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Woodford Folk Festival 2018/19: impressions and experience


We hit the road once again to present a series of creative workshops for community at the annual Woodford Folk Festival.

The Honourable Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts, even dropped in for a visit.

One of our terrific volunteers who joined us for the festival, Leela Wittmer gives us her insights of Woodford. 

The Hon. Leeanne Enoch and Mick Byrne of State Library The Edge outside the workshop tent at Woodford Folk Festival


I am a librarian with State Library of Queensland’s Information and Visitor Services team.

This year I volunteered to help the Edge team run their workshops at Woodford Folk Festival. Any of my colleagues will know that I have been angling for this since about March last year. I love the festival and have worked there for many years in different capacities. I wanted to stay connected to that and still support my workplace over the Christmas break. I also wanted to introduce a family tradition to my young son and partner (my mum and I have been going for years). I like experiencing Woodford through the lens of a contributing member – volunteer, worker and presenter. It gives me a shape and a context to my days and (probably rather ‘narcissistically’) I like to feel a little special among the 100,000 other punters.

Experiencing the festival as a librarian excited by their new career, workplace and industry was particularly special and exhilarating. I have always admired the work and vision that State Library staff put in and deliver but I was overwhelmed by how dedicated they are to their overall purpose and philosophy in every part of their process…which is a lot like the organisiation that runs Woodford Folk Festival.

For example, Woodford Folk Festival (the organisation) believe strongly in their stewardship of the land and their responsibility to take care of it and enact that philosophy by putting in place strict rubbish, recycling and compost rules for vendors and punters. The Edge team is the science, creativity and technology arm of the library and – building on the community service function of a library – have an overarching philosophy of making the physical equipment that facilitates science, technology and creativity accessible for the community. They enact this by bringing equipment and ideas into spaces or communities – like Woodford Folk Festival – that would otherwise not be exposed to that.

Steam Punk LED workshop


Every workshop was booked out and we had positive responses to all of them. They were smooth and well-rehearsed everywhere except where you wouldn’t want them to be. During the Steam Punk LED workshop, where participants were asked to build a small cog mechanism attached to a circuit that powered a small LED light when the cog was turned, everyone built their mechanism using the organised information pack provided and it went like a well-oiled machine. In the Moulding Custom Icey Poles workshop there was recycled plastic from one end of the tent to the other, people collecting rocks to make iceberg shaped icy pole moulds and rock-shaped ice cube trays (get it?!). It was messy, creative and everyone loved it.

Icey Pole workshop


We had incredibly excited responses from participants and passersby. I spoke to Queenslanders excited by opportunities on offer at State Library, I spoke to Edge regulars and members happy to see us at Woodford and lots of people from interstate who were jealous that State Library of Queensland has such incredible facilities.

I believe the State Library are wonderful addition to the festival and the festival is a wonderful addition to the State Library’s program repertoire.

The Cardbaord Claw workshop


Cardboard Kaiju 2.0 Tabletop Game

Free tabletop game experience

Cardboard Kaiju 2.0 is on the home stretch – and we want you to come and play!

So, what is this Cardboard Kaiju?

Cardboard Kaiju 1.0 was a project that we delivered at The Edge in 2017 and now in 2018 over the past three months.

There have been game development sessions, design and fabrication sessions and sound and animation sessions with young people. All these sessions have been heading towards creating a game that can be played and experienced.

We want you to come and play!

Cardboard Kaiju 2.0 tabletop game

Saturday 1 December 12noon– 2pm | Free | No bookings required

Brisbane city is under attack! A giant monster has risen from the sea to wreak havoc upon the populous. Gather your team and together, you must defend your cardboard metropolis from the onslaught of the… CARDBOARD KAIJU

Come along and join in!

No bookings just turn up and wait for your turn. Small groups or individuals welcome (up to 4 people can play at a time).

If you’d like to RSVP, you’ll receive an auto-email from Eventbrite with all our contact details and location.

We hope to see you on 1 December from 12pm.

This tabletop game experience has been created by a number of young people and community members at State Library of Queensland, The Edge.


Date: Saturday 1 December

Time: 12noon – 2pm

Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland


Get Lit! (laser cut lamps)

You might have heard (or seen) that we have a laser cutter in the Fabrication Lab. This piece of machinery is one of our favourites; it’s fast, incredibly precise and can (with some imagination) create beautiful items, from jewellery and wallets, to lampshades and signage.

In this four hour workshop we’ll show you how to use Adobe to design objects which are then ready to be cut or etched on the laser.

At the end of the workshop you’ll walk away with:

– A cardboard lampshade with your own original laser cut design

– Some basic skills in Adobe Illustrator and,

– Have completed the Laser Induction which allows you to book our laser cutter for free in open lab times

NB. The workshop will be using a different design than depicted


  • Participants must be over 16 years of age
  • Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times
  • Please register for an Edge Account before you arrive. You will need an account to complete the induction, assessment and make bookings for the equipment


Mechanical Cabarets and Other Marvels – South Bank

Gears and rods and bearings and cardboard, this is all about creating a one of a kind, mechanical cabaret to amaze just about everyone with your cleverness. Absolutely no experience is required.

The iconic view of the Brisbane River, the “Wheel of Brisbane” and QPAC is precisely cut to scale out of cardboard and presented in a flat pack kit. The wheel slowly turns as a ferry boat cruises by. This kit can be assembled by teens and adults. It is educational in that it demonstrates the use of electrical circuits, pulleys, ratios and cranks.

At the end of the workshop, you will take home your own uniquely decorated moving creation!

This kit is designed by William Davy, a Brisbane based artist and winner of the 2017 Brisbane City Council “Salvage” art competition.

General Information:

  • Participants must be over 16 years of age
  • Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times
  • This workshop does not include a laser induction


WordPress for Small Businesses and Hobbyists

WordPress is one of the most used tools to create websites on the internet and is a powerful, yet easy-to-use platform that anyone with basic computer skills can learn.

Anyone can join but this workshop will focus on how small businesses, start-ups and hobbyists can make the best use of the tool. In this workshop you will learn the very basics of using WordPress and setting up your online presence.

Our facilitator is an avid user of WordPress and has run her own successful business using the platform for many years and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

General Information:

  • If this course is booked out, or if you are unable to attend on the scheduled dates, why not up-skill via Lynda.com? As an SLQ member, you have free access to Lynda.com with thousands of online courses and tutorials. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the Weekly Scoop for last minute course availability.
  • Courses and workshops at The Edge are suitable for participants aged 16 and over, unless otherwise stated.
  • For details on cancellations and refunds and exchanges please refer to our booking policy. But, in short, we can refund tickets with minimum 7 days’ notice.


Desktop Led Sign Making

You’ll be putting together and coding up a desktop led digital oddity that will be the envy of your entire office. It will come in a shiny acrylic stand (inspired by the image above). This is the perfect introduction to electronics and coding that’ll leave you feeling awfully clever. The best thing is, you get to take it home!

Participants must be over 16 years of age
Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times
For details on cancellations and refunds and exchanges please refer to our booking policy. But, in short, we can refund tickets with minimum 7 days’ notice.


Designer Dollhouses


Designer dollhouses (two sessions)

*Please note that this is a two part workshop running on the 18th and 25th of August 2018

Imagine, design and fabricate the custom dollhouse of your dreams using all the tools that The Edge has on offer. Walls, windows, furniture, a neo-gothic fantasy or a classical interpretation, create it your way over two weekends of making delight.

Techniques that will be covered:
• 3D modelling, printing and finishing
• laser cutting
• introductory electronics (with soldering)
• Sewing

(these sessions do not include inductions to the machinery)


  • Participants must be over 16 years of age
  • Enclosed, flat footwear must be worn at all times

Block Battle Bots

The Block Battle Bots tournament will take place during Fun Palace on 6 October 2018 at State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane, Australia, Earth, The Solar System in the Milky Way Galaxy. The winner will be crowned the Galactic Champion and will walk away with a super awesome Battle Bot Kit worth $100.

To build a robot and test its…mettle, sign up for the three-part workshop series!

Galactic Block Battle Bot Championship Federation Laws

• Bot teams will have 2–4 members
• Battles will be 2 and 3 minutes long
• Winner determined by three judges or by knockout (disabled)
• The judges’ rulings are always final
• Block Battle Bots will be built using Lego and the equipment and components below. Limited amounts of 3D printed and laser cut parts are allowed (see below)
• Limited amounts of rubber bands, string and similar if used for energy storage, tyres, control lines or similar
• No reinforcing allowed!

List of components
• Official ‘Brick Bot’ LEGO kit, 1,274 assorted pieces
(pieces can be shared or traded with other teams at the team’s discretion)
• Official Battery Pack
(Currently: 11.1v, 450mAh LiPo, weight approx. 40g)
• Official Electronics Pack
(Pre-programmed with Open Source Code Base, weight approx. 20g)
• Choice of official motor options
• Robot Remote
(Currently clone PS3 controller)
• Limited access to laser cutter, chassis plans and one (1) A4 sheet of 3mm acrylic
• Access to 3D printers and 200g of filament
(only 100g allowed in the final build).

Kitchen Chemistry with Dr Musk

Kitchen Chemistry

You can tell that chemistry is important because of the way we use it in our everyday lives, without even knowing. Washing the clothes, putting a new battery in the remote and baking a cake in the kitchen all rely on simple chemistry to enhance our lives…

…but, what else can you do with the chemistry all around you? Come along to The Edge’s Old-School Chemistry Kit workshop to find out and take home the knowledge and equipment you need to begin your new adventures in science.

Mixing solutions to make bubbles of flammable gas, learning how to get electricity from scrap metal and salty water, or how to give something a shiny copper coating are just some of the tricks included in The Edge’s Old School Chemistry Kit.

Take a trip to the hardware and the pharmacy to find the ingredients you need, borrow a few things from that bulging third drawer in the kitchen, then add the safety knowledge you will learn at The Edge to explore the surprising variety of chemistry that is possible with stuff you pass by every day.

Wrap it all up in the retro design kit we provide and you have the perfect Christmas gift for the budding mad scientist in your family.

There is just one Kitchen Chemistry workshop session on offer, so don’t miss out!

  • Sunday 18 December
  • 1pm-5pm
  • $80
  • No skills required
  • Suitable for ages 16+


Podcasting 3: Development & Production

Take your Podcast idea from woe to go, exploring avenues for taking great ideas through development, production and distribution.

This 4 hour workshop is perfect for those with established ideas, but want feedback and input from an experienced producer, to help flesh it out and fill in some holes. We’ll cover:

  • Whether your idea good or not (in a supportive group environment)
  • What you need to plan for before stepping into the studio
  • Knowing your target audience and how to sell your podcast to the world
  • Distribution channels and how to get the word out there

Prerequisites: Ideas will be required and a commitment to play. No technical experience required.

Before you book, please read our Short Courses FAQ. You’ll find answers to age restrictions, what to bring, what to do if you’re running late, refunds and more.

This short course is part of a series. View all our Podcasting workshops in the What’s On calendar.