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Top 12 Workshops at Sydney Craft Week

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Launching together this October with premium partner ClassBento, Sydney Craft Week is an Australian Design Centre initiative and is the only festival in Sydney dedicated to making by hand.

The ten-day showcase launches on Friday 11 October, and will unite community-led programs across Sydney that are dedicated to celebrating all that is inspiring, innovative and creative.

Open to all ages and levels of interest in craft and design, this year's festival theme, Play, strives to reignite the creativity within us all.

Sydney Craft Week is the perfect chance to take some time alone or together with loved ones, detach from technology and slow down to nourish wellbeing and enhance mindfulness through making.

This year's dynamic program encompasses 57 workshops, 37 exhibitions, 30 open studios, 13 live demonstrations, 13 market and retail events and six talks, all hosted by local businesses and makers reaching from Northern Sydney to Thirroul. ClassBento founders John and Iain are confident that the widespread and varied nature of the program "ensures a dynamic, vibrant arts community and allows everyone to be involved".

The Sydney Craft Week classes bookable via ClassBento - Australia's fastest growing online marketplace for creative workshops - will take place across Sydney's Inner City and Inner West and include a range of diverse workshops such as Sustainable Jewellery, Botanical Embroidery, and Making Your Own Glasses Frames. Each class is a one time only experience to learn from and support your local artisans and let your creative juices flow.

By attending classes you'll be supporting local small businesses and artists and nurturing your creative spirit. Not only that but $1 from every class sale will go towards Dementia Australia, helping fund Australian research and promoting community awareness.

Sydney Craft Week is not only an exciting week of artistic activities but a chance to stay mentally stimulated – promoting brain health and taking the time to discover new passions and reignite the joy of learning.

Check out our Top 12 Workshops at Sydney Craft Week below: bookings are essential and session times will vary - click on the links to find out more!

Rag Rug and Necklace Making Class: Commuter Craft - Ride with us on a crafty coastal train trip (or simply join us at Thirroul Heritage Railway Hall) learning skills that make the most of those hours spent commuting, waiting or killing time. By the end of this creative journey you'll have crafted a fabulous rag rug and made a beautiful collection of polymer clay beads strung as a necklace!

 
Make Your Own Glasses Frames Workshop - Led by Chris Savage from Monster Mouse Studios, you will have the get to make a pair of frames from a slab of Acetate (coloured plastic block) and stainless steel sides.

 
Introductory Kintsugi Art Workshop - A step by step hands-on class of Japanese Modern Kintsugi - golden joinery and create your original art piece.

 
Unlimited Indigo Dyeing Workshop - Ai (indigo) is a dye extracted from the Japanese indigo plant. This unique blue hue is also sometimes called 'Japan blue'. This ai-zome (indigo dyeing) workshop will teach you some traditional Japanese dyeing techniques that you can do at home. Kids are welcome!

 
Sustainable Jewellery Workshop - Join jeweller Alice Whish at Gaffa for a jewellery studio workshop. Through the act of play, we will renovate your jewellery box, discovering what you love to wear, repair, treasure and discard. We will use the items to inspire a new jewellery piece to make and design on the day.

 
Botanical Embroidery Class - Learn how to make a beautiful moss embroidery hoop. The class will be offered with two session times. The first is an evening class at the eclectic and creative venue, Hypmotive Hub in Marrickville. If a daytime session is preferred, the class will take place in the private studios of embroidery artist, Amy Jones.

 
Mini Moss Garden Workshop - In this variation of a kokedama or moss ball, we'll create a mini Japanese garden in a 'masu' (wooden saké cup). Perfect for adding instant zen in your room or work desk!

 
Tumi-isi Painting Class - Tumi-isi are stackable balancing rocks designed by Daimon Kanno. They're made from centuries-old Yoshino cedar and cypress wood found in the Nara region. Each block is handcrafted into different sizes and shapes by Nara artisans.

 
Goldwork Embroidery Class - Take an adventure in goldwork embroidery with international guest Hanny Newton, a contemporary goldwork embroiderer from the UK.

 
Life Drawing and Repeat Pattern Design Class - This fun lighthearted class is a celebration of body positivity and female strength.

 
Maneko Neko Painting Class - Maneki neko (beckoning cat) or lucky cat is a common lucky charm in Japan, believed to bring good luck to the owner. After the workshop, you'll be taking home your own customised clay maneki neko — it doubles as a 'kitty bank' too!

 
Make a Reusable Cutlery Kit - Join us for our special Sydney Craft Week Workshop (Craft Up Late) and make your own Reusable Cutlery kit. We'll teach you the basics of sewing, where you'll learn to create this kit. Perfect for office lunches picnics and travel!
 

Start planning your Sydney Craft Week adventure today by heading to:

sydneycraftweek.com // @sydneycraftweek

classbento.com.au // @classbento

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