Wood you? Yutaka Minegishi – RMIT Winter Masterclass
Aug
28
to Aug 31

Wood you? Yutaka Minegishi – RMIT Winter Masterclass

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In this Masterclass participants will use wood as a starting point. The objective will be to carve a ring for the hand. Using the porous and structural properties of wood participants will work using essential processes to explore contemporary forms. Traditionally goldsmiths build and model using metal components, sections and constituents to join and build form and structure. In this Masterclass, Yutaka will lead participants to use wood as a material and work only with the reductive and subtractive techniques to produce form by carving and stripping back material. Participants create rings in wood that concentrate on what you absolutely need. Starting with a humble section of wood the reductive and subtractive process of carving will focus on the edges, lines, curves and surfaces. Each participant will explore the form through the process of shaving and scraping, allowing the hand to decide what to do next. This intuitive and direct approach to working with wood will allow participants to feel which lines should join together to make a new curve or which details can vanish. Participants will engage in discussions led by Minegishi.

$600 (discount applies for RMIT students)

More information here

 

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FORUM: MAKING INTERNATIONAL PATHWAYS PRESENTED BY SLOW CLAY CENTRE
Aug
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

FORUM: MAKING INTERNATIONAL PATHWAYS PRESENTED BY SLOW CLAY CENTRE

Join us for this informative forum panel followed by Q&A session, to hear about some exciting pathways to reach international audiences for ceramic artists. Hosted by Slow Clay Centre in collaboration with the World Crafts Council Australia and Garland Magazine, we have invited a range of ceramic artists to discuss their international experiences and to answer your questions. The speakers Penny Byrne, Greg Daly and Dean Smith will present their pathways accompanied by visuals and we will have a full hour for Q&A afterwards with MC Kevin Murray (WoCCA and Garland). 

Tickets to the event are $25 each or $20 for full time students and can be purchased at http://www.slowclay.com/forum-international-pathways/

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Winter Arts Festival: Basket making workshop with Donna Blackall
Jun
24
2:00pm 2:00pm

Winter Arts Festival: Basket making workshop with Donna Blackall

This workshop with Yorta Yorta artist Donna Blackall will take you through traditional weaving techniques, and you will make a beautiful and functional basket to take home. Donna uses New Zealand flax collected from around her home, which is sturdy and practical and suited to Donna’s blanket stitch method of weaving.

Bookings are essential. Please visit the TryBooking event page to book your place.

LOCATION

The Old Cheese Factory
34 Homestead Road, Berwick, VIC 3806

CONTACT DETAILS

For more information contact arts@casey.vic.gov.au or phone 9705 5200.

 

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The Art of Shibori with Margaret-Anne
Jun
10
9:30am 9:30am

The Art of Shibori with Margaret-Anne

Australian artist, Margaret-Anne is passionate about her craft with her works available through Craft Victoria, Tarrawarra Museum of Art and Manteau Noir.

Shibori techniques and natural dye have become a consuming interest for Margaret-Anne exploring the complexities of these techniques, indigo and other natural dyes. She recently travelled to Japan undertaking a Japanese Textile Workshop, learning a variety of artisan skills centred around shibori, natural dye and Japanese culture.

This masterclass requires no previous knowledge and is set in a relaxed and informal environment where participants can ask questions and chat with esteemed Japanese trained artist, Margaret-Anne.

The day will include the following:

  • Introduction to Shibori
  • Demonstration of Shibori techniques
  • Individual Shibori samplers to take home including guided tuition in 3 shibori techniques ori nuiitajime and arashi, and indigo dyeing techniques.  
  • All materials to complete sampler and fabric (this may be a tea towel or piece of silk) to complete your own special take home piece.
  • Handouts including introduction to shibori, resources and vat recipe
  • Morning tea, refreshments and Kitchen Garden lunch

Oak and Monkey Puzzle workshops include morning tea, snacks and 2 course kitchen garden lunch picked fresh from the estate kitchen garden and local seasonal produce – such as slow cooked Jonai Meatsmiths pork, garden greens and salads and homemade sourdough bread, followed by panna cotta with organic berries, all made by Natasha Morgan.

This master class is limited to 8 participants to ensure an intimate environment.

About Margaret-Anne Gooch:

Australian artist, Margaret-Anne Gooch, was introduced to natural dyes and textiles by her mother during her childhood, an interest re-ignited at various points in her life both in England and Australia through her studies and workshops.

Margaret-Anne discovered the art of shibori and further natural dye techniques in her university textiles studies. This was expanded at the Plant Craft Cottage Natural Dye Group within the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, Victoria and through her own experimentation.

Cost: $395.00 

Book here

More information about Margaret-Anne Gooch here

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EXTREME KNITTING
Jun
3
1:00pm 1:00pm

EXTREME KNITTING

It’s knitting, but not as you know it!

Whether you’re a knitter or a crafter this Masterclass will set you on an extreme knitting journey, with all the stitches, techniques and advice you need to explore this craft.

I’ll demonstrate how I hold my needles, manipulate the stitches and manage over sized pieces of work as we cast on, knit and purl and cast off.  I’ll demonstrate cabling and patterns to showcase this beautiful yarn.

 

Then you’ll learn to use your arms as the needles! You’ll learn how to make the stitches, different stitch patterns and casting off.

 

‘Secret Skills’ will teach you all you need to know to finish off your blanket, how to change colours and how to professionally join balls.  

During the class you will have time to complete your own throw blanket with all the help and guidance you need.  The class includes 2kg of Australian felted merino wool from Nundle Woollen Mills.

This class is limited to 12 knitters so you can all spend quality one-on-one time with me, and a sumptuous afternoon tea.

You’ll take away your new throw, detailed class notes and patterns and I hope a new passion for Extreme Knitting!

 

 

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Selling Online – City of Casey
May
3
1:00pm 1:00pm

Selling Online – City of Casey

Do you have a creative product you would like to sell online but don’t know where to start? 

Join an experienced panel of makers from Craft Victoria to talk you through the basics of setting up and running your own webstore. We take you through art and craft friendly platforms such as Shopify, Instagram and Etsy, and guide you through some extra tricks and ideas including taking good photos, managing shipping and how to drive people to your shop. 

This is a three hour session for computer literate artists and craftspeople with plenty of opportunities for audience questions and feedback.

Event is FREE but bookings essential via TryBooking.

More info here.

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West Wind Collector Market
Apr
30
9:00am 9:00am

West Wind Collector Market

A design market featuring locally handmade ceramics, jewellery, homewares and fashion.
Makers include Tara Whalley, Min Pin, La Petite Fabrique De Brunswick, Fjord Illustration, Leaf and Thread, Togetherness Design, Marissa Heymann, Sophie Harle, Dawn Tang, Wolf & Mishka, Alterfact, Studio Twocan, Soap Club, HTML Flowers, Yiying Lee and Dawn Vachon.

When: Sunday 30th April, 9am - 3.30pm
Where: 213 A Weston St, Brunswick, Melbourne VIC

Come support local designers while shopping through a great range of handmade
items, end of line pieces and samples. Chat with the makers, grab yourself a bargain and don’t forget something for mum! All made here in Melbourne. Free entry!

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Skepsi @ Malvern: Greg Daly, Atmosphere
Mar
4
to Mar 19

Skepsi @ Malvern: Greg Daly, Atmosphere

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Greg Daly, Mist at First Light

Greg Daly, Mist at First Light

There is a big sky outside my studio. A big sky full of atmosphere, whose colour and texture is constantly changing. The work in this show holds distillations of these ephemeral images.

Venue: Malvern Artists’ Society Gallery
Address: 1297-1299 High Street, Malvern
Date and time: 4-19 March. Tuesday-Sunday 11.00am-5.30pm
More information here.

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Saori Weaving
Feb
19
10:00am10:00am

Saori Weaving

Developed in Japan more than 40 years ago, Saori is an exciting way of weaving that allows anyone to spontaneously and quickly create unique hand woven cloth. Using individual weaving looms and a variety of yarns, participants can choose to make a scarf, bag, wall art or table mat. All materials included. 

Venue: Box Hill Community Art Centre
Address: 470 Station Street, Box Hill
Price: $78
Date/Time: Sunday 19 February, 10.00am-1.00pm

See website for full program dates and class descriptions

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Feb
18
to May 29

TOPOGRAPHY: A Study of Surface - Alison Frith Exhibition

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Through a continued investigation of surface, Alison Frith’s work explores the relationship between unconventional finishes and contained forms. Volatile crater glazes are countered with smooth satin finishes, creating a dialogue between the controlled and organic. Frith portrays an idiosyncratic landscape of extremes, utilising a horizon of contrasting glaze lines.

Alison Frith was the recipient of the Sofitel / Craft Fresh! Emerging Craft Practitioners Award in 2016, one aspect of which is the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins' Lobby Gallery.

Venue: The Lobby Gallery, Level 1, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins St
Dates: 18 February - 29 May 2017

Image: Alison Frith, Untitled (2017), stoneware, 18 x 27cm

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