petal & pins at Bowerbird
by petal & pins
We are back from our first big mainland market – the Bowerbird Bazaar! Held twice a year in Adelaide, South Australia over three days Bowerbird Bazaar is a celebration of Australian artists, designers and creative collaborations.
This year there were 150+ designers and makers exhibiting, Insitu displays – six rooms featuring stallholder product, creative workshops and demonstrations, a Saturday Speakers Corner for talks by design professionals, gift wrapping for a gold coin donation (to support breast cancer research) and delicious local food and drinks.
Jane and the Bowerbird team’s organisation and promotion before the event blew us away and we knew we were in for a fantastic and fun 3 days.
I was very excited to be chosen to be interviewed for their Meet The Maker series on their blog in the weeks leading up to the market.
Without further ado, let me show you some photos from the weekend.
The friendly front desk girls greeted market goers and behind them a lovely avenue of trees that on Sunday became an enchanting setting for a Mother’s Day high tea.
Posters, banners and booklets featured gorgeous artwork by Adelaide designers Andrew Smart and Heath Riggs.
Fairy lights, trees and lawn created a fair ground feel in the food and bar area.
A display by visual merchandising students and one of the Insitu rooms. Sunday’s high tea was opposite our stand and I couldn’t resist going over to take some photos of the tables set with vintage china and glass cake stands, champagne coupes and pretty floral arrangements.
It was serendipity that I saw this digitally printed French denim from one of my fabric suppliers just as I was thinking about our stand design – it made the perfect backdrop for our Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.
As always it was fun designing our display but it takes ingenuity to make it transportable – I think we rose to the challenge well – all this packed down into 3 suitcases and one of my old art school folios with our stock for the two plane trips to get there and back.
It was a great weekend, we had fun meeting people, some lovely conversations, gained a new stockist plus some leads to follow up and our suitcases were a little lighter coming home!
And then there were our evening strolls looking at Adelaide’s beautiful old houses and gardens – but I’ll keep that tale for another day…
Looks like a great event. Your display looks amazing.
Thank you! Yes it was great lots of levels very stuff I had to be very restrained!
Sandra, your display was beautiful and a stand out. I’m pencilling this event in for a visit next year it is time I returned to Adelaide for a visit and what better time to go.
Kathy you would love it, I had to be very restrained not to shop too much – so much great stuff and the food was fantastic! The next one is timed for xmas shopping at the end of November and it was about 30 years since I’d been to Adelaide – now I want to go back and explore more! The May one con includes with the Adelaide food festival and that program looked great – so yes speed ect time to plan a holiday there 😀
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