Mix It Up

Mix It Up - pm // a series of unique creative workshops

This afternoon elective stream offers distinct 2hr workshops over the four afternoons, each led by an Arts professional and focusing on a different topic.  

Also available to those registered for afternoon Retreat Mode

This year we've got a great range of creative pursuits including three days of basket-making and industry-focused sessions to get you thinking.  See what inspires you!

Sat

Square Round Basket
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So… a square turns into a round?  In this basketmaking workshop, start by weaving a square using an ‘over and under’ technique, then as you build the sides it becomes a round basket.  
The pictured baskets were made out of wattle and pine bark and watercolour paper.
You will need to gather a needle and thread, and choice of such materials as flax, cardboard, watercolour paper, cotton, used fabric, leather, wattle or pine bark.
Rose will be in contact to discuss material choice and preparation once registrations close.

When Rose Hamilton heard, almost 20 years ago, about a basket-makers retreat she scoffed at the vision of pink and green cane.  However, there was no cane, just piles of garden clippings that looked ready for the compost, being transformed into beautiful baskets!  Rose has been hooked ever since.  Mostly working with recycled wire because it is readily available and easy to cart around, Rose also works as a kiln-formed glass artist at the Poatina Arts Centre amongst other arts and crafts.

Sun

Coiled Basket
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Turn natural or recycled materials into a beautiful and creative form.  
 
Coiled baskets are a simple technique of stitching each layer to the last as you coil your material. Materials you can use are limited only by imagination, and the simple repetitive action can become meditative, or provide your hands with something to do while your brain is elsewhere…!
Most materials can be foraged from nature or tip shops, and you will also need an awl or fine flat screwdriver and a darning needle.
Rose will be in contact to discuss material choice and preparation once registrations close.

When Rose Hamilton heard, almost 20 years ago, about a basket-makers retreat she scoffed at the vision of pink and green cane. However, there was no cane, just piles of garden clippings that looked ready for the compost, being transformed into beautiful baskets!  

 

Rose has been hooked ever since.  

 

Mostly working with recycled wire because it is readily available and easy to cart around, Rose also works as a kiln-formed glass artist at the Poatina Arts Centre amongst other arts and crafts.

Mon

Knotless Netting
Make your own creative basket or sculpture using knotless netting.
 
This weaving technique gives you a chance to recycle some telecommunications cable or other fine wire and fashion it into a thing of beauty.  
 
Simply taught, simply done and simply satisfying – both the process and the product! 
You will need to gather at least 6 x 1metre lengths of fine and pliable wire - either purchased or from recycled sources.
Rose will be in contact to discuss material choice and preparation once registrations close. 

When Rose Hamilton heard, almost 20 years ago, about a basket-makers retreat she scoffed at the vision of pink and green cane. However, there was no cane, just piles of garden clippings that looked ready for the compost, being transformed into beautiful baskets!  

 

Rose has been hooked ever since.  

 

Mostly working with recycled wire because it is readily available and easy to cart around, Rose also works as a kiln-formed glass artist at the Poatina Arts Centre amongst other arts and crafts.

Tue

Creative Writing
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They say that everyone has a book in them, and this  workshop will give you some tools and techniques for getting it out of your head and onto the page.
 
While it’s designed for people with little or no experience in creative writing, the skills taught are also useful for more experienced writers.
 
We'll be focusing primarily on characterisation and setting - how to craft interesting characters and memorable places.
 
Writing prompts will be provided, or you can bring your own ideas.
 
There'll also be opportunities to ask questions about the writing and publishing process more generally.

Lou Merrington is a writer and editor with over 20 years of publishing experience.

 

She is the author of three novels, one novella and a non-fiction communications handbook.

 

Her most recent book, The Light at the Edge of the World and Other Stories, was released in Oct 2020.

 

She first attended FATA in 2012, which she credits with connecting her to the arts community and giving her the support and motivation to finish her first novel (Greythorne, published in 2015).

 

She lives in Ipswich, QLD, with her husband and daughter.

 

lmmerrington.com

Sat

Arts Business Pt1
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So you have been selling your wares - maybe at designer markets and small retail gift and homewares stores - then the Covid pandemic hits our shores and you have one week to switch your whole business online. This happened to me in March 2020.
In these sessions we will discuss what I have learnt this year about selling online and building an online community of customers and fellow makers. I have in no way "arrived" but I have learnt many simple things which have made a huge difference and increased sales.
Pt2 is on Sunday.

Tania Vrancic is a contemporary ceramic artist working from her sunny little studio in Canberra.
Drawing her inspiration from landscape and childhood memories Tania creates a sense of freedom and whimsy mixed with a Scandinavian design aesthetic.
Using various printing on clay techniques, hand building and slip casting makes each item unique. Details are added with sgraffito, ceramic pencil and slip trailing creating multiple layers which are enhanced by the translucency of high fired porcelain.
Her ranges include vases, tableware, tea lights and jewellery.

taniavrancic.com

Sun

Arts Business Pt2
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Continuing from pt1 on Saturday....
In these sessions we will discuss what I have learnt this year about selling online and building an online community of customers and fellow makers. I have in no way "arrived" but I have learnt many simple things which have made a huge difference and increased sales.

Have your questions ready for a Q & A time.

Tania Vrancic is a contemporary ceramic artist working from her sunny little studio in Canberra.
Drawing her inspiration from landscape and childhood memories Tania creates a sense of freedom and whimsy mixed with a Scandinavian design aesthetic.
Using various printing on clay techniques, hand building and slip casting makes each item unique. Details are added with sgraffito, ceramic pencil and slip trailing creating multiple layers which are enhanced by the translucency of high fired porcelain.
Her ranges include vases, tableware, tea lights and jewellery.

taniavrancic.com

Mon

Sustainable Practice
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How to create a process that won’t burn you out…
 
So you want to create great art? Great! But use the right  toolkit, so you don’t burn out, go broke, or damage others in the process.
This session will explore why good art-making is as much about healthy processes as it is about a good final product. We’ll also discuss how to make art while still looking after your own welfare, your audience and your colleagues.

Eugene Wong coaches organisations and leaders in forming healthy processes and connecting more effectively with their audiences.

He was the founder of Candlelight Productions, introduced Squeaky Clean Comedy to the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and consults on strategic engagement for ministries, arts organisations, and businesses nationally and abroad. He mentors many artists and serves on several arts organisations’ boards, including Melbourne Magic Festival, Made To Create and The Elysian Sanctuary (USA).

 

AStrongerNarrative.com

Tue

Art Shapes Culture
How to shape culture through your arts practice…
 
Many people create art that is beautiful and excellent. This can have an immediate impact on your audience.  But what if you could impact people on multiple levels at the same time, resulting in long-lasting shifts in culture, both within your industry and across the whole of society?

Well, the good news is that you can. In this workshop, you'll learn how to have an impact on three levels at the same time. Work smarter, rather than harder, and make lasting change as you go.

Eugene Wong's

passion is to empower people to shape culture on a generational level. His teachings are part of A Stronger Narrative's course 'How To Change The World in 10 Pictures', and have been tested and proven to work many times over the last 15 years

He was the founder of Candlelight Productions, introduced Squeaky Clean Comedy to the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and consults on strategic engagement for ministries, arts organisations, and businesses nationally and abroad. He mentors many artists and serves on several arts organisations’ boards, including Melbourne Magic Festival, Made To Create and The Elysian Sanctuary (USA).

 

AStrongerNarrative.com