Cranmore Home Winter Workshop

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We set off up the road, admiring the sunrise through the foggy hills until we reached Cranmore Home, the picturesquely sprawling family homestead of Tracy Lefroy, the host and mastermind behind the Winter Workshop. After some time meeting, mingling, and obligatory caffeination, the workshops were underway! The workshops on offer were:

Ink Drawing
Laura Wortlock of Once Was Lost Studio

Textile Block Printing
Emma Grace Hawtrey of Woodpiles & Wishbones

Home Apothecary
Katrina Snowden of Peaches & Clean

Reclaimed Timber
Spencer and Marie-Clare of Maeker Studio

Floral Art
Rebecca Const of Fox and Rabbit

Tin Flower Making
Natalie Tonkin of Natalie Tonkin Design

Styling and Composition
Meghan Plowman

The workshops gave each of us the opportunity to learn from a local expert and were highly participative! During Rebecca’s floral art class, we traipsed around Tracy’s vast property foraging (read: pillaging) for beautiful foliage and wildflowers, incorporating them into our very own floral masterpiece which we got to take home. Mine is still going strong! All this physical and brain activity was sustained by a regular flow of hot drinks and a sumptuous long (loooooong) table lunch set under the branches of some pepper berry trees and catered for by the culinarily-gifted Jodie Fairclough from To The Woods Cafe and Ferngrove Wines.

What an undeniable success the entire day was! We joked over lunch that it really should be a two day long Cranmore Winter Camp, but we weren’t really joking…I really didn’t want the day to end. We brought home my very own portfolio of ink drawings and a personally arranged vase of some of my favourite flowers, a new Tasmanian oak laboriously shaped, sanded and waxed by Jinn, and a screen-printed tea towel that he literally made with his own blood and sweat (left index finger vs lino cutter). But more than that, we came away having had the chance to meet and connect with a bunch of really great folk who have a heart for championing the local artisan and a huge appreciation of how much work goes into what they do.

A bucketload of congratulations and kudos to the big-hearted and broad-smiled Tracy Lefroy, and of course her indefatigable behind-the-scenes designer, Rebecca Walsh Johnson (edited!). And for all the endless Instagrammable moments, massive applause goes to Meghan Plowman and Bec Tougas for impeccably styling the event. Shout out to Maya from House Nerd – so good to meet you!

Tracy Lefroy / Cranmore Home / Online store / tracylefroy@cranmore.com.au

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6 Comments on “Cranmore Home Winter Workshop

  1. Your photos and words are absolutely incredible! Love how you write.

  2. I definitely want to go to the next Cranmore workshop! Timing wasn’t great this time round due to my little bub. But I’m definately going to make myself go next time. Looks like everyone had a fantastic day. Love your photos!

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