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calling all budding architects and designers!

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Japanese Children build a futuristic model of the nation of Japan

Does your child love to build? I know that Lego still takes pride of place in our home – from marvellous towers to sprawling cities – children around the globe often solve the problems of the world in miniature! And definitely explore their imagination,  push creative boundaries and problem solve all while playing.

An exploration in 3D uses creative muscles + problem solving strategies different to those in 2D. Can my structure support itself? Can it carry weight? How can we make it taller and still have it stand? Just a few questions asked when volume is at play and not just surface.

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Often a love of 3D thinking stimulates interest in a career in Architecture and Design – oh what fun to build for a living – or as Iggy Peck could boast, ‘to build churches and chapels from peaches and apples, and temples from modelling clay!’

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We are ready to launch another of our ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN FOR CHILDREN workshop series. We are currently designing follow up classes for those who have enjoyed the original, but this first in our series is running again at the wonderful OneGirlStudio in Graceville, commencing next Thursday 03rd March from 3.30-5.00pm.

See our flyer below and click the link above for booking and payment details – places are limited – don’t miss out on this unique class!

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore extraordinary architecture + architects from around the world and learn some of the considerations + and questions asked by architects and designers during the design process.

We will draw, guess, problem solve, discuss, and of course, construct using clay and recycled materials!

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Christmas Creativity Classes – two wonderful venues!

I don’t know why, but for some reason every year, Christmas tends to sneak up on me….

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It could be the enthusiastic flutter into spring or the crazy-buzz of end of school year, but I seem to feel it comes racing at me with ever-increasing speed each year.

And I long to choose to be mindful and put the brakes on to remember gratitude.

…For my family and our peaceful home.

…For my children’s future looking bright when so many don’t have that luxury.

In our home, we often gather around creativity in order to slow.

Making things with busy and intentional hands, allows room for hearts to be full of love + gratitude. A gift thoughtfully made gives so much more than just the object.

If you are like me and want to make the choice to slow and be mindful, can I invite you to join us at our Creativity Workshops – two locations this year!

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[ picture: from our Riverbend Wreath class! Just stunning!]

Riverbend Books and Cafe have been such an incredible supporter of local community and mindfulness – we just adore running classes in this beautiful store!

A new inner-west venue for WEAVE+WONDER is the gorgeous gift + design store OneGirlStudio in Graceville. We have recently completed term time Architecture + Design classes for children and students are eagerly awaiting more Christmas-creativity!

Again this year, we are offering classes over two weeks to accommodate private and state school finish times – please choose a class that suits you! These are Christmas-time favourites and even if you have joined us for a similar class in years gone by, these treasures make wonderful gifts and we will include new colours + materials.

DON’T FORGET TO BOOK NOW – THESE CLASSES FILL INCREDIBLY QUICKLY – CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW:

Create a stunning + unique leather wreath

Paint or Stitch – create gorgeously tactile leather + ply ornaments!

 

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We can’t wait to share creative time with your children this Christmas and help them to craft handmade gifts of love to treasure!

art classes :: week 1 Autumn Adventures in Art

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Today a few lovely pics from our first ‘Autumn Adventures in Art’ series hosted by Riverbend books!

Our exciting Brisbane-based art classes are focused on great books and nurturing creative thinking.

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Saturday afternoons are looking to be creatively magical with a wonderful + enthusiastic group of young artists.

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This week our theme was NOTICING and as we began our introduction to printmaking inspired by a bunch of equally ‘wild’ and imaginative books, students played with printing texture and layers, background and foreground, ghost prints and more!

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Students took home a gorgeous ‘mothers day’ print of their favourite autumn leaf adjacent our custom quote and we gathered all their experimental printmaking into their folio’s for collation over the 6 week series!

Next week’s theme is IMAGINATION: the ‘Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton and ‘Stuck’ by Oliver Jeffers will project us into our experiments with mono printing and etching. Can’t wait!

a merry two-for-one offer on next week’s classes

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There’s still more to be shared in this merry time of Christmas preparation!

We get excited about creating alongside your children at our annual Christmas Creativity classes, and this year we’d love to inspire and nurture creativity with as many children as possible.

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That’s why we’re offering five lovely WEAVE+WONDER friends two-for-one tickets for our classes next week at Riverbend Books and Cafe, Bulimba.  Our two-for-one tickets are simple – book and pay for one class ticket and you get one free class ticket for either the same class or another class.

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To be in the running to win a two-for-one ticket, all you need to do is fill in the form below – quick sticks! – by 12 noon Thursday 11 December and let us know what classes you’d like to book if you win.  We will randomly choose five winners from the entries received and we’ll contact the winners to process the booking [it can’t be done through our usual class booking process].

Your two-for-one ticket can be used for these classes next week at Riverbend:

Monday 15 December – Paper + Fabric Wrap

Tuesday 16 December – Wire + Leather Wreath

Wednesday 17 December – Leather Stars

[Please note your two-for-one ticket bookings are only allowable on the Riverbend classes with spaces available.  There are currently spaces in all of these classes, but if your preferred class is full we will not be able to take extra bookings due to space limitations, but will work with you to find a suitable alternative class.]

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Don’t forget we also have two classes at Teenie and Tiny, Camp Hill next week – our lovely ply ornaments and sweet floating angels.  Places are still available in both of these classes. [Please note: the 2 for 1 offer is only available for Riverbend classes, not Teenie and Tiny classes.]

Fill in this form for your chance to win a two-for-one Christmas Creativity class ticket!

class giveaway!

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One of the gifts of Christmas is sharing what you have with others.

And we have two free tickets to this Thursday’s Christmas Creativity class we’d like to share with our lovely WEAVE+WONDER community.

We are giving away two tickets to our Christmas Wire Stars class which is on this Thursday 11 December 2.30pm-3.30pm at Teenie and Tiny, Camp Hill (Brisbane).  These simple yet gorgeously tactile wire stars make a wonderful hanging garland for Christmas. Children will learn how to manipulate wire to create a series of stars in this class for 5-12 year olds.

To enter this starry and bright giveaway, simply leave a comment below before 12noon Wednesday 10 December.  Two winners will be chosen randomly from all the entries we receive and each winner will be given one free ticket.  

And if you’re on Instagram, you can head on over to @weaveandwonder for another chance to win!

Good luck friends!

UPDATE:  Thank you for your entries – our winners are Regina and Annie!  We look forward to seeing you and your budding creatives at this class on Thursday!

Christmas creativity for adults!

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We love it when we hear from you, our beautiful readers and creative-hearts, and we especially love it when you give us feedback and ideas.

So in response to interest in adult workshops, we’ve set aside a Christmas workshop at Riverbend Books and Cafe just for adults!

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We love the Christmas projects we have created this year and we think you will too!  In this workshop you will work with beautiful, sumptuous leather – not something many of us get to do very often – and create either a set of three leather star decorations OR a wire and fabric wreath with leather leaves.  Both projects are a beautifully natural take on Christmas decorations, and part of their beauty is they transcend Christmas and would look stunning displayed all year.

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This workshop is on Friday 12 December from 6.30-8.00pm at Riverbend Books and Cafe in Bulimba.  Oh we know this is a super busy time of year, but we’re hoping that if you have that night free you can sneak out and join us in what will be a wonderfully relaxed evening of creating.  Gather some friends and make it a lovely night.  Riverbend’s Cafe will be open so you can grab something to eat, and maybe browse their gorgeous books and find a few Christmas presents!

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Find out more about this class here [ scroll down to the heading Riverbend Christmas (adult creativity class) ].

Oh we so look forward to some Christmas creativity with you!

A mindful Christmas!

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There are so many pressures and marketing ploys coming at us at Christmas time that I often feel overwhelmed with the amount of choice and am tempted to lose the ability to mindfully choose gifts!

We have enjoyed slowly selecting, designing and creating products with gift-giving in mind this year as it has given us opportunity to consider

the maker….

the budget….

.the sustainability…

of the items we offer for sale and gift ourselves!

We can’t wait to use our new ply ornaments in our upcoming market and gift proceeds to NEVERTHIRST in Cambodia.

We envisage our timeless leather stars adorning gifts + being stitched and created into gorgeous Christmas Ornaments in our Riverbend Classes.

Our fabric wrap is a well considered item as a ‘gift that keeps on giving’ and we imagine countless ongoing uses for the luscious layers of charcoal and stone.

Our fabric pages texturally convey a message of love that can be framed and enjoyed as a work of art on your wall.

And oh! The stunning floaty-scarf goodness is highest on my to-gift-list for all its textural loveliness and all the ways we imagine this totable fabric can be used.

If you are looking for soul-filled natural and textural gifts this Christmas, you might like to take a peek in our etsy store. We do so hope you find the perfect gift for a loved one or two in there…..

Christmas classes at Teenie and Tiny

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There is nothing more exciting around Christmas time than getting lost in a whimsical gift store dreaming of handcrafted, natural toys + books and who might receive the loveliness!

While you browse and dream, shop and plan, we would love to create with your children!

We have two afternoon classes scheduled for Teenie and Tiny this year these are as follows:

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‘Alexander Calder inspired wire hanging stars’ workshop

Thursday 11 December, 2.30-3.30pm.

Cost: $20 per student

These simple yet gorgeously tactile wire stars make a wonderful hanging garland for Christmas. Children will learn how to manipulate wire to create their stars.

Alexander Calder was an American sculptor and artist most famous for inventing mobile sculptures. Inspired by his most famous works and using wire + wool, Children will create their own hanging stars.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is for 5-12 year olds, however younger children are more than welcome to attend this class under the supervision of an adult.

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Fabric and feather Christmas angels

Tuesday 16th December, 2.30-3.30pm.

Cost: $20 per student

Using the lovely texture of feathers, white + vintage fabrics, children will create ‘light + floaty’ hanging angels to decorate their home this Christmas! We will visit the stunning nativity story illustrated by Julie Vivas.

PLEASE NOTE:  This class is designed for 5-12 year olds.  Younger children are welcome to attend this class under the supervision of an adult.

 

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Riverbend Christmas Creativity returns!

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WE ARE SUPER-EXCITED ABOUT THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS CREATIVITY AT RIVERBEND BOOKS, BULIMBA!

With warm tactile leather + fabric alongside sustainable design processes, we are proud to present a fresh new take on Christmas decorating!

Of course, these are first and foremost children’s classes and so we are excited to jump into the wonderful world of artistic inspiration from the famous Alexander Calder on through other screen printing + fibre artists. From this inspiration we have developed skills-based classes that are fresh and contemporary!

For the first time this year, we are offering an ADULT CREATIVITY CLASS and also a PARENT+CHILD CLASS! In these classes, you are able to choose the project you would like to complete – please read the class description carefully and leave your selection in the comments section of your booking.

Take a wander through the classes we have on offer below and click on the title of the class to go to our events page and BOOK NOW – these classes fill very quickly! We hope you enjoy:

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WIRE + LEATHER WREATH

Alexander Calder was an American sculptor known as the originator of the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended components which move in response to motor power or air currents. Calder’s stationary sculptures are called stables. He also produced numerous wire figures.

Using inspiration from Calder’s work, we will experiment with the wire medium to form 3D shapes. We will use these twisting+bending techniques to create a unique Christmas-inspired wreath form. Calder also added solid forms to his mobiles for counterbalance. We will look at ways to weave gorgeous leather + fabric leaves into our wreath-sculpture for a truly stunning result! The perfect marriage of art + craft for Christmas!

Each student will create 1 wreath in this class.

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LEATHER STARS

Oh soft caramel leather you truly make us weak at the knees! Students will engage with the slow art of hand stitching to create these beautiful leather + fabric ornaments or gift tags.

These are a beautiful layered addition to your tree, a hanging garland or a unique handmade gift tag. Students will choose and cut fabric stars from our beautiful selection of handwoven + naturally dyed fabric and accented with vibrant felt in Christmas green to layer behind their leather stars! The sparkling bronze adds a festive touch as the students thread + stitch their fabric soft sculpture together!

Each student will create 3 stars within this class.

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PRINT YOUR OWN FABRIC + PAPER WRAP

This year we are excited to announce a class with a sustainable message!

WEAVE+WONDER are proudly offering the gorgeous naturally dyed and handwoven fabric sourced from traditional weaving families in rural Cambodia. As we introduce this gorgeous fabric into the Australian market, we are motived toward sustainable uses for it. We couldn’t think of a better beginning than using custom sized pieces as fabric wrapping for Christmas!

In our printing class, we will learn simple printing, stamping + stencilling techniques and work on pattern repeat in order to create unique designs for our fabric wrapping. We will use humble brown paper also as a ‘test run’ for our fabric pieces but also as useful wrapping in itself!

Students will print 1 large fabric wrapping sheet (can be used as two smaller sheets) as well as significant length of custom printed wrapping paper.

There will be additional fabric wrapping sheets available to purchase in all classes.

Glorious birds!

‘How many legs do birds have?’  Answer: 4

‘And how many birds have you seen with 4 legs?’ Answer (given straight back with great confidence!): 51

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We could not have timed our preschool creativity series more perfectly!

Birds above and below and around are calling noisily to each other – a frenzy of nest building and preparation for spring breeding season. Newborn birds wail plaintively as parents scavenge for food. Abandoned nests fall from backyard tree’s. We even had an ambitious crow attempt to cart off a metre long branch for some purpose or other until it came crashing down on our roof!

And noticing all this flurry, we gather amid the natural gifts + toys at Teenie and Tiny in anticipation of our bird adventure together!

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The storybook inspiration for this bird series is the wonderful ‘Feathers for Phoebe’ by Rod Clements. In week 1 we shared the story together. We were inspired by the famous french sculptor, “Franco Pompon’ to create simple animal shapes and ensure that our birds had a plethora of rainbow-feathers that would make ‘phoebe’ stand out in a crowd! Our tactile clay class had everyone squeezing + pinching until bird-forms emerged.

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In week 2, we looked at patterns. What are they? How to notice a repeated mark that might form a pattern. We worked on a series of exercise sheets with 2 colours to grasp the concept of pattern repeat, which in turn, informed some of their painting works. Phoebe the bird would be proud to live in these bold + colourful houses!

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In our final Week 3, the children were introduced to the slow art of hand stitching using a simple but effective bird nest project. Our bird silhouette looks pleased and proud standing atop some of those spectacularly woven nests!

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What a wonder – teaching these adorable children! We especially savoured the pictures each child drew of birds they saw during the week in their bird journal. Keeping a creative journal and taking it with you on your adventures is a great way of developing your child’s noticing eye for beauty and detail!

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