FANTASY IN FELT

One woman's lifetime of art work will be on display during Port Fairy's Festival of Words in September. Mrs Wendy Hewett has been making beautiful 3-dimensional felt pictures for more than 40 years. Originally begun for her own children, the works now cover the walls of her house but have never before been exhibited in Port Fairy.

The works illustrate scenes from popular children's books of the last century. When seen all together they convey English-born Mrs Hewett's nostalgia for the countryside and the stories she grew up with. They must have been quite exotic for her own children growing up in Australia.

Mrs Hewett is entirely self-taught and uses whatever means and materials are available to create the effects she wants - ribbon embroidery, feltwork, applique, tufting and others. When the works were exhibited in NSW, embroiderers were at a loss to find a classification for this unique craft.

The depiction of animals is a strong point of Mrs Hewett's craft. The Owl and the Pussycat, Beatrix Potter's mice and rabbits and the lovable cast from the A. A. Milne stories are some of the characters brought to life in the pictures.

Mrs Hewett'e work will be exhibited in Moyne Shire's Family Services Centre in Atkinson St. It is hoped that as many children as possible will be able to view these delightful works.

The exhibition is just one of the many highlights of the Port Fairy Festival of Words to be staged by Ex Libris Port Fairy Book Fair on 9th - 11th September.

Port Fairy Community Services Centre
Corner ATkinson & Campbell Streets, Port Fairy
September 10 & 11 from 10am to 4pm
September 12 from 10am to 1pm
Entry:  Gold coin donation
All proceeds to go towards talking books for the children of Port Fairy.