Tinker Maker

Out and About

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We had to make the short drive to Emerald yesterday to pick up a guitar that was being repaired. It was a good excuse to have coffee and cake at The General Food Store and a mosey ’round the vintage and op shops, I found a beautiful tweed skirt.

I grew up not far away, there was nothing to do in Emerald in my youth, except get off Puffing Billy and go to the bakery, ha listen to me “back in MY day…”.
It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the beauty of the area that I was raised in as a child, if anything it inspired me more than anything ever has, but it was just home. Now as an adult my heart aches more than a little for those green rolling hills, our farm…

Anyway (now I’m getting all wistful, it’s the weather), what more appropriate name for this piece and its copper carbonate glazed beads than Emerald. The silk was dyed with bits and bobs from the garden, which bits and bobs exactly I can’t remember but they imparted pastel greys and the softest hints of blue, rather like the colours of the Winter sky today.

In the shop now.

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Photo by Belinda Evans

I met Belinda Evans when she invited me to run a couple of natural dye workshops for the City of Port Phillip as part of their World Environment Day festival. But I’ve also long been an admirer of her multi-displinary works as the master (mistress?) of Alchemy.

It was an absolute pleasure to have Belinda over over for a wander around my garden late last year as it was just waking up from Winter. Bel thank you so much for your generous words and beautiful photos on The Planthunter. It is incredibly humbling to be there amongst so many other highly esteemed and talented gardening folk.



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The lovely Felicia of The Craft Sessions very kindly asked me to participate in her I Made This series.
You can read the story of my baby friendly pinafore over here as well as the contributions of many other inspiring makers.
I love reading Felicia’s carefully considered thoughts on making (and other topics), well worth a visit and I can’t wait to attend The Craft Sessions retreat this year!



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Article in Broadsheet today about the Welcome Spring Sale. Almost ready!

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I’ll have some special one offs and limited editions at the Pop&Scott Spring Sale, it’ll be heaps of fun, outrageously inspiring and very beautiful, if you haven’t been to the workshop come on down and check it out.

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Thankyou everyone for coming along to the St Kilda Town Hall on World Environment Day for my natural indigo workshop as part of the Creative SustainAbility Event, it was lovely to meet so many new people, it was frantically busy but heaps of fun, I went home and fell into bed completely exhausted!
Erica kindly agreed to let me share these photos of the beautiful top she dyed on the night (and her gorgeous baby belly!) She runs a great site on recycled fashion, pop on over and check it out here: www.recycled-fashion.com.

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And we had another great class at Pop and Scott on Sunday, one participant went home in her socks after giving her old canvas shoes a new lease of life in the indigo vat! Thank goodness for Scotty’s wood heater which kept us cosy while we worked. The next workshop will be in August, date to be announced. Currently working on a few new designs for the shop too, busy, busy.

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On Thursday the 6th of June I will be taking two workshops as part of the City of Port Phillip World Envrionment Day event Creative SustainAbility. Note my workshops are already fully booked but there’s heaps of other great things happening that I wish I could do myself! Details below.

Thursday 6 June 2013
4.30 – 7.30pm
St Kilda Town Hall Auditorium,
99A Carlisle St, St Kilda

Discover. Create. Have fun. Be inspired. Celebrate the connections between sustainability and the arts with free workshops, performances and more.
For World Environment Day 2013.
Contact Sustainable Programs team on 9209 6548 or enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au to book in for workshops.

There will also be an exhibition of environmental themed artworks by local artists.
The Gallery at St Kilda Town Hall
29 May – 26 June 2013
Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm

More info here: www.enviroehub.com.au

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Image by Lisa Sorgini

Despite the 40 degree heat, the day was heaps of fun and a brilliant success! Thanks to everyone who came along and said hi!

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