2017 Coastal Retreat at Urunga

Sewing Up a Coastal Storm Retreat
will be held at the beautiful seaside town Urunga in May 2018

Dates are 17th-20th May 2018


International Textile Artist Susan Carlson
“Fabric Images” 4 Day Workshop 17-20th May 2018

We are so excited to have Susan teaching a fabulous 4-day workshop, Susan is well known Textile Art Quilter, Author and Tutor and has taught all over the world, come along and join in her workshop here in Urunga on the Mid-North Coast NSW.
Create a fabric collage quilt of your own chosen subject using Susan’s innovative layering/collage method. Individual design, fabric selection, construction, borders, and quilting will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the collage piecing process. Students will draw their design onto a foundation fabric and fill in the design with fabrics of their choice—without the use of templates. For about an hour each morning, Susan starts with a discussion and demonstration that will lay out the basics of fabric collage and will give you the information you need to start your work day. She then visits each student in turn to address individual needs and their project’s unique challenges.




Ingrid Clara and Caroline Sharkey workshop
A Collaboration
where Painting Meets Stitch!
3 Day workshop ‘Painted Flowers’ 18-20th May
with Artist Ingrid Clare and Caroline Sharkey
Caroline and Ingrid have known each other for tons of years, This Retreat they have joined creative forces to host a collaborative workshop and share their years of experience from their respective Art practices.
Join each artist as they take you through the process to create your own individual masterpiece.
During the first 2 days you will paint 2 Floral artworks from live flower arrangements learning the
freedom of 2 different methods with Ingrid Clare.
Day 3 you will join Caroline and learn to free machine stitch, embellish with thread painting and decorate your painted artworks to enhance all the beautiful detail of the painted brush strokes.




Over my 2 days we will be turning Beautiful Chaos into your own original piece of art.Learn to create 2 BIG BEAUTIFUL FLOWER artworks, with my guidance and simple steps. I’ll have you creating your own beautiful WILD FLOWERS in no time, with no rules, no mistakes, purely indulging in your intuitive process. All you need to do is Let go and Enjoy the process!

CAROLINE SHARKEY My passion is Textile Art in all its forms! For this exciting Collaboration workshop, you will have the beautiful beginnings of your floral masterpieces painted with Ingrid Clare all ready to add a hint of thread or a lot of thread it will be your choice. I will take you through many different styles of playing on the surface that best suits the theme of your work and how you want to individually decorate and enhance the finish. “Boot Camp Stitching” will be fun! we will stitch some doodling practise stitches on a sample sheet and then it’s about letting go and allowing yourself to have the freedom to stitch off the lines and freely draw with the thread colours and stitch layers, to add texture and possibly introduce new design lines with small appliques 




Mirjam Aigner workshop
Making you Mark Workshop 4 Days 17-20th May

Surface Design is a lot of fun with an individual outcome.
There are practical principals of making marks on fabric, be it your old Jeans, Tablecloth, Quilt Tops or for Surface Design work.
To get us started, we each share a photo that brings back great memories, a letter from someone special or a quote that you like to share.
Perhaps bring a small object from home and something that you have found and appeals to you.   Easy to follow instructions practiced together with design in mind to get us going into the world of Printing with the various outcomes of mix dyes or ink past.

Have you ever created a Thermafax Screen? We will in this workshop. A framed piece of surface design artwork will be achieved during this course, a booklet of references to “Mark Making” with plenty of fabric to keep you going at home.

For all the Retreat details, accommodation ideas in Urunga and a class information sheet please email Caroline  csharkey@westnet.com.au
URUNGA ‘Where the River meets the Sea” Our stunning seaside town…