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;overview.html and contact:
Dr Patsy Hely | Honours & (acting) Graduate Convenor, School of Art 
 +61 (0)2 6125 5804  w: email  |

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'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 

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.
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 - 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.