The Cooroora Institute is closed for a sabbatical during 2019 - however an opportunity has arisen for a class that we had hoped to offer in 2018. So, as a special one-off, we are (briefly) opening our doors to host this workshop.
In Japan, doors, windows, and room screens are often decorated with a delicate wooden framework called kumiko. The beauty of these frames is enhanced by using small pieces of wood to create geometric or floral patterns in the framework. This same technique can be used in furniture making to add a beautiful detail to a door panel, table top, or cabinet base. Kumiko panels also make eye-catching wall art.
At first glance, kumiko panels certainly give the impression that they’d be extremely difficult to make. However, they aren’t. In this class, you’ll learn how to make a square framework, and the classic asa-no-ha infill pattern. I explain how I make the joinery for the framework, and then we’ll assemble a frame. After that, you’ll learn how to create the small pieces used to make the infill pattern, and then get to work making them for your panel. At the end of the day, you’ll have a beautiful panel.
Matt Kenney is a professional box and furniture maker living in the United States. Not too long ago, he spent a year designing and making 52 unique boxes. He undertook the project as a means to improve his design skills, but found that the woodworking community at large was interested in what he was doing, and they followed along intently as he wrote about the boxes each week on his website (mekwoodworks.com). After he completed the project, he wrote a book about his experience: 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks (Taunton Press). He has been making kumiko for several years, and has been teaching others to make it as well. Matt teaches woodworking around the world, writes about the craft, and spent 10 years as an editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, where he was featured in the magazine and instructional videos, and was a co-host of the popular Shop Talk Live podcast.
Tools and materials provided. Tea and coffee supplied - bring your own lunch. For more details ring Ross 0407 489 227.
Set aside Thursday 20th December from 4pm for our end of year celebration. It's late in the season because we are taking off next year and our students want to keep going as long as possible so they can finish their projects. It'll be low key, but all 2018 students, teachers, artists, and volunteers are welcome. Bring work you'd like to show off and some food to share. We'll provide the drinks and the sense of place with a farewell until 2020.
Judith will give a presentation on the lumen print process currently under experimentation.
Also Sunday 2nd December at 3pm Judith will present an overview of her ongoing art and writing practice.
Each afternoon will be around an hour followed by drinks available for purchase. Entry is free and all are welcome.
Judith will present an overview of her ongoing art and writing practice.
Also Sunday 9th December at 3pm for a presentation on the lumen print process currently under experimentation.
Each afternoon will be around an hour followed by drinks available for purchase. Entry is free and all are welcome.
Poet and visual artist Judith Nangala Crispin creates unique lumen prints from roadkill animals and birds and layered natural objects such as seeds and sticks.
The birds and animals are placed on light-sensitive paper and left to expose in natural sunlight, and moonlight, for between 24 and 36 hours. Layers of Silver Iodine in the paper crystallise in sunlight producing unexpected colours. This approach to lumen printing is totally unique. Judith has designed and built a series of interlocking perspex boxes in different heights to allow layers of seeds, sticks, dirt, mud, wax, resin, leaves and other elements to be suspended over an object. These works are always evolving and changing. They are influenced by the seasons and weather, the flora and fauna of the regions where prints are made. Working in this way has given Judith a new understanding of Country, and its significance for those who care for it.
The way light wraps the bodies of these deceased birds and animals helps clarify something of the nature of death. It is only light that is manifesting these colours and shapes – not paint or anything that can be completely controlled. It feels like a genuine collaboration with nature, the sentient landscape that we call Country.
The residency will host a new project to further develop and expand lumen printing techniques in the field. Located at Black Mountain, Coorooa Institute is surrounded by extraordinary plants and animals, different kinds of clay, stones, sticks and seeds. The light is quite different to that found in the desert or southern alps where Judith normally works. Using Cooroora Institute’s facilities Judith hopes to create a new body of work and, at the same time, refine her artistic practice. These techniques can then be passed on to other artists in workshops. During the residency Judith will also write poetry on the correlation of body and place. These images and poems will form part of her coming verse novel “The Dingo’s Noctuary”.
The residency period will conclude with artist talks on location. Works created at Cooroora will be exhibited in Sydney’s Maunsell Wickes Gallery in a show on the subject of birds in September 2019. Poetry and images from this residency will be published as part of an illustrated verse novel in 2020.
Whilst not running a workshop at the Cooroora Institute, Judith will be presenting aspects of her work on two Sunday afternoons. Sunday 2nd December at 3pm as an overview of her ongoing art and writing practice; and Sunday 9th December at 3pm for a presentation on the lumen print process currently under experimentation. Each afternoon will be around an hour followed by drinks available for purchase. Entry is free and all are welcome.
Vic Tesolin, "the minimalist woodworker", along with Wally Wilson, Lee Valley's senior manager will be demonstrating Veritas tools at the Cooroora Institute. The demonstration will followed by a Q&A and informal drinks and nibbles.
Vic will conduct a hand tool demonstration featuring a range of Veritas products including marking out tools, hand saws, bench planes, chisels, the MKII honing guide, and the new range of Custom Hand planes. He will cover tool design and manufacture, application of different tools, tool selection and correct tool use. Some tools will be available for purchase.
Attendance is free but an rsvp is requested.
Stephanie Green is Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Creative and Professional Writing program, and was Deputy Head of School, Learning & Teaching, in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences at Griffith University from 2015-2017. She teaches courses in creative writing and literary studies, and convenes Foundations of Western Culture, one of six first year foundation courses in the Bachelor of Arts at GU.
Her academic books and journal articles include studies in creative writing, biography and screen gothic fantasy. Her recent major publications include Letting the Wrong One In: Hospitality and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture. Co-edited with A/Prof Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska (Jagiellonian University, Poland) and Dr David Baker (HLSS, Griffith University, Australia) (Palgrave, November 2017), and The Public Lives of Charlotte and Marie Stopes (Taylor & Francis, 2013).
As a practicing creative writer, she has also published fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and cultural journalism. Her work has appeared in numerous journals such as Axon, TEXT, Griffith Review, Overland and in a variety of anthologies and collections.
Sadly Brian has had to postpone his trip to the Australia
A 7 day intensive with master furniture maker Brian Reid.
Brian Reid is one of the world's best furniture makers and a great teacher. His cabinet making and decorative work is stunning. Check out some of his work and teaching on the link below.
We feel honoured to welcome Brian from USA via New Zealand to the Cooroora Institute in September. Anyone looking to advance their woodworking and furniture making to the ultimate should consider coming along to his week intensive from 24th to 30th September.
You'll be making a decorative cabinet/ wall hanging focusing particularly on three-way mitres and birdsbeak joints. But Brian's expertise and skilled teaching means you'll learn so much more to take home to your own studio practices.
Make a commitment to the finest of furniture design making and fully immerse yourself in seven days of all things wood in this beautiful environment. Highly recommended!
Many woodworkers are terrified of mitre joints, especially the three way mitres. In actuality with a few simple tricks in layout and measurement these joints are easily mastered.
The suggested project will be a wall hanging with four to nine square panels that are interchangeable to create an interactive piece of wall art.
For the more advanced students this project can be designed to be a small cabinet finished after this short class
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Exploring place through art journal and writing…
You’ll find the key tools for writing about connection to place as well as the beginnings of your own place journal:
- build a knowledge of texts and nature writing,
- play with weaving and wild printing from the plants around you,
- sit with the stillness and wisdom of nature.
$275, includes materials.
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Explore eco dyeing, natural inks, wild printing on paper with plants and animal remains using an etching press, printing wood grain, making impressions of plant materials in clay, and rolling textures from nature on metal with a rolling press.
If you only want to take one woodworking/furniture making class - this is the one for you. With the skills you will develop in this class, you can begin to make your own furniture with a minimal palette of hand tools, or you can use it as the fundamental basis to develop machine and higher level hand and design skills. This course, or an equivalent, is a prerequisite for our advanced woodworking courses.
Limited to 6 participants
$720, includes materials.
Delicious Ironies from Clocked Out (Vanessa Tomlinson and Erik Griswold) with Lindsay Vickery and the celebration of the planting of our woodlot piano.
Clocked Out welcomes Perth composer and reed instrument specialist Lindsay Vickery to Cooroora Institute. Reuniting for this unique collaboration, Clocked Out and Vickery use clarinet, piano, toys, percussion and electronics to explore realtime graphic-based musical scores and site-specific improvisation.
Lindsay Vickery is a prolific composer/performer who has worked across Europe, the USA and Asia since 1986. His output includes works for acoustic and electronic instruments in interactive-electronic, improvised or fully notated settings. His music has been described as 'always intriguing' The Wire, 'truly an original voice and his work is one of sustained intensity that resonates in the mind long after the performance is over' and a 'master of technological wizardry' The Australian.
All 2018 Cooroora Institute students, teachers, and volunteers are free and don't need to book - just come along and celebrate.
Note: This is an outdoor site with walking involved along unpaved areas. Parking is across the road from the main studios and walk is about 1km return including small steep areas through our woodlot to the planted piano and then back to the covered performance space. Performance space includes heavy machinery, high areas, and open waters, so careful supervision of children is required. We become part of the flow of the places we inhabit through such access to the natural world and its climate.
A lively one day interactive seminar exploring developments in wild laws and earth jurisprudence with Dr Michelle Maloney.
Dr Michelle Maloney (BA/LLB(Hons) ANU, PhD in law, Griffith University) is the Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance. AELA advocates for Earth centred law, governance, economics and ethics. Michelle has 30 years’ experience designing climate change, social justice, and ecological justice projects in Australia, the US, UK and Indonesia. She leads multi-disciplinary teams within AELA and is on the Executive Committee of several international networks, including the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, the International Ecological Law and Governance Association and the “Yes to Life, No to Mining” International Network.
Michelle is a lively and entertaining speaker and makes learning about wild law accessible and fun. If you want to learn the many positive ways the world is changing, then be inspired through this workshop.
$55 - includes morning and afternoon tea. Bring your own lunch. Buy a place now.
Performance resulting from Judith's investigations while an Artist in Residence at the Cooroora Institute.
Entry by donation. Bring a rug to sit on and warm clothes.
Tea and Coffee available for purchase.
Note: This is an outdoor site with walking involved along unpaved areas. Parking is across the road from the main studios and walk is a few hundred meters return including small steep areas. Our studios and performance space includes heavy machinery, high areas, and open waters, so careful supervision of children is required. We become part of the flow of the places we inhabit through such access to the natural world and its climate.
Judith Hamann is a cellist from Melbourne, Australia. Her performance practice stretches across various genres encompassing elements of improvised, art, experimental, and popular music. Currently her work is focused on expressions of immersion and saturation: explored through durational, spatialised and electroacoustic approaches to sound, as well as an examination of psycho-physical materials and manifestation of ‘shaking’.
She is a champion of new and rarely performed music, immersive approaches to sound, and engages with a range of interdisciplinary and experimental projects.
Weekly furniture making and fine woodworking class.
3 class times available - Mornings 9-12, afternoons 1-4, and evenings 5:30-8:30. Feb 9, - Aug 31, 2017
In our continuing weekly classes, we work on student directed projects. Students all begin with a hand tools only project - learning to work to a fine level with hand tools is fundamental to furniture making. As well as making furniture, we explore drawing, design development and sustainable design. Students will learn how to use hand tools, how to sharpen edge tools, and how to choose, make and tune-up hand tools. We also cover safe use of power tools (our workshop is equipped with high quality tools from Festool, Elu etc), and the safe operation of major static machinery (our machinery is industrial scale - and includes a Felder panel saw, Wadkin jointer, 36 inch bandsaw, Hammer spiral head thicknesser, spindle moulder, mortisers, overhead routers etc).
It's almost alchemical - turning the stiff brittle stuff that is timber into a plastic material that forms lovely curves ...
In this workshop we will spend 3 hands-on days exploring bending techniques for use in studio furniture and sculpture. We will work with steam bending, laminating, kerf-bending and hot-pipe bending, and investigate a range of approaches to each technique.
Ross has taught wood bending at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in the USA, to Indonesian Forest Product Researchers, to university design students, and to woodworkers from all around Australia.
$750, includes materials.
An introduction to Blacksmithing with canadian artist blacksmith Sandra Dunn
The return of this very popular teacher and workshop.
Bill Dorman is a sculptor, jeweller and teacher (more about Bill, and Bill's website). This workshop will cover a range of techniques for working with metals in sculptural context, and a range of techniques for "not so fine" jewellery. It is not specifically a jewellery course. It will cross across metals and techniques that can be used in jewellery or for inclusion in woodwork, small sculpture or wherever your fancy takes you
This is one of 3 workshops in our heavy Metal Month - you can do one, several or all three. Individually this workshop is $890. There is a special discounted price of $2000 for all 3 workshops.
BIRDS, FISH AND FLOWERS: Sculptural Forms in Sheet Copper with Sandra Dunn
This introductory coppersmithing course looks at creating volumetric forms out of 2D sheet metal using a variety of simple hand tools. Participants will learn about fundamental material properties, and metal working processes such as annealing, work hardening, hollowing, raising, bending, planishing, drilling, riveting and soldering. Everyone will leave with an animal and a flower in addition to the skills they’ve learned and curiosity they’ve developed.
Sandra Dunn is a Canadian artist who works as a blacksmith and coppersmith and teacher - you can find more about her work here.
This is one of 3 workshops in our heavy Metal Month - you can do one, several or all three. Individually this workshop is $750. There is a special discounted price of $2000 for all 3 workshops.
Date claimer - mark it in your diaries now - heavy metal month with metalsmiths Sandra Dunn (Canada) and Bill Dorman (Australia).
From June 9 until June 22nd you will have an opportunity to work with these skilled artisans and teachers exploring Coppersmithing, Metal Techniques for jewellery and small sculptural objects, Introductory Blacksmithing, and to work on an collaborative metal project.
Birds Fish and Flowers: Sculptural Forms in Sheet Copper with Sandra Dunn June 9-10
Metal Techniques for jewellers, sculptors and furniture makers with Bill Dorman June 11-13
WALL HOOKS AND CANDLE STICKS: Designing and Forging Everyday Objects - Introductory Blacksmithing with Sandra Dunn June 15-17
COMMUNITY PROJECT: Steel and Copper Railing with Cooroora Institute artists, and Sandra Dunn and Bronson from Canada. Students who have attended any of the heavy metal month courses are invited to practice and extend their skills working with us on this project.
There is a heavily discounted price of $2000 for students who attend all 3 heavy metal month courses.
We are honoured that Aunty Bev is able to spend some time with us to help teach the local language and culture of this region. Come speak the language of country and learn a little of the long Indigenous history and cultural practices of this place.
Carve birds with John - John Van Der Kolk is one of Australia's leading wood artists, and amongst his huge portfolio there are many fabulous carvings of birds, from abstracted Egrets to highly nuanced anatomical carvings.
This is an opportunity to work with John to build your carving skills as he leads you through the process of creating a carved bird. John says, "I find the delight in bird carving is that it can range from highly detailed photo-realistic studies to simple dynamic abstractions and the end results can be amazing"
$750 - buy a place now
This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, from beginners through to skilled carvers looking to increase their skills.
An introduction to basic machine tool woodworking, covering the safe and accurate use of basic static wood machinery. We will prepare timber with the bandsaw, surface planer, thickness planer, and cut joinery with mortisers, routers, drill press, panel saw and spindle moulder.
Limited to 6 participants
$840, includes materials.