A photo essay of the re-imagining of a simple bracelet, quirky brooch and a couple of necklaces into a pair of earrings.
If you haven’t yet heard of Do Re Me it’s time to get with the program. The Craft Cubed festival program that is! Do Re Me has created a festival within a festival; ‘Share the Love’ is a celebration of all things crafty with a host of fantastic workshops and creative happenings.
Last Saturday I hosted a bumper four-hour edition of The Treasury at Do Re Me headquarters in Elsternwick. Incorporating a shop and a workshop area, visiting Do Re Me on a grey winter’s afternoon is like walking into a rosewater-frosted cupcake that has just come out of the oven – all warm and tasty, and filled with sweetness and light!
These gorgeous pendants were made by an 11 year old who had carefully selected each trinket to represent the person who was to receive the necklace as a gift!
The Treasury was mentioned in Michael Green‘s article in The Age yesterday, Fix the world, piece by piece. The article talks about FixIt‘s initiative to encourage people to get together in small groups and fix their stuff, as well as the increasing interest in repair in general. It seems you could plan a round-the-world trip based on repair cafes and hubs – I made the long and complicated trip out to visit the Fixer’s Collective while in New York only to find they were closed for the summer, oh well, next time! The Bowe Reuse and Repair Centre in Sydney sounds AMAZING. Anyone want to start one with me here in Melbourne?!
The next Treasury workshop is in two weeks (Aug 25th) – as always, places are limited to 6 so make a booking quick!
Using the Sustainable Living Festival to launch this Melbourne initiative, the goal is to divert waste, build skills, and model systems-thinking by having skilled volunteers guide the public through their own repair tasks in a social atmosphere.
Fix It is a volunteer, community and free public event. Our hope is for people to return home from this event inspired to host their own skills exchanges, big or small. We imagine Fix It events could fit many forms: work drinks, a BBQ, a school club, workshops, a skills auction, a stall at the farmer’s market.
Info for Volunteer Fixers
The Fix It Sustainable Living Fest event needs Fixers (that’s you) 10:45 am-4:15 pm on Sunday 19 Feb. We’ll hold one orientation meeting beforehand around 1 Feb. We are looking for Fixers in the areas of “Stitches” (textiles), “Switches” (lamp repair & rejuvenation), and “Splinters” (woodworking with hand tools). We hope you can bring along tools to use, but will try to help with a small amount of materials to fix/upcycle & common tools. We’re also hoping to provide you lunch…
Interested Fixers, please email April the following info:
a. 1-3 sentences of bio for the public. Who are you? What is your passion?
b. What skills would you like to share?
c. What are your favourite fixing/making resources in Melbourne?
d. Would you like an A4 pin board space to display your business/contact info or project of choice? You can also hand out business cards while you’re fixing if you like.
e. What extras would you like us to provide for your work? Electricity, scrap fabric/wood, sockets, batteries, etc?
Look forward to seeing you there!
Had the most wonderful time yesterday at The Treasury workshop!
Apart from the usual fixing and re-imagining of our old jewellery, we also made pompoms out of vintage fabric to put on the Christmas tree!
Its very easy and looks wonderful – you’re welcome to use the idea for yourself. Happy making!
Hmmm, it seems that having two ‘repair/fixing’ projects running at the same time is confusing y’all a wee bit. Let me clarify:
The Treasury is an on-going initiative I set up in 2009 in an effort to bridge the gap between my contemporary jewellery practice, and my beliefs in the need for a sustainable future. It manifests itself mainly in the form of jewellery fixing workshops which I hold once a month at my studio in Melbourne, Australia.
The Repair Workshops is a one-off sustainability/art project I set up to take the idea of ‘repair’ and ‘repurposing’ to a wider audience – namely anyone and everyone! The project (part of the State of Design festival) will culminate in a two day, all-out fixing festival of ideas and good ol’ fashioned inspiration. Come and visit us this weekend!
Oh wow, festivals come in thick and fast this time of year. You’ve just started to look forward to some time at home after the State of Design festival and now the Craft Cubed festival pops up its crafty little head to offer you even more events, workshops, open studios and exhibtions!
Of course the first Craft Cubed event I have to mention is The Treasury – we’re doing TWO very special classes with guest designers Anna Davern and Dylan Martorell. Anna is one of Melbourne’s most famous and talented jewellers, and Dylan is an illustrator, sculpter, musician and all-round creative master. I’ll let you know more about this later but bookings are already open so check it out and book it quick!
Apart from being involved in The Treasury, Anna Davern (along with Cass Partington aand Nicky Hepburn) is also presenting her studio to the public as part of the Open Studios program. If you’re not familiar with Anna’s work check out her website and blog, it’s lovely.
The Nicholas building is again having Open Studios. Unfortunately I won’t be involved this year as The Repair Workshops is taking priority, but check out the work of my very talented studio mates Jessica (illustration), Min (eco fashion), Eva (creative stuff) and Jake (jewellery).
The Social Studio will be stationed in the Atrium at Federation Square from the 5th to the 24th of August. On the 20th there’ll be a special performance from RISE – these people are amazing, don’t miss it!