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Hé there #002

Izzy from Fresh Sprouts teaching her weekly Yoga Mache class.

Izzy from Fresh Sprouts teaching her weekly Yoga Mache class.

Hé there!

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from us. We had to temporarily put the brakes on due to some unexpected matters with the Adelaide City Council - you know how that goes. As a result we couldn’t proceed with our official launch party, which was a bit of a bummer, but we will be rescheduling this soon! The good news is, it won’t be too long as we quickly move through the motions with Council to ensure we are all on the same page.

In the meantime we are operating as per usual here at Mâché, so let me run through a couple of updates. We've been pretty busy having some great events like Yoga Mâché featuring the lovely Izzy from Fresh Sprouts (every Saturday starting from November 12th) and our cofounders Mum Sheela Langeberg running a drumming workshop for a large group of ladies to empower them through song!

Our latest member Cara getting her airbrush on for the Zombie Walk last month

Our latest member Cara getting her airbrush on for the Zombie Walk last month

We are super chuffed to have a growing community of talented co-working members like Cara here. Over the coming weeks we'll be sharing their story with you on our social media channels and here on our blog! The space itself is pretty much done! Yep, we’ve completed two more rooms, our Executive Suite and our Recording Studio.

The Executive Suite is available now for a fraction of the cost that you would pay for a space of it’s size (25sqm) and unique qualities in the City. It features; 3.2m ceilings, baltic floorboards and a huge bay window with a spectacular park view. It’s perfect for a small team or several individuals that require a little more privacy to get the job done. Throughout the month of November we are offering a special discount of $100 p/mth if you sign up before December!

Bianka and Jake practicing in the our studio in prep for a upcoming gig at the Grace Emily.

Bianka and Jake practicing in the our studio in prep for a upcoming gig at the Grace Emily.

As mentioned, we have also completed our Recording Studio and we’ve worked hard to create the most affordable one of it’s type in the City, with some of the best acoustics you can find! We are talking about the space where Fresh FM cut their teeth before they were a thing for only $25 p/hr. When you walk in you get a chilled vibe that’s somewhere between a study designed in the 1970’s and a sauna, without the extreme heat of course. It features lightly lacquered pine, that clads all the walls, a raw pine desk and a mint condition couch that we picked up from the Blackwood Bargain Centre that is probably from the 70’s.

Our friends from Sounds Out of Hours provide equipment that includes a Macbook Pro Laptop with Ableton Live and suite of other recording software, studio monitors, a mixing desk, MPC, 4 microphones with stands and ergonomic chairs for you and your guests. These are all included in our hourly hire. It’s perfect for the person with a podcast or voice over project, a practice space for vocalists or for music teachers.

There a tonnes more updates that I didn't mentioned here to keep things short and sweet, but we will be doing blogs weekly from here on in, so much more to come! One update that I should mention now, because she will be writing our next blog, is the addition to the Mâché family - Ms Bianka Feo (featured in the photo above). She joins the team to make moves on the marketing and events side of Mâché and has already brought some brilliant ideas to the team that you'll all being seeing the fruits of in the coming months.

That's it from me and from us for now. Thanks for tuning in. See you all here on Hé next week.

Peace

Dans

 

Hé there #001

Get it? 'hé' ?

(we are totally calling the blog 'hé' from now on)

What's my name?

You know, we were working away, banging things with hammers and drilling holes and one of us wondered out loud "How long's it been since we did an update on the blog?" which was a great question! (It has been 24 days, for those playing at home)
So I swapped the paint roller for my camera and took some pictures of the space as it is now. Alot has changed since you last perused the blog, let's get into it!

Iiiiisn't she looovely ♫

It's the little things that count, and I can count about ten little things that have changed, but we'll go with the biggest change first. After a successful installation by The Adelaide University Art History Club, Second Nature has been taken down in preparation for some future events. We'd like to thank everyone that contriubted and everyone else who came along and viewed the art. The Art History Club also hosted a few very succesful events over the period of their occupancy, including a movie night and a life drawing class, proving the concept that the space is what you make of it! If you have any enquiries and would like to see what you could possibly do with the space, either organise a tour or just send an enquiry to hello@mache.space.

Pleased to greet you!

Next is something I'm personally proud of. The reception area is now fully functional, so I'm not just using my laptop on the floor any more! I've moved in my old PC from home (Yes, I modded that Mac case to put a PC in it) and salvaged some legs from an office space. We converted a musty old principal's desk in to a nice and vibrant, and functional, reception desk. So if you want to drop by and say hi, come see me! You'll also notice that the giant gaping hole in the ceiling has been covered up, Dans put in some hours and brought his vision to life. I think it's turned out great.

EcoCaddy Office

EcoCaddy Office

Now, I thought I'd take the time to mention that EcoCaddy is sharing the space with mâché and occupies the office in the front of the building. The progress has come along nicely, and has a great little window seat for informal meetings and a whiteboard up the back for drawing cool pictures of pirate ships and maybe noting important things from time to time.

The exterior of the building has been neglected for quite some years, there was a build up of grossness and the paint was starting to fade and flake. We've been walking past it for quite some time now, and the weather being as tempermental as it is we haven't had the opportunity to have a crack at it, but the stars aligned recently and Dans gave the front a blast with a pressure washer. The building looks a tonne cleaner, and we've begun priming it ready for our signature purple to replace the 'red'. Daniels has also been hard at work with our branding, donating the EcoCaddy window to make a massive light box with the mâché logo front and centre. It's quite striking at night, if you ever get to roll past it, be sure to send us a pic!

So much neater!

Quick update from the last blog, the server shelves have been tidied and the main fileserver has been sorted and is ready to roll out. We've chosen to go with UnRAID as our fileserver platform as it allows us to run a hardware based VM or three if ever anyone needs to do anything speccy while they're working here. I've tidied up the equipment and cables, and labelled everything too. I know most of you won't really care about this stuff but I'm stoked, so there... Moving on!

Exciting times! The Artist Spaces are fully functional and available for tenancy. There's seven in total, and two are already taken by Ashton and Eileen. They've made their space their home and are creating some great work. As you can also see, the floors have been fully sanded and the window and skirting have all been accented by our favourite colour too.

Ooooh, moody.

We've put some hours in to the Recording Studio. The old manky desk has been rejuvenated and upcycled in to a nice piney slab. It's solid and stable and the guys from Sounds Out of Hours are ready to make full use of the setup. I thought it might be important to note that while the room isn't fully sound PROOF it is almost entirely sound dead. Great for recording all types of things and also quite eerie to stand in by yourself in silence when it's a quiet day... I wouldn't recommend it, so maybe come in and play some music!

As I mentioned earlier, The Adelaide University Art History Club has moved their stuff out, so I thought I'd take a few pictures of the finished space to show it off and maybe inspire some of you to want to fill the space up with your cool ideas. If you're thinking to yourself "Man, there's not a lot of desk spaces there..." you'd be correct. This isn't by coincidence. Everything we're doing here at mâché is made to be scalable. From our Internet and network all the way to the available seating, we can keep adding to everything we've already made in order to meet the requirements of the space. This allows us to roll out everything at the pace the space grows and also minimise until such time that it's necessary to expand. Or, long story short, we do what we want, when we want, 'cause our lives are cool and we do cool stuff.

Lastly, I'd like to leave you with a gallery of pictures we've collected between the last blog and now. There's been ALOT going on that it's kinda hard to both be doing those things and write about them at the same time so instead enjoy all the pics!

I'd like to mention that our last livestream was a success and thank everyone for tuning in. We'll be doing more stuff like that in the future so keep your looks on our books at this link.

And so concludes this blog! Moving forward we'll be naming the blog hé, as in Hey! Next time we say hé we'll be focusing on our members and the happenings of the place, so stay tuned!

Peace!
-E.