What do Finns get to do in East Gippsland?



A few weeks ago, I talked to Maureen Shepherd from Fairfield Finns, known by all craft and wool enthusiasts as the unmissable Bullengarook's finn sheep farm in Victoria. These small sheep, originally from Finland, make some luscious wool. In your hands, it feels like a white cloud on a breezy day.

Maureen generously supports my project Calling for Rain. She has given some free wool for the East Gippsland's community workshops that I will be running in March next year... and we are in for a treat! The wool is absolutely superb.


The fluffy parcel arrived just after the last shearing season of the year. I carefully washed it and put it to dry in the shade of my back yard, it is now ready to go! If you are interested in the full story, have a read through on my Patreon page, it is accessible to all.

With artists and creative minds of the Tambo Valley, we will felt, weave, paint and create offerings to nature. Last winter I was struck by how the drought in East Gippsland made everyone so tense. Nature influences our life so much. These offerings are there to remind us how little we are when nature's forces are on us.


In 3 months, the workshops will be held in Swifts Creek and Omeo. You too can be part of the project! Please do get in touch if you are interested to join the community workshops. I'd love to hear from you.

If you live too far away and can't make it, I am releasing a tutorial on my Patreon page which will explain the hows and whats of creating offerings to nature. You'll see, it's easy, you too can make it!

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Born in France, Sofie Dieu’s first encounter with art was through church. With a penchant for ritual and spirituality, the artist is best known for her fragile, sombre, and sometimes violent ink paintings and textile works.

 

Poetic and humanist, her practice draws on her journeys to China and Australia. She explores how identity and memory fluctuate according to their immediate environment. Landscapes, people, secrecy, healing, and the dichotomy between light and darkness are some of her recurring themes.

  

Multi-art prizes and award finalist, her work was included in the Sydney North Art Prize, Waterhouse Natural Science prize and the Contemporary Art Award amongst others. In 2016, she worked on the Camperdown Cemetery installation for Sydney Biennale. In 2017, her work will be shown during Vivid and Mental Health Month in Sydney.