Some superb artworks were created using Powertex Fabric Hardener & Stone Art at a Bali Sculpture Workshop, held at the Powertex Australia Studio in Safety Bay, WA, on the 29th Aug. Everyone went home with some amazing work and we all had a great day! Pictured below are works in progress as well as the finished pieces. If you would like to attend a similar workshop the next one will be held on Wed 26th Sept. Contact Ashley to book your place...click here
Following my Powerprint workshop at Churchill Studio, Mary Grant ran a "Fabulous Fabrics" workshop using Liquid Radiance on the Sunday....we all had so much fun! I loved playing with the colour and experimenting with the patterns that could be achieved through folding, crinkling and wrapping!!! Being one for instant gratification....I was also pleasantly surprised that the whole process could be sped up using the microwave! The vibrancy of the colours that were achieved were tremendous! Having not played much with fabrics over the years this was a first for me...and I decided that I'm now also a 'fabric artist'!!! I haven't had the time to get back to it...but it's certainly high on my list of priorities for a 'play day'! I'm looking forward to incorporating some of the fabrics with Powertex in sculpture & painting!
During June I had the opportunity of going to Victoria to meet and work with Rhonda Hunt (Faeries with Attitude, the Victorian Distributer for Powertex).
The day we met we hit the Galleries of Melbourne, in particular the NGV, to see the Fred Williams Exhibition...which was a great way to begin...as the exhibition was fantastic! Rhonda was very welcoming and full of energy and enthusiasm. We went to one of her favourite places for lunch, just off Flinders Lane. I loved the atmosphere of the little coffee houses and shopfronts down the small laneways....and the Graffiti art was amazing! By the time we got to Churchill we were exhausted! We chilled out the following day... as we knew that the days to come were guaranteed to be crazy busy...which they were! Mel arrived for training and we spent a couple of days working together with Rhonda in her studio. It was fantastic to see Rhonda in action and her experience with Powertex was inspiring! I loved the time I spent with her, Ken and Willow (the cat) in their home full of sculptures, nicknacks and family heirlooms. It was an incredibly peaceful environment that reflected Rhonda's personality beautifully. Following Mel's training I ran a Powerprint workshop on the Saturday with a few girls....pictured above (from left to right) - Mary, me, Val, Norah, Mel, Sharon and Rhonda. It was a great day and everyone produced some excellent work. I have pictured Val's 'Leopard' and Norah's 'Penguins' below. Also pictured: Rhonda & I and Rhonda in her studio.
Over the past few months I have had the privilege of meeting some amazing women who have created some awesome work! It has been wonderful to have diverse groups of people attending workshops .... from those who have spent years working in various art and craft fields to those that say to me "I'm not at all arty" or "I have no idea what I'm doing here!" It brings me great joy to see these women walk out at the end of the day lit up by their creativity and what they've achieved. I love Powertex because it's so easy to use and everyone can go away from a workshop with a successful creation...it helps people to find themselves and re-discover their creativity! Pictured above (from left to right) Karen, Sue, Siobhan and Judy with their Standing African Sculptures. Below (from left to right) Gail, Ethel and Gail W; Sabrina & Bec.
Ashley Bowley is the owner of Powertex Australia and the Importer for Powertex Fabric Hardener, in Australia. Ashley has become a great advocate for this amazing product and wishes to share her excitement about the versatility of Powertex with others.