The Rose St. Artists’ Market has become a Fitzroy institution, and rightly so.
Launched back in 2003, the market took its inspiration from similar projects in London, Berlin and in particular the DUMBO Collective; a market set up by artists under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
Tucked away in the urban back street grit of Fitzroy, and utilising a former junkyard, the market now hosts up to 70 artists and designers each weekend, where you will find anything from handmade furniture, independent fashion lines, stunning jewellery, unique paintings and other local creations.
We recently caught up with Christian Ferrante, who runs the market, to find out a little more about one of Melbourne’s greatest hidden treasures.
Inner Circle: For those who don’t know, what is the Rose St. Artists’ Market?
Chrisitan Ferrante: The Rose St. Artists’ Market is a piece of arty paradise in the middle of Fitzroy. Each Saturday and Sunday you’ll find a huge line-up of creative types, so expect to feast your eyes on plenty of unique gems and one-off wonders that you won’t get anywhere else! So if you’re a lover of all things handmade then look no further. Come along and experience it for yourself.
IC: What makes this market so special?
CF: The market is a great platform for emerging artists and designers to showcase their wares. Over the years we’ve had so many wacky and wonderful things on display there really is no telling what you might see on any given weekend.
IC: You host some wonderfully talented local creatives and artists. How do you choose who gets a pitch at the market?
CF: We’re super lucky that we get to play host to a wonderful and diverse group of stallholders each weekend. Our online application gives us a chance to review each product for its uniqueness, quality and of course the techniques used to make it.
IC: Do you have a favourite?
CF: I think everything has it’s place at the market. I do particularly like seeing products that make use of recycled or upcycled materials.
IC: Everyone one seems to know of the ‘Rose St. Market guy’, dressed in awesome leather and directing people to the market. Who is he?
CF: Grant McCracken is our official spruiker. He’s an artist and poet who has been part of the fabric of Fitzroy for many years – much like the market itself. He’s super passionate about ensuring Fitzroy retains it’s artistic heart which is why he loves the market so much.
IC: You have an on-site cafe. If I was to order just one item off the menu, what should it be?
CF: Of course all the food is great but why not grab a cocktail. We make killer Espresso Martinis which are the perfect accompaniment to your shopping pitstop.
IC: Lastly, when is the next Rose St. market?
CF: The Rose St. Artists’ Market is open each Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 5pm. Hope to see you soon!
Find out more at www.rosestmarket.com.au, or head to the market on Rose Street in Fitzroy each weekend from 11am – 5pm.
Feature image credit: Rose St. Market Facebook