Amsterdam Designer Market

In early December I spent a few days in Amsterdam with my daughter Skye.   The main purpose of our visit was to visit the Anne Frank museum but it was also a good excuse to check out local designers at what is know as “the Sunday Market”.   It’s a Craft market in the suburbs of Amsterdam where we met some very talented Dutch makers.

Among my favourites were textile designer Cindysign who sold me a fabulous throw and the cutest bunny ever for my cousin’s new born and stylist Mevrouw Aardbei 

Mumami was another favourite.  A Bosnian textile designer based full time in Holland and coordinates a group of Bosnian women that spin & hand dye their own yarns.   All of her products are hand made and would make ideal children’s gift.  The group’s motto is “handmade by Bosnian women for a happy life”.   I would recommend a visit to their website store to keep this craft organisation going.   

I really enjoyed chatting to Artist Elles Middeljans and just love her screen-printed drawings.   Elles draws cities and urban landscapes bringing them to life with bright bold colour.   I bought a beautiful piece of her work featuring a row of historic Amsterdam buildings along the canal.   This now takes pride and place on my kitchen wall reminding me everyday of my wonderful trip to Amsterdam.