What a fabulous weekend it has been!
There are now FOUR new trainers in Victoria. It has been such a privilege to work with four amazingly talented women, who of whom is very young, but an awesome artist as well. Pictured are our new trainers with all of the work completed over the weekend. We have Briah Baker from Bacchus Marsh, Lyn Montel from Geelong, Sonya Else from Rochester and Lee Howard from Melbourne.
Sonya's other work can be seen at SoulHeartArt on Facebook.Her work has also been featured previously on this blog.Lyn has her work at StarDust Fibre Creations on Facebook and also at StarDust Intuitive Art on Facebook.
Congratulations and welcome to Powertex and the Australian Powertex Team.
On Sunday, I will be at GasWorks Art Park at Albert Park, where I will be holding a Standing Sculpture workshop. This one is full, but there is another scheduled for October. That one is also filling, so let me know if you are interested.
Then on Monday, another two people will be completing all four levels of the Certified Powertex Trainer course that week.
I do love the workshop/teaching side of Powertex! It is wonderful seeing everyone completing such beautiful work and growing in their confidence in using the products.
Then it will be time to get stuck into some work of my own!!
Hi everyone, hope all of my fellow Victorians are managing to keep warm with this cold snap we are having at the moment. I am finally over this horrible flu, that put me out of action for a few weeks. Finally feeling like getting back down to the studio, I had a lovely 'play day' on Friday, doing a little bit of felting, with one of my friends. Scarves were produced and lots of fun had!!
Some changes to the training program. Most people are aware that I usually only do the Certified Powertex Trainer Course from the home studio.
I will be travelling to Daylesford and doing Level One and Two there, on Saturday, 23rd and Sunday, 24th of August, at the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre. So for those people north of Melbourne, it is a fabulous opportunity to do the course and not have to travel to Gippsland. Places are still available.
Now that I am "flu-free" and not at risk of passing it on to anyone, I am available for workshops again on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Arty Parties are still happening. Bring along four of your friends to the Churchill studio and get your workshop for FREE. This applies to any of the workshops that I do, including the new ones.
And what are the new ones? I will be taking the following new workshops:
And the new training days are as follows:
Powertex Sculpture Class at Gasworks, Albert Park - Sunday, 31st August
New Certified Powertex Trainer Course dates are:
Level 1 & 2
Monday, 18th and Tuesday, 19th August - at the Churchill studio
Saturday, 23rd and Sunday 24th August - Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
Monday, 1st and Tuesday, 2nd September - at the Churchill Studio
Saturday, 13th and Sunday, 14th September - at the Churchill Studio
Monday, 29th and Tuesday, 30th September - at the Churchill studio
Level 3 & 4:
Wednesday, 20th and Thursday, 21st August - at the Churchill studio
Wednesday, 3rd and Thursday, 4th September - at the Churchill studio
Wednesday, 1st and Thursday, 2nd October - at the Churchill studio
Saturday, 4th and Sunday, 5th October - at the Churchill Studio
Saturday, 25th and Sunday, 26th October - at the Churchill studio
Well we are home from the Fair - what a fabulous four days!
Exhausting, but so much fun; and what a delight to be surrounded by such good people. Powertex certainly attracts a lot of interest. People have been fascinated how the artwork on display has been produced and then amazed at how easily the pieces can come together.
We have all been so fortunate to meet such lovely people visiting the stand - interested in Powertex or perhaps who joined us for a workshop over the event.
There has been lots of laughter and creativity happening on the stand, and some great feedback that we were the friendliest stand, all so happy to spend the time with people, chatting about the product and comments about our level of enthusiasm for what we do! For us, it is great to see such fabulous work being created in the workshop and one of the things I just love about taking the workshops.
And then there is the Victorian Powertex Team!
Thank-you so much to Val, Sharron, Jan, Marg, Bev and Joy, our wonderful Victorian Powertex Trainers, who helped us on the stand and of course, to Ash and Mark, the Australian Importers of Powertex for arranging to have the stand at the Fair.
To cap it off, I got to call the winner last night of the $250 of Powertex products, part of our special draw. The winner, a lovely lady from Berwick, said "she never wins anything", and was so excited.
And now to spend the day with my grandchildren - I have missed them so much over the last few days!
I would like to welcome all of the new likers to the Facebook page. I can remember how excited I was when it got to 100 likers and now we are headed to 1000!!
965 to be precise.
Follow this link and pop over to the website too! All of the new workshop information is there, as well as an online booking form to stream-line the process.
What a productive weekend it has been. Boxes packed, suitcase kind of half-packed, sculptures and art work ready to go to the Craft and Quilt Fair at the Exhibition Centre in Melbourne.
Thanks to Val for helping yesterday with the wrapping of the artworks and to Tina, my sister in law for sorting the wine bottles for the pop-up workshops that will be happening during the Fair. Not quite the 60 required, but then there is always dinner each night!
If you come to the Craft and Quilt Fair, be sure to drop by the Powertex Australia stand. Meet some of the other Powertex Trainers in Victoria : Sharron, Val, Joy, Bev, Jan and Marg. There will be workshops happening all day. A great opportunity to try the fabulous range of Powertex products.
Well, we are just weeks away from the Craft and Quilt Fair at the Exhibition Centre in Melbourne. It is getting very exciting and I am pleased to announce a new website and lots of new training and workshops dates as well as a streamlined booking form for workshops!!
It has been a very busy week coordinating all of this and lots of hours in front of the computer working on the website instead of being down in the studio. All worthwhile though.
I will be at a number of new venues after the Craft and Quilt Fair for workshops and the Certified Powertex Trainer Course. The new venues are:
And of course, I will be teaching from the studio in Churchill, perfect for small groups.
Link here to the new booking form
I had a busy day yesterday, dropping off some work for the "HOT TO TROT" - an exhibition of cash and carry art works, all created by members of the Baw Baw Arts Alliance.
This exhibition will run from 30th April until 1st of June at the BBAA Arts Hub, 2 Murray Street, Yarragon. This is the link to BBAA..
You can meet the artists from 2pm on 1st June. This is a great opportunity to take the art work with you when you visit the exhibition - no need to return at its conclusion.
From there, back to Melbourne to pick up some sculptures from one of the galleries. I will be delivering new pieces next week to galleries and shops that stock my work.I will also have some artwork in at the Mirboo North Arty Gras Art Show, on over the Mothers Day Weekend.
Had a great weekend working with Jan Drougas from Beaumaris on 29th/30th March while she completed Level 3 and 4 of the Certified Powertex Training Course.
Jan is an amazingly talented lady, who makes the quirkiest little birds you will ever see (pictured below), as well as many beautiful sculptures.
You will get to meet Jan and see her amazing work at the Quilt and Craft Fair in June, as part of the Victorian Powertex team.
When I am not making Faerie Bears, I am playing with Powertex. It is so good to be back down in the studio creating.
Let me introduce "Rough Red", "Goldiwho?" and "I've got the blues".
Other designs will be available and they can be done in any colour combination. Finished off with Powercotton for feathers and StoneArt air-dry clay for the wings and beak.
These crazy birds will be available as a half day workshop and also available on a Monday night, at the Churchill studio. Larger birds can be made on request, up to 1 metre tall.
Once cured they will be available to go out in your garden on the stand or can be made to hang in a tree or under a pergola. I have a couple under construction that will be in full flight.
It has been a while since have posted, so I thought I would share what I do when I am not playing with Powertex.
These cute little "faerie bears" are hand-felted over a calico bear, in a rainbow of colours. Perfect to sit and make at night - very easy, just watch out for those sharp needles!! With the right equipment, it isn't a problem.
They can be personalised with babies names or created and embellished to suit your décor.
They will be available in the "Faeries with Attitude" on-line shop and I am happy to post anywhere within Australia.
I plan to have workshops in creating these little characters available soon, from the Churchill studio. All materials will be provided, including fibre in a range of colours, felting needles and tools and of course, the calico bear, which is available in three sizes. Workshop cost will depend on the size of the bear. Kits will also be available.
How fabulous to see Powertex Australia at so many Stiches and Craft Shows and Quilt and Craft Fairs throughout Australia and New Zealand next year.
I am so excited about being at both major shows next year with Ashley, the Importer/Owner of Powertex Australia in Melbourne next year.
The Quilt and Craft Fair will be on from Thursday, 26th to Sunday, 29th of June and the Stiches and Craft Show is at Caulfield Race Course from Thursday, 23rd to Sunday, 26th of October.
2014 will be a great Powertex year!!
I am Rhonda Hunt, from Faeries with Attitude, a Gippsland based artist, who dabbles in all sorts of things. Ideas, thoughts, silly musings at midnight, assorted bits of inspirational stuff, and things to get your creativity going. I have tried just about every craft known, so my interests are quite eclectic. Hopefully, you will find something here to interest you.