Wayne Z Hudson

Wayne was born in Burnie, Tasmania and completed an apprenticeship in upholstery and later studied Fine Arts at the School of Art, Hobart, University of Tasmania, where he completed his PhD degree in 2000. (Furniture Design).

He travelled to Europe and America for six months supported by Australian Council for the Arts, where he studied various courses, including blacksmithing.  He undertook two, 3-month internships at Albert Paley’s Studio’s, Rochester, New York and a six-month artist in residency
program in Auckland, New Zealand.  In 2000 he was awarded the Cite d Arts in Paris for a 3-month residency, supported by the Australian Council of the Arts.

From 2002 – 2012 he was Head of the Sculpture Studio, University of Tasmania, Launceston.

His work focuses on the space between Functionality (Seating) and Sculpture. His interest lies in the connection between people, including rural and urban situations. He is also interested in telling stories about his Tasmanian experiences and his family’s settlement since 1855.

His methodology is based on using traditional techniques and lost crafts such as forging steel, wet molding and stitching leather, which he combines with contemporary techniques to intertwine together to create works directed towards seating and sculptural forms.

His intention is to extend the boundaries of soft and hard materials to invite visual ambiguity, therefore  highlighting the tactile and sensual properties that become inherent in the work.

Estelle Virgen

Estelle’s passion for the visual form covers textiles, photography and sculpting and she has exhibited at galleries in Queensland, Victoria and the NT as well as having her work in a number of private collections.

She gets pleasure from the mental and tactile stimulation of working with both the raw materials and the tools used to fashion the object.  Her inspiration comes from travel, the landscape, architecture and Nature’s gifts.

She also gets great satisfaction from encouraging and assisting others in their creative pursuits. To this end she established the Jingili Craft Fair in the N.T., has hosted 5 day Masterclasses with Australian & International tutors and curated group exhibitions of Australian & International textile artists.

Marilyn Hayes (2017)

Marilyn is a Melbourne artist and teacher. She has an eclectic collection of art credentials extending from gold and silversmithing through potting and clay sculpture, to watercolour and silk painting, creative textile art including art quilting and hand flamed glass beads in unique jewellery.

She is currently exhibiting her glass bead jewellery at Kirra Glass Gallery in Federation Square Melbourne, Veronica George Gallery Armidale and Cotham Gallery in Kew.