Much like a bowerbird in search of brightly coloured objects, the essence of collecting lovely things for your nest is an idea that stuck with market director Jane Barwick.
Returning to Wayville Pavilion this month with an expected 160 stallholders, the Bowerbird Design Market “is like a nest,” Barwick says. It’s “an array of beautiful things that you can find to feather your nest and also give to others, to feather theirs”.
Since launching in 2009, the curated event has provided a platform for emerging local and interstate artists to show and sell their work directly to the public. The focus is on fresh ideas and high quality workmanship.
This month’s stallholders include BB Shoemaker, Julie White, Vege Threads, Claire Ishino and Botanica. There will also be sequined-bauble workshops by Carclew/Carley Snoswell; Christmas-wreath making with Fleurs de Nadia Flowers; and a 19th-century tintype photo booth and cyanotype (blueprint) workshop by The Analogue Laboratory.
New design studio Leatherworks Adelaide will showcase its collection of wares – classic bags, belts, wallets and small accessories – for the first time. Designer and maker Rob McRae is excited to be involved in the market after years of visiting with family.
“There’s a sort of buzz about Bowerbird, everyone’s there exchanging ideas and knowledge. Adelaide seems to be a hotbed for creativity and I’m inspired by the talent that’s out there,” he says.
Food from Sitlo, The Bagelry, Public CBD and Remy & Violette will be on offer. Stay awake with coffee from Mischief Brew and Dawn Patrol. Drinks will be provided by Prancing Pony Brewery, Juice Junkies, Petaluma and more.
Gift-wrap your presents for a gold-coin donation to charity.
Bowerbird Design Market runs November 25, 4pm–9pm and November 26–27, 10am–5pm at Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground. Entry is $5 (children under 12 free).