Tuesday, 14 November 2017

North Shore Craft Group Christmas Sale and Show

Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair at Buda Historic Home and Garden, Victoria.

We're thrilled to announce the inaugural Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017 at Buda Historic Home & Garden!

Patchwork to Pickles
Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair
Sunday 26th November
10am - 4pm

Showcasing and celebrating traditional arts, there will be continuous demonstrations of weaving and spinning, lacemaking, embroidery, cooking and printmaking, with stall holders selling their crafted wares - from patchwork to pickles and much much more!

For the garden lovers, exhibitions and demonstrations of bonsai, floristry and indigenous plant propagation by local expert Frances Cincotta plus more to be announced! Buda garden curator Jill Hildebrandt will be available for advice and plant sales in the Buda Nursery.

Lauretta Zilles, curator of the historic house and her team of knowledgable tour guides will offer three different “Buda Unlocked Tours” throughout the day, focusing on: The Buda Art Collection, The Creative Life of the Leviny family, and the Stories of Leviny Family Life. Tickets to these tours run will be available for presale before the fair. Stay tuned for details!

Bring the kids for traditional children's activities including a fairy garden in Buda's beautiful environs! Plenty of open space for families to relax in the Buda native parkland area under shady trees!

Relax and enjoy delicious homemade food, gourmet BBQ, Hey Presto Espresso coffee, Icecream Social and the best of our regions beer and wine. Traditional  Hungarian dancing and local bands and performers will perform throughout the day. 

Lucky door prizes will include gift vouchers for Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar.  A raffle to win a stunning hand made quilt and other great prizes has already begun, and will be drawn on the day. The "Sunflowers" quilt is currently on display at Buda and tickets can be purchased from the Buda Giftshop, open daily.

Entry to the Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair is by gold coin donation. 

Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair will be run almost entirely by volunteers!
If you or a friend are interested in volunteering at this great event, check out the opportunities on our website and register as a volunteer!

Come and be inspired at Patchwork to Pickles!

Patchwork to Pickles: Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair
Sunday 26th November 2017 10am to 4pm
Hosted by Buda Historic Home & Garden
42 Hunter St Castlemaine

For more information on Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair and other events at Buda go to www.budacastlemaine.org


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Exhibition: Canberra Design Festival 2017

A little bird told me by Kate Nixon. Photography by Fernanda Pardo

When: 8pm Friday 10 November 2017
Where: Fitters Workshop, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
More information 

The DESIGN Canberra Festival (6-26 November 2017) is giving design-lovers the chance to have their own piece of contemporary Canberra design with the festival’s very first design auction.

Sell Out: design auction party will celebrate the best of Canberra design and will launch the festival with an opening-weekend party. Music, food, and local wines, local brews and spirits, hosted at the historic Canberra Fitters Workshop, will create an exciting and vibrant atmosphere for the main event.

Limited edition and one-off pieces from Canberra’s leading designers will be displayed on the night, highlighted by an experimental lighting design installation by Matt Adey of House of Vnholy (Dark Mofo).

The online auction opens the week before the Sell Out Design Auction Party, with bids closing between 9pm and 10pm on Friday 10 November, giving successful bidders the chance to take home a unique piece of handcrafted creative work on the night.

Participating designers and works include:
  • Tom Skeehan, Skeehan Studio, limited edition original HOSHI range (armchair, bench and ottoman)
  • Silversmith Alison Jackson limited series of hand formed earrings.
  • Furniture designer Christina Bricknell ottomans and bench seats
  • Dan Lorrimer special edition two-tone Griffin Blueprint Dish
  • Geoff Farquhar-Still sculpture and prints
  • Simon Cottrell contemporary jewellery
  • Anna Gianakis minimalist porcelain vessels
  • Marilou Chagnaud sculptural paper works
  • Glass artist Kate Nixon’s cloche and dino vases
  • Zoe Brand ‘Sell Out’ large disc pendant.

The ACT Government recognises that a strong local arts industry is a vital component of Canberra’s cultural life, international reputation and economy. As a key pillar of this commitment, the ACT Government allocated to Craft ACT $100,000 every year to support the DESIGN Canberra festival in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Following the ACT Government’s funding commitment, DESIGN Canberra is in an unprecedented position to build awareness among new markets, encourage buy-in from business and tourism sectors, and introduce inspiring and ambitious legacy projects with longer term benefits for Canberra and the design sector. This certainty of funding has provided an extraordinary opportunity to take what started as a small self-funded festival of a few days to nearly a month-long program of innovative craft and design-inspired events, exhibitions and activations across Canberra and with interstate and international connections.
The ACT Government supports DESIGN Canberra because the contemporary design and craft sector can extend way beyond the arts to link up with industry and whole of government priorities like:
  • economic development (through creative industries, tourism and events)
  • urban renewal and social inclusion
  • liveable cities and community building.
DESIGN Canberra — the ACT’s fastest growing festival — is proud that the ACT Government is the Government partner to the festival, showing how, while underpinned by the arts and artists, cultural activity can extend far more broadly and produce significant social and economic impacts.

Nullarbor Nights Knitwear (Textiles)
Matthew Curtis & Harriet Schwarzrock (Glass)
Alison Jackson (Silversmith)
Jeremy Lepisto (Glass)
Kirstie Rea, Lisa Cahill & Julie Ryder (Glass & Textiles)
Dunstone Design (Furniture)
Dan Lorrimer (Sculpture/Design)
Tom Skeehan (Furniture)
ANCA Mitchell (Various)
Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Furniture)

Join local glass artists, Emilie Patteson and Rose-Mary Faulkner on a guided tour as you discover the studios of leading Canberra glass artists. Morning tea will be provided and you will have the opportunity to purchase work directly from the artists in this behind the scenes glimpse into how artists transform this fascinating material.

Dimity Kidston (Textiles & Ceramics)
Bev Hogg (Ceramics)
Annie Trevillian (Textiles)
Anne Masters (Ceramics)
Alice Sutton (Fashion)
ANCA Dickson (Various)
Sharon Peoples (Textiles)
Phoebe Porter (Jewellery)
Artforme Letterpress Studio (Letterpress)
Ruby Berry (Textiles)
Assemblage Project (Fashion)
Francoise Muller (Ceramics)
Tea in the Potters Garden (Ceramics)

Join Henrietta Farrelly-Barnett on a guided tour of Canberra’s ceramics scene where you will be given an exclusive insight into studio practices and purchase works directly from the artist.

Angela Bakker & Sarah Murphy (Silversmiths)
Teffany Thiedeman (Ceramics)
Sophi Suttor (Ceramics)
Light House Architecture & Science (Architecture)
Rob Henry Architects (Architecture)
Patricia Parker (Glass)
Foundry (Graphic Design)
Lightbulb (Photography)
Multiply (Apparel & Screen Printing)
Canberra Region Feltmakers (Textiles)
Canberra Glassworks (Glass)
Myles Gostelow (Furniture)
Tharwa Valley Forge (Metals)
Six Wiluna (Furniture)
Canberra Spinners & Weavers (Textiles)


Join Sharon Peoples as she takes you wandering through Canberra’s most fascinating artists’ gardens. Starting with landscape designers and artists, Neil and Karina Hobbs, the tour will include the gardens of ceramicists, printmakers and tapestry artists. The focus is not on details of plants, but on how artists activate their Canberra gardens with art, objects, and even animals.
To book any of these event go to: designcanberrafestival.com.au

DESIGN Canberra would like to thank our silver partners, Radford College and Transport Canberra for making the Artist Studio Bus Tours possible. 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Exhibition: Waxing Blue

Exhibition: Idyll

Sturt School for Wood Graduate Exhibition - Invitation to our upcoming exhibition.

See the emerging players in the world of fine furniture, craftsmanship and design by joining us for the opening of our 2017 Sturt School for Wood, Graduate exhibition, Idyll opening on Saturday 18th November at 11am with guest speaker, Mr Neil Erasmus of Erasmus Designs.

The Sturt School for Wood is now more in demand than ever with a full school until 2019. Amongst many opportunities opened up by the calibre of our students, two of this year’s graduates have been offered Associate places in the furniture studio of Adelaide’s prestigious Jamfactory.

Prepare to be blown away by the quality of the work that will be on display in this important exhibition showcasing emerging talent. A wide range of industry organisations and businesses now support the end of year exhibition for our students.

The exhibition will run from 18 November to 3 December.