She's the founder, curator and brains behind Makers' Mrkt and also a maker herself.
Kelly Thompson has an honours degree in design and has worked as a photographer, commercial illustrator and multidisciplinary designer. Kelly is a respected creative speaking at popular events such as Semi Permanent
& The Design Conference
appearing on numerous podcasts and being profiled by leading design media. Her joy for design and creative community is apparent to all who know her, as is her love for vintage and collecting, her work reflects her life and vice versa.
Makers' Mrkt was inspired by Thompson's immense admiration for the creatives she knows and a desire to do something for her community. The appreciation of her access to such talents paired with the realisation that creatives enjoy focusing on projects more than marketing their work (and updating their websites!) sparked inspiration. The question was always "How does someone outside of our community find us if they too wish to shop small from creatives?" Searching online can be challenging if you don't know what and who to search for, and so the aim became to build that platform to make it easy to find a curated edit of talents.
Kelly's time is now spent sourcing new designers, nurturing relationships, shooting imagery and directing Makers' Mrkt, she hopes that you too will find as much joy in the talents of MM makers as she does.