Updated: Aug 9
✦ There is always something different at Wauchope Creative Hub, home to over 25 local artisans under one roof.
This month we feature the Fabulous 5 at Wauchope Creative HuB: Francessca, Chris, Kim, Janelle and Olivia - all different and all fabulous!
* Francessca O’Donnell - expert mosaic artist
Francessca is addicted to mosaic! Her work covers mosaics in both 2D and 3D forms, jewellery, painting, etchings and sculpture. She loves to explore and experiment, try new materials, new ideas and play with different materials, colours and textures.
Her inspiration for designs is largely from nature, exploring shapes and forms that intertwine and flow with colour the driving force. Other themes she has explored are the curves of the human form and ancient symbols and shapes from Chinese, Maori, Mexican and Mayan mythology and the earth and its many layers.
Exploring various materials has added texture and a certain tactile quality to many of the pieces that draws people in to want to touch and explore the surfaces. The use of both flat and textured finishes and use of glass and reflective tiles also add a fascinating new dimension with the play of light and shadow. Francessca has also worked with pebbles, sea glass, wood and driftwood.
In her rustic studio on the edge of the small country town of Beechwood, Francessca shares her creative talent teaching the art of mosaic to many. Creating visual art and mosaics makes her heart sing - she truly loves it!
Website : www.theouttherecollective.com
* Chris Pearce - expert Fibre Artist
Chris has been working with textiles her whole life, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother who both loved knitting, felting, crochet and sewing. She makes OOAK (one of a kind) felted creations and designs her own knitted and crocheted apparel, using mostly natural fibres, to cater for newborns up to adult with styles to suit everyone.
Chris has won many awards at our Wauchope Show, as well as at Comboyne show where she was awarded the Australian Wool Board award in 2019.
Chris loves working with natural fibres; fleece from all breeds of sheep (but especially our Australian Merino), silk, bamboo, alpaca. She has even included fibre from a Labradoodle in a special made to order item where a customer wanted some of her beloved dog's coat incorporated into the felt piece.
Sharing the skill of felting is something Chris is passionate about. Seeing the pleasure on the face of a student when their article comes to life from a handful of sheep's fleece is very rewarding! Felting is hard physical work and takes considerable hours to achieve a finished product but the results are very satisfying. Interested students can see when classes at Wauchope Creative Hub are available through Eventbrite website.
* Kim Last - expert Macrame Artist
Kim is a graphic designer with more than 25 years of experience. Creativity feeds her soul, and she enjoys expressing herself through many mediums. Kim discovered macrame when she wanted to make a piece for her own home and she fell in love with this beautiful art form.
She now draws on her design knowledge to create an array of macrame pieces and prides herself in producing unique, quality items. Kim likes to share her skills and knowledge with others, and has a range of tutorials available to help others learn the beautiful art of macrame.