Short Courses 2018

Weekend Courses – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October, 9.30am-4.30pm

Covering knots with Angharad Rixon

Level: All | Cost: $300 + $35 materials 
Knots are generally thought of for the function of closing or connecting things but they have also been widely used for their decorative qualities, particularly to cover objects like handles, beads and tassels. This workshop will explore different uses of covering knots across different cultures. Learn how to draft patterns, tie knots as well as the scaling principles depending on what you wish to cover. Day one we will work with nylon cord covering tubes, balls and rings with Turk’s Head, Globe and Grommet knots. Day two we will translate the knots into more sophisticated materials making a leather handle and a neckpiece or earrings in silver kazaz wire.
Angharad Rixon is a technical textile historian specialising in lace and passementerie: her studies in Italy Switzerland and Spain have led to her skills in a variety of off - loom techniques. Angharad lectures in Milan and Florence and consults for museums and universities around the world.
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Wood project: Mitre fold box with Chance Coalter (Sturt Resident, USA) ** COURSE FULL **

Level: All | Cost: $300 + materials (TBA)

Build a decorative veneered box from raw materials using a fun mitre - fold technique that allows you to do all your joinery on a table saw. You’ll create seamless corners, cutting away the lid after the box is glued up (without traditional clamps) and produce individual patterns on your box face using techniques that include jigs, router, veneer saw, scalpel and hand plane. Learn about atmospheric pressure using the vacuum press to glue up your box parts and finish your piece by installing quadrant hinges. Chance will also demonstrate more advanced techniques, such as inlaying a complex pattern into the lid of the box and adding a decorative and protective wood edging. 

Chance Coalter is a furniture designer and craftsman in San Diego, CA, and an adjunct professor in the woodworking program at Palomar College. He earned a BA in Applied Design from San Diego State in 2013 and was subsequently awarded a fellowship at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Among other honors, in 2015 he received a Niche Award and a 1st place honor at Design in Wood competition in San Diego.

Saturday 27 October (1-day)
Coiled basketry with Mariposa Stitch with Meri Peach

Level: All | Cost: $160 + $20 materials payable to tutor
Learn to use natural fibres from common garden plants to make a beautiful coiled basket. Coiling is an ancient basketry method where the materials are stitched together rather than woven. Mariposa is a stitch that can be done with strap-leafed plants without using a needle. This method creates spaces between the rows, resulting in a lattice-like structure. It is an easy, satisfying and attractive method of basket making. 
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Sunday 28 October (1-day)
Rustic Twined Basketry with Meri Peach ** COURSE FULL **

Level: All | Cost: $160 + $20 materials payable to tutor
Discover the ancient and contemplative craft of basket making with Meri Peach. Basket making is a very satisfying and relaxing way to improve your hand dexterity and coordination, and to make a deeper connection with nature and with ancient cultural traditions. In this workshop, each student will make an attractive twined basket using a variety of locally available plant materials. Twined basketry uses two or more strands to weave. It is an easy and versatile technique that opens up a world of possibilities for making practical and sculptural objects.

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To enrol in a course, please use the online enrolment form or download the enrolment form below and return to Sturt Short Courses, PO Box 34 Mittagong NSW 2575 or email to: shop@sturt.nsw.edu.au. For more information, phone: 02 4860 2083. 

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SHORT COURSES TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • ENROLMENT: Students are strongly encouraged to enrol early – at least 2 weeks out from the course commencement date. Late enrolments cannot be guaranteed a place or that the course will run.
  • PAYMENT: Full payment is required to confirm your place in any course.
  • CANCELLATION BY STURT: Sturt Craft Centre reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class due to under enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances. Courses with insufficient enrolments will be cancelled 2 weeks in advance of the course commencement date. In this case enrolled students will receive a full refund.
  • CANCELLATION BY STUDENTS: No refunds will be given to enrolled students wishing to cancel less than two weeks in advance of the course commencement date. Students who cancel and wish to receive a refund before 2 weeks in advance of the course commencement date will incur a $50 cancellation fee. 
  • MINIMUM AGE for adult course enrolment is 16 years.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Sturt reserves the right to photograph classes and to use these photos for publicity purposes only.