A lazy Sunday, a meander around a craft market and some fantastic food sounds like a pretty great way to end a weekend. And boy did I strike gold with the
Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair – a perfectly curated market packed with haute couture handmade goods, foods and liquors. Hosted at Hyde Park in Johannesburg, the market was beautifully organised with big tables, lounges and flowing with gin and tonics to beat the summer heat.
Big markets can get a little overwhelming, and there were tons of gorgeous items at this one. Some were overpriced, but most were very affordable for the quality of the item… which made shopping waaay to easy to justify (it’s Maggie 2 Minute Noodles for the rest of the month!)
So here’s a round up of some of my favourite crafters and items spotted at the fair – by far most of them are online if you’re interested.
Hello there little guy!
A little happy knitted fox from Bunny and Clyde
An exquisite handknitted cotton blanket from Bunny and Clyde
A very clever bedside lamp from LSD Leg Studio
Get the kids crafting young! Lovely DIY kits from Tinker Tailor
This tote bag from Zana was sold out by the end of the market
A beautiful bag from Zana
I need this! Another beauty from Zana
This stunning bag was allegedly woven by sangomas, and the colourful ropes added by Pichulik. Pitchulik also sells these gorgeous clutches.
I absolutely adored these line sketches by Shaun Gaylard, an architect that started Blank Ink Design. This sketch of the Orlando Towers is beautiful on a ceramic plate; he also does incredible drawings of Joburg and Cape Town buildings.
So many proteas at the market!
Gorgeous leather earrings from White Rabbit Days
VERY expensive perfume brand House of Gozdawa had beautiful proteas on their table
House of Gozdawa – it smells amazing, and it’s very hard work – but R2000 for that little bottle is tooooo much for me
Benji & Moon makes stunning things for pets – like leather collars, crocheted balls, felted coves, and more.
Cold-brewed coffee – coffee beans soaked in cold water over 72 hours – was also sold at the fair. Though slightly fruiter than normal, I don’t think this is worth R30 for a small-ish bottle.
Love Supreme has beautiful prints like these cushions
I don’t remember who made these spoons! But how gorgeous are those orchids?
I also adore Love Supreme’s totes.
Tassles are so in right now – necklaces from Famke
Lovely little fabric baskets from iSpy-shop
I couldn’t resist getting one of these bamboo cowls from Mungo
Lovely herbs from the food section
Delicious and local gin from Inverroche
Lovely patterns on these ceramics
Delicious local teas from Yswara! Try the Nandi
Shaun from Blank Ink Design
One of my favourite jewellery designers – Dear Rae! Join their Facebook page for great comps
Dear Rae braclets
Incredible fabric designs and colours from Aureum
Beautiful crystal jewellery from Famke
Stunning Famke studs
And there was great wine at the fair!
Ilundi clutches are just toooo gorgeous
Exquisitely detailed beaded pendants from Beloved Beadwork
These pendants were quite pricey but sooo gorgeous and detailed
I love how these look like sea shells
This product was designed by a lawyer for personal use and it just exploded! This mango butter was designed for use in African hair but works great as a hand cream for those with finer hair. It smells AMAZING and they make a great smelling beard oil too that I got for my boyfriend.
This is Linda! When not making Suki Suki, she is a full time lawyer.
Love the detail on this.
Such a sweet scene!
A strylitsia necklace
You could get pretty fantastic cocktails in the Bloody Mary Lounge