Mindful Making

This year's theme, mindful making, explores how working with your hands offers opportunities to focus, connect, relax and create. We also focus on how makers approach their craft by applying a thoughtful and considered approach to the sustainable use of materials, innovative processes and an understanding of community needs. 

We round up all the events that explore this theme and provide you with a fantastic list of events that you'll no doubt want to check out.


Sydney City

Making in Pieces by Donna Sgro and Cecilia Heffer
Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney

Hypersensitive/ Hipersensitif by Soraya Artis
Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney

Gaffa Exhibits and Mindful Making Workshop
Gaffa Creative Precinct, Gaffa Gallery, Level 1, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney


Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Redfern

Craftfulness: A Conversation
Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst

Making it Better Workshop: Stitching Through Adversity with Shared Threads
Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William Street, Darlinghurst

Stellar Lumi by STEAMpop
SNEPO Fab Lab, 95 Riley Street, Darlinghurst

Adorn Yourself by STEAMpop
SNEPO Fab Lab, 95 Riley Street, Darlinghurst

Kintsugi for Modern Life
Studio Enti, 13 Foley Street, Darlinghurst

FEEL _____ AGAIN, Masterclass and Open Studio
The Distillery, 115 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

So Far So Good exhibition and The Self Care Toolkit workshop by Noula Diamantopoulos & Art Pharmacy Consulting
Vandal Gallery, 16–30 Vine Street, Redfern

DIY Screen Printed Patches and Mindful Hedonist with Mrs C and Me 
Bustle Studios, 1/457 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Turban Tuesday
Grand Days Books, Shop 1, 220 William Street, Woolloomooloo

Classes on Mindful Making 
Work-Shop, 175 Cleveland Street, Redfern (corner of Eveleigh Street)


Eastern Suburbs

Mindfulness and Sustainability Workshops 
COMMUNE, 901 Bourke Street, Waterloo

Fairy Garden for Kids and Mini Maker Sessions with Creative Kids Co 
EJ Ward Paddington Centre, 189 Underwood Street, Paddington

Cocoon by Made By Me Workshop 
Westfield Bondi Junction, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction


Inner West

Creative Workshops with Artist Melissa Carey
Melissa Carey's Art Studio, Building A, 10 Carrington Road, Marrickville

Indigo Block Print with Atomic Fox Workshop
Amera's Palace, Level 2, 314 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Dry Hards: A Tea Towel Exhibition
Bobbin and Ink, 412 Parramatta Road, Petersham

DIY Floral Incense and Natural Essential Oils Perfume Workshop with Dancing Blossom Studio
Frontyard, 228 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

Form | Surface | Structure: Sculptural Ceramics
Kerrie Lowe Gallery, 49–51 King Street, Newtown

Workshops with Monster Mice Collective
Monster Mouse Studios, 9 Gerald Street, Marrickville

QuiltNSW Annual General Meeting, quilt exhibition and talk
Club Burwood, 96 Shaftesbury Avenue, Burwood

Stitch-in with QuiltNSW and Arterie Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, 119-143 Missenden Road, Camperdown

Creative Workshops at Sew Make Create
Suite 4, 38 City Road, Chippendale

SquarePeg Studios Craft Week Activities
SquarePeg Studios, 10 Junction Street, Marrickville

Flour and Stone Book Launch and Wednesday Morning Craft In
The Happenstore, 55 Parramatta Road, Annandale

Sustainable Basket Weaving with Wild Fibres Basketry
Hypmotive Hub, 155 Marrickville Road, Marrickville


Northern Sydney

Alter Ego – An imperfect workshop for the creatively curious
North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney

The Spring Table, Celebrating with Clay, Mindful Making at Mu Studio Gallery
 Headland Park Artist Precinct, 8 Read Place (near cnr Middle Head Rd & Best Ave), Mosman 

Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop 
Create With Us, 27 Atchison Street, St Leonards

Community Yarn Art Workshop with Alison Thompson of Billy, Peg & Tom
Eden Gardens, 307 Lane Cove Road (cnr Fontenoy Road), Macquarie Park

Stitch, Collage, Colour and Make with ATASDA
Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, 26 Stanley Road, Epping


Greater Sydney

Make your own reusable bag and card workshops with Green Fix
Shop 8, 232–250 Northumberland Street (Arcade), Liverpool

Images: Making it Better Workshop by Shared Threads. Courtesy of Shared Threads