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Tactile Arts Dragonfly Craft Fair

The dragonflies are well and truly out now and so emerge Darwin's buzzing art and crafters to the grassy outdoors.

Drifting up to a new site on the Esplanade, Tactile Arts’ annual midyear craft fair will set up under the trees to deliver a dizzying range of jewellery, prints, furniture and food.  

With its new shady location at the Daly St end of the Esplanade, the Dragonfly Craft Fair will this time have food, coffee and live music, so you can picnic between shopping.

A new crop of artists and craftspeople who have relocated to Darwin will be selling locally made furniture, weavings and ornaments, says Tactile Arts’ Tessa Duke.

“They’re new to Darwin but have been creating for a long time. One is doing upcycled ghost-net basket weaving.”

Duke says lovers of the handmade should look out for a furniture maker working with wooden pellets in 1950s-era design, and well-known Darwin ceramicist Cecily Willis.

“I think that’s what’s really amazing about all of the work at the craft fair, it’s all so individual. You might have a handful of ceramicists but they’re all making really individual and incredibly interesting work. 

“We just get so excited around this time seeing all the stall holder applications come in. It’s a really cool job.”

Sun 9 Jul | 9am-3pm | Esplanade, Darwin

See the event listing.

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