Ganim’s Store is filled with colourful designer objects and homewares. It’s a tempting paradise for children and possible nightmare for their accompanying parent.
Luckily, the Ganim team are quite fond of children. So much so that they are holding a week devoted entirely to the kiddies. There will be a bunch of creative activities and an exhibition of the beloved Mr Potato Head, and it’s all purely in the name of crafty fun.
Everyone knows and loves the iconic Mr Potato Head for his instantly recognisable black moustache and bright blue shoes and this week Ganim’s Store have asked some of their most creative friends to create their own Mr Potato Head. The result is an impressive collection of potatoes by over 30 artists, photographers and musicians.
Various local artists will be running workshop sessions alongside the exhibition, only for smaller, less experienced hands. Jewellery designer Lucy Folk, whose pieces are stocked in Ganim, will be sharing her gift for turning yummy edible items into fashionable jewels. Her jewellery career blossomed out of a childhood filled with cherry earrings and macaroni necklaces, and her pasta necklace-making workshop may just reveal the next big name in food jewellery design.
Also lending a hand will be freelance graphic designer Samuel Barnes, who regularly volunteers with children’s arts organisations. A big kid himself, Barnes wishes to be just like Italian artist Bruno Munari when he grows up. His workshop will assist the kids to create their own quirky, Bruno Munari-inspired masks.
Potatoes are an essential part of junior art creations and the four ladies behind Harvest Textiles will hold a potato printmaking session as part of the event. Artist and stylist Michael Strownix, a man who is familiar with transforming everything and anything into a masterpiece, will use his potatoes for creating sculptures.
The kids will have a blast getting creative and crafty, and we think the parents will too.
Lucy’s Pasta Necklace-Making Workshop: September 25, 10.30am–11.30am
Samuel’s Bruno Munari Masks Workshop: September 27, 10.30am–11.30am
Harvest Textiles’ Potato Printmaking Workshop: September 28, 10.30am–11.30am
Michael’s Potato Sculpture Workshop: October 1, 10.30am–11.30am
Mr Potato Head Exhibition runs from September 25 to October 8. $15 per one-hour class. Enrol via firstname.lastname@example.org, all kids must be accompanied by an adult.