One hundred local designers and makers will set up shop at Federation Square this Sunday for the biannual arts fair, Markit.

Showcasing the best of independent Australian design, there’ll be ceramics, stationery, homewares, clothing, accessories, prints and an assortment of one-off, handmade and ethically manufactured products. Markit also gives the public the chance to meet the designers behind their favourite collections.

Textile artist Julie White; 3D printing studios MIMAW and Studio Batch; jewellery designers and makers Two Sourced; footwear brand Rollie Nation; and ceramics label Takeawei, are only a snippet of the talent lined up to appear.

“Passionate independent designers and guests from all over the country in the one place for one day; that’s really the beauty of Markit,” says director Simon Obarzanek.

“While the event started predominantly as an illustrators market, the focus has shifted to capture both illustrative and decorative designs.”

In her first appearance at Markit, Melbourne designer Kitiya Palaskas – who has designed for Lily Allen, Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, Sportsgirl and frankie magazine – will launch new products, such as geometric wooden incense burners, risograph writing sets and a jewellery range.

“The collection is the result of three months of experimenting; using techniques I never have before such as risography, laser cuts and wood work,” she says.

Palaskas’ existing junk-food themed designs; doughnut, chicken drumsticks and pizza in the form of stickers and felt patches, will be available too.

“I usually make works for clients, but Markit allows me bring my ideas and collection to everyone, which is exciting,” says Palaskas.

Markit will pop up in The Atrium and The Deakin Edge at Federation Square this Sunday from 10am–5pm. Entry is free.

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Federation Square: Corner Swanston Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne

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