Christmas is coming! And, as the old song goes the goose is getting fat, but if you would like some unique gifts for those you love, look no further than the Artisans Nest Gallery in Bodalla.
The ‘Nest’ continually welcomes new members to the group. Three of the latest arrivals are Mixed Media Artist, Clare Elliott, Dalmeny Weaver, Barb Johnson and Hat Maker Anne Colquitt.
Clare is currently developing her art practice in textiles, printmaking and sculpture, and consulting in education and museum practice as well as taking on commissions.
She has worked in education and public programs in several regional and national art galleries including Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Sculpture by the Sea and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
Clare has exhibited in many group exhibitions and has works in private collections nationwide. She has also taught in numerous public and private schools across the state.
Barb Johnson loves to experiment with all sorts of yarns and types of weaving. She says, ‘I’ve been weaving for much of my life. I began working on large floor looms and multishaft table looms, in a very structured way, creating fine, patterned cloth.
Above: Barb Johnson
‘I have recently discovered Saori Weaving, a Japanese (Zen type) creative style of weaving which allows me to indulge my fascination and love of colour and texture. It’s like painting with yarn, creating one-off designs for wearing and for the home. I work predominately with natural yarns, wool, cotton, linen, silk, mohair and alpaca. I love it!
Barb recently moved from Wollongong to Dalmeny and says she has found the energy of this amazing, creative and supportive community very motivating. And, she says, ‘having an outlet for my creations, at the Artisans Nest, is a huge bonus’.
Anne Colquitt's head-turning hats are lovingly handcrafted from sustainably-sourced fabrics and pre-loved trimmings.
Anne’s range includes affordable sports and travel hats, caps, visors, and large brim beach styles. Most are sun-smart, waterproof and washable - perfect for coastal living.
The artists have all been working to supply a great selection of new stock for the Christmas season but still offer the wonderful range of.dyed and upcycled garments, leather bags and beautiful jewelry that loyal customers have come to love.
The ‘Nest’ is always looking to expand its membership. If you are a local creative artist, would you like to join this like-minded group of people and sell your creations in Bodalla? Please contact Sue Jameson on 0408 634 237. Application forms are also available at artisansnestbodalla.com.