Tasmanian Craft Fair 2017

The Tasmanian Craft Fair has been held in Deloraine for the past 36 years.  I previously attended 2010-2013 but haven’t managed to make it back until this year.

The Craft Fair runs from Friday 3 November to Monday 6 November and is open from 9am to 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 9am to 4pm on the Monday. It is spread across 8 venues in Deloraine, with a free shuttle bus between venues.  My stall will be located in Venue 8 which is Gays Pavilion.  There’s lots of yummy food stalls next to Gays Pavilion so it’s the perfect venue for a tasty lunch.

Normally the walls of my stall are blank which is a waste of space.  This year, the walls of my stand will be decorated with my brightly coloured acrylic paintings.

I will also be selling miniature paintings in the form of necklaces. These small works of art make unique jewellery.

As Christmas is approaching, I’ve made lots of glass Christmas
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I’m really looking forward to attending the Craft Fair this year to see what has changed since I was last there.  One thing that won’t have changed is the quality of the work presented.  It’s all handmade.

Now all I need to do is pack everything in the car which will be quite a squeeze and catch the ferry across.  Tassie, here I come.

Melbourne Bead Expo Handmade Bead Competition 2016

Every year, I participate as an exhibitor in the BSV’s Melbourne Bead Expo. In previous years, the Bead Expo has been held in Moorabbin.  This year, it was held at Box Hill Tafe.  I really liked the new venue as it had wonderful natural light and felt light and airy.  Unfortunately the Tafe is restructuring early next year and the space we used is being turned into offices.  The hunt is on for a new venue.

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As a member of the Bead Society, I’m entitled to enter their beading competitions. For the first time, I decided to enter their handmade competition where you can make handmade beads in any medium (being a lampworker, of course my medium of choice was glass). This year the theme for a single bead was ‘Oceans’ and the theme for a set of five beads was ‘Astronomy’. Many of the entries in other categories featured exquisite work using seed beads. I really admire the dedication and creativity the seed beaders put into their work.

Winners for all the competition categories are announced on the Friday. As the names were called, I was pleasantly surprised to hear my own. I had won the ‘Ocean’ bead category! All of my entry pieces sold over the course of the expo. I also received some wonderful compliments from visitors to the expo.

Naturally I left making my lampwork beads to the last minute so was in a hurry to post my entries to the expo organisers.  I never expected to do so well so I only took quick snapshots that aren’t very good but you can still get the idea of what the beads looked like from the photos. I’ll means sure to take better photos next time.

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I can’t wait until next year. I wonder what the themes will be?

2016 Festival of Glass

il_570xN.880385685_knpyThe Festival of Glass in Drysdale is one of my favourite events of the year.

Although the Festival is held on a Sunday and is a long drive from home, I prefer to make two trips to the venue and set up my stall on the Saturday. Not only does it mean that I don’t have to wake up ridiculously early on the Sunday (being ever watchful for kangaroos on the road) but I can take my time and put care and thought into the best way to showcase my art. There is something almost magical about starting with empty tables and ending with a beautiful display filled with vibrant colours.

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The day is not only about selling my work but also about the people. I love to see the newest pieces made by my fellow artists and friends as well as looking at all the beautiful entries in the Glass Art Awards competition. They are truly creative and inspiring. I also love to meet and talk to lots of people, hoping to impart a little of my love of glass. There are also my regular customers who buy beads from me both here and at the Bead Expo, in particular Fiona and Angela.

I’d like to thank all the organisers for the great effort they put in to making the festival happen.  They’re all volunteers.  And I’d also like to thank everyone who visited my stall on the day. I had a wonderful time and am already looking forward to next year!

Festival of Glass Treasure Hunt

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One of my favourite events of the year is the Festival of Glass, held in Drysdale, Victoria on the third Sunday of February.  This year the Festival has started a new event that involves lots of local businesses – the Festival of Glass Treasure Hunt.

Businesses in Drysdale and surrounding areas commissioned glass artists to make works of art, ranging from $10 to several hundred dollars.  All of the commissioned pieces are currently on display in each of the participating businesses and can be won by anyone participating in the Treasure Hunt.  You can view the prizes here   –  there’s certainly a variety to be won. Along with these major works of art, there are also 21 small glass treasures hidden in each business.

To enter the competition, you can either pick up an entry form from a participating business or download one here.  You need to visit at least 10 of the businesses, find the hidden little treasure and then have your entry form stamped. In some businesses, you also need to make a small purchase or be a regular customer.  The entry form then needs to be submitted to the FoG table during the Festival of Glass Expo on February 21st before 2pm.  While you’re there you can also look out for my stall and come visit :)

I was lucky enough to be commissioned to make two pieces of art.  For my pieces, I could design anything I liked as long as it was within a certain price range.  After much consideration, I decided to use the Festival of Glass colours of black, ivory, yellow, orange and red to create my pieces.  My round bowl is at the Drysdale Physio and Sports Clinic and my square platter is at the Bellarine Veterinary Practice.

Not only am I looking forward to participating in the Festival of Glass this year, I can’t wait to find out who wins my pieces.

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Melbourne Bead Expo 2015

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The Melbourne Bead Expo is over for another year.  I spent three days of showcasing my lampwork beads, dichroic pendants and cabochons.  The expo was held in Moorabbin at the Kingston Town Hall.  I’ve been part of the Bead Expo for a number of years now and always look forward to catching up with other exhibitors (many of whom are now friends), beaders that have previously bought my beads and new faces.  Normally I’m located in front of the stage but this year I was in the middle of the room.  Quite a few people did comment that I was in a different spot – it’s nice that people remember me and my work.

Whilst numbers through the door seemed to be down this year, it was still a great show.  I think numbers may have been down as the workshops (which are usually held at another location in the building) were held off-site.  Normally workshop participants pop into the expo either before or after their workshops.  That just wasn’t possible this year.
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Many people commented on my rice and why I used the rice as part of my display.  It’s really quite simple.  The rice is white and it makes the colours of my lampwork beads stand out more.  The other reason is that I have two beautiful labradors at home.  Whilst they aren’t allowed near my beads, their fur gets into everything.  Fur on a black background is very hard to remove.  So I just pop some rice into the display tray and that problem is solved.  One young girl thought it was cooked rice and wondered if it would go mouldy!  When I get home from an expo, the rice just gets poured into a container and stored away for the next event.

The Bead Expo is run by volunteers and they do a great job.  Each year they also run beading competitions and the entries are all on display.  You can find more information about bead society happenings here.

The big news for the Bead Expo is that in 2016 it will be held at Box Hill Tafe – Elgar Rd campus.  Dates for next year are November 4 to 6.  In the words of Arnie – I’ll be back…..

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