Today COMMUNE kick off a weeklong program of craft workshops! We get chatty with the COMMUNE team to find out more about them and their thoughts on Sydney Craft Week!

What is COMMUNE's story?

Kicking off in 2012 as a co-working warehouse in Erskineville, COMMUNE has expanded across multiple venues to offer resources that foster connectedness and collaboration within the creative industry. We provide co-working, photography studios, workshops and event spaces, where everything has been designed as a platform for Sydney’s creatives to be productive, showcase their work and engage with their local community and industry professionals. We are officially celebrating our 5th birthday at a big block party 2nd December, which will bring together the amazing creative talent and community we’ve connected with throughout the years.

Why do you think Sydney needs a Craft Week?

We think Sydney is full of amazingly talented makers, so much so we started the Locally Made Markets a couple of years ago to celebrate the hard work and quality of the products made in our area. Having a dedicated Sydney Craft Week is a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on the richness and diversity of the craft scene and showcase people and their wares to the community. It’s a chance to learn directly from the creators behind the products you love through workshops and exhibitions and also to engage with people who share your passions.

Tell us about what you have on for Sydney Craft Week?

We’ve curated a very special lineup of local makers and craft specialists for a weeklong workshop program at COMMUNE Waterloo. We have natural silk dyeing, weaving, sustainable jewellery making, slab building and concrete pot making, all run by some of our favourite local creators. There’ll be a different workshop every day from Monday 9th - Saturday 14th so you can choose your favourite or learn a whole bunch of new skills. (All the info here.)

What's next for COMMUNE?

We’ve got a roster of creative and wellbeing workshops on the cards, along with some great exhibitions from Sydney artists we are presenting in the coming months. We’re currently working towards our All Good Festival in November and our Block Party on 2nd December to end this year with a bang. You can find out about all our events here: and on our Facebook page:



Sydney Craft Week Workshops at COMMUNE

Basics of Weaving with Bronte Wright from Staple and Seed, Tuesday 10 October, 6 – 8pm, $60, Book

Make your own Concrete Pots with Hilary Woodfine from Tiny Paradise, Wednesday 11 October, 6.30 – 8pm, $80, Book

Natural Dye Silk Workshop with Joanne Broederlow from Inside Jo.B, Thursday 12 October, 6 – 8pm, $90, Book

Make Cardboard Jewellery with Jeff McCann, Friday 13 October, 6.30 – 8pm, $30, Book (SOLD OUT)

Slab Building Techniques without a Slab Roller with Ion Fukazawa from Mukumono, Saturday 14 October, 12 – 3pm, $78, Book (SOLD OUT)



Images: Concrete Pots, Tiny Paradise; COMMUNE, Sam Ali.