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Visitors will need a few hours to explore all that’s on offer at Markit on Sunday 8 May with over 100 independent Australian designers setting up for this unique one-day shopping event. Aptly set within the beautiful Atrium and Deakin Edge Theatre at Federation Square in Melbourne, the biannual event is known for bringing together a unique line-up of Australia’s hidden creative treasures all under one roof.

Markit draws an eclectic mix of designers out of their workspaces for the day – ceramicists, jewellers, shoemakers, illustrators and micro fashion studios – so that Melbournians can pick up limited-edition designer wares and one-off handmade pieces that won’t be found on any high street. Many of the designers’ products are only available through their online stores and Markit is one of the few places you’ll find them in person. Plus, you’re likely to discover new additions they’ve created especially for Markit!

Everything on offer has a story behind it which you can hear directly from the creators themselves at the event. See the results of designers’ experimentations in alternative mediums or embarking on new creative endeavours – fashion designers creating ceramics, illustrators delving into textiles, experienced crafts-people taking the plunge into launching their own labels, and fine artists creating jewellery or limited-edition prints as a sideline to their arts practice.

Whether you’ll be bringing your mum (it’s on Mother’s Day), your best friend or coming alone to immerse yourself in the inspiring array of creative offerings, we’re sure you won’t go home empty handed!

Start: May 8, 2016
End: May 9, 2016
Venue: Federation Square
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The Atrium and Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square, Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Cost: Free
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