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Some things are just meant to be. Go Create! New England, the textile and art retreat situated in beautiful pastoral country in the New England Tablelands, is one of them. Vicki Taylor has been a contemporary lace maker for thirty years and is internationally known for her trademark Larrikin Lace. Vicki has exhibited nationally and in Europe and taught her skills widely. Ten years ago Vicki built a spectacular studio on her sheep and cattle property that would draw like minded people into a community of creativity. Over the years Vicki has taught contemporary lace making and brought tutors to The Studio from Europe, the US and from within Australia.

 

Apart from the weekly meetings of the lace makers the workshops had been occasional. Now, with the addition of Vicki’s daughter, Kath, doing the technical magic, and Jan Clark as artist-in residence, The Studio can realise its full potential as a creative retreat. Vicki Taylor and her husband Jon live on an extensive sheep and cattle property well known for its Landcare value that has been in Jon’s family for generations.

 

Now the farm management has passed down to the next generation Vicki is able to focus her energy and attention to detail to her passion for contemporary lace and all things textile and The Studio. Kath Caddy, as Vicki’s daughter, has been raised a farm girl but is also drawn to the creative world. She has been involved with the running of The Studio and has nurtured her own creativity. She has practised felting, jewellery making, shoe making, sewing and many other crafts that have come her way. She is now teaching shoe making at The Studio.

Jan Clark has been a professional textile artist for twenty years and has taught a range of sewing and fabric surface embellishment classes for the last fifteen years. Her work is in private collections in the US, Canada and Australia. She has recently completed a degree in Natural History Illustration and the skills acquired from this work have informed her textile practice. She is our Principal Tutor and teaches drawing and some of the textile workshops at The Studio.

 

Together, Vicki, Kath and Jan feel that the formation of Go Create as a centre for creative retreats was meant to be. Set in a spectacular pastoral landscape The Studio provides a beautiful sunlit space for the many creative classes on offer including dyeing, no-rules printing, textile painting, shoe making, contemporary surface embellishment, contemporary lace making, design and personal development. Most have a textile theme but there is also painting, photography, drawing, encaustics, jewellery and felting classes, taught by professionals drawn from the region and abroad.  Participants can choose from classes with on-farm accommodation including meals, or any level of B&B and hotels available in the Uralla/Armidale district.

 

The New England Tablelands in northern NSW is a beautiful area known as High Country and has four clear seasons. Such a spectacular landscape provides a setting for a thriving art community around Uralla and a culture that is enriched by the University of New England located in Armidale. There are many things to see and do for the visitor, if you can tear yourself away from The Studio.

 

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