Being on the Pacific Highway, it is a great place to break your trip on the long journey north or south.
Artisans Nest is one of a very few textile galleries in NSW. It is run by a group of local artisans drawn from Batemans Bay to Candelo, many of whom are premier textile and fibre artists in the region.
The gallery, which started life in Bodalla in January 2012, is situated between the award winning Bodalla Dairy Shed and the wonderfully fragrant Lavender Shop. It has gone on to become an amazing outlet for local textile artists.
Many of the members have been exhibiting their work with the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artist Group (EFTAG) since 2005. Textile arts have been experiencing a resurgence in the last few decades and hopefully the crafts of sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, dyeing and felt making will be taken up by the younger generation so they don’t disappear.
The gallery stocks a gorgeous range of one-off wearables in silk, cotton, linen, and cashmere, and recycled vintage clothing, as well as beautiful, handmade, woven scarves and rugs, and knitted, crocheted and felted accessories. Some of the highlights are plant dyed and indigo shibori silk and cotton clothes. One of our newest members, Mary Burns, offers a stylish range of resist dyed clothing.
If your interest is in spinning or felt making, Tabitha of Tabandy Textiles grows and sources local wool and offers up to 19 different fibres, including rare breeds of sheep, goat, alpaca, llama and home-grown camel. She says: ‘different wools have varying applications and produce wondrous results. There is a fibre for everything and all wool is beautiful’.
Another member, Jenny Rose, who has had a very successful business in Bodalla is a member and now her wonderful leather bags, clothing and jewellery grace our shelves.
In fact, jewellery has become one of our most popular lines. Our artisans have shown huge talent for designing and making unique necklaces, brooches, earrings and bracelets. Much of the jewellery on display has been fashioned from old buttons, fabric, found objects, and recycled materials.
Artisans Nest has more than 20 artists who make mosaics, wood turned items, wood-fired pots, as well as the textiles and jewellery. Our stock includes bags, scarves, felt sculptures, mixed media art and baby bibs!!
All of this makes the Artisans Nest a great place to find wonderful gifts and one-off pieces. So, don’t miss this must-see gallery in Bodalla. Come and visit the shop and experience for yourself what a group of ordinary people can create. Each day one of the artists is on duty to assist you. We are open every day from 10am.
We invite creative artists to be part of our group to display and sell their creations. Please apply if you are able to commit to two roster days per month. More information and an application form are available here on our website, or from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to receive news and information please supply your email address for our contact list. You can also see our wonderful work on Facebook.