New arts, crafts, food shop for Chudleigh

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New arts, crafts, food shop for Chudleigh

February 2016 | Sara Fawcett

ART FOOD Tasmania will be opening soon at 45 Sorell Street in Chudleigh and will specialise in Tasmanian art, craft and food – all of which are sourced locally.

Hence, its range of foods include Sweet-As-Homemade Rock Candy, I Love Chocolate and Chocolate Coated Almonds by The Tasmanian Honey Company, as well as Herbs Deloraine’s jams and chutneys and Spreyton Fresh’s vinegar.

The shop will display art and crafts like Michael Thomson’s wooden chopping boards and trugs, Steve Blakeney’s wooden bud vases and timber pen and paper holders, Bruce Bain’s framed and matted photos of Tasmania, hand-made and dyed unique garments by Deb from Slow Sewn, and a huge range of gift cards by various Tasmanian artists.

The selection of products will be ever changing and owners, Cindy Watkins and Chris Riley, will even be serving locally roasted Gioconda Coffee.

Its changing exhibited art and craft will also include Chris and Cindy’s own creations.

“Chris makes spin cast pewter jewellery on site. And there is a viewing window into the workshop,” Cindy said.

Despite the fact that their soon-to-be opened shop has come about largely as a result of Chris needing the space to make the jewellery, he has only been doing it for a little over eighteen months.

Cindy, on the other hand, is a Textile Artist, who had originally painted as her mother’s many years of experience as a quilter did not interest her in any way.

Then she discovered the art quilt movement and got excited about the possibilities of stepping into a new area of art.

Art quilting, or more officially Quilt Art, for those who are not familiar with it, actually moves beyond traditional quilting as it creates artistic images rather than patterns. Hence, quilt artists often use techniques such as painting, printing, stamping, thread painting, free motion quilting and appliqué.

Cindy has had enormous success with her textiles over the past eight years. She has won numerous competitions with her art quilts locally, nationally and internationally. Many of her quilts have also been sold nationally and internationally.

“I love working with textiles as the work is not only a visual medium. It is a tactile one as well,” Cindy shared.

Moreover, she enjoys teaching her techniques and giving classes at Elemental Artspace in Deloraine, where some of her textile artworks are for sale, and where Chris has been making some of his pewter jewellery and figurines.

Cindy loves traveling to groups to teach as well. “Last year I taught on a cruise ship from Fremantle to Singapore. And in May I am teaching on Flinders Island,” she added.

Chris and Cindy have been hard at work for over two years renovating and prepping Art Food Tasmania for its opening.

Chris’s pewter jewellery and figurines can also be purchased online at www.etsy. com/shop/deeppeacestudio.


 Mike Moores