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

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

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

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 - 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
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

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!