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The Treasury at the Sustainable Living Festival

16 Feb

The Treasury will be giving three free workshops at the Sustainable Living Festival this Saturday!

We’ll be putting on a taster for those interested in fixing, tweeking or re-imagining their old jewellery.

Workshops will be running from 3 to 6pm at ‘Under the Gums’, Birrarung Marr.

For more information check out the Sustainable Living Festival guide or email SLF to make a booking.

Kicking off  this Friday is also the Melbourne Bikefest.

As a lover of art and culture, who uses a bike to just generally ‘get around’, I’m pretty excited about the festival program this year.  Of particular interest is the Bikefest Bike Runway which will be showcasing local designers and fashionistas alongside their wheels of steel.

See you there!


Arty repairs and free fixes!

6 Jul

I stumbled across this guy as I was Googling The Repair Workshops to make sure we were at the top of the list (don’t judge me), and oh how I smiled for the joys of being alive and finding kindred spirits over the other side of the world!

Repair by Roland Roos

Roland Roos embarked on a two-year long project (2008-2010) where he fixed things in the public sphere.

“Each repair is intended to restore a particular detail to its pre-damaged state. Before and after the repair a photograph is taken of the unsolicited assignment. The photo taken before the repair is the only existing document of the damaged objects and thus becomes a unicum. All of these unicum photos are on sale for 320CHF each which is the average amount of money that is spent for one repair.”

Jan Vormann is another artist worthy of my ‘smile and sigh’ award for awesomeness – he spent three years travelling the world fixing crumbling walls and monuments with Lego.

Jan Vormann's repair work

Jan says “My work draws attention to the smallest parts of our cities that are falling apart because of the brightness of the Lego.”

I also came across Juliana Santacruz Herrera who has taken it upon herself to fix the sidewalks of Paris with brightly coloured coiled fabric – these are so beautiful and so exciting, I think the blog I found it on sums it up quite nicely; I’m Jealous of Juliana Santacruz Herrera!

Juliana Santacruz Herrera's Repaired Sidewalks of Paris

On a more practical level (though far less beautiful) are these free bike repair stations set up in Cambridge as part of a program to encourage more people to ride bikes. I’d like to see the City of Melbourne set some of these up next to the Melbourne Bike Share stations around Melbourne – anyone agree?!

Free Bike Repair Stations in Cambridge

Future Fashion Now

23 May

World Environment Day is coming up on the 5th of June, and to celebrate, the good people at the City of Port Phillip are putting on a little do!

Future Fashion Now is a showcase of Melbourne fashion designers and crafty-persons that apply environmental or social sustainability principles to their creations. It’s a free event held at the St Kilda Town Hall on Friday 3 June 4.00-7.30pm. 

You can bring along clothes to swap.  And learn how to: make gorgeous jewellery from old/broken pieces (The Treasury) transform worn t-shirts into accessories; learn origami using old magazines; make a bolero from old jumpers; manipulate fabric on old garments for new effects; make sock monkeys, dolls and baskets from reused materials; and learn to knit.

If you’re planning on coming, make sure you say hi, and join me for a quick-fix. The sessions are 20 mins each – a good chance to get an idea of what The Treasury is all about.

Speaking of The Treasury, I have now added a new ‘page’ to this blog (the link is top-right on this page), with dates for the rest of the year. Spaces fill up quickly as soon as the word gets out, so if you’re thinking of joining us for a workshop, now is the time to book!

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