Nest of the Lovebird

Next Available: 28 Oct 9:30AM
6.5 hours


Come and spend a magical day with dynamic visual artist, Sara Catena, as she leads you on a rich journey exploring and using recycled materials, including an unexpected mix of threads, textile scraps, discarded and ‘found’ elements into your very own whimsical handmade nest.

Sara is a generous human being and teacher who will encourage you to PLAY and create with ease...

Materials are supplied - however if you wish you can bring any materials that you have collected including avocado, lemon, orange net bags, ripped and well loved clothing, beads, baubles and other bits from the bottom of your craft stash. 

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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • How to hand stitch and construct a unique hanging ‘Nest of the Lovebird’ sculpture.
  • How to incorporate recycled and found materials into the work.
  • How to express your inner JOY.
What you will get
  • Your very own uniquely handmade ‘Nest of the Lovebird’ sculpture to take home.
  • Tea and nourishing cake!
  • Inspired to live more creatively and mindfully!

What to bring
  • Materials supplied
What to wear

Casual (Warning: This might get messy)

Appropriate for

All are welcome!


Sara Catena

Vendor sincce 2017

Brought up on a diet of traditional handcrafts in a small country town in NZ, with parents of post war values: resourcefulness, a ‘waste not, want not’ attitude and a sense of caring for land and community, at an early age Sara found purpose in making and refashioning things with needle, thread, textile scraps, fibre and later, paint. This is a world she’s at once familiar with and loves to push the boundaries of, creating new and meaningful forms.

Her art practice has always been about holding a pure and naïve view whilst delving deeply into her connection with the world. It is a witness to her constant question: “can I maintain this joyful childlike curiosity and connection to the source of life whilst fully experiencing all of its wayward colours? A radical type of Joy…

Her personal experience of moving to a new country, the inevitable displacement and her spiritual search for a sense of ‘home’ and belonging, have, in the last few years lead her to contemplate and experiment with the notion of ‘nest’ as an expressive idea. The nest concept crystallised when visiting her sister in the Daintree where she was inspired by the nest of the Yellow-bellied Sunbird. Sunbirds gather strips of bark and fibre to create tear-drop shaped nests that seem to hang poetically in mid-air. These elaborate and highly decorated nests are mostly constructed by the female, who works and weaves tirelessly to perfect her home. During morning park walks, back in Melbourne, Sara collects leftover fragments from picnics, birthday parties and school events – such as balloons, tennis ball fibre, pipe cleaners, ribbons, and even sushi fish! She finds it deeply satisfying to repurpose found objects, in this fast-paced consumer oriented world, into beautiful and symbolic works of art. She adds lovebirds created from fused plastic shopping bags, attached with hanging cords adorned with hand-made beads or rusty bobbins. Each nest is individually created with colour and infused love and joy.

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