Chilly Billies and Busy Bees

Is it just us or has this month flown by? All of a sudden we are perusing the MIFF guide, waiting for Craft Cubed Festival to start and knitting and weaving furiously to stay warm! We join our maties Dylan and Kulja on The Grapevine on 3RRR this morning to talk up the wonder and mystery of the Craftiverse

Ramona is losing her crafty mind as she launches into coordinating her first Art Craft & Cookery Competition for the Royal Melbourne Show. Have you ever entered? It's great fun and with a whole heap of new categories, judges and prizes it's had a bit of zest added to the perfect spongecake that is the Show.  You can go HERE for more details about the competition (go on you know you want to!)

Have you every braved the queues at Melbourne Open House Weekend? We are VERY excited to be in one of our favourites this year- the Australian Tapestry Workshop flings open the doors to all and we'll be there (along with amazing Cat Rabbit) hosting little make and take workshops. Go to the comprehensive MOH website to plan an epic weekend (July 30/31)

Image Elise Cakebread/Craft Victoria

Image Elise Cakebread/Craft Victoria

There will be so much to tell you about August it will be a constant feed of craft goodness. But if you want to have a very fancy pants night out combining art craft food and footsteps we encourage you to shell out the clams for the amazing travelling degustation event FLAIR hosted by Craft Victoria and taking you through several gallery spaces and bite sized menus. One minute you'll be chomping down on roasted mushroom, garlic and thyme tartlets at 45 downstairs then cheddar custard donuts at the Sofitel (glad we can exercise between courses!)

Image Courtesy Sophia Cai

Image Courtesy Sophia Cai

New group show 'Wonky' opens July 14 at Tinning Street Gallery in Brunswick. Curated by prodigious Sophia Cai and Caitlin Shearer. the show is inspired by the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi that honours both the imperfect and the transient. With a stellar array of artists include hml faves John Brooks (weaving), Robyn Phelan (ceramics) and Naimh Minogue (ceramics) we are pretty sure this is going to be a far from wonky show.

Maricor/Maricar

Maricor/Maricar

This year the often (ahem) conventional Craft and Quilt Fair is taking it up a notch with some stellar workshop guests. Our faves being The Craft Companion alums Maricor/Maricar. This talented design duo with give us an insight into the process of inspiration and application from their initial watercolours to their detailed embroidered work. We are very excited to clap eyes on these two in person.  There is a whole host of workshops and demonstrations on and it is well worth investing an afternoon (and perhaps some spending money) at this year's fair (July 28-31). 

We have SO MUCH TO TELL YOU about August in the Handmadelife Studio, including and amazing artist in residence Emma Greenwood and some fabulous workshops. You may want to go over to this bit of the website to find out more before everyone else does...