Our Incredible Open Day

IMG_0569WOW! first of all let us thank an amazing crew of people who helped us open (bullied us into letting them help!)  – Leah, David and Daniel T, Kaz S, Christie R, Emma, the Dillinghams and Johanna! Thanks also to all our friends who brought themselves and their kids along! Finally thanks to all those people who took a chance on coming in, without ever meeting us! We had so much fun and words cannot express how fantastic it was to see the place buzzing!

We took lots of photos on the day and chances are if you were there we have a photo of you! However our policy is to never put any identifiable images of people online without their express permission. If you were at our open day, come by the studio and we can give you your photo on a disk !

We caught ALOT of great moments -check them out below;

designing, painting and gluing

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Making  supercool badges

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Dry Ice Experiments were a BIG HIT!

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J is obsessed with our collaborative artwork..


Once again Thankyou to all who came, all who helped, all our well wishers, now get down here this week for classes!


Come for the free FACEPAINTING, free ARTMAKING and free SCIENCE experiments! Stay for the endless possibilities art creates!

Here are some of the things other crazy fun things happening ;

MAKE A BADGE FOR FREE! Try your hand at designing and making your own badge!


Heres one I prepared earlier!… Some of the many circle cutouts J slaved over getting ready for the open day

DRY ICE DRAMATICS J notoriously loves to imagine she’s a mad scientist, check out the video below for one of the awesome experiments we’ll be trying out

MAKE YOUR MARK come in and paint a brushstroke on our communal canvas


This is what we’re looking for… (Jackson Pollock, Blue Poles)

Believe me when I tell you  – theres much more! We are so excited to share the day with you and cant wait to see your faces x  Don’t miss out on the awesome offers we have in house only for the opening and come on over!  See you soon! G & J



This is J – its late Thursday Night – all of our painting is finally finished and we are starting to look the way we imagined when we first dreamed up Art Soup! Huzzah!


Earlier this evening the position of the cupboards sparked intense debate, with poor Mr JTM moving said cupboards about 17 different times around the studio with passersby chiming in with their two cents!


JTM closing his eyes as he imagines the cupboard placement

What we are loving about our part of Malvern road is how many people have popped in to say hello or waved hello through the window as we’ve been painting/organising/climbing up ladders/ dancing – theres a really lovely community feel here and we have felt really embraced by you all.

A daylight view of the street from my desk

A daylight view of the street from my desk

Theres still a number of things left to do to get ready but My Goodness! It already looks better than I dared dream!

Huzzah! Its all coming together

Its Tuesday morning at 10am, Im running on about 4 hours of sleep (This is J), several (lots of) coke zeros and sheer excitement.

Its almost unbelievable its all finally coming together after so much wishing and hoping and dreaming and planning!, and let me tell you – it is already looking AWESOME !

We had an incredible team of friends who showed up and helped us move everything in and I am so truly grateful ( and lets be honest, super touched) for everyones support – we couldn’t have done it without you x

Of course theres so much more to do but I couldn’t help to put up a  few photos taken throughout the day and night, there was a video of crazy dancing but that mysteriously has been deleted from my phone, so strange!….


G snuck outside to take this pic of J and Mr JTM spot painting

Moving in

Mrs Fox hanging out as we move all our furniture goodies in, she was frightened of a passing tram so was later relocated

Late night painting

J is painting the skirtings (in the corner) Her brother Mr JTM painting around the hard to reach nails.

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Mr JTM and G getting the painters tape LEVEL (using an iPhone app) – no mean feat (this literally took half an hour to get it perfect)

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Mr JTM expresses his feelings about painting at 2am


We’ve accumulated a mix of fun goodies that we thought would be fun to draw and have hanging around the place – The yellow hello is from a beautiful well wisher and goes perfectly!

Moving in

Completely organised chaos

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a sneaky pic of G pulling things out of storage boxes

Moving in

The shopfront as it was when we moved in -Our new friend Dallas’s beautiful homewares shop moved to Trentham which is sad because her shop was beautiful but also not so sad as we get to take over the lease


getting ready to blog from inside the shop!