Winter art exhibition returns

Tumut fashion designer and artist Bonnie Eastlake with some of her work on show at the Tumut Art Society’s Winter Exhibition at the 5Ways gallery.

The Tumut Art Society’s winter exhibition made a welcome return to the 5Ways gallery on Saturday after a Covid-enforced absence of two years.

The latest exhibition, which follows the Society’s main exhibition that opened in March, shows Society members’ work, and perhaps appropriately in view of the cold temperatures, the focus is on fibre.

One of the artists with work on show is Batlow resident Amanda McCorkindale, who has seven items exhibited. One, Glover’s Flowering Garden, has won two Best in Show awards. 

Most of Mrs McCorkindale’s are hand spun. 

She designs them herself, and she developed her skill somewhat as a matter of necessity.

“When I was seven, our family moved to the Philippines, and we had no TV or radio,” she said.

“I taught myself to knit, and I have done it ever since.”

She has lived in Batlow for 16-and-a-half years, and in the next six months she will start doing workshops on knitting, spinning, felting and plant propagation.

Another with work on show is fashion designer, artist and Tumut High School graduate Bonnie Eastlake.

Miss Eastlake graduated from the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney in early 2020.

She had been a painter before starting at Whitehouse and had to learn fashion.

“I hadn’t sewn before I went there, so I had to pick it up pretty quickly,” she said.

She had to pack three years of work into two years, but managed. 

Her work impressed to the point she received a grant from Woolmark. She has since had her designs modelled at a RAW art and fashion event in Sydney.

She has had her paintings on show before at the 5Ways, including in the main exhibition earlier in the year, but this is the first time her clothing designs have been shown here.

The TAS 5Ways Winter Exhibition is on from 10am to 2pm daily and is free to attend.