Monday, 17 October 2011

Craft your own Christmas...

All the details...

Is live, please click the link above or the deer to the right.
We're very excited to present this workshop series so you can create your own unique Christmas gifts.
If you'd like an electronic copy shoot us an email: and feel free to grab the lovely deer badge if you're joining in and want to share.

Thursday, 13 October 2011


...the first in our Craftisan series. 'A quiet word with...' will give you an insight into the lives of the people we call Craftisans, the amazing and supremely talented folk whose handmade things grace the shelves, tabletops and other random items here in Cultiver.

This week we had a quiet word with Kellie from Kellie Christie.

You can find Kellie online ... 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

For your viewing pleasure...

Check out this incredible video put together for us by our pal Greg...

click here to view

...make sure you watch it all the way through the after-party fast-forward is pretty cool!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Cultiver Carnival Sideshow

The crowd:

The collection - our first ever Cultiver collection. UPcycled and pieced together from op shop sourced materials including remnants, doona covers, ties, a massive tapestry and pre-owned tees. A bit of sewing, a bit of relief printing and voila: 

Photobooth - a little bit of sideshow silliness

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Lamp it up! - light up your life with recycling.

Hosted by Cultiver stockist Lamp it up! here's another great workshop at Cultiver where you can learn how to turn household waste into a beautiful lamp.

To give you some ideas of what these talented lads can help you create here's some images from the recent Lamp it up! workshops in Melbourne Town:
rummaging through junk pile for materials
workshop at Donkey Wheel House - Melbourne
reformed junk lamp
and another beautiful reformed junk lamp
Lamp it up! will be at Cultiver on Wednesday October 5th.

Here's everything you need to know:

Time: 10:00 - 3:00 (with a lunch break - B.Y.O. or visit one of the lovely local cafes')

What to bring: you're welcome to bring along any items from home you think you could recycle to make your lamp. This is limited only by your imagination but could include wooden bowls, plastic mixing bowls and food containers, napkin rings, door knobs, kids toys, glass lamp shades...

What you'll be doing: The Lamp it up! lads will help you sift through your own collection of materials to find suitable items for a lamp, then you'll all take a stroll around the Top of Town op shops to look for more materials (any items you find must be paid for by yourself). Once back at Cultiver they'll help you design and build your own unique lamp.

Supplied: all lamp components such as cord, fittings etc, tools to build lamps

Cost: $40 per adult, $10 for each accompanied child (aged 8 and up, limit of two children per adult participant), plus you'll need extra cash to purchase any component materials at the local op shops.

Booking: all bookings can be made via Cultiver - drop in to 2/126 Brisbane St. Ipswich, call us 0424 303 759 or email

Monday, 19 September 2011

You're invited to...

...The Cultiver Carnival Sideshow!

What is that I hear you ask? Well, we are launching our 'Spring Collection'!!
We have been working hard on a whole pile of new designs using vintage sheets and fabrics, mens shirts, UPcycled tees and lots of amazing prints.

There will be popcorn, ice-cream sodas, special edition Cultiver showbags and amazing UPcycled fashion. You can have your pic taken in the photo booth with some crazy props and shop to your hearts content in twilight comfort.

Here's the invite...make sure you check out the facebook event for even more details...

Friday, 16 September 2011

We are super excited to be the very first place in Australia to host this out of this world competition started in 2007 by the CRE8 Foundation. This incredible not for profit organisation aims to inspire and unite global youth through art and promote intercultural dialogue through collaborative artistic creation. 

This is how Cre8 describes the competition:  
"The project is, of course, intentionally absurd. No one has any idea what an alien looks like—certainly not a realistic one, let alone the most realistic one. The idea of the project is to challenge participants to shed preconceived notions and have fun exploring an obvious paradox. By introducing the project in the form of a contest, we rely on competitive spirit to drive each participant further and further into an abstract and artistically fruitful chase to attain the unattainable. As with everything we do at CRE8, we hope to inspire creative thinking and welcome all creative responses".

previous entries for the Realistic Alien competition

Cultiver will be hosting and documenting the Australian debut of the competition on Thursday the 22nd of September between 9.30am and 2.00pm. If you'd like your offspring to be part of it and you're happy to have their creative genius filmed and photographed then please drop in to Cultiver next Thursday and get ready to be creative.

You can simply turn up or you could RSVP via the Facebook event)
Cultiver is located at 2/126 Brisbane St. Ipswich. Check the Find Us page above if you're not sure where we are.

VISIT: cre8foundation to see the wonderful work they do

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Craft your own Christmas

A series if short and sweet workshops and craft sessions to help you put the handmade back into the festive season.

You can - make your own brooches, design, print and sew your own simple soft toy, embroider a hankie, print your own tee shirts and more.


Monday, 29 August 2011

This week Ethel is wearing..

everything UPcycled
Scarf vest and Brooch by Five Sugar
$69 and $25
Hand embroidered tablecloth skirt by Little Brown Dog


It seems like it's pretty hard to find stuff for blokes on the hand made circuit so we've gathered together (and made) a few things just in time for that whole fathers day thing.

On offer we have UPcycled steampunk cufflinks and wrist bands, swear word cross stitch, screen printed man undies, tea towel ties and photographic prints. We're busy making more stuff too so stay tuned...

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

This week Ethel is wearing...

Kimono Wrap skirt by Redressd $159
Preloved Country Road Shirt from Boutique Tres Chic
Clutch Purse by Mimi P $42
Ceramic Paris Necklace by Septembre Vintage $24
Rose Brooch by Willie Ally Wift $13

A little boho chic, a little indie style...and she's ready for a day out shopping in the Top of Town!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Valley Incube8r

A night out with the family and a lovely evening celebrating the first birthday of The Valley Incube8r. Please excuse the blurry pics I hate using the flash because it washes people out so lets call them artsy action shots. 

It was great catching up with Vicki and some crafty market friends I've not seen in ages and it was a wee bit wonderful to meet busy lady Jess of bespoke* (much talller in real life than on her blog).

Ciao for now

Vicki and Jess
Q & A with Jess from Bespoke

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Look what we made today!

Today we stuck these adorable vintage characters onto bricks and called them tealights! But seriously, the bricks are salvaged from an old council well so are covered in moss etc. There are only 4 here in the shop...and they're $15 each. Get in quickly, the last slow day project (mini terrariums) disappeared off the shelves within 12 hours of us posting photos! BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

This week Ethel is wearing... cotton with eco-dyed shirt by Muddy Mama Shed Productions UPcycled lace skirt by JooLaa Handwoven cashmere/silk shawl by GoGirl UPcycled shoulder bag by Dash Robin ...all in store now! BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Oh, What a Night!

The night finally came and we had massive fun at the Launch Party!

With over 100 people crammed into the shop and spilling out into the street we ate cookies, drank mulled wine and listed to the live band which doubled as our window display for the night!

Rachel Nolan was there to proclaim us officially open and there were so many familiar faces in the crowd cheering us was all a bit overwhelming! So in the quiet time we have a lot of folk to thank...

Rachel Nolan for racing back from the Cape to open us
Andrew Antonelli for his kind words
Ailsa for the cookies and company
Thea for remembering to take photos!
Alex, Jade and Lyle for plying guests with food and drink
Eva and Christian for the pumping tunes
Dorothy for Story Time
The Cubbee House boys for the awesome pasteup on the window
Anna-Maria for the caramel tart
fourthchild for things to drink from
Michelle from Nook and Alarna from Little Jane St for closing early and making the trip to spend some time with us
All our Craftisans for trusting us to sell their beautiful things
The folk who spent their hard earned cash on handmade goodness
and..all the people who gave us gifties in the form of drinkies (I think we love you the most!)

Phew! I'm sure we have forgotten a few so will come back and add to the list but there you go, we really couldn't have had such a successful first month without everyone who supports and is dedicated to making handmade a way of life.

Thanks to Thea White from Little Golden for the two images above.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Introducing Ethel...

We'd like to introduce you to the lovely Ethel our vintage dressmakers form and Cultiver's shop model. 

This week she's wearing:
A pre-loved Fenmoor pure wool skirt from Boutique Tres Chic - $69 ($34.50 this week only)
An UPcycled, screen printed t-shirt from Little Brown Dog  -$18
An UPcycled scarf from The Cultiver Collection - $12
and her handbag is from 
Snappy Stuff - made from vintage and repurposed fabrics

Ethel will be modelling a new outfit each week so stay tuned...

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Come frolic with us on Friday nights

After some post-work retail therapy? Well Cultiver is open every Friday night until 6pm just for you for some Friday Night Frolics!
With drinks and nibbles provided you can shop to you hearts content in the cosy warmth. We have so much to look at and lots of comfy couches to laze around on that you may never want to leave!

See you tomorrow night (and every Friday night after that too)
xxxKyla and Bec

Sunday, 10 July 2011

A wonderful first week.

Well, the first week of business has been amazing! The support from local community and businesses has been awesome and we can't thank everyone enough who has come in and praised all our hard work. It makes us feel so great when people walk through the door and exclaim "what an amazing space!".

We are not even 'officially' open yet, our launch party is on Friday the's the invitation...

There are over 30 craftisans with their wares instore already with almost as many still to come...that means even more well designed, modern, handcrafted wares will be on the shelves over the next few weeks.
What more can you expect? Well, to whet your appetite...cushions,bags and hobby horses from UPcycled coffee bags, amazing handcrafted chairs from REcycled wood, handmade stationery, art posters, journals made from vintage storybooks and albums and vintage styled underwear!

But for now, if you can't make it into the shop, here are a few photos from a massive album on facebook to give you a few tastes of what you are missing out on!

These are just a few shots from the next time you are in Brisbane St, don't just press your face up against the window...come on in and say hi!