Can you feel it? Spring has sprung and we definitely can! With the beginning of daylight savings and a bit more sunshine around the place, it's hard not to. There are lots of bits and pieces on the boil for Seedsmiths, so here's a Spring update for you ...
WHAT WE'VE BOTH BEEN UP TO
Michelle has been teaching full-time during Term 3 and Term 4 at Hellyer College and I've continued part-time at Marist. At the same time, we've both been tinkering away our various side-projects. Michelle has spent some time working with BigHart teaching iPhoneography to young people and I've been doing wedding, family and social media photography for Look See. You can see a little bit of what our planning meetings look like in some of the photos above (there must be coffee and there must be food, cake is sometimes nice too!)
We began hosting regular week-day Crafternoons in the winter months, and we're pleased to say there has now been enough interest to offer weekend sessions. Our first weekend Crafternoon will be held at Harvest and Cater, Boat Harbour on the 16th of October, starting at 2pm. You can register your interest in attending on our event page. It's most likely that we will continue weekend sessions at this stage, rather than the week-day sessions. Thanks to those who have attended already - we hope to see you at a future weekend crafternoon! Huge thanks to Jo & Co Cafe, Penguin and Secret Buddha Cafe, Burnie for hosting our previous sessions. If you're a cafe owner/manager and are interested in hosting us for an upcoming crafternoon, please get in touch, we'd like to be able to visit a variety of cafes along the coast to keep it interesting!
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, COURSES, EVENTS
Keep an eye out for more information about upcoming workshops (if you haven't 'Liked' us on Facebook yet, or followed us on Instagram or Twitter, these are great ways to find out what's happening with us.) We are hoping to run two iPhoneography workshops in the not-too-distant future. One with hints, tips and tricks for personal iPhoneography for grown-up-type-people (we ran a very successful youth-based workshop for Youth Week last year) and one specifically for small business, with a focus on creating high-quality images with your iPhone for use on social media; touching on social media etiquette as well as using it as a means to create close links to your community. As part of these iPhoneography workshops, we're hoping to host another Instameet, we held one as part of our launch last year and it was a great (if foggy) afternoon out at Table Cape Lighthouse. If you have suggestions for a specific location, or if you're a local business and would like to host us for an Instameet (talk about a great way of utilising free publicity, think of all those hashtags!) again, get in touch!
We have some other very exciting bits & pieces that are still in planning stages at the moment - we're really looking forward to sharing those with you as soon as we're able to! Yes, that sounds very secret-squirrel-ish but it will have to be that way for a smidgen longer! As always, keep in touch with us on social media for regular updates and news.
CAN YOU TEACH SOMETHING WITH US?
We've had lots of people tell us they're keen to run a workshop or course through us - we'd love you to get on board! Head to our teacher information page and read about the process. From there you can download our application form. We'll check it out, make any suggestions that might help and begin promoting your workshop/course, organise a venue and manage bookings. Once we have the required numbers, it's all systems go. We take care of all the organisation behind the scenes for you, so all you need to do (once you've completed the initial paperwork) is turn up and teach.
If you're keen to do this but are a bit worried about the actual teaching part - please don't be! As qualified teachers (and creatives ourselves), both Michelle and I there to support you, generally one (or sometimes both) of us will be there on the day to assist. Think of it more as a group of (perhaps new, perhaps old) friends gathering together to learn and create. We're happy to meet up with you over a cuppa (cake, anyone?) and answer any questions you might have; get in touch (I know, I know, I keep saying that!) and we'll arrange a suitable time.
And if you took the time read through all of that, phew and thank you! We hope that the new season is putting a spring in your step like it is ours!
Naomi and Michelle
WE WANT YOU!
Over the past few weeks, we've had inquiries about a number of skills/crafts that people on the NW coast are keen to learn (keep those ideas coming in, btw!)
Are you able to teach any of the following:
Flower crown making
Simple sewing projects
If so, head on over here, download our teacher application form, fill it in then email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us take care of the rest! We'll do the behind-the-scenes organising of promotion and admin, leaving you to concentrate on your course content. We can support you as needed through the teaching part, too - so if you've never taught before don't feel intimidated. Think of it as a casual get-together with new friends who you can give some hints to about your skill/craft/talent!
People out there are definitely interested and keen to learn - can you help them do that?
Michelle and Naomi
Here at Seedsmiths, we don't think you necessarily need formal qualifications to teach someone a skill. You need to have direct knowledge of that skill and you need to be reliable. You don't even have to be an extrovert! The most important thing is being where you'll say you'll be, doing what you'll say you'll do and communicating whatever your skill is to others who are interested in learning it.
If you're keen to teach something (and it can be absolutely anything - gardening, cooking, preserving, baking, building, painting, drawing, pottery, knitting, crochet, macrame, wood and metalworking, etc, etc.) but are a little nervous about the idea of getting in front of others to do so, please don't be! Michelle and I are able to provide extra assistance with that - we're both qualified and experienced secondary school teachers (and you don't get a much tougher crowd than high school kids!) so we have lots of advice and tips we can share to get you through that aspect of running a course, as well as the usual admin and promotion that comes along with being a Seedsmiths teacher.
To start off, think about a simple but specific skill, it may be casting on/off in knitting, it might be making a small batch of jam, or how to build a simple wooden frame or box. Start small and begin brainstorming how you would go about teaching that skill or item. Jot down a step-by-step instruction list. Then head over here, download and fill in our application form as best you can. Email it to us: email@example.com and we can get the ball rolling.
At the moment we're doing a call-out to discover exactly what kinds of things people are interested in learning. We'll be putting together a list and posting it here on our blog and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Keep checking back regularly - if what you can teach doesn't appear on the list, don't let that stop you! Get in touch with us, we can put out feelers and see if there's enough interest to run your course, you never know until you try and you lose nothing by giving it a shot!
Have you got questions? Can you put us in touch with someone who you think might like to teach a course through us? Email us (address above), click on the 'Contact Seedsmiths' link below, or comment on this blog post.
Michelle and Naomi
What do you want to learn? It might be artsy or crafty, it might be cooking, baking, gardening, wood or metalworking? It may be writing, photography, painting, drawing or even blogging! Are you a local artist, crafter, business or creative who would like to learn some social media management tools? What is the one thing you've always wanted to learn how to do? Comment on this post, click the 'Contact Seedsmiths' link below or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the main reasons behind establishing Seedsmiths was an attempt to fill the gap that can see people on the NW coast miss out on opportunities to learn something new. It's not always practical travel-wise, or financially for people here to participate in mainland or southern (or even northern) Tasmanian workshops and classes. So, if you have an idea for a workshop or course you'd like to have a go at, here on the NW (or even West) coast, get in touch - we'd love to hear from you!
Michelle and Naomi
Things have been very quiet over here at Seedsmiths while Michelle and I have been taking care of personal projects and other teaching commitments for the last few months. However, we have been plotting and planning and scheming behind the scenes and we will have some updates in the not too distant future. We have some really exciting ideas we want to implement and share and will do so as soon as we can!
To stay updated with what's happening, check back here and follow our social media accounts; we're on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
As always, if you're interested in teaching a course (in any skill at all) and having someone else do all the admin and publicity work for you (that's us!) then shoot an email through to email@example.com and we can get the ball rolling. What can you create? What do you make in your spare time or professionally? Can you knit, crochet, bake, cook, build, garden? You don't necessarily have to be a "professional" teacher to pass that skill on to others - Michelle and I are here to support you through the whole experience; as qualified teachers ourselves we have lots of strategies we can share to help you feel confident teaching others your skill or craft. Don't hesitate, don't be shy - fill in our application form and let's see what we can share with the community. (Hint: start small - think of one particular item or basic skill that could be taught to others.)
Previously we've had inquiries about a range of possible courses, from flower crown making, to woodworking, jam making, to photography, creative writing, even yoga and mindfulness. We're looking for a wide range of skills and interests for the whole community - all kinds of ages, genders and backgrounds. If you have an interest in teaching or participating in something please let us know. If you have a friend who is interested in teaching or participating in something, pass on our details and ask them to get in touch.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Michelle and Naomi
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