We have been really happy to be featured prominently in two newspapers for our new venture Seedsmiths. You can find our facebook page here.
I also had an early morning wake up call from the ABC radio in which I had to a very impromptu and scratchy radio interview.
This weekend we are launching our new venture with an Instameet at our local lighthouse. We would love to see as many people come along, meet us, create community and take advantage of the $1 lighthouse tour. Please feel free to sign up and find more information here.
We can't wait for it all to begin. I am currently working on the logistics for multiple courses and I can't wait to start sharing them with you. We are still looking for more teachers and if you are one of those people with skills then please have a look at this link. It's not scary - I promise.
And here's a little read for you from the local rag The Advocate about the instameet:
(Why do all newspaper photos have to be so unkind! - Stupid side face)
AFTER being fed up with the lack of arts and craft courses on the North-West, two Coastal teachers decided to do something about it.
Marist Regional College teacher Naomi Fenton is an avid photographer and after spending several years travelling to Hobart and Launceston to undertake photography classes, she's decided to bring those skills to the Coast.
Along with fellow teacher and friend Michelle Walker, Miss Fenton plans to build a community exchange where people can teach others skills they've learnt, calling it Seedsmiths.
"The two of us had been talking about something like this with different workshops for years," Miss Fenton said.
"With the contacts both I and Michelle have and us both being teachers we thought why not do it ourselves if no one else was going to do it.
"We started with the plan of organising two groups of people, those with the skills and bringing them together with the people who want to learn those skills through the internet."
With Seedsmiths, the idea is to give the North-West community an opportunity to learn certain skills in an affordable way, rather than having to pay for expensive courses and accommodation elsewhere.
"Costs depend on the course, the teacher outlines how much each course will cost based off material costings and their personal time," Miss Fenton said.
Miss Fenton said courses would range from free to several hundred dollars, whether that be a beginners photography class or building a backyard pizza oven.
Despite running a few smaller classes recently, Seedsmiths will officially launch on February 28 with a free instameet at Table Cape.
Instameets allows people to learn the basics of smartphone photography and publishing those photos to popular photo-based social media, Instagram.
An instameet also allows people to take their online network of followers and bring it into the real world.
"We'll be teaching people who come along the little tips and tricks of photography," Miss Fenton said.
"Though it's really about the social side of things and meeting new people, or meeting people you may already be following on Instagram, along with gaining some new followers on Instagram."
Seedsmiths free inaugural event will be held on Saturday February 28 at 2.30pm beginning at the Table Cape Lighthouse.
For more information on Seedsmiths or to become a teacher visit www.seedsmithstasmania.com.