Simply inspired... by Harvest Textiles at the CWC

This weekend I popped along to a CWC event featuring the lovely Emma, Jess and Lara from Harvest Textiles and afternoon tea provided by Tea & Sympathy.  As always with the CWC, it was an inspiring and motivating couple of hours.

Along with producing their own gorgeous line of handprinted textiles and homewares, the Harvest gals have set up a truly collaborative space where they run classes and workshops, hold pop up shops and exhibitions, and provide space for other local designers and makers. They also hold half-yearly markets including an upcoming Christmas one which Simply Phoebe is proud to be taking part in. It's being held the week before Christmas, perfectly timed those of us who are never very organised, on Sunday December 18th, in their gorgeous workroom space at 512 Lygon Street, Brunswick.

Harvest Xmas Market (image via Harvest on Flickr)

In the last few months, I've taken part in two workshops at Harvest - both in Pacific Island Weaving with the amazing Maryann Talia Pau. As an aside, I think I might be a Maryann groupie. I am in love with her bold woven jewellery and adornments and she is just a truly gorgeous person. 

 One of my basket creations, made using my fabric offcuts and raffia
(image via Harvest on Flickr)

I've been meaning to share some of my handiwork from those workshops for ages, so now seemed as good a time as any. The focus of the workshops was on using fabric offcuts. I went along not only for the fun of doing something different, but because I'd been thinking for a while that it would be good to incorporate some sort of weaving into my work. In the first workshop, we used offcuts and seconds from Harvest Textiles range of gorgeous geometric prints, however for the second one I took along some offcuts or unwanted tubes from my neckpieces. 

 Playing around with weaving , using only offcuts from Simply Phoebe neckpieces
(image via Harvest on Flickr)

While I could never see myself achieving the stunning results that Maryann does with her work, the classes certainly gave me a few new skills to play around with and see how I can try and "weave some magic" into my work. Stay tuned!

Simply yours,

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