Dell Stewart, John Brooks Tree Log Paper Book WorkshopsDates: December 1, December 8, December 10
Workshop by John Brooks
Dec 1, 4:30-6pm
Cost: $20 General public
Artist John Brooks will teach participants how to weave on a makeshift loom. Basic weaving relies on horizontal (weft) threads travelling over and under vertical (warp) threads to form a stable cloth. While the more complex looms have been developed to increase the speed and complexity of weave structures, you can weave your own cloth using simple objects from pretty much anywhere. In this workshop, yarns and textile waste will be used to create woven compositions using ordinary objects as makeshift looms. Materials supplied.
Workshop by Dell Stewart
Dec 8, 4:30-6pm
Dec 10, 2:30-4pm
Cost: $50 General public
In this workshop led by Dell Stewart, participants will experiment with hand-building techniques to create a small sculptural or functional ceramic form. Dell will share hand-building techniques to help participants design, sculpt and decorate with clay. Participants will gain hands-on experience in forming shapes using pinching and coiling and surface mark-making. Clay is an excellent tool for the observation of nature. Participants will discuss the various vessels, sculptural elements, flowers and plants in the exhibition, with the aim of encouraging sculptural experimentation. Works will be fired and glazed and will be available for pick up in January. Cost covers materials and firing.
*Please note that a minimum of five people are required to run the workshops. The artists reserve the right to cancel a class if the minimum number of bookings is not reached. You will be notified at least three days prior to the class if cancellation is deemed necessary.
John Brooks is a Naarm-based multi-disciplinary artist of Irish/English descent. He completed an Advanced Diploma of Studio Textiles at RMIT in 2010, a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013 and a Bachelor of Fine Art (honours) at Monash University in 2014. He works predominantly in soft materials, merged with drawing, sound and video to explore the interconnected relationships between human beings and non-human entities. Through a materials lead practice, he incorporates symbolism, slow craft and digital processes to reflect on the impact of objects and materials on humans, as well as the anthropomorphic qualities we project onto objects.
Dell Stewart’s work combines various processes (ceramics, textiles, animation, hospitality) with a deeply embedded personal story. These practices and references assemble in immersive environments, exhibitions, publications and hands-on workshops, rejoicing in opportunistic gatherings of people and materials. Stewart has organized and participated in numerous exhibitions, and has shown extensively in Australia and overseas. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Monash University in 2022 with research focused on fostering new material connections and collaboration.