Distinctively Different Art and craft is my life. I cherish the joy my creations bring to me and my customers. I use found objects, and I also find useful items in op shops. I love using nature's gifts, especially gum nuts. My journey has brought me to Make It Tenterfield and my maker's space has a selection of jewellery, wall hangings and cards. My mental health has greatly benefited from my creativity endeavours. I hope my pieces bring you something to smile about too.
The local Tenterfield Men's Shed collective creates a diverse range of wooden items that are on offer at Make It. They also restore and refurbish items and furniture to their former glory. Come in a take a look at the beautiful antique rocking horse in the Men's Shed space.
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 Tenterfield, I do so by creating solutions with fabrics and fostering creativity in others, with positive environmental outcomes.
I fondly remember a school holiday, batik dyeing 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; hence my interest in using fabrics to inspire people to recycle, up cycle, reuse, re-purpose, reinvigorate, repair, alter and enhance, every day items like clothing, linen, blankets and bags.
I also want to encourage 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
Ruth is also a self-published author. You can browse and purchase her 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 also stocks a small range of natural fibre yarns, needles and crochet hooks and books.
As a cloth dollmaker, my hand drawn faces and original costuming allows my imagination to manifest in 3D form.
Each doll is individual in style – from the colourful and quirky child’s doll to the beautifully whimsical art doll. Unique detailing from vintage and repurposed treasure features in my work, making each doll one of a kind.
Humour and love are carefully handstitched into each and every one!
Mary-Ann Svenson has been spinning and weaving for over 20 years. She completed a 3 year certificate course through Tenterfield TAFE, covering spinning, weaving, dyeing and design and has continued with these crafts since. Her love of spinning beautiful fibres including merino, polwarth, alpaca and silk in vibrant colours comes to the fore in her homespun and handwoven scarves and garments, Mary-Ann enjoys the whole creative process from selecting fleece and fibre to spinning and weaving the fabrics. She spins on Majacraft and Sickenger wheels and weaves on an Ashford rigid heddle loom, incorporating some commercial yarns for texture and strength. Mary-Ann's garments include ponchos, ruanas, tabards and scarves. Branching out into needle felting and knit & felt hats has extended her interest in all things fibre. Always evolving, some stitching is also being included in her work. Mary-Ann has placed many items in the Tenterfield Show with great success and had an article accepted into the Stanthorpe Art Prize in 2018. Mary-Ann attended a weekend workshop learning Saori weaving at the Curiousweaver Studio in Old Bar NSW in 2019. Saori weaving is a Japanese weaving technique, loosely translating to “from the heart”, and is something she likes to incorporate into her garments. Mary-Ann has a small hobby business called ‘knit,knot,weave & felt’ and creates in her home in Drake, NSW. As well as being a member of Make it Tenterfield, she is able to run workshops in needle felting, spinning and weaving.