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Overwrought Gallery Current Artists and Artisans

Ceramicist Donna Poulton from Fairweather Studios in Ballarat uses a form of crystalline glazing to create a unique finish on each platter that mimics nature’s crystals.

Gladys Toering has a long association with the Ballarat Art Society and her detailed oil and watercolour paintings depict the cottages of her childhood in Daylesford.

Well-known local watercolour artist Lyn Cooke focuses primarily on sharing the beauty of wildlife to influence her viewers to become more aware, appreciative and respectful of the natural world and the need to conserve it.

Brian Falkenberg a wood artisan from Woodend skilfully turns aged Mallee, sassafras, Oregon and redgum to create delicate yet long lasting wooden  bowls and containers.

A childhood spent birdwatching and a love of nature formed the inspiration for Creswick’s Di Lehnes’ recent foray into art. Her oil and watercolour paintings are painted on a real leaf background which enhances their colour and detail. 

Tony Redmond a glass artist from Clunes draws inspiration from the rural environment incorporating indigenous symbols, language and imagery to preserve Australia’s heritage. He enjoys fusing and slumping using different types of glass including Bullseye, Spectrum, Float and even recycled bottles.

Born on a farm in rural East Sussex, England, Lynn Munn    began her lifelong love for animals. Currently residing in the Macedon Ranges she endeavours to spark happiness and curiosity within with her intricate pastels of her own horses and chickens.

 Jenny White from Ashborne near Trentham describes how she is lucky enough to experience wonderful scenery on a daily basis. She creates her realistic acrylic on canvas landscapes paintings from local vistas and the scenery where she holidays along the Murray river.

Ballarat author Yvonne Horsfields love of the Australian bushland and its creatures are reflected in her quirky children’s book collections which are illustrated by her talented son Garth Horsfield.

The photographic cards of Jennie Boyd from Creswick are  inspired by her hometown.

Sally Armstrong from Daylesford collects ceramics and costume jewellery from markets, ops shops and garage sales to create her colourful chickens and heart mosaics.

Dunja Kuhr has an obsession with toadstools and is inspired by ones she has seen in the forest near Guildford where she creates her ceramics.

Woongarroong creates unique, contemporary Aboriginal Art using traditional and modern techniques.

Malia Dekoning a Ballarat designer creates her stylish handbags and purses from fabrics collected from her many travels to Japan, China and USA. She includes rare fabrics such as antique Japanese kimono silk and Chinese brocade silk. Practical and long lasting yet contemporary and beautiful they are made with love and a sense of fun.

In her studio in Warburton ceramicist Helen Cornell uses mostly hand-building methods to produce sculptural pieces that explore themes of fantasy and magical dwellings. These evoke the imagination of mystical folklore beings such as fairies, nymphs, elves and other tiny creatures that notoriously inhabit gardens, creating their own miniature worlds.

Sarah Elliot developed her own unique style of oil painting through painting the Tasmanian landscapes she missed while studying at art school in Melbourne in the mid 90's. Born in Lancashire Sarah paints people, local animals, birds, butterflies and insects in a landscape setting often evoking a mood or feeling. Her paintings are then to adapted to create the quirky brooches and mirrors that create usable art for the wearer.

Bridget Farmer an Irish printmaker now based in Hepburn Springs describes how the birds of Australia are a constant source of inspiration for her. “We are surrounded by so many different species in our country setting I rarely have to look further than my garden for new ideas.” Using a combination of etching and lino printing her brooches, pendants, earrings and cards reflect this love of birds and recently have led her to create a children’s book Kookaburra Kookaburra.

Ruby Canning is a young rural photographer from the Western District town of Mortlake who specialises in rural, landscape and beef cattle photography. She aims to capture the essence of rural life and the way of the life on the land. Having just completed her education at Ballarat Grammar she is off to study her other passion agricultural science.

Elma Young from Beaconsfield says” As a fibre artist I articulate through my hands physically manipulating fibres, either be twining, weaving or crochet. Ideas flood through my imagination and the end result of even a simple basket structure will have character and its own inner life. ” She sources fibres from her own garden and family and friends and creates her baskets using dried and fresh fibres which elicit different effects and colours.

Beverly Grace sculpts her painted ceramic bowls and cups from her picturesque base in Pomonal at the foot of The Grampians where she is inspired by the diverse fauna and flora of the region.

John Tudehope is a talented wood artisan from the artistic community of Maleny near the Glasshouse Mountains in Southern  Queensland.  John says “There is something intrinsically magical in wood - the living tree creates a vast array of colours, patterns & figure that combine to offer a treasure trove of possibilities. This is the basis of all my work - to take the rough wood, cut, shape, sand and finish - to create pieces that feel good to the touch, pleasing to the eye and, above all, have a sense of something special. “  John works in  a huge variety of rare woods including  purple gidgee, conker berry, maple silkwood, flame sheoak, camphor laurel, ebony and ironwood and his sculptural boxes are beautiful to feel and play with.

Hugh Reid salvages beautiful timber such as New Zealand Rimu, jarrah, ash, myrtle, redgum and oak and creates elegant and long lasting frames, boxes and small furniture from his workshop Post Salvation in Warburton in the Dandenongs.

Kate Hart was inspired to make her quirky crocheted birds on found wood whilst watching birds nest outside the window of her Ellerslie studio whilst she was engrossed in writing her latest book about art education for teachers.

Kate Eagle spent many years refusing to follow the artistic paths of her parents and grandparents working in a variety of professions around Australia but always painting for the love of it. Finally deciding to show her work publicly she was overwhelmed with the response with the realization she says that “my pictures were making people feel and making people think. Over the years the creative process has been refined and more attention has been placed on the titles that accompany the images. “ From Kate’s vibrant  paintings she has a developed a range of affordable prints, cards, earrings and pendants that truly express a unique sense of fun and reflection on life.

Liv Morgan says “Everything you see at By Liv is lovingly handmade by my husband (Jase) and I. Our current range includes glass, wood, bamboo and combination earrings; in pierced and clip on settings. We also make pendants, rings and bracelets from our designs.”

Natalie Hardy from Rub A Dub Gardening Range makes her soaps, scrubs and balms around the corner from Overwrought on her organic farm in Blampied where she uses local olive oil and grows her own herbs and flowers.

Mimosa Botanicals divine bath soaks are hand made in crafty Castlemaine using such soothing ingredients as geranium, cacao, mandarin, vanilla, ylang ylang, sandalwood and French lavender.

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