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The Australian Collection

I've just arrived home from a magical adventure to the stunning seaside town of Queenscliff. I was quite unprepared for the strong sense of belonging I'd feel when I visited for the first time. But let's rewind a tad, to where the idea for this adventure started. After tutoring at Fibre Arts Australia in 2017 and connecting with an amazing group of women, there was casual talk about me visiting again to run my own workshop. This year I've been chanting the mantra: MAKE IT HAPPEN OR MOVE ON. It was time to visit some projects and action them. Or simply let go of the idea and move on. Teaching in Australia was one of the projects I really wanted to make happen. So I began to take steps to make

Making Memories

Recently I wanted to gift a family a present, so I decided on a book of memories. After a frustrating start in the studio trying to get a handmade hard covered book to behave itself, I decided a ready made book would be a better option. I decided upon a cute book of numbers. It had a soft squishy cover on the front which gave it an almost comforting quality to it. The first thing to do was to cover the whole book in gesso. I was pretty sure most of the book would end up covered in various papers but this is usually how I make a start. I then set about putting various papers onto the covers (dress pattern paper, wrapping paper and some of my dyed paper.) Text from old novels is great for prov