Soap By Anne


Soap by Anne Zellik is Soap Byanne. Based here in Canberra, Byanne’s range includes handmade soap, with beautiful scents such as sandalwood, lavender, sage and gardenia, to name a few. As Anne is a regular at Handmade, and back again on 10 & 11 September, 10am – 4pm, we asked her our five questions:

1. What is your business all about?
My business is about handmade soap and body products made in small batches, with love and passion by me here in Canberra. My soaps are palm free, using only the highest quality oils and butters which I purchase from Sydney or WA, and where I can I source ingredients local to the region which include my botanical and essential oils. There are lots of whole food shops in Canberra that supply organic oils and clays that go into my soaps and skin products. I also have a fun range for kids, using palm free organic glycerine soap.
2. What advice would you give to first time stall holders at Handmade?
Be prepared for anything and everything, but most of all enjoy yourself and talk to the customers about your product, they really like to hear how things are made and where they come from.
3. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
I love the vibe and energy and being part of such a creative community and sharing that with people. It’s special.
4. What’s new for the next market?
I am making new soap and bath range and I’m planning on having a new handcrafted table and set up which I have had custom made for me by Reclaimed Pallets in Queanbeyan.
5. Sum up your business in THREE words.
Made with Love!


We can’t wait to see and smell what you’ve got in store for us at the market Anne!

Mud & Sugar

Mud and Sugar

Mud and Sugar Creations, run by Handmade regular, Nisa Stone, is a company from the Blue Mountains that creates children’s clothing and costumes. Many visitors to Handmade find themselves leaving EPIC with a dinosaur tail or pair of dragon wings from Mud and Sugar, and will get the chance again in less than two weeks, 10 & 11 September, 10am-4pm. We asked Nisa our five questions:

1. What is your business all about?
Mud and Sugar is here to create a bit of magic and adventure,  I hope to encourage children to play creatively, to imagine and dream. I cherish the memories of playing for hours with my siblings and friends, dressing up and creating whole other worlds. Costumes can help to bring children out of their shell.
2. What advice would you give to first time stallholders?
Have fun! Get to know your market neighbours, have a look around if you get the chance and make the most of your time in Canberra, it’s a great town!
3. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
I love the attention to detail from the organisers, there really isn’t anything they leave out, their sense of humour keeps things interesting! I like how well the market is curated, seeing so many stalls where their products have an element of personal design shows that it truly is a handmade market.
4. What’s new for the next market?
I’ll have some new bird costumes, be your own fairytale characters, as well as new costume accessories.
5. Sum up your business in THREE words
Fun, Colourful, Magical
Thanks Nisa – we’ll see you at the market!

Welly’s Winners


This little chap is Welly, shown here with his Mum, Demelza and his Dad, Adam. Together, they are responsible for Welly’s Wonders, a collection of beautiful traditional illustrations of animals that appear in stories, pieces of art, clothing and homewares. Welly’s Wonders are not new to Canberra, in fact, they are regular favourites at the market. While chatting to Demelza recently, we asked her what she likes most about Handmade and her response was enthusiastic. “Handmade is so much fun, it’s as close as we get to a holiday without actually having a break! We love all of our customers, but Canberra ‘gets’ us and we always find the response to our illustrations from Canberrans is emotional.” Adam’s work for Disney has allowed him to bring Jenkins the Hare and his friends to life, but did you know that at the September market, he can bring you to life as well?

Welly’s Wonders are offering portrait sessions on 10 & 11 September, 10am -4pm. In just 15 minutes and for $40, Adam can sketch you in the style shown. Bring in a photo of a friend, family member or pet and he can sketch from that as well. And if you want the whole family sketched, the second and subsequent portraits are only $20! But because they’re generous people, they are offering one lucky winner a portrait for free. Head over to Handmade’s Facebook post about the competition, tag the person you’d like Adam to sketch and then like the Welly’s Wonders Facebook page. We will draw the winner from the entries we receive by Friday 2nd September. Good luck!




Frankly Unpredictable

Rowan Shaw is always on hand at the Handmade Market with a smile and perfect sense of humour. And her jewellery is lovely too! Frank Ideas jewellery is sculptural, tactile, bold, rebellious and, in Rowan’s words “frankly unpredictable.” She specialises in items that are light and easy to wear, inspired by architecture and landscape, and evolved from a love of texture, colour and form.

Frank Ideas

She’ll be back at Handmade on 10 & 11 September, 10am until 4pm, so we asked her our five questions:

1. What is your business all about?
Bold design and being noticed.

2. What advice would you give to first time stall holders at Handmade?
Bring as much stock as you can.
Prepare to be very busy
Try to be set up 15 minutes before opening time (customers always arrive early)
If you are by yourself hire “helping hands”- otherwise your bladder will burst and you could die from lack of caffeine and nutrition.
Be prepared to chat – customers at Handmade Canberra are friendly and love to talk.
Don’t underprice yourself – most of these shoppers appreciate well crafted, handmade and quality.

3. What’s the best thing about Handmade?
Apart from the face book group which is FABULOUS for sharing, advice, snark and hysteria it’s the organisers, staff  and other stall holders…this is a community – enjoy it and count yourself incredibly lucky to be a part of it. Oh, and the Saturday drinks are a great way to unwind, debrief and meet other like minded, creative people.
Nearly forgot – Canberrans really feel they “own” this market – they are genuinely pleased and appreciative that you are here…and they like to shop.

4. What’s new for the next market?
Bold spring colours, some new chunky bead designs, bangles, earrings and rings.

5. Sum up your business in THREE words.
Frankly unpredictable jewellery…


Thanks Rowan – we can’t wait to catch up with you again.

Animal Instincts


Kate McNab and Lisa Bella Esposito are encouraging us to animalyse ourselves. Can you identify yourself through two animals? Starting as dinner party fun, Kate and Lisa found that people love figuring out which animals they can see in themselves. And as each animal has a personality, the pair love to see people’s recognition of themselves when the personality is revealed. Kate, an elephant/monkey and Lisa, a Falcon/Panther, have a huge affinity with animals and nature, happy to acknowledge that as humans are animals too, we have a connection with the animal world. And so Animalyser was born.


Kate and Lisa will be first-timers to the Handmade Market on 10 & 11 September, (10am-4pm) and so we have asked them our three questions:

  1. What is your business all about?
    Animalyser has an extensive collection of over 90 original and fun animal designs, available on a range of kids and adults clothing and homewares. Our designs offer a positive message that provides self-expression and awareness by connecting to animals and nature. We have intentionally dressed all of the animals (on human bodies) in the context of their social and behavioural characteristics or current conservation issue. We also ask our customers ‘which two animals best describes your personality?’ and then provide them with a unique personality analysis, based on the answer. We set out to help connect people around the world to others and mother earth via the majestic and distinctive qualities of animals.
  1. What made you apply to Handmade?
    The Handmade Canberra Market offers an excellent opportunity to experience a new market demographic and be part of a very well curated and exciting market. The Handmade Market is full of Australian designs like ours and is known for being sophisticated, unique and of high quality. This is something Animalyser wants to be a part of.
  1. Sum up your business in THREE words.
    Fun, Original, Animals!


Enigmatic Flavour


Enigma Fine Chocolates are coming to the Handmade Market for the first time next month. Based in Canberra, they specialise in handmade artisan style chocolate truffles, bars and unique items using cocoa beans from different regions around the world, both mixed and single origin. Their fillings and toppings are determined by seasonality with a strong focus on using local produce from within the Canberra region and the surrounding areas. Many of their ganache fillings are water based, not cream or butter, which produces a much cleaner flavour.

During the winter they also produce a hot chocolate made simply with 70% dark chocolate, unrefined golden sugar, cocoa powder and water. This recipe is based on traditional Aztec preparations. And guess what? They’re happy to share this recipe with us! So, add cacao to your shopping list for Handmade, 10 & 11 September, 10am – 4pm, and all your chocolate dreams can come true. We asked Stuart from Enigma our three questions:

1. What is your business all about?
Enigma fine chocolates has been created to share a passion and philosophy with others that chocolate is an ingredient full of characters, complexities and stories, and not just something that coats a confectionery bar.

2. What made you apply to Handmade?
The excellent reputation of The Handmade Market and the brilliant focus on showcasing and supporting local producers.

3. Sum up your business in THREE words
Handmade Artisan Creations


Here’s the recipe for Aztec Hot Chocolate, including 100% cacao, which Enigma sells in 180g packets.


90g 100% cacao
450ml water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 vanilla pod or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp honey


Place the cacao, water and cinnamon in a saucepan. If using vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds from the vanilla pod and add both the seeds and pod to the pan. Bring to the boil stirring frequently, then lower the heat and simmer gently for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens slightly. Take the pod out and discard. Whisk the mixture well to form a light foam. Remove from the heat. Add the honey and stir. If you are using vanilla extract instead of the pod, then add it in now. Serve hot.

Exquisite. See you at the market!


Saori’s Gyoza Pancakes


Saori Kojima moved to Melbourne from Japan and was very disappointed that she couldn’t find Japanese flavours here in Australia. She therefore took matters into her own hands and created a range of delicious sauces. SAORI Premium Japanese Sauce was born and she has not looked back. She created her range of healthy and delicious sauces so that anybody can enjoy a large variety of quick and easy Japanese dishes. You don’t need to go to a restaurant to enjoy fine Japanese meals anymore. You can make them in the comfort your own home – anytime you like. All her products are 100% natural & suitable for vegetarians.

Saori is a Handmade regular, and will again be selling her larder staples at the market on 10 & 11 September, 10am-4pm. She says that the best thing about Handmade Canberra is that it gathers high quality homemade products from all over Australia. “I’m very proud to be part of such a fantastic organisation. This market is definitely one of the best handmade markets in Australia. People expect quality products when they come AND that is exactly what they get.”

We are very lucky that she has shared one of her favourite recipes with us, Gyoza Pancakes – the best dumpling recipe ever. Says Saori, “these gyoza pancakes are the easy to make and the most delicious dumplings I think I’ve ever tasted. If you can make sandwiches, you can make these dumplings. You don’t have to fold pleats or anything like that! Even more, the dumpling skins are gluten free! If it’s possible, use a non-stick frying pan or otherwise, use enough oil to pan fry them as they stick to the pan really easily. I made these gyoza pancakes for lots of  my friends in Japan and they were shocked how easy to make and how delicious they were.”

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Ingredients – to make 4
8 dried rice papers
150g pork – minced
150g prawns – minced
3 spring onions – finely chopped
2 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp SAORI Goma (sesame) Sauce – with extra to add after cooking

Gyoza Pancake Recipe
1: to make mixture, combine pork mince, prawn mince, spring onions and corn flour in a large bowl and then knead well. Pour on SAORI Goma Sauce and mix well.
2: place one dry rice paper sheet (do not wet it) in oiled frying pan, then put some mixture in the middle and then put another rice paper on top (just like a sandwich)
3: fry on a medium heat
4: turn it over a couple of times until the rice paper is golden brown
5: remove from pan and pour on SAORI Goma Sauce

So simple, so delicious. Add SAORI Goma Sauce to your shopping list and enjoy!


Leather Luxury


Sandra Oost of Kaija designs and creates unique leather bags and purses. She personally designs and prints her own illustrations on to leather in her studio in Newcastle, then handcrafts each bag. A new designer to the Handmade Market on 10 & 11 September (10am-4pm), we asked Sandra our three questions:

1. What is your business all about?
Kaija is all about creating unique, hand crafted leather bags and accessories that are beautiful, useful and made to last a lifetime. Using both digital printing technology and traditional hand painting, floral patterns and fun colour combinations are Kaija’s trademark style. A Kaija bag will always set you apart from the crowd.
2. What made you apply to Handmade?
I like to have special events to work towards and look forward to, it helps me to get inspired and to stay focused on being the best I can be. Handmade Canberra is exactly this type of event, where the standard of other artists and designers is so high, I really need to bring my A game! I will plan for months in advance, I love thinking about how best to display my products and what new bags and accessories I can bring along.
3. Sum up your business in THREE words.
Unique, Eclectic, Artistic
Thanks for your time, Simone. We can’t wait to see your beautiful designs!



Lumi Candles is run by Canberra-local, Hannah Love. As a fist-timer to Handmade, 10 & 11 September (10am – 4pm), we asked her our questions:

1) What is your business all about?
Lumi was created to bring high quality affordable soy candles to the market, so that the luxury of a candle can be enjoyed more often. Lumi candles are made in small batches with 100% soy wax (no additives) and are hand poured in Canberra. We have selected quality glassware and we use HTP wicks which are made out of natural fibres. Our small batch process allows us to have a good control on the quality. We monitor the wax temperature and carefully measure the fragrance oil to ensure the correct ratio is used this results in a highly scented candle and a clean burn every single time!

2) What made you apply to Handmade?
I thought it would be a great opportunity to show my quality products to the locals.

3)Sum up your business in THREE words
Affordable everyday luxury
 Thanks Hannah – we’ll see you there!

inSync with you


Award-winning studio inSync Design was established in Melbourne with a quest to create Australian made contemporary jewellery that is distinct, whimsical and cleverly constructed. Led by Iris Saar Isaacs, inSync Design combines cutting-edge technology with traditional practices to craft contemporary jewellery of exceptional quality. Iris is coming to Handmade for the first time, 10 & 11 September (10am – 4pm) so we asked her our three questions:

1. What is your business all about?
inSync design maintains a fiercely independent approach to contemporary jewellery, whilst marrying cutting-edge technology with traditional practices to craft contemporary jewellery of exceptional quality. We are a product-focused studio, launching new designs and colours seasonally. Each piece is designed to last, illustrating a minimalist aesthetic and an artisan finish, providing a timeless alternative to mass-produced jewellery.

2. What made you apply to Handmade?
I love canberra, but unfortunately I don’t visit too often. Recently I met a designer who attended the Handmade Market and thought it was fantastic, so I decided to give it a try… I don’t normally do markets, as I mainly supply galleries, museums and high end retail, so it will be nice to meet the end-consumer.

3. Sum up your business in THREE words:
 unique, distinct, high quality
Thanks Iris – we can’t wait to see your designs at Handmade.