Cherry Blossom Festival at Auburn Botanical Gardens | 2015 Review

Cherry Blossom Festival (17)So I went along to the Cherry Blossom Festival at Auburn Botanical Gardens over the weekend and man oh man, was it busy! I mean people just love cherry blossoms. I guess it’s not hard to see why. There’s just something so beautiful about these little pink flowers that cascade above you and fall ever so gently.

The event is well organised, with food trucks set up just in front of the gardens. An entry fee of $5 for non Auburn residents gets you entry to the gardens and access to a number of activities including origami workshops, food stalls, calligraphy workshop, Japanese flower arranging and musical and dance performances.

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This year, there will be a Cosplay and Kimonos Competition. Having partnered up with Madman Entertainment, this year Cosplayers have a chance to win a Madman Entertainment prize voucher. Those who dress up gain free entry to the festival.

Simply come to the Auburn Cherry Blossom Festival in your best costume and take a photo in front of the cherry blossoms. Post the photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #auburncherryblossom and you will go into the running to win prizes supplied by Madman.

Check the facebook page to see the schedule for this weekend.

So we had a couple of motives to check out the Cherry Blossom Festival – 1. to check out mesmerising cherry blossoms and 2. to take our new camera out for a spin. Here are some of our favourite snaps from the day.

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Details:
Cherry Blossom Festival
11.00am – 4.00pm
29 and 30 August
Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads Auburn

Getting there:
Free bus service to the gallery
Onsite parking is avaiable

See flyer for more details. Find all the info you need here before coming along to the Festival this weekend.

Love,
Festival Girl

 

Craft Punk: Small Offerings Exhibition

I just love the name ‘Craft Punk!’ So what’s it all about? Well Craft Punk is about getting a hands on craft experience and learning from the best industry experts. This Craft Punk event seems to be centred Christmas, Terraniums and Upcycled Jewellery and are focused on producing things that represent ‘Small is beautiful.’ Craft Punk is all about giving you the tools to take making into your own hands!

Succulent Terrariums: Quirky green worlds in a jar
1 and 2 December, 10.30am – 12.30, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Beginners welcome (age 14 years and over)
$45 adult, $40 Powerhouse member (includes Museum admission)
Book now

Ever wanted one of those nifty terraniums that you’ve seen all over Pinterest? Well fret no more, terranium-maker expert Amy Wong will teach you how to create a succulent terrarium with attitude. You will learn plant selection, soil composition, terrarium care and hints for propagating succulents and plants. If you want to drool a little more over these super cute minature worlds, Amy has her own online business Petite Green – arg so cute!


Fakery Finery: Jewellery Workshop
1 and 2 December, 10.30am – 12.30, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Beginners welcome (age 14 years and over)
$45 adult, $40 Powerhouse member (includes Museum admission)
Book now

What would happen if you mashed artifial foilage and funky jewellery designs, you would get something like what contemporary Jeweller Melinda Young produces. With a love for frippery, fakery and the ‘un-natural’ Melinda will show you how to use the creative potential of discarded plastics and found objects as they are deconstructed into fabulous wearables. With lots of techniques to learn, you can bring your own colourful additions to add to provided materials.

Drop In Workshops:
Radical WRAP 
1 and 2 December, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Time to get creative and get into making some ‘designer’ wrapping paper for your Christmas pressies. It’s the best way to say Merry Christmas with your own personal signature and style through DIY Craft Punk Radical Wrap. All materials supplied including brown paper, pom poms, stencils, felt pens, coloured dots and assorted decorations.

Here is a video from the Powerhouse team about what happens on Craft Punk days:

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If you’re out and about, I’d recommend a visit – it’s to dye for.

Images from here and here.

Until next time,
Love, Festival Girl

The Young Blood Designers Market 2012

The Young Blood Designers Market is on this weekend. Who doesn’t love a market that’s actually curated and happening just in time for all you guys who love to get their Christmas Shopping done early (teach us how!…)

So what’s it all about? The Young Blood Designers Market is a chance to show off some snazzy designers and their innovative designs. It’s a great opportunity to get to talk to the designers, drool over their wares and hopefully take something amazing home. If you’ve just moved into a new place or want to spruce up your old one, there is a whole heap of fashion, jewellery, furniture, graphic work, cushions, homewares and lighting products that will be on display.

Not only that, you also have the chance to get in on the creative action and join the creative workshop Make Lounge! Design your own tea towel or hankie – need I say more?

Some of the designers and products featured include:

– Designer Kristy-Lee Agresta’s unique jewellery utilising Laminex and Sterling Silver.
– Bold and beautiful neon cushions, bags and purses by The Print Society.
– A series of faceted vessels and light-shades by designer Phil Cuttance, part of a selection of local designs sourced by online site The Minimalist.
– Ruben+Kosch’s unique and playful Cliques modular lighting system.
-Original and vibrant prints by Sixhands featured on wallpapers, fabrics, rugs, cushions, lampshades & other accessories.
– Stunning silk scarves and prints featuring custom-designed artworks and illustrations by L’Avion.
– Quirky and functional everyday objects celebrating Scandinavian design by Supertrooper – Studio including homewares, toys, posters and other paper products.

Details:

Young Blood: Designers Market
Friday 9, Saturday 10, Sunday 11 November 2012
10am – 5pm
$6 Entry includes Museum entry
Powerhouse Museum

You can book tickets here.

Images from herehere and here. More info from here.

Until next time,

Love, Festival Girl