Megan Morton describes The School as a place to give people the space and the tools to create. “We are non-age and non-skill,” she says. “We are for anyone who wants their hand and heart to work together!” As stylist and headmistress of this centre for the crafty and creative, she has been sharing ideas and insights into crafts and handiwork for a full year now, and this weekend sees a celebration of all things homely and inspiring.
You might kick off by rifling through Travelling Wares, a collection of finds from vagabond stylist Kara Rosenlund, who will be quite literally towing her caravan (otherwise known as ‘Frankie’) into the space and setting up her assemblage of vintage objects. Across Saturday and Sunday the paper-craft workshop has the kids in mind, but is open to those in denial of adulthood too. You’ll get to make paper shapes to take home or contribute to the giant paper chandelier.
Alternatively, pop into the rosettes, pennants and banners workshop with paper designer Marsha Golemac on Sunday to learn how to make more fanciful decorations. A pavlova party is also slated for earlier that day involving a bevy of bakers, including Nadine Ingram (Flour and Stone) and Pauline Kwong (Kylie’s mum), ready to let you sample some interesting iterations of the classic dessert.
If you’re the sort of person who’s tempted by creative and practical pursuits, The School’s first birthday is a chance to sample just some of their offerings, and get swept up in something new. “What is wonderful is that we get teachers who are truly giving their craft and art to appreciative people, who go on their own creative paths,” says Morton. “It's the ultimate share-fest!”