Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Tricia’s upcoming activities

Here’s an update on what I’m doing in the next few months ….


Now is a really excellent time to enrol in one (or more) of my classes!

These will be held at the Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, 38 Thallon Street, Sherwood (it's quite close to the train station).
The classes run from 2pm until 6pm on Saturday afternoons.

In these classes you will be shown many different techniques for making your own books. These are great for storing your photos and memorabilia or for recording your thoughts. You will be able to see (and handle) hundreds of Tricia’s books showing lots of different variations, and make samples of those that appeal to you. These classes are suitable for complete beginners as well as those who want to learn new techniques.
The cost is $45 per class (which includes all materials, including comprehensive instructions)
You can come to both days, or just one.
11 August: single-sheet books, concertina books, flag books, tunnel books, origami books.
18 August: books with folded covers, pamphlet stitching, exposed bindings & Japanese stab-bindings.

Learn to write basic Italic and Roman letterforms. These versatile and elegant lettering styles are perfect for writing poems, certificates and invitations, and for adding a special touch to your journals and artist books.
You will experiment with a wide variety of calligraphy tools, and learn spacing techniques, interesting variations and flourishing, and the characteristics of many other different scripts.
This class is suitable for complete beginners as well as those wishing to refine their calligraphy skills.
The cost is $130 (which includes calligraphy felt pen, supplies and instructions)
Dates: 15 & 22 September & 13 October

Please contact me to reserve your place.
Postal Address: 78 Graceville Avenue, Graceville, Queensland 4075
Phone: 07 3379 1406
Email: smout@uqconnect.net

I am a registered teacher (BA, BSc, Grad Dip Art Ed), and I have been teaching Calligraphy and Paper Crafts in TAFE colleges, community venues, primary schools and high schools for over twenty-five years. My work has been exhibited, published and sold in Queensland, interstate and overseas.

Now, after that bit of blatant self-promotion, here's an update on my 'no cost' activities at the Gardens ....

ARACHNID ARTISTRY – a different type of website!

♫   The trees are alive with the sights of webbing!   ♫
My friends have been helping me construct webs which we will be hanging in the trees at the Gardens. These webs have been created in multiple shapes, materials and colours, and they will be suspended in the trees in the 'forest island' near the entrance to the Gardens.

These two gorgeous creations were made by my friend Annette Waraker, and she's since made several others. Joanne Jayne has made a lovely silver one, and more are 'in the pipeline' (or I should probably say 'in the spinnerets'!)

It is a real privilege to have webs created by special guest artist is Jude Skeers, internationally-recognised ‘knitter extraordinaire’ and ‘web-master’. His stunning sequinned webs will be a real highlight in the trees!

Jude will also collaborate with Peter Wojciechowski, bamboo artist, to create amazing sculptural installations.

Please come and see them, and join in the fun at the Gardens on Saturday & Sunday 4 and 5 August.

From 10am until 3pm there will be tables set up on the Auditorium lawn, and we’ll be writing messages and threading them through netting in the trees to create a community web.

Tell your family and friends – it’s a free activity for all ages.

But wait, there's more ....


There are lots of activities planned for the Japanese Cultural Day on Sunday, 19 August.

I’ll be helping people make origami paper cranes, and there will also be ikebana (flower arranging) demonstrations, a tea ceremony, mochitsuki (rice cake making) and Japanese music.
This all happens in the Japanese Garden from 11am until 3pm.

I have also planned other free activities in the Japanese Garden during the following week, from 10am until 3pm on Friday 24 August, Saturday 25 August and Sunday 26 August.

As well as making more origami paper cranes, we will be writing wishes on stars as part of the Tanabata Festival. Please come and join me.


I'll be announcing details of my next collaborative projects soon ... and I'm hoping people from all over the world will participate in these!

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