So instead of going to the Paradise Point markets, I traveled up north in a rather touristy fashion and hit up two markets in Brisbane: the Fortitude Valley Markets and the Southbank Markets. Sadly, my camera was out of battery.
Didn’t find much in the valley and I was expecting it to be a lot bigger. Most of the things there were imports. I did see this Indian bed sheet that features mushrooms… almost bought it.
Southbank markets were also pretty small, but there were a few gems there. The dude form Ozrox who started at the Broadbeach markets around the same time as Rowan and I was there. There were three stalls there that particularly attracted me and which I would like to share with you all.
The clothing at Avant Garb was just amazing… so empowering. It fuses traditional Japanese patterns with modern minimalism – is that even possible? Yes it is. There’s a very chick, futuristic look to the design of these clothes that stopped me mid step. Some pieces were almost cosplay and I could totally see this stuff on the set of Firefly. Definitely worth the trip to Southbank. What’s even better is that purchases form Avant Garb help contribute to a variety of groups that improve the standard of living for animals and humans.
Another shop that impressed upon me was Jewellery and Small Objects – J&SO, a stall run by students from a design school. There weren’t a lot of pieces for sale that day, but each one was as precious as a star. It’s always wonderful to see young talent and I think J&SO is a project worth supporting.
RoOz has a very interesting tagline – ‘Ancient Armour for the Fashion Assassin’. The lady there shapes leather accessories such as rings, bangles, necklaces and earrings from… and get ready for this… kangaroo and stingray leather!!! She does such beautiful work and I don’t think you can get much more artsy-Australian than that. Love it. She also has a shop on etsy.
This week I’ll be gearing up for the Blues Festival markets at Broadbeach on Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully it will be a good weekend. I love jazz and blues music. I’m one of those old people who listen 94.1FM.