We invited two professional textile artists from Warrandyte to our second meeting. What a treat! This session was wonderful. Leonie and Pam specialize in felting but combine this with many other techniques like embroidery, beading, pastel and paint to create stunning wall hangings, pictures and wearable garments. They taught us some basic techniques and we all finished up with a decorative felted rectangle to take home. I know of at least one person who has made hers into a bag! We were all amazed at the creative way Leonie and Pam used felting.
2016 began with an excursion to Montsalvat to view an exhibition by local artist Ann Curry. A major part of this exhibition included mono-prints. Ann very generously came to our March meeting and demonstrated her mono-printing technique and provided us with a print out of the steps. A couple of courageous people had a go. In April our own dear Margaret Charles who used to do a lot of folk art, brought along some examples of her work. She explained several techniques. An unusual and very effective one was where a glass dish was decoupaged on the back rather than the top. This made it easy to clean and functional.
Young Zara Toal shared her hama bead project with examples of her work. For the rest of this session the group worked on free designs to make a slider for this page on this website.
On May 3 we visited the Heidi Gallery of Modern Art in Heidelberg where we saw the beautiful home and grounds of Sunday and John Reid. We also visited both galleries and enjoyed lunch in the cafe.