When: We visited on a lovely autumnal Sunday morning (25th March 2012)
Where: Deakin University Waterfront
A perfect state of delirium….
If you are a follower of our little G-Town blog you would know that we had the Piccadilly Market penciled into our Oh! Hello Geelong diary months ago. You would also know that we were just a wee bit excited about our pending visit, especially the week before the big event. Sooooo it’s going to be no great surprise when we tell you that we entered a state of design delirium during our frolic through the wonderful world of Piccadilly!
Two floors of fab finds to be found, cruisy tunes and yummy food to boot!
So we had gathered the backstory behind the markets last week (check out our Q&A with Janina Lear aka Piccadilly Market Lady) but nothing could have properly prepared Oh! Hello Geelong for the Piccadilly buzz. This market is an opportunity for designers, makers, creators and crafters from near and far, to share their work with the people of our lovely town. The market’s venue was so perfect for this event; we just love this building, the open plan design, the exposed wooden beams and the flood of natural light that snuck in through the large windows on the ground floor – perfect party venue we say. As for the ambiance, the sound of the piano, kiddies chatting and laughing and big kids (including Oh! Hello Geelong) ooohhhing and ahhing…what can we say? It was bliss.
And when it came to filling our adventuring bellies, there was no problem there for waiting in the wings was the glorious Dos Diablos, the mobile cantina serving yummy Mexican out of a retired canteen truck for the local fire service…such a sweet idea!
Oh! Hello Geelong faves…
We felt so much love on market day, but there were definitely some standout stallholders for us. We absolutely adored everything about Crayon Chick (by Michelle Harvey) especially her range of divine crochet ball necklaces and crochet garlands, not to mention her lovely selection of our beloved Orla Kiely stationery. Look carefully and you will find Oh! Hello Geelong sporting Crayon Chick around town! We also loved Victor Fox’s vibrant range of awesomely designed cards, gift tags, lolly bags, prints for your walls and her laser cut cuckoo clocks made to order – Clare Miller (Westwood) is a star. We also went a little gaga over Tilburg’s range of earthy beautifully made handbags, some made using Ink & Spindle fabrics and finished with handmade wooden brooches made from bits of fallen branches. And because they made us smile so much, we have to mention Chook Leaf’s bright and very very fun shoes for tiny tots (and the not-so-tiny).
A highlight from the day was making friends with a totally gorgeous Ballarat-lass named Emily Van Der Molen who is the designer behind Buntyandsars. We loved Emily’s illustrations (especially her vintage caravans) and her quirky range of original art blocks, brooches, hairclips and cards. BUT without doubt the star of her show was her cutesy colouring books for kids; get this, there’s even one where you can colour in and cut out clothes for a cute little paper-girl, if only we were little girlies again! Each book is individually bound using slips of vintage paper – gaa!
Oh, and whilst Baby Alexander didn’t make this adventure, he certainly wasn’t forgotten. Our little man was treated to a super cute tee with a funny monster on the front from Zee & Me (who do all their own printing, designs and sewing – talented!) Their florally colourful girls tops are just beautiful!
A market of special finds and extra special people…..
Piccadilly Market truly puts Geelong on the market map and is a fun celebration of all things beautiful and creative. The event however would not exist, nor would it have the pop and fizz factor it does if it weren’t for the Piccadilly Market lady herself, Janina Lear. Janina is the hostess with the mostess and blew Oh! Hello Geelong away with her energy and passion for the markets and for life – you’re the best Janina!
If you haven’t been down to the market before get your diary out (right now) and block out Sunday 29th July 2012, no more excuses, this is a G-Town must! And if we’re preaching to the converted, see you folks in July!
PS: If you’re the super duper organised type, the last Piccadilly Market of 2012 is on Sunday 25th November.
PPS: We were a little crushed that we didn’t get to see the Wiggles who were performing in the same building on the day…there’s something about grown men in bright skivvies.