LIVE Instagram Art and Craft Auction @Space2b

LIVE Instagram Art and Craft Auction

Such exciting times!!
So to help keep things moving we are running our first LIVE Instagram Art and Craft Auction and it starts TONIGHT!

How it works
Our Auction items include a range of beautiful examples of works available at Space2b.

You can watch and bid on each item on Instagram @space2b_design  or search #space2bliveauction17.  Simply click on the items in our Instagram feed and place your bid in the comments section.

If you do not have an Instagram account simply text us on 0430 044 748 with the Item number, your bid amount and your contact name, we will make sure to include you in the bidding.

The Auction closes at 8pm Wednesday 10th May and all winners will be finalised and contacted the following morning. Items will be available for pick up from 11thMay 2017 from Space2b 144 Chapel Street St Kilda.

Auction Item Contributors
Item 1 – Hopeful Dancer – Print
Reserve $160

We are so blessed to have artist Leila Ashtiani working with us at Space2b.  Leila is a talented and joyous woman who has survived harrowing events to make it to Australia. Space2b provides Leila with a safe and inspiring outlet to show and teach art, manage the gallery space and be supported by our mentors and other artists.

Leilas work shows aspirations of strength, hope and love.  Her original artwork Hopeful Dancer, her first since arriving in Australia sold for $2,800.  The print is now available for bidding with a reserve of $160.

Item 2 Large Ceramic Fruit Bowl
Deborah Cotter
Reserve $125

Melbourne based and local St Kilda Artist Deborah Cotter has over 30 years experience working across many artforms including oil painting, clay and mosaic. She shares her passion for arts through teaching to all ages.  Her vibrant, warm and soulful homeware pieces are available at Space2b.

Item 3 and Item 6
No Reserve

Handknitted shopping bag made from 100% upcycled Australian Wool and Hammered copper pendant donated by emmerging Melbourne Silversmith and fibre artist Dee Robinson.

Item 4
Large Handwoven Large African Basket made in Ghana.
Reserve $65

Item 7 Mother and Father beaded artwork by Saida Umurerwa
Reserve $165

Saida has been part of our Space2b family since its beginning in 2014.  Saida fled her home of Rwanda in 1994 walking for days to Tanzania. She spent 17 years of her early life in refugee camps where she learnt to speak 7 languages and the craft of making beaded jewellery.  Saidas two detailed and stunning beaded artworks are of a mother and father and are being auctioned as a pair.

Items 5 and 8 Tara Treasures (Felt Scarf and Cat Pod)
Reserve $65 each

Our felt products are designed here in Melbourne by Tara Treasures, each item is ethically made by a master felt person in Nepal who then creates a prototype for each piece for approval.  The item is then passed onto Nepalese woman and produced in their cottage industry.  Each item is made of 100% New Zealand wool.  Azo-free dyes are used for dying and are all naturally dried using the infinite source of heat and the Sun.

Item 9 Refurbished retro chairs (1 Pair shown bottom left)
Reserve $170

Wonderful local upholster of 14 years Lauren Flock turns all forms of furnishings from tired and unloved pieces into unique and homely furnishings using colourful blends of vintage and new fabrics.

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In conversation with Mariam Issa

Interview with Mariam Issa by Sarah Yusuf

Mariam Issa is not only a remarkable person and infectiously positive person but also a great mother of five. Despite her being my mother, I still didn’t really know much about her involvement with
space 2b and got the opportunity to really talk to her about it in an entirely unbiased way.

Mariam began Space2b with Janine; Space2b is one of the most profound projects she has been a part of. I sat down with her and went into depth about why this was.

SARAH: Hi, i’m Sarah Yusuf and here with me today is Mariam Issa, Space2B’s Ambassador. So, How did you get involved with Space2b?

MARIAM: Well, I started the space2b with Janine, It was all her idea, she came to me and asked if I could be a part of this dream she had.

SARAH: Awesome, So how has space 2b impacted your journey?

MARIAM: … I think it gives me a sense of doing something that I am proud of and …. Also it’s given me an insight into the art and design industry. While I love beautiful clothes I’ve never really had a chance to witness the behind the scenes creative process or the wonderful people who make them, so being a part of the creative process of art and design has added to my value of life and beauty.

SARAH: Yeah that’s cool, so where do you see Space 2b in 5 years?

MARIAM: Well, I see The Space2b in 5 years to be …. established, independent and sustainable and by independent I mean financially, so independent from grants because we seek grants, we seek other peoples help, so most of the work we do and most of the people working are volunteer based, and that sort of … handicaps us. The way I see the shop going and the direction its heading, I see it being a very sustainable organisation where good, beautiful works of art are sold.

SARAH: Okay that’s great, so where do you and Janine find designers and artists for the store?

MARIAM: Well, we will work with migrant and refugee women; um … we find them through networks of referral, word of mouth and the mainstream artists and designers are people Janine usually knows since she is a designer herself. The designs and art is Janine’s territory, she incorporates anything that she might like from a designer perspective but with recruiting … we just do it together through people we know and our own separate contacts.

SARAH: Having already had so much on your plate with different projects, what made Space2b special/different? What was your vision for it?

MARIAM: My vision for it to begin was … I loved the idea of connecting people, especially women, I mean Space2b is not just for women but we work predominantly with women and my connection with the idea is the fact that I love entrepreneurship and I love the fact that this is an autonomy where women can be given a chance, to be able to make their own things and make money from that. Also that part of training, to train the women to achieve and grow in confidence, being able to use the shop as a place where they can feel a part of the community despite it sometimes being a strange new place for some of them. I think that comes from my own background and my own integration story, I feel like had I had a space like Space2b I would have progressed much faster.

Get Striped for Diversity, Acceptance and Respect

Our Get striped festival last Saturday during Multicultural week was great fun, and we loved sharing the day with our partners who helped to make it a great success.
‘Get Striped’ Space2b project marks acceptance and respect  through creative arts reminding us that we all deserve to be safe and happy.
The day included a design Market run by Lana from Meet Me at the Market, and the St Kilda farmers market.  We also  had Basketry and african beading workshops, henna art, cultural dance and face painting.   We finished off in the afternoon with an inspirational forum and Q&A with some great speakers, Mariam Issa, Abe Nouk Amini Nyikang and singer song writer Nela Trifkovic.Thanks to photographer Tatiana we have some fantastic photos to share with you and lets face it, pictures say a thousand words.

Across Barriers – Welcome program for new migrants in schools

Hi my name is jane Leroi, I’m coordinating the Space2b school program called “Across Barriers ” a collaboration between Space2b Social Design and three local schools. The program involves school kids developing a welcome program for new migrants into our school communities.   This program has been funded by the city of City Of Port Phillip

Our three schools are Christian Brothers College, St Kilda, CBC & Presentation College, Windsor, PCW and St Kilda Primary School, SKPS.  In the picture above is Genevieve and Vicly, who are working with me  on the St. Kilda Primary program and who both have kids at the school.

Ours first event was at PCW with Abe Nouk, from Creative Rebellion Youth  being our guest speaker. Through the voice of poetry Abe mesmerised the kids who were very impressed and inspired to know more about refugees and and how to live the dream with building upon oneself confidence and how to use self motivation to create a future path.

Here is one of the amazing poems from Abe Nouk To be  a poet 

 

Followwing up on Abe;s visit, Id like to share some feedback from one of the girls and parents from PCW post event
Here is the piece that Mathilda Pithouse (a Year 12 student) wrote for The Lantern (school newsletter)

“Sudanese-born Abe Nouk landed on Australian soil in 2004 as a refugee, unable to read and write in his own native tongue, let alone the completely new one he was suddenly submerged in. Fast forward 12 years and he is standing in front of a room full of wide-eyed high-schoolers, sharing his story through spoken poetry. I’m sure I can speak for everyone in the audience when I say I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the slam poetry, and I’m also positive I speak for everyone when I say that I left that room speechless.

His profound poems delved deep into his war-torn childhood, the stigma of living as a refugee and the frustration he fought and perseverance he found through his illiteracy. He forced us to ponder our privilege – not to induce guilt, but rather appreciation, and emphasised our own role in creating our futures. Most importantly, he emphasised the importance of our self-forgiveness and acceptance, using his extraordinary life as an example.

I’d like to thank this incredible role model for taking his time out to speak to us. We are inspired and most of all, grateful. I hope many more people are lucky enough to hear these amazing stories from such an amazing person.”

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Clearly, she was blown away! The school also received the following email from a parent of a Year 12 girl just last night about Abe’s visit:

” the reason why I wanted to contact you is to say that Leah was very impressed, moved and encouraged by the recent visit of the young rapper/ slam poetry artist from Africa. Leah is very receptive to people who come from different cultural/social backgrounds and who succeed against all the odds. She was in tears telling me about the young man.
Thank you for organizing this event.”
Fantastic
All three schools are embracing the “Across Barriers” program in some format which will be embedded into their school curriculum for 2017.
We look forward to working with such great people and children in the near future, for “together we do make a difference.”

Space2b – new and permanent home!

Its official and we are open for business.
Space2b’s new site was launched on Friday night, 18th November.
Thank you everyone who came from near and very far to celebrate with us.
Our store is open for business with all sorts of wonderful gifts, clothing, jewellery and lots more.
Come and visit us and bring your friends.
We are open wed – Sat 10-5pm and will be expending our hours over Christmas.

Together we make a difference

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Launch with Janine, leila, Mariam and Clare.  Leila will be running the art Gallery for Space2b.

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Abuk from TWICH, will be joining us next year with her sewing machines and teaching Cert. 3
in sewing.  Her beautiful clothing is already in store.

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The back area of Space2b which will become the Laneway Cafe, early next year, selling coffee,
drinks and delicious takeaway lunch.

We will be running lots of activities, movie nights and creative workshops, so watch this space!

Spring has Sprung and we are getting Ready to Fly!

With the start of a new season upon us and one that represents new growth and fresh ideas, we are excited about the possibilities that everyone is working with and the products that are being created.

It’s been a supportive and nourishing time for the team and the group is feeling stronger and working beautifully together day-by-day. There’s a steady rhythm we’re working too; a pattern of events, but we are also trying to remember to stop, reflect and see how far these women have come and embrace that journey with them.
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Tenzins smiles would light up any room!
With Christmas drawing closer the trainees have been working on special ‘one-off’ products  which will be ready to go on sale at our end of project Christmas Market being held at Heritage Hill Dandenong in December.
Keep an eye out for our market date and I will keep you updated on this nearer the time.
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Sharifeh and her beautiful mother sharing ideas
In the meantime we have been selling some of the finished pieces of work at Salon Brown in St Kilda, who are a wonderful supporter of the Project and Space2b. We have also been looking for a permanent retail outlet for Space2b, where we will be selling everyone’s creations soon and where we will continue to support them with this process.
So watch this space! Lots happening..Happy Spring to you, from all at Ready to Fly.
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Chaw happily cutting out a children’s dress pattern at Heritage Hill

Across Barriers follow up

Following up on our Abe Nouk talk at PCW on 25/8/16


Id like to share some feedback from one of the girls and parents from PCW post event
Here is the piece that Mathilda Pithouse (a Year 12 student) wrote for The Lantern (school newsletter)

“Sudanese-born Abe Nouk landed on Australian soil in 2004 as a refugee, unable to read and write in his own native tongue, let alone the completely new one he was suddenly submerged in. Fast forward 12 years and he is standing infront of a room full of wide-eyed high-schoolers, sharing his story through spoken poetry. I’m sure I can speak for everyone in the audience when I say I wasn’t too sure what to expect from the slam poetry, and I’m also positive I speak for everyone when I say that I left that room speechless.

His profound poems delved deep into his war-torn childhood, the stigma of living as a refugee and the frustration he fought and perseverance he found through his illiteracy. He forced us to ponder our privilege – not to induce guilt, but rather appreciation, and emphasised our own role in creating our futures. Most importantly, he emphasised the importance of our self-forgiveness and acceptance, using his extraordinary life as an example.

I’d like to thank this incredible role model for taking his time out to speak to us. We are inspired and most of all, grateful. I hope many more people are lucky enough to hear these amazing stories from such an amazing person.”

_____________________

Clearly, she was blown away! The school also received the following email from a parent of a Year 12 girl just last night about Abe’s visit:

” the reason why I wanted to contact you is to say that Leah was very impressed, moved and encouraged by the recent visit of the young rapper/ slam poetry artist from Africa. Leah is very receptive to people who come from different cultural/ social backgrounds and who succeed against all the odds. She was in tears telling me about the young man.
Thank you for organizing this event.”
Fantastic
All three schools are embracing the “Across Barriers” program in some format which will be embedded into their school curriculum for 2017.
PCW and CBC are moving towards organising more events in term 4 , St kilda primary school will be looking into the program closely to see how possibly Y5 curriculum can be further enhanced in 2017.
We look forward to working with such great people and children in the near future, for “together we do make a difference.”

Across Barriers school program

Hi my name is jane Leroi, I’m coordinating a new school program called “Across Barriers ” a collaboration between Space2b Social Design and three local schools. The program involves school kids developing a welcome program for new migrants into our school communities.This program has been funded by the city of City Of Port Phillip
Our three schools are Christian Brothers College, St Kilda, CBC &Presentation College, Windsor, PCW and St Kilda Primary School, SKPS. Last week Across Barriers had its first event at PCW with Abe Nouk being our guest speaker. Through the voice of poetry Abe mesmerised the kids who were very impressed and inspired to know more about refugees and and how to live the dream with building upon oneself confidence and how to use self motivation to create a future path. Space2b is looking forward to our partnerships with these schools and Abe Nouk from Creative Rebellion Youth to help develop this worthy program.

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Workshop Time at Twich

What a busy few weeks for the Ready to Fly Programme and now both the trainees and mentors are in full flow! It has been incredible to watch and be part of everyone’s creative and personal journeys. Seeing how individuals are progressing, reflecting on the first few weeks and realising that we are now half way through the project.

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All trainees are working on creating a series of products; to achieve this they are trialling initial samples, learning about a whole range of areas including different material types and restrictions, sizing and costing. Students are predominately working with Australian made materials where possible.

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Tenzin with her Bendigo Woollen Booties

Each week feels incredibly special and rewarding, it’s as if we are creating a ‘creative community’ together; supporting one another, encouraging each other to share ideas, resources and knowledge freely. Everyday brings exciting new developments and we’re able to see this through one-to-one mentoring and group discussions.

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Alongside our sessions at Heritage Hill, we also coordinate off-site workshops with independent designers and instructors.

This week some of the students got the opportunity to learn the basics of pattern grading with the talented Costume Designer and Maker Alison Yiu.

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Sharifeh and Chaw hard at work…

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Alison and Abuk

We try to create workshops to suit individuals’ needs; this particular one is perfect for the fashion designers and makers within the group.

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We were lucky enough to be able to hold this particular short course at one of our trainees workshops in Springvale. Abuk Bol runs a fashion retail space which combines the designing, making and sales all under one roof.

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The sewing school is called Twich Women’s Sewing Collective and teaches the Certificate Level 3 in Clothing and Production as part of RMIT University.

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It was a fantastic day and enjoyed by all.

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Thanks goes to Alison for leading such a great workshop and to Abuk for allowing us to use her shop space.

More project updates coming soon…