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Foraging Exhibition

Fernando Claro, QLD

I like to work with paper strips to create different shapes and motives. The technique is called quilling or paper filigree. I rolled paper strips to create a 3D miniature koala bear, to honour our ANZAC troops on Anzac Day. It was my way to show my gratitude to those soldiers that make Australia the great country to welcomed me and allowed me to become a citizen 8 years ago.

Sandra Carey, QLD

I made this piece using a ceiling off cut (a friend had ducted aircon installed!) The flowers are made from crushed disposable coffee cups and the vase is a Jarrah coffee container.

Tracy Moloney, VIC

My “Magic Slider” card combines hand colouring a digital stamp with fancy folds to make a fun interactive card. Magic happens as the tab is pulled and the image is transformed from black & white to full colour.

Sandra Carey, QLD

I created this piece using a circular off cut from a friends celing (she had ducted aircon installed!). The flowers are made from crushed disposable coffee cups!

Elizabeth Johnston, VIC

I am a big Harry Potter fan and basically learnt to quilt because I had this project on my mind. It is a quilt which I have titled "When in doubt go to the library". It is a mix of general piecing, applique and embroidery so I tried a few different techniques and I am happy with how it turned out. I had so much fun finding all the fabrics and it took me a few years to complete, but I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Sandra Carey, QLD

Have you ever wondered what to do with those cute fish soy sauce containers you get with your sushi? Well, I made them into a work of art along with an old onion bag for background netting!

Tracy Moloney, VIC

My everlasting flower arrangement started life as a vitamin jar. As soon as it was empty I gave my punches a workout and transformed it into a pretty vase filled with paper flowers. No watering needed, just a light dusting now and then to keep them fresh.

Sandra Carey, QLD

This diorama is made from a long life milk carton, old maps, old Christmas lights, a kewpie doll and other bits and bobs!

Kath Block, VIC

This is a photo of my first ISO Mandala Collage called “Coming Together” (whilst in isolation). It’s a collection of seemingly random things all working together like people are having to do. I live in Victoria. Cheers Kath Block

Sandra Carey, QLD

This mini journal is made from clothing tags that I just couldn’t throw out!! I added paint, paper, images and words to the tags to create this.

Debbie Garrigan, VIC

The quilt pattern is called Sewing Fun from Bobbie G. Designs. This was the first quilt I made 2 years ago and is definitely my favourite. Techniques include raw edge appliqué and hand embroidery.

Sandra Carey, QLD

Each page of this journal is made from used teabags that I carefully emptied and then added images to!

Karen Moore, NSW

My version of a shoe collage. I wanted the background to make the shoe pop and be the feature rather than the background being a distraction. It ended up being 16" x 16" when finished.

Sandra Carey, QLD

This cute journal was created with cutlery bags (as pictured) I stamped an image on each bag, filled it with patterned paper and that was that!

Kim Murray, QLD

This is a picture of a reverse canvas that I made using graphic 45 paper, acrylic paints, random die cuts and netting.

Karin Vorrath

This project ‘The Cassowary’ was an online workshop earlier this year with textile artist Sophie Standing, facilitated by Lesley Mays of Mildura Patchwork & Sewing. Can you believe it, I had never done thread painting before, but managed to follow along and produce this extraordinary bird on canvas. Very proud of it.

Lynn Ausburn, SA

I’ve experimented with crocheting a traditional doily using tshirt yarn. The finished product has a 63cm diameter. Far bigger than the dainty little traditional doily

Tracy Moloney, VIC

I love making cards with fancy folds and this gatefold shutter card is double the fun. It looks like a traditional Christmas card from the outside but as the card is opened, the shutter opens and reveals a cute frog hidden inside. The added bonus is that this frog is from one of my favourite GICS retailers

Glenn White

It's a quad easel card and the four easels stand up and looks very effective and folds flat for postage. I made these cards out of Stampin up Papers with my own comments that I printed on the computer. The card measure 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" when made

June Costall, NSW

My first pop up card made for my daughter using my own card stash with flowers/leaves cut out with a Cricut machine. Sentiment printed on computer and finished with gems and bumble bees

Marina Gray

This is a card I did earlier this year, it was for a competition with Eclectic Images. I was autumn theme. My card represents where we live, out of town, with pesty mice. Oh yes they are on the comeback...

Tracy Moloney, VIC

This teepee card is a fun fancy fold that is held in shape with a magnetic strip and is easy to assemble when taken out of the envelope. The added bonus is that this gnome is from Beccy’s Place, one of my favourite GICS retailers.

Pam Lightley, VIC

A foraging fairy’s house made out of chipboard (for the base), foil and Sculpy polymer clay.

Marina Gray

A foraging fairy’s house made out of chipboard (for the base), foil and Sculpy polymer clay

Debra Beer, NSW

I have madeca dimensional scrapbook page that will be framed and hung on the wall. I have fussy cut elements, coloured Chipboard pieces with Prima waxes, uses resin pieces I have colour with Prima Waxes and bits and pieces of foliage

Jennifer Coates, VIC

A quilt made with Liberty fabric and old linen and doilies.

Margaret Crawford, NSW

I had a go at tea bag art. My steps • Firstly, steep the tea bag/s (I used 4 double square tea bags) in hot water for as long as you want - resist the urge to take out too soon • Carefully open tea bag and remove leaves (into compost or garden) • Rinse the now tea dyed bags and allow to dry • Iron the bags - this is optional however found I got a better result if I ironed. Make sure you put some paper or a tea towel down before ironing! • Apply black gesso and allow to dry • Apply texture paste through stencil/s of your choice and allow to dry • With the now decorated tea bags I created greeting cards and have a few bags left over to create further • Warning - very addictive.

Pat Kerr, NSW

Inspired by live class by Natalie May scrapbooking.

Rhonda Daniel, NSW

I have just about finished my cert 3 in Aged Care. All of my teachers have been amazing during these trying times with Lock downs and covid restrictions. And no matter what the module the topic of Poo always come up and I mean always, so I searched high and low for some POO fabric... I found some but it was in Germany the fisrt shipment didn’t turn up (poo) so they printed a second lot and send it to me (yeah) And in a rush I had to make my POO BOWL COSYS... I was very excited to gift them today.... Hope you enjoy the comedy in what has been a shit year for many but my poo craft has held it together for me..

Tracy Moloney, VIC

My waterfall card has lots of fancy folds … you may have guessed, I enjoy making (and giving) interactive cards. I had fun adding images and sentiments to each flap using digital stamps from Beccy’s Place

Anne-Marie Slattery, ACT

Stripped cardigan made with leftover yarn. The band is knitted on last, so I could knit it as wide as needed. With so many ends to sew in I made a border of free form embroidery along the front band. I like how it turned out. It is very warm.

Terry Atkinson, QLD

Patchwork jacket, I am from nth QLD, labour of love making the stars for the jacket

Tracy Moloney, VIC

Lockdown restrictions have made special days even more challenging. My “89 and awesome” accordion fold card is filled with 2.058m (6’ 9”) of candles and paper hugs. It took a long time layering all the flames and candles but it was a labour of love. I made an extra large, extra thick envelope to fit this card.

Faye Lougoon, VIC

Winding ways quilt that I have named “Visions through the window “ All hand pieced. Template- Maree StClair Quilts Material- Jen Kingwell