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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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21st July – Basketry - Vessels & Vases with Ruth Woods
Ruth is coming back to the Studio for a weekend of Basketry in July. Join us on Saturday for Ruth’s new workshop Vessels and Vases. In this workshop you will learn to use the coiling technique to create a vessel or vase with hand dyed raffia. You will be guided in choosing a container to use – a jar or bottle; getting the base started, building up the shape determined by your container, and finishing off. You can use your vessel as a vase for flowers, holding your pencils or just as a lovely display piece. Basket making is an ancient craft throughout the world and Ruth has loved exploring this craft for several years. She has drawn her inspiration from many sources and has learnt the skills from travelling and meeting women who have shared their knowledge. Ruth has bought together various styles and developed her own designs and methods and is now sharing her knowledge. All materials are included in this workshop.
22nd July – Basketry - Random Weaving with Ruth Woods
On Sunday Ruth will guide participants through creating a unique basket from plant materials, which we have gathered from our local area. We will be using palm inflorescence and lomandra and Ruth will discuss other plant materials suitable for this technique. This workshop focuses on using a random weave technique where the plants we use help to inform and guide us in making the shape of the basket creating a contemporary sculptural form. Each participant will go home with a basket that is individual and their own interpretation on the day. On registration participants will be sent an information sheet on plants to gather for the day – there will also be plants available for those who can’t access anything.
4th August – Gum Bichromate Photographic Printing with Raimond de Weerdt
The gum bichromate printing process was first used in 1858 by John Pouncy, he experimented with adding colour to a mixture of potassium dichromate and gum arabic, to produce the first colour photograph.
The gum print process works in many ways like the Cyanotype, the gum print is exposed in the sun and developed in tap water. But unlike the Cyanotype, the gum print is not restricted to one colour, prints can be produced in any colour. The gum print can also be manipulated whilst it is developing in water. With a small brush the print can be touched up whilst it is still wet. The finished gum print has a beautiful painterly quality which is unique to this process.
The gum print was favoured by the Pictorialists, an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. The aim of the Pictorialists was to create photographs rather than simply record a moment in time. The gum print was very well suited to their often soft and dream like photographs.
This workshop is suited for those who enjoyed working with the cyanotype process and want to learn about another 19th century print process.
18th August – Fabric Printing with Lino Blocks plus more with Kerrie Bowles
This workshop focuses on creating stunning fabrics to use for your home furnishings and/or clothing, however your blocks can also be used to print on paper after the workshop. We start the day working with simple shapes and lines building up to explore a more detailed pattern using lino blocks. You will get to try both Ezy Carve blocks and lino blocks in this workshop. We look at simple block placement, random printing and repeat printing, which is used to create an overall pattern suitable for longer pieces of fabric. You’ll leave the workshop at the end of the day with a range of small pieces of fabrics and a completed T-Towel. This workshop is suitable for Beginners to Intermediate students.
One Day workshop
25th& 26th August – Spoon Carving with Carol Russell
We are so excited to be bringing Carol Russell to the Studio for a Spoon Carving workshop. Carol has extensive experience working with timber and has been teaching workshops since the late 90’s when she ran a woodworking school at Carbatec in Brisbane. Here’s a little from Carol’s artist’s statement:
“When I make my spoons, I’m aware that each piece of timber carries with it the story of the tree it came from. The character of the grain speaks to me of diverse landscapes, from high mountain country in Tasmania to harsh desert regions and dry riverbeds in Western Queensland.
I’ve always loved being in the bush, collecting sticks and natural objects with interesting shapes and textures. I try to use these elements in my spoons by choosing shapes that follow the natural lines of the timber. Every tiny piece of wood is unique and its’ figure determines the curves and twists that I carve. No two spoons can ever be identical, just as no two pieces of wood can be. The grain is like fingerprints, almost the same but never exactly.
I chose spoons because I love their sensuous, smooth shapes. To me they represent giving, sharing and hospitality. A spoon can be used to serve food to others or given as a gift. They are both sculptural and utilitarian”.
Create your own unique wooden spoon in this workshop, which is suitable for both beginners and those with a little more experience – you’ll learn carving techniques, tool sharpening and timber finishing. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend the day with Carol and learn this gentle art. Go home with loads of inspiration and all you’ll need to continue carving your own unique spoons.
All materials and equipment are supplied for this workshop.
One Day workshop – 2 dates
Saturday 25th SOLD OUT
Sunday 26th TWO SPOTS HAVE JUST BECOME AVAILABLE – BE QUICK!
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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!