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Join us for the final MTNS MADE Salon of 2019. Celebrate this growing creative community, and help launch the ‘Avalon Lounge’; a space to meet and mingle, listen to music or performance, or share some food and drinks. Get in front of potential clients and collaborators by sharing your creative works – a song, poetry, an excerpt from a script, written word, or stand-up comedy. Put your name on the Blackboard upon arrival, or simply come and enjoy the diversity of what makes us proud to be MTNS MADE. When: Wednesday 27th November Time: 7pm – 9pm Where: Avalon Lounge, 18 Katoomba St, Katoomba Cost: Free Avalon Lounge will provide the speakers, mixer and mic with stand, plus upright piano so musicians can plug and play. About the MTNS MADE Salon Usually on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, creative business people and freelancers get together in the safe and friendly environment of the Avalon. It’s all the good bits of networking (meeting people, being inspired) without any of the bad parts. Get in touch if you would like to share a project, or your process to contribute to one of the most vibrant creative communities in Australia. #MTNSMADE #bluemountains #livemusicaustralia #bluemountainswhatson #bluemountainsartists #australianwriters #avalonlounge #bluemountainsnetworking #bluemountainslife

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With songs bursting with observational yearning, Blue Mountains based artist Chris Gillespie has been hailed ‘a fingerpicking’, harmonica playing troubadour’ by @daveinfilm of @fbiradio, and delivers his highly original material with refreshing honesty and integrity. This Saturday evening Chris will be performing at the refurbished #baroqueroomkatoomba supporting award-winning blues/rock singer-songwriter @shaunkirkmusic, which could be Australia’s last chance to see Shaun in the flesh for some time as new overseas prospects appear imminent. Discount pre-sale tickets available from our friends at @katoombamusic @thecarringtonhotel and online. Click link in bio for more info. "Shaun Kirk has an energy that is unique, with a hybrid of musical styles that challenge genre classification, his shows are nothing short of an experience.” – Diesel #BlueMountains  #Katoomba  #AskRoz  #AskRozBlueMountains  #VisitBlueMountains  #FusionBoutique  #FusionBoutiquePresents  #LiveEntertainment  #LiveMusic  #MTNSMADE  #ShaunKirk  #ChrisGillespie  #Folk  #blues  #Bluesfest BlueMountainsmusician #Sydneylivemusic   #katoombamusic #whatsonbluemountains Brought to us by award-winning producer @fusion_boutique_presents, committed to bringing audiences quality entertainment and unique experiences in atmospheric spaces.

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Blue Mountains based Rani Brown is a film maker, visual artist, teacher and mother. Rani is committed to telling positive stories of social and environmental change through documentary photography and film and has been involved with environmental protest work for all her adult life through blockading, working with NGOs and community groups. In her work Rani documents social movements that are evolving in response to environmental concerns and traces the interconnecting threads of personal and environmental and political concerns, plus the stories of those advocating for change. Rani’s film, Courage For The Long Haul was accepted into the Byron Bay International Film Festival (Oct 2019) and the upcoming Australian Independent Film Festival, Brisbane in November. The film shares insights from two women who have been key players within a dynamic social movement in the Northern Rivers NSW. They discuss processes that united a community beyond political affiliation to help protect our life support systems on Earth. They talk about their roles within a movement of untold thousands and what sustains them for the long haul against global corporations and governments who are doing their bidding. “When we can recognise what is at stake: bio-diversities lost, dispossessed peoples, extinctions and climate change; when we have the courage to really arrive in how it is right now in our world, we open to creativity and to intelligence. The interconnecting threads of grief can connect us with the wider ecological crisis and from an authentic space we can make choices about how we bring forth actions to protect our world. When we open to how things are, we open to creative possibilities.” Click the link in bio to see Rani’s work on Vimeo, or check out her profile to follow her pursuits at @frogmouthfilms at Blue Mountains National Park

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We’re so proud to represent the almost 150 artisans listed on MTNS MADE, and to have them use our logo on their unique, handcrafted products. We’re also proud to have the support of the Blue Mountains’ community in supporting the talented makers we have in the region. One of our first and staunchest supporters are our good friends at @scenicworld_aus who not only sell MTNS MADE products in their store, but have created a beautiful Makers Market dedicated to Blue Mountains makers: with free music and face painting. If you are Blue Mountains based Maker and want to be a part of this lovely event, hop to it and get your last minute EOI in before close of biz tomorrow! And if you’re a lover of all things handmade in a relaxed and friendly setting, we recommend you put this date in your calendar. Date: Sunday 8th December 2019 Time: 10am-4pm Location: Scenic World Skyway Park, 1 Violet St, Katoomba The Scenic World Makers Markets – Summer Edition. Click link in bio for more EOI deets or tag a friend you think might need to know! #bluemountains #ibuymtnsmade #handmadechristmas #mtnsmade #scenicworld #visitbluemountains #makersgottamake @bravestate_handmade @botanicalali @ninasbees @hanaya_origami_florist0320 @rachaelbrady  @christinesmillinery Photos: @onajanzen at Scenic World Blue Mountains

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With now over 12,500 instagram posts boasting the hashtag #MTNSMADE, there is no better way to get a snapshot of the diversity of talent that we have up in the Blue Mountains than by following the #MTNSMADE hashtag. Blue Mountains creatives from all walks of life are using the hashtag to share their stories and their creations. From fine art and jewellery, to porcelain pieces and workshops, they're all here in the MTNS MADE community. Click 'search' hashtags and type in MTNSMADE, and click on recent to see the over 12,000 snippets of creativity to brighten your instafeed. Follow the hashtag to stay in the loop. #bluemtnsmakers #mtnsmade #bluemountains #bluemountainsartist @bluemtnsmakers @bluemountainsculturalcentre

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Join us tonight at the MTNS MADE Salon where we will be joined by members of the award winning creative production team of @illuminart_au Craig Laurendet and Verity Brookes will be sharing insights into the Port to Port project and their month long Travelling Light tour that is the culmination of 5 years’ creative production and planning. In a casual, in-conversation style evening, Verity will be talking about Port to Port’s origin story, how they got funding, partnership development, the communities they worked in, the people, the stories and then the building, crazy logistics and outcome of the tour. And Craig would be presenting on all things technical like the bus fit out, the equipment such as projectors, projection mapping on the fly and more. With lots of great images and beautiful stories to share the evening will be a mix of inspiration and education for all who join us. Where: @avalonkatoomba When: Wednesday 16th October Time: 7pm – 9pm Cost: free The MTNS MADE Salon is a not-networking night, designed for people who hate to network. Usually on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, creative business people and freelancers just like you get together in the safe and friendly environment of the Avalon Cocktail Bar. It’s all the good bits of networking (meeting people, being inspired) without any of the bad parts. Get in touch if you would like to share a project, or your process to contribute to one of the most vibrant creative communities in Australia. Not able to make it on a Wednesday night? Got something you would like to start as part of the MTNS MADE events calendar? Then use the contact form to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! #lightprojections #MTNSMADE #BlueMountains #BlueMountainscreatives #visitNSW #VisitBlueMountains #projectionmapping #porttoportproject #travellinglight #vividnotvivid #Vivid #DNSW #illuminart

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Inspired by the rapid weather changes of the Blue Mountains and the bustle of Sydney streets, Blackheath-based musicians @whoamulemusic consistently deliver a performance characterised by both space and energy. With rich experience earned in bands such as Catgut and Golden Whistler, Whoa Mule puts a kick into old time music with country ballads, original songs, and driving triple fiddle dance tunes. This Friday night Whoa Mule will be special guests to @missyraines - the most awarded Bassist in Bluegrass Music in concert at Hotel Blue's intimate venue ‘Live at the Attic’ in Katoomba. With a smoky and seductive alto, 8 Time International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines heads up an all-acoustic ensemble. The musical territory the trio covers is broad and the compass is set by Raines, planted right in the centre of the stage directing with her bass every bit as much as she’s playing it. She has proven herself without doubt, as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist. For info and Booking click link in bio. Presented by Blue Mountains producer @fusion_boutique_presents #folkmusic #folkmusicfestival #bluemountainsfolk #bluemountainsmusician #bluemountainsmusic #bluemountainsfolkmusician #bluemountainsmusicfestival #australianfolkmusician #Bluemountainslivemusic #liveattheattic #missyraines #whoamule #fusionboutique #fusionboutiquepresents #whatsonbluemountains #Katoomba #Bluegrass #MtnsMade

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Acclaimed theatre Director Margaret Davis and actors Janine Penfold, Alexandra Smith and Rebecca Waters are bringing audiences a reprise of the hugely successful Blue Mountains production, Eating Pomegranates, as part of From the Brink Fringe Festival this Friday night. The evening features excerpts from the original production in which Blue Mountains writers and actors bring their take on our journey through life, death and beyond. The performance will also feature new material specially created for From the Brink, and will conclude with a discussion with the director and performers about the issues raised by the work. Expect everything from outrageous humour to deathbed departures, vaudeville and Frida Kahlo, a journey through the culinary delights of the Underworld, a passionate debate on the price of immortality…and of course, pomegranates. Soup, coffee, tea and cakes on sale before the performance. Note: The production celebrates all aspects of life: including death and dying. It is not suitable for children under 12 years. Writers: Margaret Davis, Amanda Kaye and Aeva O’Dea. Performers: Janine Penfold, Alexandra Smith and Rebecca Waters. Composer: Me-Lee Hay. Director: Margaret Davis. Venue: Pigeon Lane at @galleryone88finearts #MTNSMADE #BlueMountains #WhatsonBluemountains #FromtheBrinkFringefestival

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Blue Mountains based guitarist @darrencrossband ’ latest album Ecstatic Racquet, will be launching in Katoomba this very evening. Support comes from talented Blackheath folkster @jonfloodmusic at a ticketed live music event at @plantbased_wholefoods_katoomba . Ecstatic Racquet is the first under the moniker of D. C. Cross, and is completely instrumental folk guitar with influences far reaching from John Fahey to Bert Jansch, Nick Drake to Enya and Tangerine Dream. Darren founded Sydney band Gerling, and plays ethereal folk noir with Jessica Cassar in Jep and Dep; the duo have supported artists from Jonny Marr, Cash Savage, Mia Dyson, Courtney Barnett, Jessica Pratt, Blackeyed Susans to Aldous Harding. Darren regularly tours regional NSW and interstate; he loves to bring his music to regional communities. Click link in bio to hear a sample or buy the digital album. Tickets available on the door. #bluemountainsmusician #bluemountainsfolkmusic #austalianfolkmusic #folkmusicaustralia #whatsonbluemountains #bluemountainsalbumlaunch #bluemountainslivemusic #MTNSMADE #australianfolkmusician pic at Petersham RSL: @posttowire @eloisemaree at Plantbased Wholefoods

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A showcase of talented MTNS MADE artisans will feature at the Makers Market - Long Weekend Edition this Sunday, October 6. Held from 10am-4pm in the Scenic World Skyway Park, the Makers Market will feature more than 20 stalls from local artisans offering local art, photography, jewellery, fashion, homewares and natural beauty products. Enjoy live music, entertainment, coffee and face painting all the while meeting local MTNS MADE artisans who handcraft their products here in the Blue Mountains. Entry is free. Find unique gifts from makers @needlevsthread , @missmomoheartfeltcreations @blackbirdsoystudio @gitanejewellery @botanicalali @treasures_by_saffron @jaydidphoto @callingallnerdstore @mikano.17 @hiccupart @christinesmillinery @bravestate_handmade @hanaya_origami_florist0320 @ninasbees @littlebeatsstudio @needle_soup_ @addisonskookies @poppyandbelle Thank you to our friends at @scenicworld_aus for supporting all things #MTNSMADE #whatson #whatsonbluemountains #bluemtnsmakers #bluemountains #bluemountainsmakers #makersgottamake #MTNSMADE at Scenic World Blue Mountains

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“Creativity is for everyone. We believe that inside each of us is an innate ability to express ourselves through artforms, whether they be functional such as ceramic cups or upcycled fashion, or merely decorative, the results of our making and creating are also good for the soul.” says Samantha Tannous, founder of the inaugural multi-faceted event Arts Muster happening in the Blue Mountains this October long weekend. This brand new event based at @korowalschool with satellite events and markets at @lyttletonstores in Lawson, is an opportunity to immerse yourself into creativity, by giving yourself the dedicated time and focus to learn some new skills, and complete your hand-made items. The workshops on offer range from ceramics and textiles, to book binding, printing and dyeing. A number of workshops will be based around sustainable practices, with upcycled fashion and small sculptures made from found objects. While other workshops may give you a taste of creativity, Arts Muster workshops are full days with expert tuition from a range of high level experienced artists. Clikc link in bio register. #mtnsmade #makersgottamake #bluemountains #bluemountainsmakers #bluemountainsartist #artsmuster #bluemountainslifestyle #makethingstogether #sustainablecraft #artworkshops #craftworkshops #artsandcraftsworkshops #whatsonbluemountains

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Blue Mountains based @harolddavidstudio has established himself as one of Australia’s leading celebrity portrait and fashion photographer’s, with an ability to create compositions that have been featured on many prominent magazine covers, his visceral images are enchanting and iconic. With his creative life constantly evolving, Harold has been exploring the medium of painting. Harold’s new body of work ‘Beauty and the Apocalypse’ encapsulates the beauty in uncertain times via means of abstraction. Rather than escaping from uncertainty, the work emphasises the fragile beauty found within uncertain moments. 'The paintings are drawn from my subconscious and are non objective. Our time here is not infinite, and I choose beauty.' ‘Beauty and the Apocalypse’ opens this October long weekend at @day_gallery_blackheath Click link in bio to read more about Harold's journey in our article on MTNS MADE by @cannylass67 Photos by @Helenflintphotography #BlueMountains #BlueMountainsartist #AustralianArtist #Bluemountainsphotographer #fashionphotography #MTNSMADE #whatsonbluemountainsthisweekend #daygallery #australianfashionphotographer at Day Gallery

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Mountains based artist Helen Mountford started painting in earnest in June this year. She had hit 60, had a couple of dark, tumultuous life events in quick succession, and started to paint. ‘It was as simple and as complex as that,’ she said. Helen works with pre-loved canvases and donated paints. She acknowledges and draws on the generous nature of the Blue Mountains community, and feels this generosity is unique to this special pocket of the world in which she lives and creates. Helen says when she commences she does not know what she’s going to paint, just that she is compelled to. Having created 40 pieces in a few short months it’s evident that her need to paint is very real. Her style of works range from abstract 1960's motif works to the gritty industrial view of city buildings. Her love of colour and street art shows through in many of her pieces. Helen’s first ever exhibition is now on at @platformgalleryco Katoomba, until Tuesday 9th October. Join Helen in celebrating this milestone by joining her at the official opening on Saturday 28th September at 2pm. Clickl ink in bio for more details. #bluemountainsartist #emergingartist #bluemountainsgallery #bluemountains #australianartist #makersgonnamake #mtnsmade @helen.bells at Platform Gallery

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At this Wednesday’s MTNS MADE Salon, we have 2 special guests sharing about their creative projects in the Blue Mountains and tips on applying for grants. @fionahilarydavies, President of @modernartprojects (MAP) Blue Mountains will discuss the upcoming project SEWNUP that received City of the Arts Trust funding. SEWNUP will produce, exhibit and seek audience engagement with artworks responding to investigations into the tension between beautiful and gorgeous textiles and clothing products on one hand and questionable aspects of their product cycle on the other. Concluding with an exhibition in the exhibition window of @Lyttletonstores this project is set to spark contemplation and conversations.  Fiona will share details about the project itself in addition to insights to applying for project funding. @justinmorrissey founder of @toolo.bluemountains will explore 'Digital Ecology' as a concept and what the latest program running in the Blue Mountains entails - we will be joined by current participants of the program to delve into their experience and learnings. The project received funding from @creatnsw and we will be asking Justin for his insights into how to approach funding opportunities. When: Wednesday 25th September Time: 7pm – 9pm Where: Avalon Cocktail Bar, 18 Katoomba St, Katoomba The MTNS MADE Salon is a not-networking night, designed for people who hate to network. Usually on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, creative business people and freelancers just like you get together in the safe and friendly environment of the Avalon Cocktail Bar. It’s all the good bits of networking (meeting people, being inspired) without any of the bad parts. Get in touch if you would like to share a project, or your process to contribute to one of the most vibrant creative communities in Australia. Not able to make it on a Wednesday night? Got something you would like to start as part of the MTNS MADE events calendar? Then use the contact form to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! at Avalon Restaurant

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Blue Mountains based film Producer and Director Ramana Dienes-Browning is a filmic anarchist and bricoleur; passionate about underground and fringe film and telling stories which provoke, and question. Exploring a combination of magical realism and social realism Ramana's projects lean towards an other-worldly style and allow the viewer to contemplate new ways of looking at things. Ramana's latest work - short film and music clip “Calm Before The Storm” for artist Lucy Burke is being released on Sunday the 22nd of September at the @vanguardnewtown. “It’s is at heart an experimental short film” says Dienes-Browning “it meant a lot to be able to explore the themes of our emotional response to fate and the fear it can bring up in such a rich natural environment. It was fantastic to collaborate with local artists and filmmakers Sean O’Keaffe, Jewels Bowering and Tom Taylor - and work with such a rich variety of landscapes and locations here at our finger tips”. Photos: @taylor.film Launch at The Vangaurd, doors open 6pm. Tickets through @moshtixofficial #livemusicsydney #sydneylivemusic #australianmusician #australianfilmmakers #bluemountainsfilm #bluemountainsfilmmaker #filmmakers #gildedanarchy at Blue Mountains

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Renowned Blue Mountains based artist Michael Herron’s latest collection of paintings capture the quiet beauty of the historic landscape within the ‘Woodford Reserve’ the former grounds of the Blue Mountains oldest building – the @woodfordacademy. Created over a period of 5 years, the works also feature the ‘Layers in Time’ Heritage trail officially opened in August 2019. An exhibition of Michael’s painting will open at the Woodford Academy this Saturday 21 September at 1pm Having studied art at Meadowbank TAFE in ’84-’85 and the City Art Institute (now UNSW College of Art and Design) ’86-’88, and won The Sydney Morning Herald Travelling Art Scholarship in 1988. He exhibited with the Tim Olsen Gallery from 2005-2010 where he had 4 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows, as well as undertaking numerous artist trips to the Flinders Ranges, West MacDonnell Ranges, Cooma, Rylstone and the north coast of NSW. Michael teaches and runs workshops and classes at numerous schools, art centres and art societies. Click link in bio to read an article featuring Michael on The Cloudscape. Pics at Woodford: @elizabeth_burgess Portrait: @annsolo #bluemountainsartist #bluemountains #woodfordacademy #nationaltrust #mtnsmade at Woodford Academy - National Trust of Australia NSW

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Blue Mountains based artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro are exhibiting their artwork #towerofpower  @sydneycontemporary just  opposite @roslynoxley9 this week. If you are in Sydney check it out and charge your phone on the parapet. Click the link in bio to read about Healy and Cordeiro’s life as a creative duo in the latest MTNS MADE Broadsheet. Photo @liamtfoster Article @lisafinnpowellwriter @clairehealyandseancordeiro #MTNSMADE #sydneycontemporary #australianartists #bluemountainsartists

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Tania Bowers of @wildbotanik is a Blue Mountains based designer, natural dyer, hand embellisher, musician and artist. Tania specialises in hand made quality goods using cotton, linen, silk and wool - recycled where possible, and naturally dyed from plants (whether leaves and flowers or roots and vegetables). Her textiles contain tannins from trees, powders from roots, memories, touch, stories and endless creativity. Tania is one of the many talented Makers who will be at tomorrow's Maker's Market hosted by the @bluemtnsmakers in Springwood at the @blue.mountains.theatre Whether you are looking for a quality gift for Father's Day or something for yourself, this is an event to put into your schedule this weekend. #mtnsmade #bluemountainslife #bluemountains #visitnsw #bluemtnsmakers #whatsonbluemountains #askroz @bluemountainsinsider Portrait: @onajanzen Product: @joewigdahlphoto

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