Bush Christmas 2016

Featured Exhibitors

This year, Bush Christmas is delighted to showcase more amazing Featured Exhibitors. Their range of work displays a high degree of excellence and diversity of talent. These artisans represent the spirit and culture of Bush Christmas.

During the Bush Christmas Exhibition, one or two Featured Exhibitors will be highlighted each day with a special display. Where possible, these exhibitors will be present to share their passion and stories with shoppers. On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December some of the exhibitors will be in attendance for a second time.

Friday 2 December

Kerry Lloyd - Glass Creations  

Playing with GlassKerry Lloyd

Kerry and her husband own a cattle property south of Blackall. For 19 years, she educated their four sons through Longreach School of Distance Education and now that their youngest son is at boarding school, she has more time to create with glass.

Kerry works from home and fires her creations in a small kiln, with three dogs milling around, trying to 'help' as she puts the designs together.

She finds that playing with glass is very relaxing and creative, and is inspired by beautiful colours limited only by her imagination. She's always keen to learn new techniques.

Friday 2 December

Jen McCormack - Silver Jewellery  

Silver JewelleryJen McCormack

Jen lives at Glenmorgan Qld on their property, with husband Gus and three gorgeous sons. In between the boy's sporting and school commitments and helping on the property, Jen manages to fit in time in her shed.

"Making jewellery is the one girly thing in my life! It is a hobby that I love".

Jen has been designing and making jewellery for over fifteen years initially taught by experienced silversmith Penny Murphy. She is inspired by her love of design, her natural sense of the 'now' in fashion, and the rich colours, textures and forms of sterling silver, gold, semi-precious gemstones, pearls and leather.

Saturday 3 December

Jamworks Gourmet Foods - Stephanie Ingall & Christine Hood  

JamworksSue Ingall

Sue & Peter Ingall, made preserves for over 30 years and from humble beginnings Jamworks of Glen Aplin was formed. This has evolved into Jamworks Gourmet Foods with the inclusion of Stephanie Ingall and business partner Christine Hood.

Our vision is to continue producing homemade, small batch gourmet preserves embracing the finest fresh ingredients from the surrounding Granite Belt, known for its fresh fruit and vegetables and cold climate wines.

We believe we have the best recipes, access to the best produce and a reputation for the highest quality gourmet preserves. Free of artificial preservatives, flavours or colours our entire range is Gluten Free.

Saturday 3 December

Melissa Thomas - Washpool Farm Soaperie  

Washpool Farm SoaperieMelissa Thomas

Battered by one drought too many, Melissa Thomas began Washpool Farm Soaperie as a creative outlet completely separate from the family cattle enterprise.

After moving from Roma to their Ballandean property, Warren and Melissa's three children went to a school for the first time, having studied by Distance Education previously. This gave Melissa more time to study the theory of soap making, having found that handmade bars were more gentle for the family's skin.

Washpool Farm was established in 2009 and Melissa opened her bricks and mortar store in February 2012.

One of her proudest achievements is creating a happy, fulfilling workplace for up to five rural people.

Sunday 4 December

Jan Austin - Artist  

CaricaturesJan Austin

Jan Austin's caricatures are well known throughout Australia and overseas, the genesis for which has been her life on the land. Born and raised on a property near Boggabri, N.S.W, she spent most of her time amongst animals and became a Royal Show Champion Equestrian.

Following art studies in Sydney she returned to the country, married, and with husband Tony, raised three girls and a menagerie of friends, two legged and four, feathered and furred!

With Jan's dislike of housework, love of children, animals and the ridiculous, there is constant inspiration for new artworks.

Also known for her more traditional art, Jan paints landscapes and Still life in oils and acrylic.

Sunday 4 December

Sally Harth - Lilac Apple Jewellery  

Lilac Apple JewellerySally Harth

Sally lives in Chinchilla, Qld with her husband and four young children. In between raising the kids and everyday family life, people often ask how she has time to bead? It’s simple, it's cheaper than therapy! Turning a dish of beads and some ideas into a gorgeous necklace is what she loves.

You'll often find Sal designing and creating, in the craft room out the back of her house. Clutter on the bench, chooks clucking under the window, kids playing in the back yard, it's her happy place to work.

'Make every day Special wear a Lilac Apple creation' she says.

Monday 5 December

Charleville School of Distance Education  

CSDE BookCharleville School of Distance Education

This entertaining, hard cover book not only celebrates 50 years of Charleville School of Distance Education but captures the essence of an outback school bigger than the size of Victoria.

An eclectic collection of insightful photographs, amusing anecdotes and historical facts invites the reader into a classroom few Australians experience, but one which is an iconic part of the nation's fabric.

Monday 5 December

Exquisite Leather – Cherryl McIntyre  

Exquisite LeatherCherryl McIntyre

The Exquisite Leather range of luxurious leather handbags and accessories is designed and hand-crafted in Queensland by Leather Artisan Cherryl McIntyre.

Her work incorporates traditional Leathercraft disciplines and skills acquired through years of experience using modern techniques, from tooling to developing creative ways to work with leather.

Her dedication to the industry was recognised in 2008 when she was the first Australian to be presented with The Al Stohlman Award. This was the first time the prestigious award which honours the accomplishments of the leather Artisan who has demonstrated continued dedication to the industry has been won by an artisan outside America.

Tuesday 6 December

Will's Projects & Designs – Will & Christine Drennert  

Will's Projects & DesignsChristine  Drennert

Will & Christine Drennert are a team running their Metal Fabricating business from their home on Queensland’s Southern Downs. Three years ago Christine left work to assist Will in the business.

They purchased a Computerized Plasma Cutting Machine and Christine starting cutting out silhouettes. With gained experience she started drawing up her own designs resulting in our Decorative Metal Art Business.

We love coming up with not only practical, but decorative pieces of Furniture and Wall Art as well as working with customers to design personalized items for themselves or that someone special.

Tuesday 6 December

Sandi Harrold - Artist  

Sandi Harrold - ArtistSandi Harrold

Sandi is known for her brilliant splashes of vibrant colours depicting some of her favourite characters. Her pieces feature quirky subjects with huge eyes and quizzical expressions created for the sole purpose of stealing a smile from the viewer.

Sandi was born and raised in the Queensland bush. She is a mother, kindergarten teacher and an E.S.L. teacher. She began learning to draw and paint in order to illustrate her children's stories.

Sandi says of her paintings "I like to think there is a story unfolding behind the scenes and I've captured the characters hatching a plot or deep in thought."

Tuesday 6 December

Kellie Oxenford - Leven K Lavender  

Leven K LavenderLeven K Lavender

Leven K is very much a family operation with everyone helping out - grandparents, friends, Robbie (our regular garden helper) & our children Grace, Laurie and Hamish.

Our lavender products are made in small quantities with love and passion - a quality handmade product. Our aim is to grow and produce premium lavender essential oils as well as good quality lavender products and gifts.

We grow English lavenders – Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula intermedia. 90% of our crop is made into lavender essential oils distilled and bottled on farm. Our lavender crop flowers between October and March depending on the season sometimes later or earlier. Peak flowering/picking times are around Christmas week.

Wednesday 7 December

Jojoba Natural  

Jojoba NaturalFelton-Taylor

We decided to stop growing wheat on our mixed farming property, so an agronomist and our accountant put together a prospectus on Jojoba. It sounded good – a desert plant, seed stored well, weevils didn’t eat it, we could use existing farming equipment, and it had multiple uses from lubricating high performance gear boxes to cosmetics.

The demand for Jojoba passed our expectations with the expanding natural cosmetic industry regarding it as one of the best natural skin moisturisers. We find it hard to resist experimenting with different Jojoba cosmetic products and have added to our product lines.

It is the interaction with people at fairs like Bush Christmas that makes our business truly enjoyable.

Thursday 8 December

Emma Fraguas - Artist  

ArtworksEmma Fraguas

I love colour, I love patterns … and I really love combining the two. All my works feature bold and stylised shapes which are perhaps influenced from my many years working as a graphic designer.

After having recently lived in Brazil with my husband and three children, I used this time to develop my art further and I think I was definitely influenced by the brightness and boldness of the Brazilian culture, with my work taking on a South American feel.

I see patterns in everyday items and am always wondering how I can turn these items into patterns and pieces of art … which means you can often find me scribbling little patterns on any piece of paper I can find!


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