What I love about teaching workshops;
many students become friends, participants often teach you as much as you teach them!, I am privileged to see the beautiful work participants make.
Diane who has participated in two of my workshops, and I think it fair to say, is just as much taken with making books as I am, made a special trip to the gallery last Saturday whilst I was at the Margaret River Farmers Market, and having missed me, took the trouble to come back again on the Sunday morning before heading home, to show me a series of wonderful books that she is making for the Dryandra Country Art Food and Wine Trail that will take place on the Mothers Day weekend 2014. A glance at their Facebook page lets you know that it is an event which is growing each year and well worth a visit. Check out the Facebook page for more details https://www.facebook.com/DryandraArtTrail
Last week was my friend Marina’s first week back at the markets after her trip to Nagaland and she has brought some textile treasures back to Australia with her. There were kantha stitched tussah silk shawls, beautiful white cotton embroidered shirts, the wonderful eri silk shawls from her homeland, and some lovely hand woven pieces. The yarns are all handspun and woven on a backstrap loom. My favourite pieces were the traditional pattern bags that Marina wove and the exquisite eri silk scarves woven by her mother with a beautiful pattern of muga silk on each end. I picked up one of Marina’s mum’s scarves and immediately fell in love with it!
Whew! I am still exhausted from yesterday. An early start to travel down to Margaret River for the Margaret River Makers Market. Travelling with my friend Marina from http://handmadeandmarina.wordpress.com who also has a stall there. We picked up another friend Val from https://www.facebook.com/MaybrookDesigns?ref=ts&fref=ts and chatted for the whole trip!
The Makers Market was buzzing yesterday – Margaret River is always busy the weekend of the Leeuwin Estate concert and the Bussell Highway had an endless stream of buses travelling south, co-opted into transporting all the revellers to the concert.
The next Margaret River Makers Market is on the long weekend – March 1st – well worth a visit – it is held at Margaret River Community Resource Centre in Tunbridge Street, the Farmers Market is on at the same time so there is plenty to see.
When I arrived home I just had time for a quick shower and change and into Bunbury for the opening of the Survey 2014. (didn’t even have the time or energy to unload the car!). The Survey is the premier showcase of South West Western Australian artists and the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries celebrate with a street party. The South West Opera Company entertained us before the speeches and I managed to stay and enjoy a couple of songs from a fantastic local band featuring the lovely voice of Victoria who in another of her many roles creates beautiful clothes which she sells through the eclectic and handmade store that she and three friends brought to life and run in Bridgetown. Please pay them a visit if you are down that way or check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bridgetownloft?fref=ts.
The Survey 2014 opens tomorrow February 15th at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. I have two books in the exhibition – Shades of the Bush has panels of shifu – hand spun and woven eco dyed Lokta paper – Contemplation has pages of shifu – hand spun and woven kozo paper. Both books have a couple of haiku style verses included.
If you can’t make it to the exhibition the Galleries have produced an online catalogue – here is the link to the .pdf file – there is also a version for your ereader.
Karri tree Beedelup Falls
A couple of weeks ago (gosh was it really that long?) I found myself with a little bit of time on my hands and with the encouragement of some lovely ladies who live in Northcliffe took a drive down there. What’s in Northcliffe I hear you ask? Its a lovely little bush town in the South West of our beautiful state surrounded by the tall timbers indigenous to the area, Jarrah, and Karri – majestic trees that leave me awestruck. Dairying is thriving in their neck of the woods thanks to an enterprising dairy farmer who “value added” his business and processes and markets his own milk – Bannister Downs Dairy. Their milk comes in beautiful little eco friendly packs that break down easily – no nasty plastic bottles for them! The art gallery has closed, but the cute little museum is open and worth a look. I had a very nice coffee at the cafe there and spied a tray of homemade pies just out of the oven – makes a change to see “real” pies instead of those mass produced cello wrapped things that are everywhere. (note: I did not partake of the pies as I was invited to a yummy lunch – thanks Anne!) As I was trying to get my bearings a gentleman organising a delivery at the Co-op shop asked if he could help – such friendliness – I think I’ve said it before – I love country towns.
The main reason for my trip was to visit Understory, which I found very easily a fairly new group of buildings housing the tourist information centre, telecentre, an art gallery and outside the sculpture walk.
I don’t think words adequately describe the sculpture walk – I loved it and will certainly visit again.
Understorey Northcliffe sculpture walk
Understorey Northcliffe Sculpture walk
Understorey Northcliffe Sculpture walk
Natures own sculpture
Understorey Northcliffe Sculpture Walk