Far Fetched Designs is made up of an amazing array of over 50 talented makers, crafters and artists - and each and every one contributes something truly unique and special to our range.
Without them, our store would not be the wonderful place it is and we're proud to be able to offer a range of uniquely handmade and locally designed pieces.
Our products are so much more than what you see on our shelves, so we thought it only right for you to meet some the talented people behind the products...
The beautiful earthenware pieces from Ali McGregor are all hand-thrown, one of a kind and each has it's own personality. Ali is a Yarraville local, but ceramics is her side hustle - as Ali is also an accomplished soprano singer, actress and cabaret performer. She has performed in operas in the United Kingdom, in Australia and in New Zealand. Her cabaret performances have been seen at festivals in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.
Keeping traditional recipes alive, I'm Not Charlie are artisan producers of pickles, relishes and other seasonal condiments. Established in 2012, their produce is sourced from the backyard veggie patch and their spray free trees, along with other locally sourced ingredients. They create these delicious preserves, all gluten free and vegan, at their registered home kitchen in Geelong, Victoria.
Narelle's son Andy takes pride in being the face of I’m not Charlie. As a young man with down syndrome, Andy enjoys many aspects of being in business, from fruit picking to recipe testing, and loves saying hi to his customers at markets. Andy’s cheeky grandfather loved a joke, and always greeted him with a “G’day Charlie Bugg!”. (His middle name) Andy’s reply was always the same…. I’m NOT Charlie!
Karen is a Yarraville local who has been making beautiful summer hats for both adults and children for years and selling them through local markets. Each hat is 100% cotton and one-of-a-kind. Karen incorporates a mix of beautiful fabrics in her work, including vintage fabric and designers such as Marimekko. We are lucky enough to stock Karen's hats each year, usually between September to March.
Rachael is one half of the Far Fetched Designs team and the maker of all things Orcwood in the store. The Orcwood range is always evolving and includes children's clothing, jewellery, toys and dolls as well as a range of eco and sustainable homewares.
Rachael (along with co-owner Belinda) also handcrafts the unique lampshades found in store - scroll to the last profile on this page for more information on the lamps and lampshades range.
When not in the store, Rachael's usually sewing away in her home sewing studio in Maribyrnong.
Kate's bright and fun range of colourful pet collars have all our local dogs stepping out in style! Each one is hand-made with love locally in Footscray. Using bright, fun, quirky and bold designs; Kate's collars are a firm fur-baby favourite!
Jess and Warwick, the dynamic duo behind Yano Designs have been stocking our store since we opened. Their products are staples in our range - offering laser cut bamboo and acrylic homewares, décor, jewellery and accessories; as well as hand poured concrete plant pots & candles that are designed and made locally in Melbourne's West.
Katapillar is an eco friendly artisan collection of homewares, art prints and stationary designed by artist Katie McLorinan.
Each design is thoughtfully and carefully selected from Katie's original mixed media drawings, paintings and digitally designed patterns. They are then made into greeting cards, art prints, throw cushions and other exciting things!
Every art print and greeting card is printed with archival inks on beautiful, textured FSC certified recycled card and paper with recycled envelopes.
Yarraville local Stephanie has brought together her love of pets with her joy of making - by creating quality, one of a kind handmade items from scrap, remnant and new fabrics and trims for the pawfect member of your family. Stephanie has since expanded her range from pet bandana's to include art rolls for children and fun and colourful hairclips.
Yarraville local Chelsea is a jewellery designer and maker of beautiful unique handmade pieces. Chelsea loves colour, texture and matching accessories. All of her pieces are unique and individually handcrafted locally in Yarraville. Chelsea mixes polymer clay and various trims and metal pieces to create unique earrings to suit any taste.
Pottery For The Planet is the creative love-child of Renton Bishopric and Clare Botfield. These two artists and passionate activists were drawn together through environmental campaigning back in 2006, and have continued to campaign (and do life) together ever since. Renton is a second-generation potter, learning the trade at an early age from his Kiwi dad.
Through beautiful, unique designs and high-quality, handmade products, Pottery for the Planet aims to save over 10 million disposable coffee cups going into landfill each year, and continue to innovate bringing new products to their range that will further reduce single-use waste across the globe.
Maggie and Cass are a mother-daughter team based in Melbourne, Australia, distributing handcrafted baskets made by Burmese locals by weaving pallet straps of all colours and sizes.
Pāli was born after visiting a remote village in Myanmar. In awe of the Burmese people and their traditional weaving methods that have been passed down through generations, the mother and daughter duo began working closely with their local guide and interpreter to enable them to interact and trade directly and ethically with the villagers to bring their craft to the world.
Cass and Maggie work with around 600 skilled artisans across four villages, traditionally led by the female head of the village. Supporting the locals handicrafts gives these families the opportunity to work in the comfort of their own homes where they can care for their families and tend to daily chores.
Development opportunities have been limited for rural Burmese villages due to economic restrictions. Trading directly and placing on-going orders translates to secure employment for the villagers and wider community. This, in turn, provides financial security and the ability to educate families and plan for the future.
The amazing Hazel is a school teacher with a passion for making. Hazel's handmade crafts are each created to support the development of play based learning. Hazel's soft toys have become a firm go-to favourite for children's gifts - which includes soft balls, stacking toys, dolls, carry baskets and more. Originally from Yarraville, Hazel is now located in Eltham in Melbourne's East.
Kristy is the designer and maker behind Fox & Ramona, an Inner West Melbourne based brand creating a range of original concrete homewares and art prints. Kristy's background in architecture and interior design means her pieces are all about texture, colour and innovation. Working with concrete Kristy is able to create unique objects that are beautiful and organic, and no two pieces are ever the same. The joy of handmade is always the distinctiveness and individuality of each piece.
Robyn is the founder and creative force behind Woven by Society - a handmade women’s clothing brand – where each piece is unique and individual to reflect that as women, we are too.
Robyn is inspired by the idea of one person being the only person to have a unique piece of handmade clothing. Her designs are often simple, as Robyn lets the fabrics speak for themselves and be the showpiece. With her left over pieces of fabric, Robyn creates zip purses, brooches and re-usable book covers. This helps use all the fabric pieces as well as provide different items, ensuring nothing goes to waste.
Carla is a visual artist located in Melbourne. Carla has been drawing and painting her whole life and her fluid original artworks are just one medium in her journey as an artist. Each piece in our store is a one of a kind original work and comes professionally framed.
Using the best quality materials, every item of jewellery in Natalie's range is lovingly handmade in Melbourne. Natalie’s jewellery makes the perfect gift to put a smile on someones face; or simply as a reason to treat yourself! We're always astounded by the breadth of range in Natalie's designs, as the Rhyley Designs range in store is always changing and being updated.
Mr Moo is a Kingsville based label and brainchild of Belinda (the other half of the Far Fetched Designs team), a one time Graphic and Textile Designer turned all round maker! Mr Moo is an ever-evolving brand offering hand crafted products including a large range of little peoples clothing and accessories, along with homewares to brighten any space.
Belinda (along with co-owner Rachael) also handcrafts the unique lampshades found in store - scroll to the last profile on this page for more information on the lamps and lampshades range.
When Leela discovered painting with inks, she felt like her world had totally opened up. The joy of spontaneous flow mixed with phenomenal colour was beyond dreams and a total inspiration. With the play of colour, Leela found her voice.
In the middle of her Graphic design degree, Leela took a jewellery making elective, and realised that she was studying the wrong course! Leela has been on a journey ever since, turning her beautiful and unique works of art into jewellery pieces, cards, art prints and more.
The unusual name is a combination of family names close to Vanessa's heart. She loves creativity and colour and this shows in the unique art pieces she creates. What makes Vanessa's work even more special is the thought that has gone into upcycling each of the unique frames on each of her pieces.
Kate Piekutowski is an Australian contemporary printmaker with a Polish heritage and background. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Kate finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the University of Tasmania and later completed her Masters of Fine Arts (2013), specialising in printmaking. She has exhibited extensively around Australia as well as internationally in New York, Italy, Singapore, Greece, Hong Kong and India; and completed multiple artist residencies around the world including in Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, New Zealand, Tasmania and India.
Kate reflects on disconnection, melancholia and nostalgia within her original, multi-layered etchings. Her work incorporates multiple layers using various mediums such as acrylic paint, spray paint, gold leaf, gold ink, gloss varnish, water-colours and gouache. Using these original works, Kate has created a range of cards, art prints, scarves, jewellery, homewares and more.
While travelling in Asia and exploring the handmade markets; Ridhima discovered the art of hand bead-embroidery and fell in love with it. It then became her passion to bring her love for handmade and hand bead-embroidery to Australia.
Hemera Labs was founded in 2018, and is a handcrafted & embroidered product brand with an array of uniquely designed Wall Arts, Scarves, Headbands and everything embroidery.
Emily founded Prissy Cosmetics in 2011 after working in the nail industry as a qualified nail technician for a little over six years. Prissy nail polishes are a unique formula made from the highest quality materials from Europe and the US and then hand mixed right here in Australia. All nail polishes in the Prissy range are 5-free, this means that they contain NO Tosylamide Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Camphor & talc/Formaldehyde.
The Prissy nail polish range is Australian made & owned (made in Geelong) with ingredients that are free of dangerous chemicals, and that in no way have been derived from or tested on animals.
Okay Lady is headed by creator Kristy, who set out to re-imagine the much loved jigsaw puzzle of our youth - and create modern and frame-worthy jigsaws; using illustrations created by professional female artists who receive royalties from every single sale. Illustrated by stellar female artists and designed to look incredible in your living room. By women, for women.
Mac + Pat is a handmade luxe candle brand based in the Mornington Peninsula. Danielle is passionate about the environment and draws inspiration from the natural surroundings of the area. Mac + Pat Candles are made from sustainably farmed soy wax and natural fragrances.
Dr Loz is the much loved educator behind SciencePlay Kids, a program focussed on making science accessible to all by hosting Educator PD, STEAM consulting programs and workshops across Melbourne.
For 12 years (before the inception of SciencePlay Kids) Dr. Loz was a medical researcher investigating the factors that were thought to contribute to cancer chemotherapy resistance. Since moving on from research and focussing on communicating science to kids, Dr. Loz has missed the lab. She wanted to find a way to still contribute and to improve the understanding on factors that contribute to the development of cancer and how to treat it.
By designing, creating and selling a range of jewellery showcasing the parts of the female body prone to cancer, and giving a portion of the profit back to medical research. Dr. Loz has been able to keep following her passion to improve the quality of life of people touched by the illness.
By buying these pieces you are contributing funds to undertake research that aims to improve our understanding of these conditions, how they originate and progress, so that we can improve the outcomes for all who are impacted. Love your uterus (and ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva) and wear them proudly. They are beautiful, even with their faults.
If you’re looking for plants with personality, you’ve come to the right place. Jasmine has always loved art and craft, funky colours and finding creative ways to bring that homemade feeling into the home. After attending a workshop she began creating Kokedama's (indoor plants in moss balls) for family and friends before selling them at markets across Melbourne.
Every kokedama is unique and handcrafted with natural products, coming in a range of cute sizes. They’re easy to care for, just give them a bath once every two to three weeks (don’t stress, they come with instructions on how to do that!). There’s a kokedama for everyone, just waiting to brighten up your space.
Jason and his partner in crime came up with ANDSKIN over one of their many dinner catch ups. Having battled sensitive skin their entire lives and despite their best efforts to take care of themselves, solutions seemed to be few and far between, leaving them overwhelmed and frustrated. They felt it was time for quality natural skincare to be accessible and affordable to all.
Not only do their products preserve the natural health of your skin, they also aim to preserve the natural habitats of the Earth. ANDSKIN believes in sustainability and want to leave this place a better place than how they found it. All of their packaging is either recycled or recyclable, & they have also been certified cruelty free and vegan by Australia's certification body, Choose Cruelty Free.
From central Melbourne to the beachside suburbs and the city's hip north; Matt has tried to capture the must-see landmarks of Australia's largest cities as you have never seen them before. His use of contemporary design - crisp lines and vivid colour - help showcase some of Australia's oldest and most iconic architecture. Illustrated and printed locally, these limited edition prints and greeting cards are unique and stylish.
Cheerio Paper Co is a little Melbourne eco-stationary label featuring the work of local illustrator Maude, producing unique and playful keepsakes with the goal of making everyone’s day a little more cheery.
All Cheerio items are designed in Maude's little caravan studio on top of a big hill in Melbourne’s north, where they make many of their products using their super solid-ink eco-printer, solar power and 100% recycled paper. Cheerio is proudly committed to supporting local manufacturing and anything not made in house is done locally here in Australia, by small businesses that strive for environmental excellence. All products in the Cheerio range are made using recycled paper, sustainable materials, local production and renewable energy.
Mami & Babi is run by a mother, daughter & granddaughter trio based in Melbourne, Australia. The family are Australian, but their heritage is from the bohemian part of the Czech Republic. In the Czech language mum is called "Mami" (pronounced Maa-mi) & grandma is shortened to "Babi" (pronounced Baa-bi). To give respect to their heritage & to honour who they are & what they create, Mami & Babi was born.
Mami & Babi strives to create beautiful & modern handmade knit and crochet creations for everyone - with a focus on natural, breathable, quality yarn & modern style. All their handmade pieces are mindfully knit or hooked with love. And they are constantly working on a number of new handmade items, so you never know what you'll find in the range in store each month.
First time author and Seddon local, Ena K Vasudevan has written a children's book: There's a Foxhole in my Bed.
Ena has illustrated the book herself, and presents the alphabet in a fun and imaginative way. Cheeky foxes are digging a hole in the mattress! As it gets bigger and bigger, all manner of creatures enter through it. There's an aardvark, a bee, a camel and a dog. Animals from letter A to Z and all those in-between! Animal frenzy and animal fun. What happens when animals overrun your house?
Bedlam, of course. With rodent cricket matches, roller-skating rhinoceroses and rhyme, There's a Foxhole in My Bed is sure to get you laughing.
Snafu Design is a Melbourne-based jewellery and accessories label specialising in handcrafted laser-cut earrings, brooches and jewellery organisers. A dynamic sister-duo, Lhasa & Yomi have been creating their distinct and vibrant designs since 2013. Both with backgrounds in fashion, craft and jewellery design, the Snafu sisters began their business as a way to spend time together creatively and to harness their creative energy.
Snafu’s inspiration comes from their urban surroundings living in inner-city Melbourne, the natural beauty of their childhood home on the far north coast of New South Wales, and their Japanese heritage. Their extensive range of acrylic laser-cut earrings make bold use of shape and colour, while Snafu’s clutches feature bright patterns on natural fibres such as Japanese-sourced cottons and linens. All of their products are, from the initial design stage to the final photographed image, lovingly made in their studio in Brunswick. Their forever-evolving range brings a striking blast of colour and pattern to the everyday.
Connie Lichti has been part of the Melbourne ceramics community for over 20 years. She began learning wheel throwing pottery techniques and skills at the age of 45 at the Carlton Arts Centre. Her hobby transformed into a passion motivating her to teach her techniques and in 2016 Connie’s passion for ceramics and teaching inspired her to create the Pottery Learning Centre. Teaching wheel throwing pottery techniques to small classes at her studio in Derrimut, Victoria, she offers students one-on-one support and instructive feedback on their unique style.
Connie's work has evolved to include a range of fine handmade ceramic jewellery pieces that we have been able to stock for a limited time in our store.
The little blah! greeting card range was created with little people in mind - playful, unique and colourful characters bring fun and colour to everyone's day with Linda's delightful designs and fun illustrations.
Cute & quirky, bright & cheery paper goods + jewellery. Designed in Melbourne & proudly Aussie made.
Bridget is a printmaker creating original etchings of Australia's beautiful birdlife which are then used in beautiful homewares and art pieces. Originally from Northern Ireland, Bridget attended art college in Scotland, studying jewellery, before coming to Australia in 2005 and settling in country Victoria.
On arrival in Australia, Bridget attended a weekend printmaking course and the technique just clicked for her. It was a natural continuation of her love of drawing. Bridget has always been interested in birds, but when she came to Australia she felt like she was in a new world, very far from home, as the bird life here is so different. Their different shapes, colours, sounds and even how they behaved. After constantly questioning friends on “What’s that bird? oooh! what’s that one?” her friends gifted Bridget her first Australian bird book and she set about familiarising herself with all these exotic species. Using birds as inspiration in her art is Bridget's way of continuing to learn about them. There’s so much more to know!
Nicole is artisan potter based in the Western suburbs of Melbourne creating handmade bespoke ceramic pieces.
Starting life as a ball of clay, each piece is hand formed and therefore unique and one of a kind. Inspired by smooth lines and discovering new and exciting glaze combinations these contemporary pieces feature flowing lines and pops of colour.
Erin is over in Airport West, Melbourne changing women's briefs for the better! Possibly the most comfy undies & lounge tops around, the Brave Handmade range is made from the highest quality luxurious soft cotton spandex blend that breathe and feel great on.
Sad news for Brave Handmade fans - Erin is taking a 12 month hiatus from her brand to refocus and recharge.. which means what's in our store is the whole range with no more re-stocks available. Fingers crossed we do see her come back re-invigorated next year; but until then, be sure to stock up as the Brave Handmade range sells out quickly!
Crafted from the finest vegetable oils, organic butters and essential oils, Cinnamon & Clove’s organic soap bars pay ode to Mother Nature’s stunning array of colours and homegrown botanicals for an extra touch of aesthetic bliss.
Meegan is incredibly passionate about using simple ingredients, sourced from fair trade and organic suppliers wherever possible. No palm oil or micas, free from synthetic colours, fragrances and preservatives. All complemented by a beautiful array of botanicals, many of which are grown in Meegan's own garden.
When you wear a High Tees tee you celebrate your Australian hero! Jess's High Tee range of tees and other goodies are graced with original hand-drawn portraits of some of Australia’s most loved heroes. Each portrait and design is drawn by local artist Jess McDonald in her Yarraville studio and printed in Australia.
High tees are 100% organic cotton, certified child labour free, soft, comfortable and long-lasting and with every tee sold $1.00 is donated to local heroes West Welcome Wagon who provide essential support and services to local asylum seekers.
Find Jess's High Tee range on our website here
Making and using beeswax wraps has changed how Rebekah's family think about waste and the use of single use plastics. A small change has become just what they do and has rippled down into every aspect of their lives.
Rebekah strives to create beautiful handmade products that are functional and sustainable - creating reusable beeswax food wraps and covers & the ever popular beeswax DIY kits.
Creativity is an integral part of Bronwyn's life and she particularly enjoys painting with bright colours and neon paints. Bronwyn has created a unique range of jewellery and shoe tassels incorporating hand painted leather, fabrics, plastics, resin and polymer clay jewellery into her pieces - using offcuts wherever possible to minimise waste. Bronwyn's pieces are a unique style of modern art
Helen Watts has been running an award-winning creative design agency in Melbourne for more than 20 years. A successful graphic designer, Helen has a great love of fine art that began in her university days where design experimentation was influenced by her study of painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and more.
Helen founded Designpulp as a way to take her own work, and the work of other talented Australian artists and designers (including her talented sister Tina) to the world. Designpulp is a portal into the hearts and minds of some of our finest creatives; bringing as a range of art prints, greeting cards and other homewares showcasing a board range of styles, mediums and designs.
Luke is a talented local artist, created original stencil based art pieces using spray paint and acrylic on canvas.
Luke's Persons of Interest art range showcases iconic characters from the last century in a new and fresh way.
His work will add colour, texture and interest to any space.
A photo of Anna has eluded us so far - but that hasn't stopped her beautiful small batch, handcrafted one-of-a-kind polymer clay statement earrings from flying off our Great Wall of Earrings.
Anna's unique ability to mix colours and patterns and create something truly beautiful has made her range a firm local favourite.
Unfortunately for all of us, Anna has decided to discontinue with her earring making, so what is left in store is the last of her range. There's still some beautiful pieces left, so get in quick before they're all gone!
By Hemika is the creative ambition of Melbourne based artist Hemika. By Hemika strives to share the beauty of nature through her art, creating beautiful and useable homeware objects that have been infused with her creative flair using resin detailing.
Each By Hemika piece is a uniquely handcrafted and functional ready to use homewares piece. Hemika's designs are inspired by nature especially the sea, and each is unique.
Find Hemika's By Hemika range on our website here
Namh is a Footscray local, passionate about sustainability, eco living and up-cycling where ever possible. Namh began creating super durable chess boards using up-cycled marine-grade panels with vinyl overlays that have been a huge hit with chess lovers and novices alike.
The salvaged marine-grade panel used in each board is a heavy duty carbon composite material that is suitable for outdoor use, as they are wind, rain and sun fade proof. Each board comes with rubber non slip feet and a wood chess set (not handcrafted, but ethically and sustainably sourced). Namh has also commissioned the local making of unique up-cycled fabric scrap bags for storing the chess set.
Occasionally Namh will create a unique Chessboard using a salvaged upcycled furniture piece, such as a small coffee table. These pieces are always one-of-a-kind and usually don't stick around long after coming into the store!
If you've made it this far and you know Far Fetched Designs well; it's highly likely that you know our two faces! That's us; Rachael and Belinda, co-owners of Far Fetched Designs; makers in our own right (Rachael with Orcwood and Belinda with Mr Moo) but when we aren't doing all that - we are also the makers creating all the beautiful handmade lampshades in the shop.
We started making lampshades together in 2017 after realising there was a high demand for unique and custom made lamp shades, and the range very quickly became a core part of the Far Fetched Designs store. We both attended a course in 2018 and each received our appliance testing and tagging certification, allowing us to begin pairing the shades with up-cycled and salvaged bases - creating unique and one-of-a-kind lamps, exclusively for Far Fetched Designs.
Having the store owners be the creators of the shades has meant customers are able to speak directly to either one of us in store about custom orders (we’re there every Tuesday to Saturday); where we can help by showing different sample shade sizes on customers own bases, help customers choose the perfect fabric and view each print up close before deciding on a final design, or by mix and matching the bases & shades we currrently have in store - ensuring each customer plays a part in creating the perfect lamp for their space.
Are you a maker interested in joining us?
Far Fetched Designs is always happy to hear from makers of unique handmade products.
Head to our maker application page for more info.