In Your Natural Habitat
It’s no surprise the home renovation shows in recent years have sparked a resurgence of DIY projects around the home, but what about the intricacies of creating bespoke homewares and artwork to make your house a home?
Remember when you were a child, how excited you would be to show someone something you made – a macaroni frame, a ceramic mug you’d painted and dried in the oven, or even tie-dye clothes.
In recent months, creative workshops have become all the rage, as we adults tap into our inner child to relearn how to do arts and crafts and also learn some more polished skills such as floristry, macrame, pottery and watercolour.
The end result is injecting even more personality into your home and creating a space that is truly you-nique.
From plates, bowls and mugs to bespoke homewares such as vases and table centrepieces, the art of ceramics makes you feel like you’re really creating something from nothing. The beauty about ceramics is that you can choose your workshop based on your skill level or even budget – from something as simple as painting a pre-made item, to making a piece from scratch and wheel throwing.
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Learn to make unique clay tiles on 1 July at 10am, $75 per person. For more information, visit artworkshops.com.au
Pottery workshops, $170 per person when booking for a couple and $125 per person for group bookings of six or more. Visit friedmudd.com for details and bookings.
Wheel throwing for beginners on 7, 14 and 21 June at 1pm and 6pm, $165 per person (includes clay and throwing notes). Wine and ceramics workshop on 29 June and 6 July at 6pm, $60 per person (includes materials, firing, glazes and wine). Bookings at syndicatecreative.com.au.
There is no denying that having a fresh bunch of flowers or indoor plant lifts your mood; but did you know that it’s also good for your health, helps humidify the air and increases your energy. Why not make a day of it and head to your local market to pick and choose your favourite flowers direct from the grower, and then create your own floral art to liven your favourite space.
Make your own bouquets or arrangements using a selection of locally grown flowers and foliage. Workshops for hens nights, seniors groups, or one-on-one classes are available in May, June and July. More information at adoreflowers.com.au.
A boxed arrangement workshop is on
26 May, $75 per person. Visit theposyco.com.au for more details and bookings.
Floristry workshop for beginners on 19 May at 10.30am. Bookings at syndicatecreative.com.au.
Channel your inner hippy child with this intricate artform. Learn to make stunning wall hangings, a bedhead feature, or even an arbour – it’s sure to be a conversation starter!
Jodie Townsend is holding a workshop on 5 May at Sunshine Plaza, visit sunshineplaza.com for bookings. She is also holding a small group workshop on 9 June, see creativebowerbird.com/workshops for details.
I love the relaxing nature of water colouring and the fact it’s incredibly forgiving (which is perfect for artistically-challenged people like me), sometimes the water even has a mind of its own, creating a truly unique piece of work that can never be replicated. With botanical, floral and lettering workshops available, choose a style to suit your home and then frame a collection for your own little art display.
Group and private workshops are designed to share Cass’s illustration skills, tools and resources. The next floral workshop is on 6 May. Visit
cassdeller.com.au for bookings.