Julia Carr-Catzel

Julia Carr-Catzel

Content Writer

Julia Carr-Catzel,  teacher



PROFILE

When she's not writing articles for Classbento, Julia spends her time producing content for radio, reading and drinking copious amounts of coffee.


ARTICLES

20+ Creative Hens Party Ideas Sydney


The relatives have been called, the ring has been swooned over, and a date has been set. As a loyal supporter, you share in the excitement, as the bride-to-be eagerly begins her wedding planning: dress fittings, cake tasting and securing the reception band. Then the conversations start to turn towards ...

Team Building Activities


Employee motivation is vital in the workplace. And whilst businesses attempt to incentivise their hard-working employees with bonuses, one-off team building activities or promotions as reward or encouragement - the results don’t always play out as desired. In fact, one in five Australians ...

Top Baby Shower Ideas


An afternoon of tummy-rubs from enthused relatives, tiny gender neutral socks and disgruntled eternally-single friends beaming from across the room in a feigned act of felicitations - all gather in honour of the greatly anticipated newborn. The baby shower in Sydney. Overwhelmed with the ceaseless stream ...

How to Make a Terrarium DIY


Succulents are the ideal household plant, and terrariums are a great home for them. Try out Sydney's most highly rated succulent terrarium class and make one yourself. Succulent plants are a popular choice for modern Australian homes and gardens, due to their high-tolerance of various weather ...

Christmas Party Ideas


Tinsel, carols and sugar-sifted mince pies. It’s that time of year again. Santa’s red chair is rolled out as the centrepiece of every shopping mall. Pine, bells and glitter adorn every pole, sign and public bus. Distant relatives’ arrival dates are scrawled onto calendars. ...

DIY Christmas Gifts


Of all Christmas traditions, gifting loved ones may just come first place as the most underrated act. As the end of year nears, as we tie loose ends and clock-off, many are burdened by a severe shortage of time for the gifting process. Consumerist hysteria replaces thoughtful intent as we dart in ...

Artisan


Artisans create by hand. With an expertise in a given craft, artisans are on par with artists in skill and creative flair. Their creations can be functional or strictly decorative, varying from sculptures to handmade clockwork. With an overwhelming majority of our products mechanically manufactured in ...

Bauble


Personalise and decorate your own bauble to gift a loved one in the festive season. Fill your transparent bauble with origami stars and darling miniature scrolls with your own unique written messages. Graphic designer and Etsy store owner and enthusiast Bettina Tan has reimagined the message in ...

Crochet


The art of crochet is the process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread or strands of materials using a crochet hook. The term ‘crochet’ is French for small hook, made of materials such as metal, wood or plastic. Crochet, unlike knitting, uses a process where each stitch ...

Decoupage


Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cutouts onto it, in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and numerous other decorative elements. The most common form is decorating a small box or item of furniture with cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured ...

Easel


Action painting is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than other art methods which focus on careful application. With roots in the 1950s Abstract Expressionist movement, Action painting is based on a period of artists who valued the physical interaction with materials ...

Flowerfold


A flowerfold book resembles an ordinary square hardcover book, but when unravelled forms a type of snakebook. Ideal for scrapbooking, keepsakes, a journal or gift. In Bettina Tan’s Flowerfold Book workshop, you will assemble your own book with choice of paper wrapped in fabric or decorative ...

Gyoza


Gyoza are dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables, wrapped in thin dough. Originating in China, called ‘jiaozi’, they have since gained popularity in Japan. A typical gyoza filling consists of ground pork, nira chives, green onion, cabbage, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil. Master ...

Handplane


Handplanes for bodysurfing are designed to let your body skim the surface of the water more efficiently by propelling your body and providing buoyancy to keep you moving. The best conditions for bodysurfing are hollow shore breaks, reef breaks and wedgy beach breaks. Rikki Gilbey has individually hand-crafted ...

Ikebana


The culture of Japan is one of the oldest, most fascinating and profound. One of its creative outlets is Ikebana, which is the Japanese art of flower arranging. A multifaceted art, Ikebana is a sacred and resplendent practice, allowing one to incorporate their own style, with no limit on creativity. Ikebana ...

Japanese Calligraphy


Japanese calligraphy or Shodo is one the most popular fine arts of Japan. Shodo artists wield bamboo brush and ink onto rice paper to create beautiful written script, transferring harmony and beauty.  The parity of simple and graceful is embodied in calligraphy, echoing one of the main principles ...

Kokedama


Kokedama is a traditional Japanese art form, using moss as a container. These hanging moss balls can serve as ornamental decor for the home, livening up the minimalist apartment. In Christopher Saban’s Kokedama workshop, dirty your hands with peat moss, bonsai soil and water. Wrap and bind roots ...

Lettering


Brush lettering is a craft able to resemble the grace and precision of calligraphy, minus the mess of pen nibs and inks. Brush lettering pens, with their portability and flexibility grant freedoms such as greater line variation and ability to create larger letters compared to traditional calligraphy ...

Mandala


Born in Buddhist and Hindu cultures, Mandalas are spiritual and ritual symbols of the universe, or rather a representation of the cosmos in a metaphysical or symbolic sense. The geometric pattern typically resembles a square consisting of four gates containing a circle with a centrepoint. Embark on ...

Ngiri


Japan’s prize dish, a popular dish and replicable worldwide, sushi is the preparation and serving of vinegared rice, combined with varied ingredients, commonly uncooked seafood, vegetables and even tropical fruits. Styles of sushi and its presentation vary widely, though all maintaining the same ...

Origami


Origami, meaning “folding” or kami meaning “paper” is the intricate art of paper folding with the aim of transforming a flat square sheet into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. The limited number of basic origami folds can be combined in a variety ...

Polymer


Polymer clay, a form of hardened modeling clay. The matter contains no clay minerals, though like mineral clay, absorbs liquid to form gel-like working properties. Primarily used for arts and crafts, the material is widely used by artists, the feature of many artworks featured in major museums. Get ...

Quick Sketch


A sketch may serve a number of purposes, it may record something that the artist sees, record and develop an idea for later use or serve as a quick way to graphically demonstrate an image, idea or principle. Executed in practically any medium, sketches can be drawn with silverpoint, graphite, pencil, ...

Ramen


Ramen is a delicious Japanese staple, consisting of wheat noodles served with meat or fish-based broth, flavoured with soy sauce or miso. Additional toppings are usually sliced pork, dried seaweed and green onion. Nearly every region in Japan has its own variation of ramen. Challenge yourself in a Superfood ...

Shibori


Shibori is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique, producing patterns on fabric. The earliest known cloth dyed with a shibori technique dates from the 8th century. Shibori is often done on natural fabrics, silk, hemp or cotton. Shibori dyeing is making patterns on fabric by exposing only some portions ...

Tenugui


Tenugui is a finely woven cloth of silk or hemp used in ceremonies and religious rituals. Tenugui remained a luxury item as fabric-making at the time of conception; the Heian era, was a painstaking and costly process. Nicole McCarthy started 'Hands On Workshop' (HOW) following multiple trips ...

Ukulele


Originating in the 19th century, the Ukulele was known as the Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete. The nylon stringed instrument was introduced to Hawaiian locals by Portuguese immigrants and has gained international attention since, particularly in the United States. The tone and volume of ...

Vocals


Singing, whether you do it in the shower or in your housemate’s ear (much to their annoyance), is a beautiful, instinctual and liberating art form. Singing can be formal or informal, a form of religious devotion, ritual or simply a source of pleasure. The celebrated skill requires time, dedication, ...

Wreath


Vivid colours and meticulous embellishments intertwined, wreaths serve as the ideal festive project. Christmas wreaths are versatile with many different cultural styles and designs. Whether in contemporary or traditional form, satin velvet bows embossed with fig branches and interwoven with pink ...

Xanat


Халат is the Russian word for ‘bathrobe’. Of all the exotic and beautiful words in the Russian language, bathrobe definitely isn’t the most inspiring, poetic or even vital. However, for those curious about the Russian language or preparing to travel to the stunning country, Russian ...

Yarn


Weaving is a method of textile production using two distinct sets of yarn or threads interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. The method in which the threads are interwoven affects the characteristics of the cloth. The majority of woven products are created with either a plain, satin or ...

Zen


Block printing involves carved material drenched in ink and stamped onto paper to reveal a beautiful image, has its roots as early as the fifth century BC. The artform is produced worldwide in countries such as India, China and Japan and uses a variety of materials including wood, linoleum and rubber. ...

Creative Activities Around the Vivid Festival


When the sun sets in Sydney during the winter, the city transforms into a hub of creativity. From 25th May to 16th June 2018, the Vivid Festival will attract audiences from all over Australia in an annual celebration of light, music and ideas.   Last year, the city saw a whopping 2.3 million bright-eyed ...

Learn to Cook Traditional Japanese Food in Sydney


‘We are truly happy. We would like to continue passing on Japanese food culture to the generations to come and work harder to let people overseas appreciate the benefits of washoku’ revelled the Japanese President Shinzo Abe, in late 2013. Japanese cuisine or ‘washoku’ had just ...

Best Matcha Recipe Ideas to Improve Your Health


Matcha, which directly translates to ‘powdered tea’ in Japanese, found its roots over one thousand years ago, when Japanese monks would consume the beverage, to maintain calm during meditation practice. In modern Japan, matcha, at the center tea ceremonies, continues to reflect Zen culture. ...

Best Candle Making Aromatherapy Classes in Sydney


Illuminating the corners of a bath, at the end of an arduous day, the centerpiece of a romantic dinner, candles serve to soften the edges of our strenuous lives. Their aromatic powers trace back thousands of years, when ancient civilisations harnessed healing properties from oil and plant material. Raw ...

Everything You Need to Know About Pottery


Interested in trying pottery classes in Sydney? Here's everything you need to know before you get started.  The Ancient Art of Pottery Trophies of ancient culture, the pottery uncovered from excavations has inspired artisans worldwide. To this day, the manufacture of pottery continues to ...
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