Textile Design Market

ABOUT US

The Melbourne Design Market was founded by Kathy Demos in 2004. The first of its kind, it was conceived as a forum for the launch of designs onto the market by bringing together designers and consumers in one place. Not just any place, but one that was easily accessible, informal and fun and from where ideas, feedback and sales would flow. And how right that concept has proven to be.

From the start, the Melbourne Design Market has been highly proactive and responsive to people’s interests and needs.

And that says as much about the people behind the market as the tens of thousands of people who have taken part in each event.

 

 

ELIZABETH COLLINS

IS THE MANAGER and at the heart of the Melbourne Design Market.  From its inception, Elizabeth has cared for every person and circumstance associated with the market. She is the reason why everything runs so smoothly and efficiently. The market is the reason she has developed great humour and tact. 

Elizabeth’s commitment was made clear to all when in 2006 and heavily pregnant she attended firstly to all of the preparations and bump-in (sorry!) of the July market and then went quietly home and gave birth to her first child, Erica Bess.  It’s an occasion that we stop to celebrate every year on beautiful Erica’s birthday.

 

 

 

MDM is a project of Supermaquette Pty Ltd


It has been a staple of my CBD experience since I began my walks in 2004! and congratulations on all, ALL that you have done, inspired and more in this DESIGN and MARKET space, for our city and our country..I look forward to seeing where you land. (Fiona Sweetman, Hidden Secrets Tours)

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I just wanted to say “sorry” and “congratulations”. You’ve (we’ve) been able to contribute to creating something pretty special in a hollow carpark space for many years and as a company we’ve loved it. In my role, I’ve looked forward to thinking through the brands, products and re-designs that we could launch allowing Melbourne’s design-set to give us honest and valuable feedback. I will dearly...

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I was an international student doing my master degree in Australia and I was a part-time journalist for a magazine called in China. I found this great event online and contacted Alice Blackwood for more information. She was very nice and provided plenty of materials for my feature stories. Thanks for her help, I finished my interviews with designers via emails and got my stories published.I...

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I just read the email about the end of the Melbourne Design Market and I wanted to send a personal thank you for all the good times and memories. I always had a blast and Bailey Nelson would never have had the quick exposure to new customers without the market. Thank you for making it all happen. (J.C. at Bailey Nelson)

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I was lucky to participate in a couple of your markets and was looking forward to your future events. You have created such a wonderful space for independent makers and designers to showcase their works and even though there seems to be a market saturation, I can sincerely say your markets stood apart as one of the finest curated designer markets. (Maekar)

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Both Lea and I are very disappointed that the MDM has closed, and read your email with a sense of shock. We have truly appreciated the support you have provided us, both having us as a part of the market and letting us know of other events that come by your desk.  As mentioned previously, Lea and I think that you are the best and most professional event manager we have had the pleasure of...

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After 13 years at Fed Square the market has been the most popular market onsite and the only market to occupy the Car Park space. We appreciate your commitment and dedication to bringing the event to life and providing a platform for designers to showcase their works. I’m sure the community is going to miss being a part of it and patrons will miss picking up some unique items. (Federation Square)

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