Meet Our Makers: Sam Bayley

Our ‘Meet Our Maker’ series celebrates the people behind the scenes of Walcha Handmade, and encourages an understanding of the care and attention to detail that goes into the handmade products we carry.

This month we meet Sam Bayley – mum, maker and science teacher – as she shares with us a little bit about her creative side.

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Tell us about yourself and your background leading to your handmade endeavours.

I am a science teacher in my real life and have always loved making things. My grandma taught me to embroider at a young age and I had an amazing friend when I was young and we were always creating together. Over time, I have tried lots of different crafts but now I have a young daughter I appreciate crafts that can be completed quickly and in one sitting.

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Tell us a little about your home & family life.

I live in town and have a husband – who is very helpful in his use of woodwork tools, and a 2-year-old daughter. We have a large dog called Wally who many people around town know and recognize and a loveable cat.What is your creative space like? What kinds of things happen there?

What is your creative space like? What kinds of things happen there?

I have a sewing room on the eastern side of our house that captures the morning sun. I love “playing” in here and trying new things. I also have a TV so usually have an old movie or TV show playing for company.

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What materials do you use?

Mainly fabric but have recently been trying some new ideas with other media and I am always willing to experiment

What are you currently working on?

I always have numerous projects on the go – mainly using my holiday time to find items to finish!

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Thanks, Sam, for sharing!

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Inspiration #022

are you ever questioned about your creativity?

Are you ever questioned about why you are so creative?

If you’re ever stuck for an answer, here’s a *creative* one!

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Meet Our Makers: Tonya Tucker

Our ‘Meet Our Maker’ series celebrates the people behind the scenes of Walcha Handmade, and encourages an understanding of the care and attention to detail that goes into the handmade products we carry.

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This month our resident Fire Fairy, Tonya Tucker, is sharing with us the things that make her tick.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

I live 30 kilometres south of Walcha on the Glen Morrison Road, where I’m renting a cottage with lots of birds, quiet and space. I hope to, along with a good friend, start building our own little cottage on our block in Niangala in the next 12 months.

I work in and around Walcha for a company called Gumnut Gardening and Cleaning Services. I’ve been working for them for 2 years now doing cleaning, commercial and private lawn mowing, gardening and odd jobs.

2. What is your creative space like? What kinds of things happen there?

My creative space is a bit of a mess at the moment.  I have the luxury of having a whole room for my creating, but I lack cupboards and shelving so everything is packed in tubs, boxes and bags.  I also have a creative spot next to my chair and there is always a piece of work in progress, either crocheting or knitting. I like to do a bit of patchwork and applique and I’m looking forward to summer so I can make dresses for my granddaughters. Most of my work has been given to family members, but I have kept some for myself.

Tonya showing Mia how to hold the hook and wool

Tonya showing Mia how to hold the hook and wool

3. What is inspiring you this month?

My inspirations……….. the main one is my newest granddaughter Elise, followed by Harper and Ava.

4. How do you like to spend your downtime when you are not creating?

My downtime is my weakness as I have become addicted to a couple of farming games on Facebook.  Luckily for me  I don’t have internet access where I live, so it’s only when I go to visit my parents that I get to indulge in these games.

When I’m at my place I am usually working on something because I get very bored sitting doing nothing. I just can’t do it. I need to be doing something all the time!

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5. What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had shared with you when you were younger?

It isn’t a matter of wishing someone had shared advice with me when I was younger, it’s a matter of listening to and following the advice I was given.

My grandmother who was, and still is, the biggest influence in my life, gave me really good advice.  Did I take note and listen? NO.  Did I get into lots of awkward predicaments? YES.  It has taken me quite a few years to learn from my errors, but I like to think I have, although occasionally I still forget to engage the brain.

Thanks for sharing with us Tonya!

P.S. Tonya’s nickname of the Fire Fairy was earned as she would come into the Studio each morning through Winter to light the fire and warm the shop for whoever was working that day… Thank you, Tonya!

My Favourite Things: Ashley Burge

Each month, one of our members gets to pick their favourite things in Walcha Handmade…

This month Ashley Burge picked five of her favourite things from Walcha Handmade…

Copper is very "this season".

Copper is very “this season”.

The colours are funky & the texture is so soft.

The colours are funky & the texture is so soft.

This stool would look nice with a big, green, fuzzy fern on top.

This stool would look nice with a big, green, fuzzy fern on top.

This teddy in its bed is so cute.  All little children love to put things in pockets - cute & fun for little people.

This teddy in its bed is so cute. All little children love to put things in pockets – cute & fun for little people.

Love the funky print & the handmade polymer clay button is cool.  It's beautiful inside too.

Love the funky print & the handmade polymer clay button is cool. It’s beautiful inside too.

Thanks Ash!

Workshop News February 2015

Here’s a peak at what happened during our first workshop – Piece & Quilt Day

A beautiful quilt in black, white & red kept Phillipa busy.

A beautiful quilt in black, white & red kept Phillipa busy.

Pinning the pieces together.

Pinning the pieces together.

The studio was full of fabric and conversation.

The studio was full of fabric and conversation.

We’ve got 3 workshops coming up over the next fortnight.

‘Kids Show Craft’

If your kids want to put something in the Pavilion at the Walcha Show, but you don’t want to clean up their mess, then this is the workshop for you both!

The kids can come along and use the supplies at Walcha Handmade to make a great, creative item to enter in the Junior Section at the 2015 Walcha Show.  We’ll have Walcha Handmade members on hand to help the kids with their crafts.

These workshops are scheduled for Sunday 22nd February and Sunday 1st March.

‘Fabric Bag’

Leanne Natty will be running her second workshop on Saturday 28th February.  By the end of the day you’ll have made a fantastic fabric bag that everyone will be asking where you got! If you’re interesting in participating in this workshop contact Leanne direct on 0407 244 860 (evenings preferred) or email her at lavenderpatch [at] bigpond [dot] com.

 

If you’re a member of Walcha Handmade, more details on these workshops will be emailed to you shortly.

If you’re not on our email list, you can be!  Simply pop in to the shop and leave your name and email details on the Workshops clipboard that lives on the front counter.  We can then make sure that workshop details find their way to your inbox.