Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Creative Retreat Weekend

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

My workshop group was thirteen talented and enthusiastic women, including a delightful student who made some wonderful accessories for her HSC textile art.   We were all very productive, had lots of fun and enjoyed one another’s company and artistic support.

  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!


  1. Wow! These are lovely!
    What a great workshop you must have had.

  2. Wow! Looks like it was amazing!


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