Home' Woodford Folk Festival : Programme 2011-12 Contents AIRIGAMI (BALLOON TWISTING) with
Cody Freeman from Twisted Designs
Ever wanted to explore the skills needed to
transform balloons into beautiful designs? Now is
your chance. This thoroughly enjoyable workshop
combines imagination and creativity to teach the
techniques of balloon twisting. Taught by Cody
Freeman from Twisted Designs, one of Australia’s
best balloonoligists, participants will learn how to
make their own balloon creations such as love hearts,
flowers, animals, geometric shapes and even wearable
balloon art. Impress your friends with your new
Airigami skills and be warned, you may have fun whilst
learning something new.
DR SKETCHY’S ANTI-ART SCHOOL
with Lola the Vamp
The largest chain of avant-garde life drawing sessions
in the world, since it’s inception by Molly Crabapple
in 2005 in New York, Dr Sketchy branches have
been established in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney,
Tokyo, Paris, London and Hollywood. The Woodfordia
incarnation is run by headmistress Lola the Vamp.
Featuring beautiful, cheeky and absolutely sketchable
burlesque artists, you can enjoy a glass of wine or
absinthe as you transfer their images to your page.
COBWEB SCARF with The Mountain
This workshop provides an introduction to felting.
You will acquire the basics of the felting process, try
your hand at embellishing and finishing off. This is a
very gentle felting workshop and does not require any
strenuous rubbing or throwing. Massage the natural
fibres and create a wonderful, light cobweb scarf to
wear with pride or give to a special friend.
CROCHET BEANIE with Jennine Birrell
from Fibre Arts Road
The humble beanie is both a functional headpiece
and a style statement, perfect for the Woodfordian
environs. By hand crafting your very own, unique
beanie you have the added kudos of being able to
beam “and I made it”! You will crochet in the round to
create a one-of-a-kind beanie. Learning a few basic
techniques will get you started to create your own
colourful and stylish, slouchy beanie. So much fun
to create and they also make great handmade gifts.
Basic crochet knowledge required.
CYANOTYPE ARTWORK with Jill Giles
Explore the alchemy of cyanotypes, a photographic
printing process invented in 1842 by English
scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel. A
characteristic cyan-blue colour palette gives life to
objects, negatives or images which are exposed
on the medium directly onto coated paper, allowing
the action of light to create a silhouette effect. In
this hands-on workshop you will learn about the
cyanotype process, fossick for natural objects and
shapes, test the process and then create two beautiful
visual arts and Crafts
DRAWING FROM LIFE with Meredith
Explore the creativity required to draw from the
human figure using the dynamic poses of a live
model. Gain experimental and creative skills relevant
to drawing the female form. A variety of materials
will be used including graphite, charcoal and ink and
there will be an opportunity to work with pre-prepared
surfaces. Meredith encourages you to step out of
your comfort zone and try something new in a safe
and fun environment. Embrace your inner artist in this
energetic and innovative workshop.
WORKSHOP with Jennine Birrell from
Fibre Arts Road
For participants who have been involved in the Fibre
Arts Road workshops, this workshop is aimed at
helping you finish off your project and adding final
decorative elements. Please note this workshop is only
available to those who have completed a Fibre Arts
Road workshop. Make bookings onsite at the Visual
Arts Workshops registration desk in Penny Arcade.
FOLK FIDDLE with the Reclaimers
Make a Reclaimer’s Fiddle. In this workshop you’ll
make a two-string, fretted, folk fiddle and learn to play
a simple folk song. You need to begin your reclaiming
jour ney by bringing along your own 3ltr steel can
(could be a fruit juice or tinned vegetable can). Using
bamboo, steel strings, hardwood, softwood, nylon
fishing line and rosin you will bring your fiddle to life.
After completing the instrument and lear ning the song
“T he Carbon Cycle Song”, participants will be invited
to join the Reclaimers in their workshop on Sunday
10:00AM to share their new musical magic.
HANDMADE NATURAL SANDALS with
Jennine Birrell from Fibre Arts Road
Join us in crocheting a sole for a handmade sandal
with interlacing ties. This natural look is stylish and
great for Woodfordian walking. Using basic crochet
knowledge you can create an earthy pair of shoes.
Once the basic shape is complete you can dress up
your sandals with other crocheted, knitted or crafted
items like flowers, felt, beads, feathers and more.
Please note that this workshop requires basic crochet
GLASS BEAD MAKING with Tracy A
Brown from Wildlight Studios
Glass bead making is one of the most ancient crafts
known to mankind. The first glass bead making was
evident in Mesopotamia around 4000 years ago, well
before glass blowing. Experienced tutor and artist,
Tracy, will guide you through the magical process of
creating unique and colourful glass beads. You will
learn the techniques of using a torch to melt and form
glass. Choose your colours from a range of Italian
glass “effetre” made on Murano island, off Venice. You
are limited only by your imagination in these engaging
workshops where you will create a number of glass
beads that can then be finished into wearable art such
as earrings, pendants and brooches. Beads can also
be used to decorate artworks, to create tiny, framed
treasures or simply to give as a unique and special gift
to a loved one.
Bead Shaping - Focus on fascinating bead shapes
by shaping with a graphite marver and introducing
presses to shape the bead.
Dots, Dots and More Dots - Learn the basics of
adding dots to a base shape. You will be surprised at
the versatility of dots and discover how they form the
basis of many other designs.
Frit Frenzy - Using crushed glass to add instant
colour, this workshop will focus on the variations and
glass reactions to beads using frits.
Simple Florals - Use nature to inspire your creation in
this workshop where florals are the focus. Form beads
into simple flower shapes and choose a colour palette
to pay tribute to your favourite flower.
Stringer Work - Using pulled out pieces of glass
for decoration, the stringer technique introduces a
dynamic element to any bead. Learn the various uses
of stringer on the bead and as a tool.
Stimulate and cultivate your imagination in a magical
world where the old becomes new, the discarded
becomes treasured and the imagined becomes
real. Celebrate the spirit of creativity in this drop-in
installation workshop with DIY stations including
Super Sock Puppets, Sheet Music Jewelry, Eco-
embellishments and more. Take half an hour out of
your busy Woodford schedule to reconnect with your
inner artist in this hands-on, self-paced installation.
Reclaim. Recycle. Re-imagine. (Bookings available
onsite only at the Visual Arts Workshops booking
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