Artisans get a chance to teach their crafts
BAMBI Gosbell created House of Artisan because she saw the need.
"I wanted to do a craft type workshop, but I couldn't find it locally and needed to go out of town. I knew at that moment I needed to promote our incredibly talented local artists who work quietly from their homes and create a space for unique workshops that aren't already offered in Gympie," she said.
She describes House of Artisan as a creative shared space designed to be used by any age group or level of experience.
" It's a sanctuary where artists can connect, learn and be inspired by each other. House of Artisan provides a dynamic and inspiring environment in which to both teach and to learn for anyone who thrives on creativity and the pursuit of knowledge," Mrs Gosbell said.
And many have done just that. So far there have been 13 workshops and masterclasses ranging from silk scarf painting, soap making, cup-cake decorating and painting to succulent and floral design.
"Most of the workshops are art based, however we do have business and lifestyle topics as well. By the time a 2-4 hour workshop is up, the 10 attendees who all started as strangers have all connected and find themselves laughing and being inspired by each other. It's full of beautiful positivity and such a great experience," she said.
It has also proved to be exceedingly popular in the six months it has been operating.
"A recent Fluid Art Painting Masterclass sold out in two hours, needing a second masterclass to be released which again sold out in hours," Mrs Gosbell said.
While the space, which is attached to Mrs Gosbell's photographic studio is not available to hire, she is keen to hear from tutors offering unique services, not currently available for study in Gympie to come on board and become a regular artisan.
"All artisans are specifically chosen for their unique talents, but we are adding to the list every month."
The workshops and masterclasses are kept to an intimate number of 10 attendees.
Mrs Gosbell says this maximises the tutoring time from the artisan, and can provide one on one training to participants if required and works well in the space available.
"We are offering on average two to three workshops every month, and usually on a Friday evening or Saturday morning. I am working closely with some new artisans not yet announced on the website, however a workshop on how to sew your own pair of jeans is on the cards, amongst lots of other exciting topics, she said.
2017 is looking to be a big year for House of Artisan with new classes scheduled in jewellery making and fashion oriented classes conducted by local names in the industry.
"The great thing about the workshops, is that the content and topics are ever changing with trends and they even put a cool spin on old school crafts," Mrs Gosbell said.
House of Artisan reopens January 20 with a Kokedamas Workshop.