Friday, 25 January 2013

Once More with Love and the Sustainable Living Festival

It's almost time for Melbourne's annual Sustainable Living Festival! This year Northcity4 are getting involved, presenting Once More with Love, a not-for-profit travelling contemporary jewellery exhibition exploring concepts of sustainability, recycling and ethical production.

Inspired by the American collective Ethical Metalsmiths, Once More with Love is the brainchild of Suse Scholem and Simon Cottrell. The project reuses over 30kg of unwanted jewellery donated by the Australian public, reworked with love by twenty-one contemporary jewellers.

Once More with Love opens Saturday 16 February with a conversation forum from 1-5pm (entry $10, register here), followed by the exhibition opening at 5pm. There will also be a Weekend Workshop 23-24 February ($95, bookings essential). Focusing on sustainability awareness and skills sharing, the weekend will give members of the public an opportunity to explore creative practices in a hands-on workshop. Each participant will create a new piece of jewellery from recycled unwanted jewellery. The workshop will be run by jewellery artists Emma Grace and Suse Scholem.

The exhibition runs until 2 March. More information about the project and artists can be found on the Once More with Love website.

Once More with Love is part of this year's Sustainable Living Festival, always one of my favourite events on the Melbourne calendar.

The festival runs from 9-24 February with the Big Weekend at Fed Square 15-17 February. There are lots of interesting workshops, talks and events on this year's program, like Building Earth Shelters, Fix it!, How to Build a Raingarden, and Espaliering Heritage Fruit Trees. In previous years I've gone along to some excellent workshops on sourdough bread making and cheese making. (Both of the ones I did were held at the Port Phlip Eco Centre, who know how to put on a great workshop! This year they're hosting a Building a Nesting Box workshop for SLF, and they do occasionally run other workshops throughout the year. This year's SLF cheese making workshops are run by Magic Meadow.)

Speaking of interesting talks and workshops, writer and philosopher Alain de Botton's The School of Life has come to Melbourne for the summer... Events, conversations, and "good ideas for everyday life" start tomorrow, 26 January.

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