Last weekend, I was very privileged to be one of the tutors at the NCEATA (Newcastle Creative Embroiderers and Textile Artists) creative Retreat at Kurri. My workshop was entitled “Felted Fashion and Fallalery’ (fallalery is the creation of useless, trifling items). Here are some of my samples – the Compass Doll series. South Seas, Western Landscape, Northern Lights, East Wind. These were made using the plastic resist method, wet felted merino wool and silk. The faces are polymer clay, and the bodies embellished with simple embroidery, beads, metal pieces, sequins
The venue was the TAFE campus at Kurri Kurri, with wonderful accommodation facilities and great food at the Conference Centre. This is an annual event organised by NCEATA and already exciting workshops are planned for 2011. I am very grateful to NCEATA for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Creative Retreat 2010 and to share the tutoring roles with such highly acclaimed textile artists as Claire Brach and Anne van der Kley. What an inspiring creative weekend!