Artisans Nest in Bodalla has now been a Gallery for 4 years showing and selling the wonderful, creative work of around 20 local artisans who share a love of, and passion for textiles. Between the artists at Artisans Nest we have a vast range of skills and expertise in many craft and arts.
The gallery is situated between the award winning Bodalla Dairy Shed and the wonderfully fragrant Lavender Shop. It has become an amazing outlet for local textile artists, and now we have taken over the lease of the entire cottage and yard at 56 Princes Highway Bodalla. This has extended our Gallery into a centre for workshops of many kinds, creative gatherings, social days and garden options, ongoing indigo vats, and much, much more. Workshops have been held in subjects varying from dyeing with rust and printing on fabric with dye, to felt making, and kids’ activities in the holidays, and more are on offer- see the Workshop page for more details and supply your email address to be notified personally of upcoming events.
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.
Come in to the gallery to see our ever changing range of stock. All hand crafted locally, there are gorgeous 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. One of the highlights are vessels by Julie Brennan, who has a passion for felt making. While her favourite medium is felt, she often incorporates stitch, print and eco-dyes, and her portfolio includes pieces using found objects, x-rays and even upcycled undergarments!
The unique leather bags, clothing and jewellery by Jenny Rose, make a stunning addition to any wardrobe. Sourcing the best quality leathers and textiles from around the world, all pieces are then handmade in her studio on the far South coast of NSW Australia. The bags feature a creative mix of fine Australian , New Zealand & European leathers. Some are wearable artworks featuring collages of Australian marine and exotic leathers such as barramundi fish, sea snake ,stingray, emu and crocodile.
Joel Griffin is one of our newer members, joining the Nest in April 2015. Joel has added her beautiful clothing and accessories made from vintage fabrics to our Nest. The clothes are made using recycled finds … from curtains, funky vintage fabrics, sheets, tea towels, suit coats, chenille bedspreads and woollen blankets, basically anything that catches her eye in op shops. Anne-Maree Kape also joined us last year, in December, and boosts our range of jewellery with her imaginative and colourful creations designed with semi-precious stones, sterling silver, and other metals. This year Hellen Edwards has joined the Nest, offering her art cards and books, and a couple of members have come back to the Nest – Mary Burns with her discharge dyed clothes, and Adrianne Waterman with some lovely woven sari silk bags amongst other new work.
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. Some of the jewellery on display has been fashioned from old buttons, fabric, found objects, and recycled materials.
Artisans Nest now has 20 artists who offer exquisite paintings and 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. You can also see our wonderful work on Facebook.
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 use the Contact tab to request a form be emailed to you.