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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

Instagram: @jeanettedykejeweller

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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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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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	 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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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.

Instagram: @onepinkplum

SEE OUR INTERVIEW WITH ANNA FROM ONEPINKPLUM

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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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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

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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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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. 

Instagram: @carly_altree

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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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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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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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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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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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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)
  • 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. 

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

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

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

QAYMI: Traditional Somali Woven Crafts- Saab Basket

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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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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.

Instagram: @spinweavevic 

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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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Paperclay Exploits
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Paperclay Exploits

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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.

Instagram: @matokieclay

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

Jewellery from Hydraulic Press Formed 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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Japanese Book Binding
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Japanese Book Binding

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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.

Instagram: @bhcac

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

Found Photography Embroidery- Saturday 11/8

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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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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
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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.

Instagram: @spinweavewvic 

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

Women's Work: Unfinished Business

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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.

Instagram: @opendrawer_

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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.

Instagram: @bluedogglassmelb

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

Jewellery from Hydraulic Press Die Cut 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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A Taste of Spinning
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

A Taste of Spinning

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The Guild is a vibrant hub of textile activity for those who spin, weave, knit and crochet not only with wool but also with cotton, linen, angora and a variety of fibres from non-animal sources. We share our knowledge, skills and resources. Come and see what is available.

Instagram: @spinweavevic 

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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.

Instagram: @spinweavevic

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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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Batik
Aug
5
10:00 AM10:00

Batik

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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.

Instagram: @bhcac

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

Found Photography Embroidery- Saturday 4/8

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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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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
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DUE TO URGENT FAMILY MATTERS THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

 

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!

Instagram: @quirky_way

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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

Instagram: @wendy_jagger

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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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Introduction to 4 Shaft Weaving
Jul
1
to Aug 19

Introduction to 4 Shaft Weaving

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

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

Instagram: @spinweavevic

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