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December Newsletter

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Best wishes for a peaceful festive season, filled with family, friends and good food. Thanks to all members who attended our early Christmas party and made it a lively social event. Congratulations also to all makers who submitted works for the 14th annual Biblio Art Prize. Each year the event builds on the success of previous exhibitions and this year is no exception. Head to Blarney Books to view a fabulous collection of artworks inspired by books with Australian authors.

Moyneyana Festival Lantern Workshops - Volunteers Needed!

Coming up between Christmas and New Year, on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th December, we have been invited by the Moyneyana Festival committee to run two lantern making workshops on the Village Green in Port Fairy. These workshops are for children (supervised by their parents) to make bamboo and paper lanterns for the New Year's Eve parade. We are looking for violunteers to assist on one or both of these days from 9.00am. Workshops will run for two hours from 10.00am to 12 noon. Please email if you can assist.


February workshops with Julie Ryder

Don't forget to book online for the Julie Ryder workshops over two weekends in February - places are limited to only ten particpants and the Cyanotype workshop (Saturday 4th Feb) is full already.

  • Block Printing on Sunday 5th February

  • Julie Ryder speaks on "Ocean's Gay Flowers" on Thursday 9th February (Free, no limit to attendance)

  • Organic Indigo Vats and Shibori on Saturday 11th February


Member Exhibition "Dyepot and Beyond" - Jill Edwards

A summer exhibition by Jill Edwards again illustrates an intimate relationship between her beloved garden and studio creations. With a growing interest in botanical contact printing or eco- printing Jill is keen to explore where this can go beyond coming out of the dyepot. Foliage from her garden are giving beautiful prints on paper, but her inquisitive mind needs to explore more.

The format of works include concertina books, Coptic bound books and casebound books with some innovative techniques to house the images. Beautiful handmade paper is used throughout.

It is not surprising that a series of bird studies enters this exhibition, as the garden is an inviting

habitat for many species. With the garden of inspiration surrounding the gallery, visitors can experience the plants, foliage, flowers and birdsong that is Jill’s delight.

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