Short Courses 2017

WEEKEND COURSES | Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August, 9.30am-4.30pm

Tablet Weaving: experiment with Egyptian Diagonals with Angharad Rixon
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August
Level: All | Cost: $300 + $30 materials
Egyptian Diagonals is a technique in tablet weaving which allows you to create patterns or, recipes, to weave beautiful interlaced motifs. It is a principle which is a great addition to any weaver’s tool box and a wonderfully simple way to weave very complex decorative bands. Over the weekend, you will weave an original belt or guitar strap with an intricate design.

Angharad Rixon is an historian specialising in textile techniques, interested in structures, surface treatments, textile materials and the relationship between commerce, design and craft. Angharad has taught at numerous international institutions including NABA, Milan and Roberto Capucci Foundation Florence.       

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Introduction to Steam Bending with Phoebe Everill *THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL*
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August
Level: All | Cost: $300 + materials TBA
Make a set of 3 boxes in traditional oval shape, exploring not only steam bending but also peining the fixings and shaping the decorative fingers. Traditionally made without glue, you made with glue, you will also make the dowels for the base and lid.

Phoebe Everill is a third generation wood worker with a passion for beautiful timbers and the details that make them sing. Defying convention as a female tradie, she established a successful carpentry and renovations business before turning her eye to fine furniture by moving interstate to study at Sturt School for Wood in 2009.
Still Alive!! Still life painting with Charlotte Thodey
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August
Level: All | Cost: $300 + $25 materials
A practical search for solutions in the ‘Still Life’ genre with an emphasis on composition, tone and colour decisions to finely detailed finished work with a respect for individual style. Using seasonal fruit, foliage, vegetables, china and linen as props, learn to make big decisions about small things! The process is both meditative and exhausting.
Charlotte Thodey has exhibited her work for over 25 years and has produced a number of posters for the Botanic Gardens and Historic Houses Trust as well as devising and illustrating books. Charlotte regularly teaches classes at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and exhibits her work in Australia and France.
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WEEKEND COURSES | Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October, 9.30am-4.30pm

Woodwork project with Isabelle Moore
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October
Level: Some experience | Cost: $300 + $ materials tba
Edinburgh-based furniture designer-maker Isabelle Moore’s work focuses on seating and textiles. Endlessly inspired by the incorporation of different techniques, Isabelle has explored the possibilities of ‘active sitting’, ergonomics and minimal material to provide holistic and fun ways to interact with our built environment.
Course details will be posted soon. Register online » 
Exploring the Bangalow basket with Glenese Keavney
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October
Level: Some experience | Cost: $300 + $25 material fee to be paid to the tutor
In a way we could all be described as ‘baskets’ – containers carrying our ideas, feelings and life experiences. We will have the opportunity to explore this personal journey in collaboration with the Bangalow Palm - a wonderful material to work with, beautiful, and versatile. Using Bangalow Palm as a blank canvas, students will be encouraged to experiment to create a basket or a sculptural form, making your mark with additions – feathers, buttons, stitching etc. Bring along some old materials that have significance for you (e.g. an old scarf of your mothers, a favourite dress material, a worn belt etc).

The workshop will explore the art and craft of Bangalow basketry, using the Bangalow sheathing base, inflorescence and spathe. String making and coiling techniques will be incorporated as part of the making process with plenty of information in gathering and care for the plant material as well as comprehensive notes.
Glenese Keavney has an ongoing passion to keep exploring Bangalow palm, creating basketry and sculptural pieces, creating baskets for over 15 years. Glenese exhibits her work regularly and was a founding member of Basketry NSW Inc.
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Ply-Split braiding with Angharad Rixon
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October
Level: All | Cost: $300 + $45 for ply split (incl grip-fid)
Ply-Split braiding provides endless possibilities for creating 3 dimensional forms. Learn the basics of this technique and create your own ply-split basket! You will also learn how to prepare your own cords to make beautiful patterns and textures. Working with paper, students will make very strong (and useful) baskets, boxes, trays etc in a technique that can also be adapted for chair seats for those interested in furniture making. 
Angharad Rixon is an historian specialising in textile techniques, interested in structures, surface treatments, textile materials and the relationship between commerce, design and craft. Angharad has taught at numerous international institutions including NABA, Milan and Roberto Capucci Foundation Florence.

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To enrol in a course, please use the online enrolment form or download the enrolment form below and return to Sturt Short Courses, PO Box 34 Mittagong NSW 2575 or email to: shop@sturt.nsw.edu.au. For more information, phone: 02 4860 2083. 

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SHORT COURSES TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • ENROLMENT: Students are strongly encouraged to enrol early – at least 2 weeks out from the course commencement date. Late enrolments cannot be guaranteed a place or that the course will run.
  • PAYMENT: Full payment is required to confirm your place in any course.
  • CANCELLATION BY STURT: Sturt Craft Centre reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class due to under enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances. Courses with insufficient enrolments will be cancelled 2 weeks in advance of the course commencement date. In this case enrolled students will receive a full refund.
  • CANCELLATION BY STUDENTS: No refunds will be given to enrolled students wishing to cancel less than two weeks in advance of the course commencement date. Students who cancel and wish to receive a refund before 2 weeks in advance of the course commencement date will incur a $50 cancellation fee. 
  • MINIMUM AGE for adult course enrolment is 16 years.
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