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New Window Installation launch – Marcos Guzman

Future Plants and Flora Project (FPFP)

By Marcos Guzman

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On October 9th a colourful hanging garden of synthetic plants and flowers will sprout from Northcity4’s façade at 61 Weston Street Brunswick.

This installation will consist of several “new species” of hand made plants and flowers using recycled plastic containers.

Marcos Guzman the artist behind this exotic garden, draws his inspiration from the ancient wonders of The Hanging gardens of Babylon and in contrast, a more contemporary source, Comme des Garcons otherworldly fragrance that aims to emulate the scent of an unknown artificial flower from an alien environment.

Marcos investigates the potential of recycled plastic materials to emulate the natural form of plants and flora. The bottles and containers were previously formed to hold substances, now they will undergo the “blooming” process of transformation and adaptation into a new environment.

What: Future Plants and Flora Project (FPFP) by Marcos Guzman

Where: Northcity4 façade 61 Weston Street Brunswick

When: Opens October 9th – Dec 9th 2014

Open: 24 hours

Beginners Jewellery Courses for term four nearly sold out!

We now run our Beginners Jewellery Courses in three time slots, four times a year. That’s twelve options for you to choose from! You can do it on a Tuesday morning from 10am-1pm, on Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 9pm and on Saturday afternoons from 1pm – 4pm. Term four starts in less than two weeks and classes are filling fast. In fact, Saturday afternoons are now sold out and there’s only one spot left in the Wednesday evening class. Fortunately there is plenty of space in the Tuesday morning Beginners Jewellery Course and if you miss this term, you’ll have to wait until next year!

Our Beginners Jewellery Courses are taught but some of Melbourne’s most respected contemporary jewellers and if you don’t believe us, head over here to read a review on Melbourne’s go-to blog for all things jewellery.

In our Beginners Jewellery Course, you learn the basic techniques of working with metal in sheet and wire form. We teach you how to cut, file and emboss sheet metal and how to work with wire to make a pair of earrings. We then move on to soldering and you get to make your own ring. You can even work with silver if you want (extra cost but no more than $35). Have a look below at some images from previous classes and some of the fabulous items of jewellery that our students have made.

patterned rings made in our beginners jewellery course

patterned rings made in our beginners jewellery course

beginners jewellery course

patterned ring made in our beginners jewellery course

beginners jewellery course

rings made in our beginners jewellery course. Yes, you might even get the time to make two!

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One of our beginners jewellery course teachers, Anna Davern, in action

beginners jewellery course

Using the doming punch and block to make a ring

beginners jewellery course

Beginners Jewellery Course students hard at work at the bench

beginners jewellery course

a finished silver ring from our beginners jewellery course

a pair of earrings finished in week 2 of our beginners jewellery course

a pair of earrings finished in week 2 of our beginners jewellery course

drawing down wire in week 2 of beginners jewellery

drawing down wire in week 2 of beginners jewellery



Project Space applications open all year round

Northcity4 Project Space has increased the amount of workspaces to 4 and applications are  now accepted all year round. As well as our 3 and 6 month tenancy options we have introduced a 12 month option for those who require a greater amount of time at the bench. The price per week remains the same at $50 per week.

If you would like to check out the space and discuss options please contact us and we will be happy to organise a tour.  Interstate and international applicants are encourage to apply.

Check out further details at the Northcity4 website.

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Northcity4 Open Studio – Sunday 24th August #craftcubed


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For the month of August the annual Craft Cubed festival is here to inspire Melbourne. This year’s theme is The Art of The Hand Made and Northcity4 is excited to be a part of the calendar of events.

If you are keen to get into the art of the hand made, book in to one of our workshops or join us for Open Studio – or both. (sorry! both workshops are now sold out! To be the first to hear about our Northcity4 events sign up to our mailing list)

Saturday August 23rd RING IN A DAY workshop with Sam Mertens (sold out but we’re running it again on 22nd November)

Saturday August 30th REMNANTS workshop with Vicki Mason (sold out)

Northcity4 Open Studio

Sunday August 24th 11am – 3pm

Northcity4 Open studio

Join us for a fun day at the studio

Jewellery for Sale
There will be contemporary jewellery for sale by some of the talented NC4 artists.

Artist Demonstrations
You will be treated to skilled demonstrations by the wonderful Nicky Hepburn at 12pm (cuttlefish casting) & Anna Davern at 2pm (make a ring in 10 mins!).

RAW Jewellery Workshop
The NC4 team will be holding the Recycle Assemble Wear workshop in our education space: make a spontaneous piece of jewellery using recycled materials, simple assembly techniques, and walk out wearing it! – By gold coin donation

Weave A Star
We will be beaming Maryann Talia Pau in via You Tube to help us run a 1 million stars workshop, learn how to weave stars to end violence. The stars will become part of the 2014 Big Design Market installation.

Grandpa’s Shop Studio (Canada) Remote Studio Visit
We’ll be hosting a live feed projection with Karla McEachern from Grandpa’s Shop Studios in Manitoba, Canada. She has sent some of her work to us so you can check it out, in the flesh and chat to her via Skype.

Plant Stall
Snap up a succulent, seeds or fresh birds eye chillies from our Plant Stall – we are raising funds to develop a clean air garden inside our workspace. This exciting, green, project is being led by the talented Inari Kiuru.

Winter Warmers
To keep you all warm from the inside we will be serving our hand made mulled wine, chai tea, and organic snags in bread. (Ali’s mulled wine is to-die-for – ed.)

Look forward to seeing you there.



Anna Davern Open studio

work by Anna Davern and other NC4 artists will be for sale

Nicky Hepburn open studio

Nicky Hepburn demonstrating alchemy at last year’s open day!

Nicky Hepburn open studio

Work by Nicky Hepburn for sale at last years open day

Northcity4 Open studio

Ali’s delicious mulled wine

Northcity4 Open studio

potted succulents, seeds and fresh bird’s eye chillies for sale

Northcity4 Open studio

RAW jewellery workshop in action at Melbourne Now

Northcity4 Open studio

before the onslaught! RAW jewellery workshop at the NGV for Melbourne Now

Northcity4 Open studio

Maryann Talia-Pau’s star weaving workshop




Northcity4 is presenting our next seminar on Thursday 6th October 2014.

We are pretty excited about this one, as it will be focusing on jewellery and adornment. It is called Jewellery 3 Ways. The three speakers on the night are: Jane Laver, Maree Clarke and Manon van Kouswijk. More information on the seminar will follow over the next couple of months.

This week, one of the speakers, Maree Clarke, is in an exhibition, presented by Vivien Anderson Gallery, at Forty Five Downstairs. The exhibition, NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST, Contemporary Indigenous Art from the Torres Strait, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and the East Kimberly opens this Tuesday and looks like it will be an inspiring exhibition. It runs from the 5th August to the 16th August 2014. We look forward to hearing Maree Clarke, (as well as Jane Laver and Manon van Kouswijk) speak on her work and practice this October at NC4.

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The Good Room and Renew | Restore | Respect

The Good Room were the creative crew who filmed our most recent Seminar; RENEW | RESTORE | RESPECT held at Northcity4 on 20th Feb, 2014. We have published the films of the three speakers on our YouTube channel for your viewing pleasure! We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our soon to be nearby neighbours Gracie, Agostino, Katrina & Kathryn from The Good Room. We love their work and wish them well with the next steps of The Good Room.


1. What happens / will happen in The Good Room?

The Good Room Brunswick East is a gallery for documentary and for the exploration of society and a creative space for storytelling. The Good Room Brunswick East will contain our office, analogue processing darkroom, interview and recording booth for the production of oral history interviews, podcasts and audio documentaries, computer facilities for editing and the creation of projects, film to digital transfer, gallery space and a small roof top garden. This space will enable us to create, capture and celebrate the stories, which make local and broader Australian culture and to promote storytelling and memory. Our events and exhibition-related programs will include the performance of music (traditional, jazz, classical), storytelling, cabaret, dance, cuisine, lectures and film. Regular workshops teach you how to use our facilities and other basic technology to facilitate a sharing of personal history and human experience.

For now though, our services include in-home family history archiving, transfer of 8mm, 16mm and tape footage to digital, family history projects, oral history-based project production, film and photographic services and special occasion event planning.

The Good Room plans to become a hive for storytelling!

2. Who is involved and what are your roles?

We are a small team with a varied skill base – Gracie is a photographer and photo-journalist, Agostino, our resident film maker, head of research, Katrina is a qualified archaeologist with a Masters degree in cultural heritage, and grounding the whole production is our events coordinator, Kathryn, who has coordinated The Home Show and The Mind Body Spirit Festival amongst other major events around Melbourne and beyond.

3. What inspired you to create a physical space for The Good Room and how will people interact with this space?

We are excited about the prospect of reactivating a previously disused building, one of the first in the area, and we sincerely hope we become a valued contributor to the culture of this amazing community. We look forward to creating a place where people can engage with members of their own community that perhaps they wouldn’t ordinarily have an opportunity to.



4. You sound like a bunch of talented people – can you describe some of the projects you work on?

As a group, we create community projects, family history projects, and audio-visual documentary-style presentations to communicate memory, experience and heritage. We work with individuals, family groups, social and cultural groups, not for profit organisations and anyone who has a story that needs to be communicated.

We use oral testimonies, news media, photography and film to develop exhibitions, public art projects and events that appeal to a diverse, local community. Our approach is to ground our content in critical thought, fairness and research to tell a story, which builds on the audience, understands.

We produce small-scale interpretive projects for community museums, compile stories of personal heritage and create public art instillations. This year, you can see some of our projects in and around Melbourne. In October, we will be screening our ‘Building Blocks’ projects, produced during this year’s Sydney Road Festival and featuring local faces of all ages and our Remembrance Day project will be screened at Federation Square on the 11th November.

Keep your eyes peeled for our portraiture project in and around the suburbs of greater Melbourne commencing in 2016.

5. How do you see the Good Room contributing to / interacting with the local community?

We see our role in the community as one of a facilitator, where we provide the space and the facilities for a sharing of the Australian experience. We believe that society benefits when connections are made and understood between the past and the present, the individual and the collective.

And our ultimate vision is for us to tell the stories, which see our society as a collective of diaspora- fluid, developing and uniquely moulded within the Australian context. In this way, all Australian histories and perspectives are recognised as equal shapers of Australian heritage.

Visit The Good Room Facebook page to see some more of their great work and keep informed about their plans.

We look forward to checking out The Good Room when things kick off in East Brunswick.



Northcity4 and Sustainability

We recently took the time to reflect on some of the sustainable & social projects Northcity4 has initiated or been involved in since we kicked off two and a half years ago. Looking back it surprised us how much great stuff has happened at NC4 in such a short time.

Anna Davern, our in house web guru, has created a brand new Sustainability webpage for the NC4 website with lots of great information about these projects – check it out here! We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful people we have had the opportunity to work with so far.

EMM – activity…

Following on from Roseanne Bartley’s presentation to the EMM group last year, a few folk from the Ethical Makers Movement decided to take a walk in the MCG gardens and participate in Roseanne’s exciting project Seeding the Cloud : A walking work in process. This project has been designed and lead by Roseanne Bartley and people are now seeding all over the country and around the world.

Suse Scholem, fired us up and the group meet at 1.15pm on Platform 1 Jolimont station.

Sustainability seeding the cloud

Suse Scholem reading the instructions to participants in the EMM seeding the cloud event

We walked the perimeter of the park collecting, talking and enjoying the cool grey day.

sustainability seeding the cloud

participants in the EMM seeding the cloud event

sustainability seeding the cloud

Vicki, Regi (with Obi), Suse & Sarah

We managed to collect a substantial amount of plastic loot and a few bags of rubbish to boot.

sustainability seeding the cloud

Obi and the loot

The plastic pieces were then laid out and curated on site into a neckpiece which is looking like the start of something special.

sustainability seeding the cloud

laying out the loot

Due to storm clouds and time restraints this group has planned a second sitting to complete the assemblage of the piece.

Get involved…

If you are interested in being involved with Northcity4 we are currently inviting submissions for our window and gate project – to find out more about the application process please contact ali@northcity4.com

Make your mark here…..




Lost Wax Casting jewellery course

Our latest lost wax casting course is underway and we thought we’d share some images of the great work our students have been making.

Our lost wax casting course is run over 4 weeks and each student is encouraged to experiment and explore different wax working techniques to create original jewellery pieces. Students are also taught how to clean up castings and finish the silver jewelery and most students walk away with rings, earrings and a couple of pendants that are ready to wear. On top of everything else, the class is fun! And, just like all the jewellery courses run at Northcity4, the urn is on the boil and the biscuit jar is full.

This is a great class for the novice as the casting is done at casting businesses in the city, which is an enjoyable way to learn about outsourcing and the jewellery industry. So trips to the city between classes are part of the learning experience.

The next lost wax casting jewellery course starts on Thursday 4th September from 6-9pm.


Rings made by a student in our lost wax casting jewellery course

Rings made by a student in our lost wax casting course

Rings made by a student in our lost wax casting jewellery course

Rings made by a student in our lost wax casting course


a bangle made during our lost wax casting jewellery course

a bangle made during our lost wax casting course

a bangle made during our lost wax casting jewellery course

a bangle made during our lost wax casting course

earrings and a ring made during our lost wax casting jewellery course

earrings and a ring made during our lost wax casting course

earrings made during our lost wax casting jewellery course

earrings made during our lost wax casting course





Work by Jane Harrison that incorporates rivets and printed sheet metal

Riveting is such a great jewellery making technique. I used it a lot when I was a student/recent graduate as it was a great way to avoid soldering!  I also loved the mechanical quality of rivets as opposed to the glueing type of technique that soldering is. And apparently rivets are one of the oldest types of fasteners and date back to the bronze age so they have a healthy provenance!

Riveting is a type of ‘cold-joining’ technique, so called because there is no torch involved (you do need a torch to anneal your rivet wire but no one ever mentions that!) Other types of cold joining used in jewellery are screws, tabs, knots and even bezels as the metal is worked cold over the gemstone. The process of riveting involves drilling matching holes in whatever it is that needs to be joined then sliding a rod or piece of wire through the holes and forming a head on either side to clamp the two pieces together.

Because there is no heat involved in making the connection, it is a perfect technique to use when making jewellery from materials that don’t solder such as: plastic, wood, aluminium, titanium, rubber, fabric, etc. They are also an excellent way to incorporate movement in a piece of jewellery and sometimes they’re good to use when you just want the decorative element that riveting gives.

So, if you’d like to learn how to rivet or even if you know how and you want to update and extend your jewellery making skills, our Upskilling: Riveting! course starts next week! It’s only two sessions for $175 on a Wednesday night and we have two big gas heaters to keep us warm (as well as endless cups of tea and anzac biscuits).

I will be the tutor of the course and we will be covering standard rivets, flush rivets, tube rivets, ball-headed rivets, extended rivets and others. Have a look below at some examples (click the images for source).


tube rivets use to make bails on pebble pendants by Ashley Akers

tube rivets use to make bails on pebble pendants by Ashley Akers

Earrings that use ball-headed rivets to incorporate movement by Rachael Sudlow

Earrings that use ball-headed rivets to incorporate movement by Rachael Sudlow


Iron Cuff by Janos Gabor Varga incorporates rivets to make the hinge as well as rivets as decorative elements

Iron Cuff by Janos Gabor Varga incorporates rivets to make the hinge as well as rivets as decorative elements


Work by Jane Harrison that incorporates rivets and printed sheet metal

Work by Jane Harrison that incorporates rivets and printed sheet metal


A ring joined with rivets

A ring joined with rivets


Work by Northcity4 artist Emma Grace using rivets

Work by Northcity4 artist Emma Grace using rivets


NC4 ‘4’ MBWN

We may not make it to every gallery opening but we know where else to find wine . Moreland Women’s Business Network MBWN is a local networking group organised by the fab Elissa Grassa, Economic Development Officer for the City of Moreland.  This one actually had fellas as quarterly they are invited along to broaden networks and foster inclusivity. Held at East Elevation cafe and events space in Lygon St the wine and chocolate were top notch… Monsieur Truffle artisanal chocolatier is onsite!


Sensational name tag alignment from Katherine Bowman… crapola Caz Guiney and Anna Davern

Whilst spreading the word about contemporary jewellery  and Northcity4 jewellery classes and seminars we have met some great local business women. Toula from Your Smart Accounts is assisting us with our book keeping whilst Meg Steele runs workshops on assisting teachers to Prevent Burnout and Find Balance, check it out.

The next Moreland Business Women’s Network is on:  Wednesday  2 July ?6 pm – 7.30 pm

Moreland Civic Centre, Concert Hall?, 90 Bell Street Coburg (Car park and entry on Urquhart Street)

This is the blurb… Whether you are an established business woman, entrepreneur, just starting up or have an idea for a business then the Moreland Business Women’s Network (MBWN) will have something for you.

Remember to bring along your business cards, brochures and promotional material to display.

Bring a friend, colleague or client. The more the merrier.

Help spread the Word. Think you might know someone who would be interested in this? Why not share it?

To register for this event visit bizMoreland website.