Feather and Spear tings

Its been forever and a day! eek! But that’s because I most certainly have been busy collecting and nurturing the creative fires and keeping company with just the most super positive, enthusiastic lovers of all things creative… And if you haven’t been following on my instagram then here’s a bit of what you’ve been missing:

February 2018 – Super fun African fabric earring making workshop for RMIT Brunswick campus Welcome Day

January 2018 – Had a screen printing project of a different kind. I got the opportunity print up some colourful t-shirts for the awesome RMIT Creative team

November 2017 – So happy my studs, bags, cards and art prints are in great company and now adorn the shelves at The Social Studio store in Smith Street, Collingwood AND also got to do a Social Studio pop-up market right in the centre on Melbourne before Christmas

October 2017 – Some of THE most fun I’ve had ever on a custom screen printing project! T-shirts for Wocle with only the most gorgeous colour palate ever. I got to the mixin’ of colours, the testing, the swatches (my fave thing to do) and the collabo effort of screen printing magic! Be sure to scroll through in the Insta pic to see all the fun!

and lastly… a few pics from last year’s workshop fun that I never got around to sharing with you… I promise I won’t keep you waiting so long for the next lot of updates! In fact I’ve still got this year’s White Night Festival pics to share, gallery visits, and all kinds new tings…soon. xxTab




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Make Stuff Happen April 2017

Booked out already! Yay! Another RMIT Link Arts – Make Stuff Happen + Feather and Spear love fest.

This coming Tuesday 4 April 2017
12:30 – 2:30pm
RMIT City Campus Building 13, Level 3, Room 7
You may still be able to put your name down for last minute cancellations here.

Can’t wait to see you all there! xxTab



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White Night Melbourne 2017

Aaaagh! Slow I know in posting this year’s White Night Melbourne pics up, seeing as it was a month ago.  Better late than never, right!

I actually don’t have too much to say about it this year…It was “okay”. You know, lights, neon lights, all the pretty lights… It was just missing a little something for me.  I had recently lost a very dear friend so perhaps was not in the most “festive” of head spaces.
Still pretty though, I was still excitable, but I was home and warm in bed by 4am this year as opposed to making it all the way through to yoga at the National Gallery of Victoria at 7am.

Anyway, judge for yourselves feast your eyes on the pic gallery below and you can compare with previous years herehere and here

Actually click on the gallery below…much better experience I promise 🙂… I think

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Bundoora RMIT workshop round up

If you missed out on my free earring making workshop last week at the RMIT Bundoora Higher Education (HE) Welcome Day, here’s all the stud action you missed:

Big thanks to RMIT Link Arts & Culture for encouraging all sorts of creative shenanigans from all of us and extra special thanks to the most enthusiastic makers on one hot stud making, donut fuelled, super fun filled day!

Don’t despair if you missed out this time, as there are more workshops! The next one is on Tuesday 4th April 2017! More details on that in the coming days. Keep you eyes peeled on my Instagram account as well @featherandspear.

xx Tab

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Free earring making workshops

Remember that time you wanted to learn how to make your very own Feather & Spear  style African-print fabric studs, but you’d missed out on my last workshop?…of course you do!

Well you’re in luck! If you’re an RMIT University student here in Melbourne, that is. And it won’t cost you a cent!

It’s happening again, in less than a week, Wednesday 22 February 2017 to be exact. l’ll be running  earring making workshops as part of the RMIT Bundoora Higher Education (HE) Welcome Day fun.

This is your chance to get to know the campus if you’re a new student, meet other students and talk to staff, enjoy food, music and live entertainment, and get to know about the range of great services, clubs and activities at RMIT. Especially the creative activities you can get involved in…This RMIT alumni is not biased at all.

Here’s all you need to know:

You take home Feather & Spear style African-print fabric earrings – once you’ve made them of course!
3 earring making sessions on the day
Wednesday 22 February 2017 11am – 2pm
Bundoora RMIT campus – Facebook Event link HERE

If you’re at the Bundoora campus you have no reason to miss out. Get your friends involved, make them their next birthday gift (c’mon, everyone has a birthday). Take home an African stud! At least 2 in fact! A pair or 2! I could go on…

Hope to see some eager souls there! If you need inspiration…see the pics below – that’s what you could take home too…

Free Feather and Spear earring workshopAssorted Feather and Spear fabric studsFeather and Spear fabric studs Coffee making of Feather and Spear fabric studs

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Merry market free season

So you may have (or not) noticed that I have not been taking part of any markets this year, and having a totally market free festive season.

The why? Basically just getting to the business of living life.

It has been a tough year where the biggest lesson I learnt was that my health has to come first (though you would think that I would have learnt this lesson already… with whole big C and all). It’s one thing to know something, and another thing to actually apply it.

So this year I have been saying a lot of “no I can’t do that market“, “no I can’t take on that extra extra work, I have enough on my plate“, “I’m too tired to do that“, “sorry I can’t come out to play“… and I have meant it all.
The big C, as they say as I say, is the gift that keeps on giving (insert slightly bitter sarcastic tone there). 6 years on, I’m finally, just, off ALL the meds and I • A M • E X H A U S T E D.

So, thinking about how best to spend my energy, markets, as much as I love them, had to be one of the things I said no to, for the time being.

I did recently take part in a pretty awesome Colour Box Studio Pop Up Shop and continue to have my Etsy store stocked with some new goodies, so definitely still feather & spearing along.

And the rest of my now market-free, non feather & spear time? Long walks on the beach…well, almost.
Apart from full time non-creative bill-paying desking, I’ve been taking a bit of time out in nature, yes, taking long walks, but also getting the kind of inspiration you can only get when there’s a whole lot of oxygen and green living things. I’ve also been lucky enough to take in the odd arty-farty inspiring gallery visit and have had the chance to actually visit some markets to support my fellow hard toiling makers and shakers.

So 2017 on the very near horizon and I’m most definitely looking forward.
I hope you get to end this year in the best kind of way and remember to place a whole lot of “self lovin” gifts under the tree for yourself.

Wishing you and your loved ones all kinds of mad love, happiness and good health.


Snippet of my recent and market free activities…

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Colour Box Studio Spring Pop Up

Remember that summer I spent with the awesome folks at Colour Box Studio as part of their pop-up store?

That Colour Box summer…

Well, I’m super excited to announce that this spring I’ll be back for another dose of that Colour Box magic with their 2016 Spring Pop Up Shop!

From Friday October 7 to November 4, Colour Box Studio will be showcasing a range of  illustrated works and art prints, handmade jewellery, screen printed cards and textiles, handmade candles, art prints, hanging planters and pots, and so much more – all made and designed by over 30 local artists and creatives!

To kick things off, Colour Box Studio are hosting a Spring Pop Up Shop event on October 7th from 5pm. And guess who’s invited! You, you and you!

Come help us celebrate if you are in Melbourne, otherwise pop in throughout October.

Spring Pop Up Shop Details

Where: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 3011
When: Launches on October 7 from 5PM.
Open: Tuesday-Friday 9.30-5, Saturday 10-4 until November 4.


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Making Stuff Happen

And so we made some stuff happen! Namely, the wildest array of spotted, striped, geo, vibrant, patterned, Feather & Spear fabric studs!

Thanks to RMIT University students who took part in the Make stuff happen workshop I ran last Tuesday. I really was blown away, firstly by the enthusiasm, then by the incredible level of creativity! So happy to have spent the afternoon with a bunch of African-print-wild kindred spirits!

Thank you to RMIT Link Arts for the opportunity to share what I love.

So here’s some of the fun stud action that went on…


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Workshop – Make Stuff Happen

Take home your very own African studs! Yep, I put it out there!

Open to all RMIT University students, as part of free weekly Make stuff happen workshops and skills-share series run by RMIT, I will be running an African fabric-covered earring making workshop in August.
In true Feather & Spear style you’ll be able to make and take home your own piece of Africa with a that little Melbourne vibe.
Follow the link to book your spot before spaces run out!

RMIT University – Make Stuff Happen – African Earring Making Workshop
August 2016- Tue 2nd 12:30pm til 2:30pm
Building 8, Level 2
Room 28 – Link activity space


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2016 in full colour

2016 is well and truly under way, so much so that summer is just about done.

So what have I got to show for this summer?

Apart from sun-kissed skin, I can show off the extra kilos I gained all as part of my regular summer program. That is not, by any means, me complaining. Because if you know me, then you know how much I love every bit of the gorging eating, exploring, festival-ing (usually around gorging) and general artsy-fartsy-ing around that comes with Melbourne’s warmer months.

So here’s a wrap for the last few months (including a little of 2015) – Just because I was a head-down, kicking-some-cancer-free-milestones (whilst having a wee meltdown), daily-grinding, getting-ma-bills-paid kinda bore for a good part of 2015, it doesn’t mean I didn’t get out at all. So here’s the abbreviated version in pics…

  • Feather & Spear  and colourful summer things – my Mama and I swagging round town repping Feather & Spear African print bags and studs • New earrings and bags for 2015 Kris Kringle Markets • NGV Melbourne excursions • Colourful things at the Night Noodle markets.
  • 2016 WhiteNight Melbourne highlights bright lights – Glowing dresses • Projections • Live music • and the final hours at dawn…

All pics taken by me.

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