Tuesday, September 27, 2011


From the kitchen - this scarf has been dyed using the skins of many brown onions!

Detail of Blackwood, a wrap/shawl/large scarf hand felted with fine tissue silk and merino/silk roving and dyed using bark, leaves, seed pods and blossoms of Acacia melanoxylon.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Eco dyeing #2

A Wrap/Shawl/Large Scarf in hand felted tissue silk and merino/silk roving, hand dyed using Eucalyptus cinerea.

This silk and merino scarf is hand dyed with eucalyptus leaves which displayed a deep pink blush at the end of winter.

Hand dyed with eucalyptus bark picked up on a bushwalk, this silk and wool scarf has added merino wool slashes where the bark may have peeled of the trunk.

One of the first signs of Spring, wattle leaves and blossoms were collected to hand dye this silk and merino wool scarf.

These smaller scarves are now available at the CraftACT Shop, Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit, Civic, ACT.

Interior design

Published in issue 68 of (inside), the interior design review, is the magazine's Design Excellence Awards shortlist for 2011.
Included in the Hospitality section is Matt Darwon's fitout design for Pony, at Neutral Bay.
The above curtain defines the private dining room at the back of the restaurant. It is double sided and hand felted using fine cotton muslin and merino wool.
Check out the magazine for a better view of the space, with its "free-form curving timber-lined ceiling" incorporating five kilometers of timber slats!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hat, hat hooray.

I have created this contemporary Snood in charcoal and purple merino wool with vintage button to enter the Hat Hat Hooray Competition organised by Bosom Buddies, ACT to raise funds to support those affected by breast cancer.

Hats will be on display at the National Convention Centre in Civic, ACT on the 1st and 2nd of October .

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

For Art's Sake 2011

FOR ART'S SAKE - It's anonymous, inclusive and all in the name of art!

One Gallery
Over 400 anonymous artworks
One starting price of $65 per canvas, no matter the artist
Opening Night Auction of select high profile Contemporary Artists

Now in its third year, ‘For Art’s Sake’ is an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable annual fundraising initiative that believes all people have unique and inspired contributions to make towards Sydney’s creative community. It promotes art as an expression that transcends age, culture, physical and intellectual disability, and in doing so, provides an equal and legitimate platform by which artists of all abilities can exhibit their works without the stigma associated with their perceived limitations.

Professional and emerging artists, celebrities, friends, families and people with a disability are all invited to attend FRANS annual 'For Art's Sake exhibition and fundraiser of over 400 anonymous works of art, hosted by Julie McCrossin at Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle on Wednesday September 28, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm.

'For Art's Sake' celebrates the creative works of a range of artists in an anonymous art exhibition of over 400 canvases of the same size all for the same starting price of $65 which can be doubled, tripled, etc !

Designed to promote Art for Art’s sake, artworks from people with disabilities will hang alongside professional & emerging artists and the wider community. The anonymity means each piece is judged on its artistic merit and allows art lovers and investors the wonderful possibility of purchasing a bargain that they will truly enjoy.

This year, FRANS is thrilled to have pieces contributed by renowned artists such as Mambo artist Reg Mombassa, former Archibald winner Garry Shead, internationally acclaimed surrealist Mike Worrall, Wynne finalist Paul Haggith, Indigenous prize winner Jody Broun, and contemporary artists Lindy Lee, Daniel O'Toole, Christian Morrow, Merilyn Fairskye, Deb Fineberg, Paul Smith, Ro Cook, Keith Hansen and more.

All funds raised from the exhibition will go towards maintaining and enhancing the level and quality of innovative support programs, while furthering the independence, access and inclusion of the people and their families that FRANS cares for.