Saturday, August 31, 2013

Reverse Garbage Presents Cut and Paste, it's latest exhibition not to be missed!

Reverse Garbage gives Brisbane artists an up-cycling (re-use) challenge, with exhibition Cut and Paste, showcasing handmade items using paper and card!

Reverse Garbage is all about re-use before recycling and for it’s third exhibition for 2013, Cut and Paste crafters and creatives were asked to think about the items going into their recycling bins (eg. paper/cardboard) and turn them into something useful and beautiful!

Cut and Paste features the work of over 20 local artists, craft workers and designers who salvage, scavenge and reclaim items to create their works and wares. A diverse range of paper themed items will be on display and for sale including paper flowers, beads, bowls, necklaces, journals, gift bows, boxes, gift bags, fine artworks, paper goods, jewellery, sculptural items, decorations, home wares and more!

Exhibition Co-ordinator Brooke Nelson says. “Reverse Garbage has hosted 16 themed exhibitions but we’ve never done one showcasing only handmade items created with paper and card before.”
“The items and objects artists have come up with for Cut and Paste are just amazing!” Brooke says 

“There will be a range of gorgeous paper items and one artist has even had her original poetry made into a book printed on recycled paper and she will be doing a special reading on opening night” Brooke says

“We’ve also designed fun invitations on salvaged paper that fold origami style to make a little paper pyramid box!” says PR Co-ordinator, Rozina Suliman

Cut and Paste
opens on Saturday 31 August, from 6.30-9.30pm. The opening event will feature all the usual perks alongside the exhibition such as a cash bar, free finger food, free live entertainment and late night warehouse shopping.

Cut and Paste runs from 31 August - 12 September 2013, open Monday to Saturday from 9 to 5pm. Reverse Emporium, Reverse Garbage 20 Burke St Woolloongabba. 

You are invited to the opening of...
Cut + Paste: an upcycled paper and card exhibition
On: Saturday 31 August 2013
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Where: Reverse Emporium at Reverse Garbage, 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba 
upcycled paper and card creations
Live poetry reading by: Dani Newman from her book Peony & The Sea
Live set from
Lucas Melhop  
Free finger food
Cash bar
Late night warehouse shopping! 

Our fabulous artists:
Beverley Teske, Flight Paths for Paper Birds, Netty Ferpozzi, Silvia Herranz, Mary Barron, Dani Newman, Ana Maria, Lalaluka, Suzanne Healy, F:a Papersmithery, Heather Crossley, Courtney Chester, Little Deer Creations, Renate Jacobi, Red Zebra Designs, Sacred Ibis, Abigail Plaza, Bog StandardDesign, Meekz Contemporary Jewellery & Spiritfire Designs

Entertainment times: 
 7.15pm- 7.25pm: Poetry Reading by Dani Newman
7.30pm - 8.15pm: Lucas Melhop

RSVP to the facebook invite here 

Monday, August 26, 2013

:: Attend the FREE Eco Tassel Making Workshop and WIN! ::

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::Attend the FREE Eco Tassel Making Workshop and WIN::
Get creative and help us make a tassel banner for the BrisStyle Eco Bazaar!
Bring your family and friends along to joinBrisStyle and theBrisbane Brown Owlsin creating tassels and pom poms from recycled fabric and wool for an epic, eight metre long banner.
The completed piece will adorn the Whale Mall for the BrisStyle Eco Bazaar on 7 September as part of the opening weekend festivities for theQueensland Museum's Afghanistan Exhibition.
No experience required, all ages welcome, Brisbane Writers Festival Tickets to be WON*!
WHEN Saturday August 31 
TIME 10:00am -3:30pm 
WHERE INVENTory Level 4 Queensland Museum, Southbank 
INVITE Your Friends and Family HERE
:: *WIN Tickets to the Brisbane Writer's Festival! ::
Attend the Eco Tassel Making Workshop and go into the draw to WIN two free tickets to a fab talk scheduled right after the Sept 7 BrisStyle Eco Bazaar:
INSPIRE: DESIGN :: James Bridle explores design at the intersection of machines and humans. Louise Bannister reflects on why design matters to us. Rory Hyde wonders what roles designers will play in addressing the challenges of the future.
Donated by the Brisbane Writers Festival and Presented by The University of Queensland.
DATE Saturday Sept 7
TIME 4-5.30pm
:: BrisStyle Eco Bazaar Supporters ::
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Workshop material donations from BrisStylers :: Rebecca Cason - Edward and Lilly / Brisbane Brown Owls and Anita Gosden - Myclectic, Donna Linton - Kiss My Pattootie , Suzanne Keyes - Twisted Knits By Suze, Kerri Collins - Kerri's Hangups.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Artful Business Confrence :: Sept 3rd and 4th

Weather you are making a full time job out of doing what you love, or you are running a crafty business as sideline gig, we can all agree that it while it is a whole lot of fun it also has some serious challenges.

And isn't true too that, creative businesses need creative business solutions.

One of the exciting resources available to crafters, makers and creatives trying to run successful and sustainable businesses is the ArtfulBusiness Conference

This is a two-day virtual business conference designed to educate and inspire you, give you the tools to take your business to the next level, and build a network of support to help you through.

It is hosted by Australian based business development team, Robyn and Elle from Studio Exsto.

Over the two days the event will host 8 incredible speakers from across Australia and around the world, all there to help you.

Jessika Hepburn from Oh My! Handmade Goodness is going to show attendees how to make and build online communities around your brand. She will start with why community is important, how to start your own and how to cultivate it. On day two we will all hang out twitter while Jessika shows us live how to run a twitter chat.

Karen Gunton runs build a little biz and works with women in business to help them be their true self and shine! She will talk to at the Artful Business Conference about being authentic, bringing your YOU to your business and then get into some practical tips to rock out some amazing DIY visual marketing of your own.

Simon WalkerNicole Fende and Mark Silver all touch on various aspects around money in small business and how to overcome the emotional hurdles and mind-blocks that are often associated with money. From the very practical to the emotions behind it all these guys will get you thinking about cash in a different way.

Jacqui Pryor will be explaining how to protect all your creative and wonderful business ideas. She will talk trademarks and copyright in a way that is easy to understand.

And, Shayne Tilley and Monica McCarthy get into the nitty gritty of how to sell yourself authentically online from video, interviews, email marketing and just online marketing in general.

This event is going to be an amazing source of information and inspiration for you if you are running, or thinking about starting, a creative business of your own.

Tickets start at just $99

The event is streamed live online September 3rd and 4th. If you grab a Gold or Premium Pass you get 6 months access to all the sessions so you can come back and watch them in your own time.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

BAM : Bayside Arts & Music Festival

Join the local Wynnum community for a day of Arts and Music!

There will be a host of  workshops running all day, no booking required-

· weaving workshop by contemporary Indigenous artist Elise Carmichael
· screenprinting workshop by Mason + Sinclair
· an  interactive Papier Mache seahorse by local sculptor Daniele Lamarche-Sarvia. 
· Ceramics workshop by Ky Curran
· Live music brought to us by Sn@p – youth performances.  

· Yummy things to eat and drink J

Head on over and check out the Face book page to stay up to date with all the happenings at BAM and if you see a local BrisStyler make sure you say Hi!

Participating BrisStylers: Yvonne Rogers, Hextasy, A Touch of Glass, Catamation, Bunnyhornet, Bearly There Creations, Splendid Love, Each to Own, Me & Holly.BMason Sinclair and Wimcee

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Meet the Maker - Nomad Hatter

Hi friends, thanks for tuning in to another instalment of our 'Meet the Maker' series.  This week we're chatting with Fiona Woodhouse from Nomad Hatter.

How would you describe your work?
I create handmade, unique, vintage inspired art for your head. I love using old, found objects that can evolve into something new and beautiful.
How did your Etsy shop come into being?
I have only just started my etsy shop and I’m currently adding my first items for sale. I decided to start an etsy shop to help in getting my headwear seen by the world and hopefully make some money in the process. (I definitely have the dream of being able to leave my day job and become a full-time artist)

Who or what inspires you?
Living on the edge of Toohey Forest I am very inspired by my environmental surrounds. From the colourful and ever present singing birds to beetles and caterpillars and the varying hues of green and brown that envelope my home. Surrealist art, friend’s art, art Nouveau. I have always had a great love and respect for the bygone eras and the pieces that get passed down from generations before me. I find the old very intriguing. My garden, with the distant sound of frogs and my partner playing guitar on the deck and of course my dog who hangs out and offers support when things start to become stagnant. My life is forever fenced in music. Music allows creation to run free.

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle?
Wherever possible I use materials that at some stage of their life have had another purpose. From making flowers out of old scarfs, vintage suits become Ivy caps, old buttons, tiny watch parts and bits and pieces collected from op shops and garage sales. I believe that whenever you are able to re-use something that would otherwise be adding to the giant holes in the earth we call landfill it is being eco-friendly.

Describe your studio/workspace?
There used to be a room in my house we called the junk room. Now it is my craft room. It has a view of my front garden. It is small, well cozy and has a good vibe for creation.

What is your favourite thing to make?
At the moment it is hats. Any kind of thing you put on your head from the logical to the inquisitive.

How did you decide on your business name?
Ha ha. I actually didn’t. I knew that I wanted to incorporate something about the nomadic societies that made felt a long time ago as I was spending much of my time dying wool and felting winter hats. It had been days of trying to come up with something until I ran it past my partner. He said immediately ‘Nomad Hatter’. He still says I owe him big time for it. I agree.

Where do you hope to see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
I would love to have my art seen by many different people and would be especially happy to see people wearing my products. I would really enjoy if the world could see my art and appreciate it.

What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought for yourself?
Wow! What a hard question. I have much adoration of handmade effects and try to support the people who create them as much as I can. I love travelling to countries like Thailand and Nepal where you are able to watch people hand-sewing bags and hand-carving jewelry from the dirt at the side of the road. When you purchase these things you always feel like you’ve really brought back a piece of the place and the person who put their time into making it. (I refuse to haggle for handmade treasures.) I think though my favourite is a sterling silver bird of paradise pendant that I bought from The Rocks markets in Sydney years ago. It was one of those times that I said “I’ll have to think about it” and every step I took further away from it the more anxious I became. I ran back and bought it and have never regretted it.