It already seems like ages ago since the grand opening of the very first Etsy Pop-up Upmarket in Darwin! Actually it was only in April but since then there’s been another successful one in May (with an Alice in Wonderland theme!) and now my studio is now in kaos where I am frantically working on new jewellery designs for the 22 June; Moroccan/Arabian themed market.
So far this new concept of a more boutique style ‘Upmarket’ has been very well received here in Darwin. So many people told us it was about time this type of market opened with emphasis on quality handcrafted products designed & made locally by Territorians. Fortunately the only negative comments received to date have been along the lines of “well we were expecting more stalls, more food, etc etc”. Those comments have been taken on board and we can safely say the third market is heading to 3 times the amount of stalls as the first one & with some really yummy local gourmet foods………our market is growing as we expected but still with the emphasis on maintaining quality which is great for customers, lots of work for the organisers!! But we are definitely making progress.
So here is a photo of my stall at the first market; the location (Darwin Botanic Gardens) is absolutely gorgeous. Lush, green and peaceful its such a lovely setting and it was such a pleasure to attend this market. It was great to see so many friends and familiar faces drop by to check out the market so thank you to each and every one of you for your support; its much appreciated! Although I was sad to say goodbye to some lovely pieces I am happy to know they have gone to good homes.
It was wonderful to see visitors enjoying the cosy chill out area, part of our unique concept of the market for people to be able to stay, relax, have a browse and enjoy the tranquil environment with their family & loved ones.
But for now its back to designing! For inspiration for my arabian themed designs for the market I’m looking back through my albums with the jewellery I designed when I lived in the Middle East back in the day. Back then Hamsas, Evil Eye beads & tassels featured in most of my pieces! And in relation to Hamsa’s well the bigger the better!
But being back in Australia styles are slightly different so I’ll be using smaller hamsa’s than this one in my designs (!) and yes being a tassel addict I will still be using tassels as I just can’t get enough of them. I’m also working on some new ranges, but I’m not going to say anymore, you’ll just have to pop by the June Upmarket to check them out in person; just look for the jewels in the Arabian nights tent on the day :D