Your Guide to Bowerbird Design Market + KIDDO TOP PICKS!
The countdown has officially begun to Bowerbird Design Market, with doors opening at the Adelaide Showgrounds 27-29 November!
Market goers will have the opportunity to wander and explore the stalls just in time to grab those all important gifts for Christmas, and with a huge array of creators in the Bowerbird line-up, there has never been a better time to hit the design markets.
With colour and clothes, from books to baby gear, as well as – of course – some gorgeous picks for parents too, all the i’s are dotted and all the t’s are crossed at Bowerbird for the whole fam! And you can get involved in creative workshops and tutorials too if it tickles your fancy… or if you’re anything like me, you’ll kinda go for the FOOD too!
KIDDO PICKS FOR BOWERBIRD
Joel Howland, a student of Animal Science has created this collectible card game, ANiMOZ – to engage kids with Australian wildlife, and teach them about the dangers our animals face. A portion of proceeds go straight into conservation work in the field.
This game is educational and for all ages, ANiMOZ engages players with Australian wildlife, highlighting superpowers that each species has in the real world!
Designed for mums and babies with the aim of making motherhood more practical with pieces that are designed to complement your everyday outfit.
When breastfeeding, the Bebe Luxe Bamboo Multi-Use Cover provides you with 360° privacy, protects your baby from the elements and keep them from distraction. As a capsule or pram cover the Bebe Luxe Bamboo Multi-Use Cover also protects your baby from the elements, keeps them snug and secure and provides a physical barrier from unwanted touching and germs.
Birds Nests for Hair
Birds Nests For Hair works from her humble home studio in Adelaide where she relishes any opportunity to create heartfelt bespoke artwork.
Meaningful words and vibrant one-off designs are what she feel most excited to paint.
Birds Nests For Hair develops new colour combinations and explores unique and quirky ways to resonate, comfort and delight.
Claire Ishino works from her home-studio here in Adelaide and produces original gouache or acrylic paintings and black and white ink drawings.
From these original works, she makes limited edition prints and also produces a range of greeting cards. Her range of colourful, graphic interpretations of Australian natives and other botanical forms is also used in collaborative work with local creatives who apply her art to functional and sustainable products.
Fede is a sustainable range of playful fabric creations made and designed by Fee Dyer in her home based studio in Adelaide. The brand is exclusively constructed from vintage, upcycled and remnant materials mixed with a dash of whimsy.
The fede range is ethically created using only found fabrics that have been discarded by others and potentially heading to landfill. They challenge the perception that reused materials are past their use by date. Fede hopes to inspire buyers to ditch plastic toys and fast fashion to shop with purpose.
Fleeci is the giftware brand created by South Australian Artist and Designer Lisa Butler. With a focus on using recycled and eco-friendly materials, Lisa lovingly designs and hand crafts all of her products from start to finish.
A key feature of Fleeci products, is the use of Eco Felt and Innergreen toy filling. Both are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, that have been finely shredded to create amazingly soft felt and filling.
Indi & Frey
Indi & Frey create deluxe teething accessories crafted with dual functionality; the perfect size and shape for babies to grasp and chew and to aid babies with gross motor development and co-ordination.
The products are made from silicone and wood, available in fun colour ways and can also be personalised.
Jade & Frankie
Jade & Frankie is the work of Clare Burton – an Australian fibre artist creating unique and colourful woven wall hangings for your home.
Using yarn and fibres to create textural pieces for lovers of handcrafted decor looking for unique art for their home.
Mini Dreamers are a mother-daughter team who write and illustrate children’s books with meaning. The range also includes a modern and fun twist on the traditional baby record journal.
All products are printed in Adelaide and are made from ethically sourced, environmentally friendly paper from sustainable forests and printed using environmentally friendly vegetable based inks.
Mini Mad Things
At Mini Mad Things, it’s all about play. The aim is to help children see the magic in the world and to be part of it with fascinating costumes and enchanting accessories for imaginative play.
What’s the rush to grow up?
Miniz by Me
Miniz By Me is a range miniature soft toys, with clothing and homes to match. The materials are sourced locally and recycled items incorporated where possible.
Miniz By Me create unique, timeless toys for children to stimulate their imagination and encourage play. To maintain the uniqueness of these toys, only limited numbers of each design, are made.
Word Finders Club
Word Finders Club is the work of self-taught illustrator Jana Rushforth. Inspired by nature, animals and adventures, Word Finders Club creates paper goods, pillow pals, pins and prints for the young and young at heart.
Jana’s fun and adventurous characters jump off the page in all her bright and happy designs, provoking that childlike sense of joy and adventure for all that take a peek.
Workshops at Bowerbird Design Markets
Collage: Reconnecting with Creative Play
Sue Ninham, Artist
Saturday 28 November
$105.50 incl. GST
Students will playfully create their own collage materials by using a combination of paper, fabric-based materials, drawing and painting in a speedy process. The messier the table, the better! The material generated will be used to create two small works that are connected visually and built up through layering and gluing to achieve depth and atmosphere.
Doris Chang, Little Sister Co.
Sunday 29 November
$100.50 incl. GST
An introduction to informal hand lettering with ink and a calligraphy brush. Learn some basic typographic principles before practicing different lettering styles and techniques based on your own handwriting; beginning with a series of short, simple exercises, participants will progress to designing and lettering their own gift tags and cards. All materials provided.
Bowerbird Design Market
27 – 29 November 2020
Friday 4 – 9pm
Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm
With so many gifted and talented designers the November market is a great place to start your early Christmas shopping!
Entry tickets must be pre-purchased online prior to attending the event.
General Admission $5.50
Children 12 and under free