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My art journey has included watercolour, pastel, acrylic and mixed media. Experimenting in different media has culminated in my love of resin painting. My workspace looks like part science lab with mixing utensils, inks, alcohol and a propane torch but the end results are definitely artistic and creative.
My passion is creating vintage items using new and vintage fabrics, laces, trims etc. I make vintage dolls using old patterns and sell these through my Etsy shop. I have sold around Australia and overseas including America, Switzerland and UK. An American craft magazine 'Stuffed' contacted me through my shop to do a feature article with some of my handmade toys in their magazine.
I was a finalist at World Quilt in 2016 and 2017, and my art quilts have toured the US as part of the World Quilt exhibition. I was awarded first prize as an up and coming artist at Art Quilt Australia in 2015. My celebrations art quilt won 2nd prize at the Australian Machine Quilters Festival in 2016.
Susan Clarke and Susanne Graham met as members of the Ballarat Society of Artists Inc. Susan Clarke began her love of printmaking 10 years ago while studying B. Ed at ACU in 2004-7 and continued with night classes at Fed Uni and other workshops. Susanne Graham studied Textile Design at RMIT and over 15 years has developed her unusual black and white style of art.
I have been a photographer for the last 10 years. I started taking photo's of everything that caught my eye mainly, landscapes and objects. I quickly turned to portrait photography and found this is what I was meant to be doing. Today I photograph people of all ages in my home studio or out on location. My style is timeless to fine art.
I am a self-taught traditional artist, working in realistic drawing and painting. Over a period of 15 years I have become well known for my portrayal of Clydesdales and other heavy working horses. I also enjoy painting landscapes and seascapes. I have specialized in commissioned work, drawing life-like pets for my clients.
In 1972, Tamara was born in Ballarat. The eldest child of two, to migrants Theo & Cath Kuiler.
Brought up and educated in Ballarat, Tamara always showed a creative side.
As a young child she constantly drew, and was inspired by anything and everything around her especially horses.
Marijke Groothuis was born in the Netherlands and emigrated to Australia in 1974. Her love affair with computers began in 1977 when she became one of only a handful of female computer programmers. Photography had been a passion since childhood, and when digital cameras became affordable, she finally found a medium in which she could express herself artistically.
Having a music background and a guitar player, I took up the ukulele about seven years ago, and have enjoyed playing at many locations around Australia. Currently a member of the Ballarat Ukulele Group and also play gigs with "Ukulele Affair" in the Ballarat area.