July School Holidays 1st-11th July
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- Rachel Carrol class begins TONIGHT term 3
- Integrative Yoga with Zoe
- Loobylou – Finders Keepers Fri 6th – Saturday 7th June
- Kid’s Art Classes / Lessons
We moved to Manly 7 years ago, half way through Lou’s kindergarten year. It’s been filled with so very many highs and obviously lows, but it’s the best move we ever made. I remember, for the first time feeling like I fit. Friends and acquaintances have come and gone, as have diseases, business and many things; but our one true constant has been Manly Village Public School, where Lanya attended. We couldn’t have wished for a better school for her, or better friends along the way.
Now in her final year, wanting to gift something to the school that was personal, relevant and captured the school spirit – and who she was, we came up with the idea of a Christmas wreath. Now, if you’ve ever met my kid you’ll know that we are never in a position to recycle uniforms. They get lost in our family, they get ripped, paint covered – you name it. But they’re never in a position to be passed on to anyone else, for the shame of the state of them. We had one particular dress that was all kinds of bad, so we set about. As a family we’re pretty passionate about re-use, and always have been. We’re don’t harp on about it, but have always had a philosophy of ’cause less harm.’ The catch phrase for Red Olive since 2003 has been ‘re-invent, re-create, re-generate’ and this has been important in our home, and business life, and I’m proud to say has totally rubbed off on our kid. Manly Village has been brilliant at implementing ways for the children to learn about the environment, waste reduction and educated the kids by way of ‘waste free Wednesday.’ ‘Earth Alive,’ and even the song ‘reduce, reuse, recycle.’ I remember when she was year 1 or 2, and they were learning about water conservation, she would follow us into the bathroom, and see if we wasted any water while brushing our teeth (which apparently we did), and would hover while we were doing the dishes in an attempt to find a better way. These are pretty cool principles to install in our kids, and along with many other things and reasons, I think Manly Village Public School is all round pretty ace.
So, enough nostalgia, here we go folks. Step by step. Super super easy and I think it looks pretty tops. I’m looking forward to making one for us. Fortunately I have just over 52 weeks!
- Get a wire coat hanger and bend until you get a circle (you can bend once it’s finished so don’t fret too much about the perfect circle at this point). Twist the hanger part down into itself.
- Heres the fun part. Rip or cut roughly the same size strips from your uniform/fabric/items.
- Tie them onto the circle. I recommend this part is done while watching a really fantastic movie, so you forget you’re doing it. It’s a process.
- When you think you’re done, squish it together and keep going. No unsightly gaps – see close up.
- For the hanger part, we used a scrunchy. If I was doing it again, I think I’d glue and weave fabric around it.
- We looked around for ages to find some bauble that were colour suitable. We wanted whites and silvers, and ultimately found them in Coles. Great colours, but because said baubles were from Coles I had to spend a bit of time super glueing the bauble back onto its attachment…
- BE CAREFUL of glueing your fingers together. I’ve been glueing for years, and I don’t think my skill has ever improved.
- I then got short little twists of a silver craft wire to twist them on to the wreath. We left these a little posse so you can play around with the positioning of them.
- Done. Then it was off to console several devastated Year 6 girls, tears of the like I’ve never seen!
Give it a go. I’d love to see your images, and add them into this thread.
Merry Christmas, over and out from me and my crew.
Go on, give yourself the gift of creative space this Christmas!
We have TWO studios avaialbe within the dynamic underground ARTspace. Spots come up very rarely – particularly on this side! Can be double or two singles.
There’s something really special about being a part of a group of creative people, a wealth of information – and a glorious space to boot.
Call us ASAP to arrange a viewing. 0424 604 603
SO WHAT IS THE ARTSPACE?
Simply, a space for the ARTS. A destination/location/platform set up by Kere M Baker of Red Olive Studios (retail and design). In an effort to provide affordable Studio and Exhibition space, somewhere for local creatives to, well, create…the underground ARTspace was founded.
Initially ARTspace flew under the Red Olive Studios banner, however the ARTspace itself has been the core of it all,the constant, a continuing.
Our goals and plans for the New Year are to continue to educate, create and become more of a collective. We are looking at hosting kids and Adults Creative classes, both with our own Artists network, and with others coming in to host their own – so there’ll be lots of opportunities and perspectives.
WHAT OF THE ARTSPACE…
t’s a great little ‘underground’ spot at 294 Sydney Road, Balgowlah which we’ve turned into Studio and Gallery space for local Artists. It’s been a LONG process – lots of learning along the way, but I’m really stoked about all of it – including the Artists and creative folk you’re surrounded by on your own creative journey.
It’s an Underground space, which is quite special – there’s a kind of exclusive, boutique feel about it. It’s raw and industrial, and pretty unique really. There’s also an incredible backyard which has seen many days with easels and paint on sunny days, bubbles and tealight candles on opening nights…Something for everyone! We’ve had the studios running since Easter 2010, and the Gallery part of the space officially opened with astounding success on August 5th 2010 with the group show ‘Editors Pic(k)s’.
It’s a really wonderful space, with kitchen and full bathroom facilities, an incredible leafy and inspiring backyard and in the company of some beautiful and talented like minded people.
Even if you’re not looking for a Studio or Exhibition space, you might be wanting to run workshops or seminars or host lectures or functions or hold Art classes, – all of which we’re really open to having a chat about. I’m personally wanting someone to do some hebel sculpting lessons – that’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time…Watch this space!
louie & I, is the result of a Mum (ex. Colour specialist, interior stylist, retailer) wanting to move behind the scenes and spend colourful quality time with her uber creative and talented daughter, nicknamed ‘Louie.’
The result is this, Louie & I. It’s something we’ve both created entirely together which we hope you will enjoy as we do. You are not just supporting Handmade, or Homemade, you are supporting family – and that’s kind of cool on any level. There are no corporations or entities here – simply a Mum and her girl trying to live a hardworking, creative life. Thanks for continuing to make that possible.
Our necklaces are never more than one or two in a range, opting to create something unique and new each time. We will happily reproduce past work, (as we make all the beads ourselves) and are open and excited about the possibility of creating a custom piece just for you!
You are not just supporting Handmade, or even Homemade; you are supporting family – and that’s kind of cool on any level.
There are no corporations or entities here – simply a Mum and her girl trying to live a hardworking, creative life. Thanks for continuing to make that possible.
Live your dreams 🙂
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- Saturday 28th September at 6pm – YOU CAN’T MISS THIS!!!
Presented by the Sydney Maori Business Network & Wairoa Maori Film Festival Inc.
A special programme of Maori short films to be presented at the launch event of the Aotearoa Maori Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. The theme of this programme is Whaia Iti Kahurangi representing the pinnacle of Maori storytelling by Maori film makers in Aotearoa today.
The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is based in New Zealand, and for the first time is branching out overseas, partnering with the Sydney Maori Business Network to create the annual Aotearoa Maori Film Festival (AMFF).
This special launch event is to announce the creation of the AMFF. The AMFF will occur every year during the Matariki celebrations (June/July), which are a reawakened Maori seasonal festival that is increasing in popularity in both NZ and Australia. In 2014, AMFF will be presented in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. It is hoped to expand AMFF to incorporate workshops and guest speakers.
Leo Koziol (Ngati Rakaipaaka, Ngati Kahungunu), Founder & Festival Director of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival since 2005.
Hiona Henare (Ngati Mauaupoko), Film Maker (Uru) and Assistant Programmer of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.
Ratu Tibble (Ngati Porou), Chairman of the Wairoa Maori Film Festival and board member of Nga Aho Whakaari Maori in Film & Television.
Film makers planning to be in attendance on the evening are:
Bernadette Murphy (Te Ati Awa), screenwriter of Whakatiki (confirmed)
Libby Hakaraia & Tainui Stephens (TBC) Lawnmower Men of Kapu.
Briar Grace-Smith Nine of Hearts / Development Executive NZ Film Commission (TBC).
It is also hoped for representatives of the NSW Police to be in attendance, as they have curated Baby Steps by Mark Ruka for indigenous father parenting courses in the State.
Join us at a very special event launching a very special project!
Nau Mai! Nau Mai! Haere Mai!