ART TIME: Robyn Lawton (left) and Noela Rothery are holding an art and craft retreat at Camp Somerset.
ART TIME: Robyn Lawton (left) and Noela Rothery are holding an art and craft retreat at Camp Somerset. David Nielsen

Artists set out crafty idea for women

A GROUP of Ipswich women have found a great way to network through art.

Tivoli artist Robyn Lawton has banded together with a small group of artists to organise an art workshop retreat at Camp Somerset this weekend.

Ms Lawton said she had noticed how women bonded through art workshops and developed support networks.

She joined other local artists Noela Rothery, Rachel Harris and Peta Stephens and came up with the idea of developing the idea further through a three-day retreat.

"After teaching craft for many years, I noticed how woman, through their love of crafting, share common problems and often comment that it is like therapy," she said.

"The ladies often comment that classes just aren't long enough and wish that they didn't have to pack up after the class finishes as they are just starting to unwind and their creativity starts to flow."

She said retreats offered an escape from the normal routines of everyday life and provided an opportunity for communities to come together, share ideas, learn some new skills while relaxing and having fun.

"I have always loved the retreat concept and really like the idea of offering an opportunity for woman to come together. Sometimes complete strangers form new friendships and strengthen existing ones."

The Awesome Stampers Retreat will offer technique workshops, new products, challenges and giveaways staggered throughout the course of the weekend.

Ms Lawton said the retreat would focus on stamping, cardmaking and scrapbooking but also include quilters and was flexible to cover all crafts and all levels of experience.

"The retreat is a place to share ideas, fun and friendship in a relaxed environment, so bring your projects along and you are free to stamp and scrap the entire weekend away without the interruptions of home. It will be a creative escape."

The Awesome Stampers Retreat will be held at Camp Somerset, 1180 Stanley Pocket Rd, February 19-21. Cost is $230. Book online at awesomestampers.wufoo.com or phone 0434 037 032



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