Thursday, September 29, 2011

Handmade Market on this weekend

Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 4.00 at the National Convention Centre

Remember there will be a fantastic hamper of Handmade designer goodies to the value of $300 up for grabs for one lucky market goer. Enter the draw on the day, available at the Market reception desk in the foyer. Bosom buddies will also be holding their Hat Hat Hooray competition wrap up.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Living Green Festival 16 October

Canberra is having its first Living Green Festival in October! The Festival will focus on the relationship between climate change, the environment, and animals and aims to raise awareness about how the choices we make in our everyday lives can affect not only the environment, but humans and other animals as well.  The theme of the Festival is 'a kinder shade of green' and it will showcase easy ways we humans can reduce our carbon footprint and be more considerate of the other animals we share this planet with. It will feature sustainable, fair trade and cruelty-free food, products and services; market stalls; talks on environmental, animal protection and health issues; free yoga and gardening workshops; live music and dance performances; children's entertainment and more!  All of which will create a fun-filled festival and market atmosphere coinciding with the last day of Floriade in the Capital.

The Living Green Festival will be held in the recently refurbished Albert Hall on Sunday 16 October 2011 between 10am and 4pm. The Hall is easy to get to by public transport, bike, and on foot, and is only a short walk from Floriade.  The Festival is assisted by the ACT Government Climate Change Grants.  More information is available at

Monday, September 26, 2011

Centenary of Canberra: a legacy of good design

Centenary of Canberra - a legacy of good design is a competition to design unique, high quality objects, to be produced and sold as memorabilia for the city's centenary in 2013.

You are invited to an information session:
Where:  Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
Time:  5.30pm
Date:  Tuesday 27 September 2011

Visit the website for more information and to download the guidelines.

The Canberra region has a vibrant and innovative community of artists and designers with a rich history of contribution to the Territory and the nation. The aim of this project is to call on ACT region to create a product of memorabilia that commemorates the Centenary of Canberra and celebrates 100 years of Canberra as Australia's national capital

Centenary of Canberra - a legacy of good design is a Centenary of Canberra project, presented by the ACT Government, with support from Business and Industry Development and administered by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.

Contact Hamilton Darroch, Project Manager telephone (02) 6262 9333 or email:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Embroiderers' Guild Show on this weekend at Albert Hall

23 - 25 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 Hours -
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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

Your heart's desire - This Saturday 24th

Your heart's desire
Workshop and performance
From - Saturday 24 September 2011

You and your guests are invited to join Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre for a FREE workshop and performance by renowned textile artist Kay Lawrence to be held in the Centre's Gallery on Saturday 24 September 2011.
In the project Your heart’s desire, Kay Lawrence threads buttons brought to her by the community onto handmade silk string in a performance designed to bring people together to consider their heart’s desire, symbolised by a string of 1000 buttons. As well as contributing a button, participants are invited to record their heart’s desire in an artist’s book.

Please think about your heart's desire and bring a button or two so you can participate in the project.

Drop in anytime on Saturday between 12pm and 4pm to participate in this event.
For further information on upcoming events visit:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spring Equinox Festival - September 24

September 24 11.30 - 3.30 
Weston Creek Community Centre

A celebration of Canberra in SPRING an eclectic mix of Community, Craft & Wellbeing

From the unusual to the unique, there is always an impressive showcase of health & wellbeing, and handmade arts and craft on display with plenty to appeal to both locals and visitors.

We are also proud to showcase local entertainment (Belly Dancing and Musical Troupes and Groups)

ALL our events are located indoors within the Weston Creek Community Centre so no matter whether it 4 or 40 degrees you will be dry and warm in the winter and cool in the summer, why not stay the whole day wonder through the eclectic mix of stalls and enjoy the fabulous local entertainment by musicians and dancers

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Courses in Textiles at ANU

Dorothy Kraft, Detail, “Memory Vessel 2”

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 ideas 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
Contact: Dr Patsy Hely | Honours & (acting) Graduate Convenor
 +61 (0)2 6125 5804  | w: | 

Textiles Workshop Blog:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Craft Retreat in Canberra

Come along to the Contemporary Craft Retreatattend for one or more days which is being held near Canberra from 14-16th October 2011. It is not very often that we get an opportunity to participate in a creative event like the Contemporary Craft Retreat in our own region. 

There are 20 fabulous workshops being offered by 9 of the top Contemporary Craft Instructors/Artists from around Australia. This is a non profit making event and any profit made will be put towards running another event next year. Costs are very reasonable and include meals, morning and afternoon tea and tuition. For local residents and those within driving distance, it is possible to do one or both days or a mix of morning/afternoon one day and afternoon/morning the next. 

Please contact Lex Sorrentino on 02-62901376 or for further information. 

Bookings close on Monday 19th September. Book now to ensure that you get the classes that interest you before they are fully booked. Visit 

This is a great opportunity to attend a wonderful event. Find out about new products, learn new skills and techniques, make new friends and mingle with other like minded people - it is going to be a lot of fun!
Metal Clay Australasia Pty Ltd are sponsoring this innovative, creative retreat and look forward to the Contemporary Craft Retreat becoming an annual event in our area.

Jennifer Tattam - Metal Clay Australasia Pty Ltd

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chris Morrison 'Majestic' on at Photoaccess

Exhibition runs until 1 October

10 am - 4 pm Tuesday to Friday 12 - 4 pm Weekends
Huw Davies Gallery is located at Manuka Arts Centre
Manuka Circle Griffith ACT  ph: 02 6295 7810
photoaccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Master Class Workshop with Merv Moriarty

October 10th to 13th at Wallagoot    

This year the Master Class will be held October 10th to 13th 2011. The workshop is designed for experienced artists and those who have done a Colour or Landscape in Colour workshop.  As always, the emphasis is on principals of design and colour as applied to the subject.  The subject will be set, the choice of materials and approach is yours.  As many artists wish to explore alternative techniques, I shall assist with
this; and depending on interest we could cover: oils, glazing, pastels, tempera and charcoal drawing.

VENUE : “Many Swans” 1478 Sapphire Coast Drive Wallagoot between Tathra and Merimbula, Far South Coast NSW
FEES: $500.00  early Bird price  $460.00 if payment made 4 weeks in advance (deposit of $200.00) Please see following enrolment form.
TIME: 10am to 4pm 
BYO lunch. Morning & afternoon tea provided. 
Contact Merv Moriarty on  PH: 02 6494 1033  AH: 02 6494 5144          

“No artist or teacher of art should miss any of Mervyn’s workshops on any aspect of art. His classes are Master Classes. These are very rare in Australia. His recent workshops on colour not only provided knowledge from years of research into the work of past scientists, theorists and artists, along with his own painting experience, but added the dimension that today’s technology has opened up in our understanding of the fascinating phenomena of colour. As with any Master, he leads you to doorways to worlds that are exciting, mysterious and awe-inspiring.”
Wendy Allen 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pandoras Annual Spring Fashion Parade - 17 September

At St Philips Anglican Church
MacPherson St, O’Connor
On Saturday 17th September
at 11.30am

$10.00 admission includes a glass of champagne, chicken sandwiches, slice and tea/coffee.

Wonderful Accessories and Fashion clothes for Spring and Summer will be available for sale

This is not for profit but for worthy community causes including a shelter  for abused women in Samoa and prison chaplaincy in Canberra. We have some wonderful designer clothes for  very little money. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

BE QUICK - The ART OF TEXTILES - call for submissions close 25 September

Mary Schoeser, specialist author in textiles, is working on an exciting project commissioned by Thames & Hudson, London. Entitled The Art of Textiles, this is to be a major work comprising over 1,000 images and celebrating the breadth and depth of the field today.
Mary is keen to source stunning images of the work of creative individuals. Of equal interest are pieces that have been collected as outstanding inspirational examples, including ethnographic and historical materials, since one aspect of the text deals with the impact of the ‘eye of the beholder’. In particular, detailed images are sought in order to illustrate the complexity and extraordinary variety of manipulations, surface treatments, materials, and structures that textiles present. In addition, Mary is seeking personal statements elucidating why or how each piece is of personal significance.
Submissions for consideration may be in digital or slide/transparency format. Digital images must be supplied as TIFF files, RGB calibrated, on discs. Please supply a reference print for colour balance as well as the following details: name, image title, date, media and technique, photo credit, and permission to publish. If the item is ethnographic or historical please indicate its origins. Selected images will not attract a reproduction fee, but will be acknowledged. There will be a resource list in the end-matter; please indicate whether or not you would like a contact email address/website to be included under the contributors list and specify the details.
Submissions should be posted to Mary Schoeser, 25 East Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1SH, England, UK. The deadline for submissions is September 25th, 2011.

Summer Sunset Markets seeking stallholders

It's almost Sunset Markets time!

Only a few short weeks....

At last - the end of that miserable old winter! Spring has sprung, so I thought I'd fill the newsletter with images of lovely spring blossoms to set the mood!

Congratulations to those of you who came along to the Christmas in July markets. The stalls all looked wonderful, the music was divine and it was a lovely atmosphere. Despite the wintry weather, there was a very steady stream of people through, especially in the first two or three hours.

I hope that you will all continue to support Queanbeyan's markets and register an expression of interest for the Summer Sunset Markets!

Register Now!
Get in early and register your interest now! Discounted fees are available for stallholders who register and pay for four of the ten markets in advance. Three sizes are available - single table, medium and double.

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends and colleagues. New stallholders should send photographs of their work, however if you've previously been accepted at our markets, that will not be necessary. Email for an expression of interest form

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tenants Art Competition and Exhibition - Entries Close 16 September

The International Tenants' Day Art Competition and exhibition

Tenant artists wanted! Exhibit their work and be in the running to win cash prizes!

Every year the Tenants' Union ACT, with funding and support from Housing ACT, hosts a competition and exhibition of works from ACT tenant artists to celebrate International Tenants Day. It's a chance to meet with other tenants, view and buy fantastic artworks, exhibit or sell your works and express your views on renting through the medium of art. This year's theme is 'Sharing a Bond'.

Entry forms are due by 16 September 2011.
For and entry form:
  • Call our [
    ]admin number for an entry form or
  •  download one from our website [
  • from our [
    ]Facebook page.

The exhibition runs from Monday 26 September to Friday 7 October, at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, North Building, Civic Square, Canberra City.

Please note that entry is only open to ACT renters

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Spring Swap at the Environment Centre

Date: Saturday 10th September, 2011
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Venue: Environment Centre, Lennox & Lawson Cr (by the National Museum)

Spring is the time of year when layers of clothing required start to dwindle, biking becomes a rekindled passion and vegetable gardens are revived...

The Spring Swap & Sale welcomes the change of season by providing a space to reconnect with all these warmer weather month activities forgotten through a giant SWAP!

Items for swapping only are clothes*, books, dvds and cds, while bike parts and seedlings may be swapped or bought.

*To participate in the Clothes Swap you will need to register your items by 1pm on the day as the Clothes Swap will commence at 1.30pm.

All other items may be swapped/bought between 12pm - 3pm.

Swapping Guidelines:

1. Items may only be swapped like for like (i.e. book for book etc.)
2. A maximum of 10 items per category, per person may be swapped (i.e. 10 books, 10 CDs etc.)
3. Items for swapping must be in good working order/condition; something that you would be happy to swap for yourself
4. Items considered to be in too poor condition for swapping may be rejected from the swap

1. Swapping of Books, CDs and DVDs will take place between 12pm - 3pm
2. Items must be registered, quality checked and swapped for corresponding tokens
3. Participants will then have access to peruse through items available for swapping
4. Once you have found the items that you would like to swap your tokens for, you take them to the check-out desk to make the exchange
5. Enjoy your new items!



Guys, girls and children of all shapes, sizes and styles. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

All well-kept wearable pieces and accessories that are ready for a new life are welcome. From designer wear to cool t-shirts to good quality basic garments from local high street stores. Keep in mind that quality is key to making the Clothes Swap a success for everyone.
  • You can swap up to 10 items of clothing, including accessories (hats, scarves, belts) and shoes in good condition
  • Items likely to be valued by others
  • Mens, womens and childrens clothing
  • Garments clean, folded or pressed
  • Faulty items i.e. holes, missing buttons, frayed, pilled, streched, shrunken, stained etc.
  • Items that are straying too far from perfect or are incomplete
  • Items which are smelly
  • We can’t exchange undergarments, swimwear, lycra, tracksuits or anything polar-fleece.
  1. Those participating in the Clothes Swap will need to register by 1pm. Registration involves having your items quality checked and exchanged for tokens which you will then use to swap for newfound items.
  2. Once you have registered you will have half an hour to browse around the rest of the site while clothing items are hung up and displayed.
  3. At 1.30pm the Clothes Swap will begin and participants will be allowed to enter.
  4. Once you have found the items that you would like to swap your tokens for, you take them to the check-out desk to make the exchange.
  5. Enjoy your new wardrobe! 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Reunite Reinvigorate - CraftACT

Celebrating 40 years of craft and design in Canberra 
Saturday 10 September 2011

This is a special time to reunite and reconnect with friends and colleagues over an evening of celebration and cheer. Festivities include a progressive banquet dinner and guest speakers, as well as a fundraising raffle, auction and lucky door prize.
Proceeds from the evening will assist the Centre document its 40 year history.
We would love you to join us and celebrate this momentus ocassion.

When: 6.30pm (for 7.00pm start) Saturday 10 September 2011
Where: Mecca Bah, 25-29 Manuka Terrace, Flinders Way, Manuka
Tickets: $60.00 per person; $50.00 per person for members of the Centre.
(Ticket price includes progressive banquet and two bottles of wine per table of 10)
Call or email Lee Dewar to secure your booking.
Telephone: 02 62629333 email: