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Council grant funds crafty long weekend

TWELVE people took part in the Valley Craft Group’s Renaissance Retreat over the Hobart Regatta Day long weekend. Held annually at the Riverfront Motel at Rosetta, the retreat was postponed from July due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Formerly known as the Lachlan Craft Circle, the group was awarded $620 in the second round of the Derwent Valley Council’s community grant program for 2019/20, to assist with accommodation costs associated with the annual residential design workshop.

“Due to COVID-19 the retreat was postponed from July 2020 to February 2021,” workshop co-ordinator Lynette Karpiniec said. “We hired the motel’s River House and units for the weekend, and all met in the house during the day,” she said.

“During our weekend we held a workshop titled ‘Designing With Friends – Colour Our World’. It was for artisans from within the Valley Craft Group to develop design through a range of handcraft, specifically focusing on colour – in particular investigating and acknowledging the colours of our environment and encompassing our seasons through the Derwent Valley and Tasmania’s environs further afield.

“We learnt how to use a colour chart and spent time matching colours from objects found in nature. We held four sessions over the weekend and have been inspired to take our newly acquired knowledge to other local craft groups and our friends on the mainland. A huge thank you to the Derwent Valley Council for their assistance with the grant.”

The Valley Craft Group meets at the Derwent Valley Men’s Shed at the top end of Blair St, New Norfolk, every second Friday, from 10.30am until 4.30pm. The next gathering will be on February 19. For more information call Jan on 6261 1615.

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