Montville Workshops

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The Workshop Program

Registrations for Makers Escape 2018 will open at 7pm on Monday 5 February.  If you want to have access to an earlier registration time (7pm on Sunday 4 February) then please complete the Makers Escape Information List form at the bottom of the Makers Escape page.

Based on the extensive and wonderful feedback we received from Makers Escape 2017 and to maximise your enjoyment of the weekend we’ve made some changes to this year’s event:

  • Increased the number of workshop sessions from 4 to 5
  • Increased the quality of the accommodation for all attendees to “luxury”
  • Organised to have all attendees to stay at the one venue within walking distance of the workshops
  • Increased the workshop offerings from 11 to 20!

With this great range of workshops we know you’ll be inspired to create new things. At each workshop session there will be a number of workshop choices available for you. As part of the registration process we will ask you to nominate your top 3 preferences for each workshop session. We will use this information to create your own personalised program.

As you can appreciate, we aren’t sure how popular each workshop will be and we can’t guarantee which workshops you will be allocated. However we will work very hard to give you as many of your preferences as possible. 

We reserve the right to change workshops and workshop details as necessary.

Workshop Details

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Basket Coiling

Basket Coiling by Lisa GuyAbout Lisa

Made In Lisa Land was launched in August 2015 by Brisbane based maker, Lisa Guy. With a passion for hand-making, turning a hobby into a full-time occupation came easy. Her practice spans many forms and includes, Basket Weaving, Slow Stitching, Modern Crochet, Indigo Dyeing and Natural Dyeing.
Lisa loves using handmade and natural fibres from around the world and incorporates other natural materials such as driftwood, leather and feathers in her work.

With a great interest in many creative practices Lisa continues to travel and learn as much as she can and in turn shares her skills with others through workshops. Lisa believes that coming together to learn how to create using your own hands helps people to slow down and connect with each other as well as with the past when hand-making was a necessity; the act of hand-making helps to understand and appreciate the time and skill behind a craft. Workshops keep that creative link between generations alive, sharing knowledge and skill so it doesn’t get lost.

Lisa teaches workshops at venues in Brisbane and interstate, as well as private workshops for groups. She has exhibited with Artisan Gallery, Brisbane in 2016 and currently has work for sale in Queensland and New South Wales.

      

Basket Coiling with Lisa Guy using Madagascan Rafia

Workshop Details
Lisa will be running three workshops:

Session times:
Friday session 1 – Open Core Coiled Basket
Learn how to create a basket using lovely Madagascan raffia, hand dyed by Lisa. You will be taught the coiling technique and learn how to personalise your basket through the use of stitching, colour and handles.

Saturday session 2 – Upcycled Coil Basket
Learn to make a lovely coiled basket using a range of different fabrics, denim, string and yarn. You will be taught the basics of coiled Basketry including how to start, how to build and shape Coiled Baskets using Denim and recycled fabric by Lisa Guythe basket and how to finish.

Saturday session 3 – Open Core Coiled Basket
Learn how to create a basket using lovely Madagascan raffia, hand dyed by Lisa. You will be taught the coiling technique and learn how to personalise your basket through the use of stitching, colour and handles.

What to bring:
Nothing required, all materials are provided.

Experience required:
None. These workshops are suitable for everyone.

What you get to take home:
Your beautiful baskets.

Brush Lettering

Helen Kelly of Brisbane Hand LetteringAbout Helen

Hi there! My Name is Helen Kelly I run Brisbane Hand Lettering. Throughout my life I’ve always loved creative arts. I was heavily into calligraphy throughout high school where I received the Ministers Award for Art Excellence. I then went on to study fine art, ceramics & photography.

In the mid 90’s I went into the graphic design industry, which I still currently work within. 3 years ago I returned to my love of lettering with a wide range of tools including brush pens, nibs, markers & ink. I now run brush lettering workshops in and around Brisbane at various venues.

      

Helen Kelly of Brisbane Hand LetteringWorkshop Details

Session time: This one workshop spans the two workshop sessions on Sunday – sessions 4 and 5 – a total of 5 hours! Perfect for those who really want to develop and explore this creative medium.

Ever wanted to try brush lettering but don’t know where to begin?  This is the perfect workshop for you! After a brief workshop intro, I will guide you through your pen position & grip, all while you start to learn the basic technique as we go though my warm-up work sheets. I will then talk you through the basics and show some styles where you will learn how to create a composition and get practicing to work though a style that isLearn Hand Lettering with Helen Kelly of Brisbane Hand Lettering uniquely yours. During this laid-back session, you will also get to work on 2 gift bags and some quotes to frame as presents, that you just might want to keep all to yourself!

What to bring:A favourite saying / short quote (please keep to around 6-8 words) or a word that you would like to work on as part of your final project. I will also provide several quote prompts on the day to make ease of the process.
 
What you get to take home: You will receive a Brush Lettering Kit to work with on the day that is yours to take home along with a wonderful experience and the confidence to continue on with your brush lettering journey.
 Brush Lettering Kit includes:Learn Hand Lettering with Helen Kelly of Brisbane Hand Lettering

  • Brush Pen
  • Worksheet Booklet
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Case
  • Blank practice workbook
  • 12 page Support Zine which includes class notes, further resources & inspiration
  • Plus you will all take home all your gift bags and short quotes that you worked on during the workshop

Chunky Crochet

About Lauren

Maker, Mum, learning enthusiast, green thumb, ceramics dabbler! 

Lauren Weier loves creating things with her hands and finds it so rewarding to turn simple materials into something useful, productive or beautiful!

Lauren is the Ministry of Handmade crochet guru and is turning her creative skills to developing a bespoke chunky crocheted bag pattern for Makers Escape 2018.

Workshop Details

Session time: Friday workshop session 1.

Texture and attitude to boot!! This chunky crochet bag is sure to become a firm favourite. 

Lauren will guide you through the stitches and steps required to create this fun tote. The raised chevrons add style and the size is perfect for carrying your favourite necessities (body of the bag measures 30cm wide, 35cm tall). Your finished size may differ depending on your yarn and tension.

This pattern can be adapted in many ways to create various fun designs!

Experience required:
Basic crochet skills. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a Learn to Crochet class.

What do you need to bring:

  • 8mm hook
  • 800m of string or yarn

If you would like to duplicate Lauren’s bag you can purchase the string from: https://stringharvest.com.au/collections/cotton-string/products/thick-twisted-cotton-500g-cone (you will need 2 x 500g cones)

A kit of string and a crochet hook can be purchased from Lauren at the workshop. Please let us know ahead of time is you wish to purchase a kit.

What do you get to take home:

  • Your bag (not sure if you’ll get it finished in the time allocated but Lauren will demonstrate each of the steps required to complete the bag)
  • The pattern
  • Lots of crochet confidence!!

Contemporary Shaggy Quilt

About Karen

A lover of all things handcrafted and an all round crafty type, Karen Wright is cut from the same maker’s cloth as Julie Hillier….in fact they are sisters!

Growing up in a very creative household where her parents always had a “hands on – give it a go” attitude, Karen has been making for as long as she can remember, and is equally at home in front of a sewing machine or with a drill or piece of sandpaper in her hand!! Karen’s favourite thing is to poke around in secondhand shops searching for her next up-cycling project. With an eye for colour and a healthy love of textiles and paint, Karen is in her element when she is making soft furnishings, replacing the legs on a retro coffee table or repainting a feature wall!

Her love for all things creative has seen Karen turn her hand to a variety of crafts including mosaic, quilting, ceramics, leather craft, jewellery making, embroidery, weaving, dress making and furniture restoration – just to name a few.

Workshop details

 

Session time: Saturday session 2

Learn the basics of creating a strip quilt with shaggy chenille-like detailing and then get creative! Customise your own quilts, bed runners, cushion covers, baby floor mats, etc
 
With a real contemporary edge, this shaggy quilt will add a relaxed vibe, wherever you put it!
 
This workshop will teach you the skills to experiment with different sizes of projects and different combinations of fabrics and styles. Once you understand the basics involved (and it’s very basic), you’ll be able to let your imagination run wild and reinterpret the concept in your own ways again and again if you wish.
 

What you’ll learn:

  • Which fabrics to use
  • How to create different depths of fringe from 12mm to 25mm
  • How to calculate measurements and cut the fabric
  • How to incorporate upcycled fabrics or treasured textile pieces 
  • How to layer and sew the fabrics
  • How to snip and then wash the fabric to create the shaggy frayed edge
  • How to finish the sides of your quilt/bed runner/etc

Skill level required: 

You will need to be familiar with the use of a sewing machine.

What’s provided:

  • Cutting mats
  • Quilting rulers

What to bring:

  • Your own sewing machine 
  • A walking foot for your machine if you have one – this certainly make the sewing easier!
  • Cutting mat (if you prefer to use your own)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilting ruler (if you prefer to use your own)
  • Fabric – a requirements list will be supplied closer to the workshop date
  • Thread

What you get to take home:
A set of comprehensive notes to help you with future projects and the skills to finish your quilt project. 

Creative Stitching

Cath DerksemaAbout Cath

Cath Derksema graduated from Curtain University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Craft! Her focus was textiles, and after graduating, she left Perth for Sydney where her first job was with John Kaldor. In this job she learnt all about the real ‘rag trade’ and travelled to European and Japanese studios four times a year.

After a few years Cath began her own design business called ‘Art Park’. Two children came along and her world evolved around them. Six years later she began ‘Prints Charming’ which was a successful design business with a strong ‘hand crafted’ view on fabrics, quilting, screen printing and stitching.

Ten years later her new adventure is ‘The Happenstore ‘ . . . . a large space that is retail and workshops and studio . . . a ‘real’ space for artisans and makers.

      

The Creative Stitching Workshop

Session time:
Friday session 1 

The creative stitching workshop is a workshop that will inspire you with boundless colour, texture and dimension. Cath will show you a new way of looking at stitching…that is freeform and expressive…each student will receive a shibori dyed indigo cushion upon which to work and create.

What to bring:
Nothing – everything is supplied.

Experience required:
Stitching or embroidery experience is helpful but not critical.

What you get to take home:
Your own embroidered shibori dyed indigo cushion!
The memory of working with the wonderful Cath Derksema.

Drum Lampshades

About Julie

Julie and her husband, Maurice, own and operate Ministry of Handmade. Julie also runs most of the workshops. A “maker”, through and through, she has been sewing and creating for as long as she can remember. The daughter of a dressmaker, Julie jokes that she learned to count by sorting the contents of the button tin on the floor of her mother’s sewing room. 

Over the years she has also studied design, knitted, crocheted, made quilts, recovered lounge suites, renovated four houses, made furniture, refurbished lampshades, stitched curtains, done clothing alterations for boutiques, spun wool, assembled short runs of garments for award winning fashion designers, themed events and published books. Following a strong “diy” example from her parents, Julie has a real heart for recycling materials wherever possible and bringing her own ingenuity to the creative use and reuse of resources.

    

Workshop Details

Session time: Sunday session 4

Lampshades are to a room, what shoes are to an outfit!

Lampshade making is one of Ministry of Handmade’s most popular workshops and we are excited to be able to offer this signature workshop in Montville. Julie and Maurice travel nationally running their lampshade sessions and in March head to New Zealand to spread some lampshade love!! In 2017, Ministry of Handmade undertook its largest custom lampshade contract to date, creating 115 bespoke lampshades for the iconic Halcyon House day spa at Cabarita Beach in the northern coast of NSW.

Using professional lampshade making techniques and industry standard materials, create a drum lampshade using fabric of your choice. Sizes available include these diameters: 25cm, 30cm, 35cm and 40cm. 

What to bring: your own fabric (details will be provided closer to the event)
What’s included: All lampshade making materials and tools.
What do you get to take home: Your fabulous finished lampshade!

      This lampshade will brighten any room!

Geometric Jewels

About Juliette

Juliette Hooper and her husband, Matt, are the duo behind laser cutting and engraving business The Laser Mill. “We were inspired to start our own store and deliver top notch products, materials and services from our humble studio on the northside of Brisbane.”

Juliette, an interior designer and fine arts graduate, loves designing new concepts and perfecting both stock items and custom orders from the laser cutter

She spends her spare time playing with geometric shapes for jewellery and homeware designs. These are lovingly hand painted in bold, bright colours on laser cut pieces dreamt up in the studio.

Workshop details 

Session time: Sunday session 5

Working with laser cut timber, paint and an assortment of other findings (jewellery bits and bobs such as hoops, hooks, beads, clasps leather and waxed cords) create your stunningly unique jewellery pieces under the guidance of Juliette.

These images are indicative only.

What to bring: Nothing. All materials and tools are supplied.

What you get to take home: A selection of beautifully hand finished and hand painted jewellery.

Heart Art | Creative Love Workshop

Aaron Darcy of A Boy Named AaronAbout Aaron

As far back as Aaron can remember, he’s always loved creating things with his hands and the process of painting, sculpting and drawing. As a young boy he’d often play with clay from the earth and enjoyed the organic and tactile ability to invent anything that came to mind. 
 
Aaron loves to travel and explore other cultures and their hand-made communities…he finds it really opens his eyes and mind to adapting new techniques and discovering materials to introduce into his own work; an endless evolution to shaping his individual style. 
 
His creativity does not just end with making art and objects.. he also has a background in the creative arts and photography, so he also enjoys styling and taking images of his product as much as he does creating them. To Aaron, the Learn to make stunning heart art by Aaron Darcystorytelling helps refine his my style and brand, while reflecting his personality.
 
A truly talented creative, Aaron works under the two brands A Boy Named Aaron and Aaron Darcy Creative.

   

Workshop details 

Session time: Saturday session 3

In this workshop you will be creating a concept from thought to paper, sketching out ideas for pattern, colour selection and overall design to suit shapes and medium.

The workshop includes:

  • Experimenting with art materials and getting familiar with different mediums and how they work.
  • Flexibility to hand-make adornments such as pom-poms, plaits and tassels to decorate finished piece.
  • A quick 101 on styling a flat lay image, ready to share with social platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.
  • An exclusive online discount voucher for each guest to shop on www.aboynamedaaron.com.au.

What you get to take home: A finished product ready to wall hang.

What’s provided:

  • One large blank pre-cast white heart
  • Mixed-media art materials (Markers, paints, assorted findings for adornments)
  • Props for styling photography

Kokedama

About Lauren

Maker, Mum, learning enthusiast, green thumb, ceramics dabbler! 
 
Lauren Weier loves creating things with her hands and finds it so rewarding to turn simple materials into something useful, productive or beautiful! And with a fabulous back garden bursting with produce (passionfruit, mulberries, lemons, limes, herbs, persimmons, sweet potatoes and eggs!), Lauren loves getting her hands dirty!
 

Workshop details

Session time: Sunday session 5

In this Kokedama Workshop, you will be guided you step-by-step through this centuries-old Japanese art form.
 
Kokedamas are easy to make and so versatile…they can be hung singly or in groups or placed on a small tray or plate on a flat surface. And…they are extremely low maintenance, so if having a green thumb is not one of your claims to fame, fear not! You’ll be given all the tips to keep your kokedama in tip top condition!
 
What’s included:
  • A choice of succulents
  • All materials and tools
  • A choice of strings including indigo dyed twine
  • A choice of trays/plates 
Skill required: This workshop is suitable for everyone
 
What you get to take home: Two handcrafted kokedamas; one for hanging and one that’s sitting on a plate.

Linocut Printmaking

Chris and Claudia of Grey Hand PressAbout Chris and Claudia

Chris: Raised by a biologist and a journalist in the forested stretch of northern Wisconsin, Christopher Hagen, received a BFA in Digital Art & Photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Becoming deeply involved in printmaking during that time, he took a journeyman’s path through Minneapolis, completing a professional internship at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.

In 2012, Christopher undertook study with Illinois State University, and completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2015. He attended the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in 2013 to further his printer training, and has since served as a printer for Normal Editions Workshop in Illinois and Northern Prints Gallery, Duluth. Now based in Brisbane, Australia, Christopher teaches printmaking at the Queensland College of Art and the Brisbane Institute of Art.

Claudia: Claudia Husband is a practicing visual artist and textile designer currently residing in Brisbane, having studied printmaking in Australia and America. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art (QCA) in 2012, and attended the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, USA in 2013 to further her studies in lithography and collaborative printing.

Until recently, Claudia was one of the few printmakers in Brisbane teaching the medium of lithography to artists outside of tertiary institutions, and has mentored many emerging printmakers at the Queensland College of Art and through Brisbane’s local artist run cooperative, Impress Printmakers Studio.

Chris and Claudia together: Chris and Claudia run Grey Hand Press, a Collaborative Editioning Studio and Publisher of Fine Art Prints, based in Brisbane.

Grey Hand Press Logo  

Workshop details 

Chris and Claudia of Grey Hand Press for Linocut PrintmakingSession time: Saturday session 2

Learn the skills of Linocut printmaking, and take home your very own hand-printed works on paper. Once learned, this versatile and accessible technique can be applied to the creation of artist’s books, textile design, poster design and limited edition prints.

This class will cover carving out your image from a lino matrix, line work and cutting techniques, safety, correct inking of a plate and hand printing. You will also be advised on how to hand colour your prints and introduce textures into your work. You will take home a striking set of your own prints, your lino plates and full instructions so you have the ability to print at home using this technique.

Chris and Claudia of Grey Hand Press for Linocut PrintmakingWhat you get to take home: Each participant will receive two 10x10cm lino blocks to carve from and experiment with.

What to bring: All materials are provided, but we recommend you bring along some sketches or preparatory drawings, or a black and white photo to work from.

Experience required: None. This workshop is suitable for everyone.

Macrame

About Jodie

Jodie Townsend runs her business “Creative Bowerbird” from the Sunshine Coast. She teaches macrame and weaving at a number of venues. She is a regular at several Sunshine Coast markets where her beautiful and original macrame creations are always in demand.

   

Workshop Details

Session time: There is one workshop session on Saturday session 3.

She will guide you step by step through creating a macrame wall hanging using your choice of a driftwood or dowel base using natural coloured cotton rope.

What to bring
Nothing. Everything is supplied.

Please note
Your macrame pieces are suspended from a free standing rack. This means you will be standing for the duration of the workshop, so please wear appropriate footwear.

Experience required
No experience is necessary. This workshop will suit everyone.

What you get to take home
Your beautiful wall hanging.

Printing and Stitching from Nature

Cath DerksemaAbout Cath

Cath Derksema graduated from Curtain University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Craft! Her focus was textiles, and after graduating, she left Perth for Sydney where her first job was with John Kaldor. In this job she learnt all about the real ‘rag trade’ and travelled to European and Japanese studios four times a year.

After a few years Cath began her own design business called ‘Art Park’. Two children came along and her world evolved around them. Six years later she began ‘Prints Charming’ which was a successful design business with a strong ‘hand crafted’ view on fabrics, quilting, screen printing and stitching.

Creative Stitching at Makers Escape

Ten years later her new adventure is ‘The Happenstore ‘ . . . . a large space that is retail and workshops and studio . . . a ‘real’ space for artisans and makers.

      

Workshop Details

The Printing and Stitching from Nature

Session time:
Saturday
sessions 2 and 3 (all day)

Printing from Nature….. morning

The first half hour of this workshop we will spend outside, collecting found objects, plants and flowers. Quietly looking into their shape and form, we will develop simple outlines,  that can be interpreted into paper stencils.
 
The basics of screen printing will be taught,  and beautiful shapes and colours printed onto a piece of linen fabric. Cath will show you how easy it is to set up a print table at home, and for you to continue this amazing process with total self sufficiency. 
 
Your art piece is now ready for the second half of the workshop.
 
Stitching from Nature…afternoon

A follow-on from the morning screen printing workshop is stitching from nature. Cath will show you some simple stitch techniques that you can use to build and embellish your printed piece. You will be amazed at what you can achieve.
 
This workshop is an introduction to mindful meditative work. It will inspire you to look closely, and deeply into the process.
 
What to bring:
All equipment and fabric and threads are provided.
 

Experience required:
Knowledge of print and stitch are not necessary . . . just a big open heart and mind ready to jump into colour and texture.
 
What you get to take home:
Your beautiful screen printed and embroidered creation and an embroidery bag with notes, threads and fabric.
 
 
 
 
 

Rag Rugs

Naomi HuntsmanAbout Naomi

Naomi is a Brisbane-based designer who spends much time in her West End Studio designing and making for her creative business, The Sewloist.

Having worked in fashion for many years Naomi has become a passionate advocate for sustainable practice within the clothing and textiles industry.
She loves encouraging people’s self-expression through creativity and is a big believer in making personal connections to our garments and belongings so as to value them more.

Naomi has created The Sewloist with intention to connect with people, foster community and to provide an alternative to fast fashion and fast consumption. Having collected MANY beautiful fabrics over the years from independent sellers, The Sewloist exclusively incorporates remnant and vintage fabrics into all designs. It is Naomi’s intention to only use fabrics which are already in circulation with the aim of being as sustainable as possible.

Naomi Huntsman Rag Rug Launching her Women’s Wear and Homewares range this Summer, you can see the creative happenings of The Sewloist by connecting with Naomi at www.instagram.com/thesewloist

      

Workshop Details

Session times:
Naomi will be running two identical workshops: Sunday workshop session 4 and Sunday workshop session 5.

Join Naomi to learn the technique of making Rugs from up-cycled fabric and remnants. Using only a safety pin and strips of fabric you will each make the beginnings of a Rag Rug. Making rag rugs is a great way to up-cycle bed linen and to make use of your fabric stash.

Naomi Huntsman Rag RugWe will provide a selection of fabrics to work with the during the Workshop however you are encouraged to bring your own lightweight woven Cottons (including bed sheets, pillowcases..) that can be torn into long strips to make your Rag Rug.

This workshop gives you the starting point and techniques for making this style of Rag Rug, however the process of completing your own rug will take more than 2 hours. This means that you will be taking your project away with you to complete.

What you will learn:
Making rugs from up-cycled fabric and remnants
Weaving together a rug using only a safety pin and strips of fabric
Care for your rug

Naomi Huntsman Rag RugsWhat you will receive at the workshop:
Selection of fabrics to work with during the Workshop
Safety Pin

What to bring:
Nothing required, all materials are provided.

Experience required:
None. This workshop is suitable for everyone.

What you get to take home:
The start of your beautiful rugs.

Resin Jewellery

About Debbie

Debbie Price is a passionate visual arts practitioner and educator, and is interested in micro aspects of life and unexplored worlds. As part of her practice, she explores aerial landscapes (particularly Australian) and microscopic worlds (think microbes, plant and human cells, seeds and pods).

Debbie recreates what she sees in various media, including textiles and resin. Her work involves bold colours, shapes, texture and movement. Her aim is to bring life to unexplored vistas through her interpretations and designs.

Working with resin is an ongoing passion (10+ years) due to the chemical reactions and the unpredictability of the outcomes. Debbie is always looking for new ways to push the boundaries with this medium. She is passionate about assisting students to develop skills and knowledge in the various aspects of resin and for them to be able to see how truly creative they can be with this medium.

    

Resin Jewellery by Debbie PriceWorkshop Details

Session time: Friday session 1

Learn how to make your own resin jewellery! Create one-of-a-kind pieces to complement your wardrobe.
In this fun workshop, you will make either two bangles (one wide and one thin) or a stack of three, as well as two rings and a pair of earrings. The workshops are kept small to ensure that you have individual attention; and that you walk away happy with the jewellery that you have made.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • all the safety requirements when handling resin; this will give you the basic skills and knowledge to make your own resin jewellery
  • how to mix and colour resin
  • how to pour and mould the resin
  • how to finish your resin pieces

Colourful Collection of Resin JewelleryWhat to bring:
An apron or old shirt and please wear closed in shoes. You can think about some of the colours you would like to use. Everything else is supplied.

Experience required:
None. This workshop is suitable for everyone.

Rustic Wildflower Wreath

About Katie

Katie Rasura is a qualified Interior Designer and Floral artist at Wisteria Interiors. After living in America for over 5 years she has a great love for classic designed homes that are timeless and she loves to add a hint of Australiana. Interiors and blooms go hand in hand and Katie loves to work with Australian native blooms and wildflowers to give her work that rustic touch. Her creations are often wild and not conventionally neat, which give them a very unique coastal to country Australian look. 

Katie lives in Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and small children in their rustic beachhouse. 
You can follow Katie’s homelife and floral design @arusticbeachhouse and interior work @wisteriainteriors.

Workshop Details 

Session time: Sunday session 5.

At Katie’s rustic wreath workshop you will learn basic skills in weaving and creating shape of vines to make a wreath. You will be taught the fun stuff in basic floristry skills using wires and florists tape. Katie works predominantly with Australian native blooms, wildflowers and foliage that can all be found here on the Sunshine Coast. From this workshop you will make and take home your very own rustic wreath creation. 

What to bring: Everything is supplied including floral buckets, full of native blooms, native foliage, accessory gumnuts, tropical foliage, monkey vine, wire in several sizes, snips, wire cutters, florists tape and beautiful natural hessian ribbon to hang creations and creative tuition in a thoroughly hands-on basic floristry workshop.

Spoon Carving

Carol Russell Spoon CarvingAbout Carol

Carol Russell is a self-taught woodworker who has been making pieces for most of her adult life, She began in 1987 with small furniture projects and antique restoration, spending time in workshops and gleaning what she could from craftspeople who were prepared to share their knowledge. She spent several years on small commission projects, exhibiting her work in galleries in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.

Carol became interested in teaching the craft herself. In 1997 she began teaching woodwork at Carbatec, a supplier of woodworking tools in Brisbane, where she was employed to create a woodworking school. The Australian Wood Review have published several of her articles on tools and woodworking techniques. She works full time teaching and creating unique pieces of tableware from Australia’s forest timbers.

Artist Statement

Carol Russell Spoon CarvingWhen I make my spoons, I’m aware that each piece of timber carries with it the story of the tree it came from. The character of the grain speaks to me of diverse landscapes, from high mountain country in Tasmania to harsh desert regions and dry river beds in Western Queensland.

I’ve always loved being in the bush, collecting sticks and natural objects with interesting shapes and textures. I try to use these elements in my spoons by choosing shapes that follow the natural lines of the timber. Every tiny piece of wood is unique and its figure determines the curves and twists that I carve. No two spoons can ever be identical, just as no two pieces of wood can be. The grain is like finger prints, almost the same but never exactly.

Carol Russell Spoon CarvingI chose spoons because I love their sensuous, smooth shapes. To me they represent giving, sharing and hospitality. A spoon can be used to serve food to others or given as a gift. They are both sculptural and utilitarian.

After many years of making furniture and using machinery to tame the wood and create sharp straight joints, I became drawn to simple hand tools such as carving chisels, knives and spoke shaves. Working slowly by hand gives you the time to read the timber and use the ‘features’ contained within. I’ve found it a gentler, more considered way to work and one where you have time to ponder on the tree and listen to the radio.

Where possible I try to use salvaged material or offcuts from furniture makers. I have no desire to see a tree cut down on my behalf, there is so much material available, if you keep your eyes open the greatest discoveries can come from the strangest places.

Work is currently exhibited at:

  • Artisan Gallery in Brisbane
  • Design Tasmania
  • Museum of Brisbane
  • Courtesy of The Artist – Sydney

      

Carol Russell Spoon CarvingWorkshop Details

Session times:
Carol will be running two identical workshops: Friday afternoon workshop session 1 and the Saturday morning workshop session 2.

This class is a great introduction to using carving tools and getting the feel of working with wood using only hand tools. Through the making of your spoon, Carol will cover basic carving techniques as well as design, tool sharpening and whittling. Carving spoons is a great way to get into woodworking and has a strong creative element and plenty of opportunity to find your own style.

What to bring:
Nothing required, all materials and tools are provided. Please wear covered in shoes. 

Experience required:
None. This workshop is suitable for everyone.

What you get to take home:
Your beautiful spoon.

Stab Bound Books

Chris and Claudia of Grey Hand PressAbout Chris and Claudia

Chris: Raised by a biologist and a journalist in the forested stretch of northern Wisconsin, Christopher Hagen, received a BFA in Digital Art & Photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Becoming deeply involved in printmaking during that time, he took a journeyman’s path through Minneapolis, completing a professional internship at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.

In 2012, Christopher undertook study with Illinois State University, and completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2015. He attended the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in 2013 to further his printer training, and has since served as a printer for Normal Editions Workshop in Illinois and Northern Prints Gallery, Duluth. Now based in Brisbane, Australia, Christopher teaches printmaking at the Queensland College of Art and the Brisbane Institute of Art.

Chris and Claudia of Grey Hand Press for Stab Bound BooksClaudia: Claudia Husband is a practicing visual artist and textile designer currently residing in Brisbane, having studied printmaking in Australia and America. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art (QCA) in 2012, and attended the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, USA in 2013 to further her studies in lithography and collaborative printing.

Until recently, Claudia was one of the few printmakers in Brisbane teaching the medium of lithography to artists outside of tertiary institutions, and has mentored many emerging printmakers at the Queensland College of Art and through Brisbane’s local artist run cooperative, Impress Printmakers Studio.

Chris and Claudia together: Chris and Claudia run Grey Hand Press, a Collaborative Editioning Studio and Publisher of Fine Art Prints, based in Brisbane.

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Workshop details 

Session time: Saturday session 3

Chris and Claudia of Grey Hand Press for Stab Bound Books

This workshop will take you through the basics of bookbinding, introducing you to traditional stab-bound techniques. We’ll show you how to prepare your paper and materials, and show you step-by-step how to stitch it alltogether to create your own handmade book.

What you get to take home: You will take home two hand-bound books using two different stitching patterns.

Required experience: No prior book-making experience is necessary.

Chris and Claudia of Grey Hand Press for Stab Bound BooksWhat to bring: All materials are provided, but if you have some special papers or fabrics that you would like to include in the book, or as a cover, feel free to bring them along. Books will be approximately A5 in size.

Wild Fermenting Sauerkraut

About Ashleigh

Ashleigh Ward is an Integrative Nutrition Health & Wellness Coach, Strategic Intervention Life Coach, Buchi Kombucha team member and student of Naturopathy. She is passionate about helping busy men & women better their health, and for many, this starts with the gut!

Her health coaching practice sees her working with men and women all over the country, helping them achieve ultimate health & vitality, whatever that may mean for them. She takes a very holistic and personalised approach, understanding that no one body is the same. By weaving an integrative and whole approach, with latest nutritional evidence, she provides guidance and support to lead her clients on a journey from where they are now, to where they want to be. 

For more information on the services offered by Ashleigh, please visit www.ashleighward.com

Workshop Details

Session time: Sunday session 4.

Join us for our Wild Fermenting Sauerkraut workshop that has been designed to take you deep into the roots of nature to learn all about the benefits of fermented foods. 

Wild Fermenting Sauerkraut workshopRoll up your sleeves and get your hands messy as you dive deep into making and crafting your very own batch of certified organic sauerkraut.  

This workshop is limited to a small class size, to allow you to fully immerse yourself into the ancient culture of sauerkraut making and enhance your knowledge of holistic health. 

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll not only make, and take home with you your very own batch of sauerkraut, but you’ll also be introduced to a wealth of nutritional knowledge surrounding the importance of a healthy gut microbiome. Under the guidance of experienced fermenter and Integrative Wild Fermenting Sauerkraut workshopNutrition Health Coach – Ashleigh Ward, you’ll also learn:

  • why a healthy gut is so important
  • why it’s now (more than ever) so important for us to take drastic action to build & maintain a healthy gut
  • the leading causes of a damaged gut & how to work on repairing it
  • and the vital importance of probiotic rich foods in your daily diet. 

So join us for a morning of beautiful conversation, intimate sauerkraut making and organic tea sipping, as we together journey through the process of making this wild crafted, probiotic rich, delicious fermented dish. 

Experience required: None. This workshop is suitable (and advisable) for everyone.

Wild Fermenting Sauerkraut workshopWhat to bring: Nothing! The workshop includes all ingredients, recipe, and fermentation jar for you to make endless batches at home. 

Wood Block Printing

About Vicki, Denise and Blockopedia

The reason for Blockopedia is simple…we live our lives this way.

Vicki and Denise get to work and play with fabrics and wood blocks as part of our lifestyle. Blockopedia is an Australian owned and Queensland based textile and wood block business founded by Vicki Howlett (Seamstress and on the right in the photo) and Denise Tamou (Textile Artist and on the left in the photo). They are friends brought together through their adult children and a desire to be creative.

Taking design inspiration from the Oceanic environment and heritage, they work closely with artisans in Rajasthan, India to collaboratively produce ranges of ethically sourced hand carved wood blocks, and unique block and mud printed fabrics.

      

Workshop Details

Vicki Howlett and Denise Tamou Block PrintingSession time: This workshop is on Sunday session 4.

Block printing is so much fun and guaranteed to enrich your creative desire to print everything! Once you have mastered the basic skills there will be no stopping you!!

In our basic block printing workshop you will achieve the following skills and outcomes:

  • Preparing your fabric and paint for printing
  • How to hold and apply pressure to achieve the optimum print
  • How to design unique patterns with standard blocks
  • Post printing care of fabric items and blocks
  • Taking home your own unique pieces of block printed fabric, apron and selected project.

Vicki Howlett and Denise Tamou Block Printing

Required experience: 
No experience required. This workshop is suitable for everyone.

What’s included:

  • Cotton cloth for printing
  • Fabric Paint and sponge applicators
  • Blockopedia Calico Apron
  • Linen/cotton blend Tea towel or Drawstring bag
  • Use of wooden printing blocks and other equipment

What to bring:
A desire to have a lot of fun! Everything is supplied but you might want to wear comfortable shoes as there is a bit of standing in this workshop.

Vicki Howlett and Denise Tamou Block PrintingWhat you get to take home
Your own unique pieces of block printed fabric, apron and selected project.

Work On Your Own Project

Time with you and your project – offered at every workshop session

Finding uninterrupted time to work on special projects can be difficult. Imagine sitting for hours on end, just you and your project….no meals to cook, no children (or partners) to attend to, no laundry, no family emergencies, no birthday party drop-offs……

J U S T good solid “me” time in a relaxing creative environment.

Why not nail a few UFOs (UnFinished Objects) in one or more of the Work On Your Own Project sessions. You will be surrounded by other creative makers who will spur you on to get your allocated projects over the line!!!

For each session you choose to work on your own project, the workshop package price will reduce by $50.