Nambucca Valley Craft & Art Inc

Arts and Craft for everyone

Nambucca Valley

We are a group of artists local to the beautiful Nambucca Valley, we love what we do so we decided to join together and create Nambucca Valley Craft and Art Inc, a not-for-profit association, we currently have a shop front in the Nambucca Plaza and have recently ventured in to the online web-store sector. So please support us!

Meet Our Members

Children's knitted toys

Noelene

Q. What is your main craft?

Knitting and Crochet work

Q. What drew you to practising this craft

Provided me with a sense of calm and orderliness and is also creative

Q. How long have you been practising this craft?

Probably over 50 years

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

  1. it’s enjoyable.
  2. it’s easy.
  3. it’s difficult.
  4. it can be undone.
  5. and last but not least…the end result

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

Unlimited hours of enjoyment

Hand made glass brooch

Bev

Q. What is your main craft?

Glass - Flameworked

Q. What drew you to practising this craft

Progression from firing pottery

Q. How long have you been practising this craft?

20 years

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

It is a creative challenge, and I love the brilliant colours that I am able to obtain

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

20 hours

Hand painted bird house

Val

Q. What is your main craft?

Folk Art

Q. What drew you to practising this craft?

It was a long- time interest

Q. How Long have you been practising this craft?

16 years

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

Watching the transformation of a plain item into something beautiful

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

6 hours

Postcard of local land mark

Beverly

Q. What is your main craft?

Local photography cards

Q. What drew you to practising this craft

I love photography and the landscapes of the Nambucca Valley are especially beautiful.

Q. How long have you been practising this craft?

Seriously, since I retired from work in 2011

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

Getting out and about in nature and recording via photography the stunning landscapes.

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

3 to 4 hours

Hand made Mosaic mirror

Jacky

Q. What is your main craft?

Glass Mosaics and crochet

Q. What drew you to practising this craft

A desire to work with glass in a creative, original way.

Q. How long have you been practising this craft?

14 years

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

I find for me, that it is a way of integrating artistry with creative design.

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

20 hours

Hand made sea horse sculpture

Lyn

Q. What is your main craft?
Cloth character dolls

Q. What drew you to practising this craft
I like the variety that can be achieved within this craft with no two characters ever looking the same!

Q. How long have you been practising this craft?
I have been practicing the craft for over 15 years, having attended many classes here in Australia and overseas. I have also taught this craft and would like to pass on my knowledge so that others can join in and create

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

The thing I like the most is the variety of characters that can be created, and I love scouring Op shops and garage sales for that special piece to make it a little bit more interesting

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

I never count the time it takes, I just sew up a few characters then work on them whenever I feel the need – which can be day or night. One character could take 6 hours.

Hand made teddies

Lees

Q. What is your main craft? 

Handmade teddy bears- all shapes and sizes

Q. What drew you to practising this craft

A very special retiree, and close neighbour, Barbara Ward, encouraged me to do a teddy making course around 2004, and then helped me to perfect it. She inspired me with her beautiful teddies. Sadly, she is no longer with us, but when I make the bears I feel Barbara is near. I came back to it after a long absence, thankfully, encouraged and well supported by good friend Lyn Huggins, and very much inspired by her craft and others' in the craft and art group.

Q. How long have you been practising this craft?

Since 2004, but with an 8-year gap; only recently taking it back up

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

Creating bears with personality- no 2 bears are the same

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

Smocked baby's romper

Lyn

Q. What is your main craft?

Smocking used In the main, for children’s clothes ranging in age from birth to 4 years. I have also completed small specialty items like cases for spectacles, coat hangers, and a teapot cosy

Q. What drew you to practising this craft

The upcoming birth of my first grandchild, and I wanted to make the christening gown so luckily at the time there were classes around where I started. At the time I also learnt heirloom sewing which is something else on the drawing board to get started on!

Q. How long have you been practising this craft?

This time around, 25 years, however I made a smocked dress for my daughter out of an Enid Gilchrist pattern that came in a New Idea magazine about 48 years ago

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

I love the patterns that the threads make, love the colours of the threads and how it is such a soothing rhythm placing the needle into and out of the fabric. I just love the peaceful feeling I get when actually practicing this art.

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

The preparation of the garment is the most time consuming, but the actual smocking I would spend 6 to 8 hours a week

Hand crafted greeting cards

Julie

Q. What is your main craft?

Card Making

Q. What drew you to practising this craft?

When my first son was born 26 years ago, I was looking for a craft I could do while at home with a new baby. So I purchased a few stamps and ink pads and started creating cards. From there the addiction has grown and my style has developed. 

Q. What do you like most about your craft? 

I love the relaxing art of colouring and cutting images. My cards usually feature lots of embellishments including, die cuts, flowers, and my favourite, butterflies. 

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft? 

I enjoy every moment of the 15 or so hours I spend on my cards!

Machine embroidered towels

Emma

Q. What is your main craft?

Machine Embroidery

Q. How long have you been practicing this craft

I have been embroidering for a about 3 years

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

I love watching the stitches turn into pictures and personalizing gifts for people.

Large ladies bag

Josie

Q. What is your main craft?

Patchworked handbags and totes, Aprons and a variety of other useful and practical items.

Q. What drew you to practising this craft

My mother was a dressmaker and started me sewing at a young age.  I sewed for my children and grandchildren and as they got older and no longer required (or wanted) handmade clothes, I started to look around for something else and I was drawn to patchwork which has evolved into making the items that I now sew.

Q. How long have you been practicing this craft

My patchworking skill  has developed  over the past three decades!

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

The fabric. I just love the colours, textures and designs. I also enjoy matching fabric with what item it will make.

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

Around 20 hours a week but sometimes more than that!

Crafted timber clock

Andrew

Q. What is your main craft?

Timber work, I use a variety of local and exotic species of timber. I also can incorporate metal into my unique designs

Q. What drew you to practising this craft

Having grown up on a farm, using timber was common in building objects on the property. At university, I studied metallurgy and timber products which I then went on to teach for over 30 years. 

Q. How long have you been practising this craft

This skill has been developed all my life, however the past 30 years, I have learnt to design and craft in a more artistic mode.

Q. What do you like most about your craft?

The versatility of the materials I work with and my ability to be creative and be inspired to utilise the natural uniqueness of timber. 

Q. Approximately how many hours a week would you spend on your craft?

Varies really. At times 20 to 30 hours per week to perhaps only a few hours, depending on time. Since retiring I have spent more time on the craft but it hasn't reached a full time occupation at the moment!