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Cosy Collage Matinée @ Missing Gorilla


  • 3 hours
  • For ages 8-100yrs
  • ALL levels welcome
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  • Where is the workshop located?

    MISSING GORILLA private room, 1/70 Commercial Place, Eltham (24km from Melbourne CBD).

  • What's included

    Choice of drink/beverage on arrival (full bar on-site & coffee/tea).


    ALL tools & materials.

    Folder to take home your artwork (unless you’ve been to one of STORYHOLDING’s workshops before, please bring along that folder).

    Eclectic collection of specially curated selection of paper paraphernalia (art books & magazines, vintage children’s books, encyclopaedias, vintage National Geographics, calendars from olde, etc).

    Optional high-res scan of your artwork.

  • About the workshop

    Dreaming of a screen-free family-friendly unique escape at a fireplace this winter where you get to dabble in the intriguing and exciting art of contemporary collage whilst sipping on drinks and enjoying some nibbles to the beat of French Jazz & Cafe music? 

    What is contemporary collage?

    Forget about primary school collage or any idea you ever had in your head of what it is, and let yourself give in to an afternoon of ULTIMATE rebellion: CUTTING UP unique art and vintage books, like old encyclopaedias, forgotten children’s books, ancient National Geographics, calendars and all sorts of inspiring paper ephemera to create your own unique contemporary collage artwork. 

    Think about it… you’re giving old, forgotten books and art NEW LIFE, instead of gathering up dust and regret in a lonely cupboard somewhere! Yes! It’s an afternoon of RENEWING… whatever that may mean for you!

    Who is this for?

    Whether you’re an artist in need of inspiration or unblocking, or desperate for a screen-free family outing with a difference, or need more ideas for a fun date, or wanting to gift someone something totally unique and fun, or just wanting to socialise with like-minded people whose curiosity got the better of them, STORYHOLDING has you COVERED!

    Why is this happening?

    All the way from Australia’s oldest continuing artist colony, the legendary Montsalvat, and in order to CELEBRATE Montsalvat’s 90th year of existence, STORYHOLDING is venturing out to Missing Gorilla to bring you Montsalvat TO YOU, presenting an afternoon of a COSY COLLAGE MATINéE in a beautiful, creative, space we’ll have all to ourselves.

    What will we be doing?

    First, I’ll take you through an introduction and share some techniques and examples with you. Then you’ll be able to socialise as you go hunt through the pages of fascinating visual and unique books for images that speak to you, which you will use to create your own contemporary collage artwork with – almost like a dream, but on paper. You’ll be surprised by how wonderful it all feels! (I often have to remind people to eat, as they get so much into the flow!)

    The deeper we go into the workshop, the more freedom you’ll have, but I’ll be there to gently guide you all along the way, without being invasive.

    Get into action!

    Bring along yourself and/or a buddy – be it your bestie, secret-not-so-secret crush, visiting family/friends, date or loved ones and surprise yourselves.

    Spaces are limited to 16 guests only, so please get in quick to not miss out on this special event!

  • What to bring

    BUCKETLOADS of curiosity!

    If you’re a leftie, please bring along your leftie scissors.

  • OPTIONAL to bring

    Any words (poems, lyrics, letters, literature) & photos/prints/paper materials you may wish to incorporate into your art piece.

    However, the wide, eclectic selection of visual material provided, will be more than enough if you choose to come as a clean slate (the latter HIGHLY recommended)!

Happy clients

Dawn Rieniets (Kangaroo Spotting)
Rochelle is an incredibly warm and welcoming host. Her studio feels like a magical little cottage from a time long ago which was the perfect setting for creativity. As a painter, I felt like collaging helped me tune into a different part of my imagination and now I’m brimming with ideas. I would love to go back again!
The sip n snip workshop is such fun. Rochelle is wonderfully warm and welcoming for all. I recommend it for anyone looking to try creating art through collage in a relaxed, non judgemental environment.
Mog vGB
I always really enjoy Rochelle's collage workshops, and while the Vision Board workshop was a different activity to what we had done before it was all handled with the same incredible enthusiasm, sharing and support as her other offerings. I really appreciated getting the plan for the day and the structure worked very well for the Vision Board process. I went home with a finished Vision Board that is beautiful and inspiring and is now hanging on my wall above my desk. Rochelle's studio is truly a magical place that fosters and encourages creativity and a sense of exploration and play that makes the sometimes vulnerable process of making art feel both safe and very fun.
Nicole sheehan
A calm, beautiful, peaceful studio to release and reset doing a vision board ❤️ highly recommend this class! A must
Natalia Orel
Last week I stumbled upon a gem and booked a holiday workshop. It was out of this world experience - from the moment we approached the studio, we felt the magic of Rochelle and her carefully curated space, whimsical and dreamy, Poolside Montsalvat. The art of collage is a highly potent self-expression tool, and Rochelle knows how to guide and inspire you. My 8yo loved it, and definitely will be back together with me.
Siobhan Jennings
I cannot recommend Rochelle’s workshops enough! Rochelle is so warm and extremely generous with her time and guidance. I’m so happy with the piece I created in the workshop and I can’t wait to do another class!
Strubing Farm
What a wonderful class! My daughter had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed creating her collage piece. The studio is a beautiful space and Rochelle is such a delightful person! Very kind and patient with the kids. Thoroughly recommend.
Jesse A
I recently had the pleasure of participating in a fantastic collage workshop hosted by Rochelle at her stunning studio at Montsalvat, Eltham. It was an eye-opening, creative journey. Many thanks to Rochelle for such a wonderful experience!
Nah Yeah
I attended a great workshop with Rochelle at her beautiful studio in Eltham. Rochelle provided us with lots of materials and supplies and provided a lovely warm, welcoming space. I really enjoyed the relaxing music and healthy snacks and tea. Such a beautiful creative experience. Thanks Rochelle!
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