Armidale NSW

Rhonda Ellis with Shibori silks

                Rhonda Ellem, Fibre Artist and Printmaker

We visited the studio and home of Fibre Artist and Printmaker Rhonda Ellem of Armidale NSW yesterday. Rhonda specialises in Japanese Shibori resist dyeing techniques on silk .. creating wonderful designs in the fabric, sometimes using objects as diverse as CDs and wooden tongue depressors in her practice.  She also experiments with making natural dyes, using plant materials such as Eucalypt and Lichen.   Rhonda has just returned from a trip with her Historian partner Dr Graeme Bourke, to the ancient sites of Peloponnesian Greece where she has found inspiration for her new Printmaking project in the Octopus motifs of funerary urns. It was a pleasure to catch up with Rhonda again. Such a highly talented yet unassuming artist and great cook ! We had a delicious lunch with conversation ranging through workshops that have inspired her practice to the trials of accessing remote and precipitous Peloponnesian temple sites.

                 Nathan Cahill, Musician and Teacher

We met Nathan Cahill at the campsite..Check out his website and compositions HERE headed for the Gold Coast and a Choir premiere performance of a song he penned and composed for the ANZAC Day Dawn Ceremony this morning.. I was ‘flangin’ away on my Uke when Nathan came over and introduced himself. He teaches Ukulele to his primary school students because he couldn’t face the Recorders !.. Now he instructs other teachers in Uke playing and he let me have a go on his 6 string Ukulele while he and his family packed and headed out for the deadline of the performance. Sadly he remembered I had the Beautiful little Lanikai (listen!) in my hot little hands…. ummm,  thats not me playing.

 

 

 

 

 

Eucalypt and Lichen

Eucalypt and Lichen
Ancient Greek Octopus Motief funerary urn inspired prints (a working wall) Rhonda Ellis, Armidale NSW artist

Ancient Greek Octopus Motif funerary urn inspired prints (a working wall) Rhonda Ellem, Armidale NSW artist

Studio , Rhonda Ellis, Fibre artist and Printmaker

Studio , Rhonda Ellem, Fibre artist and Printmaker

Ancient shards of Greek Octopus motif funerary urns

Ancient shards of Greek Octopus motif funerary urns

Studio , Rhonda Ellis, Fibre artist and Printmaker

Studio , Rhonda Ellem, Fibre artist and Printmaker

Treasure chest

Treasure chest

Rhonda Ellis in the garden

Rhonda Ellem in her garden

Couch... Rhonda Ellis's place

Couch… Rhonda Ellem’s place

Rhonda Ellis with Shibori silks

Rhonda Ellem with Shibori silks

Dr Graeme Bourke, Historian , specialising in the ancient Greek City-State of Ellis.. where the original Olympiads were held.

Dr Graeme Bourke, Historian , specialising in the ancient Greek City-state of Elis.. where the original Olympiads were held, In his beautiful Yellow Shed on top of the h!ill (Olympus is in his head, not in the shed !)

The Yellow shed tool chest.. Drawers labled "fishin'" and "plaines" (a vast and beautiful mind!)

The Yellow shed tool chest.. Drawers labled “fishin'” and “plaines” (a vast and beautiful mind!)

Nathan let me play his 6 string Ukulele !

Nathan let me play his 6 string Ukulele !

 

 

 

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  1. Jen

    am really loving fabric art at the moment – much wonderful stuff to be found via Folt Bolt on pinterest. Loving the colours in Rhonda’s work!
    also loving Bruce’s very happy face :)

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