Support local designers and makers at Bowerbird

The much loved design market, Bowerbird, returns in May at the Adelaide Showgrounds showcasing the best local designers and maker.

Bowerbird, Adelaide’s premier design market, returns to the Adelaide Showground from 5 – 7 May at the Wayville Pavilion bringing together some of Australia’s leading independent designers and makers.

It’s not always easy to unearth something new or find a unique gift produced by a true artisan, that’s why Bowerbird does the leg work for you and brings together a distinctive selection of products and brands. There will be 140 designers from almost every corner of the country, including NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD, NT and TAS.

As it starts to get chilly and we long for cosy days indoors. Discover a selection of seasonal brands; including some great knits, winter fashion and beautiful homewares to create that welcoming winter vibe. Treat yourself to something special from the various jewellery collections or indulge in some luxurious self-care products and while you’re there, taste delicious food and wine or stock up the pantry. You’re sure to find some hibernation inspiration at Bowerbird and with the mobile drinks trolley roaming the pavilion, there’s no need to leave the market floor, just sip and shop!

“I’m really excited about our May line-up. It’s filled with makers who have put their heart and soul into each beautiful product,” says Director Peggy Byrne.

“At a time when we need to perhaps make more considered buying decisions, it’s important to have the opportunity to purchase directly from makers knowing you can support small creative businesses. Bowerbird provides shoppers with a way to shop more meaningfully rather than transactionally. Bowerbird has a fantastic relaxed atmosphere with great food, drinks and workshops. I can’t wait for people to discover some of the latest beautifully crafted products out there today.”

Here’s a selection of some of the designers you’ll find at the May event:

New local labels:

  • 3Artists – 3 award winning artists from Collective Haunt Studios have come together to share the fruits of their diverse multidisciplinary practices in miniature needlework pictures and hand thrown one inch pots, colourful abstract original paintings and printed textile homewares, delicate miniature ceramic figures and vibrant acrylic jewellery pieces.
  • Barossa Distilling Company – an award-winning Australian distillery creating incredible spirits driven by great flavour and inspired by the botanicals of the Barossa region.
  • Metanoia Leather – reimagine vintage leather jackets into timeless, handcrafted bags.
  • Thermal Theory – a female founded clothing label designed to help adventurous souls and comfort-seekers to embrace the cold, creating super-warm, high-quality jumpers and trackies for everyday use for the whole family.

New interstate labels:

  • Cardigang – Australia’s #1 DIY knit and crochet kit brand from Victoria changing the face of crafting. Purveyors of wonderfully woolly and breathtakingly breathable cotton wares. Their custom, quality, colourful, chunky-chic knit and crochet kits are made for beginners by beginners and designed to last a lifetime.
  • Wyldling – from New South Wales creates contemporary wall pieces and sun catchers, ceramic lamps and accessories that are inspired by sacred geometry, the elements and mathematics in nature.
  • Songbird – create a unique and colourful range of whistles, jewellery and gifts, inspired by the diverse and colourful birdlife in Tasmania. The nature of handmade is purposefully and intentionally embraced in Songbird’s collection adding character, personality and uniqueness to each piece.
  • Bask Aromatherapy – Victorian made products with beautiful non-toxic, plant-based ingredients that have a luscious texture, a luxurious pampering feel and are great for your skin.

Returning makers from SA:

  • Grosgrain – create wide-brimmed straw hats, woollen felt hats, wool berets, and fabric caps perfect for wintery seasons. 
  • Claire Ishino – Claire’s cheerful and varied colour palette combined with her optimistic themes and titles creates original paintings and limited edition prints that focus on the bright side of life.
  • Kitty Came Home  – A unique range of accessories perfect for gift giving. Check out their range of purses made in collaboration with Claire Ishino.
  • Peninsula Providore Farm – a family owned business that produces some of the finest quality extra virgin olive oil in Australia, direct from the Fleurieu Peninsula.
  • Days of August – on Sunday May 7 will set up a permanent jewellery stall, see website for details to book a spot then shop their collection.

Returning makers from interstate:

  • Betsy Blonde – from Victoria make distinctive high-quality jewellery using vintage objects and gemstones combined with traditional metalworking techniques.
  • Pili Pala Pieces – Based in Hobart, the team at Pili Pala design and create unique pieces that spark joy, with a collection of distinct and delightful gifts, homewares, jewellery and leather accessories.
  • Ripple & Co. – make premium quality hand crafted leather bags and accessories with practical features and timeless style. This Queensland label will be introducing a new convertible computer sleeve at the May event.
  • The Wolf and I – clothing collection based in Victoria who produce a small capsule of timeless everyday clothing, using textured natural fabrics. The colour palette is neutral with a little twist of colour.  Clothing is designed to be worn effortlessly layered.

The Bowerbird Art Gallery will return in May, with an exciting exhibition of 50 works by 27 new and established South Australian artists. Curated by artist Nicole Black, all works fit within a 30 x 30 frame and will be on display in the gallery creating a wall of art.  Works are on sale during the three days of the event and via a web portal on the Bowerbird website until the end of May. 

To win entry for you and four friends enter here


5 – 7 May 2023

Adelaide Showground, Wayville

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