Bluebird Market, Leura

20 Dec

We love driving up the Blue Mountains for a weekend outing. It’s a little like going on holiday, its only an hour or so’s drive for us and yet the climate is always cooler, snowing if you’re lucky! The view of the tree dense canyons breathtaking, the cafes beckoning you with their rustic fare and warming hot drinks. The Blue Mountains is also home to a number of great little markets. These range from garage sale type markets with a relaxed country vibe to boutique craft markets. Like many of the stores in trendy Leura that cater well to the hordes of Sydneysiders and tourists that flock there on a weekend, so to does the Bluebird Market, specializing in hand-made boutique products.

The market is somewhat hidden but a string of colourful bunting leads the way along a path to reveal a small cluster of about 20 marquees set in the carpark of The Alexandra Hotel. Only 100 metres from the Leura train station, so an easy stroll should you choose to catch the train. The market is also within walking distance to Leura Village which is notoriously hard to get a carpark on the weekend. There are no food stalls except for a coffee stall but there is an abundance of cafes nearby as well as the Hotel, which has a lovely outdoor area.

We browse beautiful screen printed linen cushions and bags, pretty handmade baby clothes. Little Miss buys a very cute string of miniature felt bunting for $1 and ponders over paint tins collaged with Lego, buttons and beads. Textile Designer, Fiona Lenord is there selling her range of dresses fashioned from fabric that may have once been a linen tablecloth or a silk scarf. Fiona has found in her dressmaking a creative outlet for all the wonderful finds she comes across in op shops and second-hand markets. Looking at the dresses it is almost hard to believe that the fabric is second-hand even vintage. Free of the stains and age spots that you might normally see on such fabric but still nostalgic. Looking at the designs, customers find themselves transported back to their childhood, maybe their Nanna’s kitchen as she bakes a batch of scones or a beach caravan holiday in the 70’s.I love this sense of memory invoked by ordinary everyday items.

Fiona Lenord

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3 Responses to “Bluebird Market, Leura”

  1. Fiona lenord December 21, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    Love love love! Thank you and will be following. Remember to check out Addison St markets, every Sunday. Bluegum in Faulconbridge . Robertson ( southern Highlands) has a great little country market too
    All the best
    Fiona

  2. The Hunter Gatherers December 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Yay! I’m so glad you like it. Thanks for the market recs, we’ll be checking those out for sure. xx

  3. jane frosh December 21, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Fiona is a friend of mine,..and is incredibly talented! I work as a stylist, and she has recently made outfits for all 3 of my children to wear on a shoot. I have had countless comments about the clothing and the divine fabrics! I think every child should have a Fiona Lenord original in their wardrobe!

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