Nadine Sharpe

Resin Jewellery

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Nadine Sharpe is a creator and wearer of contemporary polymer clay, resin and rope jewellery from Sydney’s inner west.

Working in a corporate environment for more than 20 years, Nadine couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that the corporate life just wasn’t for her. With a creative need, Nadine decided to break out of the mould to do something that gives her true joy and passion.

Nadine uses a range of mediums in her creative work but the experimentation and unique qualities added to a piece when working with resin, plus a very simple process to learn, makes resin Nadine’s favorite medium.

Nadine combines her corporate training experience with a passion for creating jewellery by running a variety of different workshops in collaboration with some great creative spaces in Sydney, holding a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and teaching has become a huge aspect of Nadine’s life.

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Brooke Munro

String Bag & Knotting

 

Brooke studied and mastered basketry techniques early in life, and has turned that knowledge, combined with a natural affinity for the outdoors, into contemporary expressions of art. She is passionate about sustainability, and much of her work is constructed from found objects. She has a wealth of knowledge in basket making to share with students.

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Melissa Carey

Macramé

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Melissa Carey is an established Contemporary Artist living in Sydney and her work has been showcased internationally. She loves to create large sculptural installations, contributes installation art within the community through festivals, art exhibitions, collaborations and commissions, and has a passion for sharing her knowledge and creativity through teaching modern art & craft workshops for adults and kids since 2014. 

Melissa has a hands on approach to her artwork, and is involved in every stage of the process, from concept design, to fabrication and installation. Some highlights of Melissa’s art career are: completing an art residency and solo exhibition in Berlin; Creating an 8 metre art installation “Fortune Circle” for Chinese New Year; creating a large art installation for Air Nightclub in Perth; creating a Macrame Commission for Seafolly across multiple stores in Australia & USA; creating a 9 metre woven glowing Tunnel Installation at the Beams Festival; and participating in local community events and festivals..

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Catherine Kelly

Millinery

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Catherine grew up on a dairy farm and cattle station in rural Queensland; an upbringing where she was required to be resourceful, creative, inventive and courageous. Learning to sew on her mother’s Singer treadle machine, encouraged by her English grandmother, who as a professional dressmaker, remarkably made wedding dresses during the war from recovered silk parachutes, sparked a lifetime interest in fabric, fashion, pattern and colour.

Catherine’s career path  started with teaching textiles and design at high schools from the Gold Coast to Central Queensland to the City of London School for Girls. Simultaneously she put her creative talent to use creating and marketing elegant gift items for Liberty of London with a luxury range of soft furnishings including bedlinen, cushions and lampshades. Today after upskilling as a milliner in Sydney, she creates her millinery designs under the label Embellish® Atelier. 

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Saffron Craig

Screen Printing & Painting

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Saffron creates and works out of her Sydney studio, painting, embroidering, and layering various techniques over linen where her natural surroundings inspire her paintings.  She grew up in a small coastal town in NSW, graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and now lives by the shoreline on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  Saffron’s works are abstracted by layering colour, creating texture and introducing subtle shapes. Her works are influenced by landscapes with her most recent pieces inspired by the beautiful Margaret River in remote Western Australia, a place where the famous desert wild flowers grow.

In 2012, Saffron was selected as one of ten artists to design a bespoke illustration for Lego’s 50 year anniversary in Australia. In 2016, she took on the role of being the host of the Creative Women’s Circle events. In 2017, she proudly opened the collective Sydney Road Gallery with 12 other talented artists.

Saffron teaches creative workshops from her studio and at events all around Australia and is regularly asked to be a guest speaker at events.

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Natasha Kowalski

Colour Me Happy

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Natasha Kowalski was born in Sydney and is a painter, fashion designer and colour therapist. She completed a Fine Arts degree and a Masters of Design Science with distinction at Sydney University. Natasha lectures on the Psychology of Colour and Chromotherapy.

Natasha says -“I’ve always been fascinated by colour and its influence on the human psyche. My talk is about the therapeutic use of colour and recognising your unique colour palette to enhance your everyday – from your home environment, to the clothes you wear, and even the food you eat. It all impacts on your wellbeing.”

She is also a printmaker and painter and regularly exhibits her abstract landscape paintings called Inkscapes. Her vibrant compositions are explorations on the psychology of colour and are inspired by nature’s elements, especially aerial views of earth and space.

Each piece explores the idea of tapping into the human psyche and being able to engage with the viewer on an emotive level, extending beyond the obvious to encourage curiosity and intrigue, connecting with the audience in a personal and emotive way. CLASS CANCELLED

 

Anita McAdam

Fashion Illustration & Pattern Making

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Anita McAdam trained at the Qld college of Art before landing a job designing belts. In tin sheds on the outskirts of Brisbane, the House of Hughes belt company had been established for 50 years using traditional techniques. Deciding to travel overseas, Anita explored Africa and Europe before landing in Chichester, UK. A small bout of local theatre costume design was enough convince her that her heart had a true love for design and the production of fashion. Working for five years with local and offshore groups such as the Viyella group as a complementary design and research resource for the in-house design teams.

Harboring a desire to teach in 1991, Anita secured a senior lecture position at the Manchester Metropolitan University; staying there for 10 years. Deciding to return back to Australia, Anita settled in Sydney where she has spent the last 16 years continuing to work and teach within the industry; consulting with local industry groups and running professional development workshops for the passionate fashion geek.

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Ruth Woods

Coiled Textile Baskets

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Trained as a clothing designer and working with textiles for 25 years, Ruth Woods has run her own business manufacturing children’s clothes and freelance design. Ruth has a Diploma of Clothing Design, a Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development from Monash University and a Diploma in Visual Art. Having taught many art and craft subjects and spending eighteen months in Arnhem Land working with the indigenous people, Ruth is now currently running her Craft School Oz which is in its fifth year. Her workshops have been held all over Australia, in the UK and New Zealand.

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