A day out with... Rosina Di Maria

Last updated 25 Jan, 2023

A day out in the city with Woods Bagot’s Rosina Di Maria is time well spent when she can focus on her health and wellbeing.

Di Maria, Woods Bagot Principal and Adelaide Studio Chair, says visiting the Art Gallery of South Australia or the Botanic Gardens are among the many ways she winds down.

“These places allow me to be with my thoughts,” Di Maria says.

“I love spending weekends walking around and exploring the city, making use of the cultural facilities.”

However, the renowned South Australian designer says supporting small and local businesses in the CBD is just as important to the health and wellbeing of traders, as well as the city’s vibrancy.

Among the places Di Maria — who will speak on a panel at WellFest Adelaide’s Leaders Luncheon on 14 October — enjoys visiting are those with strong cultural or artistic influences.

The delicate wares on display and its commitment to supporting artists are among the many reasons Di Maria visits The JamFactory on Morphett Street.

The JamFactory is a not-for-profit organisation that champions the social, cultural and economic value of craft and design in daily life.

Many products in the venue’s shop are glazed and fired in the JamFactory’s internal ceramics studio.

“The JamFactory is such a special place for me because it represents what Adelaide is all about — expression and valuing artists and careers in the arts,” Di Maria says.

"The makers and the artists-in-residence are located where the products are made.

“It's got such an authenticity … and there is always something happening here.

“It's for all ages and a really unique place that brings together the best in Australia.”

Pencraft The Boutique, which hosted a journalling event as part of WellFest Adelaide, is a small business Di Maria frequents in the Adelaide Arcade.

The shop, a family-owned business that had its beginnings in 1968, specialises in writing instruments, inks and accessories.

Pencraft is where Di Maria bought her first pen when she kicked-off her career in design.

“When I pick up a beautiful pen or pencil from Pencraft it reminds me of my foray into interior design. The store offers such a tactile interaction, which is special,” Di Maria says.

A cultural experience for Di Maria is visiting the Adelaide Hatters, also in the Adelaide Arcade, where there are two floors of hats on display for customers to peruse.

It is the largest hat shop in Australia and had its beginnings more than 25 years ago.

The store employs an experienced milliner with over 30 years of experience who advises on a variety of alterations, including restoring a rare vintage treasure.

“What I enjoy about visiting Adelaide Hatters is that I feel like I have travelled (the world),” Di Maria says.

“From Havana to England — Adelaide Hatters represents individuality.

“It’s fantastic to have these unique offerings in our city.”

However, alongside these long-standing stores, Adelaide’s vibrant calendar of festivals and events also foster health and wellbeing, including the month-long WellFest Adelaide.

Di Maria will sit on a panel at WellFest Adelaide Leader’s Luncheon, where she will discuss the changing urban environment, and initiatives to promote healthy workplaces, productivity and creativity.

WellFest Adelaide, in its second year, focuses on six pillars of wellbeing — health, fitness, nutrition, appearance, sleep and mindfulness.

On the panel, Di Maria will be joined by Canstar’s Editor-at-Large Effie Zahos, as well as City of Adelaide Chief Executive Officer Clare Mockler.

“I’m looking forward to being on stage where I can chat with some amazing women who have entirely different perspectives to my own,” Di Maria says.

“Cities should be shaped by their environments in order to represent what we want them to be: a fantastic place to live, work and play.

"(All the speakers) are unified by the vision that wellness is something that is encompasses how you behave and your health, but also the environments that make people feel valued.”

The Leaders’ Luncheon is on at the National Wine Centre of Australia on Friday 14 October. For more details visit here.