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Quick-snap! Our early-bird special ends Saturday!

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There’s Autumn crunch in the air and underfoot, and there’s a special little early-bird fluttering low. She’s singing a sweet song of savings, and diving and looping low to make sure she catches your eye.

If you’d like your children to join our Autumn Adventures in Art series starting in just a few weeks, pop on over to our bookings page because our little early-bird will flit and fly away this Saturday, taking her special prices with her.

We’re collecting and gathering basketfuls of creative ideas and inspiration for these workshops celebrating one of our favourite seasons of the year.  Colour and texture, paint and clay, printing and weaving. And books. Delicious, gorgeous, tingle-worthy books which make our eyes look wide with wonder and our minds giggle and think. We’ve enjoyed the process of choosing and picking books (oh there are so many gorgeous children’s books which inspire us!) and teaming them with autumn-inspired art and creativity.

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Our art workshops are designed to inspire and nurture creativity, using great children’s books to stimulate discussion, launch ideas and inform art techniques and theory.  We are looking forward to working alongside your children through this six week series and encouraging their creativity to take wings. Find out more about our Autumn Adventures in Art series here.

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Our early-bird special ends this Saturday, 18 April, so book now!

PS – Our sincere apologies to those who tried to book in the last few days and couldn’t get our website to cooperate. It’s all fixed now, but please email us if you do have any problems with your booking.

the Autumn Art early-bird catches the worm!

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It’s a cliche, but it’s true.  The early-bird does catch the worm, or in this case, catches the  wonderful early-bird pricing on our upcoming Autumn art workshop series.

Our Autumn Adventures in Art six week series starts in May and if you book before 18 April you will receive six classes for the price of five.  Oh the fun we will have taking inspiration from great children’s authors + illustrators, and creating with paint, clay, printing and weaving!

We have tailored a range of workshops so you can choose the most suitable art workshop for your child:

Preschoolers:
Autumn Adventures in Art – creativity workshops for preschoolers

We will take inspiration from great children’s authors and illustrators and create with different materials each week, including paint, clay, printing and weaving – perfect for little hands and creative minds!    This 6 week series will be held at two different venues so you can choose the day and location that suits you:

  • Every Tuesday, starting 5 May @ Teenie+Tiny, Camp Hill.  10.00-10.45am, OR
  • Every Thursday, starting 7 May @ Riverbend Books+Cafe.  10.00-10.45am.
  • $120 for 6 weeks series, all quality materials supplied.
  • Book by 18 April for our $100 early-bird special

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Primary + middleschool children:
This 6 week Autumn-themed series gives your children the opportunity to explore and experiment with two mediums in more depth, building upon skills over the weeks.  Picture books, chapter books and poetry will be woven throughout these art workshops to inspire our creating!  Together we will explore printmaking techniques using a variety of objects to make prints on a range of materials.  We will also create with mixed media, experimenting with paint, ink, collage and foraged natural materials.

6-10 year olds:

  • Every Saturday, 1.00-2.00pm, starting 9 May in W+W’s studio @ Riverbend Books+Cafe, Bulimba
  • $120 for 6 weeks series, all quality materials supplied.
  • Book by 18 April for our $100 early-bird special

9-14 year olds:

  • Every Saturday, 2.30-4.00pm, starting 9 May in W+W’s studio @ Riverbend Books+Cafe, Bulimba
  • $150 for 6 weeks series, all quality materials supplied.
  • Book by 18 April for our $125 early-bird special

We hope you will join us for our Autumn Adventures in Art!

Teen Iconic Design workshops

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‘Pull up a seat’ at your local Brisbane City Council library these school holidays in one of our free Interior Design workshops presented by WEAVE+WONDER as part of National Youth Week.

Teens and tweens will work with an experienced Interior Designer in a fun and relaxed workshop exploring the elements of well-designed and beautiful furniture. Learn more about iconic designs and experiment with sustainable and recycled materials to design a 3D model of your perfect chair!

Sounds like a whole lotta fun, doesn’t it?

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Melissa shares with us for today’s quick Q+A:

What inspires you about design?

I love the opportunity to express creativity through design. Whether it is selecting beautifully tactile finishes or removing walls to open up a space or designing and sourcing furniture – the design of Interior spaces reflects the personality of the client!

I also love to ‘problem solve’ through design. Small or large – choosing colour or resolving a floor plan – the process of design develops an aesthetic and functional solution that can bring about real change in how someone uses that space.

If you could time travel into a design era, where and when would you go?

I would love to meet Charles and Ray Eames, so perhaps the late 1940’a America where boundaries were being pushed in industrial and architectural design, the foundation of much of modern design today.

 What tips do you have for kick-starting your creativity when you are feeling uninspired?

Carve out time.

Often it is as simple as setting aside time and taking yourself outside your familiar territory in order to start to notice inspiration again. Go for a walk – bush or beach. Gather textures, colours. Notice your senses.

In terms of design, visit a space that you enjoy – a gallery, favourite hole-in-the-wall coffee shop, somewhere unassuming. Remember how you feel there?

I do find personal and sensory experiences are the best kick-starter to creativity.

The internet, books and magazines all have their place in flooding you with inspiration. But I strongly believe that authentic design comes from within.

What do you do to stay on top of design trends?

There is no shortage of design inspiration at the press of a button on the internet. I would start by searching quality design publications, national and international. Then design commentary sites such as ‘the design files’ or yellow trace’ here in Australia. And finally Pinterest has a plethora of design images to inspire-away hours!

Another thing that is very important to designers is to stay on top of new product developments. Search product sites, meet with suppliers, visit showrooms and get a feel for how product and technology are changing.

Top tips for being design-savvy within a budget?

Oh I could write pages on this and will save for a full post! But just briefly…

Play with colour in inexpensive ways to update and stay on trend. ie. play with paint colour, soft furnishings, inexpensive art prints/craft projects, plants. Keep expensive details like kitchen and bathroom joinery and large furniture items to a neutral and timeless palette.

Invest in timeless classic pieces. Iconic furniture/lighting and artwork with personality will not date but age gracefully. Spend less on trinkets and more on investment pieces that will last!

Spend less and be more mindful of your purchases. Curate your home, don’t be overwhelmed by the constant task of ‘managing the clutter’!

What do you hope students will take away from your Design workshops?

Firstly I hope they will have lots of fun experimenting and being fearless with design!

That they will take away a greater understanding of what makes an ‘iconic design’ and that they might think about design in a more expansive possibility-filled way.

What are your top 3 tips for teens thinking about pursuing Interior Design as a career?

Firstly, try some taster workshops – get a feel for what a career in ID might look like in a hands-on fun workshop.

Go to university and college open days and always be prepared with lots of questions!

Start ‘training your eye’ by collecting your own design inspiration. Keep a design journal of sketches, images, textures, and other things that inspire your creativity. Follow design blogs and seek design inspiration online (in moderation – it can be a great time-waster!). As you begin to ‘train you eye’ to notice good design and hone your own sense of style, you are on your way to building creative confidence!

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WEAVE+WONDER’s Iconic Design workshops will be held at New Farm Library (10 April), Carindale Library (14 April), Brisbane Square Library (15 April) and Kenmore Library (16 April). Bookings are essential and can be made by calling these libraries direct.

 

Our new Autumn art workshops starting May

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We invite you to join us for some Autumn Adventures in Art, our new art + creativity workshops launching in Term 2.

Oh the fun we will have taking inspiration from great children’s authors + illustrators, and creating with paint, clay, printing and weaving!

Our art + creativity workshops are designed to inspire and nurture creativity, using great children’s books to stimulate discussion, launch ideas and inform art techniques and theory.  We are looking forward to working alongside your children through this six week series and encouraging their creativity to take wings.

autumn collage

Our Autumn Adventures in Art workshop series is inspired by this beautiful season – windswept leaves and bare trees, crisp skies and tiny animals.  We have chosen some stunning children’s books whose words and illustrations will gently float inspiration into our creating, whisper ideas into our minds, and warm our creative confidence.

We have tailored a range of workshops so you can choose the most suitable art workshop for your child:

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Preschoolers:
Autumn Adventures in Art – creativity workshops for preschoolers

We will take inspiration from great children’s authors and illustrators and create with different materials each week, including paint, clay, printing and weaving – perfect for little hands and creative minds!    This 6 week series will be held at two different venues so you can choose the day and location that suits you:

Please follow the link’s below to book NOW and take advantage of our special!

watercolour and weaving

Primary + middleschool children:
This 6 week Autumn-themed series gives your children the opportunity to explore and experiment with two mediums in more depth, building upon skills over the weeks.  Picture books, chapter books and poetry will be woven throughout these art workshops to inspire our creating!  Together we will explore printmaking techniques using a variety of objects to make prints on a range of materials.  We will also create with mixed media, experimenting with paint, ink, collage and foraged natural materials.

Please follow the link’s below to book NOW and take advantage of our special!

6-10 year olds:

9-14 year olds:

We look forward to you joining us for our Autumn Adventures in Art workshops!

Glamour + glitz aboard our free teen fashion workshop

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Fashion designer Melanie Finger is joining us again these Easter school holidays for a feast of fashion and books to spark creativity in our style-loving teens.

WEAVE+WONDER is partnering with Brisbane City Council libraries to bring you four free fashion  workshops.  Inspired by the Time Travelling Fashionista series of books, Melanie will launch a tactile and textural travel in time to the glamour and luxury of the 1900s and the historic Titanic.  Perfect for 12-17 year olds, this workshop will delight  those who love to draw, design and play with fashion.

Melanie joins us for today’s Quick Q+A:

Q: What inspires you about fashion?
A:
So many things!  I love seeing something new or something from the past being re-interpreted. I love seeing how creative designers can be with their use of texture, shape, colour and technique.

Q: What tips do you have for kick-starting your creativity when you’re feeling uninspired?
A:
Most people will look at magazines, websites such as Style.com and check out Pinterest… but I prefer to get out and see a show at the art gallery, look at antique pattern books or visit a fabric store.  Fabric shopping is my favourite as textiles often trigger a response and a new idea.

Q: If you could time travel into a fashion era, where and when would you go?
A:
Definitely the roaring 20’s and the Jazz age! Bob cuts with cloche hats, drop waists and new look leisure wear.
Coco Chanel and Jean Patou – sigh… pleated skirts and relaxed elegant daywear. Heaven.
If I could live in a different city – I would love to experience Japan – their design aesthetic is phenomenal.
They really understand shape and volume and push the boundaries.

Q: What do you hope students will take away from your Time Travelling Fashionista workshops?
A:
Some insight into history and new techniques! We learn about corsets, drape and shaping and we also relate this to modern day design.
I would love the students to continue drawing in the workbook I give them.

Q: What are your best fashion tips for teens with a tight budget?
A:
Don’t buy fads just because they are cheap! A couple of seasonal pieces is great, but try to invest in a few quality trend resistant basics.
You will regret that dip dyed dress and fluro shorts:) Try out trend items in accessories.
It is also really important to find a style that suits your body shape.

Q: What are your top 3 tips for teens thinking about pursuing fashion as a career?
A:
1. Learn as much as you can by taking classes in design
2. Learn computer design programs such as Adobe Illustrator
3. Go to as many local design events as possible. Last week I was at James St Up Late in Brisbane where I met a fashion illustrator and brushed shoulders with some of the hottest designers in Australia. Brisbane IS a fashion mecca – you just need to keep in the know. Follow brands on Instagram and check out what’s on in Brisbane.

WEAVE+WONDER’s Time Travelling Fashionista fashion workshops will be held at  Wynnum Library (10 April), Chermside Library (14 April), Mt Ommaney Library (15 April) and Indooroopilly Library (18 April).   Bookings are essential and can be made by calling these libraries direct.