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Meet The Makers

Who we are and What we contribute

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Bronwyn Hawkins

Founder 

Artisan clothier, designer, maker and owner of bespoke linen clothing brand The Handmade Closet.  Following a philosophy of slow sustainable clothing, carefully crafted for everyday wearability from a personally curated range of quality 100% linen fabrics, the business has seen continuous growth and community support for locally made versatile clothing, since opening the doors in 2019.

As the founder of The Churn Room, I'm excited to have the opportunity to nurture a welcoming creative hub where artisan makers and community, mingle, encourage and support each other.

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Sonya Flower

Miss Flower Creations - Working Artisan

Sonya brings a passion for creativity, learning and enthusiasm for old craftsmanship to her journey of transforming old forgotten copper into treasured contemporary jewellery for everyone.  Having been a part of the local Moreton Bay Sunday market scene since 2019, she brings her heartfelt sense of community, a nurturing spirit to customer service and the possibility of a laugh or two to the unique and historical walls of The Churn Room. 

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Michelle O'Hara

Earth Fibre - Working Artisan

A multidisciplinary artist crossing artists books, mark marking and eco dyeing. A visual artist for over 30 yrs with a love of printmaking Earth Fibre is the story of our environment, our colourful landscape and the never ending exploration of mediums used to express oneself.

Michelle is interested creatively in looking at the cross over vessels, as a carrier for such things - seeds, environmental earth fibres and decomposition. Using a common earth element and expanding the boundaries of it through a variety of differing mediums.

Michelle uses a variety of mixed media which includes actual seed pods to create small books, along with hand bound Artist Books made from various found papers and mixed media.

Michelle's eco dyed accessories using natural fabrics, are created using only water and leaves, without the use of harsh chemicals. All works are one of a kind and each one is a reminder of the beauty we find in our landscape.

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Sonja Parsonage

Drawn to Thread

Sonja Parsonage – Saori Weaving

 

Sonja (Bachelor of Fine Art, Sculpture & Drawing) is a contemporary visual artist working across many media to express her ideas.  

 

Sonja's arts practice has always been concerned with the organic. The wild and untamed beauty of nature.  Sonja said “When I discovered Saori weaving, my visual art practice, my lifelong love of textile crafts and my yoga and meditation training all came together.”  

 

Saori is based on the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, or the acceptance of imperfection. In Saori weaving, whatever is woven is perfect as it is.  There are no mistakes.  Imperfections, on all levels, are to be embraced.

 

Saori weaving is a meditative practice and nurtures your inner creative magic.  The Saori philosophy encourages a safe and non-judgemental space for learning and can support anyone who wishes to weave.

 

Come and spend the day at The Churn Room with Sonja at a traditional Saori Loom and weave your own unique Saori cloth. Contact Sonja to book sonja@drawntothread.com.au

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Merchant Makers

Joanne - Manresa Design - Silversmith - www.manresadesign.com

 

Catie - Black Wattle Wood Shop - www.blackwattlewoodshop.com.au

Donna Saunders Ceramics - www.donnasaunders.com.au

Bobbie Jones - Photographer - www.robyndarlingimages.com.au

Tani - Just 2 Hands - Basket Weaver - www.just2hands.com.au

Karen - IndiMary Designs - Silversmith - www.indimarydesigns.store

Eryn - Nom Handcraftedl - Wooden Toys - www.nomhandcrafted.com.au

 

Vicki - Oakmoore Designs 

Karen Massy - Ceramics - Clay n Pine

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Chelsea Lomandra
Art Residency Feb - Apr

Chelsea is an artist and author born and raised in Samford.  Her work is inspired by local flora and fauna in the Moreton Bay Region. In 2021Chelsea completed an RADF grant project called ‘Collecting Colours’ which was to create colours using locally foraged plants and minerals. This residency will act as a continuation and evolution of this project. Chelsea will be hosting workshops about making and applying lake dye inks as they were made them for Collecting Colours.

The goal of the residency program is to interact with a broad audience in different demographics, share practices through workshops in carving woodblock and lino, and using these as tools to print onto fabric or ceramics.

showcase at close of residency will display the works Chelsea produces during her time being in The Churn Room. 

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