More dates

‘I AM’ Mantras The Ancient Art of Applique meets the Phenomenal Power of Personal Mantras

Price $50 – $150 AUD Get tickets

Event description

Up-cycled graphic style Textile Art – Applique, with a conceptual theme – The power of Personal Mantras

Come and explore the ancient form of textile artwork with a modern twist. Using the Applique technique with up-cycled materials to create an image celebrating the female form whilst also delving into the power of Personal Mantra’s. Applique is ornamental needlework where fabric patches are layered on a foundation fabric, then stitched in place by hand or machine with raw edges turned under or covered with decorative stitching to form a picture or pattern.

Throughout history the female form has been celebrated and revered as many things, a source of life, a goddess or muse, something to be seen and adored from a distance ‘the male gaze’, however in this workshop we will be celebrating the naked female form for its raw beauty and strength, using the female form as a representation of our most raw, authentic and vulnerable selves and harnessing the strength we already have within, with words used as personal mantras so the art works can be used as a tool, to prompt daily reminders of how we can manifest real change in our lives with the words we wish to embody.

No experience is necessary. This is an 18+ workshop

Mum’a Nai’s Exhibition is being exhibited at NorthSIte Contemporary Arts on the Long Wall from Friday 12th April 2024

Why do this workshop?

This workshop offers participants to come together with like-minded people to talk, learn, share wisdom and reembrace ancient art practices with a modern twist, whilst harnessing the power that personal mantras can deliver into our lives. Taking a deeper look into the relationship we have with the words we use to describe ourselves and how we can create a transformative experience in the language we use on a daily basis.

Meet other local, like-minded artists and creatives. 

This Workshop is held at NorthSite Art Studios - 55 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill. Saturday 11th May. 9.00am – 5.00pm with a 1 hour lunch break

What you get in this Workshop:

  • Learning about the ancient art of Applique
  • Discussions around the topic of Personal Mantras
  • Learning sustainable arts practices, tips and tricks
  • Information on drawing hacks and apps
  • Information on how to source images and the laws around copyright
  • Developing a new art skill set/style
  • An art work to take home with the value of around $250 - $350
  • One on one time with a local artist and mentor
  • Support and feedback on process
  • Meet like-minded people to connect with on this creative adventure
  • Step by step guide
  • A gift box with equipment needed for this technique

What to bring:

  • 1 x iron (can be purchased at a second hand store)
  • Fabric will be provided, however if you have old or damaged material you wish to use for this workshop please feel free to bring it along.
  • Food and drinks (for one hour lunch break) - There is a small kitchen with a microwave and fridge available.
  • Anything else needed to make this workshop more comfortable, as you will be seated most of the day. (pillow)

What to expect

  • Introduction about Naomi and how she developed this sustainable practice
  • Brief discussion about Personal Mantra’s (discussions to go on throughout workshop)
  • Grid drawing technique
  • Using line art online for the purpose of this technique and copyright
  • Interfacing Technique
  • Sewing technique
  • To be finished at home as the sewing takes time
  • Wrap up and Feedback forms
  • This is a whole day workshop - if you need to leave early let us know and we will make sure you have everything you need to finish at home.

About the facilitator:

Mum’a Nai (Naomi Evans) is an emerging artist born in Cairns in 1985. She has been creating from home her whole life, and most of her previous work has been around repurposing used and discarded objects, exploring the notion of beauty and function, and has previously dabbled in work doing floristry and making pallet wood furniture. This has created flexibility to explore different styles, materials, and mediums outside the box, resulting in a crossover between traditional and contemporary craft and conceptual art. Her influences are her parents and grandparents, who were all creative in a variety of ways, and instilled a deep-seated value around repurposing. Her practice focuses on the female form, human condition, exploring feelings, connection, community, belief systems and ideologies, storytelling, sharing positive messages and personal life experiences. This current work has been inspired by Tracey Emin and Jessica So Ren Tang.

Nai is currently working on a group exhibition for a female based theme – ‘Resilience in the Face of Adversity’, to be exhibited in line with International Woman’s Day in 2025.

Naomi has 15 years experience running group workshops, has a Diploma in Visual Arts and run's creative workshops through her own arts practice and business.

Sign up and become a NorthSite Member to receive this workshop at half-price.

Members receive priority access to events, half price workshops and programs, access to proffessional development for artists, 10% off NorthSIte Store Items, 10% off at Garricks Camera House and The Picture Framer.


Powered by

Tickets for good, not greed Humanitix donates 100% of profits from booking fees to charity

Refund policy

Refunds are available up to 7 days prior to the event