Sunday, 15 January 2017

WS17.4: Ian Lancaster - Leather Saddlebag, Shoulder bag or Handbag

Love the smell and feel of leather? Enjoy the process of working with leather to create a functional artisan saddlebag; that can be personalised as either a shoulder bag or handbag.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 27/28 May, 2017

Registration is open until: Friday, 13 February 2017

LocationEpping Creative Centre, Dence Park, Epping

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200
Material fee will be between $30-$50. Leather blanks (patterns) will be precut and provided in a traditional mid-brown tan colour and provided as a kit to participants to construct the saddlebag. 

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn and follow all the steps involved in the construction of a classic leather saddlebag design. Participants will be completing such techniques as assembling, gluing, moulding, hand stitching, burnishing and cutting. The classic saddlebag design is attractive and functional and through this workshop participants will learn many skills as well as produce a beautiful handcrafted quality leather bag.

Ian Lancaster is a Master Saddler living in the rural town of Binda, south of Goulburn. He has 40 years of experience and is highly skilled and knowledgeable in his field. When he started his indentured apprenticeship at age 15 he learnt the skills of the full trade.

He is the President of the Saddlers’ and Harness Makers’ Association of Australia and specialises in handmade, made to measure and made to order leather products including saddles (side-saddles, children’s, racing, show, turnout, fender, western, fender and dressage), bridles, harness, headstalls, strapping, boot making among other traditional leather applications including handcrafted items such as wallets, bags, journal and diary covers, plaited headbands, custom made belts and more. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he taught his craft at TAFE and now teaches at leather groups, guilds and others interested in learning about working with leather. You may even have seen some of his work displayed at the Royal Easter Show.

Workshop Code
: WS17.4

Exhibition, Another Day in Paradise

Co-curated by Ben Quilty and Michael Dagostino, ‘Another day in Paradise’ features over 100 thought-provoking, politically-charged portraits painted by Myuran Sukumaran during his incarceration, alongside newly commissioned artworks by seven leading Australian artists – Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Safdar Ahmed, Megan Cope, Jagath Dheerasekara, Taloi Havini, Khaled Sabsabi, and Matthew Sleeth.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

TT17-B: Maria Stagno - Power Point for the Textile Artist

Looking to manage your projects digitally, but not sure where or how to start? Then this workshop is for you. Powerpoint is a simple tool to help organise your work, ideas and projects using your computer without taking up physical space.

Date: Saturday 25 February, 2017

Registration is open until: Friday, 17 February, 2017

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, Epping

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

ATASDA Member: $75
Non-Member: $125

  • Laptop with Power Point software.
  • A collection of saved inspiration, technique or other images sourced from the internet, documents, photos, scanned images, etc on your desktop of a similar theme. Could be a current work or documentation of previous work.
  • Internet hotspot if you have it.

In this age of Pinterest and Instagram textile artists are being spoiled: by the volume of digital images, inspiration and resources available. If you can make a word document, then you can master Power Point.

With this digital tool you too can create;

· Presentations for teaching or showing friends or groups your techniques.
· Design Diaries that don’t take up any space in the house, can be as big or small as you want for every project you create. Save paper and ink as you no longer have to print or photocopy everything. File your inspirations and ideas for easy access.
· Mood boards easily changed and rearranged when ideas present themselves
· Record workshop notes and photos for future reference.
· Annotated step-by-step processes using your photos and illustrations and more

Maria is a highly organised lady. She was a full time teacher in Fashion Design at TAFE for 30 years, where she taught everything to do with garment making, millinery, embroidery, furnishing. In her later years technology entered the fashion industry and so taught Computer training in all Microsoft Office programs, computer patternmaking and grading, computer production drawing and presentation boards. She also introduced her students to felting in an embellishment subject and she hasn’t stopped felting since. She has worked in a very creative environment for over 30 years, still loves everything creative and to teach others new skills.

Taster Code: TT17-B

Monday, 2 January 2017


Weekly Newsletter / 28th Dec 2016
Hello and welcome to the final newsletter of the year!
Today we’re sharing a powerful and emotional interview from artist Susan Beallor-Snyder who reveals how she has transformed herself from a doting housewife and care-giver into the artist she’s always wanted to be. Next up we have an article exploring a collaboration between artists Paula Chung and Karen Rips, a collaboration that led to the successful exhibition series, A View Within. From the archives we take an in-depth look at Needle Felting and we have two great learning recommendations in the form of an online quilting course and a compelling book on ‘mark making’.

From Conception to Creation

Susan Beallor-Snyder: From conception to creation

Like many women, Susan Beallor-Snyder spent the majority of her adult life managing a household, caring for a husband, children and ailing parents and putting her own creative dreams on the back-burner. In this powerful interview Susan shares her life story, taking us through the ups and downs of her married life and revealing how she finally found the time and motivation to put her artwork front and centre. Part of our From Conception to Creation series, this article focusses on Susan’s 2014 piece, Broken, a large scale sculpture hand-woven from natural manila rope.
Read Susan’s story
Artist interview

Paula Chung and Karen Rips: A View Within

Working with textile and fiber can be a solitary pursuit but there are many benefits to collaborating with fellow artists, not least the experience of creating work this is greater than the sum of its two parts. Just ask Paula Chung and Karen Rips, two contemporary artists based in Nevada and California who have worked together to create the hugely successful exhibition series, A View Within. Together, the artists have interpreted medical imaging and created interrelated works using tapestry, free-machine stitching and dying. In this interview Paula and Karen discuss their individual practices and the benefits of working together.

Read more about Paula and Karen’s partnership

"On my own I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be."

Oprah Winfrey

From the archive

Needle felting: From factory to gallery by Kate Barsotti

Our final article this week is one from the archives. In Needle felting: From factory to gallery, Kate Barsotti explains the invention of felt, outlines the varied processes used in felting and explores the recent trend towards creating sculptural felt works. Kate also interviews a number of contemporary artists who use felt in their work, including Stephanie Metz, Zoe Williams and Shana Kohnstamm, all of whom have shared intriguing images of their finished pieces.
Learn about needle felting
Resources / Ebook

Textiles: A response to landscape

The natural world is an endless source of inspiration for artists. The colours, textures, shapes and stories we find in nature often find their way into textile artists’ work and have done so throughout the ages. In this ebook, Textiles: A Response to Landscape we guide you through the worlds of 10 incredible contemporary artists who look upon the landscape as their muse. This ebook brings together the stories of artists such as Alison King, Jan Beaney and Carol Naylor in their own words and is full of glorious colour images of the artists’ work.

Get your copy of Textiles: A Response to Landscape
Mark-Making in Textile Art
Resources / Book

Mark Making: Fresh Inspiration for Quilt and Fiber Artists by Helen Parrott

A compelling book for any textile artist looking to broaden their creative horizons, Mark Making: Fresh Inspiration for Quilt and Fiber Artists by Helen Parrott, explores how simple mark making can give your art fresh life. Helen, an art quilter, demonstrates the connection between the drawn and stitched line and shows you how you can add graphic elements to your own practice. Helen also gives practical lessons in hand and machine stitching that will give you the skills you need to take your art from sketchbook doodle to finished piece.

Make your mark
Translating Inspiration in Quilting
Resources / Course

Translating Inspiration in Quilting

Do you collect beautiful pieces of fabric? Have you ever wanted to turn those beautiful pieces of fabric into a unique, custom quilt? Well, now’s your chance! This online course, Translating Inspiration in Quilting will show you how to take an image, any image that inspires you, and turn it into a handmade quilt. In these four video lessons, which you can take part in at your own pace, experienced modern quilter Cheryl Arkinson will teach you how to capture your ideas and transform them into a workable quilt design.

Get quilting
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Hornsby Shire, Night Market

Selling opportunity

Sunset Sessions is back again for 2017, bringing to Hornsby Mall live music from up-and-coming artists set amongst food trucks, an intimate arts marketplace and pop up bar each Friday night in February.

Council is looking to feature local artisans in a mini marketplace as part of this event, showcasing the best of handmade and hand-crafted, second hand, recycled, vintage, local, designed, or sustainable products to sell out of vintage suitcases. Items may include jewellery, bric-a-brac, books, clothing badges, cards, artwork, or anything of that nature. Items for sale are to be displayed out of suitcases on a single trestle table (can be provided.) We encourage stallholders to get creative with their table and suitcases; think vintage, quirky and eye catching.

If you would like to be part of this event by hosting a table for free, we would love to hear from you!

Entries for stallholders close 5pm Monday 23 January. 
You may choose to apply for one or all of the Sessions on Friday 3, 10, 17 and 24 February 2017.

What aren’t we looking for?
- Mass produced or new products
- Imported goods
- Children’s clothing and toys

Please note only applications with a clear photo of the products for sale will be considered for inclusion.

For more information or to submit an application, visit

Kind regards,

Eilysh Toose
Arts/Cultural Development Officer | Community Services | Hornsby Shire Council
 02 9847 6893 
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Council acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands of Hornsby Shire, the Darug and Guringai people.