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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!

architecture and design for children

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FINALLY! A class update!

Apologies for the delay in posts of late – so much work, so little time for sharing!

I’ve put together a series of collages of our recent 6-week series ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN FOR CHILDREN, hosted by the ever-wonderful Riverbend Books. Saturday afternoons have never been so messy or fun! We found it a wonderful way to wind down from a week of school and often a morning of sport, to be inspired and create in an open-ended class full of possibility!

WEEK 1

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We began our series with  a game of ‘guess the famous building’!

With outlandish and crumbling structures from around the world, we spent a lively discussion centred around the names of buildings, who designed them (if known!) and what new feat of engineering or materials did the work showcase – even the nicknames some of the ‘stand-out’ buildings have been given! Children were inspired and challenged to draw their favourite building by noticing the structural + decorative details of each unique building –  the outcomes were fantastic! The theme of ‘dreaming + drawing’ continued throughout our series, further inspired by the wonderful book ‘Iggy Peck Architect’. We focused in on the works of famous spanish architect ‘Antoni Gaudi‘ and we looked in detail at several of his nature-inspired marvels of design and architecture. In his own time Gaudi was both admired and criticised for the audacity and singularity of his innovative solutions – an inspiring study for children to dream big and create single-mindedly!

We worked on drawing a series of Gaudi-inspired finials in all their colourful glory!

WEEK 2

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In week 2 we began a two week study in clay. Continuing on with inspiration by Gaudi, students were encouraged to design and create clay ’tiles’ that reflect decorative ideas of their own imagination. We discussed the difference between structural beauty + decorative beauty. Many of the student’s tiles were inspired by nature – flowers, sunrise. We had a student focused on replicating some of the architectural detail of the famous buildings we were learning about and another who represented an angel in the night sky. Students were open to exploring the possibilities of their own unique inspiration and how that translated into their creations.

WEEK 3

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We continued in clay in week 3, however it was time to go from 2D work to 3D structure as we discussed structures around the world and why they suit the environment they are created for. We explored igloo’s to teepee’s, log cabins to mud huts and asked why each was suited to its environment? Students then began the challenge of creating their own clay structure – and most importantly, how to make it stand up!! Some designs replicated traditional buildings and cityscapes, such as this old english thatch building and cityscape with large fountain; some told a story about the people they were created for, such as this mud and grass hut.

WEEK 4

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In week 4 we took the design of buildings to the interior and touched on floor plans and elevations but mostly looked at the needs of people who occupy buildings and how that informs their design. We looked at famous interior paintings by Van Gogh and Matisse, and began our own ‘elevation’ drawings + paintings to complete an Eames-inspired ‘house of cards‘.

WEEK 5

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Week 5 saw us outlining our interior designs and then beginning the challenge of constructing a 3D card structure – yes that stands up!! Some chose traditional house forms but others created their own unique structures – one with a spider web on the roof and another made up of a series of triangular rooms – ‘because it would be fun to slide down the walls!’ All traditional house structures, students discovered, needed additional ‘reinforcing’ or cross bracing in order for their structure to stand up. This was a wonderful exercise in 3D construction with materials (unlike lego) that are not structurally stable in and of themselves. The challenge involved frustrations and then creative problem-solving!

WEEK 6

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In our final week, we did a quick re-cap on the way’s students were inspired by the world of Architecture and Design. This theme has opened up many possibilities for exploration and several students have been drawing + hunting down examples of interesting architecture + design as a result of this series.

Our last project in the series remained within the Interior and looked at inspiring Finnish design house, Marimekko. We talked about their ‘fearlessness’ and boldness in design, their creativity with colour! Each student was asked to design a Marimekko-inspired pillowcase, using either a simple stamping technique or by directly painting their design onto the fabric. Students learned much about the importance of simplicity in design, the beauty of ‘handmade’ when compared to ‘machine printed’ and then lastly, but most importantly, I saw each student unafraid to boldly create + execute their own unique designs! We had so much fun creating, I have no pics of their inspiring work!

Truly, the children participating in this 6-week series were a joy to teach – both in their enthusiasm to create and their willingness to listen, absorb information and be inspired! I look forward to offering several spin-off series that can explore each of the aspects of architecture + design that we briefly touched on in this series, in more detail!

We are offering this series in a condensed 4-week Thursday afternoon series at the newly opened ONEGIRLSTUDIO, Oxley Rd in Graceville next term! Bookings are already live on this site – if you are keen to join us but missed out on our Riverbend offering, please follow this link and book now!

Autumn Adventures in Art :: Our memory tree

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‘What’s a memory?’ asked Wilfred Gordon…

‘Its something you remember’ said his Father. But Wilfred Gordon wanted to know more,……

Our final project in our Autumn Adventures in Art series was designed to ‘put the student in the picture’ by connecting him/her to their work in a personal way. By looking at ways to ‘represent’ themselves using memories and nature references, they produced unique work and re-enforced the value in their own form of expression, their own memories, their own style.

I have just loved meandering through the past six weeks with artistic-intension together with a wonderful bunch of enthusiastic students. They were polite, inspired, wildly creative and an absolute joy to teach!

Looking forward to more adventures next term – thanks Riverbend Books and Cafe!

the magic of watercolour trees

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‘Oh if only I could live my life so wild and free, right up there atop the tree. Who’s branches strong, roots deep and wide, whisper courage on every side.

I’d dream far yonder as I could see, and when strong winds would threaten me. I’d snuggle down deep wrapped in her boughs, and wait for season’s whisper loud.

To bloom and blaze all held, yet free, the crowning glory of my tree.’

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I love that the Autumn Adventures in Art students grasped the soft, dreamy flow of ‘wet on wet’ watercolour method so well during this session. We only touched on watercolour briefly this week, in order to complete a background to our collage works but there was such enthusiasm regarding this medium! Children worked through exercises in wash, simple detail and fine detail on standard paper and were then confident to complete their final work on A3 quality watercolour paper. Watercolour lends itself so well to landscapes and the simple beginner project of earth, sky and sketchy tree’s produced pleasing results for young students!

Problem-solving through printmaking

‘I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it’ Pablo Picasso

 

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Some more of my favourite images from our 3-week exploration of printmaking during Autumn Adventures in Art at Riverbend Books.

On our third week, students refined their block printing to explore pattern repeat and ultimately produce a tote bag design (our youngest student’s tote seen above!).

We loved seeing the resolution that came about through experiments on paper – the quality of print, the effectiveness of repeat, the importance of planning the design well before executing. It is natural for children to jump in and create and think later – I love that there is no fear or hesitation in this method of ‘bringing something forth’.  However, in order to refine a skill and therefore practice better outcomes, it is useful for students to journey through the process in order to test out several possible options before deciding on the most effective design.

For some of the youngest students, we found that the final design was just another ‘experiment’ and that is perfectly age appropriate. For others though, the confidence built through ‘trial and error and play’ helped them to be more satisfied with the end result!

The student’s folio’s are full to overflowing with wonderful experiments [ seen drying here ]. These pages represent my favourite part of the creative process – The time to play with new techniques! Seeing what colour’s work with others, what textures and shapes produce the most pleasing designs….

We are firm believers at WEAVE+WONDER that the journey through experimentation is far more valuable than the outcome. Innovative leaders practice and work at their craft, and we have loved sharing time with your children as they build these muscles for their future through art!

 

 

 

 

The persuasive power of Picasso

‘All children are artists, the problem is to remain an artist once he grows up’ Pablo Picasso

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I’ve loved every minute of our Autumn Adventures in Art!

Printmaking is one of my favourite techniques to explore with children because there are so many imperfections in it! Whether etching, mono printing or block printing, the resulting image has a ‘hazy, soft, textural’ quality to it that allow’s much grace as children are learning. I had an inward chuckle when one or two of my students decided that the partial transfer of colour wasn’t ‘perfect’ enough and began painting over their print – filling in the ‘texture’ with ‘solid colour’! I love a child’s freedom and instinct to express their creativity in unique ways.

There was much room throughout our 3-week exploration to learn, practice, correct, print again and layer colour and detail over to build up each artwork.

 

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[Picasso’s graphic and lithograph works]

Students were particularly pleased to see examples of Picasso’s early print work and lithograph’s, made famous in some of the earliest forms of advertising, and realise that his images and technique were simple and imperfect too!

 

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Our practice is to draw, inspired by the reading of some wonderful literature and then transfer those sketch ideas from imagination into artwork! These autumn-inspired works were wonderful examples of creative problem-solving – particularly when it came to etching lettering to print the right way!

 

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More examples of print work and the remainder of our series to follow!

 

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!

free adult workshops to kick off the WEAVE+WONDER year!

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There’s no better way to start our WEAVE+WONDER 2015 class schedule than with a free adult workshop!

We’re teaming up with Brisbane City Council Libraries to bring you our Interior Design Elements workshop – two hours of design concepts and practical application that will help give you new eyes for the spaces around you.

IMG_1953 1000WEAVE+WONDER founder Melissa Guyatt has revisited her first love – design – and created a perfect introductory course for people wanting to explore Interior Design either as a potential career path or ideas to put into practice in their own home.  She will draw on her years of working with internationally recognised Interior Design firms to lead you through basic design concepts, plus you’ll have time to grab a pencil and some tracing paper and sketch, draw, experiment and play with concepts such as space, colour, light and texture.  You’ll come away with a clearer idea of what is good design and some practical ideas on how to change and improve your spaces without a big design budget.

Phew!  That’s alot of design goodness to pack into two hours isn’t it?  We know you will connect with Melissa’s passion for good design and draw inspiration from her grounded approach to interior spaces.  You’ll also get to take home a workbook so you can continue your learning at home.

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And thanks to Brisbane City Council’s commitment to providing free events to Brisbane residents, we will be running this workshop in four different library locations during February and March.  The first one kicks off at Kenmore Library this Saturday 7 February, 10am-12noon.

Over the coming weeks Melissa will also present this workshop at Grange (14 February), West End (7 March) and Bulimba (14 March).  We’d love to have you join us!

You do need to register with the Library to secure your place (numbers are limited and workbooks will only be available for registered participants) so head on over to Brisbane City Council’s website to check out registration details (select the date you want on the calendar on the right hand sidebar, the course is listed as Interior Design Illustration).

We’re also looking at follow-up Interior Design workshops for later this year and we’d love to know what kind of workshop interests you.  Is it broad concepts and topics?  Or maybe specific projects or ideas?  Leave us a comment below and we’ll add it into our big bucket of ideas for this year!  Thanks! xx

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!