Workshops with MakerSpace & Co.

About MakerSpace & Co.

MakerSpace & Co. is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to building a culture of innovation and excellence in Australian design. By joining their workshops throughout the fair, you contribute to spaces where people come together to learn, design and create; strengthening the local community. Be part of this project while producing your very own creations across signwriting, collage, woodblock carving and more. What will you create?

Workshops must be purchased in conjunction with a Fair ticket, and can be booked here.


Recycled Plastic Ring Demonstration with Socially Plastic 

Recycled Plastic Ring Demonstration with Liam and Omar from Socially Plastic
When: Thursday 24 October
Time: 5pm - onwards
Price: $20 donation to the MakerSpace & Co Foundation

Join Liam and Omar from Socially Plastic as they talk you through their business of reducing single-use plastic waste through design. In this live demonstration you will shred, melt and mould recycled plastics into hand-pressed wearable plastic rings which you can keep as a momento and wear with pride.

About the Tutors:
Liam and Omar formed an organisation to help eradicate plastic pollution, inspire the circular economy and apply their design experience to a sustainable cause; reducing single-use plastic.

Meet the Maker with Michael Gettings

Meet the Maker with Michael Gettings
When: Thursday 24 October
Time: 6PM - 10 pm
Price: FREE

Visit Michael and join him to explore the makers’ journey through the launching and consolidation of renowned brand Michael & George. Gain insight into the business and be inspired by the whimsical reimagination of everyday objects into award-winning products.

About the Tutor:
Michael Gettings and his wife launched their debut ‘Stationery Objects’ product range during London Design Festival in 2014. They were named as part of Fast Company’s The Best Lighting Design of 2014 with The HB Lamp, and have been featured globally by influential publications, blogs, galleries, and even the store windows of fashion designer Anya Hindmarsh internationally.
Today, they inspire the world from their hometown, Sydney, Australia, where they (and their baby boy) moved in 2015 from their concept driven studio from east London.

Script Signwriting with Logan Thompson

Script Signwriting with Logan Thompson (Faculty of Letters)
When: Friday 25 October
Time: 6PM - 8PM
Price: $50

Join professional signwriter Logan Thompson to learn the art of script signwriting. Discover the characteristics of script fonts and how to write them harmoniously; upon completion of this workshop you will leave with your name artfully transcribed on a roll of fine paper, as well as a newly developed appreciation for the art of signwriting.

About the Tutor:
Logan Thompson works as a professional signwriter in Sydney. He specialised in hand lettering, is experienced in all areas of hand painting, and has a skillset  that stretches from the humble blackboard, to aged mural work and gold leaf gilding. Logan has created thousands of signs over the years for clients ranging from local cafes, pubs and breweries, to major international companies; his portfolio covers clients including Batch Brewing, The Henson and Woolworths, to name a few.

Screenprinter Wooden Block Collages with Suzy Pickles

Screenprinter Wooden Block Collages with Suzy Pickles (Akin Collective)
When: Saturday 26 October
Time: 12PM - 2PM
Price: $60

By attending this workshop you will learn the basic skills of screen-printing onto timber. Through the use of hand-cut stencils, you will gain an understanding on the formation of a unique four-block collage composition. Produce an edition of your very own screen print products at this workshop, and walk away with the know-how to start printing at home.

About the Tutor:
Suzy Pickles started her screen-printing adventure as a fourteen year old; learning how to construct her own timber frames, stretch the silk, cut stencils, block with gum acacia, create alignment, build up layers of transparency with print paste, and, ultimately, create beautiful works of art. These skills became the basis of her screen printing practice, and have more recently translated into an exhibition of her artworks at The Corner Gallery in Stanmore.
Aside from screen printing, Suzy has explored a wide range of creative avenues which include completing a Masters of Art (Time-based Art) at CoFa, working as a graphic designer, renovating three houses, travelling, cooking sourdough, and also, acquiring the skill of appropriately making pickles.

Japanese Woodblock Carving and Printing with Gina Fenton

Japanese Woodblock Carving and Printing with Gina Fenton
When: Saturday 26 October
Time: 3PM - 5PM
Price: $50

Throughout this unique taster session you will receive a demonstration of carving and mark making, image transferring onto woodblock, and artwork inking and hand-printing into rice paper. The demonstrations, which will be complemented by an introduction into the world of edition printing, will provide and insight into the techniques and timings required to develop your very own art-pieces.
Although you will be provided with optional pre-drawn images, you are more than welcome to bring an A5 image for transfer if desired; if doing so, please keep in mind that the image must be reversed/reflected in order to be used, as the relief process will cause the image to reverse.

NB: Due to the sharpness of tools, this course is exclusively for adults.

About the Tutor:
Gina Fenton is a multidisciplinary artist who combines processes from printmaking, drawing, sculpture and photography in order to create comments on the continual reformation and reconstruction of our urban environment. She graduated from the National Art School in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Printmaking, and holds a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication with Honours from the University of Technology Sydney.

Cosmic Collage Class with Lyndon Pike

Cosmic Collage Class with Lyndon Pike
When: 
Sunday 27 October
Time:  2PM - 3PM
Price: $40

Submerge yourself in the wonderful world of contemporary collage. From the pure basics to more adventurous techniques, you will learn how to develop your own style and break the rules constructively.
You will be introduced into the tools required, finding the best source material, and understanding the mental health benefits of personal creativity.
Before you know it you will become part of one of the fastest growing global artistic communities!

About the Tutor:
Born in the heady Australian 70’s, and surrounded by day-glo Disney pop culture, cheap cereal toy gimmicks, long-haired-pop blaring from beachside-panel vans, and endless social-media-free outdoor summers, Lyndon Pike formed his love of image, colour and design.
Upon attending the prestigious New South Wales College of Fine Arts, his love evolved into the avoidance of sometimes rigid art tropes, which were at odds with the freedom of expression they hypocritically promoted. A whole lot of experiences, influences and expressions later, Lyndon’s work has come full-circle in a series of over 1000 unique collage creations that hold a semblance of all he has lived and loved.