IN a twist on "been there, brought the T-shirt", this year's Splendour in the Grass punters will be able to screenprint their own tee or tote bag in a new program of free craft workshops.
A new space at the festival, Splendour In The Craft, will encourage punters to get creative with screenprinting, sewing, suitcase rummages, frock swaps, magazine and project libraries, postcard tarot readings and DIY workshops hosted by popular crafters such as Melbourne designer, Beci Orpin.
The new art space and workshop program at Splendour is supported by Frankie magazine and Spotlight and is produced by Northern Rivers locals, Tory Bauer and Gabe Cramb who created the successful Sew and Tell: Handmade and Hand-me-down Fair held in Bangalow in 2012 which gathered local artists and crafters alongside a range of DIY craft activities with a recycled ethos.
"Splendour In The Craft is an extension of Sew and Tell. We wanted to add a space to the festival that went beyond the traditional music festival experience," Ms Bauer said.
Local artists are also featured in the program with Byron Bay's ART PARK gallery collaborating with Adrift Print to showcase the craft of screenprinting art in a live context with punters able to choose from a selection of pre-prepared screens featuring artistic images by Art Park's stable of artists.
"We'll be selecting images from our stable of artists and preparing screens for people to print onto their own t-shirts or tote bags," said Paul McNeil from ART PARK.
"It's an opportunity for people to see how the screenprinting process works and also walk away from the festival owning a great piece of art," he said.
For Splendour In The Craft program details and to register your interest for workshops visit:
Splendour In The Craft highlights:
- Get your mending done at the Mend It Like Beckham stall
- Pimp Your Tent with Beci Orpin.
- Frankie magazine's Crafternoon Bandcamp sessions
- Spotlight Session - Art Park / Adrift screenprint workshop
- Suitcase rummages and frock swaps
- Postcard tarot readings
- Southside Tea Room run by Patience and John of The Grates
- Magazine and project libraries