Tin Shed Artist Studio collective inspires varied exhibition

INSPIRED: Tin Shed Artist Studio artists Julia Spencer, Jilli Spencer and Edna Broad are three of 19 artists taking part in the Artisans 2016 exhibition. Picture: Paul Scambler

INSPIRED: Tin Shed Artist Studio artists Julia Spencer, Jilli Spencer and Edna Broad are three of 19 artists taking part in the Artisans 2016 exhibition. Picture: Paul Scambler

A collective of 19 artists from the Tin Shed Artist Studio are showcasing their work at their annual exhibition, featuring everything from textiles, to ceramics, to paintings. 

The exhibition, Artisans 2016, shows the broad range of skills and techniques used by local artists.

Tin Shed Artists Studio artist Julia Spencer is showcasing natural dying. She uses re-purposed clothing then custom decorates with entirely natural dyes, made from plant material.  

Ms Spencer uses everything from eucalyptus to flower buds to native cherry and pepper berry in creating her dyes and said sustainability is integral to her work.  

“I like the up-cycling of clothes because you’re being a bit environmentally friendly with your dyes as well as using something that somebody doesn't want anymore, bringing it new life,” she said. 

The Tin Shed Artist Studio has been running from 2003, recently renamed from the Tin Shed Pottery Studio. Co-owner of the studio Cath Wyllie said it is a great space for an artists to work in. 

“They love it because they can bounce of each other ... they're not at home in their little quiet studio all by themselves, they’re out amongst other like minded people, it’s just a great space,” she said. 

The exhibition is at the Stillwater Gallery until October 22. 

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