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 d├ęcor.

Miso Chic – turns antique Japanese kimonos into exquisite brooches.

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.

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

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.