Friday, December 31, 2010

New Courses in Textiles at the ANU School of Art


Applications are invited for Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters study. The programs are open to people with qualifications ranging from TAFE to Bachelor level.  Professional experience may be taken into account. Programs involve on campus/ flexible delivery in practical/concept development courses.
These courses are suitable for people wanting to re-invigorate their practice, extend their skills, knowledge, creative ability and concept development. The qualifications can lead to a new level of independent art practice, work in the creative arts industry or major national institutions, teaching positions at a more advanced level or continued study at Higher Degree Research level.

For Further information see http://studyat.anu.edu.au/programs/6010XVISA;overview.html and contact:
Dr Patsy Hely | Honours & (acting) Graduate Convenor, School of Art 
 +61 (0)2 6125 5804  w: soa.anu.edu.au email patsy.hely@anu.edu.au  |
 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I'm dreaming of a green Christmas in 2010.

 
Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you have a wonderful and safe break.

For an easy, sustainable way to send your Christmas cards this year go to LivingGreener.gov.au's e-card. So easy to use - your friends will love it. 

They also have a Green Christmas Guide to get you through the silly season. The guide gives you some easy, practical and realistic tips that you can take when deciding how to celebrate. Many of the tips are fun, family-friendly and may help you celebrate the season without blowing the budget. You don’t have to do them all - initiating even a few changes this year will make a difference. The Guide and be found at www.livinggreener.gov.au/life-events/green-christmas 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Weavers' Summer School at ANU

ANU School of Art Textiles
Weavers’ Summer School 
Summer 2011, 22-25 and 27-29 Jan

The ANU Textiles Workshop is offering its fourth Weavers’ Summer School. This is an opportunity for intermediate and advanced weavers to use the workshop looms for a personal project. This can be for a finished piece or to engage in weave experimentation. Applicants will need to have completed basic introduction to 4 shaft weave structures. 

The Weavers’ Summer School offers:
  • 3 counter-march 8-10 shaft treadle looms, all with double back beam
  • 5 computer dobby looms (16-24 shaft), all with double back beam
  • Weaving equipment ie warping mill, shuttles, bobbin winder, threaders, temples etc
  • Assistance with calculations and set up of projects
  • Instruction and assistance with use of computer design program and looms
  • Informal show-and-tell and exchange by participants and tutor 

Participants are asked to contact the tutor to discuss their project, organise materials before the summer school starts. Previous projects have included complex weave scarves, large throws, table runner sets, decorative wall pieces, and material for large bags. 

Dates:  22 Jan through to Saturday 29 Jan 2011 (except Wednesday Australia Day)
9.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 16.00 each day

Costs:   $650 (for payment contact Dimity Kidston)

Tutor: Monique van Nieuwland

Monique has been a weaver for more than 30 years. She teaches weave classes at the ANU, exhibits her work regularly and is an Accredited Professional Member of Craft ACT. 

Please register your interest by contacting: 
ANU Textiles Workshop: 
Phone 6125 5833

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Canberra Potters' Society Christmas Gift Fair

Canberra Potters Society’s Christmas Gift Fair is just the place to stock up on original handcrafted gifts for the festive season. This annual event is always chock full of clay in many and varied forms: artworks, functional items, kitchenware, jewellery and more. And if you drop by between 5pm and 7pm on Friday 10th December you can enjoy some festive cheer while you shop.

The gift fair features the work of some of the society’s professional and semi-professional members so not only can you find original gifts but you have the satisfaction of knowing that your purchases support local creativity. With prices to suit every budget you’re bound to find something to suit even the fussiest of tastes.

For gifts with a difference, take a trip to Watson - there’s ample free parking. This year’s Gift Fair starts on the 9th December and closes at 2pm on Friday 24th December.


Christmas trading hours:

until 19th: Thursday to Sunday 10am - 4pm (Friday 10th until 7pm)

21st to 24th: daily 10am - 4pm (closing 2pm on 24th)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Polka Luka Handcrafted Jewellery

WHAT: Polka Luka Handcrafted Resin Jewellery Exhibition featuring fantastic resin jewellery and summer clothing - sumptuous pieces - samples and seconds. All original designs by Alexandra Freeman from the South Coast.
WHEN: Opening 6pm Thurs 9th Dec 2010 6pm with drinks & nibbles
Running every day until Thurs 23rd Dec
WHERE: @ The Front Gallery & Cafe, Lyneham Shops.
MORE INFORMATION:
Alexandra Freeman 0424 757 756

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Last Project Remake for 2010

7 - 9 pm Monday 6th December in the Federation Room, Havelock House, corner of Gould Street and Northbourn Avenue, Turner.

What to bring:
A mind open to the enormous possibilities of what your once adored pieces or bad decision can become.

+At least one item of quality clothing to remake(bring up to five items!). We suggest you choose garments with good detailing, natural fibres-linen, cotton, silk fabics with great potential eg: a jacket may be turned upside down and back to front, to become a great apron......

+Also bring your sewing kit, scissors, needles and thread, tape measure, quick unpick or snips are helpful for undoing seams. We can help you out with some of these items for your 1st workshop if you don’t have your own. We will also have kits available for you to order.

What to expect:
The Project Remake team will share our textile skills, eye for design and love of quality fashion with you. We’ll work with you to design an item from your unused/underused clothes, you do not need to have great sewing skills- we will show you simple techniques. The object is to create garments that you’ll wear and love for a long, long time. You’ll also learn from each other!

This might be a one off workshop for you, or you may choose to come back for weekly or fortnightly workshops. We recomend that you sign up for a series of classes in order to complete each garment.

Maximum of 10 participants per workshop. 

More information:
Contact Project Remake by email - projectremake@gmail.com or phone Lee - 0411 295 018

Project Remake is committed to reducing waste, minimising environmental impacts, and helping people to both think about their consumption and understand the long term value of buying great quality, good designed items that can be remade, swapped or sold. We look forward to meeting you at the workshop

Friday, December 3, 2010

Another Sale for Crafters

Monster Garage Sale
  • 100’s of meters of patchwork fabric
  • dress fabrics
  • machine and hand embroidery threads
  • wool
  • books
  • patterns
  • haby 
December 4th and 5th Strictly from 9 a.m.
1 Mault Place, Monash

Handmade Market is on today

Canberra's Quarterly Upmarket brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all at one destination.  It is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate quality, handcrafted and locally designed items.

11am- 7pm this Saturday December 4    

How to get there
The Kamberra Wine Company is located Cnr Northbourne Ave & Flemington Rd Lyneham. It is a quick 3.8 KM to Canberra City. The Kamberra Wine Company is conveniently located across from Exhibition Park ( EPIC ) and the Canberra Racecourse.

There is also public transport to the front door! Please click here for bus timetable information.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Woden SEE-Change's Pre-Christmas Op Swap

Woden SEE Change invites you to start the season sustainably at our….
“Pre-Christmas op-swap ”
Celebrate the festive season with friends; kick back to the cool sounds of live music; and browse for new treasures at our “money - free” sustainable swap meet! 

• Books • CDs • Clothing  • Pot plants • Toys  • Shoes • Novelty items • Hats • Glassware and ceramics • Accessories/trinkets • Old giftwrap/packaging • Board games • Pictures/paintings • Sporting equipment

All items should be clean and in good condition.  Please, nothing stained, torn, chipped, cracked or otherwise worn out.  Unclaimed items will be donated to local charities.

When: Saturday 4th December  9am set up for 9.30 start — 12 pm
Where: Main Hall, St James Church - 40 Gillies St, Curtin

Bring along some stuff to swap and a plate of morning tea to share.

For more information contact Monica on 0448 995 158  or RSVP to woden.seechange@gmail.com

reduce — reuse — recover — reclaim — repurpose — reconfigure — regift

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Material Pleasures Christmas Collection Preview evening

Tuesday 30th November 6pm - 9pm 3 Barrier Street Fyshwick

Many people are looking for something special to wear at this time of year so for those of you with champagne tastes Material Pleasures are proud to offer you a generous collection of pieces that really reflect the Material Pleasures' aesthetic.. great fabric, contemporary design, truly wonderful things!

Come in to just admire or maybe own a little bit of the work of some of these leading designers.

Trelise Cooper, Cooper, Easton Pearson, Tiffany Treloar, Paula Ryan, Kirrily Johnston, Anna Sui, True Religion, Kenzo,
Carla Zampatti, Bianca Spender, Arthur Galan, Lisa Ho, Peter Elias, David Meister, D.C.C, Kennedy and Forbes, Anthea Crawford, Cable(Melb), Guess, Diane Von Furstenberg, Leona Edmiston, Gail Soronda, Megan Park, Conditions Apply,
Camilla Ridley(London), Leyendecker(L.A), BUDD HIST PUNK, Alannah Hill......and so many more

All new range of excellent condition bags and shoes released on the night.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fash n Treasure tomorrow


The Third Fash N Treasure market is at the Old Bus Depot at Kingston on this SATURDAY (NOT the Sunday markets) between 10am-3pm.

The market features fashion designers, milliners, jewellers, handbag makers, vintage traders and people wanting to downsize their wardrobes. There are some great buys to be had and the organisers have booked a great DJ plus coffee carts. Change rooms are supplied.  Parking is the same location as the Bus Depot Markets. Have a look at their marvellous website for further information:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wabi-Sabi Open Studio

Wabi-Sabi have their annual studio sale on from 20 - 23 December. Visit Unit 5/79 Gladstone Street Fyshwick for some great bargains Open from 12 - 6pm.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Silver Metal Clay Ring Workshop


Instructor Jen Tattam
Intermediate Ring Class

During this workshop we will be making one ring. The rings depicted above are all wrap around rings and we will be making a wrap around style ring on the day. You may choose to make a ring that is similar to one of these or you may prefer to use your own ideas to come up with unique wrap ring design. Either way you will end up with a beautiful 99.9% Fine Silver Ring!

WHERE: Lex’s Studio: 9 Cheel Place, Farrer, Canberra

WHEN: Sunday 28th of November 2010

TIME: 10.00am (*sharp) until 4.30pm with a short break for lunch.

COST: CCIP Artisans or Instructors : $150.00 Non – CCIP Members : $170.00
Class Price includes 16g PMC3 Clay, Information Sheet and Use of Kiln and Tools. $50 non-refundable deposit required.

TO BOOK – Contact Lex on 02 6290 1376 or email guslex@grapevine.net.au

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Metal Clay Workshop

Exploring FASTfire BRONZClay With visiting Artist Lara Le Reveur

At: Lex’s Studio, 9 Cheel Pl. Farrer, Canberra.

Date: Saturday 27th November 2010

Time: 10am (sharp) until 4.30pm with a short break for lunch.

Cost: CCIP Artisans: $145 Non CCIP members : $165
*Class includes 30g BRONZClay.
* 2 Lab grown gems & 2 fireable findings.
*$50 non-refundable deposit required to hold your place.

We will cover the basic use of this wonderful clay, talk about firing practices, gem setting, incorporating your hanging loops into your piece and explore methods of finishing. Also includes use of tools + tea & coffee. Please bring lunch.

To book contact Lex on 02 6290 1376 or email guslex@grapevine.net.au

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Project Remake - 17 November

7 - 9 pm Wednesday 17th November in the Federation Room, Havelock House, corner of Gould Street and Northbourn Avenue, Turner.

What to bring:
A mind open to the enormous possibilities of what your once adored pieces or bad decision can become.

+At least one item of quality clothing to remake(bring up to five items!). We suggest you choose garments with good detailing, natural fibres-linen, cotton, silk fabics with great potential eg: a jacket may be turned upside down and back to front, to become a great apron......

+Also bring your sewing kit, scissors, needles and thread, tape measure, quick unpick or snips are helpful for undoing seams. We can help you out with some of these items for your 1st workshop if you don’t have your own. We will also have kits available for you to order.

What to expect:
The Project Remake team will share our textile skills, eye for design and love of quality fashion with you. We’ll work with you to design an item from your unused/underused clothes, you do not need to have great sewing skills- we will show you simple techniques. The object is to create garments that you’ll wear and love for a long, long time. You’ll also learn from each other!

This might be a one off workshop for you, or you may choose to come back for weekly or fortnightly workshops. We recomend that you sign up for a series of classes in order to complete each garment.

Maximum of 10 participants per workshop. 

More information:
Contact Project Remake by email - projectremake@gmail.com or phone Lee - 0411 295 018

Project Remake is committed to reducing waste, minimising environmental impacts, and helping people to both think about their consumption and understand the long term value of buying great quality, good designed items that can be remade, swapped or sold. We look forward to meeting you at the workshop

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BeAN Annual Exhibition

13th to 21st November

Belconnen Artists Network (BeAN) announce their 2010 annual exhibition on the theme“BELCONNEN WAYS” at the Church Gallery, Gold Creek (1 O’Hanlon Place, Nicholls) This year’s exhibition will show interpretations by the various artists, in their chosen medium, of aspects of their relationship to the local area.

BeAN is a self funded, self organized not-for-profit organization of artists who live, work or have ties to the Belconnen area.

Opening Hours - 10.00am to 3.00pm weekdays, 9.00am to 5.00pm on weekends.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Belconnen Festival

This weekend is the Belconnen Festival - be there for a fantastic time.

Location: Margaret Timpson Park, Belconnen 

Friday, November 12 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm - The Riot Stage - Silent Disco

Two Dj's. 100 wireless headphones. Two types of music. Who will you choose? Or just dance!!

Featuring: Eddie Shagz Psyndrom3 Stejay Dj and PLE Tag Team DJ's

Saturday, November 13 · 11:00am - 5:00pm 

The Circo Belco and The Future Footprints Sideshow

Fantastic stalls and entertainment for all with a sustainable focus.

For a Riot of a time there will be free live local bands featuring Steady The Fall, Rubycon, Music For Everyone and My Sweet Disposition on the one of a kind Gypsy Caravan Stage.

Free exciting workshops with laser graffiti and the amazing laser maze, hip hop/break dancing demos and much much more.

Plus free food to tantalise your taste buds.

Clean out your wardrobe, kitchen, bookshop and wheeever else you have clutter and swap them for something else at this year's Belco Festival GIANT OP SWAP. Everyone who brings something will go in the draw for a prize!! We're also doing a limited recycling drop off.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dickson College Fundraiser on TODAY!

Late Notice but .....   Art auction at Dickson College on Monday the 8th of November.

Day session: 11:15am - 2pm

Evening Session: 7pm - 8:30pm

Raising funds to go towards the purchasing and installation of rain water tanks in the Dickson Community Garden run by The Canberra organic Growers Association (COGS), in the bid to contribute to water conservation in the ACT.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

City Walk Expo is here

Canberra finally has its very own city market!  Music, arts, crafts, accesories and more will be in City Walk between Petrie Plaza and Ainslie Avenue every Saturday from 9.30 - 5.00. The first market was last Saturday and it was wonderful to see the stalls. The market is set to grow with food stalls and the variety of other offerings growing over time.  Well worth checking out and all in time for Christmas.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Also this weekend

This seems to be a very busy weekend in Canberra shame the weather is not supposed to be brilliant! There are fetes on all over town along with ....

The Way We Wear Vintage Fashion Fair

Celebrating the Little Black Dress this year's fair is on at the Albert Hall on Commonwealth Avenue Yarralumla this weekend - Friday 5 November through to Sunday 7. 
Times are:
Friday 6 - 9pm
Saturday 10 - 5pm
Sunday 10 - 4 pm
Entrance:
Adult $12
Child $6

One for the Crafters

This weekend in Murrumbateman and I am informed that it will be worth the drive -  a huge garage sale.  There is so much stuff there including, unused trammed tapestries, ordinary tapestries, cross stitch and long stitch tapestry kits – most with wool, bags and bags of good quality sewing fabrics including wools, cottons – including some interesting patchwork fabrics, synthetics, polar fleece etc, the same bag quantity with knitting wools, knitting patterns, about 200 modern (most 90s) women’s sewing patterns – a lot unused (most sizes 8-14), a bit of haby, a lot of home linen, kitchenware, stacks of bags and handbags plus much more. There was also a large owl collection, furniture and some nice china and glassware plus a good selection of unused frames. All well organised, clean and usable. 

The garage sale is in a shed on a 4 acre property at Murrumbateman  – the road on the property is not sealed but is only a 100 or so metres long and has been graded – plenty of parking. 

Sat 6th - Sun 7th November (this weekend)
10am - 3pm
5 Thoroughbred Drive
Murrumbateman

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Workshop Bilk Gallery is moving


Bilk Gallery is relocating to Palmerston Lane in Manuka. The new Gallery space will open with the HOHOHO Christmas exhibition on Saturday 20 November.  Workshop Bilk will continue as Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Johannes Kuhnen's studio and teaching space.  Will be fantastic to see the new space - can't wait!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Workshop Bilk are hosting Marian Hosking

Beyond Floral

A very special exhibition of one of Australia's most respected contemporary jewellers. Marian Hosking engages with the natural environment and over the past four decades has depicted both birds and flora elements in her sensitive and delicate jewellery and objects. For this exhibition at Workshop Bilk Marian focused on the heath-land, mallee and arid regions around Sydney, Mildura and Alice Springs. She has developed a personal vocabulary to express a specific vision and interpretation of the qualities of Australian light and landscape. In this body of work she has examined and reinterpreted a selection of plants, as brooches, rings and necklaces. She favours silver, with its evasive highlights and shifting shadows highlighting low relief. The works draw attention to the specificity of things.

This is the first solo exhibition in the Canberra region for Marian, however her work is familiar to
the serious jewellery collector as she has exhibited widely in Australia and is included in all
significant public collections. Dr Marian Hosking is a master of Australian craft and a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University. She is a mentor to many established and emerging artists.

This is an exhibition that is truly a feast for the eyes and senses and not to be missed. On until 6th November.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Canberra Potters' Society 2010 Members Exhibition

22nd October to 7th November

The Canberra Potters' Society annual members exhibition starts this weekend. The official opening by Avi Amesbury, Executive Director, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is at 6.30pm Thursday 21st October. A great place to see some fantastic pottery.

Watson Arts Centre is located at 1 Aspinall Street, Watson, ACT

Thursday, October 14, 2010

...and the rain came down

We have had a wonderful amount of rain over the past few days and the tank is now full! But hopefully Sunday will be a lovely day for visiting the Bus Depot Market's Green Savvy day.  See you all there.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Be 'Green Savvy' at the Bus Depot Market this Sunday


Green Savvy Sunday Specialist Stallholders
In addition the solar panels that the Bus Depot Markets are installing on the roof as part of their goal to be a carbon neutral event for the day and to some fantastic speakers that will be presenting at Green Savvy Sunday (details and timings below) –there will also be a variety specialist stallholders! They will be providing organic, recycled, reused and eco-friendly products –such as green smart alternatives for living, food and wine, jewellery, fashion, craft, clothing, skin care and more. Specialist Stallholders include:

Food and Wine
Rosnay Organic Wines – winery focusing on organic wines and biodynamics.

Organic raw chocolate kits – to make your own raw chocolate. It is a health food!

Stephen Hogwood Organic Preserves – discover or rediscover how organic food used to be preserved, and marvel at the way food used to taste!

Lindsay and Edmunds Organic Chocolates – try their new range featuring slabs of roasted cacao in Fairtrade organic Belgium milk chocolate, and cointreau and Grand Marnier liqueur chocolates.

Fashion and Jewellery
Tamara Russell - textile artist who upcycles fabric to create fantastic jewellery and handbags.

Sylvia Convey – well known Australian textile artist with a range of Eco- friendly Sustainable Mixed Media Jewellery.

Karen Monson – range of unique handmade bags using vintage recycled material.

Tahlia Downes - upcycled clothing and home décor.

Miso Chic – turns antique Japanese kimonos into exquisite brooches.

Craft
Liz Wright and Tony Lemerle – garden art and sculpture made from recycled materials.

Annie Storey – beautiful fountains from recycled copper.

Tamsin Rushbrook – homewares, jewellery and and art made from recycled materials including jewellery from old typewriter keys.

Books
Robin Johnson – author of “Your Sustainable Garden”, providing sensible and practical guidance for those who love and recognise the environmental and quality-of-life values of the suburban garden; achieving even better gardens with substantially less water!

Jackie French – And dont forget as part of our Green Savvy Sunday special event celebrations, we are offering you the chance to win a signed copy of Jackie French’s “Backyard Self-sufficiency” book. Click here for more information and to enter.

Green Savvy Sunday Speakers Program
To encourage the ‘green savvy’ lifestyle in us all, we have organised some fantastic speakers to be onsite during Green Savvy Sunday on the 17th October to share their thoughts and ideas. There is no registration required to attend – everyone is welcome. The speakers will be presenting in a marquee at the entrance to the Markets in the north/western courtyard.

Steve Hogwood 10.00am to 10.40am
Steve Hogwood is a passionate gardener, ex ad man and old hippie from the 60’s. Listen to how he only uses naturally filtered rain water, organic honeys and vinegar’s, hand picked organic product, all prepared and preserved the slow traditional way, using Mason Ball preserving jars for vegetables and pickles and Fowlers Vacola jars for preserving fruit, an icon in Australian preserving for generations. Come and discover or rediscover how organic food used to be preserved and marvel at the way food used to taste!

Jackie French  11.00am to 11.40am
Backyard Selfsufficiency: how to grow everything except chocolate in Canberra, and how to grow 60% of your food in half an hour a week, including picking.

Philip Brown 12.00pm to 12.15pm
Philip Brown, Armada Solar’s Sales Manager, will talk about Canberra’s Solar Revolution and what it means for you. Topics that Phil will discuss include: the economics of solar and the feed in law, what is involved with putting solar on your house, what are the different technologies, and how to make the best choice.

Jackie French 12.30pm to 1.10pm
The Slowest food of all: how to take forty years to make your breakfast, from building the chook yard to planting the nut trees for the chooks to feed on, and why making, baking, and planting orchards everywhere from neighbourhood streets to schoolyards for the next generations to enjoy, and building up long term social and family and ecological capital can make life rich and full…

Nick Mayo 1.20pm to 1.40pm
Nicholas Mayo, co‐owner of Canberra’s Sustainable House provides an insight into what houses of the future might look like as we enter an age of drying and warming. Collecting all of it’s water from the rain that falls on its roof, generating all of its electricity from sunlight, and heating all of its water from solar energy.

This is Canberra’s Sustainable House – the future in housing now http://www.canberrassustainablehouse.com.au/.

Jackie French 1.45pm to 2.35pm
Death to the Three Minute Shower is about common ‘green’ misconceptions: showers don’t use water, they borrow it. If you recycle your water you can shower as long as you want to. Backyard composting can be a disaster, breeding rats, mice and fruit fly and add to global warming if it isn’t done properly- but there are easy alternatives. Eating lots of beef is bad for the planet, but munching on feral goat may help. Consuming more -not less -may even help the planet too…though it depends on what you are consuming, and how and when.

Suri Talip 2.45pm to 3.00pm
Suri will be talking about worm farming in your backyard.

Cam Wilson 3.10pm to 3.50pm
Cam will be speaking about the efficient use of watering in a permaculture garden, and how to drought proof for the future.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Floriade - Last chance

 A reminder that tomorrow is the last day for Floriade this year. The day is supposed to be sunny and 19C so what better way to spend a Sunday? 

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A great success

Well Reloved Revamped has come and gone. A fantastic crowd was present to view some excellent designs and here are some of the pictures.







Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tonight is the Night

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - 
Level 1 North Building, 180 London Circuit Canberra City
 
Re-Loved: Re-Vamped at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre tonight at 6pm.

Re-Loved: Re-Vamped will showcase 2010 collections from Chris Murray, Lisa Barrett (Tango & James), Hanny Dewar (Hanny-d Creations), Tamara Russell and Zoe Turketo (Turketo).

All designers involved were given a brief to deconstruct, re work or re-imagine existing clothing and materials into new creations to promote a sustainable fashion culture. The outcome is a series of unique and wearable one-off garments showcased in a one off event with a live fashion parade, music, dialogue and networking.
This event is supported by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre. Entry to Re-Loved: Re-Vamped is free.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Reloved - Revamped - CraftACT 30 September 6.00 pm

pākaru - (Māori verb) to break through, break forth, break into pieces, split open.  
Pākaru is constructed from recycled and reintegrated fabrics sourced from discarded clothes well as fabric off-cuts, which would be otherwise disposed of. Inspired by Maori design principles in traditional tattooing, Ta Moko, this collection confronts the contemporary fashion design cycle with deconstructionist designs.
“The block of wood should not dictate to the carver”
Maori Proverb quote
Challenging the stigma associated with recycled and reintegrated materials, Pākaru uses fundamental Ta Moko design principles to create a juxtaposition of old and contemporary design. Levels of depth exaggerated by texture, contrast of line and plane to create form and negative space highlighted by reveal conceal are the basis of this collection.
Pākaru is a visual que and a social exploration into contemporary consumption, these pieces are a unique dialogue between the designer, wearer and viewer highlighting the state of modern disposable fashion.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Reloved - Revamped - Thursday 30 September

 Tamara Russell is a Canberra textile artist whose range of work includes wall art, furnishings and fashion accessories. Specialising in free machine embroidery using the needle as a paint brush to exploring new possibilities and ideas her unique and distinctive textile designs are created as wall art, handbags, jewellery, cushions, throws and greeting cards. Recycled, upcycled or reclaimed materials are mainly used to create truly individual pieces.  See her work at www.puddleduckdesigns.com.

Re-Loved: Re-Vamped at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre on Thursday 30 September at 6pm. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Embroiderers' Guild Annual Show this weekend


24 - 26 September 2010
Albert Hall Yarralumla
  • Displays if traditional and contemporary needlework
  • Needlework demonstrations by members throughout each day
  • Bring along your needlework tools and linen for a verbal valuation by a specialist antiques dealer at $5.00 per item.
  • Sales and Recycles Tables
  • Cafe
Opening Night Thursday 23 September at 7:30pm.

Opening Hours -
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

Admission Costs -
Adults $9
Concession $7
Child under 12 Free