We invite you to let the magic of our space inspire exploring your creativity. Switch off from the pressures of life, and relax with one of our artisan workshop facilitators while learning new skills to create something handmade by YOU!
Our dedicated workshop area is located on the mezzanine of the old Dayboro Butter Factory. You'll find us a short stroll through the Silverwood cafe outdoor dining area, take a minute to have breakfast or a coffee on your way through. Alternatively enter via The Handmade Closet shop on the verandah.
The Dayboro Butter Factory is opposite the Art Gallery, which is well worth a visit as is a wander up the main street of our sweet little town of yesteryear.
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We can't wait to see you creating with us, sometime soon.
Mixed Media Collage & mark Making
$85 +bf pp
Maximum 6 participants
Each of Glenn's stand alone workshops will be loosely based on his own art practice.
The intention is for you to leave the workshop with a more or less completed artwork as well as some new skills or ideas for developing your own art practice.
A range of materials will be provided so there is no real need to bring anything but your enthusiasm. To personalize your work you could bring along: a notebook or journal,
paint brushes,books or magazines (pictures and text), stamps, ticket stubs, old letters, artists acrylic paints in colours you like
Topics covered will include composition, mark making, collage, layering and mixed media approaches to creating artworks.
This stand alone workshop is being offered on the following dates, come to one or book to attend all three.
Sunday 29 October
Friday 3 November
Saturday 18 November
The Churn Room
Held on the first Sunday of every month excluding June.
Enjoy the freedom of untutored drawing of a live model. Experience is not essential to experience life drawing.
The sessions are designed to encourage you to be comfortable experimenting with drawing in your own way while enjoying our unique environment.
BYO Drawing materials, drawing boards or easel if you use them.
All participants are invited to join in the optional end of year showcase (date to be announced)
7 sessions for $220 or $35 Per session
All 2023 sessions have now ended.
You are invitied to our showcase of work
25 - 29 October
2024 dates coming soon
Make a Leather Cross Body Bag
The Handmade Closet
Limit 6 participants
Make this ultra light and useful everyday bag that will carry all the essentials you need to take through your day. Designed to take travelling this has become fast favourite companion to the leather tote handbag. (See workshop below)
If using scissors and needle and thread is in your skill set you'll easily manage all that is required to complete this project.
Foundations of Jewellery Making
This multi workshop program will introduce you to the five main skills sets that form the foundation of metalsmithing.
You will explore cutting metal with a jewellers saw; learn and understand the techniques to use files to shape your metal; annealing to shape metal; texturing and dapping to form shapes; soldering to join your shapes and pickling. Once your jewellery fabrication has been done, you will learn techniques to add that finishing touch with burnishing, buffing, polishing and patination. You will need to attend all 4 classes to complete the full course, .
During the course you will practice on base metals (copper, aluminium or brass. In addition to the pieces you make from base metals you will be able to make 2 – 3 pieces from sterling silver – earrings, rings, bangle.
This workshop is for 16+ years only and will require a minimum of 4 participants to go ahead.
NEXT COURSE - October 1, 8, 15, 22nd
Register your interest below for future courses.
Leather Handbag Making
The Handmade Closet
Imagine using a leather handbag you made yourself. During the workshop you will receive instruction on how to work with the leather in your bag making kit. You will cut your bag, finish the edges, make the stitching marks, use a traditional linen thread and hand sewing method to construct your bag. Each step in the process will be guided with individual assistance.
Workshop cost covers all materials and tools required.
Saturday 30th September
Saturday 2nd March '24
2pm - 5pm
Tooled Leather Belt - register your interest
Rebel Stitching Slow stitching
The Rebel Stitchers wouldn't call themselves sewers, but if you are a sewer you'll be equally welcome.
Gathering every third Wednesday of the month Vicki will guide you each step of the way to completion.
More details coming soon.
10am - 12pm
Register your interest
Coppersmithing -Earrings, Bracelet, Christmas deco
Miss Flower Creations
Embrace the natural beauty and warmth of Copper while creating your own Earrings, Bracelet or Christmas Standing Ornament.
In these 3hr workshops, you'll learn basic jewellers techniques using recycled copper sheeting.
Create beautiful textures with our select range of hammers and add details using metal stamps. You'll also learn how to use a jewellers saw to cut out your shape, amongst other tools for finishing.
Workshop cost covers all materials required to complete your jewellery or tree ornaments.
To allow equal use of tools - class sizes are kept small - minimum numbers apply.
23 Sept - Springtime flower
7 Oct - Hoop Earrings
21 Oct- Chain Bracelet
28 Oct Hoop Earrings
4 Nov - Copper Standing Christmas Ornament
or Register your interest below to hear about other dates
Further Skills in Metalsmithing
These workshops build on the skills learnt in the Foundations course.
The content of the workshop is responsive to the students needs but will generally cover creating a bezel, soldering it onto a ring or pendant back plate; creating a decorative bail and soldering it onto the backplate of a pendant; setting stones into the bezel and finishing the piece with polishing, applying patina or other finishing techniques.
These workshops are run in small group format so that participants receive individual attention.
If the workshop is fully booked please add your name to the waiting list by emailing email@example.com
Pre-requisite: Foundations of Jewellery Making
Maximum of 4 participants in each course.
Register your interest below and booking details for the next workshop will be sent direct to you
Botanical printing with Gel Plates
Create unique, colourful monoprints. Frame your prints as artworks for yourself or to give as gifts to others. They can also be made into one-of-a-kind cards to send to the special people in your life, or use your prints as collage materials for your artwork. No prior experience is required to enjoy this fun workshop. We will be using botanicals, stencils and other objects to create layers, shapes and texture. Let your imagination run free with colour and shape to create your own unique prints.
All art materials are provided. Old clothes or an apron are recommended as we use acrylic paint in the printing process. Bring along some leaves – including weeds – from your garden or a nearby park. Fresh leaves laid flat between the pages of a book work well.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Nov 5th 10-1.30
In this hands-on workshop, woodcarving artist Theresa Darmody will show you how to carve your own beautiful wooden spoon. Participants will learn how to safely and efficiently use a carving knife, drawknife and gouge. You'll also get tips on how to best finish off your spoon with scrapers, sandpaper, burnishers and oil. No experience necessary but workshops would also suit people with some carving experience who want to learn more.
Participants must wear closed-in shoes, thanks.
The workshop is run by experienced woodcarver Theresa Darmody, her work can be seen on Instagram @theresadarmody
Sat Nov 11th 10am - 2pm
Carve a Bud Vase
In this hands-on workshop participants will choose from a variety of timbers to make their very own dry bud vase. No experience is required, just a desire to learn how to carve a beautiful vase. Participants will learn how to safely and efficiently use a number of carving tools including drawknife and sloyd knife, as well as becoming familiar with timber grain and how to best work with it. The workshop is run by experienced woodcarver Theresa Darmody, her work can be seen on Instagram @theresadarmody
Sun Nov 12th 10am - 2pm
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