School of Furniture X Rebel Design School
Deka Design and Relative Creative are teaming up to host basic furniture restoration workshops in July at the Relative Creative Community Hub in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast. Bec from Relative Creative and I have previously collaborated on furniture and design initiatives that promote a culture of repair, and so are expanding our collaboration to promote sustainable material culture through repairing and caring for furniture. These workshops are run as one-day sessions, bookings essential, for bookings please visit Relative Creative.

Session 1: Saturday 7th July 2018, 9am - 4pm
Session 2: Saturday 21st July 2018, 9am - 4pm
Cost: $225 per session or $440 for two sessions.

Artisan's new home
It's a very exciting time for Artisan, as they open their new premises within the Brisbane Showgrounds redevelopment in April 2018, with the opening exhibition Expanded Discrete States: Craft and Design. A beautiful space to continue their almost 50 year legacy in promoting craft and design in Queensland.

Expanded Discrete States - Panel Discussion
On opening day I'll be discussing craft at the Expanded Discrete States panel discussion with my fellow panelists Chantal Henley and Leon Fitzpatrick:
Venue: Artisan - 45 King Street, Bowen Hills Qld 4006
Date: Saturday 21st April 2018, 11am
More information about Artisan on their website.

Salvage 2017 - Recycling in the Creative Industries

I am happy to be chairing a public panel discussion "Recycling in the Creative Industries" for the Brisbane City Council's Recycling Arts Exhibition program. I will be joined by artists, designers and advocates who each use recycling materials as part of their creative expression.

Recycling in the Creative Industries - Panel Discussion
Sunday 13 August 2017, 11am - 12noon.
Brisbane Square Library
266 George Street, Brisbane Qld 4000. Open to the public, free.

Salvage 2017 - Furniture Restoration Demonstrations 

Brisbane City Council's annual Recycling Arts Exhibition includes a series of workshops and demonstration open to the public. I will be joined by Rebecca Barnett from Relative Creative to host furniture restoration demonstrations at each of the Brisbane City Council Tip Shops.

We have so many resources available to us, so in the name of sustainable material culture we encourage restoring and repairing rather than replacing. Many of these craft processes are easy, and while they may be take time, the skills are valuable. We will show how to strip back and restore chairs, footstool and tables, and talk about the best materials and tools to use. We will also give some advice on what kinds of qualities to look for when purchasing furniture so that it will last and then can be restored later on - furniture against landfill!

If you have a potential restoration project and would like some help, bring a photo and we can talk about what you can do, and what materials and tools are needed.

Geebung tip shop demonstration:
Saturday 29 July 2017, 9am - 12 noon.
27A Prosperity Place, Geebung.
Free, no bookings necessary.
More information on the BCC website.

Acacia Ridge tip shop demonstration:

Saturday 5 August 2017, 9am - 12 noon.
46 Colebard Street West, Acacia Ridge.
Free, no booking necessary.
More information on the BCC website.

by Son of Martin

The Endangered Skill platform is being launched at Son of Martin's Roots/Juuret exhibition in Finland. I am joined by my family in celebrating our craft traditions in our exhibited works.

16.6 - 16.7.2017 at Granary, Fiskarsintie, Fiskars 10470, Finland.

THE APPRENTICESHIP exhibition at Artisan

Closing event and panel discussion:
The closing event is at 6pm, Friday 24 June, 2016, and includes a panel discussion that explores how learning pathways can evolve to better serve craft practice into the future.

Roy Schack - woodworker, teacher and founder of the Brisbane School of Fine Woodwork
Nora Kinnunen - Furniture designer, craft economies researcher and PhD Candidate
Aaron Barton - Designer, furniture maker, and The Apprenticeship exhibition curator
Clare Kennedy - Brick maker, graduate architect and The Apprenticeship artist
Chaired by Richard Stride - The Apprenticeship curator

For more information, visit the Artisan website.

Artisan continues its work to promote craft and highlight issues facing craft practitioners with this important exhibition The Apprenticeship. This beautifully presented exhibition is both a celebration of individual stories of 13 artisans, and a reminder that there exists a diversity of creative practitioners that transform the world around them through craft. This exhibition provides a platform for discussing the challenges of learning crafts skills in today's marketplace, and to reveal how these artisans - representing traditional and contemporary craft including blacksmiths, furniture making and shoemaking, among others - have pioneered pathways to gaining their skills.
The exhibition runs until 24 June 2016 at Artisan, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Qld 4006

Furniture Restoration Demonstration
By Nora Kinnunen (Deka Design) and Rebecca Barnett (Relative Creative) for the Brisbane City Council.

As part of the annual Recycling Art Competition, the Brisbane City Council has several initiatives to engage the public in discussions about recycling. Rebecca and Nora are holding two furniture restoration demonstrations at the Geebung and Acacia Ridge tip shops.

Saturday 25 June 2016, 10am - 1pm at Acacia Ridge Tip Shop
Saturday 2 July 2016, 10am - 1pm at Geebung Tip Shop

INTERSECTION - where design meets making meets business

Intersection Pop Up Shop
6 - 12th december 2012
Shop B14, 166 Grey Street, South Bank, Brisbane.
Open 10am - 7pm Thursday 6th and Friday 7th
10am - 4pm Saturday 8th - Wednesday 12th.

Five people, five ideas, five businesses in the making: the Intersection Pop-up Shop is an offering of works by Brisbane based design practitioners Nora Kinnunen, Suzie Wiley, Jennifer Marchant, Kylie Bickle and Paul Fairweather. 

This pop-up shop showcases the progress of a facilitated workshop process called Intersection 1:01 by Ideas ( It is the intersection of creativity and business; about challenging and supporting creatives in an exploration of business models, idea generation and creative strategy.

The participants in this workshop have in common that they have each expanded their respective disciplines to generate exciting ideas into new creative businesses.

Intersection Pop-Up Shop will include:
Paul Fairweather, instigator of the Intersection concept has developed Tree2house, a thoughtful gift of two tree seeds: each to be planted, with one being used to build the treehouse into, the other to be cut down and used to build the treehouse from. This brings to life the endangered skill of treehouse building and enjoyment!
Marchi is the new brand of designer Jennifer Marchant to bring together her love of nature, photographer, drawing and printing. The unique patterns, derived from Ausralia native flora, designed by Jennifer are placed onto items felt by the body such as throws, cushions, pyjamas and wraps.
Architect Suzie Wiley and her company Surroundings explores new processes to educate and enable people within their own environments to design, edit and grow in their space. Her participatory games and workshops expand on this idea to help people discover the unique preferences that they desire in their space.
The Kip and Brand fashion label by Kylie Bickle explores the place where art, design and craft intersect. She draws upon her cross-disciplinary design career to re-interpret an object's purpose and context by manipulating scale and material. Working with organically tanned kangaroo leather, she launched her collection of wearable accessories in 2011, with interior items coming in 2013.
The promotion of the Endangered Skill concept has lead Nora Kinnunen and her family to establish a new design brand Son of Martin. Spanning Finland and Australia, this collaboration of design, skills and craft is developing high quality products for the home and person using endangered skills.

ON THE EDGE Exhibition

13 June - 8 July 2012, Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm (closed Monday and Tuesday)
Hilltop on Tamborine,  1525 Tamborine Oxenford Road, Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast.

ON THE EDGE is an exhibition of furniture and objects, produced by an assembly of skills enacted by Lasse Kinnunen and Helena Kinnunen of Deka Design. Deka Design is a Brisbane based furniture making company that produces handmade contemporary furniture and objects for both residential and commercial interiors. The company is an advocate of a culturally relevant built environment and encourages the use of local and recycled materials, local craftsmanship and a design aesthetic that is complementary of Australian, and in particular Queensland’s sub-tropical, architecture.

Curated by Nora Kinnunen, this exhibition aims to promote a new direction for design by invoking the tradition of the craftsman’s hand. The works on show combine endangered skills with considered design to create works of interest, beauty and longevity. The works include unique interior objects and production furniture pieces for use in residential and commercial settings.

Are we on the edge of a new direction or on the brink of crisis?

ON THE EDGE performs as a visual display of crisis at the crossroads, showing that which may either become obsolete, or celebrate that which, through a new design direction, may become the sustainable and desirable alternative.

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