Throughout the year, we hold workshops with highly sought-after teachers that offer a unique workshop experience. These special workshops are specifically designed to enhance the student’s style and technique and are taught by teachers that exhibit a level of knowledge and expertise that is world class.
Judy is a passionate Australian quilt designer and teacher. Her unique patterns allow the quilter to add their own character in order to produce such distinctive and wonderful quilts. Judy’s quilts have a timeless soft and antique feel to them that showcases the amount of love she places in her quilting and quilt design. Judy exhibits a passion in her teaching that inspires her students to grow their personal quilting style and their own passion for quilting.
More information on Judy is available at www.averyfinehouse.com.au
I’ve sewn and made things for as long as I can remember. . .
then, after a brief dabble in patchwork, in 1992 I enrolled in a class to make a ‘real’ quilt ~ to be appliqued, pieced and quilted by hand. The quilt would be for my daughter, she was four at the time and I know she would have liked something bright, pink and Barbie-ish. However, even though I had very little experience of quilts back then, I knew I wanted this quilt to look like it had been around a hundred years or so already. That quilt is still here at home and it’s been well used and loved, laundered countless times. It’s now looking about old enough for my liking, I just wish I’d quilted it more densely. I don’t know why quilting grabbed hold of me like it did, but I’m glad it did and hopefully I’ll always feel that way.
In 2017 my first book was published by Quiltmania Publications. Titled ‘Quilts from the Colonies’, it has patterns for 17 reproductions quilts. All have that patina of age that I love so much.
I still like my quilts to look old so designing and making quilts which look like they come from yesteryear has become my passion. My quilts range from original designs to those which are reproductions of antique quilts.
I teach both hand & machine piecing and hand applique using a variety of techniques. I really enjoy helping quilters, whether they’re new or experienced, get started on a new quilt. I like to help my students find their own style and their own methods too. . . there’s no one right way, or wrong way, of doing anything.
I live and work in a restored 1860′s Railway Station. The children have grown and gone so I share it with my wonderful husband Lindsay, plus a four legged friend. A 19th century station is a great place for 19th century style quilts.
Christine Lethlean – Textile Artist
Like many women of my era I was introduced to sewing at a young age at school and by my mother who crafted and created at home. To this day the highlight of the Annual Flower Show, where the finest and best crafts by the local women were on display, brings back strong memories of how inspired I was to “create just like those ladies”. During my adult life and in my travels, I have attained elements of formal art training and qualification, however as with most artists my creative evolution has been guided by experimentation, exploration and the nurturing of what I call artistic intuition. I count myself fortunate that I could retire from my work as a health professional and now in a position to co-direct The Red Door Gallery [on fraser] work as artist, designer, and teacher based in the quaint historic village of Clunes, in rural Victoria, Australia.
Strong accent colours, tactile textures and all things to do with stitching have long captivated my interest in the visual arts. With a healthy dose of imagination and patience to experiment, I have now forged a style of working that almost by accident has given me a creative niche that suits both my philosophy ‘on life’ and my aesthetic leanings. I couldn’t be more content.
Fibres, textiles and threads are my preferred resources; however, I like to test mixed media where I can and like to explore surface design and printing to create extra layers paramount to the work I create. I must confess I’m also an avid collector and gather all sorts of pre-loved and discarded resources to work with to help me interpret the flow of creative ideas.
Applique, hand stitching, thread-sketching, and painting are the techniques I prefer. However, creating art with these components is a very organic process and what I appreciate most is the ‘unknown quantity’ of the unexpected. Not really knowing how each piece is going to evolve when the techniques are bought together, still excites me with each artwork. The movement of the fabric, the texture of the threads, the intended and accidental mark making that occurs with
stitch, paint and dyes and the odd coffee spill is what keeps me going, forging new and exciting ways of working with these mediums.
My inspiration comes from a variety of sources including my immediate garden, the landscape around me, colours, shades, shapes and lines. I have a natural tendency to find beauty in the discarded and unloved. I love history and storylines and will often create pieces that have a narrative that is meaningful to me. I grew up on a farm in Narembeen in the Eastern wheatbelt of Western Australia and to this day my memories of home and life on the land have a significant influence in my creative work.
Lisa Mattock – Forage by Lisa Mattock
Lisa first explored her love for fabrics and textiles during high school where her unique and original creations made from strips of fabric knitted and woven together and embellished with embroidered flowers made from beads and sequins led to her to be invited to exhibit in “ArtExpress”, the prestigious annual exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of final year exams in Visual Arts in NSW.
A long and varied career in the creative industries followed. This has seen Lisa gather expertise as a textile artist, florist, food stylist, and visual merchandiser, culminating in her own upmarket florist and homewares store, she ran in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for many years.
These experiences, combined with her long-standing passions for vintage fabrics, and embroidery made Forage a natural evolution. Here Lisa gets to follow and share her twin passions of discovering and collecting reclaimed fabrics and embellishments, and creating intricate layered textile artworks.
Slow stitching centres around the “make do and mend” and “waste not, want not” ethos of yesteryear. It is a nod to the generations that came before ours in which reusing and recycling were necessary and admirable.
This is not a complicated process which relies on numerous fancy, perfectly executed stitches and fastidious neatness.
Rather, we embrace the timeworn nature of our materials, and the individuality of our stitching methods. Simplicity is key.
We are passionate fabric lovers, and we have a stash of “just because” pieces we’ve found along the way to prove it.
We love to hunt at flea markets, charity stores and church fetes for the cloth treasures and embellishments we will repurpose. We can lose ourselves in the online world of instagram and etsy… oh the possibilities…