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Overwrought Gallery Current Artists and Artisans

Helen Langley resides in Cobrico in the western district near the Great Ocean Road where her exquisite hand painted scarves are inspired by her bush and beach surroundings.

Bianca Guthrie has a passion for rare woods and works with the Ballarat Woodworkers Guild using their offcuts to create her range of pendants and rings inlaid with precious metals. She calls her business Second Life because she brings new life to something that would previously have been disposed of.

Lynley Northcott creates her bright abstract ceramics  spheres from her home in Corinella in Gippsland.

Beloved Scents are based in beautiful Shoalhaven in Northern NSW. Their sensory range reflects their location living between the beach and the bush. Their 100% soy wax candles are long burning and their diffusers have a glycol rather than alcohol base meaning they last for up to 7 months.

Afri Beads products are made by a group of 30 women in Kampala, Uganda called the Kind Mothers Project. Their platters and bowls are handwoven using traditional African techniques and sourced under a Fair Trade Agreement creating income and enabling education for their children.

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.

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.

Fiona Sanders from Buningyong creates succulent gardens in a base of sphagnum moss in the recycled wheels of bicycles she reclaims from all over her hometown of Ballarat.

Carolyn Elsworthy from Ballarat creates unique fabric scarves using an ancient Japanese art form called Shibori where pressure is applied to fabric to prevent the absorption of dye. This is achieved though folding, twisting, binding, clamping, stitching and the compression of cloth.  She uses natural organic fibres such as pure cotton, silk, wool and alpaca and creates various effects with the use of salt, gutta, methylated spirits, rust and water.

LouMirandaaCo from Castlemaine create a variety of handmade, full fragranced, 100% soy wax clean burning candles. We also stock their gorgeous scarves printed with original aerial photos of sea and landscapes taken from their travels around Australia and overseas.

Don Dyke from Maryborough has a long association with the Ballarat Woodworkers Guild. He turns beautiful bowls from rare wood burls sourced locally.

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’ foray into art. She paints in oil and watercolour and her colorful murals can be seen in many public places around Creswick.

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 charming children’s book “In My Nanas Garden” by  Karen Gardam of Lancefield was written and illustrated as a tribute to family lost in the tragic Black Saturday fires.

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.

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

Lorraine Brownlee explains “When I moved to the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains 25 years ago, I developed a great love for plants and flowers in all their intricate beauty. One of my favourite things is drawing the native plants which I see every day in the bush around my home. I do my best to observe nature and capture what I see in my initial pencil drawings. I then enhance the delicate, intricate shapes, lines and patterns to bring out their magic. By the time I come to the final pen drawings, I have turned natural form into pattern and each unique design seems to flow onto the paper, almost on its own." We stock a range of Lorraine’s designs as prints and cards from her hometown of Katoomba in  NSW.

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.”

The Elephant Emporium is a Fair Trade business created by Leonie and Barton Walsh from their love of travel to Southeast Asia. They had a desire to bring this talented workmanship to the lives of other people, so they started working with many Artisans from Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. Their mission is to bring economic empowerment and a sustainable income to Artisans in the developing world. We stock their funky range of wallets, handbags and purses which are made in Cambodia from discarded car and motor bike tires by disadvantaged groups many affected by polio or injuries from landmines. This waste material would traditionally end up in landfill, waterways or burnt causing long term environmental issues. We also stock handcrafted timber pendants made from rare woods from traditional Cambodian Houses embedded with Japanese porcelain.

Tridosha sources organic tea and spices in Sri Lanka for their Royal Tea and Salt of the Sea Spices ensuring a fair price is paid to growers. Their exquisite pungent teas and warming spice combinations are then packed in their home town of Byron Bay.

When Jim and Cathy Hamilton sold their sheep property in rural NSW and moved to a smaller property, they found themselves with a bit of spare time on their hands. With their beautiful garden as inspiration, Jim, an ex-builder, started creating garden art in his welding shed using left-over steel products.Every Nature In Metal piece is made by hand, lovingly welded by Jim and hand painted by Cathy. Their sculptures are made of stainless steel, which stands the test of time, as well as mild steel, which gets a beautiful light rusty appearance when exposed to the elements. We stock their lifelike agapanthus for year round color in your garden.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Overwrought
Sculpture Garden & Gallery
Open Everyday From 10am-5pm
Less than 90 minutes from Melbourne
8 minutes from Daylesford towards Ballarat