Grow your skills and nurture your creativity in our beautiful space.
When you attend our workshops all materials and meals – morning and afternoon teas as well as lunch – are included. This makes it easy for you to come along and enjoy the day. Our workshops are held in the comfort of our air-conditioned Studio.
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28th April - Shibori & Dyeing with Indigo workshop with Kerrie Bowles
This is one of our most popular workshops and is always lots of fun in the Studio. Indigo has been used as a dye substance for centuries and traditional ways of using it are still practiced around the world. Shibori is the technique of folding, wrapping and tying to create beautiful designs in dyed fabrics and other materials. In this workshop you will learn a little about the history of indigo and shibori, and gain experience using this beautiful dye. We will begin the day by experimenting with various ways of creating pattern on cloth and then go on to make a beautiful silk or cotton scarf ready to take home and wear at the end of the day. All materials, including a silk or cotton scarf, and equipment for the workshop are included in the price. Come along ready for a day of fun! This workshop is suitable for Beginners and for those with some experience.
12th May - Weaving on a Simple Loom with Kerrie Bowles
Have you been admiring beautiful hand woven wall hangings and other items on Instagram, Facebook and interior design magazines? Have you been wishing you could make your own? Then this workshop is for you! In this workshop you will learn how to use a simple frame to create a small piece just for you or to give as a gift to someone special. We’ll be using yarns, threads, fabrics, wool roving and found bibs and bobs to create something that is as individual as you are. You’ll learn the skills to take you from start to finish of this relaxing and meditative craft. You will be provided with a small loom, which is yours to take home to complete your weaving and go on to make more pieces in the future. This workshop is suitable for Beginners.
19th May & 16th June - Botanical Dyeing & Eco Printing with Kerrie Bowles
Winter months are always Botanical Dyeing time in the Studio. Natural dyeing with plants you can find in your garden and surrounds is a beautiful and gentle way to add colour to cloth. In this workshop you will learn about the technique of natural dyeing and getting colour onto cloth in unique ways. This is not so much a technical workshop as a chance to explore, experiment and enjoy the chance encounters that dyeing with natural dyes gives us. We will wrap, bundle, simmer, hammer and splash to see what happens. You will be given information on which plants are likely to produce certain colours; mordants, dyeing equipment and other information necessary to go home and continue using natural dyes. Come prepared for a day of asking ‘what if?’ and hanging out together around bubbling pots and warm fires. This workshop is suitable for Beginners as well as those with a bit more knowledge.
2nd & 3rd June - Advanced Cyanotype with Raimond de Weerdt
This workshop is for those who have completed the introduction to the Cyanotype process and want to take the art of the blue print a step further to create a suite of prints that are exhibition ready.
We will be working through techniques of double coating, selective double coating, double exposure and layering to take your cyanotypes to the next level. We will also be looking at how to create a series of visually interrelated works that are ready to be exhibited and admired! This workshop will lead to an exhibition event at Cowper Art Gallery and Studio. Further details on this unique opportunity will be available on registration. This workshop is suitable for Intermediate students who have completed Raimond’s introduction workshop to Cyanotype.
23rd June - Stitching with Mindfulness with Kerrie Bowles
Take time out of your busy schedule, slow down and spend the day with others stitching. In this workshop we explore hand stitching as a way to reconnect with traditions that have been used for centuries to create articles for the home. You will learn a little of the history of cloth and stitching around the world and the importance it plays in daily life from the time we are born until the day we leave this world. We will be using recycled fabrics, clothing and old linens to create texture, colour and form which can be incorporated into new textiles pieces. These pieces can be artworks in their own right, or made into a functional item. Many ideas will be explored throughout the day along with some guidance from Kerrie on how to incorporate mindfulness into your lives. There will be many materials provided for the day and you will be sent a list of materials which you may like to bring to create your personal touch using your own preloved fabrics. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.
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All our teachers are practising artists who have extensive training combined with many years of experience. You can be assured that you will receive expert tuition and bucket loads of inspiration.
Our renovated church nestled on the banks of the Clarence River is the perfect setting for a relaxed and creative day out. Enjoy our beautiful space whilst learning new skills and relaxing by the river.
We provide wholesome food and drinks throughout the day to keep your energy levels high. All our food features home style baking with delicious lunches using as many local ingredients as possible - some grown in our own gardens!