Stallholder Spotlight: Spriggan Soaps

Next in the series of Stallholder Spotlights is one of our favourite groups, Spriggan Soaps! Whether you're looking for something to add a bit of luxury to your daily routine, a really thoughtful gift for someone special (check out their bundles!), or something Soaper Duper, Spriggan Soaps should be your first call!

Run by the soap expert Dustin Morris, Spriggan Soaps' handmade soaps are absolutely stunning, and sure to make you feel like royalty. Very clean royalty! 

What were the origins of your business?

Spriggan Soaps was born out of a craving for a new hobby. I became interested in soap making by watching hundreds of videos on Youtube and learning everything I could from top tier artisans based all over the world. After making my own soap for a while I was asked a number of times whether I sold them and I began to notice quite a good demand. After doing research on the market within Australia and Adelaide I launched Spriggan Soaps!

What would you say is your business ethos or philosophy?

Spriggan Soaps strives to push for the best looking and greatest smelling soaps while staying free of animal based ingredients.  

Who or what inspires your creations?

Inspiration for our soaps comes from all over the place. Food (especially desserts), natural scenes like the sunset and bush, architecture and stonework, and literature are just some of the places I get ideas from.

How would you suggest we use your product?

Take care of your handmade soap and it will last far longer than you might expect. Keeping the soap out of direct water contact and allowing it to dry thoroughly after each use can help a bar last up to three weeks of daily use.

Other than at the Blackwood Markets, where can we find your products?

Find us at our website and on our Facebook page. We always have a post pinned that shows all the events we will be attending. You can always purchase our products through the Facebook and website too, and we'd love to answer any questions you have about soap!

What do you love about the Blackwood Markets?

We love coming to the Blackwood Markets because it is such a cosy environment. All the customers, other stall holders, and the organisers are extremely nice and always willing to have a chat or help out if needed. Blackwood Markets are also always finding new ways to improve the events and make them better and better each time we attend!

Blackwood Craft Market

Did you know the Blackwood Craft Market has been happening for more than 27 years?  They have heaps of stalls featuring crafts, hobbyists and creators in a lovely community vibe in beautiful Blackwood!  It happens the 1st Sunday on every month 10-3pm.  

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Fibre Feast SA Market Saturday 24 March 10am - 4pm

One of our favourite caravan stallholders, Purl and Friends is co-hosting a fabulous new market Fibre Feast SA at Blackwood Memorial Hall this Saturday 24 March.      

An amazing range of fibres from local producers and designers will be available for sale to inspire!  Also fantastic handcrafted products made from unique fibres from alpaca to silk and more, will be offered by stallholders and of course there will be of heap of knitting, both by participants & visitors.  

Don't miss this amazing event in beautiful Blackwood!

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Demonstrations, Informative talks, and Workshops

We've got a jam packed schedule for our market tomorrow! With so many different events throughout the day, there's sure to be something (or lots of somethings!) for everyone.

 

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary

11am - 1pm

Come and meet some of the scaly residents of Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary! Discover the history of this fantastic Adelaide Hills native wildlife sanctuary, and its exciting future plans & Grand re-opening.  Visit Warrawong interactive outside stall between 11am - 1pm and talk to Luke and their volunteers about native animals, Warrawong and the beautiful Adelaide Hills environment.

 

 

Workshop: Back2Basics ~ Tiramisu Cooking Experience $10  

11am  

Known as one of Italy’s favourite desserts, Tiramisu quite literally means, “a pick me up.” It is a delicious, layered dessert, traditionally made with a delightful combination of lady fingers (savoiardi biscuits), espresso coffee, mascarpone cheese, eggs, marsala and cacao.  This cooking experience will show you how to adapt the trifle-style tiramisu to one that is simpler, quicker and just as delicious. Buon Appetito!

 

 

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Hairoine Hair Brushes & Ugly Swan

11:30am

Marisa Kent founder/ inventor of Hairoine Hair brushes will be demonstrating and explaining the features and benefits of brushing with these brushes and  the history of their design and the company's ethos. Also featuring Ugly Swan drying robes and hair towel, demonstrating their features and benefits.

 

 

Back2Basics Battle of Senses—Infused Olive Oil Tasting

12 noon

 Featured On stage!   Are you able to smell the difference between an orange and a lemon before you taste it? How about the difference between thyme and oregano? Join Back 2 Basics Traditions as they delve into all things olives with the President of the Australian Olive Association, Michael J Johnston, and invite guests on stage to be involved in a live blind infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting.

 

 

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Workshop: Back2Basics ~ Tiramisu Cooking Experience $10

1pm

Known as one of Italy’s favourite desserts, Tiramisu quite literally means, “a pick me up.” It is a delicious, layered dessert, traditionally made with a delightful combination of lady fingers (savoiardi biscuits), espresso coffee, mascarpone cheese, eggs, marsala and cacao.  This cooking experience will show you how to adapt the trifle-style tiramisu to one that is simpler, quicker and just as delicious. Buon Appetito!

 

 

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I Love Scarves - Different ways to wear scarves

1pm

Tracy & Toni with be showcasing I Love Scarves gorgeous accessories of every colour, pattern and design.  They will be demonstrating a range of different ways to wear & feature scarves to enhance your outfit or casual attire and inspire you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Karinga Designs

2pm

Come and watch Karyn demonstrate the ancient art of lamp working which was made famous by the glassworkers of Murano Italy in the 14th Century and is still being practised there today.  She uses rods of coloured glass and a torch to melt the glass onto a bead mandrel creating beautiful transparent and bright beads for jewellery and other crafts. This demonstration will provide you with some information and a visual display of how it is done.

     

 

Stallholder Spotlight: Wa Creation Studio

This is the first in our series of Stallholder Spotlights! In this series, we'll be showing off some of the most amazing stallholders who'll be at our upcoming markets, as well as other exciting stallholders.

This Spotlight is featuring Wa Creation Studio and Noriko Farrelly! Their origami jewellery is gorgeous, and sure to start conversations about the interesting pieces of artwork.  Check them out at the Artisan Market on the 18th of Feburary, or online at either their Etsy site, or their Facebook page.

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What were the origins of your business?

I was born and raised in Japan, where the art of Origami is widely practiced. Paper folding was naturally a part of my childhood, but as I grew older the practice of origami was put aside.

Years later, and I now have two beautiful young daughters.

After spending her preschool years in Japan, to introduce herself to new friends in her new Australian school, my eldest daughter gave origami when she didn't have much English.

I was thrilled to see how fascinated her friends were and how proud she was.

She revived my joy of creating origami by introducing a little piece of Japanese culture to Australia.

 

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What would you say is your business ethos or philosophy?

Introducing or getting people be more familiar with Origami through my Wearable Origami. I’d be grateful if my Origami jewellery plays a part of reminding the trip to Japan they took or encourages someone to study Japanese etc.

 

Who or what inspires your creations?

Colour combinations of Kimono (Japanese traditional wear) are amazing, how very different colours can work well together. Also, one of the main reasons I like being at markets is looking at other very talented stall holders' works.

 

How would you suggest we use your product?

Washi ( traditional Japanese paper) is colourful and will go well with simple shirts and jeans, or elegant dress. If you are looking for something different, come and see me!

 

Other than at the Blackwood Markets, where can we find your products?

You can find my Wearable Origami at “The Marketplace Boutique” in Blackwood, just down the road from Blackwood market. Also at a hair salon “Private Shop maro” in Hove, and I’m hoping to get a few more stockists. You can also purchase on Etsy. And of course I'll be at the Artisan Market on the 18th of Feburary.

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What do you love about the Blackwood Markets?

It is nice to have outdoor or indoor options. As much as I enjoy being outdoor in my free time, Origami paper and wind don't go well!

Customers are good mix (family, young couple, elderly) and very interested in knowing the stories behind the products.

And of course the organiser is friendly and very welcoming, creating good community vibe.