Unique gifts for those you love in Bodalla

WEAVER: Barb Johnson of Dalmeny has some of her woven works on display at the Artisans Nest, Bodalla.

WEAVER: Barb Johnson of Dalmeny has some of her woven works on display at the Artisans Nest, Bodalla.

The Artisans Nest Gallery in Bodalla is the home to unique works of art by a group of Eurobodalla artists.

The ‘Nest’ continually welcomes new members to the group. Three of the latest arrivals are mixed media artist Clare Elliott, Dalmeny weaver Barb Johnson and milliner Anne Colquitt.

Ms Elliott is developing her art practice in textiles, printmaking and sculpture, and consulting in education and museum practice as well as taking on commissioned work.

She has worked in education and public programs in several regional and national art galleries including Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Sculpture by the Sea and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Ms Elliott has exhibited in many group exhibitions and has works in private collections nationwide. She has also taught in numerous public and private schools across the state.

Ms Johnson said that she loves to experiment with all sorts of yarns and types of weaving.

“I’ve been weaving for much of my life. I began working on large floor looms and multi-shaft table looms, in a very structured way, creating fine, patterned cloth.

“I have recently discovered Saori weaving, a Japanese (Zen type) creative style of weaving which allows me to indulge my fascination and love of colour and texture. It’s like painting with yarn, creating one-off designs for wearing and for the home. I work predominately with natural yarns, wool, cotton, linen, silk, mohair and alpaca,” she said.

Anne Colquitt's head-turning hats are lovingly handcrafted from sustainably-sourced fabrics and pre-loved trimmings.

Her range includes sports and travel hats, caps, visors, and large brim beach styles. 

The ‘Nest’ is always looking to expand its membership. If you are a local creative artist, would you like to join this like-minded group of people and sell your creations in Bodalla? Please contact Sue Jameson on 0408 634 237. Application forms are also available at artisansnestbodalla.com