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 such a lovely day yesterday, dropping off work to the various shops and galleries that stock my sculptures.
Great to go and see the beautiful work at the Artisans Store at the Old Butter Factory at Mirboo North, have a scrumptious lunch with Heather from Heathers Café, Craft and Wool in Korumburra, a chat with Faye, from B'Zarte at Jindivick and some more work into the Baw Baw Arts Alliance Hub at Yarragon.
A big day, no wonder I feel so tired!!
This weekend I also have work in at the Mirboo North Arty Gras Art Show and this month in at the "Hot to Trot" exhibition at BBAA.
Today I will be finalising dates for Term 3, after the Craft and Quilt Fair in Melbourne. I will be back at Wyreena on for workshops and the Powertex Trainer Course, as well as in Geelong and the Daylesforrd area. More details soon!!
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.
I had such a lovely day yesterday, working with Joy Tedjosiswoyo, our Powertex trainer in Thomastown.
Joy travelled up from Melbourne yesterday by train, to join me in the Churchill studio, to complete here Level 3.
Her beautiful piece features the Yin and Yang Koi fish and one of the Powertex Buddhas.
To complete the ocean theme, there is a collection shells and seaweed on the ocean floor. A lovely piece, although I did not envy her of the task to transport it back home via the train.
Joy will be completing Level 4 - Powerprint, in two weeks time, and already has her photo to be used chosen. I am sure it is going to be another stunning piece. Congratulations Joy!!
Link here for the next training dates
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 have had a lovely weekend, babysitting our little grand-daughter and finally putting up a Christmas tree. All the usual decorations have been up since the 1st of December, but had decided not to bother with a tree, for the first time EVER, as we were going away.
Well, it finally got the better of me and we bought one on Saturday, and then had a lovely time with our grand-daughter, decorating it.
The photos are of a couple Santas that I have done in polymer clay years ago, before Powertex took over in my life!! Although, I have just recently bought some more clay to have a play with over the Christmas break
I will be offering two day polymer clay workshops next year, only from the Churchill studio, Hope to have new dates up on the website this weekend, for general Powertex workshops, polymer clay 2 day workshops, felted teddies, Certified Powertex Trainer Course and market/exhibition information.
Over the last few days I have been making a few different things for the market at Hanging Rock on Sunday.
Some candle holders, Yin and Yang inspired sculptures, Buddha candle holders and some new wall art. A nice change!! I will have to take photos of the other things on Sunday, as they are already packed into the van.
For anyone after a great day on Sunday, the Hanging Rock Market should be fabulous. Hope the rain stays away!! Lots of stall holders and of course, Hanging Rock as the most spectacular backdrop for this market.
For more information, link to the Craft Markets Australia page here.
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.