Previous Resident Artists:
2021 - Claire Kastelan is a local artist with multifaceted interests, her mainstays are photography, fabric sculpture and ceramics. However, it is fabric sculpture she is exploring further and developing in Studio 3.
She is presently concentrating on building a body of work producing quirky but recognisable creatures, items and objects such as naïve style native birds, local fish, shells, animals, and dolls. Claire makes and adorn many of these objects using hand stitching and “slow stitching” which includes embroidery, sequins and beading.
This form of “sculpting” is for all ages. It was believed not that long ago that with the advent of fast fashion and internet shopping that there was no longer any room for traditional crafts such as hand stitching and that they were staid and boring. This form of craft though has undergone a revolution, and there is room in this new world of upcycling, using what we have, and making it yourself, to play with traditional crafts.
Claire is in the Studio from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday to Saturday.