Have had a wonderful creative beginning to the year with classes in all sorts of places! Started with teaching on a fabulous cruise to South East Asia followed by some of my own studio classes .I have picked a few photos to share before I head off to the Northern Hemisphere to holiday and be a guest tutor in Norway, Scotland and the UK as well as attending a meeting of volunteer Regional co-ordinators of the International Feltmakers Association .
Studio Classes at The Felt Studio…my home studio in Queensland Australia.
Next we had the Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail and Open Studio event, where my studio was open for the month of June on the weekends.This will be an annual event! It was so successful for everyone involved and brought such a buzz to our town!Keep next June free to visit! I will hold some small workshops during this time next year as well.
Then it was Brisbane Girls Grammar teaching for Koala Conventions which was a great event as usual. Am always so amazed and inspired with everyone’s creativity. As a tutor, my wish is that everyone will embrace their own style and imagination in class. I think we certainly achieved this!These wraps were all hand laid -no needle felted batts were used.A great learning for everyone!
Next stop was Warwick teaching slippers and wraps at The Jumpers and Jazz festival.It is a wonderful blessing to travel and teach and learn about the world,meeting fabulous inspiring people along the way!
In between all this travel ,I have been working on entries for this years Royal Queensland Show. I have just found out today that I won First prize in the Pioneer Wool Craft Section with my piece Minjerribah Dreaming and The Painterly vase,Third prize.It comes with two lovely monetary gifts which are very welcome! I feel very honored to work in such a wonderful medium that allows my creativity on all levels to blossom. My pieces in the other sections did well and are all on display at the Ekka this year. Do pop in to have a look if you are at the show.
Just realised that I gave out some cards with wrong date stickers on them for my Wild things Exhibition in November at the arts trails.If I gave you a card with a sticker please change the date to the Wed 25- Sunday 29th November NOT the 23rd-27th .Woops . Big , BIG woops. If you come on the 23rd I will be mortified and you will be disappointed!
Would love to see you ! My studio will be open every weekend in June 10 am -3 pm as part of our local open studios see www.creativesamford.com for map and details….Trails Map and flyer .
You will see the most amazing artists in their studio environment and have opportunities to purchase and learn about their work in depth.Fantastic illustration and paintings, amazing ceramics, lovely encaustic art, rustic woodwork, gorgeous hooked rugs.My favourite, and I have four lovely prints of this amazing work, Sacred Images by Dianne Minnaar (her work has to be seen to be believed!) Come visit you will be glad you did! Here are some new felt works that you can see “in person” at the trails.
Here are a few pieces I made before leaving…
Then on to the ship where I taught three wonderful classes with a great bunch of participants whilst floating around South East Asia.Wonderful fun.
A busy year has begun.Finding myself more mindful of creating a year that is busy but not stressful.That in itself is a wonderful challenge.
Just back from teaching a two day class in Canberra..great class and well received.This week I have Marjolein Dallinga from www.bloomfelt.com teaching from my studio,The Felt Studio.We have begun the class well and it is exciting to think what will be produced and created in four very full days. Below are two pictures from the rainforest walk Marjolein and I did and the other is samples from my Canberra class “50 shades of grey-felt!” At the end of the week I will be heading to Perth and then teaching on a cruise to South East Asia..Very exciting year. Stay tned for the next exciting chapter.
A lovely surprise came with the arrival of my Felt Matters the journal of the International Feltmakers Association.My work was featured on the cover along with the article on my woolly origins!
Next I have finally finished my online tutorial on making a felted Poppy. It will be online for purchase soon.It is the Commemoration year and we are remembering those those killed in World War I so I thought a poppy was a lovely flower to feature in my new series of online lessons.
My New Year is starting with a bang! A good bang.I have had a year and a half sabbatical and so my year is starting off very busily with lots of new enthusiasm.
Here are some images of work from spring last year.
I have four new video tutorials that are now online with The Hat Academy .It means you can have a complete class in your living room. I am really happy with the way they have worked out.Go to their webpage www.hatacademy.com and click the top of the page on Lessons and then on Master classes from the drop down menu and you will find them! The concertina Hat class, the Cloche Hat class and the Silk Scarf class as well as a lovely flower class with three different flowers. Click on the image !