ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The Waroona Visitor Centre and Art Trail features works by more than fifteen local artists and makers, with an eclectic display including paintings, cold porcelain, sculptures, textiles, felting, upcycled beadwork, etched glassware, fine woodwork, "gentle arts" and more! Find out more about the artists below:
Sarah has been a long time dabbler in many different art forms including sewing, painting, pottery, paper crafts, porcelain doll making and, her favourite, mixed media. Today, in addition to signwriting and mural painting, Sarah can also add “cow-tourier” to her creative resume as a dresser for Waroona’s iconic Mooriel.
Barbara has been a loyal volunteer and maker at Waroona Visitor Centre for over 23 years and her contribution of around 6,000 hours has helped maintain a valuable 7 day service for visitors and an open gallery for local artists. Barb’s beautiful baby knits are always in demand and she is a keen charity knitter.
Jeanette has always been a creative person and loves the creative process. She has been making jewellery for many years and uses recycled beads and jewellery items as she believes that recycling and upcycling are the way of the future.
Cleverly combined colours and textures result in beautiful and unique pieces including sun-catchers, bookmarks, earrings and keyrings. These gorgeous items are sold under the aptly named BeadSparklez brand and can also be found on Etsy.
Jeanette’s most recent claim to fame is her appointment as jeweller to Mooriel who, in her current incarnation as a nun, is wearing an exclusive rosary design by BeadSparklez.
Christine has been painting for many years starting in Adelaide doing oils and drawing at night school at the University. Christine moved to WA and started to attend workshops in Mandurah and surrounds to learn different techniques in silk painting, water colours, acrylics and various other crafts.
Christine also enjoys doing glass painting, glass slumping and experimenting with different types of glass and porcelain techniques, leadlight and glass mosaics. Christine is also renowned for her cottage crafts that are created with the skill and attention to detail of a maker with a life-long passion for her work.
After moving to Waroona in 2013 Kathy started volunteering at the Waroona Visitor Centre and very quickly became an integral team member. In 2014 and 2018 Kathy has taken part in the Centre’s A Hanging on the Highway quilting and textile exhibitions.
After attending a felt workshop in Melbourne 18 years ago, Alana fell in love with the craft. She uses Australian Merino wool, water and movement to create one off pieces and her favourite technique is Nuno Felting, a process of combining wool to silk and manipulating it to become one.
Alana creates beautiful qualities in surface, texture and colour on sculptural, decorative or functional felt pieces.
As a maker, Polly is known for her upcycled denim pieces (toys, bags, aprons, cushions), incredible free-style embroidery, painting, sketching, collage and also for her imaginative crochet and knitting.
Currently she is concentrating on free-form and hyperbolic crochet and is working on an underwater project creating parts of a coral reef including corals, polyps, sea sponges and starfish.
Sandra first discovered drawing at age 11 when she drew a rose by copying a Hobbytex transfer. Sandra joined the Waroona Creative Arts Centre, where one of the members taught her how to quill and make cards, two affordable crafts to start off with. Scrapbooking followed with new friends, then jewellery making, mixed media and She Art.
Upcycling and repurposing clothes and other items that normally end up as landfill has also become a passion and creative outlet. In fact Sandra has turned finding ways to incorporate these unwanted items into craft, an art form in itself.
Having nursed and lost two partners over the years, it was not until she left Bunbury and moved to Yarloop that Vida was able to put a lot of time into art. She still strives to “complete the perfect canvas” but many of her fans would say she doesn’t need to. Vida’s works bring joy and are as diverse as the amazing life she has led.