Artist of the month – Deborah Mandira – October 2016

Textile art involving surface design, hand-printing and painting, dying and plant dyeing onto silk and natural fabrics.

Deborah Mandira is a textile artist who lives and works near Narooma on the south coast of NSW. She is a founding member of Artisans Nest Bodalla.

Her latest passion is upcycling, adding to already worn in clothes with pieces of her own dyed, printed and plant dyed fabrics. Here are a few examples of pieces for spring, summer. Her own gallery is accessible from her website:

Fashionable upcycled clothing by Mandira

Fashionable upcycled clothing by Mandira

Unique upcycled clothing by Mandira

Unique upcycled clothing by Mandira

Artist of the Month – Joel Griffin “Kitamba” -September

Joel lives in Congo, a small village surrounded by national park.

The name “Kitamba” means fabric in Swahili (language spoken in the African Congo)joel-image1

She specializes in using retro and vintage fabrics like chenille, towelling and wonderfully warm older style blankets.  She finds inspiration from vintage fabrics and patterns. All her pieces are one-off works in this way, unique garments, hair clips, earrings, book marks and cushions that no one else will have.  Each piece of fabric is so different that she’s continually inspired to create something that people can wear and treasure.

She feels that using all recycled fabrics is her part in reducing the heavy load on the environment that our consumer fashion industry drives.


Kitamba, Joel’s label, currently has a new spring range of light cotton dresses from vintage fabrics. They are adorable, flattering and easy to wear, and available in a range of sizes, from size 6 to 20. They have big pockets for goodies and are adjusted by a cute little tie around the back of the dress. Team one up with some Kitamba hair clips or earrings and you’ll be set for spring. This, her latest collection, is highlighted at Artisans Nest Bodalla for this first month of Spring.


Friday Craft Mornings at Artisans Nest Bodalla

Friday mornings have come alive at Artisans Nest once more.  The Gallery began its Friday morning social gatherings again on 5 August, with Jane Frost leading a merry group in exploring stitch, dyeing and swapping ideas in the workshop room at Artisans Nest, Princes Highway, Bodalla, 10am – 12.30.

Last Friday, 19 August, the group went on an op shop crawl. They met  in Moruya at 8.30AM to organise car pooling and drove to Ulladulla to check out op shops  and have lunch. This week, Friday 26 August, the group will meet at the Nest to explore embellishment and enhancement of these items from the op-shop adventure (or bring some from home). Bring a sewing kit too if you have one.

Other activities enjoyed so far have included sewing resists ie using stitch to concentrate fabric to resist the dye, and using wax as a resist, both drawing and using stencils.

Cost is $5 plus $5 for materials (where required), morning tea provided.  Come along and bring your friends. Join the fun, have a chat, and finish your creative projects in the company of like-minded people, or take part in the more structured activities.

September program to be announced soon.


Raffle winner

On Monday August 1 2016 at Artisans Nest Bodalla, the raffle held from May to August 2016 was drawn. The lucky winner was Jenny Brosch who was thrilled to receive her soft and luxurious prize and immediately wrapped the merino and mohair throw around herself. The throw, handwoven by Jan Harding, is valued at $195. IMG_4411 Jan Wool throw raffle (480x640).jpg

Artisans Nest Incorporated is a not for profit organisation. This raffle was held as a fundraiser to assist Artisans Nest in offering artist led workshops in their newly extended gallery space. Many thanks to all who purchased tickets. A new raffle will be announced soon.