Opening hours Friday 5th Dec 10am–9pm
Saturday 6th Dec 10am–7pm
Sunday 7th Dec 10am–5pm
Venue Royal Exhibition Building
Join in our fun workshops and creative activities for adults and kids.
2013 workshops Suitable for any age group or skill level, you'll create something original to take home from each of these fun workshops. 2014 workshops to be announced soon!
Maryann Talia Pau – star weaving
Weave a star for the 1 Million Stars* project with legendary weaver Maryann Talia Pau. Maryann will demonstrate how to weave a star with coloured ribbon in her signature 'Pacifika-bling' style. *10,000 stars have already been woven for the project which will culminate in a huge installation of cascading stars at The Big Design Market. Make a star to take home too!
Beci Orpin – craft projects for the home
Beci Orpin will guide you through making a colourful mobile, one of the 25 creative projects featured in her new book Home(available for purchase from Beci at The Big Design Market). This is a rare opportunity to meet one of Australia's most reknowned designers and be inspired to connect with your own creative side.
Georgie Cummings – fashioning leather Georgie Cummings' uniquely hand-crafted leather bags are to die for – made with butter-soft leather and embellished with metallic prints and solid brass fittings. She'll be revealing some of her trade secrets at the Big Design Market as she demonstrates how to work with leather and make a beautiful leather tassel – the perfect personalised accessory for your bag or keys.
All-day Fun for kids Kids can enjoy creative activities all day in our designated play space â€“ complete with kid-size work tables custom-made by Like Butter. The Big Design Market Kids' Playspace is proudly sponsored by the City of Melbourne.
Colouring-in and mazes Kids can have fun with drawings and mazes by Supertrooper and Hamb. There will be plenty of brightly coloured crayons so kids can colour all day. Free activity. No bookings required. Activity runs all day.
Colour your own design and have it made into a badge. $1 per badge. No bookings required. Activity runs all day.
Creative building workshop
Creative building with 'Planks', hosted by Green Hat Workshop. Free activity. No bookings required.
Family friendly Children and prams are most welcome at The Big Design Market. To make sure everyone has a relaxed day of shopping we have ensured there is plenty of room in the aisles, with enough space to stop and chat with friends.