The Sydney Fair | 17 – 20 May 2018 + Ticket Giveaway

The Sydney Fair is on again and to celebrate, I’ve got a few tickets to give away. Keep reading below to find out how to enter.

For me, I think my love of vintage started when I was young and I would visit my Auntie’s house. Her home (still to this day) is a treasure trove of wonderful findings from all over the globe and eras. From little trinkets, to kitsch paintings, to very 80’s evening dresses, to her old dancing shoes, to beautiful scarves and brooches. I used to love jumping into her closet and playing dress up for hours. She has a love of handmade items too and we can talk for hours about the beautiful fashion of Dior or Chanel. I loved when she pulled out an item and told me a story about how it came to be. The moment she found it, how it made her feel, when she wore it and how special it was to her. I think that’s the power of something that’s an antique or vintage, it has had a whole other life and now it has a new opportunity to be loved and appreciated again and again.

If you love vintage or antique items, it can be hard to have the time to visit all these different stores around Sydney, so why not let them come to you. The Sydney Fair is coming to town and it’s a great opportunity to find that special something that you’ve been searching for.

With over 60 Australian and International best 20th Century, Art Deco, Vintage and Antique dealers on display, hopefully you can something to tickle your fancy.

Held at the beautiful setting of the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park, vendors have hand selected some special pieces and hope to give them a new home.

There’s so much on display, if you’re thinking about acquiring an engagement ring, a dining suite, a fabulous necklace from a Hollywood Costume designer, a poster or print, everything from Furniture, Art, Lighting, Bronzes, Porcelain and glass, this is the place to be.

For the Fashionista, on Saturday and Sunday there will be fashion parade and a gorgeous courture exhibition to celebrate the love of fashion. Check the website for more info on events

Ticket info –

If you’d like to buy tickets to The Sydney Fair, they are available from the website and start from $10 for concession, $15 general day admission to $30 for the opening night.

Win! Win! Win!

Thanks to the lovely ladies at The Sydney Fair, I have 2 x complimentary day double passes and 1 x complimentary opening night double pass up for grabs!

In 25 words or less, tell me what is your favourite time period and why? Comment on this page to enter.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Get your answers in by Midday Friday 11 May and I will select the best 3 responses as the winners.

Good luck and happy vintage finding

Love, Festival Girl

The Sydney Fair | 25 – 28 May 2017

The Sydney Fair is back! Looking for that perfect mid-century modern chair for your home or perhaps, a standout couture dress that has its own story, then The Sydney Fair is the place to be. Let fifity of Australia’s Antique dealers come to you and hopefully, you’ll find the item you’ve been looking for. There will be a wide range of items on display and for sale including Furniture, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Vintage fashion including couture and luxury vintage goods from all eras.

For lovers of vintage clothing, the event also includes a couture exhibition showcasing evening dresses from 1920s to 1990s. See pieces from Chanel, Dior, and many designers from the Hollywood era Travilla and Chapman. Immerse yourself in the past and watch a film of the Paris catwalk parades from the 1950s while you explore a parade of vintage couture.

Details
What: The Sydney Fair
Where: The Royal Hall of Industries
1 Driver Avenue Moore Park Sydney N.S.W.
When:
Opening night Thursday 25th May 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May 11.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 28th May 11.00am to 5.00pm
Tickets:
For sale at the door or online
$30 Opening night
$15 everyday of the fair
$10 Concession (not opening night)

Stitches and Craft Show Rosehill 2016

So I decided to go along to the Stitches and Craft Show a couple of weeks ago. I apologise for the delay, but I thought that since I didn’t take too many pictures, it wasn’t worth the post. But then I changed my mind and here it is.

We’ve finally moved into a new place and I get to have a craft room of my very own. So I decided the craft show was the best place to start stocking up on the essentials.

Some avid crafters attending the My Patch Fabrics workshop on how to get the best shape and silhouette when creating clothes.

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A lighter wallet and some hours later, I had a good rummage around. I always find it’s so overwhelming attending this event – but it’s great to see all these great retailers all under one roof.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-8 I kinda walked in half way through this workshop, but it looked fun.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-9 Stitches-craft-show-2016-1Guest artist and talented Weaver and designer Rainie Williams joined the craft team for the weekend. Rainie is mad about weaving and I’m super envious of some of these chunky knits. Her weaving workshops looked like they were a big hit.

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I always enjoy seeing the HSC studuents work and how they’ve worked so hard on a piece. These were some of my favourite of the day.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-3 I’m not that into quilting, but I thought these two in particular were beautiful. The blue quilt was just stunning. Why use all the colours when one colour on top of its self is just gorgeous. The colourful quilt on the right is a collection of signatures from all the craft team at the event. Sweet right?

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Although I’ve been to the show almost every year, I’ve never attended any of the workshops or classes. This year, I really wanted to give it a go and narrowed it down between watercolours or fashion illustration. Guess which one I chose.

I loved the flexibility that many of the classes were duplicated during the week and across the weekend, so it gives everyone a chance to attend.

The almost 3 hour class class was hosted by Anita McAdam from Studio Faro, based in Marrickville. Provided in the class was a couple of items including enough paper to draw some creations, access to complimentary backings, backing and a plastic sleeve of course and access to a rainbow of special texters and pencils and of course the expertise of Anita. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who’s keen on learning the building blocks of fashion illustration.

At the end of the class, we were asked to present all of our works so we could admire what we just learnt.

Here is my creation below.

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Also here are some creations from the rest of the class – the girl in the grey below was drawn by an exceptionally talented young lady who is planning on studying fashion design – thank god! Stitches-craft-show-2016-5 Stitches-craft-show-2016-4

Anyway that’s it. If you attended, I hope you enjoyed the show.

until next time,

Love Festival Girl