Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quiz Night, Weaving with Flax Worshop and Wearable Art

QUIZ NIGHT – SATURDAY 28TH AUGUST:                                                                             
Get your diaries out and mark down this date: Saturday 28 August! We’re going to re-create all the fun of last year’s event, so make sure you don’t miss out and get your brains trusts organised now. A Community Arts Quiz Night is a great fun way to spend a cool winter’s evening.  Remember the rivalry last year as to whose table could build the highest paper tower? 

This year the venue is the Parish Centre. Book your table now – 8 to 10 people per table. Number of tables is limited so get your team together and ring or text 54280 or email   Entry fee: $10.00 per person.

Significant interest in Wearable Art for next January has been noticed since we announced the fabulous prizes that the top two entries will receive – a return airfare to Wellington, New Zealand and tickets to one of the WOW Montana Wearable Art Awards Show in September 2011. Two wonderful prizes that have been generously provided by Air New Zealand through Burnt Pine Travel.

The categories for 2011 have been decided and they are:

Recycled Material – outfits need to be made from at least 85% recycled materials
Bizzare Bra – as bizarre as you like for the bra, but the rest of the outfit is a plain black top and skirt/pants
Natural Fibres – made from at least 85% natural fibres
From the Ocean or the Sky – made from whatever you like, this section is inspired by the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea
Extravagant Open – you can do whatever you want here – no restrictions on materials or theme, the more extravagant the better!

So, there’s no time to loose, start creating!

Community Arts is very excited that Ali Brown – world renowned weaving instructor – is coming to Norfolk Island next month to conduct two weaving workshops.  Ali specialises in creating works of floral art from weaving natural fibres.

Flax weaving is a skill that is increasingly attracting attention. Ali’s monthly workshops are very popular, as is her informative, beautifully illustrated website, which includes historical information as well as instructions for cutting, preparing, weaving and dyeing flax. It has attracted interest from around the world, with one woman coming from Israel to attend a workshop. To learn more about Ali, visit her website at:
Ali says that flowers woven from flax have become very popular over the last couple of years. In New Zealand school teachers are beginning to show their students how to weave flax flowers and Ali has found from her own flax weaving workshops that people of all ages are keen to learn how to weave flowers — as wedding bouquets, gifts or decorations in their own home.

Woven flowers also make great projects for a beginner in flax weaving, and one of the advantages of flax flowers is that any variety of New Zealand flax can be used to weave them, including the coloured, variegated flaxes that are often grown as decorative garden plants throughout the world.
Ali will arrive on Norfolk Island on Saturday 28th August and will be here for one week.  Details of the workshops are as follows:

1st workshop:     Sunday 29th August:  9 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Break for lunch 12 noon to 1 p.m. (Total 6 hrs)
2nd workshop:    Tuesday 31st August: 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. and Thursday 2nd Sept: 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.  (Total 6 hrs over 2 nights)
VENUE:    Don & Maree’s Studio – Bumboras
COST:    $60.00 per person (weaving materials will be supplied)
BOOKING:    Book early – numbers are limited to 12 students per workshop. Course fees must be paid at time of booking. Phone or text Celia on 54280 or email

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