Interior Change for TAFE SA Graduate

Up and coming interior designer Lisa Katsikitis is making waves. The recent TAFE SA Graduate shares her passion points and future aspirations.


Lisa Katsikitis helps turn people’s interior dreams into reality, designing bathrooms and kitchens that are functional yet beautiful.

The school-teacher-turned-designer wanted a change in career pace and to work in a field that creatively fulfilled her when she enrolled in the Diploma of Interior Design at TAFE SA.

“I was looking for a program that was practical and hands-on. The TAFE SA lecturers are really well-connected to the industry, and I love the possibilities of [interior design],” she says.

“The course was comprehensive in skills that weren’t just drawing, but also the many forms of communication you need.”

Since graduating, Lisa has been employed as a design specialist for leading renovation company, Brilliant SA. Her passion is designing accessible spaces that are also dignified, modifying kitchens and bathrooms with mobility fixtures that don’t resemble a stark, aged-care facility.

“People should still be able to have beautiful homes,” she says. “I had a client where grab rails also doubled as towel rails. [Products] don’t have to be hospital blue or chrome – they can look gorgeous.”

A sweet spot for Lisa is the nexus of relationship-building, problem-solving and flexing creative muscles. The interior designer enjoys gleaning clues from clients’ homes as to what colours, finishes and materials they like, solving their structural household woes while reflecting their personal taste throughout the design.

“It’s lovely getting swept up in the excitement of seeing the vision come to life,” she says. “If you can tap into something that reflects the personality and interests of the client, that’s going to give you the perfect inspiration. I get personal satisfaction solving a problem creatively while making clients happy.”

Lisa also naturally gravitates towards biophilic design, drawing inspiration from nature and interweaving outdoor elements into interior spaces to promote wellbeing. Outside of work, she does illustrations of native botanicals and finds her love for Australia’s landscape – its colours, shapes and textures – organically infiltrate her design mind. In 2023, she predicts more people will use native shades and natural materials in their homes.

“People want that beautiful Australian colour palette,” she says. “Green and raw timber is a total winner. What we’re creating inside isn’t replicating the outside, but it’s sympathetic to and pays respect to the landscape.”

While she only graduated in 2021, Lisa has already started to make her mark in the interior industry. She was a finalist in the 2022 Kitchen Bathroom Design Institute of Australia National Design Awards and received an Executive Officer’s Special Mention Award for her accessible undergraduate work. She was tasked with a complex brief for her final TAFE SA subject, which saw her create a kitchen space for a retired couple where the wife was wheelchair-bound.

“The [design] brought together every skill I learnt across two years,” she says. “It was a labour of love.”


Colour your world with an exciting career in interior design. This nationally accredited Diploma from TAFE SA will help you to understand the furnishings, finishes and aesthetics that are integral to creating outstanding interiors.

Learn about colour schemes, lighting, the principles of design, project documentation, creating 2D and 3Dforms, and producing digital models.

The wide range of subjects can be tailored to suit all design interests. Refine your design skills, build your business abilities and graduate ready to join this in-demand industry.

Course Code: MSF50218

Duration: Up to two years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery: Tonsley Campus

Course Admission Requirements: Nil

To better understand the link between construction and design, Interior Design graduates may also consider Certificate IV in Residential Drafting [CPP40121] or the Diploma of Building Design [CPP50921]

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When Old Meets New



Pottery is one of the oldest inventions in history, a skill utilised by the Ancient Greeks, the Egyptians and in the Japanese Jōmon period. In awe of pottery predecessors, South Australian ceramic artist Holly Phillipson champions the ancient techniques of the craft when creating her award-winning contemporary designs.

TAFE SA graduate and South Australian ceramic artist Holly Phillipson.

“The whole [pottery] process is fascinating to me,” Holly says. “There are so many skills involved at different stages.”

The artist says she hadn’t thought about a career in ceramics until she discovered the JamFactory Associate Program. Holly had been completing a short wheel-throwing course at TAFE SA when she met some glass artists employed as associates. Meeting them encouraged her to enrol in a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) – delivered concurrently by TAFE SA and Flinders University – with the hope of landing a coveted JamFactory associate position.

“I could see a clear pathway for myself as a ceramicist,” says Holly, and in 2018 she began the three-year undergraduate course at Adelaide College of the Arts. She says her biggest takeaway was the in-depth education she received.

“It’s so rewarding to create forms you envision and fire them into permanent, durable objects,” she says. Here, the degree touched on all aspects of ceramics, from mixing glazes to firing kilns and how to manage a studio. But being a part of a vibrant community of creatives, learning from industry lecturers every day, is what set the degree apart for the ceramicist.

“I felt so supported and had a profound sense of belonging.” Her thorough education led Holly to landing a place in the JamFactory’s Associate Program – her dream role. She has since been accepted into the Helpmann Academy Elevate Mentorship program, where she’ll work under her ‘ceramic heroes’ Kirsten Coelho and Peter Andersson.

“They’ll help develop an exciting new body of work and some new glazes,” she says.

In appreciation of the historical significance of pottery, Holly points to the ancient forms in her contemporary ceramic designs. She references timeless pieces from all over the globe in her range of wheel-thrown tableware. Her recent collection, Peplum (2022), featured wheel-thrown platters, bowls and candelabras, all with the signature frilly design.

Dipped in a white satin glaze, the pottery range was partially inspired by doughnut-like Russian Skopin ceramics.

“It’s fun to challenge myself to create similar forms, but with my contemporary style,” she says.


A dual award degree delivered by TAFE SA and Flinders University, the Bachelor of Creative Arts [Visual Arts] delivers a comprehensive grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of contemporary visual arts studio practice. You will be required to undertake the TAFE SA Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts [CUA51120, CUA60720] concurrently with the Bachelor of Creative Arts [Visual Arts].

Duration: Three years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery: Adelaide College of the Arts

Course Admission Requirements:

• Any Certificate III or higher

• Satisfactory achievement in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

• Successful completion of SACE (year 12) results (or equivalent) achieving an ATAR of 60 or above


Ideal for beginners, this course teaches the fundamental skills of wheel-throwing. Various dates, starting in May 2023.

Delivery: Adelaide College of the Arts

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Bright Future for SA Students


Shaping the future

We speak with the newly-minted St Andrew’s School Principal Luke Ritchie on nurturing the next generation, inquiry-based learning and how the school is breaking grounds in primary education.

I understand you’ve spent two decades working in independent schools, predominately in SA. What skills and experience will you be bringing to St Andrew’s?

I’m very proud to be South Australian through and through. I’ve got strong networks through the business community, education, government and the space sector, and I’m eager to bring those connections, along with my South Australian heritage, to my role as principal. St Andrew’s is 100 per cent invested in early years and primary education. For me, we’re building a high-performing team to deliver the best primary school learning. We’ve just recruited a new deputy principal who’s an expert in data analysis, and we’ll use that to inform us on how children learn and to map out the personalised learning each child needs.

St Andrew’s is one of the only South Australian schools to deliver ELC –Y6 International Baccalaureate (IB) – how does this education model benefit primary-aged students?

Children are innately creative and inquisitive – and the IB uses a proven structure that enhances the curiosity children have. Instead of doing our subjects in silos, the IB allows us to explore foundational subjects in creative ways around a central idea. Around that idea, we embed numeracy, literacy, science, the creative arts and music in holistic ways. The great strength of the IB is breaking down barriers and developing an alignment between subjects and playing into children’s curious nature.

The IB program focuses on global issues – how important is it to educate primary-aged schools about sustainability and issues about climate change?

It’s critically important. So, to be working with an IB program that allows children to learn deeply about the world and how to protect it, is our core business. It’s important they learn foundational skills in numeracy and literacy, but it’s equally important that they understand the world around them.

On a more local level, more than 20 SA high schools have just introduced a ban on mobile phone use during school. Is this something that you also recognise is an issue for primary students?

Technology is a wonderful tool, and I think that often gets lost in the debate around mobile phones. Any technology can be detrimental if it’s used the wrong way. At St Andrew’s, we select the best technology for our students and only when there’s a genuine purpose for it – technology shouldn’t always be the default. As a standalone primary school, we can protect childhood innocence and promote activities we know children love, like playing, exploring and being active outside. It’s part of our duty as adults to ensure that children have every opportunity to be physical and creative and have fun without technology. It’s broader than just the mobile phone debate.

How do you hope to lead St Andrew’s students to ensure they’re future-ready and independent yet curious and collaborative?

The great thing about inquiry-based learning is that children genuinely have a voice in their learning journey. At St Andrew’s, we expect children to contribute to the learning community. It’s about identifying that children are capable now, not just when they’re adults. In turn, we ensure there are spaces where children can be curious in meaningful ways, and that they’re engaging with teachers and outside experts to develop the skills they need as learners. Our students have every opportunity to feed into discussions, debate and connect with experts in meaningful ways.

St Andrew’s School
22 Smith Street, Walkerville
08 8168 5555

Women of Vision

Walford has been a school for girls for 130 years. This year, they celebrate the special milestone, and the extraordinary Walford graduates who have excelled in non-traditional areas of education.

School is back, so we take a look at some of the South Australian schools setting students up for a bright future.

Walford girls have always been encouraged to achieve their best; inspired by the trailblazers who have come before them, they’re not afraid of breaking new ground.

As the esteemed school celebrates its 130th year, the encouragement of women in traditionally male-dominated fields is still as relevant now as it was when the school was founded in 1893 – in fact, over 70 percent of Walford’s Year 12 graduates last year chose a university pathway in STEM-related fields.

But this progressiveness started many years earlier. Educator and suffragette, Miss Lydia Adamson founded Walford Girls School in 1893. South Australia was the first state in the country and only the fourth in the world to grant women the right to vote and Miss Adamson was vocal to the cause, spearheading a school that enabled and fiercely encouraged advanced education for women.

The success of the school was swift, and as early as 1906 two of her students, May Williams and Mary Langman, were the first Walford girls to graduate from Adelaide University, both with Honours Degrees in Classics. At around the same time, another young woman was making her mark in education. Miss Ellen Benham was the eighth woman to graduate from the University of Adelaide in 1892 with a Science Degree, and the first female academic to lecture students in Botany at the University. In December 1912, Ellen Benham bought Walford School, introducing Science to the curriculum, along with Mathematics, Physiology and Botany. Jean Murray was just one of many outstanding students; she won a scholarship to the University of Adelaide in 1918, gaining her Bachelor of Science in 1921 and later a Master of Science. Walford girls, even then, were at the forefront of education, studying non-traditional subjects and pursuing careers of their choice.

Walford was privately owned by its first three headmistresses. The third of these was Miss Mabel Jewell Baker, who also purchased ‘Woodlyn’, the heritage home on the current Walford site. ‘Woodlyn’ has provided accommodation to boarding students since 1920.

Since its early days, Walford has benefited from the exemplary visions of extraordinary women who have been devoted to Walford and girls’ education. And in 2023, the 130th year of Walford, the tradition continues as the school welcomes the ninth Principal, esteemed educator, Dr Deborah Netolicky.

New Era

This year, as Walford celebrates its 130th year, it also welcomes its ninth skilled and highly experienced educational leader, principal Dr Deborah Netolicky.

New to the school and to the state, Dr Netolicky brings extensive experience in teaching and school leadership from a number of schools in Perth, Melbourne and London. She was also recently named by The Educator Australia as one of Australia’s most influential and innovative educators.

Walford Anglican School for Girls
316 Unley Road, Hyde Park
08 8272 6555

Breaking Boundaries

Research suggests that girls’ confidence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) starts to waver as they move through the schooling system. St. Dominic’s Priory College Director of Technology Enrichment, Joanne Villis, tells us how St. Dom’s plans to change that.

In 2022, the Australian Government found that only 36 percent of STEM university course enrolments were female, and an even lower percentage of women work in male-dominated science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields*. Finding ways to change these statistics is paramount to shifting gendered stereotypes and achieving parity in STEM industries. St Dominic’s Priory College is developing the next generation of girls who are passionate about these subject areas thanks to an immersive and industry-focused STEM curriculum.

“St Dominic’s is unique in that we cater for and build upon our girls’ STEM interests from Reception through to Year 12,” says Director of Technology Enrichment, Joanne Villis. Joanne draws on emerging and innovative technologies and combines them with industry best practices to enhance students’ education. “My role will involve creating spaces for innovation,” she says. “Spaces where personalised learning is enhanced, collaboration is heightened, student engagement is elevated and creativity flourishes.”

Exploring the collaborative, creative and immersive aspects of science, technology and engineering subjects and applying them to everyday problems is one of the strengths of St Dominic’s leading curriculum. In Years 5 and 6, students participate in a week-long STEM program where girls identify real-world issues of interest and then design and develop solutions as a team.

Comparatively, Stage 2 Design, Technology and Engineering students are ideating and developing prototypes and potential solutions to address societal issues. One student is using 3D modelling software to design sustainable solutions to address the housing crisis in the Phillipines. Another student is using the design thinking process to create a graphical user interface to support individuals living with Alzheimer’s.

Critical thinking and analytical skills are also interdisciplinary and applicable to other education domains like art, fashion and design. “For example, we have another student working on a 3D printing project.

She was concerned about fast fashion, so she’s exploring designing and 3D printing her own garments,” Joanne says. By equipping students with skills needed to achieve in STEM industries (like 3D imaging, augmented reality and coding) St Dominic’s hopes to inspire girls to confidently tackle male-dominated fields, contributing to future innovations.

More than 60 percent of St Dominic’s 2022 graduates chose science, computer science and engineering pathways at the university of their choice.

Further, St Dominic’s participates in numerous events organised by institutions like the University of Adelaide to encourage secondary students to pursue their STEM interests when enrolling in tertiary education. Each year, girls attend the immersive and interactive Ingenuity showcase at the University of Adelaide, where there is a Women in STEM lounge dedicated to talking to young girls about STEM degrees.

However, ultimately for Joanne, it’s about creating visibility for females working in STEM roles, studying under-represented STEM degrees, or teaching in the classroom. “Girls can’t aspire to be something they can’t see,” she says. “Take our leadership team – six of the seven members are women who lead with the goal to inspire each one of our girls to make their mark in any industry or occupation. It’s crucial for closing the gender gap.”


St Dominic’s Priory College
139 Molesworth Street, North Adelaide
08 8331 5100


The Government reports that one in seven children aged four to 17 has experienced a mental health disorder. The positive program at Pembroke School focuses on developing students’ self-worth so they are equipped to flourish. Pembroke’s Dean of Student Wellbeing, Rebecca Forrest, discusses the school’s wellbeing initiatives and how parents can tackle big topics at home.

You’re the Dean of Student Wellbeing – tell us more about your role.

The Dean of Student Wellbeing is an important role at Pembroke focusing on safety, respect and care for all. My position includes leading the School’s team of counsellors, psychologists and registered nurses, and ensuring we are meeting students’ wellbeing needs. I oversee Pembroke’s Social, Emotional and Personal Development (SEPD) program along with our Pembroke and Parents Partnership series of keynote speakers.

Why is it important for students to make time for their wellbeing?

Statistics show that mental health is becoming a bigger issue in society, and students present with mental health issues younger and younger. We need to be proactive about this. At Pembroke, we focus on positive strategies for young people and talk about the importance of exercise, nutrition and social interactions while also explicitly teaching wellbeing tools. Students are individuals and everyone needs to take a different approach to their wellbeing; we provide opportunities for students to discuss what brings them joy and plan how they will incorporate this into their everyday lives, along with advocating for strong help-seeking skills when life presents challenges.

Stress is commonly experienced by school students – what wellbeing tools can be used to mitigate this?

We explain to students that some stress is helpful and we all require it to perform at our best, but when this is out of balance, students can feel overwhelmed. We discuss the importance of sleep and organisational skills, along with outlining the link between perfectionism and procrastination. We ask students to monitor their self-talk and use strategies to silence their inner critic. We also explicitly teach self-compassion, gratitude, mindfulness and empathy.

The SEPD Program caters for students from ELC to Year 12, but features a specific curriculum for Years 10 to 12 – what kinds of topics are covered in these classes?

We have a bespoke Respectful Relationships curriculum for students in Years 10 to 12. Recent media coverage around consent, gender identity, violence against women and appropriate models of manhood has reinforced the importance of this program. Our other three main SEPD topics are Mental Health and Wellbeing, Safe Partying, and Social Responsibility and Justice. Our Year 11 students have a student-led unit where they decide on a wellbeing topic, investigate it further in a group, and present their findings. We have also initiated a Student Charter on Respectful Relationships constructed by our students, which sits alongside our School Aims.

Seminars are also held for Pembroke parents each year…

As a school, we are passionate about being in true partnership with parents. I am flooded with questions from parents on a wide variety of subject matter, so we decided to run regular parent evenings with keynote speakers from Adelaide and interstate on topics like digital wellbeing, respectful relationships and raising teens. We also opened it up to the wider community – the response to which has been very positive with parents from over 40 different schools attending these popular events.

What is your advice to parents wanting to unpack those big topics with their children?

Talk around the dinner table, in the car or on a walk – try to make the conversations feel relaxed. Tell your young person you love them no matter what, that they can talk to you about anything; you may be disappointed or shocked, but you’re still going to love them, that you’re a team, and there’s nothing they can’t tell you. I think parents need to explicitly say this and not just hope it’s already understood.


Wednesday 17 May, 2023

Hosted by Paul Dillon
Topic: Drugs, Alcohol and Safe Partying

Wednesday 9 August, 2023

Hosted by Dr Justin Coulson
Topic: Happy Families

For more information on these free events for parents, visit the School’s Facebook page closer to the time.

Pembroke School
342 The Parade, Kensington Park
08 8366 6200
CRICOS Provider Number 00367B

Mother’s Day at Mayflower

Nothing says ‘I love you Mum’ more than a High Tea at one of Adelaide’s award-winning hotel destinations.

This May 14, visit the Mayfair Hotel and treat the most important women in your life to an indulgent two hours of fine-dining luxury. Hosted at the hotel’s Mayflower Restaurant, the High Tea is also paired with bottomless Penfolds Wine, including the Max’s Wine Collection of Shiraz, Rosé and Riesling.

Start the afternoon with warm buttermilk scones, slathered in house-made lemon curd and Chantilly cream, and a glass of Penfolds x Thienot Rosé Champagne. Then, enjoy a range of finger sandwiches featuring classic fillings such as watercress and free-range curried egg or roast chicken, sausage rolls, and Tasmanian smoked salmon with caviar and spinach roulade. For dessert, the Mayflower’s in-house pastry chefs will prepare a selection of homemade sweet treats. If Penfolds wine isn’t your thing, tap beer, soft drinks and juice will be available, too.

Located in the heart of the Adelaide CBD, after enjoying your High Tea why not spoil your mum with some retail therapy along Rundle Mall. Or, take a trip upstairs to the hotel’s sophisticated rooftop bar, Hennessy, for sweeping city views and cocktails.

In February, the Mayflower unveiled a new menu curated by Elanor Hotel’s freshly-minted culinary director, Guy Stanaway (ex-Doot Doot Doot/Jackalope Hotel), alongside Executive Sous Chef, Vinit Kulkarni. The restaurant’s new direction heavily focuses on the flavours of South Australia’s native, fresh and local produce. With more than two decades of combined expertise, the new appointments and revamp will elevate your Mother’s Day High Tea experience.

The Mother’s Day High Tea will take place at the Mayflower restaurant this May 14. Book here now.

45 King William Street, Adelaide.

What’s On This Weekend

No plans? Mark these events on your calendar.

Close-up of hands holding cocktail glasses.

1. GIN SPEED DATING | Hains & Co., Adelaide’s West End | MAY 6

Get set for three rounds of speed dating, but with a twist. As part of Tasting Australia, there’ll be three gin distillers and three gin cocktails accompanied by tasty morsels. Which one will you fall in love with? Never Never Distilling, Prohibition Liquor Co. and Threefold Distilling are the three distillers vying for your heart.

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2. JEWELS OF AUTUMN CONCERT | Rymill Park Lake | MAY 6

Sip on wine under the autumn leaves with South Australian singer-songwriter Emma Knights as she takes you on a musical journey from 2.30pm. Featuring hits by American singer Jewel and classical and contemporary ballads, plus a few of Knights’ originals, tickets to Knights’ performance are just $25 and all proceeds go to CareSumatra Community and Conservation Programs.

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3. YOGA AT WELLINGTON SQUARE | Wellington Square/Kudnartu, North Adelaide | MAY 6

Time to do your best downward dog! Feel the grass beneath your feet and connect to your surrounds at Wellington Square during a free yoga session in the great outdoors. The class is led by Perrin Abbas who has been offering free, weekly yoga classes at Wellington Square since moving to North Adelaide from Dubai a few years ago. Make sure you book ahead and don’t forget your yoga mat!

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4. ADELAIDE’S ANNUAL WEDDING EXPO | Adelaide Entertainment Centre | MAY 7

Married couple leaning on black wedding car and raising glass to each other.

Planning a wedding? Head to Adelaide’s Annual Bridal Expo for some inspo. With more than 100 vendors, you’re bound to find a florist, photographer or even a wedding celebrant to be part of your big day. Whether you’re after ideas for bridal favours or honeymoon hotspots, bring your friends (and, of course, your spouse-to-be) for a day of planning your nuptials, minus the stress!

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5. VICTOR HARBOR ARTISAN MARKET | Railway Plaza, Victor Harbor | MAY 7

Support South Australian artisans and small businesses at the Victor Harbor Artisan Market. Held in the heart of Victor Harbor among Moreton Bay fig trees and heritage buildings, browse market stalls for trinkets or gift ideas as you munch on delicious street food.

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What’s On This Mother’s Day

Block out May 14 on your calendar.


If tea isn’t Mum’s drink of choice, a cocktail might win her heart. Sign up for a gin cocktail-making class hosted by Next Door Cocktail Bar and Prohibition Liquor Co. where she’ll learn how to stir and shake and balance flavours. The cocktail recipes have been designed using the distillery’s small batch limited release Mum’s Gin. Along with a grazing platter to nibble on throughout the class, guests will also receive a 200ml bottled cocktail and recipes to try at home.


Mother’s Day is synonymous with high teas. That’s why you should treat mum to a decadent afternoon at Adelaide Arcade’s Tea Cielo Tearoom + Patisserie. From 2pm, indulge in sweet and savory treats, local wine, and organic teas while The Very Modern Jazz Band performs classic jazz tunes. Get Mum’s ticket fast, as bookings are limited.

For a high tea with a twist, take Mum to Marion Hotel’s G & Tea for a delicious afternoon tea featuring hot and cold treats. And what’s a party without a refreshing gin spritz in the hotel’s Secret Garden?


There are a heap of pubs across South Australia hosting a special feast for the woman of the day, but be quick – bookings are essential! Here are just few worthy Mother’s Day mentions:

Parkside Hotel (142 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside)

Enjoy a bottomless brunch at Parkside Hotel with two hours unlimited mimosas, bellinis, spritzes, and sparkling wine paired with delicious savoury or sweet brunch boards.

Brighton Metro Hotel (466 Brighton Road)

Brighton Metro Hotel’s Charlie’s Diner will be serving up a delectable buffet breakfast from 8am to 9.30am. Best of all? Mums receive a complimentary glass of bubbles.

Hampstead Hotel (143 North East Road, Collinswood)

Opening early for Mums at 9am, families can enjoy a breakfast buffet at Hampstead Hotel, plus Mum gets a free mimosa on arrival.

The Unley (27 Unley Road, Parkside)

Show Mum you love her with your entire soul at The Unley’s Mother’s Day Brunch with Soul from 11am. Indulge in an exclusive two-hour experience which includes bottomless spritzes, wine and selected tap beers. What’s more, soul singers will be belting out tunes all brunch long.

Robe Hotel (Mundy Terrace, Robe)

There’s a special ‘Feed Me’ lunch menu for mums at Robe Hotel, featuring the freshest of local produce and a glass of wine. All mums will get entry into the draw to win a Mother’s Day hamper.

Mick O’Shea’s Hotel (Main South Road, Hackham)

Ever wondered why there’s only one day to celebrate the Mums in our lives? Celebrate all weekend-long at Mick O’Shea’s Hotel’s Mother’s Day Weekend, which kicks off May 13. On Saturday, Happy Hour (or Happy Few Hours) is from 2pm to 6pm, with Mum hitting the dancefloor when live music kicks off from 8.30pm. On Sunday, there’s fun for the whole family with plaster painting, live music, and even a petting zoo!

The Duck (393 Main Road, Coromandel Valley)

Bottomless beer and wine; need we say more? We shouldn’t have to, but we will. If there’s room in Mum’s tum, indulge in The Duck‘s two-hour ‘Feed Me’ menu and enter to win one of four Mother’s Day hampers.

The Hope Inn (348 Port Road, Hindmarsh)

There’s no need to hope for Mum to have a blast – she 100 per cent will at The Hope Inn. There are Mother’s Day lunch and dinner specials, two for $25 cocktails and raffle prizes.

Naracoorte Hotel (73 Ormerod Street, Naracoorte)

Cheers to Mum at Naracoorte Hotel with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, plus be in the draw to win one of six Mother’s Day hampers simply by ordering a main meal.


Just 15 minutes from Magill, venture inside Sinclair Gully Winery’s majestic candle bark forest where internationally acclaimed harpist Siobhan Owen will mesmerize Mum and pull at her heart strings.

Owen will play songs from Etta James, Elvis, the Beatles, Florence and the Machine, and many more in this majestic, outdoor performance.

Pack your own basket of goodies and buy Mum a beer, wine or soft drink when you get to the winery. Strictly no BYO alcohol.

Bowerbird Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for a last-minute gift for Mum? Head to Bowerbird for inspo this weekend (May 5–7).

For the Mums who like trinkets

If Mum needs a new vase for the bunch of flowers you’ve bought, South Australian artist Alicia Butt has you covered. Specialising in ceramics, Alicia’s small business Ali Potter Ceramics is a one-woman operation where she handcrafts ceramics to create stunning creations, everything from beakers and mugs to vases and trinket dishes.

Ali Potter Ceramics

For the Mums who like handmade jewellery

Creator of mitchell.maker, Carolyn Mitchell, describes her handmade, recycled sterling silver jewellery as ‘simple, strong and timeless’ – just like Mum. Carolyn uses the ancient lost wax method of casting metal to create her tactile pieces. Browse Carolyn’s Bowerbird stall for a pair of silver earrings, pendants or rings.


For the Mums whose homes smell delicious

It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without a new candle for Mum’s collection. Find one or a sweet-scented diffuser at the Mojo Candle Co. stall. The vessels are hand-cut from reclaimed wine and beer bottles, filled with natural soy wax infused with modern, sophisticated fragrances and topped with sustainable cork stoppers.

Mojo Candle Co.

For the stylish Mums

It’s officially winter! Keep Mum cosy and stylish with a scarf or shrug designed and knitted by boutique knitwear label sheep-ish. Using 100 per cent Australian merino wool, the sheep-ish range includes merino shrugs, ponchos, scarves, wrist warmers, headbands, baby blankets and cushions.


For the Mums who love nature

Inspired by our diverse and colourful birdlife, Songbird is an art and stationery label that showcases iconic birds, all while raising awareness of some of the most vulnerable and critically endangered varieties. In 2011, Songbird founder, Alexandra Sommer, travelled to a small village in Thailand and was overwhelmed by the immense talent of local women. Today, Songbird provides employment to their team of artisans in Thailand who help create pieces that’ll make Mum’s heart sing this Mother’s Day.


For the Mums who love a cuppa

Sit down with Mum to enjoy a cup of tea brewed by The Dandy Tea Co., founded by Renmark-born Mandy de Rose. Collaborating with local growers, Mandy creates the freshest, seasonal fruit and herbal blends to hand-blend her extensive range of teas. Yum!

The Dandy Tea Co.

For the artistic Mums

Find Mum a new, pretty print for her lounge room at South Australia’s My Little Print Studio, which uses real flora and fauna to create cyanotypes (also known as a blueprint). This simple photographic printing process creates a bold and beautiful blue and white print that immediately connects its audience to nature. My Little Print Studio’s artworks have also been merged into gift cards, coasters, earrings, heat bags and tea towels, so you’re bound to find something unique for Mum. You can even pick up Mum her very own DYI cyanotype printing kit.

My Little Print Studio

May 5–7
Adelaide Showground

Meet The Makers



Cherie Em bottle.

South Australian-based Cherie Em boasts a bespoke range inspired by the centuries-old techniques used in French perfumeries. The delicate blends of rose and chamomile, mint and myrtle, and Chantilly are handcrafted from natural materials and essences. Our pick? We love the subtle scents of the Mint & Myrtle Hand & Body Wash and Tangerine Lip Balm.


Two women in colourful, pastel knit jumpers.

Founded by Morgan Collins and Cat Bloxsom, Cardigang is the Victorian-based brand that’s revolutionising how people learn to knit and crochet with their easy-to-follow DIY kits made for beginners, by beginners. Make your own colourful, chunky-knit jumper, crop top or cardigan and flaunt your ‘made by me’ tag with style.


Bottle of body lotion with Bask Aromatherapy branding.

Since 2014, Bask Aromatherapy’s non-toxic, plant-based and locally-made lotions, body washes and hand creams have made people’s skin feel luxurious, soft and repaired. The boutique brand gently blends essential oils with the best botanicals, with products using balancing and relaxing scents like lemon myrtle, geranium and lavender.


Blue and yellow print with white birds, designed by artist Claire Ishino.

Inspired by the colour, pattern and the beauty of Australia’s native flora and fauna, local artist Claire Ishino crafts colourful prints that brighten any room. The Adelaide-based artisan, whose illustrations are featured on Jurlique, Twenty Third Street Distillery and Jim Barry packaging, is also a fan of collaboration, working with local makers like Kitty Came Home to create small collections of accessories.


Colourful designs on paper and plates.

Melbourne-based Chomo Studio ceramics have a distinctive style and story, with the hand-painted whimsical designs, characters and coloured patterns bringing joy to any room. At the May markets, find handmade cremains and original illustration prints at the Chomo Studio stall, alongside sweet clay figurines featuring hand-picked, dried flowers from the designer’s own backyard.


Mugs in earthy tones and textures.

Adelaide’s Khoa Edgecombe handcrafts ceramics that celebrate form and function, drawing inspiration from South Australia’s natural landscapes, intertwining her love of the state’s earthy tones and textures into her range. The line of thickly-rimmed dishes, mugs and mini bowls are made from locally-sourced clay.


Brown takeaway cup with Frank n Al branding on it.

Frank n Al Chai was born out of a need for a coffee alternative. Founder Kristen Carroll was searching for caffeine substitutes when she discovered the benefits of chai. She’s now developed her own range of certified organic chai that is gluten, dairy and sugar-free, and vegan-friendly. Hand-blended, Frank n Al Chai’s spiced tones give the perfect morning buzz. Even better, the packaging is compostable and includes a meditation guide!


Leather handbag with gold metal bars.

Born from wanting to give vintage leather a new lease of life, Metanoia is the South Australian slow fashion label handcrafting timeless bags from old jackets to minimise textile waste. Each design is one-of-a-kind, with the edgy bags effortlessly elevating any look with a statement style.


Dainty necklace with different coloured stones hanging off it.

Since 2009, Thurston and Lovey have been crafting jewellery pieces perfect for every occasion. The Adelaide-born brand’s sustainable range of sterling silver, pearl-beaded and gold vermeil necklaces, earrings and rings are timeless in design and elegant in appearance, making them the perfect gift for a loved one or yourself!


Purple woven bag.

Handwoven basket brand, Pāli, was born from a desire to economically empower remote communities, ethically working with villagers to find ways to showcase their craft globally while ensuring they’re correctly compensated. Founders Maggie and Cass work closely with artisans in remote areas, designing stand-out bags that are then handcrafted in Myanmar from new and recycled palette strapping.


Artist painting on a doormat.

Nutmeg Creative is on a mission to make you smile with their quirky range of tote bags, greeting cards, hand-painted doormats and more. From doormats reading ‘I hope you brought wine’ and tote bags with ‘emotional baggage’ on the front, each design is decorated with cheeky slogans. Nutmeg Creative is also committed to sustainable practice, with the Adelaide-made label using clean products, recycling and reusing where possible.


Clay stones stacked on top of each other.

Discover the benefits of naturally exfoliating with Pryshan’s Clay Stones. Using natural French clay, the boutique beauty brand craft the buffing stones across two weeks before placing them in a kiln to ensure the product is future-proof. The stone is a great tool for deep exfoliation, gently removing dead skin cells to leave you looking brighter, smoother and refreshed.

5–7 May
Adelaide Showground

Maison Market: Raid Celeb Wardrobes

Ever dreamt of raiding the wardrobes of celebrities? Now you can at Adelaide’s boutique Maison Market, from May 5–6.

Hosted by Blancspace in Adelaide CBD, the highly curated and beautifully presented showcase of branded, pre-loved clothing and accessories features the wardrobes of some of Adelaide’s favourite personalities, plus an interstate identity.

Browse and score a stylish piece from the wardrobes of:

  • Lauren Dilena (Adelaide Stylist)
  • Bec Morse (Radio Presenter and former Newsreader)
  • Kate Freebairn (TV Presenter)
  • Brooke Bickmore and Alyce Tran (In The Roundhouse Co-founders)
  • Jamie Rielly (Stylist and Model)
  • Emma Riemersma (Adelaide Stylist and Fashion Editor)
  • Marie Kargiotis (Interior Designer)
  • Marina Kremer (Fashion Influencer)
  • Erin Fraser (Blancspace Founder)

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Here’s what some of Maison Market’s wardrobe hosts say you can expect from their collections:

“I’ve decided it’s time to part with some of my favourite newsreader jackets, including some of Camilla & Marc’s famous blazers. I’ll also be selling pieces from Alemais, Oroton and Acler.” – Bec Morse

“It’s time for a bag clean out for me! I’ll be selling a couple of special buys, including a Fendi raffia croissant bag, a Loewe fluoro cube bag and a Bottega Veneta green woven bag – all ready to be loved by someone new. Other brands include Venroy, Victoria Beckham, Blanca Studio and Aje.” – Brooke Bickmore

“The time has come to say goodbye to some of my most cherished and beloved pieces from Australian and international brands in sizes 8 to 12, including Scanlan & Theodore, Once Was, Aje, Morrison, Kitx, Sandro, Maje and much more.” – Lauren Dilena

“A curated collection of high to low, from basics to trend pieces, my sale wardrobe offering will have you covered. Some brands include Acne, Isabel Marant, Raef The Label, Ena Pelly, and more. All priced to go!” – Jamie Reilly

“I can’t wait to give my pieces a second life. I have gone deep into the archives and have two special dresses – a Fleur Wood silk maxi and a sequinned Wayne Cooper mini dress. I will also be selling a recent Viktoria & Wood set and many pieces never worn, still with tags.” – Erin Fraser


What: Maison Market

When: May 5–6, from 9am to 5pm

Where: Blancspace Maison (79 Angas Street, Adelaide)

Highlights: Meet and greet wardrobe hosts on Friday, May 5 at 4pm and sip on a glass of complimentary bubbles while you shop. Adelaide stylist Lauren Dilena will be offering free on-the-spot styling. On Saturday morning (May 6), fuel your energy for shopping up a storm with a free coffee. Plus, the first 100 shoppers will receive a free coffee cup from Australian homewares brand In The Roundhouse.

Don’t forget to tag @blancspacemaison and the original wardrobe owner when you wear and style your new pre-loved piece post event!


Ray of Sunshine on Mum’s Day

Mum and daughter on wedding day at Sunnybrae Estate, Adelaide.

Spoil Mum at Sunnybrae.

Celebrate Mum at Sunnybrae Estate. Image: Emma Faith Photography

Forget flowers and perfume; treat mum to an afternoon of good food and good wine – all for a good cause at Sunnybrae Estate’s Mother’s Day event.

The winery in the heart of Adelaide has teamed up with Adelaide Hills’ winery Vinteloper to prepare an incredible five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu paired exclusively with Vinteloper’s range of wines to raise funds for breast cancer.

Indulge in the Coffin Bay oyster station, sip on a complimentary glass of sparkling and wind down with the mesmerising vocals of Adelaide Musicians Live.

If Mum has a sweet tooth or needs a caffeine hit (chances are she does!), there’ll be 48 Flavours ice-cream and Caffettiera Espresso carts. Best of all, Mr Bumbles the Clown will entertain the kids while Mum enjoys a few blissful, uninterrupted hours.

Don’t forget to enter the raffle to win a range of donated prizes from some of SA’s leading businesses, including Tony & Mark’s, Skintelligence, Sueno Hair, Sofitel Adelaide and Porsche.

All proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


WHEN: Sunday, May 14, from 12pm to 4pm

WHERE: Sunnybrae Estate (1 Naweena Road, Regency Park)

MORE INFO: Get Mum’s ticket and check out the full tasting menu here.

Sunnybrae Estate