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We are very excited to announce that Harvest's co-founder Emma Byrnes has gone out on her own and set up a bespoke creative agency called Heartland.

Having left Harvest in September 2013 to have her third child she is now heading out of the fabulous baby bubble to launch her new visual storytelling project agency.

Be sure to visit Heartland - you won't be disappointed. It is full of all the rich imagery you would expect from the woman who has documented the Harvest Textiles and Harvest Workroom journey since it's inception.

Heartland will be Emma's framework for experimenting with ideas and projects in design, philosophy, creative enterprise and community.
She will also offer bespoke creative services to a small stable of creative enterprises - fostering visual storytelling and grassroots branding.

Be sure to follow Emma on her instagram, facebook and twitter accounts. And subscribe to her newsletter.

OK - now you can go check out her new site!




Rachel Wood is our September artist-in-residence and has moved into her studio to make some of her beautiful Wundebaskets.

Whilst in residence she is hosting Fringed Benefits - a fantastic weaving workshop.

There are still a couple of places in this workshop so book in quick.




The marvellous Wunder Woman - Rachel Wood - will join us in September as our artist-in-residence asnd while she is with us she will host this fantastic workshop where students can spend the day with creating their own fringed wall hangings and trinkets!

Participants will be guided through the workings of the latch hook to create their very own free style arrangements to give that empty wall character and style, to be given as gifts or adorned on the body. Using a combination of latch hooking and long stitching, participants will watch their pieces of art grow before their very eyes.

No prior skills necessary. All materials provided but please feel free to bring along your favourite balls yarn and strips of favourite fabric that you want to turn into art.

How can you resist?

Bookings here.




Ok folks! We have just added a whole host of guest teacher workshops to our line-up for the coming months here at Harvest Workroom.
Our latest newsletter goes into a whole load of detail about them here.

Ghostpatrol is coming back to Harvest to host a paper printing class!
You can spend a WHOLE weekend with him drawing and creating your own screen printed artworks on paper - how awesome does that sound??

Much loved Melbourne designer and colour lover Emily Green will also be hosting an awesome Australiana workshop as part of her July residency - book in quick as places are limited!

Knitwear and textile designer Nikki Gabriel is coming to Harvest in August for 2 weeks, working on creating more of her chunky knitted geometric structures called Construction Knitting. She will host workshops on the design process of creating knitted garments and objects. Workshop details here.

Last but certainly not the least is emerging ceramicist Sophie Morris. As our June artist-in-residence Sophie will be launching her new label Bakehouse as well as working on a collaborative jewellery line to be sold exclusively at Harvest Storeroom. She will also host what promises to be a very creative ceramics workshop that will cover how to make and decorate objects in porcelain.
More details here.




Do you know how satisfying it is to wear something that you have made yourself that also happens to be super stylish?
Well if you want to experience this buzz and learn a truckload of fabulous new techniques along the way you may want to skip along to our Shibori Silk Scarf Hand Dyeing workshop in June.

Students will be shown a variety of different resist processes such as pole wrapping, clamping, stitching & folding, pleating and binding pieces of cloth to create exciting and unique samples. A chosen technique will then be developed into two final indigo hand dyed silk scarves to take home with you.
You can also bring along any old clothing or cloth that needs an indigo facelift...

Bookings here.




The girls from Full Drop Co. have joined us for the month of February and are brimming with new ideas and designs.
Full Drop Co. consists of six emerging designers, Elise, Meagan, Ella, Lani, Yolanda and Sophie, with backgrounds in both printed and constructed textiles. The collective came together through a shared interest in eclectic, vibrant and handmade design. Full Drop Co. work both collaboratively and independently as illustrators, makers and multi-disciplinary designers.

The collective have been busy developing a range of printed cork table accessories as well as several collaborative print-based projects with Harvest.
As the group plan on no sleep for the month, they will also be working on individual projects, exploring both printed and knitted outcomes.
Keep watch to see how these ambitious girls go, pop in to Harvest Workroom to see how they work and come and see the finished products at the showcase party, Thursday 21st February.





Was one of your New Year's Resolutions to get more creative?

Well we can assist you with that!
Just sign up for one of our many workshops and unleash the creative beast within.

In February we have one of our regular guest teachers Andrea Shaw of Stampel Studio hosting Make Your Own Macrame Plant Hangers. In just one day you will create a beautiful hanger such as the one on the left made by one of our previous students. Once you have mastered the techniques macrame will be a world of possibilities!

Duiring Feb we will also be hosting a fantastic screenprinting workshop led by Harvest Textiles called Print Your Own Designs onto Paper. Students will create their own artwork that they will then photoexpose onto screen in order to create their own beautiful artworks on paper. This workshop is guaranteed to fill your walls at home with some new limited edition prints!

We are always announcing new and exciting workshops so join our mailing list if you would like to stay in the loop.

See here for other upcoming workshops




Yippee - we are excited to announce HARVEST FIESTA.

The time of the year has finally arrived when you can choose between a homemade icy pole delight or a stick of fairy floss and peruse a most excellent line-up of local makers for all of those last minute festive goodies.

We have invited folk who have either been artists-in-residence at Harvest Workroom over the past year or some of the great people who use our studio to make their work.

Apart from us - Harvest Textiles - stall holders include Emily Green, Beci Orpin, Ghostpatrol, MISO, Peaches and Keen, Super Rad Nail Sisters, Abby Seymour, Fable Baby, Maryann Talia Pau, Stampel, Monolog, Cecilia Fox, Lucky Pops, Taco Truck...the list goes on.

If you would like to stay up to date with our FIESTA updates follow us on Instagram (@harvestworkroom) or Facebook.

The market will run on Saturday 22nd December 2012 from 10am - 4.30pm at 510 and 512 Lygon Street East Brunswick.

See you there!


Be sure to swing by Harvest Workoom on Wednesday 19th December 2012 between 6pm - 9pm to celebrate the end of the Peaches and Keen residency.

The duo have set up an intergalactic garden in 512 Lygon Street and are selling all sorts of lovely including works on paper, wallets, earrings, necklaces, limited edition zines..the list goes on.

See what they have been up to during their residency as they have introduced screenprinting to their practice and combined it with some hand stitching...really good stuff.

See here for some pics of the residency.


Are you on Instagram?
If so the chances are high that you follow Stephanie Somebody.
In 18 months on IG she has managed to accrue an astounding 123,000 followers for her blown out, desaturated images of spaces and objects.

Considering her beautiful aesthetic we thought it would be great to invite her to host a xmas pom pom styling crafting session. This session will ensure that your realm is given the magic touch with garlands, door hangings and gift wrapping all featuring the beloved pom pom.

And we will even handprint some yummy Harvest Textiles gift wrapping paper for students to take home and accompany their pom pom bestowed gifts!

Sign up here.


It isn't even the end of 2012 but we are already thinking about how exciting next year is going to be...we have all sorts of plans and ideas that will be unveiled in good time but for now we are super happy to announce Lucas Grogan's residency.
Lucas moves in to our studio for 6 weeks on March 1 and plans to create a screen printed and hand embroidered quilt as one of nine quilts that he will then show at Gallery Smith in August 2013.
We will teach him all there is to know about screenprinting and then sit back and watch as he combines his new skills with his intricate needle work.

And for those who would like to create alongside Lucas for a day you should check out the workshop that he will host at Harvest Workroom called Phrase it Write.
Following in the manner of his oft-irreverant style students will work with an ambiguous phrase to create monotonal drawings on archival matte board.
Bookings here.



Our November artists-in-residence are the inimitable local duo Miso and Ghostpatrol.
They have all sorts of fantastic plans for their residency that will be revealed over the course of this month (including a top secret garden project and some textile printing projects) and will host an open studio Thursdays - Sundays from 12pm - 5pm at Harvest Workroom where they will be working away on current projects. They will also have a small exhibition and some of their prints and books available for sale.
If you would like to spend a day with Ghostpatrol and a small group of students as he unlocks the secret of his sketch books and the role they play in his work you may wish to join The Black Book Sessions workshop.



Maryann Talia Pau is our October artist-in-residence and she has used her time with us to kick start her 1 million stars project.

She had an incredible few weeks of star weaving with 100's of people passing through to learn star weaving, share some food and have a good laugh! Keep an eye on the project's Facebook page to follow the momentum as it reaches the wider community.

She also hosted a Basket Weaving workshop which was loads of fun and has definitely converted a whole new group to the magic of weaving - see a blog post about the day.



It is going to be over in the blink of an eye. Jo Fowles is at Harvest Workroom as our artist-in-residence for one week only.

During this time she will be pottering around our studio setting up big dye pots and churning out some one off screen prints. Her aim is to produce a small body of new works that will be available for sale. She will be adding to her window display every day as her work gathers momentum. And she will finish it all off with a bang this weekend with some Shibori Silk Dyeing workshops.
You will also be able to purchase her new work on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September at Harvest Storeroom between 12pm - 5pm.

Keep an eye on our blog for her work in progress and if you missed out on her workshops you can think about signing up for her January 3-day experimental dyeing workshop - bookings here.



Gangster nail art duo The Super Rad Nail Sisters are our July residency at Harvest Workroom. It makes so much sense to us that to celebrate the opening of our permanent retail space we will be joined by the raddest duo in town polishing nails into all sorts of getup including a limited edition Harvest Textiles nail wheel (pictured at left). The sisters are Rohani and Rosalie Osman. Coming from fine art/textiles and animation/illustration backgrounds, respectively, these girls have decided to use their talents on the micro canvases that are your nails.
Frustrated with seeing the growing trend of wacky nail art on the internet and not being able to access it in Melbourne, they started out painting their own nails. After returning from a trip to London with half a suitcase full of nail polish the girls had the tools to start their empire.
Not being defined as super girly girls or tomboys they bridge the gap in between. Super Rad Nail Sisters are for those who love a Miu Miu handbag but respect a good sneaker.
They don’t do manicures but instead make your already rad nails super rad!!

For an appointment email the sisters.
Friday 5 – 9pm
Saturday 10.30 – 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30 – 4pm
Monday 12 – 5.30ish


We can't wait for British born Sydneysider Jo Fowles to bless Harvest Workroom with her beautiful aesthetic in September for a one week residency.

During her time with us Jo will run an experimental workshop exploring various hand dyeing techniques to create pattern on cloth. Students will be shown a variety of different resist processes such as pole wrapping, clamping, stitching and folding, pleating and binding pieces of cloth to create exciting and unique samples. A chosen technique will then be developed into two final hand dyed scarves to head home with.

For her residency Jo plans to experiment with dye, mark making and screen printing hoping to combine all of these techniques onto fabric to make scarves and to develop a collection of collaged prints.

More on Jo here and here.

Book into Jo's workshop here.
And find out more about a 3 day Experimental workshop with Jo in 2013 here.


Hop, skip into Pop Craft for all of your winter woollen needs.

Setting up stumps at Harvest Workroom for the months of May and June - Pop Craft will sell unique and wonderful yarns as well as host the most sophisticated knitting workshops in town.
Students will make some uniquely designed pieces from Pop Craft's collection and gain an insight into fabulous world of fibre, yarn and textiles.

For some pics of Pop Craft - see here.

Bookings here.


With a strong emphasis on sharing knowledge, discussing projects and providing high quality supplies and materials Pop Craft will re-emerge at Harvest Workroom in May/June in a completely different aesthetic incarnation. Nonetheless, it will still keep its original concept of serving multiple functions such as a retail space for yarn and knitting/crochet accessories; a platform for textile artists to showcase their creations and a curated gallery space in the shop window.

Pop Craft will also host knitting workshops in their fabulous popup shop in which students will knit their own designer wrist warmers and another project of their choice (either a bag, scarf or vest from POPCRAFT’s unique designs - vest pictured at left) whilst taking a journey with POPCRAFT into the fabulous world of fibre, yarn and textiles.

Students will finish the workshop series with their knitted items, a knowledge of the history of the craft, a solid understanding of the qualities of the fibres they work with and a general overview of knitting as an art form.

How good does that sound?
Bookings here.


Harvest Workroom has handpicked some of Melbourne’s most exciting makers for an exclusive 4 day school holiday program for young artists from 9-16 years. DESIGN DEPOT includes Emily Green, Handmade Romance, Dell Stewart and Harvest Textiles. Participants will work side by side the artists and gain the full benefit of 4 intensive days spent in the creative space at Harvest Workroom. An overview of the program follows:
"Think it, Draw it, Stitch it" with Evie Barrow of Handmade Romance
Join Melbourne’s doll doyenne and create your own soft toy. Students will design and create a character drawing of their own and then turn their drawing into a soft toy, learning basic hand-stitching, construction and embellishment techniques.
"Colour Crusade" with Emily Green
Emily will fill her workshop day with colour exploration including creating colour palettes, screenprinting on paper and fimo. Students will get to wear their own colourful brooches and pendants home.
"Scrap Paper Animation" with Dell Stewart
Dell will introduce students to the slow, joyous art of old school animation using collage cutouts and printed paper elements in a traditional
multi-layered glass set-up. Animations will be published online after post-production for participants to link to.
"Print and Go" with Harvest Textiles
Students will design & print their own tote bag in a fun filled day of printing.

No experience necessary, all materials provided. All workshops are kept intimate with this class catering to a maximum of 12 students. Workshop will be held over 4 full day sessions at Harvest Workroom, 512 Lygon Street, East Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia.

2,3,4 & 5 April
9.30am - 3.30pm



We are very pleased that one of our ex-students Kirra Jamison will spend the next three weeks at Harvest Workroom as artist-in-residence preparing a new body of screen printed works on paper.

For anyone not familar with the prolific talents of Kirra be sure to pop over to her website and her great new food blog that we can't stop salivating over called Keke.

Kirra attended our 9 week Screen Printing Intensive workshops last year in order to attain the knowledge to transfer her artistic talents onto mesh!
We can't wait to see what she comes up with during her time with us.

Stay tuned to our blog and facebook to see her work unfold.


Our January 2012 designer-in-residence Clara Vuletich (UK based Australian textile designer, Bricolage Project member and researcher at Textiles Environment Design) has arrived in Melbourne.
The residency will explore the concept of 'local textiles’. Clara hopes to combine her knowledge of sustainable textile print and dye processes with her interest in new forms of design and community activity that promote ‘home-grown’ knowledge/skills and encourage well-being.
Clara will document her residency with daily blog updates and host Local Cloth - a presentation of her residency findings on Saturday January 21st from 10.30am - 12pm to be held at Harvest Workroom, 512 Lygon Street, East Brunswick. She is a charismatic speaker with a great depth of information and enthusiasm for her subject (as her seminar last year attests). An event not to be missed.
Bookings here - only $15.



Our Screen Printing Summer School is filling up so if you are keen to get extremely busy with a squeegee for 4 days in a row in our professional studio environment over summer (while the cats are away the mice can play!) then you may want to consider booking yourself a spot.

We will take you through the steps of creating multi-colour placement prints and repeat patterns. You will learn how to draw motifs, make hand drawn repeat patterns and create registered placement prints.
You will be printing your patterns onto lengths of fabric and 100% linen tea towels, while learning about screenprinting, stencil cutting and how different types of ink can dramatically change your designs.

Sign up with a friend and start the New Year off with your creative juices flowing.

Book here.








Be sure to mark December 18th in your diary as a day to avoid last minute xmas shopping mall madness by heading to the Harvest Xmas Market.

We have a fantastic line-up of designers for you this year with talents such as Beci Orpin, Douglas and Hope, Sunday Morning Designs, Miniscapes, Dani M, Inklet...the list goes on.

There will also be a Harvest Workroom ex-student's stall, a kid's craft stall, gift wrapping and craft activities plus yummy food will be brought to you by the infamous Taco Truck and local staple Each Peach.

Judging by the success of last year's xmas market this is definitely an event not to be missed...so we hope to see you down there.

Harvest Workroom, 512 Lygon Street, East Brunswick 10am - 5pm December 18th.

Keep an eye on our blog over the coming weeks to see interviews with some of the makers who will be featuring at the market and view the stall holder profiles here.







We are looking forward to having the super duper dynamic duo Nick Young (of Two Ruffians) and Clair Wayman with us as artists-in-residence at Harvest Workroom during November.

Not only do these guys make us laugh (a lot) they are also really talented folk who will inject our studio with a whole lot of sass and style.

Between them they wear so many hats but essentially Clair is a highly sought after stylist and Nick is her printmaking partner in crime and when they come together they are Curio & Curio. They have a sweet little shop down in Flinders under that very name which they will essentially be relocating for their popup appearance.

Whilst under our roof Nick will lead an uber-DIY workshop (with Clair as his sidekick) called Printed Wooden Storage Box - Printing and Constructing (see an example of the cube over to the far left.)

More details to come about their residency but be sure to book in to the workshop if you are keen - we don't want you missing out.

Read an interview with Nick on our blog.





It may be a little off-putting to start talking about christmas so early but the Embellished Porcelain Workshop with Abby Seymour would be a wonderfully relaxing way to knock several presents off the list.

The students from Abby's previous workshop at Harvest Workroom made such stunning pieces and they really were prolific.

There are only a couple of spots left in the upcoming workshop starting on October 13th so don't delay if you are keen. The workshops run over three evening sessions and now that we are into daylight savings those evening classes are so much more enticing...see you there.




If you haven't heard of Monolog then now is the time to sit up and listen. As one of Melbourne's most innovative new fashion/textile labels we at Harvest Workroom are well and truly looking forward to having them move into our space from September 2 -10. Monolog will use the opportunity to present the fresh new colours and styles that have been handprinted by Indie Ladan - the face behind the label - right here on our ten metre print table at Harvest Workroom.

Whilst under our roof we will help Monolog celebrate the official launch of their new spring collection on September 2nd 7pm - 9.30pm. Punters will have the opportunity to meet Indie Ladan as well as receive 10% off any purchases made on the night and go in the running to win five limited edition garments.
Monolog will then have a popup shop 3rd-4th September and 7th-10th September from 10.30am-5pm.

From our perspective one of the most exciting aspects of the Monolog mayhem will be the workshop that Indie will host called One Piece. Under Indie's guidance students will design their own bold flowing graphics that will then be exposed onto screens and printed on organic cotton jersey. The japanese technique of Furoshiki will provide much of the inspiration for the course.
Find out more about Monolog and the workshop through an interview we did with Indie at our blog.



We have been having a great time as guest bloggers over at The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins (pictured left) is the mistressmind behind this fabulous blog that keeps us in the loop with all design related amazingness around Melbourne and beyond and was kind enough to invite us to have our say for a week. We chose to feature the marvellous designers (Liz Jones, Maryann Talia Pau, Nikki Gabriel, Greg Hatton & Leila Sanderson) who will host workshops at our up coming event makeUp to be held at Harvest Workroom.
It was a good excuse to go and have a nosey at everybody's studio spaces...and what inspiring little corners of the world they have created.

Thanks Lucy for the chance to appear on your fantastic design forum. We have really enjoyed ourselves.
(images courtesy of The Design Files).


The very talented Nikki Gabriel will join us as part of our makeUp @ Harvest Workroom program in July featuring designers that use recycled or upcycled materials in their work. Nikki will use her time with us to launch her WOOLI yarn - a stunning product made of remnant fibres of CASHMERE, SILK,  WOOL, ALPACA and POSSUM.  It’s mixed up and spun into this amazing heather yarn that has a bulky tweed look...absolutely beautiful.

Using her "construction knitting" approach Nikki will host workshops to show people how to use her patterns to design and make garments using simple knitted shapes rather than elaborate craft skills. Now that sounds like a winning combination.
Book here.


As part of the 2011 State of Design's Design for Everyone program Harvest Workroom is hosting MakeUP on Sat 23 & Sun 24 July, Sat 30 & Sun 31 July.

MakeUP showcases local designers who either reuse or upcycle materials to create amazing new products. Come join us at Harvest Workroom for a series of workshops and events based around this theme. Guests include Greg Hatton, Leila Sanderson, Liz Jones, Maryann Talia Pau and Nikki Gabriel. Plus Harvest Textiles will feature an Upcycling Vintage Wallpaper workshop.

Or experience the Make Shop - drop in and engage in a creative project at any time!

View here for a list of the featured designers, the workshops and more details.


With the cooler weather already well and truly making itself apparent around these parts it is time to start thinking about all things woolly and warm.
Lucky for us Pop Craft has opened a popup shop right here at Harvest Workroom from May 23 - August 30 to provide Melbourne yarn lovers with local, experimental and colourful fibres plus new textile ranges from some budding local textile artists.
Pop Craft also features a whole suite of fabulous workshops in hand knitting and machine knitting.

Be sure to watch the ever revolving shop window for works by some fantastic local artists too!
Stay tuned for all sorts of updates over the coming months.

Stop by 510 Lygon Street, East Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia.


Do you like to collect things, arrange and assemble things or, dare we say it, hoard things? You are not alone.
Join Jeweller and Object Designer Liz Jones from Betty Jo Designs at Harvest Workroom to create beautiful coloured assemblage pictures and jewellery using buttons, beads, bric-a-brac and everyday items you have collected to be recycled and given another creative life.
Even if you don't have the *collecting* gene in your DNA that’s OK. There will be lots of instant collections to work with!
Students will make a beautiful framed colour collage and a selection of mini assemblages that can be worn as brooches or pendants.
Visit here for bookings.


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