After growing up in Melbourne, and graduating with a degree in Fine Arts (Honours) from Melbourne University, Sarah Hope has since spent most of her adult life married to a farmer in country Victoria. A former features journalist with the Geelong Advertiser, and small gallery owner she's also mother to six ranging in age from 23 down to 12.
Sarah and her family returned to Victoria in September 2016 after nearly two years living in Queensland. 'It's the only time I've ever lived away from Victoria and I became extremely homesick. But while living in the sunshine state, I discovered pottery. I've called it creative cross-training. I honed my new craft in an outdoor studio with an experienced and acclaimed Noosa hinterland potter, with sweat dripping down my back, being bitten my midges!'
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I have always loved wool and started to spin when my girls were small, I progressed to weaving and felting after joining the Geelong Handweavers and Spinners Guild.
I have been fortunate in having the opportunity to exhibit samples of my work at local exhibitions, Geelong and Bendigo Shows and to have been a section winner at the Scarf Festival at the Geelong Wool Museum.
I have been drawing all my life and received honours and awards during my school years and sold my first painting a watercolour at 16
About four years ago I had my first formal lessons in Soft pastels and haven’t looked back , winning an award at the Bannockburn art show in 2015
I also love acrylics for a slightly abstract style
Over the last eight or so years I have been enjoying my card making for family and friends. The craft is enjoyable, soothing, satisfying and a wonderful way to socialise and meet new people. It is a craft that can be done at home as well as being easily transportable to other crafting venues around Victoria and even aboard a crafting cruise!
Ilana Payes is an Australian visual artist. Payes received both the Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Master of Visual Arts from Monash University, Melbourne, and for over a decade has exhibited in art spaces throughout Australia and abroad, including The Jewish Museum of Australia, The Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Platform Contemporary Art Space, and No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne.