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2019 Southern Art + Craft Trail

Designer Dirt are excited to be artists, a venue and sponsors of the Southern Art + Craft Trail once again!

This year we have the following artists exhibiting with us -

Carol Duncan - photography

Ian Michael - metal sculpture

Jane Michael - metal work

Janelle Peterson - ceramics

Jodie Edwards - mixed media

Ron Edwards - metal sculpture

Rachael Van Den Hoek - crochet and jewellery

The Trail is on between September 21 and October 13.  We will also be running workshops during the Trail.


Welding for Beginners Workshop - with Ian Michael

In this hands-on workshop, our very own Ian Michael, who is a sculptor and also has a certificate IV in Training and Assessment, will introduce you to the basics of welding.
You will learn to weld with a MIG and MMA (stick) welder and how to weld different types of metals.
Using these techniques you will produce your own simple artwork to take home.

The workshop is limited to 6 places and we need a minimum of 4 people attending to run the workshop.

We will run this workshop again if we get adequate numbers.

To book, or for further information, please call Jane on 0427448481.


Lust for Rust - A Special Effects Metallic Paint workshop - with Jane Michael

This two and a half hour workshop is an introduction to working with special effects metallic paint; the techniques involved and the surfaces it can be applied to.

Jane Michael, an artist with a Certificate IV in training and Assessment, will show you how to apply special effects paint and use different methods to create various patinas and oxidisation effects. You will then produce your own outdoor artwork to take home. If you have a piece of your own that you would like to work on you are welcome to bring it - but it's best to check with us first to make sure it's appropriate.

All materials and equipment are supplied. Children over the age of 14 can attend. We recommend wearing older clothes on the day, as it can be a messy process!

To book, or for further details, please contact Jane on 0427448481.

Keep Albany Beautiful - 2019 Annual Garden of the Year

Designer Dirt are proud to support the Keep Albany Beautiful Garden of the Year Awards.

Once again we have donated a $200 voucher to the winner!

Entries are judged on -

A.  Eye catching appeal

B.  Visibility from road or footpath

C.  General overall effort (use of annuals, shrubs, trees, paths, pots etc.)

D.  Developed street verge


1st Prize - $200 voucher donated by Designer Dirt

2nd Prize - $100 voucher donated by Albany Keep Beautiful and Ardess Nursery

3rd Prize - $50 voucher donated by Due South


1st Prize - $200 donated by the Water Corporation

2nd Prize - $100 donated by the Water Corporation

3rd Prize - $50 donated by the Water Corporation


1st Prize - Framed Certificate

Plaques will be presented to all prize winners for display in their garden

If you have any queries please contact Alice Rule on (08) 9844 7449 or 

0407 444 687

Entry forms are available from Designer Dirt and the City of Albany


Past workshops - Miniature Ceramic House Workshop - with Janelle Peterson

In this hands-on and experimental workshop, local ceramic artist, Janelle Peterson, will introduce you to the versatile technique of slab building. You will use stamping and found objects to create texture and learn how incorporate push molds to add interesting elements to your work and discover almost endless possibilities. You will also be taught joining and finishing techniques.
Using these techniques you will produce your very own collection of unique and handcrafted miniature ceramic houses. What you complete will then be dried, bisque fired and then glaze fired. Due to time constraints, Janelle will glaze your pieces for you, with the glazes you request on the day. Your work will be available to collect from Designer Dirt in 3 to 4 weeks.

Saturday 29th September, 10am - 1pm.
Workshop cost - $95 including materials.
The workshop is limited to 10 places and we need a minimum of 8 people attending to run the workshop.

Preferably register through our Facebook event (Just click "Going") or email [email protected]

We will run this workshop again if we get adequate numbers. 


Oyster Harbour Display Home Village

Are you looking for inspiration for your new home, building or addition?  A new source of ideas has emerged with the opening of Albany's first home display village, including seven display homes, at Houghton Boulevard in Oyster Harbour.

Designer Dirt has provided products for a number of these homes, including -

Coastal Stone

Coarse Mulch

Feature Stones

Garden Mix

Garden Screens

Salvage Timber

StraightCurve garden edging

Washed Stone

Viewing times are -

Monday & Wednesday between 2 & 5

Saturday & Sunday between 1 & 5

Lend a hand to help Yarloop

A massive THANK YOU to everyone that joined us in helping the people of Yarloop rebuild their homes after the January bushfires by potting up plants and cuttings at our Busy Bee at Designer Dirt on Sunday 13th November between 10am and 4pm.

So many pots, plants and cuttings turned up, along with some very handy people!  Around 80 volunteers potted up thousands of plants on the day.

Yarloop will definitely be a lot greener thanks to you all!

Special thanks to Australia Post for carting everything we planted up to Yarloop and Small Business Centre Great Southern and Oyster Harbour Store for smoko.