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Nothing New for Christmas

Launch RepairLab Workshop Series

EMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY TO REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE

The NightQuarter RepairLab has a mission to empower the community to participate in the circular economy. The space provides opportunities for the community to meet with skilled local makers, artisans and craftspeople to repair and reuse furniture, clothes, jewellery, bicycles and more.

Join our regular workshops on how to make art out of plastics, gardening, composting, recycling electronics, repurposing jewellery and glass.  

We proudly collaborate with Living Smart, an environmental sustainability program run by the Sunshine Coast Council’s Sustainability Team. 

feature artist

Gretchen Keelty is a Sunshine Coast artist who has lived, studied and worked in various parts of Australia and the world. She completed her Masters of Fine Art Production in Valencia, Spain, in 2018 and her most recent works have been in collaboration with biologists and agro-ecologists, examining ecosystems and biodiversity.

Gretchen works across various media and has a background in biology and loves to educate, challenge and delight her audiences.

“Art is a powerful medium through which we can communicate with and transform our audience. We can change the way they think, feel and see the world, and their place within it.“

Her work is in private collections in Australia, America and Europe, and she was recently appointed to the Arts Connect Committee on the Sunshine Coast.

Gretchen will be hosting the launch series of sustainable workshops at the NightQuarter RepairLab ‘Nothing New for Christmas’.  

 

 

Nothing New for Christmas

Workshop Series

Hosted by Feature Artist Gretchen Keelty

make a summer

mat for your pet

Date: November 15th

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Age: 12+

Cost: Free

Bring your old cotton sheets (1) and make a personal gift for your dog or cat.

make a heat pack

from an old shirt

Date: November 22nd

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Age: 12+

Cost: Free (+ NightQuarter entry pass)

Bring an old shirt and learn to make a heat pack or an eye pillow or shoulder/back pack – perfect for a male or female gift. Great as a Christmas Gift for family or friends.

a personal touch:

 Make a personalised gift box

Date: November 29th

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Age: All Ages

Cost: Free (+ NightQuarter entry pass)

Instead of using gift wrap, why not create a unique box that can be treasured and used again. With a self-portrait, or a portrait of the recipient. Bring a photo of the ‘subject’ and a shoebox.

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Fur-bulous:

Make a Handmade Christmas

Gift for Your Pet

Date: December 6th

Time:  2:00pm-4:00pm

Age: 12+

Cost: Wishlist Foundation Donation

(+ NightQuarter entry pass)

Living Smart presents an afternoon of craft and upcycling with Gretchen Keelty.  Make a personal gift for your dog or cat for Christmas such as a crunchy or rope toy for your pooch or a rod toy for your cat.

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Handcrafted Christmas:

Craft Cards, Ornaments and Gift Tags

Date: December 13th

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Age: 12+

Cost: Wishlist Foundation Donation

(+ NightQuarter entry pass)

Living Smart presents an afternoon of craft and upcycling with Gretchen Keelty. Using recycled materials, make your own wrapping paper and card for that special gift at Christmas. 

Don’t buy your ornaments and add to the waste pile, make them out of repurposed and foraged materials! Stars, snowflakes and Christmas angels….all out of recycled old items and foraged materials.

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inspired by nature:

Foraged christmas centrepiece or wreath

Date: December 20th

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Age: 12+

Cost: Free (+ NightQuarter entry pass)

Living Smart presents an afternoon of craft and upcycling with Belinda Kuhlewein from Husk and Vine and Gretchen Keelty. Make your Christmas table centrepiece or wreath spectacular using foraged and upcycled materials.

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