distance. Shop the story and bring their beautiful, unique creations into your life – your new treasure awaits!

written by Camilla Wagstaff

    market-day-2-david cummins-portrait

    David Cummins worked as an architect for 20 years before pursuing his passion for furniture design. Since then, David’s stunning handcrafted contemporary furniture has gained national recognition and critical acclaim.

    market-day-3-david-cummins-lamp © David Cummins – Cummins Design

    Working mainly in timber, David employs a hybrid of modern and traditional cabinetmaking techniques to produce highly individual quality pieces and products, like this beautiful ‘Figure’ table lamp.


    Ceramicist Hayden Youlley believes there is intrinsic value in creating to make someone happy. He instils this belief in his work, combining techniques of concept and form development with hand crafting or limited batch production to achieve quality, integrity and aesthetic.

    market-day-5-hayden-youlley © Hayden Youlley – Ceramics

    Hayden’s Paper Series makes use of a simple creased paper form. This form is cast in porcelain, making the once fragile and temporary robust and permanent.


    Full time potter Denise McDonald works with stoneware clay to create gorgeous, functional designs.

    market-day-7-dm-pottery-vase © Denise McDonald – DM pottery

    Her label DM pottery constitutes a striking range of daily table wares and feature pieces that are guaranteed to be chip resistant, non-porous and food safe.


    With extensive experience in Design, Visual Art and Print, Ro Cook is a veritable whirlwind of textile innovations.

    market-day-9-ROKOCO-tea-towels © Ro Cook – Rokoco textiles

    A lifelong love of fabrics and print making paved the way for ROKOCO, a label renowned for its beautiful and uniquely hand-crafted home wares.


    Melbourne based label Ask Alice offers up super-cute stationery and paper goods ranging from notebooks to greeting cards, gift tags to envelope sets, as well as limited edition art prints.

    market-day-11-artisians-ask-alice-stationery © Sass Cocker- Ask Alice Stationary

    Ask Alice also undertakes custom projects including wedding invitation, custom stationery and graphic design.


    Quint design is all about edgy urban prints. The label blossomed from graphic designer Melina Wilkins’ desire to fill a gap in the market place to suit the contemporary home or office.

    market-day-13-melina-quint © Melina Wilkins - Quint Design

    The range consists of birthdate and wedding keepsakes, quotes, personalised messages and star signs, and continues to grow from strength to strength.


    Mother and daughter team Bec and Lynn Platt are the duo behind Coloured Pears, a Photography and Design company based in Adelaide, South Australia.

    market-day-17-coloured-pears2 © Bec and Lynn Platt - Coloured pears

    The pair specialise in wedding, baby, family and maternity photography, creating beautiful and quirky prints and canvas artworks. Coloured Pears also offers a large range of greeting cards.


    Unique, quirky and fun, Truso design comprises of beautifully handmade wallets, clutches and handbags created from recycled and new leathers and printed fabrics.

    market-day-19-truso-leather-goods © Liz Brown – Truso handmade leather goods

    Founder and designer Liz Brown recognizes the importance of environmentally conscious design, and makes every effort to reduce Truso’s ecological footprint.

    Shop the story is available for a limited time only. Have a look at our current story for more inspiration.