GALLERY: Showcasing talent

FUNKY fashions and eye-catching jewellery were on sale at the weekend's Bendigo Design Market.

The feedback has been really positive. It was just a great day - Jenna Little

Tables were laden with knitted beanies, baby's bibs, candles, soaps, cushions, relishes and preserves and other hand-made creations for the pop-up market.

The event was at the Strathdale Community Centre and was the first of its kind with more three more pop-up markets planned for throughout the year at various Bendigo venues.

Bendigo artist and student Jenna Little, 21, is the brains behind the concept which aims to give independent artisans, jewellers and fashionistas a chance to showcase their talent.

"The feedback has been really positive," she said.

"It was just a great day.

"The next one will be on June 28 at Dudley House in View Street."

There were about 40 stalls at the event on Sunday.

"There's produce, jewellery, clothing and accessories and there's also graphic designers, skin products, lollies, screen printed items and homewares," Ms Little said.

She had decided to run with the pop-up market idea after recognising the need for more markets in Bendigo.

"I came up with the idea and here it is," she said.

"There's a lot of hand-made people in Bendigo so there was some really good support from everyone."

Ms Little started her own jewellery brand, j lee, about a year ago. She specialises in necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

Trine Gee and Erin, 7, were busy browsing the selection of stalls.

"My very talented friend is here showcasing her things so we thought we'd come along and have a look," Ms Gee said.

"It's great."

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