Artist's unique creations on display at festival

ROSE Hamilton collects cracked willow by the side of the road to make her life-size woven sculptures.

Yesterday, the Poatina artist showcased them to the wider world at the Launceston Easter Community Festival at the Albert Hall and City Park.

Hamilton also started work on a new sculpture of a girl sitting on a bar stool, drink in hand, which she will continue at the festival today.

She said the event was a good opportunity to promote her work, as she had rarely exhibited outside of Poatina.

Hamilton said she started making sculptures after about 10 years' involvement with the Basketmakers of Tasmania.

"I love that the materials are free, I like the natural materials, and I like being able to create something from basic compost," Hamilton said.

Fellow artist Pamela Horsley, who is in Poatina for a six-month artist-in-residence, was also showing visitors how she worked.

Horsley was creating five- minute charcoal drawings of willing participants - something she'd never done before.

"I like it, because I can be tempted to over-do it sometimes, but this limits me," Horsley said.

The festival includes an art exhibition, live music, mime, clown and circus artist Peter Gray, a talk by astronomer and cosmologist Dr Hugh Ross and children's activities. It continues from 9am to 9pm today. For more information visit www.believeintasmania.com.

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