Designers make their mark in Ballarat

EMERGING artists and designers descended upon Ballarat over the weekend for the second Design Exchange, a designer market with a difference.Held at the Ballarat Mining Exchange, the market brought together independent artists and designers with inspiring and unique wares from across Victoria. Ballarat musicians provided a soothing atmosphere throughout the day .Event organiser Lyndelle Flintoft said the day was a huge success, providing buying opportunities that were otherwise limited in Ballarat."It's great to be able to bring something like this to the people of Ballarat," she said."A lot of these guys are emerging artists from around here, as well as Melbourne and Geelong."Two thousand people were estimated to have attended the market, which will be held three times a year.It was the second time the event had been held. The inaugural event took place in December last year.