Work-Shop co-founder Chester Garcia tells us why they shut up shop in Chippo and where to find them now…

Hey, Chester, what happened to Work-Shop? Where did you go?
Ha! Don’t worry – we’ve been busy behind the scenes getting the new and improved space in Redfern ready. We’ve also launched a new maker’s gallery on Oxford Street.

Ooh! Tell us more.
Work-Shop Makery is an initiative to help local artists, designers and makers exhibit and sell their creations, in a prime retail setting, without the costs associated with setting up their own shop. It gives creators the opportunity to connect with people on a grassroots level. There will be ‘Meet The Maker’ sessions, and we’ve got Penny Salway, formerly of Jurassic Lounge, managing the shop.

What prompted the move?
The Broadway site is being demolished to build more apartments, which was always on the cards. We also needed a much bigger space to cater for all the exciting things we have planned for 2014.

How much bigger are the new digs?
The new place is double the size of the old place. We’re incorporating a café, co-working desks, a maker’s workbench with tools and some other exciting bits and pieces. The Trolley’d boys are moving in too. Fun times ahead.

When will you be up and running again?
We thought it would be fitting to kick-off with Redfern rock star typographer Gemma O’Brien on February 1. We’re super excited about this year’s line-up.

What’s on the creative menu?
We’ll still be running all the usual favourites but we’ve also lined up some really cool new classes: hula hooping; African drumming; barbecuing; robotics; swing dancing; body language; furniture upcycling; foraging… the list goes on. This year we’re going to start adding more intensive, longer running workshops, too.

Any more exciting plans?
Let’s just say: Melbourne, we’re coming for you!

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