The Gallery in Mogo is begining the 2019 series of featured artists with fabric and jewellery craft-artist, Anne Boardman.
Many readers will know Anne from when she owned and managed the ‘Moruya Sewing Centre’ for over twenty years where she conducted many workshops there in fabric printing, dyeing, texturing and patchwork and then for another ten years from her home.
Anne has on show at The Gallery a range of work, from exquisite drawstring jewellery bags with Japanese style pouches to larger bags with beading chosen to subtly enhance the pattern of the fabric, jewellery featuring handmade glass beads to turquoise, black bead and silver necklaces along with decoupage boxes in various sizes and small pastel and watercolour paintings.
Anne’s first love is fabric. She says,“Fabric speaks to me and I study its colour, feel and pattern before deciding what to make.” Anne continues, “I designed and made clothes for my dolls at a very young age and from ten years old started to make my own clothes.”
To keep up with trends in jewellery and fabric craft, Anne will go online, especially to ‘Pininterest’, she also uses this “social media” to talk to her daughter and granddaughter about what is of interest to them and their circle of friends. The ideas to explore are endless, says Anne.
Anne collects her fabric from all over the place including on a recent overseas trip to England. Preferring to feel its quality, to pick it up and study its design she doesn't get her materials online.
Anne and first husband Keith Heron came to the coast over 40 years ago, where they built in Mossy Point. Sadly Keith, who many readers may remember as an economics teacher at Moruya High School and, more likely ,as a member of the popular local band, ‘Nightshift’, passed away in 1996 and Anne later remarried Alex Boardman.
Alex and Anne have built up a small farm of sheep, goats, ducks and chooks, vegetables and many fruit trees—with the aim of being self sufficient. Anne makes preserves from their produce as well as practising her craft in the huge strawbale shed (now studio) they built, while Alex works in glass, including making some of the beads that Anne uses in her jewellery.
Anne’s work will be featured at The Gallery in Mogo throughout February and into the early part of March.
The Gallery, a co-operative venture of CABBI, a society open to local arts and crafts practitioners. People interested in finding out more about CABBI should either drop in to The Gallery or phone 02 4474 2243.