Friday, September 20, 2013

Softies For Mirabel 2013

It's Softies For Mirabel is back again in 2014! 

Softies For Mirabel is a handmade toy drive. We all join forces and make a new toy (or a few!) for The Mirabel Foundation kids.

The Mirabel Foundation supports kids who are affected by parental substance abuse (and their extended family/carers.)  It's important to reach out to these great kids and to raise awareness for Mirabel.  

If you'd like to get a feel for how this works, you can see previous year's toys in the Softies For Mirabel Flickr group! Or search the #softiesformirabel tag on Instagram.

This year, they've changed things up a bit!  The CAE have offered us a great display space in their InfoShop where the softies will be displayed this December. Thank YOU to Sue and the lovely CAE people.  (It's in Degraves St so it's SUPER EASY to access!)

Toys can be knitted, crocheted or sewn. They need to be suitable for great kids as they may well become someone's NEW BEST FRIEND! There are no other special requirements re materials or the like. Will you help us by making a toy? Perhaps your craft group, workmates or school would like to help too?!

And please if you take part make sure you share your creations over on the BrisStyle FB Page as we'd love to see what you have made!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

WHO RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organisation, for artists, by artists.  RAW’s mission is to provide independent artists of all creative genres, with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. RAW connects artists with one another so that they might grow together. RAW hosts events in 80+ cities across the U.S., Australia, Canada and soon to be  Europe. They also showcase their artists online via

WHAT A one night emerging arts showcase featuring 40 of Brisbane's best emerging talent spanning genres such as fashion, film, music, visual and performing arts and photography.

WHERE The Arena, 210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

WHEN 27th September - doors open at 7:30pm

HOW Tickets are $15 (+bf) and are available through or $20 on the door.

For further information please contact RAW Australia Executive Director Kristen Wehlow on 0424517327 or

Please make sure you say Hi to our participating artists this time around: 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

:: I ♥ Craft :: Invitation :: PROTECTING YOUR PRODUCTS - Intellectual Property Law for Your Creative Work

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PROTECTING YOUR PRODUCTS - Intellectual Property Law for Your Creative Work
This informative session will focus on how Intellectual Property (IP) Law can be used protect your creative products.
An informative team of local IP professionals will answer all of your questions about trademarks, copyright and design registration, and give you practical tips on how to protect your products and deal with infringers.
DATE Saturday 5 October
TIME 10am-12.30pm
VENUE Brisbane Square Library, 266 George St, Brisbane
PRESENTED BY: Barrister Dimitrios Eliades, IP Practitioner Peter Bolam and QUT IP adviser Simon Duncan.
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::Don't miss the last of the FREE Mini Sessions at Brisbane Square Library::
Sep 27 Get started with blogging and grow your handmade business.
An introduction into how to use blogging to build your brand and bring in new customers. Full of tips and ideas to get you blogging - and enjoying it!
Presented by Jess Van Den.
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BrisStyle photography guru Melanie Gray Augustin from Kimono Reincarnate
Missed out on a session or just want to refresh?
Then grab a cuppa and sit back to watch all the sessions online HERE.
If you're not a member, then just set yourself up with a guest login and away you go. Happy watching!
Presented by BrisStyle Inc. and supported by Brisbane City Council
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Keep up with all the 2013 BrisStyle action, via the:

BrisStyle Website
BrisStyle Blog
Facebook Page
Instagram @brisstyle #brisstyle
:: The perfect time to become a BrisStyle Member! ::
Are you passionate about handmade?
Would you like to meet like-minded creative people?
Do you want to take your craft to the next level?
Are you keen to take part in markets and events?
BrisStyle Inc. provides support and creative opportunities for independent artists, crafters and designers who call Queensland and Northern New South Wales home.
The 2013-2014 BrisStyle membership experience includes:
 creative business development sessions;
 markets, events and exhibitions;
 promotional opportunities;
 personal website profile;
 social networking;
 access to our online forum;
 Etsy team affiliation; and
 much, much more!!
For less than a ball of yarn per week, you too can be a member of BrisStyle’s fabulous and fun crafty community.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Simply Gorgeous Local Handmade :: City Hall Markets TOMORROW :: Sept 14 9am-3pm

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::More than just simply gorgeous local handmade!::
This Saturday Sept 14, is set to be another simply gorgeous City Hall market day. With a host of on-site happenings and extended trading until 3pm, there's every reason to make a day of it!
Read on to find out more and invite your market loving friends here.
This month we see the debut of over 12new indie artisans with boutique style stalls weaving through the markets, including Seven DandelionsHarriet Jane DesignsLady Brass andSisterhood Sewing.
Take the time to meet all the amazing artisans and learn the stories behind their locally created handmade pieces.
Find all your favourite City Hall Marketeers here.
Visit the Ann St Foyer to see Queensland Designer, Chris Knight'sHandcrafted Outdoor Furniture Exhibition. "bespoke piece of furniture that is truly unique and as individual as you are."
So bring the boys along...and grab a cuppa to luxuriate between shopping!
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The ever so soulful Tim Sladden returns by popular demand to the Sandgate Room!
Tim seamlessly fuses acoustic, jazz and soul into what can only be described as a style of his own, and raises the bar for anyone flying under the banner of "singer songwriter".
"This guy has a voice you could put in a honey jar - you have to check him out!" Nalesh Singh, Byron Bay FM.
Chris Wood
Chris Wood is a multi instrumentalist and plays piano, guitar, violin and sings. Although only 16, Chris has already toured with the Birralee Blokes in Canada and more closer to home at QPAC, Brisbane Convention Centre and Brisbane City Hall.
Currently studying Jazz, his favourite artists are Ed Sheeran and Passenger so expect to be wowed when listening to Chris in the Sherwood Room!
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The beautifully restored Shingle Inn, will be running a take away service throughout the day.
Sit and enjoy in either the Sandgate or Sherwood Rooms or have a cuppa on the run while perusing all the market stalls.
To see their delicious menus or to book a table inside read on.
city hall happenings
 Don’t miss Panoramas closing soon atMuseum of Brisbane. Providing a fascinating insight into life in Brisbane over a 150-year span the exhibition features the earliest panoramic examples of Brisbane photography from 1862.
 While you're there, take a tour of City Hall or the historic the Clock Tower and catch the fabulously nostalgic Light Fantastic EXPO 88 Parades Rewired.
getting there
Park: King George Square Car Park for only $12 per day!
Additional Parking:Brisbane City parking options
Bus: King George Square Bus Station directly under the venue
Train: Roma St / Central Stations.
Bathrooms: Adjacent to Ann St Foyer
Disability Access: Main entrance to City Hall via King George Square.
Date: Saturday Sept 14
Where: In the Sandgate, Sherwood Rooms and Ann St Foyer on the ground floor of Brisbane City Hall, right next door to the Shingle Inn.
Time: 9am-3pm
See you all there!
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