Work­shops in­spire cre­ativ­ity

North West Telegraph - - North West Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Craft de­signer Ki­tiya Palaskas will be at Port Hed­land Court­house Gallery this week to host a series of fun and cre­ative events.

Palaskas is a multi-dis­ci­plinary craft whiz and de­sign and style ex­traor­di­naire, who spe­cialises in reimag­in­ing hand­made tech­niques and tra­di­tional craft meth­ods in a con­tem­po­rary set­ting.

Known for her use of bold colours and kitsch themes, Palaskas has worked with and de­signed for many high-pro­file clients in­clud­ing Sports­girl, Lego, Peter Alexan­der, The Wom­bats, Wool­worths and Lily Allen.

To­mor­row night from 5.30pm, art lovers and keen cre­atives are in­vited to the gallery as Palaskas launches her new book, Pinata Party.

There will also be a craft sta­tion for peo­ple to cre­ate their own colour­ful mini pinata un­der the guid­ance of Palaskas.

Court­house Gallery and pro­grams co-or­di­na­tor Katie Evans said they were ex­cited to have Palaskas add Hed­land to her book launch itin­er­ary.

“It’s great for our cre­ative com­mu­nity to have the chance to learn some new skills and tech­niques for their own pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment,” she said. “Ki­tiya is one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing cre­atives and fits with our ob­jec­tive of pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity with a broad range of cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties and fa­cil­i­tat­ing net­work and re­la­tion­ship build­ing be­tween our lo­cal cre­atives and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.”

This Satur­day from 9am, the gallery will host a free morn­ing of fun, cre­ativ­ity and mu­sic for the whole fam­ily. There will be a hot break­fast from the team at Yar­rie Meats, a kids’ craft work­shop, games and face-paint­ing.

In the af­ter­noon from 2pm, Palaskas will return to the gallery to fa­cil­i­tate a felt craft work­shop.

Par­tic­i­pants will learn to cre­ate their own felt master­piece us­ing col­lag­ing, ap­plique, cut­ting and place­ment tech­niques.

The work­shop is suit­able for peo­ple over the age of 12 and is $40 for mem­bers of the gallery and $50 for non-mem­bers.

On Sun­day from 10am-3pm, Palaskas will host a Cre­ative Styling Master­class, in which she will share her years of knowl­edge and ex­per­tise and give ad­vice for small cre­ative business own­ers on how to show­case their brand and prod­ucts in the best light.

The master­class will in­clude an ar­ray of tips and tricks in­clud­ing how to use tex­tures, colours, sil­hou­ettes, pat­terns and light­ing to cre­ate eye catch­ing im­agery, us­ing photo edit­ing apps for so­cial me­dia con­tent, styling les­sons and more.

It is $40 for mem­bers and $50 for non-mem­bers.

All these events are part of the Court­house Gallery’s Hed­land Art Awards pub­lic pro­gram which, be­cause of a new date, has been big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

“This year’s Hed­land Art Awards is the fi­nal ex­hi­bi­tion of the year, al­low­ing for a longer ex­hibit time and an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide an ex­ten­sive pub­lic pro­gram,” Ms Evans said.

“At this time of year, there aren’t many com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­grams or ac­tiv­i­ties, so we took this op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand our pub­lic pro­gram from last year and de­liver more arts and cul­ture fo­cused ac­tiv­i­ties for the com­mu­nity.”

The pro­gram has been run­ning since the awards night on Oc­to­ber 6 and in­cluded an art camp, artist bat­tle, cre­ative business de­vel­op­ment sem­i­nars, art work­shops and the al­ways pop­u­lar West End Mar­kets.

The gallery’s Art Af­ter Dark series also drew big crowds.

“The Art Af­ter Dark series has been in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar as it al­lows mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to im­merse them­selves in the cre­ative process and also po­ten­tially be in­spired to dab­ble in art them­selves,” Ms Evans said.

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Hed­land Art Awards’ new date has al­lowed for a more ex­ten­sive pub­lic pro­gram. Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Pic­ture: Ki­tiya Palaskas

Cre­ate a master­piece at Palaskas’ felt work­shop.

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