The Wonderful Mary Hettsmansperger is coming to the Felt Studio to teach!

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Oh Dear ! It has been a while!!

Hi Everyone! Just back from 4 weeks teaching in New Zealand and Two weeks teaching in Tassie.Only had 6 weeks in between so it was epic!I had a wonderful time and made many new friends and saw such a lot of beautiful scenery. In Deloraine, Tasmania they had the most fabulous community textile artwork .

I have just updated my calendar for all my teaching away and event schedules. Please look at my page here:

New Zealand had the most beautiful scenery.This is near Nelson Lakes..the view from my dinner table!

Tasmania also had some wonderful places to visit. Had a great day at MONA Gallery…amazing.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Well so much to tell! The year  ended very busily with our Wild Things Exhibition on the end of a long 9 week felt sharing trip overseas! Sharyn Hall and I loved every minute of our Tenth year celebration Exhibition and many people felt it was our nicest yet! We were very happy with our work this year considering how busy we were.

I have just sent out a newsletter for the New Year with classes listed( You can subscribe easily! On the right of  this page there is a subscribe section!!)….The first class for the year is Friday February 1  and Saturday 2nd of February. Email me to be placed on the waiting list as often there are cancellations!

Click here for details.

January 2019 Newsletter 

I don’t have many classes set for this year as it again is a big travel year interstate and overseas. So if you are thinking of doing a class do  book now! 

Here are some images of our work.

Works by Wendy Bailye and Sharyn Hall

Wild Things Exhibition 2018

Wild Things Exhibition 2018

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The story of “Wild Things” Textile Exhibition








Our Exhibition Wild Things-Decadence is nearly here!

This wonderfully creative event will run from the 21st to 30th of
November 2018 at Richard Randall Art Studio,Brisbane Botanical Gardens

Weekend Notes has a lovely article on our exhibition.Click here for details

The story of Wild Things …
Mid to late 2000 saw local artists Sharyn Hall and Wendy Bailye coping
with family illness, care and the eventual death of elderly parents. During
these challenges, they both realised they were in a creative drought and
decided to meet regularly. Through their friendship and their combined
experimentation and development of new ideas and different ways to apply
their artistic processes, they found their way to a happier and more
creative space.
At one of these studio play days, an exhibition idea was conceived –
something to give their creative exploits purpose. Mostly therapeutic:
would it be serious and conceptual – exploring their respective grief or
exotic and wild – experimenting and playing with colour, texture and new
processes? Sharyn and Wendy chose the latter and Wild Things was born.
The first Wild Things exhibition was held at the Richard Randall Art
Studio Gallery, Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. It seemed a suitable space
for two artists to fill with their respective creative exploits – and though
anxious, Sharyn and Wendy were excited as those first exhibition dates
drew close – would anyone turn up to the opening, and would they buy
anything? It was a huge success- delighted and having had such fun … it
wasn’t a question of whether they would continue the weekly studio days
and plan a second exhibition the following year … of course they would!
Their friendship has grown and developed over the years – learning from,
and inspiring each other, while continuing to explore new skills and
processes and bringing freshness to their respective crafts. Sharyn and
Wendy willingly share their expertise, equipment and materials – a
collaboration of sorts between a mixed media artist and felt maker. They
now fit their creative process around their busy lives, families and any
opportunities to travel – for work or play.
Sharyn and Wendy are enjoying their journey, keeping their spark of
creativity alive and well. Having a creative friend helps, they both feel
incredibly lucky to have found each other. The momentum for their annual
exhibition at the Richard Randall Art Studio keeps them buoyant, creative
and making.

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My very full life!


This year has been a great year but very full! So full that I have been neglecting my website SO much it is embarrassing. My May newsletter is still sitting here! Now that is bad. I actually wrote it in May and then did not send it, mainly because I did not have time to resize all my images. So here it is! Better late than never! 

Having your own business can be very challenging time wise. It takes me so long to do the computer work and the business side of being a full time artist. Time that takes me away from making.

So the year went a little mad with felt workshops in Central Australia at the Beanie Festival, then teaching at an Embroidery Conference in New Zealand and then a 9 week holiday with a little felt sharing along the way. Iceland was the first stop.What an amazing place. I invested in some fish skin leather and am looking forward to making some Icelandic inspired work.We met some amazing people and saw some beautiful places.

My lovely friend Anna and I by the North Sea in Iceland!

Some felt panels I made for friends and family we stayed with.

Hodda’s little house in Iceland










We visited Singapore then Iceland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man, London, Liverpool, Wales, Ipswich, The New Forest and the Isle of Wight.What a fabulous  time! We stayed with some fabulous old and new friends and family. 







Inspiration everywhere, especially in Ireland and the Isle of Wight!


So the best news is that the end of the year is quite busy too.

 Wild Things  DECADENCE  2018








We are thrilled to let you know about our latest Wild Things Exhibition of locally made textiles. Our handmade textiles are becoming ever more collectable and popular as the appreciation of handmade items and affordable, unique art grows exponentially in our community.

An exhibition of contemporary textiles and a celebration of ten years exhibiting at Richard Randall Gallery! Wild Things is the place to purchase a unique selection of wonderful handmade textile treasures created by local Brisbane artists Sharyn Hall & Wendy Bailye.

Some very special pieces have been created for this event, hence the name DECADENCE, also referring to our tenth year of creating for Wild Things …. this wonderfully creative event is not to be missed. So, come along and celebrate with us.


All made with priceless individuality and an emphasis on natural materials. Beautiful textiles with a contemporary twist.

Held at the Richard Randall Art Studio, Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

21st November – 30th November 2017. We are open for TEN days!

Opening hours: Weekdays: 9am – 5.00pm and Sat – Sun: 9.00am – 4.00pm

EXTENDED DATES for 2018 – Ten days to shop as this is the Tenth Anniversary of Wild Things.

TIME TO ENJOY – spend time in the gardens, lunch at the cafe and then shop for the perfect gift


Our date saver for 2019 is 26th Nov – 8th Dec 2019 ….pop it in the diary but do check in on the website before in case we have a change of plan!

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Latest work

Sometimes when I am at home and not travelling I get to make felt. ..just for fun! Thanks Daisy for being my model! I really enjoyed playing with these pieces in the studio. My next trip is to New Zealand in a week or so.

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Beanie Festival Alice Springs

A highlight of my year is teaching at The Beanie Festival in Alice Springs , Central Australia. Oh what fun we had! This year this quirky creative festival turned over nearly $200,000 and over 4000 beanies were sold. Amazing! Dates for next year, 2019, are  28th 29th and 30th June .There are usually classes either side of the festival that you can book into.

I taught some short 2 and 3 hr classes and a full day of hats and one of teacosies.

The winning Peoples Choice beanie handspun dog hair!

Trying on Beanies..lots of fun!

Some of the amazing Beanies at the festival

Beautiful surroundings-Alice Springs






Teacosy workshop

Sometimes you just have to wear your teacosy!


Pod class


Flower class

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Teaching felting at Titjikala community in Central Australia

Nora wearing Hazels emu hat and Jeffery wearing Sandra’s cockie hat.

Well this is my very busy time of year when I teach away a lot. I have had the most wonderful trip to Central Australia teaching felt hat making with women from Titjikala community. This is a remote community in the Simpson desert out from Alice Springs, Central Australia. I feel deeply privileged to have been asked to teach these wonderful artists and to spend time together  making hats and developing friendships and skills.

We were making hats for the annual Beanie Festival in Alice Springs.Most of the ladies had b=never made wet felt before and certainly not a wet felted hat.They did an exceptional job!


Sandra’s wonderful hat!

Cora and her beautiful hat

Jennifer quietly got on with things and made two wonderful hats.


Sandra’s second hat

Marie made hats and bags with lovely intricate patterns

Nita did some fabulous work and particularly loves to needle felt.

Lovely Dilly bags

Snake bag by Jennifer

The Titjikala “hat making mob” and me!WHat fun we had.

Patricia and her honey ants hat!

My favourite photo! Cora and her perentie hat.

Angelina and her lovely hat.

Sandra and her wonderful “Cockie” hat.

Jeffery jumped in for a photo opportunity in my hat

Next trip will be to the Beanie Festival in Alice Springs. Really looking forward to that!

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Mary Hettsmanspergers jewellery class

We have a wonderful class coming up March 24th-28th with Mary Hettsmansperger in Brisbane at the Felt Studio, the class is now fully  filled! Mary is an amazing author, jewellery maker and creator as well as a fantastic tutor.  Here is a link to her images   

Click here for the Felt Studio flyer  Mary Hetts flyer Images

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New work for the New Year

Some new work inspired by my holiday to Stradbroke Island. Handmade felt and free machine stitch.

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