Gillian will be holding her annual exhibition in December. This is an opportunity to see a collection of her latest designs, incorporating textured gold and silver pieces and an array of unusual gemstones.
The exhibition presents Gillian’s unusual designs en situ, in the workshop, with the tools and equipment used in the process. Her designs are contemporary and unusual, incorporating a variety of techniques, using precious metals, pearls and gemstones. Her eye catching pieces are wearable, yet collectable, and perfect to pass onto future generations. The combination of precious stones and various textures melded to suit the individual have been sought after for many years. This is a fabulous opportunity to see the latest exquisite pieces.
Gillian’s studio will be open 1st-3rd and 8th-10th December
10am – 6pm Friday – Sunday (open by appointment leading up to Christmas). For more information, contact Gillian at email@example.com or visit www.gillianhillmandesign.com
Showcasing over 50 emerging and established ceramic makers under one roof, the Melbourne Ceramics Market will create a bustling and vibrant marketplace, highlighting work from Melbourne’s finest ceramic talent, including Craft members Penelope Duke, Melanie Channell, Tracy Muirhead, Debbie Pryor and Yiying Lee.
Spread across two days, the market features a diverse roll call of Melbourne's finest ceramicists, supplemented with a local coffee truck, delicious locally made donuts and good vibes to provide a one off experience not to be missed.
The market will be open Saturday 25th November 10am-6pm and Sunday 26 November 10am-4pm
For more information contact Tina Thorburn or Daisy Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0413093888.
Found and foraged materials are central to Torquay-based artist Regina Middleton's practice, who looks for beauty in the abandoned.
In this workshop you are encouraged to bring found materials to create a mould from and make a silver ring or pendant. These pieces may be significant mementos, or things you have come across by chance (alternatively you are welcome to use pieces that Regina has collected herself).
You will make either 2 - 3 rings or one ring and one pendant to be attached to a sterling silver chain. (Extra pieces may be cast for an additional charge) Finished sterling silver rings and pendants will be available for collection 2 weeks after the class, in time for Christmas.
The workshop is $185.00 with limited spots, so book today at https://guildofobjects.com/pages/foraged-material-jewellery-making-regina-middleton
For more information email or call 0448773016.
She absorbed and endured an infinity of small rebuffs is an exhibition by Melbourne-based artists Amelia Dowling and Helani Laisk, officially opening Friday 17 November at 6pm.
Recording the landscape at various elevations from sea level to the 'roof of Oz' has been the focus of Wendy Jagger's art practice for the past year. Painting 'en plein air' in gouache and oils, Wendy has observed the similarities and variations of land formations. Her studies saw her travelling the east coast of Victoria and up to Kosciusko National Park, as well as across Bass Strait to capture the incredible shapes of Tasmania. These 'aides des memoires' informed the creation of her new Scape vessels, which be an integral element of her exhibition, 'Elevation'.
The exhibition will be open Monday - Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 12–5pm. For more details contact Wendy at email@example.com or call 0418392805
Heather Grafton is a graphic illustrator hailing form the colder shores of England, whose printed works delight in sharing the quirky, the light hearted and the contrasting darkness perceived from her mind to yours.
The printed works of Storyteller play with other disciplines, merging haute couture with the natural environment to the blending of man-made and organic forms. Each work reveals and surprises telling stories through parody, allowing the viewer pure freedom to interpret in their mind's eye a creation at once fabulous and reflective.
Exhibition runs from October 12th to October 22nd.
Opening night – Thursday 12th October from 6 – 9pm
Then open the following hours:
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
Lose yourself in an oasis of vibrant colours, bold patterns and experimental painting techniques with Lauren from The Indigo Room.
For three hours you will focus on the heart and soul of textile design – illustration. Discover your own unique style and explore key mark making techniques and experiment with colour, line, texture and pattern. Lauren will guide you from mood board to print perfection, as you learn the fundamentals of motif development, print layout and hand generated repeat patterns.
Perfect for colour curious beginners, this is a freestyle, hands-on workshop using paint and paper. No digital knowledge required.
What you’ll get:
- All required materials and moodboard inspiration
- Tuition under a practicing textile print designer
- Your beautiful textile illustration to frame at home or print on fabric at your digital printer of choice
- The Indigo Room Essentials Kit to use and take home with you
- Morning tea
What to bring:
- Just your gorgeous self!
- Please wear enclosed shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty!
Booking Fee: $110
Contact email: Lauren@theindigoroom.com.au
Contact Number: 0732150800
Intellectual property and contracts can be a delicate and tricky issue in the creative industries, and it is wise for artists, craftspeople, designers and makers to be aware of the ways they can protect their work and ideas before a storm hits. Learn more about intellectual property specifically tailored to the art and craft community in this enlightening free presentation.
Speakers include Barrister Georgia Douglas
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)
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/
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.
The Old Cheese Factory
34 Homestead Road, Berwick, VIC 3806
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9705 5200.
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 nui, itajime 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.
More information about Margaret-Anne Gooch here
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!
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.
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!
Half/Light is the product of investigations into quiet moments of wonderment and reverie, realised through photography and hand-made forms.
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.
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
Date/Time: Sunday 19 February, 10.00am-1.00pm