Alterfact
May
4
to Aug 8

Alterfact

Alterfact's candy coloured ensemble of teapots, milk jugs and drinking vessels reflects the intersection of new technologies with traditional ceramic techniques. Produced through digital printing processes, plastic clay the consistency of toothpaste is finely layered to produce three dimensional forms. Various components are then adjoined and finished, with some finer details such as handles or lids being hand built using raku clay before firing.

Exploring the boundaries between function and aesthetics, art and craft, the quirky idiosyncratic forms in Teapot Menagerie vary in their use value. Despite their industrial construction, the objects refuse to be categorised. Resisting their traditional templates they are neither functional design nor purely aesthetic object.

They ask how functional an object built for function needs to be, or if it can occupy this liminal space between design and art.  

Alterfact is an experimental design studio created by Lucile Sciallano and Ben Landau in 2014. Since graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2013, the artists have collaborated on various projects in different mediums, culminating in the creation of Alterfact Studio. The studio conducts critical research with materials and data translated through the manufacture of utilitarian and aesthetic objects. Alterfact’s practice is currently focused on the use of 3D printing in clay as a small batch manufacturing process that pushes the boundaries of this traditionally plastic-based medium. Teapot Menagerie  was exhibited as part of Melbourne Design Week, 2017. Works from this series are held in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and in private collections.

SAM's Showcase presents exhibitions of new work by contemporary ceramicists in the glass display cabinet of the art museum's entry. Showcase is a unique opportunity for collectors and craft lovers to acquire work from established and emerging contemporary artists, as all pieces are available for purchase at the SAM shop.

Image: Alterfact, Teapot Menagerie, 2017, 3D printed from Southern Ice Porcelain with coloured stains. Image courtesy Alterfact. Photo: Ben Landau.

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I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella
May
26
to Aug 12

I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella

This exhibition brings together a selection of new and recent work by one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Raquel Ormella. 

The survey exhibition will include work from a wide variety of media, and particularly draw on her experimental textile works. The exhibition explores key themes that Ormella has consistently developed in her work: social and environmental activism; human and animal relationships; nationalism and national identity.

These recurrent interests are brought together by a consistent engagement with the artist’s voice. Rather than being the site of authority, Ormella’s voice simultaneously expresses an aspiration for connection, while remaining uncertain about whether the communication will work.

A NETS Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum touring exhibition, curated by Rebecca Coates and Anna Briers.

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Mayoral Chain
Jun
8
to Aug 24

Mayoral Chain

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Inspired by the craftsmanship and legacy integral to the Mayoral Chain, this exhibition unpacks traditional ways of making and traditional ceremonies within contemporary society.

Artists: Alexi Freeman and Tessa Blazey, Anna Davern, Anna Varendorff, Claire McArdle, Kate Rohde, Marcos Guzman, Maree Clarke, Pennie Jagiello and Roseanne Bartley.

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Sea HER Land
Jun
30
to Aug 26

Sea HER Land

Inspired by this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’, Sea HER Land showcases a rich quality and diverse range of works made entirely from natural materials by six of Baluk Arts’ key female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Exquisite works made from materials such as bull kelp, shells, bones, clay, wool, wood, assorted fibres, river reed and feathers honour mother earth and evoke memories of personal history. Each artist has a strong connection to the material they have utilised in their work, whether it be from the sea or the land. It is HER story, which has been cradled in the form of a vessel, to encapsulate the essence of protection and strength.

 

Artists: Tallara Gray, Cassie Leatham, Gillian Garvie, Beverley Meldrum, Nannette Shaw, and Lisa Waup. Curated by Lisa Waup.

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Stitch-a-Hug month
Jul
1
to Aug 31

Stitch-a-Hug month

STITCH-A-HUG-MONTH

WHY?... 

Craft= presence+expression+connection= homing

This project is about slowing down, putting down devices, being mindful of the preciousness of the right now, the people around us, and feeding our souls/ enhancing our lives with creativity and making. 

I will spend July/August stitching as many hugs as I can (aiming for 100!) to give to friends and strangers. It's my way of affirming the importance of making, of using my hands to express myself, anchor myself in time and place, share stories and connect with others.

I would love YOU to join me too! 

WHY STITCH-A-HUG and the EMOJI HUG?

So much of our communication and connection with each other is virtual, instantaneous, and convenient, and perhaps, not as mindful or authentic as it should be. Stitch-a-hug-month, is an opportunity to slow down and use our hands to make something special for others.

Hugs - actual or symbolic - connect us to others in a positive way. Using the emoji hug is a symbolic reminder of the importance of finding balance in the ways that we connect with each other. 


In the absence of being there to deliver a physical hug, an emoji hug in digital communication might express the idea of care/ compassion/ love in serious or playful ways. 

but…

spending mindful energy and time to stitch-a-hug for someone else amplifies that expression of care/compassion/love.

and…

a stitch-a-hug, accompanied by a real, big, squishy hug in person? KAPOW!!That's super charged happiness!


HOW TO PARTICIPATE…

You can participate by hand-crafting your own hug(s) for friends … (or strangers, if you like.)

Here's how:

1. Follow my Stitch-a-hug-month blog on www.lennimk.com.au and/or Instagram R https://www.instagram.com/lennimk1/ 
for access to:
" stitch-a-hug inspiration boards,
" patterns, how to and templates
" stitch-a-hug happenings and stitch-ins
" inspiration/resources on craftivism, the slow movement, creativity, stitching and well-being. 

2. Stitch-a- hug(s) for a friend (s) between now and the end of August.

3. Connect with others to stitch-a-hug and share/post your stitch-a- hug and hug making on social media using #stitchahugmonth and #craft2connect.

You might also like to add #craftcubed2018 and tag me if you are posting on Instagram with @lennimk1


NOTE: This isn't an anti- social media campaign. The focus of this project is about using craft and making to be present in the moment and finding balance: using the best of what digital/social media has to offer i.e.: connecting beyond geographical and physical spaces and sharing information/inspirations, so that anyone/everyone can have a go at hand making something to share with others.


DO I HAVE TO BE ABLE TO EMBROIDER/CROCHET/KNIT/SEW TO PARTICIPATE?

You do not have to be an expert/ experienced crafter/maker/ embroider/knitter/crocheter/sewer to stitch-a-hug! 

As long as you can use a pair of scissors, thread a needle, read, watch, explore ideas, you can have a go!

You can use any fibre/textile-based technique or medium that you want. The key is to stitch and make with your hands. 

Why stitching? Stitching engages your brain in a self-induced state of focusing. It improves concentration, stimulates mindfulness and creativity.

Your stitch-a-hug(s) don't have to be "perfect" - just handmade with mindfulness, care and love!

Beginner stitch-a-hug inspirations and how to templates are available.Go to www.lennimk.com.au:Stitch-a-hug-month.

WHO?...

About me: My name is Lenni Morkel-Kingsbury. I design, make, write and grow things. I live and work in regional Victoria. 

Contact via website or email: lennimk@gmail.com
To find out more go to: www.lennimk.com.au
OR https://www.instagram.com/lennimk1/

About YOU: You like the idea of stitch-a-hug-month, and want to take the opportunity to slow down, be present and connect through creativity and making.

~Give a friend a slow hug- join me for stitch-a-hug-month~ Lenni

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Introduction to 4 Shaft Weaving
Jul
1
to Aug 19

Introduction to 4 Shaft Weaving

  • The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria (map)
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THIS EVENT IS ALREADY BOOKED OUT, BUT CLICK BELOW BUTTON FOR TERM 4.

No weaving experience required! This comprehensive introductory course will guide you in the use of a 4 shaft table loom to weave your own cloth. Enjoy the satisfaction of taking yarn through to finished fabric.

What you will learn:
How to weave your own cloth using a 4 shaft table loom and related tools
We follow the whole process through: From choosing yarns and winding a warp to dressing the loom, interpreting drafts, weaving a series of simple structures and employing decorative finishing techniques
You will produce a sampler using basic structures and then plan and weave a project of your choice

When: 
Sunday 1 July 2018
Sunday 15 July 2018
Sunday 29 July 2018
Sunday 19 August 2018

What you will get:
Expert skills-based tuition in handloom weaving
A complete set of notes for class and future reference
Use of your own 4 shaft table loom to take home between classes for the duration of the course
Yarn for your initial sampler

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A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness
Jul
7
to Sep 16

A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness

  • Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (map)
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Curated by Hannah Presley, 'A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness' will celebrate the significance of family, community and humour in contemporary Aboriginal life. This major exhibition will feature 10 new commissions by artists from south-east Australia and beyond, in an exploration of everyday life and experiences of Aboriginal people today. Country music icons, queer identity, pop-culture and community leadership are referenced, as well as the legacy of ancestors and the importance of coming together to strengthen identity and connection.

'A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness' is the inaugural exhibition for Yalingwa, a Victorian Government initiative. Yalingwa is a partnership between Creative Victoria, ACCA and TarraWarra Museum of Art, designed to support the development of outstanding contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial practice. It includes three new curatorial positions and three major exhibitions alternating between ACCA and TarraWarra, focused on new commissions by contemporary Indigenous artists.

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Contemporary Textiles Exhibition Buda
Jul
28
to Aug 11

Contemporary Textiles Exhibition Buda

  • Buda Historic Home & Garden (map)
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CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES EXHIBITION – BUDA 2018
6th Biennial Award Exhibition - Commemorating the Leviny daughters
28 July – 11 August 2018, open daily from 10am - 4pm

This biennial award exhibition supports the work of established and emerging textile artists from across Australia and New Zealand. The work of artists is jury chosen for entry and judged by an esteemed panel from the textile community.

The 2018 award has two categories Contemporary Textiles and Student / Apprentice Award for an emerging artist currently undertaking post-secondary studies or an apprenticeship.

The Contemporary Textiles Exhibition was commenced at Buda Historic Home and Garden, Castlemaine, in 2008 to commemorate the five unmarried daughters of Ernest and Bertha Leviny, who resided in the house. The family were creative in many fields and fostered the arts throughout their lives. The daughters were keen followers of the Arts and Crafts Movement philosophies from the 1890s and into the twentieth century, and were particularly productive in various modes of fancy needlework and textiles. 

Many of the items produced by the Leviny women to decorate their home can still be seen and enjoyed by the visiting public at Buda today. It is fitting that their memory should live on through encouraging artistic and innovative design in contemporary textiles by presenting this biennial exhibition and awards

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Lekker by Stephanie Granlund
Jul
30
to Sep 2

Lekker by Stephanie Granlund

Lekker is a new body of work based on material explorations Stephanie Granlund began in her final year of sculptural studies alongside recent investigations during her time in the Netherlands. Her current practice is predominantly centred on experimenting with once consumable products to then create new art-based materials. This is mainly with sugary food products commonly found in the sweets section of a supermarket or the pantry of a kitchen. Through a process of abstraction and play, the once consumable products move away from edibility and focus turns to their material, tactile and sensory qualities.

She enjoys that viewers are easily seduced by the inherent qualities that come with sugary products, but is also interested in maintaining some ambiguity with the highly aesthetic outcomes that are created. The food-based items she engages with are often those that are available in the environment she is working in. Her work is therefore heavily influenced by her surroundings as frequently new materials present themselves in new places.

During her time in the Netherlands she discovered many new and some culturally specific food products to play with. She will then frequently play with the sugary products alongside other materials like plaster, fabric and plastic. Due to the transient nature of food, these material connections will often visually evolve over time. The title of her show at Mailbox Art Space is the Dutch word Lekker. When associated with food this word roughly translates to meaning delicious or yummy.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, 2 August 2018, 6:00pm

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Pro Prototype
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Pro Prototype

Twin clay lighting concepts will happily float in the window of Toast Workroom for the month long festival. Local designer Stephanie Watt plays with her bold minimal aesthetic and devotion to colour in her form play project, Dorkus Design. Here she again explores the manipulation of light to create a new dreamy scene.
Aesthetics aside, accessibility is the significant theme here. This designer and maker lives with Chronic Fatigue, currently experiencing a flare up in her condition. Pro-Prototype is Stephanie’s way of adjusting her practice, re-thinking how she can participate in the local craft community with her diverse capabilities. Space provided for this exhibit by Toast Workroom. 


Dorkus Design is a jewellery and form play project, best known for her bold laser cut, hand painted earrings. All pieces are designed and made in Stephanie’s Brunswick studio with a focus on a distinct aesthetic and a dash of offbeat humour. With her Industrial Design background Stephanie enjoys mixing mediums, combining technology with handmade elements. 

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In View: In Response by Ruby Aitchison & Annie Gobel
Aug
1
to Aug 31

In View: In Response by Ruby Aitchison & Annie Gobel

Jewellery by Ruby Aitchison and Annie Gobel made in reference to the 2018 MPavilion is exhibited in a jewellery studio in the Docklands. Made using and reflecting the materials, colours and structures of the pavilion’s aluminium roof, they were originally presented in motion on moving bodies during a performance piece. The dance piece entitled In Response brings together objects and bodies, the movements of the dancers responding to the forms and movements of the jewellery, also including the audience as they too were adorned. This time displayed static, their form and articulation in focus, with the film screened on opening night.
This project is echoed in a parallel exhibition in Cathedral Arcade where the recorded performance is played on loop. 

t: Friday, 3 August 2018, 6:00 pm

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HOMAGE
Aug
1
to Aug 31

HOMAGE

“Homage” is an installation utilizing a rescued and very weather beaten old dolls house. It references the old timey homes that once populated our inner northern suburbs. Old floor coverings like lino and rosy carpet. Chippy painted walls with peeling wallpaper. Remnants of that dated house decor that is only just surviving the gentrification of suburbs like Northcote, Thornbury and Preston. Each room in the house will have hand crafted mementos in situ. These items will be recreated artifacts that were proudly displayed on our Nana's mantelpiece and on the walls of the good room. Flying ducks, Crucifixes, Souvenir spoon racks, kitsch Australiana, and more. It will be a homage to what we are slowly loosing in our architecturally designed streetscapes. 
Home is where the craft is; craft is where the home is.....or was. Our Nana and Pa's homes where often a shrine to craft and the handmade. I have coined my own phrase "grandpa craft" which describes the whimsical, naive and totally made with love artifacts that emerged from Grandpa's shed back in the day and took pride of place in the home. Poker work spoon racks in the shape of Australia, matchstick dinner trays, tyre swan planters and all manner of quirky hobby crafted knick-knacks. I don't even need to mention Nana and her creations. Crocheted covered coat hangers, dolly toilet roll covers and embroidered pinnies. All these were crafted in the home, homes we are sadly losing as the wrecking ball swings busily in our neighborhoods and the bull dozers continue to demolish “old lady houses” that aren't slick and trendy or neat and tidy. 

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Reflections of Home Exhibition
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Reflections of Home Exhibition

For over 15 years Blue Dog Glass studio has been home to a large community of people interested in working with glass as an artistic medium. We’ve been supplying glass, providing learning opportunities and making our equipment and studio spaces available to professional and hobby glass artists alike during that time.

Visitors from across Melbourne, Victoria, interstate and even overseas have come to our studio home to experience glass for the first time, to learn new skills and to hone their craft. Some rely on our facilities to create their works while others take the skills they learn here and continue making their art in their own home studios. In doing so, our glass community has grown far and wide, along with people’s opportunity to explore and extend their own creativity.

For the last three years the studio has run an exhibition and open day during the Craft Cubed Festival. By inviting new people to experience the world of glass art in a friendly and casual setting (our ‘home’) they can see it is a craft that is open to anyone who is interested in giving it a try.

This year, our gallery space will host an exhibition of works from some of our experienced students through the whole of August. They will be exploring the theme: Reflections of Home and through their works they will highlight what ‘home’ means to them. Working with glass in a myriad of way offers a wide range of options for creating 2D and 3D works and the theme may be reflected in the use of particular imagery, techniques, display options, etc.

Blue Dog Glass has always been proactive in offering its customers access to new methods as they’ve developed in the glass world. New crafts such as printing, digital imagery, and jewellery making have been added to the range of techniques that can now be incorporated in art works. And this year we’re excited to add a little hot glasswork into our studio home with a new extension – our purpose-built, fully equipped mini hot shop (with a glory hole, kiln and associated tools), to be officially opened at our Open Day on Saturday 11 August.

The public is invited to attend and while at the studio, they have the opportunity to make their own glass project – inspired by the exhibition theme of home - in a short session (with all materials and tools supplied). Several of our exhibiting students will be on hand to assist and guide our visitors through the techniques on offer – as well as discuss their works on display. The whole studio will be open for inspection so that new visitors can see the range of equipment and services available should they wish to take up the craft themselves.

The exhibition will be open to the public during our usual business hours as well as the open day. We will supply all materials and tools for participants in the make-it sessions with the first session free and a small cost for extra sessions booked. No experience is required for make-it session participants and we can include children over 10 years if accompanied by a supervising adult. We do have wheelchair access via our rear door. However, we do not have disabled toilet facilities, etc.

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CiPi :The Pink Shadow Game
Aug
1
to Aug 30

CiPi :The Pink Shadow Game

As The Pink Shadow travels through time and space, she enables other beings to collect and use super-powered tokens to enhance their human existence.

The tokens celebrate the materiality of objects we use daily and are made from neon acrylic, leather, wood, textile, metal and are hand-etched to indicate a specific power.

Tokens are passed between people, enhancing and changing behaviours, enabling a participant perhaps on one occasion to "be nicer to THAT person at work" or "give yourself a time bonus to finish a particular task”. A favourite possibility is "a 25% greater likelihood that a member of your family might offer to wash the dishes" 

Once a person has completed the task they may pass the token onto someone they think might benefit from the now supercharged token. Game cards and token pouches can be purchased and used if the participant finds the game particularly useful.

The Game is spread through different people and spaces. The 1st Place is a box on a gate at CiPi's house where tokens will be placed at specific times on particular days. Other locations will be determined by CiPi’s travels between Castlemaine and Melbourne during August. Potential participants can book a 2.5 minute session for exchange of tokens. 

The Pink Shadow may well be a super-person who travels through time and space, but home is the centre of all things. This project starts at CiPi’s home, and travels through time, space, other beings and their homes. Participants in the Game make the game travel to ever more places as they follow their daily movements.

All essential information including token arrival times, drop off points and micro appointments are posted on CiPi’s website and Instagram account during August. 

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Short Stories
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Short Stories

Short Stories is an Instagram journey hosted by Melbourne Doll Designer, Gracie Keal, that promises to provide you with a daily dose of happiness. 

Known for her eccentric dollies, crafted from colourful fluff, grandma’s old curtains and preloved pillowcases, Gracie Keal creates soft, squishy creatures with heckloads of personality. Carmen who likes her morning Weetabix extra soggy and Pete and Cheryl who found love over a Lasagne, will feature amongst others, as part of this Craft Cubed satellite project. 

Since starting up in 2016, Gracie Keal has sewn up many a doll for Melbourne's young and old. For the month of August, she invites you to delve into the love lives, scandals and personal confessions of her favourite characters, with an Instagram post dedicated to a different dolly every day. 

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The Domestic Divided: An Installation
Aug
1
to Aug 31

The Domestic Divided: An Installation

The Domestic Divided installation is available 24/7 in the window of Dotspace, a place for art, design and happenings in Northcote. Just a stroll from Merri station, Dotspace was in its former life a newsagency run by the same family for over 80 years until the passing of Dot in 2012.
Clay- everybody's at it - but no mere mortal can answer all the technical questions new pottery students/art teachers/artists have about this mystical medium.
Claytech Education presents a range of Infodump seminars which explore and explain the mad, addictive, complex and uncontrollable world of clay to anyone and everyone.

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Photo drawing
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Photo drawing

Photo drawing involved creating images from photos taken in and around the local surrounds to be posted on Instagram daily. Followers are invited to do the same by photographing things that mean 'home' to them like a garden flower or a local shopfront or a found object on any given day. 

Using the hashtag #seeingthingsdifferentlyathome followers can post their own images and become part of the photo drawing project.

My intention is to draw your attention to see things differently around you. To see 'home' differently and focus on things that are often overlooked in day to day living.

Follow Katherine on Instagram: @@katherinemarmarasartist to keep up to date and to follow the project. There will be workshops where you can come along and do your photo drawing with others. Venue, times and dates to be confirmed. There may be a small fee charge for workshop participation.

Workshop: Photo drawing with Katherine Marmaras at the Box Hill Community Arts Centr, August 19th.

SEE OUR INTERVIEW WITH KATHERINE MARMARAS

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Swatch the Future
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Swatch the Future

The final year Textile Design and Development students at RMIT have forecast the future and imagined a world that is different from the current political, economic or environmental climate. Thirteen emerging designers set the scene, identifying a design problem within a potential apocalypse in order to develop textile design solutions. These new worlds may have been overrun with water, seductive yet poisonous plants, or other external threats. In some of these worlds, humans have no skin, or they have lost their eyesight, or even have mechanical limbs. The designers have used knitting, weaving, surface design, stitching, felting, embroidery and a range of other experimental and innovative textile techniques and materials to develop solutions to problems in multiple new worlds.

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House, floating
Aug
2
to Aug 31

House, floating

  • Studio 4, Sacred Heart Building, Abbotsford Convent (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

OPEN 10am to 4pm THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS DURING AUGUST

'House, floating' is a book launch and an installation.

It is an environment - at once real, modest, functional and part-domestic and also manufactured, fantastic and ephemeral.

It is enclosed and expansive.

Its elements manifest from the new volume of poetic text and original artwork by Bella Li, titled 'Lost Lake' (Vagabond Press), which will be officially introduced at the studio of maker/curator Leah Muddle during Craft Cubed 2018.

It is objects both found and created by hand - assembled, arranged, displayed, in use and catching the eye.

It is a project for the curious and an expression of curiosity ... perhaps at the animated nature of spaces, perhaps at the sudden presence of two large eggs in the living room.

'House, floating' will be a component of the walking tour between new Sacred Heart studios at the Abbotsford Convent, also planned for Craft Cubed 2018.

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In the first section of Bella Li's new book, 'Lost Lake', there are two early titular descriptions - 'Enchantments Encounter'd' and then, 'A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World'. Brief sequences of evocative poetry are followed by original collage images (made by Li) called 'Curiosities' - meldings of quaint yet utterly domestic or everyday scenes with hovering objects that seem to arrive from a plane of fantasy. The presence of these objects constitutes amusing breaches upon banality and the expected.

The visual works reflect Li's poetry, which is extremely precise and pointed - referring often to particular things and places and figures - yet also entirely mysterious, infinitely allusive and not quite graspable.

The work establishes the existence of a very compelling but vague place or 'other' realm - something between the familiar and unknown, between wakefulness and sleep, between constructed and imagined. The images in particular seem to imply that there are portals to this realm, everywhere (if you look), even inside the home.

'House, floating' will be an event and an exhibit of works derived from such themes and images in Li's work. It will be set, quite ideally, inside the new studio of Leah Muddle. This space, though small, is very multi-faceted. It is a commercial retail show-room; it is an occasional gallery; it is a working space, and it is a personal 'lived-in' space. The tools and processes and off-cuts of making are visible, as are coffee cups and worn-out cardigans and companion trinkets. It is all on display both by necessity and by design. There is a continual toing and froing between 'authentic' and 'contrived'. 

This inter-play will be explored and amplified in 'House, floating'. Additional elements will be arranged in the space - including original prints by Li, curated furnishings, hand-crafted papier-mache objects and music. Visitors may not confidently register - which are the exhibited things, and which are the 'real' things? The effect may be to show the quiet, constant tussle of fantasy and actuality that animates our spaces.

Launch event: Sunday August 5, 2.30pm for 3 pm start

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Advice Clinic - Instagram check up
Aug
2
1:00 PM13:00

Advice Clinic - Instagram check up

In 2018 Craft have initiated a new form of tailored Professional Development by the way of Monthly Advice Clinics.

Free for members, we invite you to come along and grab a 10 minute slice of professional advice with specific focus.  Plus, take the time to meet other members and browse our amazing Craft Library which is now publicly accessible for the first time in years.

"Such a wonderful initiative and I found your input really beneficial, and timely at a point where my practice is taking a different direction." February Advice Clinic Feedback

The special Craft Cubed session is an opportunity to have your Instagram critiqued and analyzed with an eye to recent developments.

The panel will look at your images, your text content, your hashtags as well as your bio, your stories, your story highlights and new use of shop functions.

AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED.

FREE FOR MEMBERS / $10 FOR NON-MEMBERS

Members use their discount code

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Material Constructs: The Home Stretch - Sarah crowEST
Aug
3
to Oct 28

Material Constructs: The Home Stretch - Sarah crowEST

  • Textile Art Museum Australia, Ararat Regional Art gallery (map)
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Material Constructs: The Home Stretch features new work by Sarah crowEST created in response to two earlier textile artworks acquired by Ararat Regional Art Gallery 1995 and 2013. A leader and innovator in textile art, corwEST’s work operates in the gaps between geometric abstraction, hand-crafted apparel, and the expanded field of painting.

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Where You Rest by Amy Kreitals
Aug
3
to Aug 12

Where You Rest by Amy Kreitals

“Where you rest” explores themes of the site of the body as ‘home’. The body is the most basic vessel of home, with us wherever we go, as we shift through different sites and states of belonging in, to and of place. This relationship to the site of the body can be fluid, familiar, safe, or it may be is more fraught and fractured. 

With this work the artist is re-approaching this relationship to the body as a place of belonging by engaging in a process-driven experience that allows for exploration and joy in what can be created, rather than frustration over what cannot. 'Where you rest' is an opportunity to find peace at home. 

This large scale textile installation crafted using textiles associated with either comfort or domestic use and traditional handicraft techniques modified by the artist. The work will predominantly consist of panels adorned with various stitching techniques, hung through the Testing Grounds site. 

The artist creates all her works in her home, often even in bed, as such these works originate from a context of domesticity and home.

Opening Event: Friday, 3 August 2018, 6:00pm

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Archi Loom: A
Aug
3
to Aug 5

Archi Loom: A

Archi-Loom A is a large 3-dimensional installation utilising re-purposed materials including bamboo, recycled rope, various fabrics and other found materials. It is an interactive construction which is constructed by the Slow Art Collective in conjunction with various participants including children and aged people and various interested members of the community. After Slow Art Collective have constructed the giant loom the various participating collaborators fill in the walls of the structure by weaving the various found materials into the loom. 

Archi-Loom is a colourful and playful work that is able to respond accordingly to the various sites and needs of the various contexts that it inhabits. The installation will offer a space that invites areas of play, rest, craft and discovery. The project focuses on the value of collaboration and explores concepts of value and sustainable practices. By using very simple technique, the installation invites anyone regardless their skill level or experience to contribute. Regardless of the age group and gender difference, participants enjoyed the idea of weaving the loom inside and outside and having authorship of a large slowly evolving collaborative installation.

Slow Art Collective (for this project: Dylan Martorell and Chaco Kato) is an artistic collective that focuses on creative practices and ethics relating to environmental sustainability, material ethics, DIY culture and collaboration. As an interdisciplinary group of artists, Slow Art Collective is interested in process-driven practices where the focus is on the act of making. In the past 9 years, Slow Art Collective created various large scale participatory works that often play with ideas of sustainability, improvisation, on site learning and experimentation often incorporating various elements of DIY sound experimentation, weaving, food and plant production and gameplay.

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Craft Film Festival
Aug
3
3:30 PM15:30

Craft Film Festival

The Craft Film Festival 2018 will follow on from the inaugural festival from 2016. Northcity4 has obtained the rights to present the feature J. FRED WOELL: AN AMERICAN VISION. The film follows Woell for six years through his teaching at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and its mentorship programs, and places him in a rightfully significant place as one of the first craft artists who opened the door to using found objects to comment on the times. J. FRED WOELL: AN AMERICAN VISION captures the essence of a political artist who believed deeply in the power of the creative spirit. 

Through interviews with historic and contemporary curators, artists and writers the film reveals much about Woell’s underlying convictions: to protect the environment, to respect all, particularly native peoples. His work calls upon all of us to make our world, our home, a better world.

We will screen the feature with a number of craft based short films.

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Wheel in a Day
Aug
4
9:30 AM09:30

Wheel in a Day

Escape to the High Country and experience the ancient craft of ceramics. Wendy Jagger Studio is situated on the edge of the pretty town of Mansfield, in North East Victoria and enjoys stunning views to Mt Buller. This is a very hands-on workshop and Wendy takes care to ensure you quickly develop the basic skills to start creating. You will learn how to centre clay on the potter’s wheel, pull up the clay into cylindrical forms to create your own collection of beakers, cylinders and bowls. NO EXPERIENCE is necessary! 
All work will be glazed in a selection of glazes, fired and shipped to you a few weeks after the workshop, (AusPost—C.O.D).

This workshop is perfect for anyone who: - 
· Wants to have a go on the wheel - no experience necessary! 
· Wants to create lovely bowls and beakers
· Can’t make it to the weekly classes
· Wants a fun filled, artistic experience
· Wants an experience to share with friends
· Wants an escape from the everyday

INCLUSIONS

· Professional tuition by Wendy Jagger, B.Ed., Dip Arts Ceramics
· Notes, Clay, full use of studio equipment, sole use of potter's wheel, all glaze materials and firing. 
· Exclusive embroidered apron
· Morning tea and a delicious, gourmet lunch served in the artist’s art-filled home.
· Gorgeous, panoramic views of snow capped Mt Buller and the High Country

* Purchase before 6 weeks before your selected workshop to receive the EARLYBIRD 5% discount! 
Use the code listed on the website.

LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS

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Coffee Pod Creations
Aug
4
to Aug 31

Coffee Pod Creations

Victoria is passionate about recycling and when she learnt that by 2012, Nespresso had sold more than 27 billion coffee pods worldwide (enough to encircle the equator 30 times) she decided to start collecting and up-cycling the aluminium Nespresso pods.

Victoria collects the capsules from local homes; cleans the pods (the coffee granules go in the garden) and then she makes the jewellery at her kitchen table.

Her coffee pod project shows the strong link between homes, coffee and reusing materials which would otherwise be thrown onto landfill.

Visit the cosy Fat Yarn Store to see the wonderful ways coffee pods can be up-cycled into handmade pieces of jewellery and accessories. Some items are for sale. 

Meet the designer, Victoria, on Sundays.
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ONLY OPEN WED-SUN 10am-4pm

SEE OUR INTERVIEW WITH VICTORIA KNIGHT

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Blanche Tilden Open Studio
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

Blanche Tilden Open Studio

For the first time, Blanche Tilden opens her new contemporary jewellery and glass studio to the public. 

Located 10 minutes drive from the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Blanche invites visitors to combine a visit to both her open studio, and “Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston”, an exhibition at Heide that explores the careers of Grant and Mary Featherston.

Tilden’s recent PhD research and work investigates the practice of arguably Australian most significant modernist designer, Grant Featherston, particularly Featherston’s work with glass.

Open studio visitors will gain a unique insight into Tilden’s highly respected practice, her current research and working methods with glass working demonstrations on the day.
 

Image: Blanche Tilden, Numero and Contour earrings
Image credit: John Gollings, courtesy, Heide Museum of Modern Art

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If home was a book...?
Aug
4
1:00 PM13:00

If home was a book...?

  • Kathleen Symes Library and Community Arts Centre (Meeting Room 3) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come and explore what 'home' might mean if you were to make a little book about it. Is it a concept more than a place? is it a dialogue, a poem, a series of pictures, perhaps?

In this intensive 2.5 hour workshop we will immerse ourselves in ideas about home - we may listen to songs on the theme, read a little poetry or narrative, perhaps - all to whet the creative appetite for a few solid hours of making, connecting and discovering. 

I will bring all materials along - and you will learn some basic bookmaking techniques. Feel free to also bring any ephemera, photos, texts or images you may want to include.Using mixed media we will fashion a small hand made book and begin to fill it with our ideas about home. The book can be added to as time goes on - you may end up inspired to make your own little 'HOME' library. Just bring your curiosity and imagination!

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Guild} {Home
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Guild} {Home

In Guild {Home}, makers Tara Drinkwater, Jennifer King, Lindy McSwan, Nadia Mercuri and Bethany Wheeler from 1000 Degrees Studios will extend their practice to create objects for the table, hearth, shelf and wall. The studios gallery will be transformed into a domestic space illustrated with objects for the home, made from glass, enamelled found metal and ceramic.

Open August 4th, 2 - 5 pm and online thereafter at 1000degrees.com.au

Guild {Home} asks makers to extend their practices to create experimental domestic works for the home. 

Curated by studio founder Bethany Wheeler, Guild {Home} follows on from our 2017 Craft Cubed exhibition Guild, and aims to create a visual summary of the network that the studio creates from year to year.

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Found Photography Embroidery- Saturday 4/8
Aug
4
6:00 PM18:00

Found Photography Embroidery- Saturday 4/8

applique workshop at Analogue Academy which is a cosy bar/cafe/photo development lab in Geelong.

This will be a site specific workshop using materials we find at Analogue Academy that they donate to us.

These materials will include incorrectly exposed photos and film negatives.

We want to combine the craft of embroidery with the practice of found photography to create new relationships with those two mediums.

We will provide textile materials such as felt, embroidery floss, needles, embroidery hoops and snippers.

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Batik
Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Batik

Learn about the art of batik, a traditional Indonesian wax resist method of dyeing with a natural indigo vat. In this course you will get hands-on experience using different ways of creating batik resists with traditional tjantings, brushes and stamps. Dye your unique design onto cotton fabric and learn how to produce different shades of indigo blue to create depth in your chosen design.

Each student takes home their finished piece of batik fabric that is already hemmed, ready to hang up, wear as a bandana or use for another project, plus knowledge to continue at home.

BYO a drawing, design or idea which is 1-3 colours / shades, and your lunch. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dye on. All other materials included.

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You are here! ... X - Sunday 5/8
Aug
5
11:00 AM11:00

You are here! ... X - Sunday 5/8

‘The Hut’ has been home to the Ferntree Gully Arts Society for over 70 years. Located close to the Gully’s village centre and in the foothills of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, the original building was an ex-army hut put in place in 1947. Although extended over the years, the building’s hand-me-down features are still obvious in the textured walls of the spacious gallery where member and open exhibitions are held. A large studio space accommodates regular painting, drawing and sculpture workshops and classes. 
Recently, the society began developing an outdoor space that will become a sculpture garden. As a first stage, ferro-cement artist Sioux Dollman worked with students to create a decorative gate opening to the area. Further plans will involve establishing a garden and creating a pathway through the sculpture space, edged with ceramic tiles decorated with the help of the local community. 
To this end, the society is holding a series of make-it days through August, in conjunction with Craft Victoria’s ‘Craft Cubed: Festival of the Handmade’. Society members, families, students, senior citizens, adults and children from across the local area are being invited to decorate their own terracotta tile, which will be fired and then placed within the sculpture garden design. It will be a permanent reminder of their visit to the society’s home and of their personal encounter with making a creative artwork. 
With the forested hills of the Dandenong Ranges National Park as a backdrop, the natural environment surrounding The Hut will be used to inspire the decorations on the tiles – it has already influenced the design of the new garden gates. There will be a range of natural found objects such as leaves, gum nuts, flowers, etc. available to help create the patterns and imagery in the tiles.
And with the finished individual tiles displayed collectively in one place, the act of creating brings with it a sense of community - with everyone working together to create a special, permanent place to be revisited and where those who have contributed can point and say their special tile is part of a whole bigger artwork.
Everyone is welcome to join in, from beginners to old hands. Art society members will be in the workshop to guide participants and offer help if needed. 
All materials and equipment will be provided and the cost is just $2.00 per tile to join in. Our Saturday and Sunday workshops will run from 11am to 3pm and our Friday session will run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Our workshop venue has full wheelchair accessibility, including disabled toilet facilities, and the building is easily accessed by car and public transport (located opposite the train station and bus stops).

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The Art of Making Loops- Artist in residence presentation
Aug
5
to Aug 29

The Art of Making Loops- Artist in residence presentation

Exhibition Opening: August 5th from 3:30 pm at Bini Gallery, 62 Smith Street Collingwood, VIC, 3066 Australia. Artist of Residence presentation: August 18th at Bini Gallery at 3 pm. Pamela will be showing the public how to make the Peruvian Stitch. 

My journey to loopy

“Going crazy with a baby at 44 or start my own jewellery business, that was my dilemma and for the sake of my mental health but also a way to provide economically I opted to become a jewellery maker”.

All started 4 years ago while watching a video about wire crochet, right there I discovered the Peruvian Stitch technique. Two years later, I travelled to Peru and I took classes from the experts and became a professional in the Peruvian Stitch. Now, I am dedicated full time to this beautiful art.

In each piece that I finish I give the best of me: I use non-tarnish, Sterling & Fine silver wire 999.9% wire.

My desire is to seek perfection in my final design, although I know that perfection is always relative, however, the "Peruvian Stitch technique" allows you to form symmetrical rings and achieve beautiful jewellery. 

 I love what I do as It allows me to express myself with my art. Further, I love the flexibility that comes with my business, as it lets me to stay at home with my children. I also love to see women's reaction to my jewellery and that is so heart-warming.

Pamela Mujica (PAMdesigned)

Pamela Mujica, was born in Chile. Makes wire crochet jewellery using the Peruvian Stitch. The Peruvian stitch is the Art of Making Loops. She uses Fine Silver 99.9% wire, upcycle copper wire and non-tarnish wire to make her pieces. The technique Peruvian Stitch was created by Juan Pacheco in Peru 1992 neo ancestral sculpture due to the need to build sculptures to achieve a flexible and uniform mesh. 
Pamela sales her jewellery in different stores and online. Etsy, Bini Gallery, Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery, Space2b, Sisterworks and Global Sisters.

Credits: Mr Juan Pacheco creator of the Peruvian Stitch, Lauren Marshall from LJM Photography and Lorenza Bini from Bini Gallery.

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Make a book with the theme of 'home'
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

Make a book with the theme of 'home'

'Paper Bliss' author, stationery designer and pop-up shopkeeper, Skye Rogers, (skye's the limit) will guide you through an enjoyable few hours of assembling ideas about home into a small book. Is home a place, a state of mind, a yearning or memory? Using found objects, prose, sewing, paint and ephemera, each person will go home with a unique exploration on this theme.Plenty of pages will be left to continue the discovery. We will read poems about home, plus perhaps hear some songs that evoke the theme. We encourage parents to bring kids along (over 8) to explore the fun together.

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Underground Movement
Aug
6
to Aug 25

Underground Movement

This exhibition, Underground Movement, is a collection of jewellery by contemporary jewellery designers. Identifying Melbourne as HOME we reflect on this city of flux and flow. Particularly at the moment while subterranean spaces are being hollowed out and re-imagined as the issues of a growing population are addressed.

Each piece celebrates the beauty of movement, change and transformation. Kinetic and surprising, they feature elements that spin, swing, open, shut, fold, collapse or unfurl. Conceptually referencing the process of transformation from one state to another this is jewellery which will move you!

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	 Backstrap weaving workshop
Aug
9
to Aug 10

Backstrap weaving workshop

  • The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Follow the path of the young girls of South America as they learn traditional back strap weaving using only hand spun yarn and a few sticks. The 2 day workshop covers setting up and using a backstrap loom. We then explore the technique of Andean Pebble weave to create unique designs.

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Silver Ring Making Class at Montsalvat
Aug
11
to Sep 1

Silver Ring Making Class at Montsalvat

Silver jewellery making classes are held in the beautiful surrounds of the artist’s colony of Montsalvat in Melbourne, with master jeweller Jeanette Dyke. 
Join us and learn how to make your own silver jewellery in her professionally equipped studio.

Silver Ring Making Classes – for Beginner/Intermediate students
The Course:
• The focus is on either creating your own ring design or copying rings similar to some which will be shown in class
• Ideal for complete beginners with no experience necessary and intermediate level jewellers wanting to learn more in a professional working studio
• All skills needed will be taught during the class
• Everything is supplied; set amount of silver, copper and brass for decoration, tools, blades, emery paper, morning tea and super views, all within a creative environment
• There is also an opportunity to bring in your old 18ct gold jewellery to melt down and include in your design as decoration
• Suitable for 18yrs+

Dates and Times:
SATURDAYS 10am-1pm
4 Sessions (12 hours total): 11th 18th 25th August and 1st September 2018
Available to Book

Cost:
• $425
• All materials (set amount of silver) included and tools supplied during the class

What skills you will learn:
• Working with silver and silversmithing techniques
• Measuring finger size and working out quantities of materials needed
• Annealing
• Soldering
• Drilling
• Piercing/cutting metal
• Filing
• Forming metal
• Surface finishes

What you will get:
• By the end of the course you will have 1-2 finished silver rings to take home
• You will have lots of help and personal attention as I only have 6 students maximum per class
• All tools are supplied for you to use during the class (not to keep)
• List of tools suppliers and metal suppliers (my tools suppliers offer my students discount on tools purchases)
• Course notes
• Morning tea

What you should bring and wear:
• Dont wear loose clothing such as flared sleeves or scarves
• Bring reading glasses if you wear them
• A pair of good steady hands
• A pen and notebook
• Tie long hair back
• Apron
• A sense of humour always goes down well

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Felicity Law open studio
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Felicity Law open studio

Open Studio hosted by Matokie Clay Studio in West Preston. Matokie Clay Studio is a home based studio at the home of ceramicist Felicity Law. Classes and workshops are held here, people own the space, bring food to share, enjoy being surrounded by clay , art and ceramics. At the open studio day artists associated with Matokie Clay Studio will be making work and celebrating all things clay.

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Jewellery from Hydraulic Press Die Cut Metal
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Jewellery from Hydraulic Press Die Cut Metal

Northcity4 presents 3 workshops for Craft Cubed 2018. 

- Jewellery from hydraulic press die cut metal on 11/8
- Jewellery from hydraulic press formed metal on 12/8
- Jewellery from Sublimation printed metal on 18/8

These workshops are aimed at further skills development for emerging jewellers although they can also be attended by those with little to no experience. All tools and materials will be provided and there will be a small materials fee for these workshops.

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Blue Dog Glass Open Day
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Dog Glass Open Day

For over 15 years Blue Dog Glass studio has been home to a large community of people interested in working with glass as an artistic medium. We’ve been supplying glass, providing learning opportunities and making our equipment and studio spaces available to professional and hobby glass artists alike during that time.

Visitors from across Melbourne, Victoria, interstate and even overseas have come to our studio home to experience glass for the first time, to learn new skills and to hone their craft. Some rely on our facilities to create their works while others take the skills they learn here and continue making their art in their own home studios. In doing so, our glass community has grown far and wide, along with people’s opportunity to explore and extend their own creativity.

For the last three years the studio has run an exhibition and open day during the Craft Cubed Festival. By inviting new people to experience the world of glass art in a friendly and casual setting (our ‘home’) they can see it is a craft that is open to anyone who is interested in giving it a try.

This year, our gallery space will host an exhibition of works from some of our experienced students through the whole of August. They will be exploring the theme: Reflections of Home and through their works they will highlight what ‘home’ means to them. Working with glass in a myriad of way offers a wide range of options for creating 2D and 3D works and the theme may be reflected in the use of particular imagery, techniques, display options, etc.

Blue Dog Glass has always been proactive in offering its customers access to new methods as they’ve developed in the glass world. New crafts such as printing, digital imagery, and jewellery making have been added to the range of techniques that can now be incorporated in art works. And this year we’re excited to add a little hot glasswork into our studio home with a new extension – our purpose-built, fully equipped mini hot shop (with a glory hole, kiln and associated tools), to be officially opened at our Open Day on Saturday 11 August.

The public is invited to attend and while at the studio, they have the opportunity to make their own glass project – inspired by the exhibition theme of home - in a short session (with all materials and tools supplied). Several of our exhibiting students will be on hand to assist and guide our visitors through the techniques on offer – as well as discuss their works on display. The whole studio will be open for inspection so that new visitors can see the range of equipment and services available should they wish to take up the craft themselves.

The exhibition will be open to the public during our usual business hours as well as the open day. We will supply all materials and tools for participants in the make-it sessions with the first session free and a small cost for extra sessions booked. No experience is required for make-it session participants and we can include children over 10 years if accompanied by a supervising adult. We do have wheelchair access via our rear door. However, we do not have disabled toilet facilities, etc.

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Women's Work: Unfinished Business
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Women's Work: Unfinished Business

Women's work', along with the notion of coming together to sew with your neighbours around a kitchen table, is central to the sense of community that women of earlier generations developed for survival and sanity. 

In these sessions, participants will have the chance to complete the unfinished 'Fanciwork' of the women who came before us, learning to stitch using Opendrawer's collection of vintage napery and vintage and embroidery transfers. 

The sessions will take place in our fabric room, formerly the sitting room in our 1920s residence/present-day shop, establishing a sense of place both historic and current. While we sew, the group will discuss the notion of Women's Work and Fanciwork: the importance for previous generations of women of coming together to sew, and how this act was central to the sense of community they developed, and in comparison, how 'crafternoons' are serving this purpose in our current society; and the importance of contemporary craft practice and having time for leisure.

All skills levels are welcome. Beginners will learn simple stitches, and those with experience will be encouraged to explore something more complex. Participants will stitch on the old embroideries, as well as applying old embroidery transfers onto a vintage serviette, which they will embroider and take home. 

The cost will be approximately $25 per participant, and morning / afternoon tea will be provided.

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Back Strap Double Weave of South America
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Back Strap Double Weave of South America

  • Handweavers and Spinners Guild (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A 2 day workshop for more experienced weavers or those who are familiar with backstrap weaving. 
We will use patterns drawn from Bolivian and Bedouin weaving to create narrow bands of crisp geometric, plant and animal figures on prepared warps. This warp-faced double weave structure gives weavers the ability to create sturdy bands with clean, crisp designs on backgrounds of solid color using only two simple sheds. Both faces of the band are structurally identical with colors reversed. 
Because it is basically plain weave and therefore does not require the complexities of warp-float length and alignment to be considered, this technique allows the weaver to advance quite quickly to creating original patterns. Laverne likens it to ‘’doodling’’on plain weave. Students will be encouraged to create their own motifs as they become increasingly comfortable with the sequence of moves used to create the two layers of cloth in this double weave structure.
Participants will later wind their own wider warps which will give them access to an even greater variety of patterns.

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Home for Now, Home for a Lifetime- part one
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Home for Now, Home for a Lifetime- part one

This two-stage participatory project investigates tensions between personal reality of making a ‘home-for-now’ and the idealism of crafting a ‘home-for-a-lifetime’. To achieve this, we first workshop the concept of ‘home’ with the general public, then respond with a consolidated installation of crafted works that form a shared narrative of what this constitutes. Discussions will be facilitated in a roving makerspace/gallery - a converted horse float (see links) - and facilitated by making: physically forming clay and other artefacts to express personal memories and perceptions of what constitutes the values of ‘home’. Participants will be informally asked a series of questions, exploring commonalities and differences and the impact of previous ‘homes-for-now’ on their current, perhaps idyllic, perceptions of ‘home for a lifetime’. Following this, the conversations, footage and crafted objects will form the basis for a sculptural installation to be developed by our artists and presented at docklands on the final day.

Building on our previous work at Wide Open Road Art and with Craft Cubed 2017, this current project explores our individual archetypes of ‘home’; how each of us forms our own cluster of images and preconceptions of home, and the struggle we might undertake in trying to bring these ephemera to life. Through conversations with the public and our own experiences we seek to evoke the lost homes that those involved have preserved in their minds and that have deeply etched an idyllic sense of ‘home-for-a-lifetime’. These senses often come from spaces in which we felt most at home, but which, for varying reasons, often can’t be inhabited again -- childhood homes, holiday houses, homes in other countries or times of life that have been left behind. These spaces – or more so, the freedoms, experiences and sensibilities and relationships these spaces fostered – have intrinsically informed our ideals of what constitutes our personal definitions and yearnings for home as a permanent state. 
The deep personal value of home-creating is set against the backdrop of this moment in history in which it has become increasingly difficult to own a home and the symbolism and actualisation of one’s ideal becomes laden with great collective weight. Home For Now…. Home For a Lifetime seeks to garner the artists’ and the community’s experiences on this and then extend our presentation to our screen/pod in the Docklands, a high-rise development on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD. Where does the archetypal sense of ‘home-for-a-lifetime’’ fit within modern housing reality, densified rapidly built and hyper-competitive? 

The final installation, to be shown in the converted float at docklands, draws on the themes raised above, of an archetypal and ephemeral sense of home and the complicated social realities of making a real modern home. It asks, how might we reconcile these differences to craft homes together for a lifetime?

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Found Photography Embroidery- Saturday 11/8
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Found Photography Embroidery- Saturday 11/8

applique workshop at Analogue Academy which is a cosy bar/cafe/photo development lab in Geelong.

This will be a site specific workshop using materials we find at Analogue Academy that they donate to us.

These materials will include incorrectly exposed photos and film negatives.

We want to combine the craft of embroidery with the practice of found photography to create new relationships with those two mediums.

We will provide textile materials such as felt, embroidery floss, needles, embroidery hoops and snippers.

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Japanese Book Binding
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Japanese Book Binding

Join us for Japanese bookbinding using beautiful handmade papers to decorate covers of books. In this workshop Paperazzi Design studios resident paper artist Michelle Lackenby, will guide you through various Japanese binding stitch techniques and patterns and show you how to create your very own books to take home.

The techniques covered include simple Japanese stitch, Japanese stab binding, hemp stitch and tortoise shell binding. Each technique builds on the last and you will create your own set of soft cover books to take home.

These Japanese journals make excellent gifts and can be used for any purpose. Think photo books, writing journals, travel diaries – the possibilities are endless! No experience necessary. All notes and materials included.

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	 HOMEmade Makers Market
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

HOMEmade Makers Market

HOMEmade Makers Market celebrates and showcases the work of makers that call Darebin HOME. 

They are makers that create ceramics, jewellery, accessories, clothing, toys and homewares at home. 

In recent years, HOMEmade has been replaced with handmade, craft, artisan and bespoke, however at this market, we will reclaim the word. Celebrating highly talented makers that create quality work, at HOME. 

Makers showcased at the market live and make their wares at home in Darebin's suburbs of Northcote, Preston, Thornbury and Reservoir.

We'll have a fantastic day at our favourite location, Thornbury Bowls Club, complete with HOMEmade Devonshire Tea and Darebin brewed craft beer. 

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Jewellery from Hydraulic Press Formed Metal
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Jewellery from Hydraulic Press Formed Metal

Northcity4 presents 3 workshops for Craft Cubed 2018. 

- Jewellery from hydraulic press die cut metal on 11/8
- Jewellery from hydraulic press formed metal on 12/8
- Jewellery from Sublimation printed metal on 18/8

These workshops are aimed at further skills development for emerging jewellers although they can also be attended by those with little to no experience. All tools and materials will be provided and there will be a small materials fee for these workshops.

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Paperclay Exploits
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Paperclay Exploits

Matokie Clay Studio is a home based ceramics studio in West Preston hosted by ceramicist Felicity Law. Matokie Clay Studio hosts regular classes and workshops. 
Paperclay Exploits is a participatory workshop where paperclay will be made using toilet paper and different clay bodies including porcelain and terracotta. Construction of large complex forms using paperclay will be demonstrated, as will methods of using paperclay including joining wet to dry clay. 
This workshop will be limited to 10 participants, everyone welcome from beginners to experienced ceramicists. Workshop cost will include materials.

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Makers,Do-ers & Thinkers - RMIT Textiles
Aug
12
6:30 PM18:30

Makers,Do-ers & Thinkers - RMIT Textiles

RMIT's textile design programs focus on elevating the practice of handmade design & production into new possibilities. Drawing on a strong artisan craft tradition, textiles at RMIT offer a broad range of career possibilities - for makers, do-ers and thinkers alike. Find a home for your emergent practice in one of the myriad programs at RMIT
A collaborative project by the textile design programs at RMIT - this event will extend across the campus at Brunswick as part of RMIT's Open Day 2018

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INSTAGRAM MASTERCLASS - KYNETON
Aug
14
10:00 AM10:00

INSTAGRAM MASTERCLASS - KYNETON

Craft's Regional Instagram Masterclass.

Together with Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Craft present an all day intensive workshop designed for artists and craftspeople to get a professional handle on Instagram - one of the most powerful social media platforms for visual creatives today. Presenters include:

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Foundations by Ruby Aitchison
Aug
14
to Aug 19

Foundations by Ruby Aitchison

Steel and cement, being materials frequently used in construction are familiar and common, taken for granted as structural necessities. Neckpieces constructed from multiple steel components show how moisture from the inclusion of cement has intentionally and severely rusted the metal, while the articulation of the steel components activate and crumble the cement. These two materials that are primarily used for their stability and durability are now presented in a state of movement and impermanence. Often overlooked, these materials are brought forward once more to exude their materiality, to show their extremities and expose their vulnerabilities; How much can steel rust? How brittle is cement? How much does it crumble?

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	 Pop-up Ceramics Studio
Aug
15
to Aug 19

Pop-up Ceramics Studio

Potter Katy Mitchell will create a pop-up studio in the Halls Gap Hub for five days, between 15th and 19th August, to demonstrate her techniques to visitors and display her hand-crafted ceramic tableware. She will make pieces on the potter’s wheel and decorate them with designs inspired by the surrounding Grampians National Park. 

Raised on the wind-swept and rain-soaked Isle of Man, Katy Mitchell makes functional pots intended to be used and embraced in daily life. Her contemporary wheel-thrown forms are illustrated with delicate and colourful designs inspired by the beauty (and oddity) of the environment in which she finds herself, be that her island home or adopted homeland of Australia. Each piece is decorated with a combination of hand-painting, inlay and custom decals, often being fired in the kiln three times.

The weekend dates will coincide with Australian Ceramics Open Studios, a national event hosted by The Australian Ceramics Association. Now in it’s 6th year, more than 140 ceramics studios open their doors to offer insight, practical demonstrations and the chance to take home a handmade piece.

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Teapot Showcase
Aug
15
to Sep 22

Teapot Showcase

Whether functional or sculptural, each teapot possesses its own identity. Appearing
across many cultures, this well-known form has seen numerous interpretations and
explorations.

Craft’s Atrium Gallery will feature the pots of over 30 contemporary makers working across a diversity of material in this new showcase.

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Dye Day- natural dye, coreopsis
Aug
16
10:15 AM10:15

Dye Day- natural dye, coreopsis

  • Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dye Group
When: The group meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month
Time: from 10:15 am
Contact: Robyn Heywood

If you are interested in learning all about natural dyeing, then come along to the very popular Dye Group.

Each year different members of the group decide on the dye the group will have fun with, as well as provide the guidelines on how to use it.

2018 Meeting Calendar
July - Wattle
Aug - Coreopsis
Sept - Cochineal Extract with a Madder assist

Visitors welcome, $4 per session.

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Ode to a Suburban Songbird
Aug
16
to Sep 2

Ode to a Suburban Songbird

Ode to a Suburban is a tribute to one of Australia’s favouite birds. Almost everybody has a story about magpies, or someone in their life having to do with magpies. I wanted to create a group exhibition celebrating all things “pie”, where magpies are explored in different viewpoints and mediums. Including soft sculpture, illustration, textile, music ,painting, jewelry and leatherwork.

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QAYMI: Traditional Somali Woven Crafts- Saab Basket
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

QAYMI: Traditional Somali Woven Crafts- Saab Basket

An opportunity to experience the rich craft heritage and sustainability techniques employed in the Somali tradition of Qaymi. 

Both workshops will be held in the multi purpose room of the Kathleen Syme library with Muhubo Sulieman.

10.00am - 1.00pm

Snacks will be provided.

In these two workshops, participants will weave:
1. Saab - a traditional basket
2. Raar - a traditional grass and wool wall hanging

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You are here! ... X - Friday 17/8
Aug
17
12:30 PM12:30

You are here! ... X - Friday 17/8

‘The Hut’ has been home to the Ferntree Gully Arts Society for over 70 years. Located close to the Gully’s village centre and in the foothills of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, the original building was an ex-army hut put in place in 1947. Although extended over the years, the building’s hand-me-down features are still obvious in the textured walls of the spacious gallery where member and open exhibitions are held. A large studio space accommodates regular painting, drawing and sculpture workshops and classes. 
Recently, the society began developing an outdoor space that will become a sculpture garden. As a first stage, ferro-cement artist Sioux Dollman worked with students to create a decorative gate opening to the area. Further plans will involve establishing a garden and creating a pathway through the sculpture space, edged with ceramic tiles decorated with the help of the local community. 
To this end, the society is holding a series of make-it days through August, in conjunction with Craft Victoria’s ‘Craft Cubed: Festival of the Handmade’. Society members, families, students, senior citizens, adults and children from across the local area are being invited to decorate their own terracotta tile, which will be fired and then placed within the sculpture garden design. It will be a permanent reminder of their visit to the society’s home and of their personal encounter with making a creative artwork. 
With the forested hills of the Dandenong Ranges National Park as a backdrop, the natural environment surrounding The Hut will be used to inspire the decorations on the tiles – it has already influenced the design of the new garden gates. There will be a range of natural found objects such as leaves, gum nuts, flowers, etc. available to help create the patterns and imagery in the tiles.
And with the finished individual tiles displayed collectively in one place, the act of creating brings with it a sense of community - with everyone working together to create a special, permanent place to be revisited and where those who have contributed can point and say their special tile is part of a whole bigger artwork.
Everyone is welcome to join in, from beginners to old hands. Art society members will be in the workshop to guide participants and offer help if needed. 
All materials and equipment will be provided and the cost is just $2.00 per tile to join in. Our Saturday and Sunday workshops will run from 11am to 3pm and our Friday session will run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Our workshop venue has full wheelchair accessibility, including disabled toilet facilities, and the building is easily accessed by car and public transport (located opposite the train station and bus stops).

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	 A Day at Sacred Heart
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

A Day at Sacred Heart

  • Sacred Heart Building @ The Convent (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Situated within the Abbotsford Convent, the newly restored Sacred Heart building has become home to diverse group of creative practitioners who are excited to welcome you through their studio doors.

There will be screen printing and ceramics demonstrations and a variety of hands-on activities on the day - keep an eye on our instagram page for more information.

Make your way to the Sacred Heart courtyard where you'll be greeted with a map to guide you through each of the studios. Visit:

Ghost Wares
Ink & Spindle
Leah Muddle Studio
Mattt
Monolog
Print Safari
And more...

10am-5pm.

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Northcote Pottery Supplies Open Day
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Northcote Pottery Supplies Open Day

Northcote Pottery Supplies presents their annual Open Day, an opportunity for a behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on behind the roller door- There will be demonstrations, activities for kids as well as an opportunity for visitors to sign up and try the pottery wheel or make a plate. Our Guest Artist in Residence Lucinda Florence will open her studio door alongside resident Artists Tommy Hluchanic, Colin Gallagher, Dawn Tang and Alterfact (Ben Landau & Lucile Sciallano) the day will also feature an artist market with work for sale from local emerging ceramicists and a coffee cart for visitors to satisfy their caffeine needs.

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Tsumami-Zaiku Jewellery Workshop & Art of Tsumami-Zaiku Video installation
Aug
18
10:30 AM10:30

Tsumami-Zaiku Jewellery Workshop & Art of Tsumami-Zaiku Video installation

Learn 200yr old Japanese handicraft ‘tsumami zaiku’ and make your own ornate flower jewellery from recycled materials.

View the process of ‘tsumami zaiku’ as square-cut pieces of cloth are pinch-folded with tweezers into ornate accessories for traditional Japanese costumes like Kimonos.

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Make a Ceramic Room of Your Own
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Make a Ceramic Room of Your Own

  • 38 Lisson Grove Hawthorn, VIC, 3122 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Make an room, using your imagination, that is a perfect place for you to be peaceful and inspired. We will use clay slab construction to make a room with 3 walls and a floor. The beauty is in the individual details each participant uses to create their own room. Textures, windows, chairs can all be made of clay and added. Underglazes will be used to add colour. Pieces will be carefully dried and clear glazed by the instructor, for later pickup. This quiet reflective process brings us closer to our real selves, which shows us a unique strength and purpose for our lives.

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Home for Now, Home for a Lifetime- part two
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Home for Now, Home for a Lifetime- part two

  • 507 Docklands Drive Docklands, VIC, 3008 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This two-stage participatory project investigates tensions between personal reality of making a ‘home-for-now’ and the idealism of crafting a ‘home-for-a-lifetime’. To achieve this, we first workshop the concept of ‘home’ with the general public, then respond with a consolidated installation of crafted works that form a shared narrative of what this constitutes. Discussions will be facilitated in a roving makerspace/gallery - a converted horse float (see links) - and facilitated by making: physically forming clay and other artefacts to express personal memories and perceptions of what constitutes the values of ‘home’. Participants will be informally asked a series of questions, exploring commonalities and differences and the impact of previous ‘homes-for-now’ on their current, perhaps idyllic, perceptions of ‘home for a lifetime’. Following this, the conversations, footage and crafted objects will form the basis for a sculptural installation to be developed by our artists and presented at docklands on the final day.

Building on our previous work at Wide Open Road Art and with Craft Cubed 2017, this current project explores our individual archetypes of ‘home’; how each of us forms our own cluster of images and preconceptions of home, and the struggle we might undertake in trying to bring these ephemera to life. Through conversations with the public and our own experiences we seek to evoke the lost homes that those involved have preserved in their minds and that have deeply etched an idyllic sense of ‘home-for-a-lifetime’. These senses often come from spaces in which we felt most at home, but which, for varying reasons, often can’t be inhabited again -- childhood homes, holiday houses, homes in other countries or times of life that have been left behind. These spaces – or more so, the freedoms, experiences and sensibilities and relationships these spaces fostered – have intrinsically informed our ideals of what constitutes our personal definitions and yearnings for home as a permanent state. 
The deep personal value of home-creating is set against the backdrop of this moment in history in which it has become increasingly difficult to own a home and the symbolism and actualisation of one’s ideal becomes laden with great collective weight. Home For Now…. Home For a Lifetime seeks to garner the artists’ and the community’s experiences on this and then extend our presentation to our screen/pod in the Docklands, a high-rise development on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD. Where does the archetypal sense of ‘home-for-a-lifetime’’ fit within modern housing reality, densified rapidly built and hyper-competitive? 

The final installation, to be shown in the converted float at docklands, draws on the themes raised above, of an archetypal and ephemeral sense of home and the complicated social realities of making a real modern home. It asks, how might we reconcile these differences to craft homes together for a lifetime?

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Jewellery from Sublimation Printed Metal
Aug
18
11:30 AM11:30

Jewellery from Sublimation Printed Metal

Northcity4 presents 3 workshops for Craft Cubed 2018. 

- Jewellery from hydraulic press die cut metal on 11/8
- Jewellery from hydraulic press formed metal on 12/8
- Jewellery from Sublimation printed metal on 18/8

These workshops are aimed at further skills development for emerging jewellers although they can also be attended by those with little to no experience. All tools and materials will be provided and there will be a small materials fee for these workshops.

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Rubber Stamp Workshop
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Rubber Stamp Workshop

  • South Melbourne Market The Neff Market Kitchen (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Stamps are a great tool for customising fabrics. In this workshop you’ll learn how to design and carve your own rubber stamps for fabric printing with designer Suki McMaster. Suki will teach you everything you need to know about using your stamps to print on fabrics using ink and stamp pads. This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to learn basic print techniques as well as those who want to create their own unique fabric designs.

When: Saturday 19 August 10am and 3pm (2 classes)
Where: The Neff Market Kitchen, South Melbourne Market
Cost: $20

What you’ll get:
All the materials you need to create your own hand-carved stamp in the workshop.
A re-useable cotton bag to print on and take home. 

Please note, this workshop is available for people over the ages of 16. 

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Spiral Braided Rag Rug Workshop
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Spiral Braided Rag Rug Workshop

Ever wanted to try your hand at making a spiral braided rag rug? Artist, Ilka White will show you how to make your own unique, colourful rag rug using - you guessed it – cloth rags and fabric scraps. This is a great way to recycle your favourite old t-shirts and clothing making them into functional and decorative homewares that will last for years!

In this one day workshop, Ilka will show you how to begin a rug and guide you through the techniques necessary to complete your piece at home. Buda will also have their own rag rug collection from the 1930s and 40s on display for further inspiration. By the end of this workshop you'll have all the skills you need to finish your rug at home and if you catch the rag-rug-bug you may even be inspired to make few more after that.

Buda Historic Home and Garden in Castlemaine has a strong connection with the Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia, with the five unmarried Leviny daughters, who lived most of their lives in the family home, keen proponents of the Movement. All were involved in at least one or more disciplines relating to the arts and crafts including: embroidery and other styles of fancy needlework, wood carving, decorative metalwork and enamelwork, raffiawork, leatherwork, rag rug making, painting, drawing, designwork and pottery. 
Much of their own handiwork was made to decorate their home at Buda, and is still displayed throughout the historic house for visitors to enjoy.
Buda is keen to continue this tradition of fostering the arts, culture, history and horticulture through its public programs, events and activities.

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You are here! ... X - Sunday 19/8
Aug
19
11:00 AM11:00

You are here! ... X - Sunday 19/8

‘The Hut’ has been home to the Ferntree Gully Arts Society for over 70 years. Located close to the Gully’s village centre and in the foothills of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, the original building was an ex-army hut put in place in 1947. Although extended over the years, the building’s hand-me-down features are still obvious in the textured walls of the spacious gallery where member and open exhibitions are held. A large studio space accommodates regular painting, drawing and sculpture workshops and classes. 
Recently, the society began developing an outdoor space that will become a sculpture garden. As a first stage, ferro-cement artist Sioux Dollman worked with students to create a decorative gate opening to the area. Further plans will involve establishing a garden and creating a pathway through the sculpture space, edged with ceramic tiles decorated with the help of the local community. 
To this end, the society is holding a series of make-it days through August, in conjunction with Craft Victoria’s ‘Craft Cubed: Festival of the Handmade’. Society members, families, students, senior citizens, adults and children from across the local area are being invited to decorate their own terracotta tile, which will be fired and then placed within the sculpture garden design. It will be a permanent reminder of their visit to the society’s home and of their personal encounter with making a creative artwork. 
With the forested hills of the Dandenong Ranges National Park as a backdrop, the natural environment surrounding The Hut will be used to inspire the decorations on the tiles – it has already influenced the design of the new garden gates. There will be a range of natural found objects such as leaves, gum nuts, flowers, etc. available to help create the patterns and imagery in the tiles.
And with the finished individual tiles displayed collectively in one place, the act of creating brings with it a sense of community - with everyone working together to create a special, permanent place to be revisited and where those who have contributed can point and say their special tile is part of a whole bigger artwork.
Everyone is welcome to join in, from beginners to old hands. Art society members will be in the workshop to guide participants and offer help if needed. 
All materials and equipment will be provided and the cost is just $2.00 per tile to join in. Our Saturday and Sunday workshops will run from 11am to 3pm and our Friday session will run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Our workshop venue has full wheelchair accessibility, including disabled toilet facilities, and the building is easily accessed by car and public transport (located opposite the train station and bus stops).

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Festival of Natural Dyes
Aug
20
to Sep 10

Festival of Natural Dyes

Would you like to learn how to turn cloth into a rainbow of colours without using synthetic colour? Would you like to rescue an old t-shirt by giving it a new life from your kitchen waste? How about growing plants in your garden that produce colour?

The Festival of Natural Dyes is a series of events by that explore all of these themes and more. You can attend an intensive workshop, a half-day session or drop in to one of the natural dye craft groups in your area. The Festival lists everything happening in the natural dye space around the state so that you can pick and choose. 

Natural Dye Conference

At the centre of the Festival is a two-day conference where participants can hear from professionals in farming, processing, manufacturing or researching natural dyes. The Natural Dye Conference will explore the opportunities that botanical dyes present for local fibre industries. 

The conference will feature an eucalyptus exhibition by Sally Blake.
Sally Blake's eucalyptus dye database is the culmination of research into the colour produced from over 200 species of Eucalyptus. Sally will bring her exhibition to Melbourne for the first time as part of the Conference. 

Kirsten (Memories of Country), Amanda and Dianne (Walibirri Designs) from Gooniyandi/Fitzroy Crossing will present the Natural Fashion Collection presented at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2018. The session will look at opportunities to collaborate with bush dyers. 

Held on both days, a hand on workshop will allow you to get up close and personal with an organic indigo vat with Heather Thomas. Dip-dye your own scarf and learn the basics of setting up an organic indigo vat. 

The conference is hosted by RMIT University on the Brunswick campus and tickets can be bought for 1 day or as a two-day package. 

Sponsored by Australian Fashion Council, RMIT University, Victorian Government, Pip Magazine, Fibresmith, Sunspun Yarns, ETC Designs

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Smorgasburb
Aug
21
to Aug 31

Smorgasburb

Local artist Chloe Smith looks at the influence of post-war migrants on Brunswick (Melbourne's) food culture.
As the area gentrifies the evidence of these influences is disappearing. Chloe wants the audience to be aware of the profound impact these people and their businesses have had on our eating habits.
This is explored through her medium of felt soft sculpture.

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Making the Most of Design Markets
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Making the Most of Design Markets

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Making the Most of Design Markets
An interactive seminar presented by Angela D'Alton and Renée Baker of D'Alton Baker Productions

Guest appearance from Kit Palaskas, craft-based designer and author.

An opportunity for independent makers, designers and artists to learn, connect and be inspired while enjoying one of Firecracker Event's famous grazing platters with bar service.

The seminar will be presented using a variety of educational methods, video segments, panel discussions and Q&A.

What is it about?
Topics covered during the evening will include:
Why participate in design markets? Which markets are best for me? 

Optimising your applications - product photography and how to best tell your unique story

Before the market - stall design, product development and stock creation, packaging and presentation, social media momentum, interstate travel and packing for efficiency

During the market - stall visual merchandising, pricing strategy, customer service, gathering feedback, point of sale systems, wholesale considerations, market etiquette and the community, capturing content

After the market - following up enquiries from customers and stockists, updating inventory, post-market online sales, newsletter strategies and post-event social media, using captured content, reviewing and evaluating your systems for next market/ application

Cost:
Tickets are $59 each, available via daltonbaker.com.au, includes catering.

Times:
Start time is 6pm for a 6.30 start, 8.30pm finish.

Catering:
Event is catered by Firecracker Event and will feature a grazing table and bar service with selected wines and local craft beer.

Location:
Firecracker Event
87-88 South Crescent
Northcote, 
3 mins walk from Dennis Station, and 1 minute walk from the 250, 251 Bus stop

Other information:
Attendees will receive a special offer from DBP on the night.

Bring a pen and notepad or laptop/tablet, a camera and your curiosity!

Event Hashtags:
#daltonbakerproductions
#dbpevents

image credit: Maja Baska

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Shinki (Burning Vessel)
Aug
23
to Sep 29

Shinki (Burning Vessel)

Born in the Aizu Wakamatsu in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan, wood turner and photographer Makiko Ryujin grew up in Takasaki, Gumma, before moving first to Indonesia and then to Melbourne to complete her studies.

Her new solo exhibition at Craft, in Gallery Two features her meticulous work with wood turning, given over the heat of the flame. Shinki (Burning Vessel) draws from the ceremonies that formed part of her childhood in Fukushima, in particular the annual burning of Daruma dolls.

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Embroidery Workshop
Aug
23
to Aug 26

Embroidery Workshop

  • Firestation Print Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Anna will run two workshops over the course of the festival. The first workshop will be an evening session (23/8/2018) and the second (26/8/2018) a longer more detailed class for those looking to get stuck into a more involved project. These classes will be help at Firestation Print Studio in Armadale (2 Willis Street, Armadale). Students will create their very own embroidery sampler in class. They will be provided with an embroidery kit (thread, fabric, needle, embroidery hoop) and detailed instruction booklet. They will learn how to prepare fabric for embroidery, a range of embroidery stitches, and how to finish their work. We will also discuss design and how to apply what you learn to embroidery everything! These workshops are suitable for those new to embroidery and those with some experience. Students will get to relax and enjoy the process of embroidery in these intimate classes.

SEE OUR INTERVIEW WITH ANNA FROM ONEPINKPLUM

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Guerrilla Kindness Book Launch
Aug
23
to Aug 28

Guerrilla Kindness Book Launch

Guerrilla Kindness and other acts of Creative Resistance exhibition and book launch

This week long exhibition celebrates the launch of Melbourne craftivist Sayraphim Lothian's first book, "Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance: Making A Better World Through Craftivism".

The exhibition comprises of projects from the book including Knitted Protest Dolls, Yarn Bombing, Banners, Paste Ups, Stencils, Visible Mending, a 'Wagga Quilt', an historic style of Australian quilting, and more. 

There will also be a number of craftivist workshops during the exhibition including Cross Stitch, History Hexie Quilts, Guerrilla Kindness projects and more. Bookings and details can be found at www.sayraphimlothian.com

Copies of the book will be available for sale during the exhibition.

#CreativeResistanceBook

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QAYMI: Traditional Somali Woven Crafts- Raar wall hanging
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

QAYMI: Traditional Somali Woven Crafts- Raar wall hanging

An opportunity to experience the rich craft heritage and sustainability techniques employed in the Somali tradition of Qaymi. 

Both workshops will be held in the multi purpose room of the Kathleen Syme library. 

10.00am -1.00pm

Snacks will be provided.

In these two workshops, participants will weave:
1. Saab - a traditional basket
2. Raar - a traditional grass and wool wall hanging

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"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery"
Aug
24
to Sep 8

"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery"

  • TempContemp @Northcity4 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The official launch of the pilot exhibition space TempContemp at Northcity4: an exhibition space dedicated to experimentation and exploration of contemporary jewellery - what it is and what it can be. 

"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery" is the theme of the inaugural curated exhibition, an examination of our home turf through an open callout and challenge, asking makers and thinkers of Contemporary Jewellery to examine what we each love/hate about our current landscape: To defend it, applaud it, question it, seek to improve, or damn it as they see fit. 

Northcity4 is a shared studio, housing a busy community of sixteen artists working in the contemporary jewellery field. In establishing a home gallery at Northcity4, the aims of the pilot project have been shaped by the physical space and the curiosity of the curatorial team comprised of Laila Marie Costa, Annelies Hofmeyr and Anna Gray.

TempContemp is a temporary contemporary curatorial project to experiment with the exhibition of contemporary jewellery – in other words...there’s a new independent gallery space in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia and we want to show the world ALL the jewellery things!

We envision a pop-up stage for contemporary jewellery, during which visitors can delve into the delights of experimental jewellery thoughts, objects and inventions. And an emphasis on interactivity between bodies in the space and the works displayed – in other words…we would love a variety of works, activities and discussions around contemporary jewellery. The possibilities are endless so anything remotely related to contemporary jewellery is most welcome!

The aims of the project are:
1. To convert a small, blank room into a space worthy of housing and contemplating ideas around contemporary jewellery. What is it? Who makes it? Who wears is? What can it be? To examine, and if need be, interrogate the systems that support contemporary jewellery (or hold it back).
2. To share these ideas, enthusiasm and education for contemporary jewellery with our jeweller community as well as a wider, non-contemporary-jewellery public.
3. To successfully run such a space on a tight budget, mostly voluntary, with restricted opening hours and limited impact/interruption to working tenants or financial burden to the participating artists.

TempContemp at Northcity4 is a 2018 recipient of a Moreland City Council's Arts Investment Grant. 

"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery" opens at TempContemp on Friday, 24 August 2018, 6-9pm, as part of Craft Cubed Festival. 

The gallery hours are Fridays 11-5pm and Saturdays 11-4pm, or by appointment, through to Saturday 8 September. 

Contact gallery@northcity4.com for more information. 

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Wheel in a Day
Aug
25
9:30 AM09:30

Wheel in a Day

Escape to the High Country and experience the ancient craft of ceramics. Wendy Jagger Studio is situated on the edge of the pretty town of Mansfield, in North East Victoria and enjoys stunning views to Mt Buller. This is a very hands-on workshop and Wendy takes care to ensure you quickly develop the basic skills to start creating. You will learn how to centre clay on the potter’s wheel, pull up the clay into cylindrical forms to create your own collection of beakers, cylinders and bowls. NO EXPERIENCE is necessary! 
All work will be glazed in a selection of glazes, fired and shipped to you a few weeks after the workshop, (AusPost—C.O.D).

This workshop is perfect for anyone who: - 
· Wants to have a go on the wheel - no experience necessary! 
· Wants to create lovely bowls and beakers
· Can’t make it to the weekly classes
· Wants a fun filled, artistic experience
· Wants an experience to share with friends
· Wants an escape from the everyday

INCLUSIONS

· Professional tuition by Wendy Jagger, B.Ed., Dip Arts Ceramics
· Notes, Clay, full use of studio equipment, sole use of potter's wheel, all glaze materials and firing. 
· Exclusive embroidered apron
· Morning tea and a delicious, gourmet lunch served in the artist’s art-filled home.
· Gorgeous, panoramic views of snow capped Mt Buller and the High Country

* Purchase before 6 weeks before your selected workshop to receive the EARLYBIRD 5% discount! 
Use the code listed on the website.

LIMITED TO 6 PARTICIPANTS

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Clipping pots, floral frogs and posy holders
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Clipping pots, floral frogs and posy holders

Join our current Guest Artist in Residence Lucinda Florence, in a one-day handbuilding workshop. In this workshop participants will learn the basic principles of hand-building that Florence uses in her practice. Coil rolling, pinch pot construction and small-scale slab rolling will be demonstrated and students will have the option of making three small-scale pieces using these techniques which will be glazed and fired by Northcote Pottery Supplies technicians. 
Florence will discuss her practice as both a florist and ceramicist to inspire ideas among participants. Recent research Florence has undertaken into historic methods of floral display have influenced her work and will act as a starting point to inform the pieces students will produce, with an emphasis on clipping pots, floral frogs and posy holders. 
 

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Indigenous Flora Watercolour Workshop
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Indigenous Flora Watercolour Workshop

  • Darebin Creek Environment Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join local Illustrator and Textile Designer Carly Altree-Williams for a one day workshop learning about and illustrating the local Indigenous flora in the Darebin Parklands.

The workshop will commence with a walk led by Aboriginal Elder Uncle Trevor Gallagher in the Darebin Parklands through the Spiritual Healing Trail. The Spiritual Healing Trail is a gift from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as a gesture of reconciliation. It aims to promote personal good health through improving our emotional and spiritual well-being and a sense of being connected to the land where we reside, to others and most importantly ourselves. 

It will also give you the opportunity to view the vast array of beautiful Indigenous plants within the parklands.

We will then return to the Darebin Creek Environment Centre for morning tea and commence our workshop fully inspired!

What you'll get

• Learn the basics of botanical illustration and watercolour your own way
• Materials include watercolour set, paint brush, 300gsm watercolour paper.
• Morning tea
• Leave with a completed watercolour illustration ready to hang

Important Info

• This workshop runs from 10am – 2.30pm Saturday 25th August 2018

• Places are limited to a maximum of 10 students.
• Please arrive 15 mins earlier (9.45am) as we will commence the walk at 10am sharp
• The workshop is located at the Darebin Creek Environment Centre, Darebin Parklands at the end of Separation Street in Alphington.
• Please bring comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle and a packed lunch
• This workshop is aimed at beginner and intermediate students.

Cancellations Policy

The artist reserves the right to cancel any scheduled workshop. The reasons this may occur are (a) if the artist falls ill or (b) if the workshop does not reach the minimum number of students.

Students will be notified within 2 daysprior to the workshop and a full refund provided.

If a student wishes to cancel you will need to withdraw with 7 days notice for a full refund.

Less than 7 days notice entitles a 50% refund only.

No refunds or credit notes will be issued for withdrawals when less than 24 hour notice is given however you can send someone else in your place. 

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Craft Hatch Market
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Craft Hatch Market

The Craft Hatch Market is showcasing emerging maker, presenting a new flock of fresh craft talent to Melbourne with over 30 handpicked artists. 

Come up the laneway to our beautiful, light filled venue at 5 Easey Upstairs – a cosy forgotten heritage warehouse space – with coffee onsite, easy parking and trams nearby within a well-cultured craft-friendly neighbourhood.

Meet your makers showing their best jewellery, textiles, ceramics, papercraft, toys and more.

Coffee, music and drop-in workshops with Pilgrim Hodgson, from Draw Pilgrim

Local talent, blooming artists, new makers and debut marketeers all come together in a friendly retail market environment which makes for a perfect Fitzroy Saturday.

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Dreamscape Collage Workshop
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Dreamscape Collage Workshop

Join Laura and Emily for a hands-on design workshop combining vintage ephemera and found paper collage using low-fi digital design techniques to create digital print designs. 

Laura Blythman will walk participants through her collage creative process using vintage book pages, newspaper, coloured and textured paper to create unique collages.

“Before I started painting all my own papers, I collaged with vintage ephemera and found papers. This process helped me explore my place amongst existing artists before collaging future dreamscapes.” 

After a light lunch, Emily Wills will take participants step-by-step through the digitisation of collage ideas, turning original artwork into repeat patterns using a smartphone. You’ll play with scale and repetition and create gorgeous surface design artwork and ready-to-go digital files for printing your designs onto paper, fabric, fashion and home products.

10am – 2:30pm

Refreshments and light lunch provided

Laura Blythman, Artist and Designer
http://www.laurablythman.com.au/
@laurablythman

Emily Wills, Textile Designer / Design Educator
http://www.surface122.com/
@surface122
@surface122designschool

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Tracy Muirhead Pottery Open Studio
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Tracy Muirhead Pottery Open Studio

  • Tracy Murihead Pottery Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Born in South Africa, Tracy now lives in the leafy, outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She is passionate about clay, but tries to manipulate it as little as possible, allowing it to find its own expression. Hand building allows her to explore and experiment with endless possibilities when clay is stretched and torn, or squished and pierced. Many of her pieces are the result of this playful process of discovery.
The final part of the creative process is finding how each piece relates to, or is enhanced by its counterpart and how it will augment a living space. Tracy uses a variety of clays, including black clay from the UK, white stoneware clay from Australia, terracotta – the clay of choice in Africa, and the groggy, textured clay reminiscent of the Japanese aesthetic. All these cultures influence her work on a conscious and unconscious level.

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Subject / Object
Aug
25
to Nov 11

Subject / Object

Developed by Shepparton Art Museum in partnership with Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute, artist Damon Moon presents a series of exhibitions that respond to these unique Victorian regional collections and spaces. Moon has selected collections of vessels or pots that are specific to each institution, history and context. Using slip cast multiples and repetitive forms, Moon explores the subtle shifts in technique and materiality between his work and the selected ceramics. He offers a form of object-based conversation between his own ceramics works and works from each Collection selected to reflect on each place’s history of art and industry. These inspirations include the utilitarian vessels of early Chinese migrants; domestic-ware made by Bendigo Pottery; and a series of works selected to respond to a building’s architecture.

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See Yourself Weaving
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

See Yourself Weaving

  • The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria (map)
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The various weaving interest groups at the guild are hosting an open day where visitors can try their hand at different types of weaving. 
You can weave on a table or floor loom, tapestry loom, or the more portable inkle, band or tablet loom.

Different types of looms and weave structures will be set up with a guild member to guide you. Suitable for all levels of experience, including complete beginners!

There will also be an exhibition of works by the Weaving Matters group on display.

Event cost: gold coin donation

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You are here! ... X - Saturday 25/8
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

You are here! ... X - Saturday 25/8

‘The Hut’ has been home to the Ferntree Gully Arts Society for over 70 years. Located close to the Gully’s village centre and in the foothills of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, the original building was an ex-army hut put in place in 1947. Although extended over the years, the building’s hand-me-down features are still obvious in the textured walls of the spacious gallery where member and open exhibitions are held. A large studio space accommodates regular painting, drawing and sculpture workshops and classes. 
Recently, the society began developing an outdoor space that will become a sculpture garden. As a first stage, ferro-cement artist Sioux Dollman worked with students to create a decorative gate opening to the area. Further plans will involve establishing a garden and creating a pathway through the sculpture space, edged with ceramic tiles decorated with the help of the local community. 
To this end, the society is holding a series of make-it days through August, in conjunction with Craft Victoria’s ‘Craft Cubed: Festival of the Handmade’. Society members, families, students, senior citizens, adults and children from across the local area are being invited to decorate their own terracotta tile, which will be fired and then placed within the sculpture garden design. It will be a permanent reminder of their visit to the society’s home and of their personal encounter with making a creative artwork. 
With the forested hills of the Dandenong Ranges National Park as a backdrop, the natural environment surrounding The Hut will be used to inspire the decorations on the tiles – it has already influenced the design of the new garden gates. There will be a range of natural found objects such as leaves, gum nuts, flowers, etc. available to help create the patterns and imagery in the tiles.
And with the finished individual tiles displayed collectively in one place, the act of creating brings with it a sense of community - with everyone working together to create a special, permanent place to be revisited and where those who have contributed can point and say their special tile is part of a whole bigger artwork.
Everyone is welcome to join in, from beginners to old hands. Art society members will be in the workshop to guide participants and offer help if needed. 
All materials and equipment will be provided and the cost is just $2.00 per tile to join in. Our Saturday and Sunday workshops will run from 11am to 3pm and our Friday session will run from 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Our workshop venue has full wheelchair accessibility, including disabled toilet facilities, and the building is easily accessed by car and public transport (located opposite the train station and bus stops).

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2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award
Aug
25
to Nov 11

2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award

The 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award is the sixth in the series of SAM’s biennial Awards, showcasing new and exciting developments in the field. It contributes to the Art Museum’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramic art, and provides cultural exchange opportunities for Indigenous artists from regional Victoria and around Australia

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Found Photography Embroidery- Saturday 25/8
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Found Photography Embroidery- Saturday 25/8

applique workshop at Analogue Academy which is a cosy bar/cafe/photo development lab in Geelong.

This will be a site specific workshop using materials we find at Analogue Academy that they donate to us.

These materials will include incorrectly exposed photos and film negatives.

We want to combine the craft of embroidery with the practice of found photography to create new relationships with those two mediums.

We will provide textile materials such as felt, embroidery floss, needles, embroidery hoops and snippers.

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Introduction to Natural Dyeing
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Natural Dyeing

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For thousands of years plants have been used to dye fibre and fabric and a beautiful natural palette is still available today without the need for harmful chemicals. Local weeds or kitchen off-cuts can offer you harmonious hues in a range of values and intensity. This hands-on workshop introduces a selection of local colour possibilities, as well as discussing fibre types, mordanting options and dye safety. A shibori technique will also be used to produce patterned cloth. Come and discover some of nature’s hidden sources of colour!

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River Studios - Open Studios & Demo's
Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

River Studios - Open Studios & Demo's

River Studios, on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, is home to a community of diverse, multi-disciplined artists. It is both a place of work and a space for communal connection and collaboration.
There will be in-house demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops.

River studios occupies two levels of an award winning re-purposed industrial warehouse.

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Craft & Design as a Career
Aug
31
9:00 AM09:00

Craft & Design as a Career

Craft & Design as a Career returns for a day-long symposium of handmade goodness.

This is our yearly conference discovering the journeys of innovative and brave creatives and industry experts as they discuss their stories, philosophies and perspectives on what it means to practice in today’s craft and design community.

Our speakers include international and interstate luminaries presenting fresh reflections on their own lives in the creative realm.

Featuring hand-picked speakers including:

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