What a wonderful turnout we had to our September Spring Hatching event!

At the beginning of June, we hatched the “Incubating” Junior Art Comp; a papier-mâché egg decorating challenge for young artists in the community, with many winners and a promise of a shining future for youth in the world of art.

Saturday 16 September we displayed the vibrant eggs in store and presented prizes to each of the lucky participating artists.

A special thank you to Claire Jenkinson, for sponsoring our Junior Comp, and local artists Andree Young, Tony Rice, and Erica Aptroot who created some special eggs for us to showcase.  Thank you to everyone who participated and were involved with bringing this event to life!

Also in September we were involved in a two week event at the Richard Randall Studio in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.  This gave us the opportunity to showcase the amazing artists we represent to a wider audience.  Particular favourites were the cards and prints featuring endangered native flora by botanical artists Frances Blines and Ingrid Bartkowiak.   Also next time you visit the gardens, you may notice the staff at the Visitor Centre looking very colourful in polymer clay jewellery by Andree Young.

At that event, we met some new artists, including printmaker Gerry Luhman and the members of the Caboolture Historic Village Potters. While Gerry works predominantly in linocuts we also stock a range of beautiful, intricate screen printed products by Maria Emilia Sauri. Did I mention Planet Pickle?  Planet Pickle was created by Kahni Burrows as a way to unite her diverse interests of precious metal-smithing, science, sculpture and sci-fi.  As a result we now have sterling silver molecules, moons, rocket ships and robots in store, just to mention a few.

As part of the lead up to Christmas we’re featuring one artist in store every Saturday afternoon. Each artist will be here to chat and answer questions about their work from 2 – 4pm.  This will be a great opportunity to meet some of the talented artists who reside in Brisbane / Meanjin, and to hear the stories surrounding their artwork.  Light refreshments will be available.

This Saturday, November 4 the first artist will be local Eco Dyer, Natalie Billing talking about eco dyeing as part of a Mend and Make Do lifestyle.

Sunday 12 – Georgina Forbes of Lordy Dordie is teaching two Christmas Card Watercolour Workshops.  Get in quick there are only a couple of spaces left.

Saturday 18 Gerry Luhman will be sketching in store.  An artist of many years experience Gerry in recent years has been creating beautiful, intricate images and patterns in linocut prints.  He is now exploring the application of these patterns to ceramic surfaces and will be working on the design for one of these artworks in store.

Saturday 25we have 2 weavers.  Jeweller Aki Lockhart of String + Wire who will be making Mizuhiki jewellery, and Barbara Bakker of Purple Vase who will be making another of her sculptural baskets.

December 2 the multi-talented Zela Bissett will be working on felted brooches but I’m sure will be happy to discuss her books “Melly & the Bilby” and “Yoshio and the Magic Bowl”

December 9 we will be featuring ceramicist Martha Zettler who will be demonstrating how she embosses pattern into the surface of her ceramics.  Also in store will be inspired clothing up-cycler, Dagmar Baker who will be working on some Sashiko influenced slow stitching.

On December 16 papermaker Joanna Faber will be making bird decorations based on her handmade and hand dyed papers.

In conjunction with the Paddington Christmas Festival on December 1, we will be running a Friends and Neighbours Weekend.  From Thursday evening until close on Sunday we will be offering discounts to our Friends and Neighbours.  5% when you spend $50, 10% when you spend $100 and 15% when you spend $150 or more.  As an independent, locally owned and operated business we are passionate in connecting local makers with our customers and offering truly Australian gifts of integrity this Festive Season.

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