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 had a spectacular studio designed and built by Michael Taylor 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.