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Martha Street Festival on 25th Nov!

Community gathering is our favourite flavour of the Christmas season.

We are excited to join the Martha Sreet (Camp Hill) Precinct street party this year!

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Invited by lovely children’s boutique Teenie and Tiny, we will be hosting a simple+elegant craft stall outside their store.

Create one of our gorgeous ply + metallic decorations for ONLY $2!

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This is a special offer for festival attendee’s only – we will have additional decoration pack’s available for sale on the night at their normal recommended retail price and also in our online store..

We custom designed these timeless baubles to adorn your tree or a special gift – join us as we add some seasonal colour. Purchase some additional decorations to custom paint in your own colours or purchase additional paint on the night – these make a wonderful gift!

$1 from every decoration created will be gifted toNEVERTHIRST‘s water projects in Cambodia.

BRISBANE LOCALS! Join us from 5.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 25th November.

Enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment and a little visit from Santa!

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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.

felting fever!

I promised to let you in on a little project I have been enjoying so much…it has to do with these:

A little while ago these beauties below were delivered to my door:

They are wool felted storage bowls.
I had done my research and tracked these down at an affordable price (let me tell you, many of them are not!) – I wanted to use them as storage containers on my art table – they are soft, flexible and a beautiful, natural work of art in themselves!

I then got to thinking, loving a challange as I do: what if I could make them myself?
In came my ever-resourceful mother in law for all things knitting and crochet. I asked her if she could crochet some bowls if I found a pattern? We began experimenting and she quickly came up with several beautiful crochet samples for me to felt into solid bowls.
I discovered that the felting process is a lengthy one (perhaps the reason the finished product are pricey!) but very rewarding and I am proud to say that I sported several homemade felt bowls to compliment the baught ones on the workshop art table!
My mother in law is a wizz at making them and she graciously offered to teach me. Having only just begun to crochet, I was sceptical, but did manage to get the hang of it – albeit a lot slower than my MIL can make them!! The bowl at the top is my first effort ready for felting!
Sooo, I am on my way! I have plans for classes to teach how to make these – they are beautiful storage containers around the home – great for jewelery, bathroom goods, art materials or display. I also hope to add these to our up and coming sales line and also to produce a craft kit to make your own! Such hope filled plans! One step at a time….I do LOVE them so, though! What do you think?