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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Nowadays to walk down Regent Street in Steiglitz is like walking amongst ghosts. Once the towns business and social centre, it is now a dirt track with few buildings remaining. As other towns in the region are practically exploding at the seams with people seeking the charm of country life, the population of Steiglitz remains at 7- a number represented throughout this work.
Tony has always been keen on building cubby houses. With a background in sculpture, prop making and design, it seemed natural that all these things would come together in a tiny house. Tony is a university lecturer by day and tiny house builder/sculptor by night.
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. I 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.