If the weather in Taipei is as lovely this weekend as it has been for the past few days, consider checking out the Red House Market for Artists & Designers (西門紅樓創意市集). About a month ago, I wrote mini-profiles (PDF link) of some of the market’s regular vendors. There is a wide selection of handmade items, running the gamut from soap to wooden hairsticks to sterling silver jewelry. Many of the craftspeople are art students or graphic designers who have launched their own brands in their spare time, and only sell at the market or online. The market’s blog posts updated information about vendors and special events each week. Click here for more of my market photos on Flickr.
Picobaby sells figures and jewelry made out of bits and pieces from computers and other electronics. Taiwan is well-known for its original equipment manufacturers (OEM), so Picobaby’s designer certainly has a lot of materials to work with!
Rgrnin has some of the most original jewelry at the market. Pendants are made from old silverware, rings from buttons found in Thai flea markets and bracelets from belt buckles.
EZ Studio was founded by two graphic designers, who use wood-burning techniques to make their whimsical (and silly) pendants and keychains.
Crafters Bu Gulu and Wuer usually share a stall. Bu Gulu specializes in stuffed owls made from Japanese fabric and Wuer makes soft, handwoven slippers.
US wire wrapping studio is a regular at the market; their stall is usually at or near the entrance. You can get your name bent into wire and made into a keychain or pin. They also have small sculptures for sale, including ferris wheels and motorcycles.
A surreal (but cute) t-shirt by I Am Party. The designer is an art student who explores the relationship between animals, the environment and humans in his work.
I adore Jos Design‘s hair sticks. They are handcarved from hardwood (including fragrant blue sandalwood) and feature motifs inspired by traditional Chinese fine and decorative arts.