Our visit to the island in December was to celebrate the first Art Trail, organised by Ginny Retmock, of Mary Challis Cottages. Ginny paints and dyes fabric, making vivid table cloths, bags, scarves, sarongs and so on for island visitors to enjoy.
Other artists on the trail were Izak with his amazing photography of surf, wildlife, and nature using waterproof housing for his cameras to capture images in the waves, and under the water. Pop over to his site for a big thrill! Izak is also chef at Arajilla resort, where we had a really sensational meal, thanks Izak :).
Next stop on the trail for me was Seaspray Art Studio with water colourist Noelle Hoffman. Her delicate works range through landscape, birds and flowers, all beautifully depicted.
I pedalled further along the road to a hidden shangri-la, where Vicky and Ken were showcasing their works. Vicky prints her designs on tea towels and clothing, while Kenny Lees, an intrepid adventurer, has a mavellous portfolio of images. They were also offering tea, coffee and raspberry muffins … I was wishing I was hungry!
From there I cycled with a firm grip on the brakes down Heartbreak Hill to find Little Urchins, a fresh and exciting duo of clothing, bag and purse makers. The key to their success is good design and fabulous fabrics! I bought a colourful tiered skirt for my granddaughter, a hair elastic, and a forties style fabric coin purse …. all unique and bold.
What I was actually doing all day (when not visiting the artists) was helping a little at Stuart’s art workshops. He had a morning and an afternoon session, using the tables and facilities at Ned’s Beach. You might see charcoal, pastel, reed pen and ink in the following photos. Everyone had a wonderful time, and we have been invited back again next year. Yay!!!