An abundance of locally grown fruit from my grandfather’s garden inspired me to begin my jam making journey fifteen years ago.
I enjoy experimenting with different flavour combinations and I am mindful of keeping waste to a minimum. Winning prizes for my homemade jams, relishes and pickles has only added to my joy in making them!
After moving from New Zealand in 1979 Cherie started her creative journey with decorative art painting, then moving to paper crafting, beading and most recently to vinyl printing on clothing and other items.
Cherie has owned and used a digital cutting machine for many years and is always looking for ways to expand her knowledge with its use.
Cherie enjoys experimenting with new art and craft forms and searching for new ideas to ever expand her exciting creative journey.
I hand build functional and decorative ceramics pieces including tableware, vases and bottles, jewellery, soy candles in ceramic vessels and an annual, ever popular Christmas ornament collection.
My ceramics feature neutral coloured glazes, botanical prints, delicate patterns, textured carvings and simple phrases to remind us to slow down and take notice.
I combine the traditional techniques of slab building, pinching and coiling to create beautiful ceramic wares. Hand building, as opposed to wheel throwing really allows the ‘hand of the maker’ to shine through in each finished item. Every piece is slightly different. Every piece is perfectly imperfect!
I was born an environmentalist. I like to walk lightly on the earth. And at Make It I do so by creating solutions with fabrics. And so fostering creativity in others. But with environmental outcomes.
I fondly remember a school holiday batik dying workshop that inspired me to open my childhood creative senses. And the joy of it. Today I want to create solutions for people that are sustainable, that have environmental outcomes. Hence my interest in using fabrics to inspire people to recycle, up cycle, reuse, re-purpose, reinvigorate, repair, altar, in Hants, every day things like clothing, linen, blankets, bags. Anything made out of fabric.
I also want to inspire people to sew, by giving lessons, by example, by living my philosophy. By selling our own clothes, we are reducing pollution, global warming, sweatshop abuse, and at the same time having the joy of creation.
I hope that Make It can shine a light on how we all make a difference.￼￼￼￼
Ruth moved from the Huon Valley in Southern Tasmania in 2018.
Working with natural fibres you will find Ruth; Spinning Knitting tactile items Weaving Working with silk fibre Creating functional colourful bags
As a self-published author you will also be able to purchase Ruth’s books. “Wentworth’s Country” or “Tibby’s Day Out”. These books reflect on Ruth’s time in the Gibson Desert on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
Ruth will also stock a small range of natural fibre yarns, needles and crochet hooks and books.