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Join visual artist Sophie Munns from SeedArtLab, Brisbane for a weekend workshop in rural Bangalow Saturday 22 & Sunday 23, September from 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Arrive from 9.30am, help yourself to tea, say hello to everyone and have a wander in the garden ... just be sure to aim for arrival ahead of the 10am sharp start.


Whether you’re a highly experienced visual artist keen to think more about the extraordinary world of seeds or in fact quite new to Art-making you'll be offered stimulating, comprehensive ways to explore a fascinating diversity of Seed material, dipping in to rich visual processes and ideas that celebrate seeds in both their biological diversity and potency as a symbol throughout the ages. Bring along examples of native seeds and pods from your local area if you enjoy collecting and a small kit of useful things from home. THere's a list below for this.

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1. Workshop flyer
2. Workshop location
3. Table set up with seed material for use in workshop
4. Red List Concertina... considering threatened species in a series of 3 min drawings
5 the artist's drawings from a recent exhibition


Mixed media supplies and a range of papers will be put to use in a program of lively exercises designed to guide and prompt wide-ranging experimentation both mornings. Expect to be very busy, try loads of different approaches and spend no time worrying over whether you're getting it right. Its all about using out of the familiar... and getting some new thoughts happening around seeds.

Afternoon sessions will allow time for slowing down to focus on the making of artist books, implementing processes discovered and most enjoyed during busy morning sessions. You'll be encouraged to make 2, even 3 books per afternoon... perhaps exploring an ideas that the seed explorations have generated ... and possibly taking home some of the work that night be more easily finished off later if necessary. Processes like stitching or adding furthering layering to your work can be completed later at your leisure. Individuals work at different paces ... and the weekend is designed to foster diverse responses whilst taking notice of the importance of diversity in nature as in human life.

WHERE: Fowler’s Lane, Bangalow . The hillside venue is an easy 6 min drive from Bangalow ... parking is not a problem... and the venue is well set up for comfort, views, all the necessary facilities plus indoor and outside working spaces. Having visited the site and spent time with the hosts Sophie is delighted to be offered such a suitable working space in the midst of a well cared for biodiverse garden and orchard by people with a genuine deep love of the natural habitat and committment to working towards a more sustainable future.

You’ll be sent a MUD MAP & detailed INFO sheet of all you need to know ahead of the event.


Weekend workshop is $225 … NB: $25 for weekend art materials fee is included!

NB: ONE DAY ONLY is available for $125 (which includes $15 for materials) when booking... please add the day you are available of selecting ONE DAY only!

BYO Lunch & refreshments. Tea, coffee, biscuits will be provided.

Email for further information.

+ A variety of mixed media supplies
+ A range of beautiful papers for experiments + making concertina and artist books
+ A table of seed material
+ A variety of stimulus ... books, art journals & seed-related material.
+ Samples of the artist's artwork


+ Journal / visual diary - already in use is fine.
+ smartphone/digital camera is a necessity.
+ small scissors, glue, sticky tape, pencil - ONLY IF you want your own on hand.
+ artline pens are great for journal notes & quick drawings.
+ seeds /pods if you are a collector.
+ Very handy to BYO newspaper, paint tray (eg recycled polystyrene) & plastic, tin or glass water container.
+ IF you wish to add a textile element ... stitching needle, embroidery or natural thread, very small samples of natural weave fabric like linen, calico & muslin.
+ a favourite mixed media item - inks, coloured pencils, watercolours
+ Small off-cuts of good quality paper (should you keep any) if you want to use for collage. You will however be supplied with a wonderful range of papers!

REMEMBER ... art materials are supplied ... no need to bring much from home... the list includes both important items and extra things that could be useful.

NB: You will be introduced to using Art Spectrum WHITE pigmented ink & rigger brushes (size 2) for the artist books ... if you already have these things or want to bring your own find at the Art Shed in West End. A rigger brush, about $4, is ideal with ink.

REFUNDS: Cancellations of one or more weeks in advance will be supplied with a refund minus 15% admin fee.

NB: REFUNDS are not issued for last minute cancellations i.e. within 7 days of the workshop! KEEP IN MIND: Your place can be offered to a friend.

Please dont hesitate to contact SOPHIE on 0430 599 344
here: if you have any questions about the weekend!

Looking forward to a wonderful intensive weekend of discovery!