This workshop is sailing along beautifully; it's proven that 2 days is a good length of time for attendants to really explore the idea of customizing their Construction Knitting Pattern. So the Hellenic Republic is a few doors down for the best value lunch in town (a $12 lunch box special of 3 courses), and possibly the best coffee in town right next door at the Brunswick East Project. It's my second last day in Melbourne, and I'm soaking up every bit in while I can.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
In the new issue of Frankie you will find a free pattern for the Gnome Hood; which is our little teaser to get you inspired for the Construction No. 4 pattern, which will be launched online soon. Speaking of online, Frankie seemed to have forgotten to print our website address alongside our extreeeemly generous free pattern offer, but we're hoping the Frankie reader is google savvy enough to find us J!. I also need to desperately correct the caption that says I "make-to-order-garments"; so No, No, we don't, so pleeease do not email me with this request, ask your aunty or your mum instead!!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I'm quite a fan of the D.E. product, so when this D.E.(y) workshop popped up I jumped at the chance especially as I'm researching a new type of collaborative design practice called 'participatory design'; where the designer creates the tools and systems for the user to be co-designer, and assemble and adapt the design to their particular needs or taste. This systems design is now something that is being used for product (see Droog's downloadable design), architecture and implementing new I.T for offices. Well if you're wondering what all this has to do with knitting, the answer is design has to do with everything, and hey, haven't you seen the Construction Knitting projects. So Daniel Emma created a beautifully laid out set of materials and instructions that we used to make geometric shaped moulds to pour plaster into that made functional objects such a vessel, a magnetic paper weight and a wall hanger, which we then could finish to our liking with paint and and pigments. D.E. do not consider themselves makers, so the novel experience of this workshop was being involved in their process of design thinking and problem solving, plus they were super generous hosts with their attention.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Unpacked all the materials for the Kits for Construction 2-day Workshops, and set up in this lovely space. This is a megakit that you get; it includes 6 balls of wool, 2 x pairs of needles, 2 x construction patterns. Harvest Textiles will be carrying the product range thereafter, in case you don't make it to these workshops.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
In Melbourne this week to set up for workshops at Harvest. My first stop was the Walter Van Berendonck exhibition at RMIT's new Design Hub building. I exhibited alongside WVB in 2010, at the Endless Garment Exhibition, amongst 9 other designers in this show but I recall being drawn to his work the most. Seeing a whole body of his work again in this new show, now I know why it speaks to me. It's that Antwerp culture of independent small practice creative communities, as quoted by Robyn Healy, "known for distinctive creative designs, marketed with little or no advertising.......... a way of thinking about fashion which is highly experimental and speculative design".
Monday, August 12, 2013
The new Urbis Magazine has a spread on Hawke's Bay featuring it's famous Creatives and our usual haunts; David Trubridge, Leanne Cully, Blackbarn Gallery, and Mister D's (my morning coffee spot). I'm chuffed to get a mention from Aroha & Friends as; Things To Do in the Bay "Shop at Gather for Textiles and Homewares", amongst trout fishing in the Esk River and surf at Waimarama Beach.
House of Aroha blog.
House of Aroha blog.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
If you're based in NSW, Australia you'd be pleased to know there is a new stockists of the Construction Knitting Products. Especially now that Wooli is sold out, and you need to start or finish a project, it may be handy to be near Sydney's southern beaches at Knitting for the Soul.