The School (Melbourne)

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Getting Wired

by Jayde!

Design fiends will be familiar with the work of in-demand stylist Megan Morton, who has graced the pages of pretty much every trendy home mag for the 20 to 30-something set. Morton set up ‘The School‘ in Sydney a couple of years ago, curating a schedule of classes hosted by some of Australia’s top artists, later branching out to Melbourne. Nesters can choose from a variety of on-trend craft tutorials, be it shibori fabrics with Joanna Fowles, a spot of watercolour 101 or perfecting your gold foil technique. 

I originally wanted to go to their Rachel Castle screen print class, but was first inducted into The School via Tamara Maynes’ wire class. Recently Getting wired 3featured in Real Living, Maynes is the creative director of The Establishment Studios, a one-stop-shop for stylists which offers not only space and prop hire but also event styling.

Tamara’s also found a side niche in wire work, creating gorgeous bespoke word pieces.  Her wire work class was held in the lofty, minimalist Establishment space in South Yarra – just a few houses up from Commercial Road. Armed with an array of intriguing-looking pliers, 12 gauge wire and a hands-on tutorial covering the basics, myself and around 20 others attempted to recreate a free-flowing wire word for our walls with varying results. Thanks to Tamara, my first attempt (‘vino’) actually looked like a word by the end of class (as opposed to the squiggly line I initially ended up with), but I’d gotten the knack all on my lonesome by attempt two (‘shhh’ with a wiggly tail).

The School certainly knows its target demo and caters to its devotees very well. Everything about the class was beautifully styled to perfection, from the space, the décor to the staff. The cost for the wire class was pretty cheap – only $90 – and included instructions and templates, coffee and yummy baked treats.

View:; Visit: Various locations – visit website; Call: +61 2 9693 2782; Open: Check website for class availability; Wallet: $80-1800 (classes average around $140-380).

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