Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Skills Swap Meet

The Skills Swap Meet Workshop embraces the generous tradition of the Craft Community, facilitating a free environment for sharing knowledge and skills while getting to meet some amazing artistic people outside your circle.

Our first workshop was held from 10am - 3pm on Saturday 28th April in Craft Victoria's Library Space.....

The Facilitators

Sharon Clues
Skill - Machine Knitting

The Workshop - How to machine knit Sharon's custom design Crescent Scarf. (Pictured Left)

About - Sharon Clues is a Melbourne based textile artist with a passion for natural fibers & fabrics. she is the owner and creator of ethelruby –a luxury knit label & is currently studying textile design at RMIT.

Emma Grace
Skill - Re-Fabricating Broken Costume Jewellery

Workshop - Participants are invited to fix or re-create broken or un-loved costume-jewellery and found objects into something new and unique.

Materials - All your old, broken and unloved costume/fashion jewellery and any other interesting bits and bobs you have lying about – you never know what might come in handy! 

About - Emma Grace is a maker of contemporary jewllery and founder of The Treasury, a jewellery fixing and re-creation workshop aimed at promoting sustainability within the fashion industry. Her work is avaialble at Craft Victoria and e.g.etal and her next solo show will be held at e.g.etal in August 2012.

Sandra Eterovic
Skill - Fair Isle Knitting

The Work Shop - Participants will be given a copy of the paper graph for my 'Rags to Riches' scarf design. They will learn how to change colours within a row of knitting and how to follow a grid pattern.

Materials - 2 balls of contrasting yarn in the same gauge, preferably smoothly textured. Knitting needles to suit. A ruler and a pencil, for marking the pattern. I am assuming that participants will have basic knit/ purl knitting skills. It would be preferable for participants to have a couple of rows of knitting done before we start, but it's not necessary.

About Sandra - I am interested in the facades that our society encourages and the less comfortable things that lurk beneath. I enjoy exploring different materials, and am currently making painted wooden cut-outs, knitting, and considering exploring clay again.

We had a delightful day crafting, laughing and getting upto lots of making mischief!
Here is the bounty from our first Skills Swap Meet-

If your interested in being a workshop Facilitator or participating in another Skills Swap Meet - email jasminetargett (at)