Saturday, January 29, 2011

Works on Paper $10,000 Prize and Exhibition

You only have a few days to get your entries into our Printmaking and Drawing Prize and Exhibition. You can enter up to 4 works and 50 finalists will be selected to exhibit and be judged for the prizes.

Work does not have to be framed and can be any size and theme as long as it is on paper.

Deadline 6 Feb 2011.

More details and entry forms online at

Brunswick Street Gallery has 8 spaces under one roof and is open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Top Design is looking for Canberra designers

The call for contestants is out and the producers of Top Design have contacted the owners of Shop Handmade to get the call out to Canberra Regional Designers. So impressed with our Handmade designers they are coming to Canberra to meet you all.

They want to hear from home renovators, stylists and interior decorators who know how make their home, or a room, spectacular. If you think that you have an eye for colour, flair or just your own style (or you know someone who has) then fill in an application form bring it with you to shop Handmade on the 4th Feb along with the required images.

On Friday 4th February from 12-3pm we will have the lovely Alan from Top Design at Shop Handmade. Alan will be here to answer all your questions re the new reality design shown that will be hosted by Jamie Durie.

Shop Handmade, City walk blvd, Allara st end.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Photoaccess Fundraiser for Queensland

PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery present
an exhibition and auction of photomedia works by friends of PhotoAccess in support of the Queensland Premiers Disaster Relief Appeal.
Guest auctioneer is Genevieve Jacobs 666 ABC Canberra Presenter
Time - 4.00 - 5.30 Saturday 5 February and Manuka Arts Centre Corner Manuka Circle and New South Wales Crescent, Griffith
Bubbles and snacks will be served
Entry donation $15.00
Works can be viewed in the multimedia room at PhotoAccess and as an online catalogue at from Thursday 3 February
Call 02 6295 7810 for further information.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Art and Imagery in Stitched Textiles Workshop

This workshop run by Sandra Meech (see will make the connection between the images we take for inspiration, the drawing and painting we do for fun and their important connection to fabric and stitch.  Exploring different art  and surface materials as well as mixed media collage and composition the workshop will work through a series of drawing, painting exercises on a personal theme. Transfer dyes on cloth are combined with drawings and imagery into final stitched pieces.  This is a workshop for all who want to express themselves in creative new stitched textile directions.

Imagery in stitched textiles
With personal themes from photographs (landscape to architecture, fashion to world textiles – anything goes), we will create collage compositions, paintings and drawings. Heat transfer methods of imagery onto cloth with mixed media collage will prepare surfaces for stitch.  Several  textile pieces will be finished and include wireform for dimension and added texture with plastics and wool. A review of simple ways with Photoshop Elements will also be included .

Date: 9-10  April   2011
Location: Textile Room, Radford College, Bruce

Contact: Bonnie Begg Tel:   6281 3487  Email: for more information. Limited places

Friday, January 14, 2011

Material Pleasures extends trading hours

There has been no change in the immediate circumstances around access to Material Pleasures room at Gorman House Markets so in true Material Pleasures' style they will power on, opening at our Fyshwick store on Saturdays.

Fridays we will now open to 4pm
So..... Easy to remember!!!!!   Tues - Sat 10-4

If you haven't been out to our store, we would love to see you on Saturdays between 10am and 4 pm. We hope you will be pleasantly surprised at the range and the shop itself. The parking is free.

The Old Bus Depot Markets continue Sundays 10am-4pm.

Employment Opportunity: Material Pleasures have one new position available in 2011. The applicant must have a car licence, be a non smoker, have a high level of proficiency in ironing and what could generally be termed garment care. So.... hand and machine washing of a wide variety of fabrics, simple mending etc.
The person will need to be mentally and physically organised and available for afternoon work to a maximum of 20hrs per week. The location is Fyshwick.
If you or someone you know fits the bill, please contact Rebekah Griffiths via email for a chat -

Monday, January 10, 2011

SCARF Shibori Workshop at Strathnairn

World Shibori Network artists, Barbara Schey and Joan James will be giving a 2 day workshop in shibori techniques on 12th and 13th March, 2011, at the Village Hall, Strathnairn Homestead. Both Barbara and Joan have exhibited their work in exhibitions overseas and have taught extensively throughout Australia. 
Barbara will work with DISAPPEARING SHIBORI!  on Saturday 12th March, 9.30 – 4.00
This workshop will involve discharge or colour removal on silk and cotton in new and innovative ways using techniques Barbara learned in Japan.  Degumming of silk and meltoff of lame will also be included if time permits.  Barbara has been teaching this workshop for some time now and it is very popular.  Students need to bring pure silk in a dark colour, also pure cotton in a dark colour.   Barbara gets good results from pure cotton (black) voile available from Spotlight (makes great sarongs!).  For the silk discharge, she recommends black silk georgette.  Silk organza is needed for the degum and small amount of lame for meltoff

On Sunday 13th March, 9.30 – 4.00 Joan will cover SHIBORI and INDIGO dyeing on silk and cotton, and shibori techniques on synthetic fabrics.  Joan will cover the making and upkeep of the indigo vat and will introduce a ‘fruit indigo vat’, which Yoshiko used while teaching recently in Australia.  The use of the steamer for setting the fabrics will be discussed. 
Students need to bring pure silk and well washed cotton (it may be coloured, but not dark navy or black) and some sheer polyester fabric.  Fine wool may also be used.
Cost of workshop:  $250 for the two days. 

To book your place, please contact Joan on   A requirement list will be sent out when a deposit of $20 is received.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New from Old: English Paper Piecing Workshop

Learn New Skills

Ecology and Arts House - EartH have two events coming up:

1.  16th of January   1 - 5pm    English paper piecing is an easy way of creating beautiful patchwork dating back to the 18th Century. A basic paper piecing workshop, for people who don't have experience and are willing to have a go.  The cost of the workshop is $60.

Bring old cotton clothes to reuse, scissors and needles

2.  6th of February  A get together, discussion, exploration of art/craft using textiles and the role of artists in sustainable living. This is a free event.

Call 62355644 to book your place - numbers are limited.

Location -  Ecology and Arts House - EartH, 7 Naas Road, Tharwa..

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ideas Development Workshop at ANU with Ruth Hadlow


Workshop: This workshop will look at participants’ interests and current work, and consider possibilities and tactics for extending individual practice. It will be tailored to each participant, focused on developing ideas through research, discussion, sampling, writing and critique.
The workshop aims to support participants who are interested in extending their own practice,
creating challenges in the form of self-devised research projects, technical and material experimentation, as well as self-directed appraisal and critique of work and methods of practice.

Tutor: Ruth Hadlow has a practice that shifts between writing, textiles and installation work.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally, undertaken numerous residencies, and has been the recipient of several Australia Council grants for research projects. Ruth is well-known for her freelance teaching, which ranges across a variety of subjects but is essentially focused on the development of ideas for contemporary art practice. For the past 10 years Ruth has been living in West Timor, Indonesia. She has just completed a Phd through the School of Art, Architecture & Design at UniSA, investigating relationships between language, text and textile practice in relation to living between cultures and languages. Her most recent project is a series of 12 artist’s books entitled the Library of Translation Exercises. One of these is:

DATE: 26 and 27 Feb                                    TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm

PARTICIPATION FEE: $150 wages    $100 unwaged
Tea and coffee provided. Please bring your lunch
Enquiries: 02 61255833

ANUSchool of Art, TEXTILES, BUILDING 105 (off Ellery Crescent)ACTON, CANBERRA ACT 0200.
 Parking School of Art car park off Ellery Crescent, opposite The Film and Sound Archives or car parks off Childers St. or London Circuit.
WORKSHOP NAME   RUTH HADLOW – IDEAS DEVELOPMENT                                                                           
Mel will send you payment instructions.
YOUR e-mail address, ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER:

Monday, January 3, 2011

Drawing Classes at the Shed

Two drawing classes -  Life Drawing and  Portraiture will be held at the 'Shed' in January - Introduction to Life Drawing - exploring the basic principles in figuritive drawing from the model - Introduction to Portraiture - exploring the basic principles in portraiture drawing from the model.

Drawing classes held over four two hour sessions on January 10th,11th,24th and 25th - Life Drawing 12pm to 2pm - Portraiture 4pm to 6pm - All materials provided , experienced model.

Cost $150

Contact Dennis          6297 0336