October 2015                        Ljilja Armstrong       Curator’s Choice Award – 2015 Out of Hand Biennial Exhibition

Ljilja's workWatch the video using the link below to see the inspiration for Lijilja’s extraordinary 3D work.

Stories from my Mother’s Childhood

In addition to the Curator’s Award, S and B offers 6 Viewers’ Choice awards. Where there has been a tie, the artists are listed in alphabetical order. As there was a tie for the sixth award, the final two winners shared the prize.

Sandra Champion The Bibbulmun Track  - Viewers' Choice Prize 1st

1st: Sandra Champion Bibbulmun Track

Sally Westcott Daintree Blue - Viewers' Choice Prize 2nd (Copy)

2nd: Sally Westcott Daintree Blue

Verna Stoneman Stitched Wall Hanging - Viewers' Choice Prize 3rd (Copy)

3rd Verna Stoneman Stitched

Kerry Black Oriental perspective Viewers' Choice Prize Equal 4th

Equal 4th Kerry Black Oriental Perspective

Chris Hussey Blue Spotted Fire Urchin Drifts South Viewers' Choice Prize Equal 4th (Copy)

Equal 4th Chris Hussey Blue Spotted Fire Urchin Drifts South

Ljilja Armstrong Memories of my Mother Winner Curator's Award (Copy)

Equal 5th Ljilja Armstrong Memories of my Mother

Sally Westcott Lowestoft Bay  - Viewers' Choice Prize Equal 5th (Copy)

Equal 5th Sally Westcott Lowestoft Bay



September 2015 Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize Finalists

The opening of the  BiennialTasmanian Art Quilt Prize, History, Her Story, was held on 6 November at Narryna, Hampden Road, Battery Point. Six of our members are among the 17 finalists chosen. Well done, all of you!  Images of their work will be posted in Limelight as they are received.

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Sue Beattie

Sandra Champion

Lorraine Hunter

Irene Sullivan

Rita Summers

Sally Anne Westcott




Sue Beattie An Eye on the Past

Sandra Champion Kate Weindorfer full


Sandra Champion Kate Weindorfer: The Invisible Woman

Sandra was the runner up, after prizewinner, Katherine Jones.

Lorraine Hunter

Lorraine Hunter Adventure Is Worthwhile In Itself

Irene Sullivan Tasmanian Killing Fields


Irene Sullivan Tasmanian Killing Fields






Wheels of Time - Rita Summers - 16 May 2015


Rita Summers Wheels of Time

Symphony of Violets (Copy)


Sally Anne Westcott Symphony of Violets



September 2015 Stitching and Beyond Feature Article


This year, Stitching and Beyond were delighted to be featured in a 2 page spread in Textile Fibre Forum., the textile magazine that has been in publication since the 1980s.  Irene Landau wrote the article and sourced the images from many members. If you didn’t see the magazine, you are now able to read the article right here.   Ten Years on and Still Dodging the Rules




July 2015 Sandra Alcorn Media focus

Sandra is a very experienced Hobart fashion designer who specialises in bridal and evening wear under her SGB Studio label. She was approached by The Mercury’s Stephanie Eslake who had seen Sandra’s other whimiscal creations at local design markets. Petal and Pins grew from Sandra’s innate creativity, complementing her superb fashion garments and selling as far afield as New York.  Explore her website and read  The Mercury article.



July 2015 Sandra Champion Best of Show, Island Quilts

M01, Button Grass Plains- Winter, Sandra ChampionCongratulations!

The Examiner reported today (Saturday 11 July) Sandra Champion’s success in TQG’s Island Quilts exhibition at the Tasmanian Quilt and Craft Show. Sandra’s stunning art quilt, Button Grass Plains: Winter, took out First Place in Art Quilts, Best Use of Mixed Media and the much coveted, Best of Show.



July 2015 Many members Island Quilts


Warmest congratulations to all of our members who won recognition for their excellent and inspired work in  TQG’s annual exhibition.

M09, Tasmanian Blue Gum, Barbara Mellor & Carol Rollason

Barbara Mellor, Tasmanian Blue Gum

second, Art Quilts – Open







M06, Written in the Cloth 5, Rita Summers

Rita Summers, Written in the Cloth 5

third, Art Quilts – Open






L06, Growth, Lauree Brown

Lauree Brown, Growth

second, Pictorial Quilts – Open



C11, Japanese Spring Baskets, Lorraine Hunter

Lorraine Hunter, Japanese Spring Baskets

third, Small Quilts, Professional







F06, Civil War Bride, Lorraine Hunter

Lorraine Hunter, Civil War Bride

third, Applique – Professional


Judge’s Commendation (Janine Richardson)





F15, White Orchids, Barbara Mellor

Barbara Mellor, White Orchids

Highly Commended, Applique – Professional







F04, Dear William, Lorraine Hunter

Lorraine Hunter, Dear William

Judge’s Commendation (Michelle Hill) Applique – Professional 








July 2015 Janet Bush Inundate 2


inundate2 detail Congratulations to Janet Bush whose drawing, Inundate2 has been juried into the 2015 Hutchins Art Prize. The Exhibition of finalists will be held at The Long Gallery Salamanca Place, Hobart, 8–20 September 2015, 10.00 am – 5.30 pm


May 2015 Sandra Champion Stitches and Folds


Stitches and Folds by Sandra Champion

Stitches and Folds by Sandra Champion

Sandra writes:

I think a number of members have contributed books to The Sketchbook Project. The Project is based at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York and participating is simple: order a sketchook, fill it in and send it back.  I have done this for a number of years and my books are now part of the collection of over thirty thousand books.  This fantastic art project celebrates collective participation.  One of my books went on a summer tour to forty cities in the US and Canada.  It also went to Art Basel in Florida.  All my books came back to Australia for a tour.  Each time my book is looked at I get an email.  I am thrilled that my book, Stitches and Folds, has been included in a new book, The Sketchbook Project World Tour, published by Princeton Architectural Press, New York.  I have just ordered my next sketchbook for the 2016 collection, Log Cabin, and I can highly recommend the Project as a fun way to be involved in a worthwhile global initiative.



April 2015 Suzi BJ and Rita Summers Winners of the Song Title Challenge at the Break O’Day Show


SUzi BJ Rita Summers
First prize, Suzi BJ with Broken Hearted Melody Second Prize, Rita Summers with Birdsong



March  2015 Lynne Fellowes

No Room for Watermelons


No Room for Watermelons

Congratulations to Stitching and Beyond member Lynne Fellowes and her husband  Ron on the publication of No Room for Watermelons, an engaging and entertaining account of one man’s stoic determination to fulfill his dream.

In 2012, Ron Fellowes set off on the challenge of a lifetime. His dream to ride a 102 year-old FN motorcycle across the world – to the Belgian factory where the bike originated – had all the hallmarks of an epic adventure. For 8 months Ron rode 14,600 kilometres through 15 countries under gruelling conditions into some of the world’s most hostile territory. He faced desert sandstorms, mountains too steep for the motorcycle’s capability, the threat of rockslides and bombings when he took a detour, and pressure from armed police through conflict zones. He was robbed, and when held at gunpoint, Ron came face-to-face with his own mortality.

Breakdowns were common, and only Ron’s ingenuity and single-mindedness, Lynne’s logistical support, and the generosity of others kept him going.   Beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout, No Room for Watermelons is co-written by Ron and Lynne.  

The book is available from Fullers Bookshop Hobart or direct from the Fellowes’ website

Lynne & Ron Fellowes

Lynne & Ron Fellowes


 Lynne works mostly in mixed media, and the trip enabled her to collect many ideas and pieces for her work. While busy publishing last year, Lynne’s art was  selected for the Papermakers of Queensland Into Paper touring exhibition, just finished at the Gympie Art Gallery (31st March – 24th April).

DSC_0076 A Tangled Web of Lies – An assemblage incorporating 12 individual wire armatures dredged in paper pulp, with webbed threads 120cm x 80cm x 2cm
   A sunburnt country - from exhibition 



A Sunburnt Country – An assemblage featuring scrolls of rusted paper 210cm x 36cm x 5cm


Also while busy publishing and promoting their dream adventure, Lynne was invited to participate in  A personal histories international artists’ book exhibition which has been exhibited at various venues interstate. It will next be on show Oct-Nov at the UNSW Canberra Campus.

Other Mothers' Sons Other Mothers’ Sons – a brass bed warmer containing 2 snake books with teabag printed images and a bundle of papers notifying my great-grandmother of her youngest son’s death in WW1
Snake book


And a second of Lynne’s artworks selected for Personal Histories:

DSC_0116 When the First Ship Sails – A suitcase containing letters, books, and personal items I imagine my great-grandmother would have brought with her when she sailed from Scotland to NZ
When the first ship sails



March 2015               Jane Payne      

Richard Bacon Watercolour Award
Watermark 2015 Award Art Exhibition & Competition 

"Evensong" by Jane Payne

“Evensong” by Jane Payne

Our congratulations to Jane Payne who has been awarded the inaugural Richard Bacon Watercolour Award ($1,000) for her painting “Evensong”  in the Watermark 2015 Award Art Exhibition & Competition “Inspired by Water”.

 Jane incorporated textiles in this work and her expertise was clearly referenced, being described on the HAEG (Huon Art Exhibitions Group) website as

“… proficient and different, displaying experimental risk-taking, taking medium to a new realm. Has a narrative in that you wonder what might be around the corner.” 


 “Evensong” undoubtedly stood out from the large number of entries and the Award is particularly special as leading Tasmanian watercolourist Richard Bacon’s own family selected the winner of the Award.

Jane’s picture “Evensong” can be viewed  at
The Lovett Gallery,
14 Mary Street, Cygnett

The Watermark exhibition is showing until Sunday 22 March 2015 (opening times 10.00am – 4.00pm daily).



 March 2015  Sandra Champion  The Sketchbook Project World Tour

We congratulate Stitching and Beyond member Sandra Champion whose work has been selected to be included in the publication  The Sketchbook Project World Tour– a beautiful full colour 250 page art book.

The Sketchbook Project World Tour Published March 2015

The Sketchbook Project World Tour Published March 2015

This is a significant achievement.  The Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project has, in less than a decade, amassed more than 30,000 sketchbooks submitted by people of all ages and artistic abilities from more than 130 countries.  Over the past year, The Sketchbook Project in conjunction with Princeton Architectural Press have been hard at work assembling their first officially published collection of curated work from the project – the resulting book being titled – The Sketchbook Project World Tour!

Curated by the project’s own Steven Peterman and Sara  Elands Peterman, the book features  amazing artists who have participated in The Sketchbook Project from all over the world. 

We at Stitching and Beyond know the excellence of Sandra’s work which has been feature many times in our Members in the Media section and it is rewarding to see that it’s quality has been recognised by the curators.  The Sketchbook Project World Tour will be in book stores in May 2014 but can be now be pre-ordered,




 February – July 2015

Deva O’Wheel Artist Residency at Salamanca Arts Centre

Stitching and Beyond are very pleased to welcome Deva O’Wheel as a new member.  Deva recently returned to Tasmania (after an absence of over 25 years) to undertake an Artist Residency at Salamanca Arts Centre where she will create a series of unique costumes inspired by her return.

Deva OWheel headpiece1 (Copy)Focusing on notions of identity and belonging, relationships with the land and family, Deva will be creating (designing, screenprinting, dying and sewing) costumes utilizing recycled fabrics and vintage clothing in combination with new technologies and sustainable practices.

One of the aims of the residency for Deva is to gain exposure as an emerging artist, exchange ideas and network with other artists to consider opportunities for collaborations involving interdisciplinary and hybrid arts practices. An installation of the costumes in the Salamanca Studio Gallery will take place following the residency (date TBC).

We are pleased to share some images of her current work in progress.  These will be shown at a performance later this year to coincide with her exhibition.

Deva’s  residency at SAC is until the end of July 2015. Contact her by if you would like to visit the studio there and see her working

Deva O’Wheel is a printmaker, textile artist, costume designer and Creative Director of Altered state clothing. Her studies include Costume for Performance, a natural progression after studying Visual Arts (majoring in printmaking) at Southern Cross University, Lismore. These studies after a long career in the circus and theatre industry have led her to integrating costume, installation and performance with a love of textiles and upcycling.

Deva created Altered State Clothing – an Eco Fashion label in 2011, offering unique women’s and men’s clothing and costumes with an emphasis on innovative sustainable clothing for the discerning individual. It is upcycled and original, focusing on reclaiming, recycling, redesigning and reinventing textiles and clothing. 

Deva OWheel bustle (Copy)


   December 2014    

Anzara Clark  
June Hope

        Paper Garments for The Grave Exhibition
                           The Grave Project  

Stitching and Beyond members Anzara Clark and June Hope were individually invited to create garments for The Grave Project Exhibition – Paper Garments for The Grave. (Burnie Arts Centre December 2014 – January 2015).


A Clark ChristeningShroud (Copy)


Christening Shroud by Anzara Clark

Japanese papers, silk thread, card, hand stitching and embroidery




Anzara is accustomed to working with paper having previously won the Paper on Skin Wearable Art Competition  in 2014 (Betta Milk Major Award) and also the 2014 Art on Legs Wearable Art Competition with her paper creation – Geisha.

Christening Shroud by Anzara Clark (Detail)

Christening Shroud by Anzara Clark (Detail)


Anzara’s story for Paper Garments for The Grave is particularly poignant as her garment is the christening gown that she never had the chance to make for her stillborn grandson Cody.   

Christening Shroud is not only an exquisite art work demonstrating Anzara’s skills  but is full of personal emotion. She described the making process as having been challenging and satisfying at the same time –

“This garment is the christening gown that I never had the chance to make for my grandson Cody. He never had the opportunity to open his eyes upon the world, or breathe the air that surrounded him after he was born, or leave his footprint on the earth. Yet everyday he is alive in the love of his family and he is forever imprinted in all our hearts. Every tear that fell during the making of this garment was a prayer, a memory made, the note of a lullaby never sang aloud. Every stitch sewn was an acknowledgement of love and of loss, an expression of the ongoing relationship and connection that death cannot sever. His body was small and his voice may be silent, but he has a presence that is larger than life. Every day he is missed, every day he is mourned and every day he is loved without end…”

Anzara’s full Artists Statement can be read here.


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Returning by June Hope

 Handmade paper, cotton muslin, felted paper.


June is an artist more familiar with working with animal fibres than paper as she excels as a felter working with both merino and alpaca.  She was invited to participate in the Paper Garments for the Grave in the category “established artist from a different medium, working in paper for the first time”.

June describes the creative process as being quite a journey,  having abandoned her first piece when it was  70% completed as it didn’t seem to ‘work’ for her and although this meant that much more effort was involved than she ever envisaged she was grateful in the end as she had to experience  it to get to the final artwork. “Returning” – her final piece spoke more to what June  wanted to convey  and she also managed to felt paper into this piece so it is much more representative of her usual artwork. The end result is very special and it will be interesting to see how this enterprise affects her future work in felt.

June Hope with Returning

June Hope with Returning


Returning, 2014

The life lived.
The vessel, no longer required.
The Essence, released finally,
To re-unite with Itself
The ethereal nature of this work honours the life lived and the elegance inherent in the sadness and grief of Death as the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

The disintegration of the physical form, no longer required, morphs into its elements.
Released, the Spirit returns to Itself.
Perhaps ‘Death’ is what is experienced by those left behind, rather than the ‘dead’.  Is it not the immutable absence of their loved one that causes such pain and grief?
Perhaps ‘death’ is simply a transmutation of energy from one form to another? Does it mean non-existence, albeit obvious that the physical form has disappeared? Indeed, what is the lifeforce that thus enlivened that physical form? Where does that go? If it is Spirit or Energy, then what happens to that once the vessel is no longer required?

 This work poses this supposition in an attempt to question Western societal beliefs, attitudes, fears and taboos around Death and Dying. And each belief system will have its own interpretation.

My personal experiences have begged such enquiry. My work is an invitation to you and created with deep reverence.

 Paper Garments for The Grave will be exhibited at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Launceston from 14 March to 14 June 2015. The exhibition will also be on view in Hobart later in 2015.