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Interviewed by Helen Turner on Tuesday Chats with Helen recently was some very talented and creative spirited women who live on the Peninsula involved in an artisans craft spectacular new arrangement of Fairhall House-Museum at The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne over the Christmas period and Summer 2014.

Robyn Rich and Samantha Menzies from Peninsula Artisans who live in Frankston spoke to Helen about the time and detail invested in their love of textile and embroidery work including fabric sculpture. Their work is very intricate, reflecting the clever craft and patience it requires.

Linda Hicks who runs Embroidery Essentials Needlework school from Carrum Downs and Jenny Williams of Mt Eliza and Team Leader from the Bond Family Group also contributed to the interview describing their amazing work.

The art of embroidery and other crafts are being lost in today’s society so it’s important that groups like The Embroiderers Guild, The Bead Society and others are supported by local communities.

The numerous artists and craftspeople involved at The Johnston Collection are:
The Embroiders Guild, Victoria (Mornington Peninsula and Flinders Country Group),
Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers (Victoria),
The Bead Society of Victoria,
The Bond Family,
Cake Decorators Association of Victoria (Frankston)
Decoupage Guild of Australia Inc.
Embroidery Essentials, Carrum Downs
Felicity Northeast Millinery,
Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers Inc.,
The Peninsula Artisans and Point Nepean Patchworkers & Quilters Inc.

You can view  this incredible artisans work at the ‘The Tales of Christmas Treasures’ – Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2013, A Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts between 7 November 2013 until Friday 28 February 2014. Bookings are essential for individuals and groups on 9416 2515 or email info@johnstoncollection.org. Visit their website johnstoncollection.org for more details.

Listen to Tuesday Chats with Helen every Tuesday at 12 midday on RPP FM 98.7FM & 98.3FM Frankston for an interesting and inspiring hour of ‘chat’ with locals about issues that matter to you.

Words Debra Mar

The Johnston Collection was bequeathed by William Johnston (1911-1986) to the people of Victoria and is administered as an independent not-for-profit museum by The WR Johnston Trust.