A Handmade Life Exhibition


It has been quite a journey to be ready for this exhibition.

Now it is up, I am relieved the work is done (for now), but also so impressed with the strong, beautiful work that my fellow artists have created.

Gallery Hours

Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm

Sunday 10am to 4pm

Closing Drinks on Sunday the 22nd October.

Each artist will be taking a turn on gallery duty so there will always be someone on hand to talk about the artworks and makers. The 22nd is the day we are having closing drinks. Chat with the artists, pick up your art purchases or decide to buy one you have been wavering about, all with a glass of bubbles or a fortifying brew from Young Henry’s who kindly supported our opening night and the upcoming closing drinks.

Thanks Young Henry’s and thank you to all who came and made our opening night such a success.

Be sure to check out some of the other Craft Events under The Sydney Craft Week banner.

Ciao for now





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Gill and I have organised another Pop Up Shop to coincide with The Inner West Open Studio Trail

We have gathered together some of the Inner West’s vibrant, creative talent for this event

so expect to see some fresh and beautiful creations.

Thursday the 11th of May we are opening the doors at 10 am.

Come and join us on Thursday evening with a glass of champers

from 5pm to 9pm

Wood Paper Silk across the road is also on the trail, so pop in and see the

‘Well Cushioned’ Community Challenge Exhibition they are installing for the Studio Trail.


Pop Up Hours:

Thursday 11th May, 10am to 9pm

Friday 12th May, 10am to 6pm

Saturday 13th May, 10am to 5pm

Sunday 14th May, Mother’s Day, 11am to 3pm.

Friday 19th May, 10am to 6pm

Saturday 20th May, 10am to 5pm

Sunday 21st may, 11am to 3pm.

See work by:

Julia Flanagan of Frejj Leather accessories.

Rowan Sivyer of Little Rowan Redhead illustration

Kim Davies handmade creations

Gill Brookes of Feltwilde Handmade Felt

Romana Toson of Tiger Talisman Design Jewellery

Box People wood works

Margaret Daszkiewicz of Red Hedgehog crochet jewellery

Lorrie of Shu Shu Leather

Creative Lives: Vicki Mason, Contemporary Jeweller.

Vicki Mason is a Melbourne based Contemporary Jeweller

I was lucky enough to see ‘Dry’, an exhibition of Vicki’s recent work at Gallery 20/17 in Sydney.

Her beautifully resolved, wearable forms are creations inspired from her exploration of dry climate plants and the significance of water in the garden.

In 2015, Vicki completed an Australia Council for the Arts Residency in Barcelona and

‘Dry’ is a collection of works she has created since her return.

Vicki says of her time in Barcelona,

‘I was able to do enough research to keep me inspired for the next five years’.


Title: Fountain and pool series

Materials: Powder coated brass, sterling silver, oxidised sterling silver, hand-dyed cotton, cotton, leather

Dimensions: Largest – 8.4 x 8.4 x 2.2 cm

Photographer: Andrew Barcham

“Her fountains and pools series taps into the poetic approach to water seen in Islamic gardening traditions. These ornamental garden features bring the cool, reflective, musical and playful characteristics of water to the garden, while at the same time often serving the function of irrigating its plants”.


Title: Ripple cool pool. 2016.

Materials: Powder coated brass, sterling silver, cotton

Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 cm

Photographer: Andrew Barcham


Title: Watery pool (detail). 2016.

Materials: Cotton, silk, powder coated brass & sterling silver

Dimensions: 35.5 x 20 x 0.7 cm

Photographer: Andrew Barcham


Title: Correa alba series. 2016.

Materials: Powder coated brass, sterling silver, cotton, linen

Dimensions: Largest – 6.9 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm

Photographer: Andrew Barcham


Title: Bottlebrush garland. 2016.

Materials: Linen, brass, sterling silver

Dimensions: 29 x 25 x 3.5 cm

Photographer: Andrew Barcham


You will be able to see Vicki Mason’s work in e.g.etal, Melbourne

in February 2017. Stay tuned, I will post the dates as soon as I have them!!







Art Journal, an act of Mindfulness.

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‘Who in the world am I? Ah, that is the great puzzle’. Louis Carrol from Alice in Wonderland.

Flow Magazine landed in our shop a few years ago and that inspiring publication introduced me to concepts of mindfulness. By simply focusing on the present, checking in with my thoughts, feelings and what my body was experiencing, would create a state of mindfulness. This state of mindfulness is an inner space that can facilitate calm, healing and allows you to be fully present in your day to day. That is something to encourage right?

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Torrie’s art prompts for week 2 brought this into sharp focus for me. To list your own shortcomings  and then collage that material into a positive art journal page, as an expression of myself, seemed like mindfulness in action.

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Well, one page became three as I explored this prompt. I realised that, yes, expressing your creativity is an act of mindfulness, but, it is also an opportunity to transform. Concepts transform into art journal pages. Negative thoughts can have the opportunity to be accepted,and even moved on to more positive thoughts. The idea that we can transform ourselves, or our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves, as well as our shortcomings is a very hopeful thought.

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I chose the image of the tree and flowers because they represent the cycle of life and transformation.. I love to work with trees and flowers in real life as well as in design motifs. The elements of water, earth, air and sunlight are transformed to become these beautiful entities from the plant world.

I listed my shortcomings as well as my positive attributes on a separate page. Writing the words, then cutting the shapes, choosing my colours and shapes, I lost all sense of time and started to feel like I was capturing a moment of potential, weaving a lovely secret spell.


The Season of Introspection.


Season of Introspection, Week One.

So much about the Get Messy Season of Introspection feels right.

For one thing, here in the Southern Hemisphere, we are going into Winter.

This new Season of Introspection is a perfect fit for the coming Winter months. Did you know that Winter, in many cultures and in many alternate medicine modalities, is an opportunity to attune to the season by taking stock and getting in touch with your inner thoughts and inner self?  Further in that vein, Winter, is also the time to be mindful of where you are at on a physical level and then to take the time to build and nourish yourself for the coming Summer time.

And here is something else. I joined The Get Messy Art Journal Group to learn new techniques and challenge myself by getting out of my comfort zone. I have been out of my comfort zone all year so far and it has been an experience of expansion and learning. That challenge has continued with the new season request from Caylee and Lauren, that we try working with an altered book.

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This is my altered book choice. The Snow Leopard, written by Paul West and published in 1964. It is a book of poetry I picked up in an op-shop and has been waiting for just the right opportunity. Especially loving it’s petite A5 dimensions and natty board covers, it’s stitched-in pages and lovely aged papers. I started painting the inside cover, check out this little video!

Not to malign the author in any way, I knew that feeling ambivalent about the poems inside would allow me to ‘alter’ the books pages. It is a bit of a thing to get over that feeling that you are somehow defacing a book!

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The Ink Blot Tutorial by Vanessa, kick started the new Season with a fresh and fun painting technique that brings memories of childhood painting. It has been so entertaining reading the group’s interpretations ( a la Rorschach Test!) of all the ink blot creations in the Get Messy Facebook feed.

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Vanessa’s art prompt to use the inkblot painting as background to a self portrait, resonated with me. In my Ink blot painting, I first saw a leaf and then a tree. The trees branches hold some ideas that represent my connection to my environment, near and far.

Can’t seem to break away from the watercolour and Rotring pen combination!

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This page has it’s inspiration from Katie’s prompt – to show the special places you go to think and reflect. Recalling these special places to my mind,  I realise that I am lucky to have these places to retreat to when I can.






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Artwork by Melissa Washburn.


One thing we plan not to change around here is our journal. Gill and I see the journal as an opportunity to stay in touch with you, our community. We love to share our creative journey and the journey of other creative folk too. We would be so chuffed if you would tag along and…

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Essentials of List Making

‘Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.’  Pat Conroy

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Part of playing around with this season’s prompts has been like learning to play with a new toy you didn’t know you wanted but then can’t put down. I discovered there is something about writing a list that helps create a state of mindfulness.

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Making a list seems to pare a thing, a thought, back to it’s essentials and there is something a little zen about that process.

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‘Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.’ is Pat Conroy’s well chosen quote on the Get Messy List prompts for week 3. Writing is a great tool for helping to get clarity. I also think that art, art journaling, music, craft and other creative pursuits, do the same very important, sanity saving job for people too.

That challenge of thinking of things in terms of a list, hasn’t come naturally but it has helped me manage the stress of a huge month full of change, of beginnings and endings. Got me thinking in a different way. I value that.

Ciao for now.




Make New Mistakes.

Do you know about ‘brainpickings’? It is a monthly journal, amazingly curated by writer Maria Popova. Very simply, each edition is packed full of wonderful pieces of writing that inspire, educate, elucidate and generally explore what it is to live a creative life.

This post in this edition of ‘brainpickings’ was what helped me nail my list this week.


Here is a little from author, Neil Gaiman’s “Make Good Art” Speech, that so inspired.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”   Neil Gaiman.

Lists 002. When I Grow Up…

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I wanted to be able to remember those ideas and use them when I needed encouragement.

What was the best way for me to do that?  Turn his lovely words into a list!

I want to go…

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I have been doing Fox and Hazel’s 30 Days Water colour Challenge. So I guess it is no surprise that this weeks lists are all in water colour.

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Making a small water colour everyday really is a challenge. Doing it has made me feel like I am on a creative journey, it is showing me things about myself and it has pushed me to try  lots of technique related things. Social media has let me peek into the hearts and minds of others in the challenge. I love that!!

Ciao for now.


Season of Lists


‘There is nothing more wonderful than a list, instrument of wondrous hypotyposis.’

Umberto Eco.

Yes, I love a list, but I’ll admit it, I had to look up what hypotyposis means….Mr Google says ‘a vivid picturesque description of a thing or event’. Adding a dictionary definition just took me straight back to primary school homework!!  That done, it seemed pretty clear that Mr Eco loves a list too. Up to now, I have thought of list making as a tool for managing my days. Enjoyable, rewarding and when you get to put a line through those entries, super satisfying too. This art journal group is dipping it’s big toe into a whole new set of prompts and it won’t take long before we are jumping right in. The girls over at Get Messy have joined forces with Amy and Kam from 30 Days of Lists and the new Season, Messy Lists has now begun.

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The poem by Sarah L Harvey, pretty much sums up how I am going to approach the period of time I have ahead of me, it will be a time of great change and uncertainty. The simple words of the poem definitely work as a call to mindfulness and a reminder of lesson learned.

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My Mum recently handed me back a big bundle of beautiful vintage lace samples that I had left behind so long ago and had forgotten about completely. It was a going to be a perfect opportunity for collage and I was able to use two of them in the ‘List’ album pages, which felt pretty darn good.

As you can see, I tried out Tanya Lee’s accordion album idea. I really love the way the folds of the album  move, showing you first one page or two and then, the whole length of the album, definitely recommend giving it a go!






The Art of Happiness

‘The art of happiness lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things’.

Henry Ward Beecher.

The above quote seems especially true of childhood.

When I followed the recommendation of the Get Messy Journal prompt, to quiz a parent on what made you happiest as a child, I didn’t really expect to hear any stories I had not heard before. My sisters and I loved to play dress ups, that wasn’t news. The surprise, was the way Mum shared her memory of the way we used to play together. It was like she could see the three of us in her mind’s eye and as she spoke. Her words just conjured a moment that I could actually feel, bringing back the sense of what it was like to play. It was as if I was right back there. Do you remember that feeling of being completely immersed in the game of whatever story or world we had created as a child? As an adult, I now recognise that feeling of complete absorption and focus, mostly, when I am making and creating. These pages are a message to me from my childhood, reminding me of the power of play, and reminding me to play!

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I decided to put these up unfinished and with spelling errors intact. I seems I can’t drive a date stamp either…

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The parts that work for me are the scanned prints of the vintage fabric that came out of my Mum’s fabric stash. I could not believe she still had these! The orange piece on the left of the top image, was from curtains she made for our bedroom when I was eight. The three girls and the girl wearing Mum’s shoes are thanks to Pinterest and couldn’t be a more perfect representation of our dress up efforts, raiding Mum’s wardrobe and our dress up box.

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This page came out of another project I was working on for Easter. I wanted my rabbits to be big, strong and wild like the ‘Lapinduce’ in The D.M.Cornish, Monster Blood Tattoo Trilogy  book, Factotum.

Happiness is… dancing under the moonlight and these capering Rabbits are doing just that.

I have been so engaged by all the prompts and inspiration Lauren, Caylee and the team have thrown our way, it feels a little sad to have this season come to an end. On the bright side, there are more challenges to come.