I handcraft leather and metal in my workshop located on the banks of the Clarence River, embossing top quality vegetable tanned leather with unique patterns and designs using tools I make. I colour, stitch and finish leather with great care to produce a smooth, luxurious finish on products that will stand the test of time.
I started working with leather in the 1970’s, drawing inspiration from the character of my Aunties and Grandmothers; reflecting on the stories of the good people I’ve met and the places I have visited.
Since moving with my family to the Clarence Valley in 2011 I have responded to the river, environment and people of the region in my work. ‘Fields of Fire’ is a celebration of the sugar cane industry; ‘goanna’ my response to the water dragons and other lizards I see daily, ‘slitherin’ and ‘serpent’ a study in movement of the snakes in the fields and paddocks and ‘mangrove’ a reflection of the colours and textures of our precious mangroves.
In order to develop my creative practice, I studied metal working & enamelling with Helen Aitken-Kuhnen in Canberra between 2004 and 2006. I have also undertaken Summer School classes in enamelling, Japanese traditional enamelling, Korean inlay and tool making through the Gold and Silver workshop at the Australian University’s School of Art. I continue to build my practice and explore new forms, techniques and motifs in my work and participate in creative courses throughout the year.
My work is for sale at Grafton Regional Gallery Shop and the wonderful new Coldstream Gallery, 5 Coldstream Street Ulmarra NSW. I have my very best belts and other work on display and for sale here. https://www.facebook.com/coldstreamgalleryulmarra/
I will return to the monthly Ashby Market later in the year.
Grafton Regional Gallery