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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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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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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Subject / Object
Aug
25
to Nov 11

Subject / Object

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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.

Instagram: @sam_shepparton

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2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award
Aug
25
to Nov 11

2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award

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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

Instagram: @sam_shepparton 

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

River Studios - Open Studios & Demo's

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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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Introduction to Natural Dyeing with Ilka White
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

  • Castlemaine Community Kitchen (Continuing Ed.) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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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!

Instagram: @ilkawhite

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

Found Photography Embroidery- Saturday 25/8

Our project is to teach an embroidery and 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.

Instagram: @batsofleisure

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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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See Yourself Weaving
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

See Yourself Weaving

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

Instagram: @spinweavevic

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Tracy Muirhead Pottery Open Studio
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Tracy Muirhead Pottery Open Studio

  • Tracy Murihead Pottery Studio (map)
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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.

Instagram: @tracymuirhead

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Dreamscape Collage Workshop
Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

Dreamscape Collage Workshop

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

Indigenous Flora Watercolour Workshop

  • Darebin Creek Environment Centre (map)
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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. 

Instagram: @carly_altree

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

Clipping pots, floral frogs and posy holders

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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. 

Instagram: @northcotepotterysupplies
 

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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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"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery"
Aug
24
to Sep 8

"I Hate Contemporary Jewellery"

  • TempContemp @Northcity4 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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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. 

Instagram: @tempcontemp

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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

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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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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

Instagram: @sayraphim

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Embroidery Workshop
Aug
23
to Aug 26

Embroidery Workshop

  • Firestation Print Studio (map)
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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.

Instagram: @onepinkplum

SEE OUR INTERVIEW WITH ANNA FROM ONEPINKPLUM

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	 Artist in Residence Talks
Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Artist in Residence Talks

Please join 2018 Artists in Residence Chloe Bensahel (USA), Martina Copley and Sai-Wai Foo to hear about their artistic practices, as well as their experiences at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. 

Thursday 21 August 2018
Talks commence at 6:30 pm, refreshments from 6:00 pm.

Instagram: @austapestry

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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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WE ARE REALLY SORRY, DUE TO PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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

Instagram: @daltonbakerproductions

image credit: Maja Baska

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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.

Instagram: @theboroughs3057

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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

Instagram: @fibreshedmelbourne

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

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

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

Spiral Braided Rag Rug Workshop

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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.

Instagram: @budacastlemaine

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Rubber Stamp Workshop
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Rubber Stamp Workshop

  • South Melbourne Market The Neff Market Kitchen (map)
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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. 

Instagram: @sukimcmaster

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Ceramic Planter Pots
Aug
19
10:00 AM10:00

Ceramic Planter Pots

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Learn how to hand-build your own ceramic planter pot for your garden.

This workshop is ideal for those wanting an introduction to the clay making process, to develop new skills and create your own planter which you can take home once fired! Materials, firing and glazing included. BYO apron.

Instagram: @bhcac

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The Art of Making Loops- Artist in residence presentation
Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

The Art of Making Loops- Artist in residence presentation

Artist of Residence presentation: August 18th at Bini Gallery at 3pm to 6:30 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.

Instagram: @pamdesigned

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

Jewellery from Sublimation Printed Metal

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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.

Instagram: @northcity4

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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)
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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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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)
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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.

Instagram: @getfiredupart

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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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