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Kokedama with Housemade Projects

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by Lee Ellwood (EllWords) (subscribe)
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Easier to make than to say
Make a what? A kokedama: a 'pot-less', ornamental plant that grows in a moss-covered ball of soil and string. Making kokedama is a Japanese craft that's sustainable, affordable, satisfying and accessible. If you enjoy creative outlets but are mindful of waste and sustainability or need to keep to a budget, this could be the craft for you. And you can try your hand at this green-in-more-ways-than-one activity at upcoming Biome workshops!

A hanging kokedama (Photo courtesy Biome)
Kokedama are a little like bonsai, and in fact the concept developed from that well-known gardening style. Establishing a plant outside of a pot might sound both impossible and messy, but once you know how to do it, it's not messy at all - and you'll have combined the joys of both creative craft and gardening!

At Biome's workshops, you can learn kokedama making from Housemade Projects, a trio of friends who are passionate about community and creativity. Mia Goding, Emily Newnham and Renae Belton first turned their collective passion into collaborative action by opening Avid Kitchen and Garden within the iconic Avid Reader bookshop in West End, creating a welcoming community space for friends and families to gather and interact.

Housemade Projects, kokedama
The Housemade Projects team (Photo courtesy Housemade Projects)
Moving on from Avid, Mia, Emily and Renae now collaborate on projects such as workshops and markets to create opportunities for people to gather in their communities and share creativity and ideas - or just conversation. 'Community is at the heart of what we do', says Mia.

That's why in August Housemade Projects will partner with Biome to offer you a chance to discover kokedama making, a craft that consumes few resources and is an affordable, yet amazingly satisfying, way to bring a touch of green into your home or office space. 'Kodedama making is a skill that aligns with an ethos we support,' Mia adds. 'This is a craft that, once learnt, can be expanded upon at home with materials that are readily available, and is easily shared with others.'

Learn how to make a kokedama (Photo courtesy Biome)
Of course, activities that are ethically sound and community-focused align completely with Biome's ethos, too. Creative crafts, like reading books, are often best enjoyed when shared with other people. And as our modern lives grow busier and more virtual, we seem to crave tactile experiences, and craft is the perfect balm after a tech-connected day.

Biome's kokedama workshops at their Paddington Collective are sure to fill fast. There are morning and afternoon sessions scheduled on Saturday 24 August, costing just $45.50 per adult (note that these workshops are not suitable for children under 12). The Collective is wheelchair accessible and bus routes stop right nearby. Parking is available at the rear of the venue - enter from Given Terrace - or you might find a street park close by.

As places are limited, book quickly to be sure you don't miss out:
Book into the morning workshop at 10.30 am
Book into the afternoon workshop at 2.00 pm

Afterwards, share a pic of your very own kokedama with Housemade Projects (@housemadeproject) and Biome (@biomestores) on Instagram, and follow them for more creative and community inspiration!

Biome Collective, Paddington
Learn at the Biome Collective, Paddington (Photo by EllWords)
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Why? To gather, create and communify
When: Saturday 24 August (two sessions, 10.30 am & 2.30 pm)
Phone: 0400 735 536
Where: Biome Collective, 2 Latrobe Tce, Paddington
Cost: $45.50 (not suitable for children under 12)
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