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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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Fashion and Interior Design classes

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‘A great chair is like a face….you meet many but few are memorable’ Ross Lovegrove, Designer

 

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These past Easter Holidays, WEAVE+WONDER had the opportunity to run secondary student workshops in Fashion and Interior Design.

The Interior Design workshop honed in on a particular element of Interiors: the chair – how we sit, why we sit, what can we do differently?

The chair is one of the most familiar and widely used mass-produced items in the word. Certainly everyone in the western world has experience using this basic object. The positions in which people have sat have varied from period to period, culture to culture and continent to continent. In some places sitting cross-legged has been the most common posture, in others kneeling has been the norm, and in yet others squatting is considered natural and comfortable.

WEAVE+WONDER have designed a workshop to explore what makes a good chair and why? We look at Iconic design chairs and ask – what makes an Icon? Students experiment and explode the design problem using recycled materials to see if they can come up with their own unique design for a chair. As you can see – the creative outcomes were sensational!

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From our wonderful Fashion consultant Melanie Finger who has written a series of Fashion workshops based on the popular book series ‘The Time Travelling Fashionista’:

Students thoroughly enjoyed our holiday fashion workshops exploring fashion aboard the Titanic!

They were fascinated by how fashion from the early 1900’s translates into the designs of today. We spent time learning about and sketching clothing worn in the beginning of 1900. We moved into illustrating our sketches on quality paper and choosing suitable fabrics.

Each student finished the class with an illustration of one of their designs. The students went home with a 13 page booklet and some homework! Students loved being able to feel the fabrics and explore with the media.

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Thank you so much Brisbane City Council Libraries for giving Brisbane students the opportunity to participate in such educational and creative workshops – and for free! Please email us via our contact page for further information on upcoming Fashion and Interior Design classes for secondary students. These workshops are a wonderful taster for any secondary student interested in a career in Fashion or Interior Design.

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.

 

A taste of Interior Design for adults

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With the almost cult-following of reality tv shows like ‘The Block’ the profile of interior design has risen to new levels. The up side is that the general public has greater insight into the skill and work required to create successful spaces. The down side is that people catch the ‘renovation bug’ and some unfortunately learn the hard way that there can be significant and costly pitfalls for design newbies.

Increasing your knowledge and preparation is always a great place to start!

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Interior Design explores the relationship that exists between Interior space and those that inhabit it. It has been wonderful to provide a ‘taste’ of the world of design through our current series of adult workshops. For those who have always had an ‘eye’ for design and an interest in understanding the theory and principals behind good design, these workshops begin to unpack a series of tools to guide the process.

As an Interior Designer, I have the opportunity to not only shape spaces but also people’s perceptions of them. Interior Design is the planning, layout + design of interior spaces within buildings. In our taster workshop, through a series of graphic examples we walk through how to structure space with Interior Design and we explore the elements + composition of design (5+5) through some simple exercises. Finally, we look at the beginnings of graphic representation in Interior Design and end with a wonderful Q+A time!

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We love partnering with Brisbane City Council Libraries to bring these workshops to you for free, and we anticipate an enthusiastic bunch at both West End and Bulimba libraries in the coming two weeks. (Please phone these libraries directly if you would like to book a place.)

Woven throughout the recent workshops at Kemore and Grange were many personal design questions ranging from storage/organisational issues to extension planning and bathroom design – it was great to be able to help problem-solve for individuals and inspire others in the process.  It’s all part of sharing our passion for nurturing creativity in others, whether you are using a brush to colour walls or paint a canvas, or a hammer to build walls or punch holes in leather.

There is such a wealth of information readily available on the internet these days to inspire good design. From product suppliers marketing their wares to design blogs predicting trends and offering a plethora of eye-candy to build up a frame of reference for your design. Pinterest is also a great place to store inspiration.

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If you are looking for  a place to start training your design eye, try some of these sites:

yellowtrace | design inspiration and resources for creative and curious minds

 the design files | Australias most popular design blog

The interiors addict | interior design + styling, homewares, furniture, home appliances and the personalities behind them

design milk | design blog with Interior Design, modern furniture and art

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daily imprint | interviews on creative living

We are looking forward to unpacking more bite-size design posts in this journal in the coming months as we develop our resource base for nurturing creativity.

We would love you to leave a comment letting us know what are the top design problems in your space that you’d like to tackle?