Expect the Unexpected Gaye Nieuwenhof

Course Overview

Gaye Nieuwenhof has been creating and exhibiting her work for many years along with teaching various techniques to help inspire others to accept the unexpected. Her inspiration is always the environment and although the imagery is abstract in nature, that echo remains. The alchemy of materials and how they can be utilized to produce art has always fascinated her.  This can come about in many forms and sees prosaic materials being used for purposes for which they were never intended. Texture, tone and line always appear in her work which creates visual excitement. She is a collector of “What Ifs”. Her earliest art making was in Ceramics and Watercolour which have evolved into painting, printmaking and mixed-media. Always searching for the unexpected and accepting that not all work will be pleasing, but forever learning from the experience.

A mixed-media workshop on both fabric and paper with collage and some slow stitching. A Gel plate will be utilized in ways that may not have been experienced before. Prepare to be challenged to free your inner critic and celebrate your visual voice. You will learn to recognise what it is that you really want to express and how that can change when you are free to experiment. This workshop is about letting go of control to experience the joy of learning something new about both materials and yourself.  Suitable for both beginners and experienced alike.


Materials List


1 or 2 metres of Calico or a white cotton bed sheet to be cut up (  Spotlight $8 single)

An A4 hot pressed (smooth) watercolour paper block or mixed media paper will work, rice paper is also good. Riot Art and Craft have these.

A notebook and pencil, scissors, kraft knife, (metal ruler, cutting mat) a black gel pen

Any acrylic paints you have, (think of a limited palette) plus black and white, consider bringing some better-quality paint brands e.g. Atelier Free Flow, Sennelier (the ones in pouches) Matisse flow, Amsterdam, along with brushes etc.  A brayer/roller or two. You may wish to bring a foam roller too. (Ceiling white Provided)

Kraft glue and Mat gel medium

A roll of blue painters tape (low tack) An apron, A water container and spray bottle

A gel press. If you are buying one at least buy the 5”x7” BUT 8”x10” if you can afford it. A5 size can be found online for around $30. If you have more than one please bring it (any size)

If you have any stencils you like, bring them and we will be making our own from those thin plastic page dividers.  These can be bought from Officeworks. (Supplied)

Needles and thread.  Embroidery cotton will suffice, but you may wish to bring special thread e.g. linen, sashiko etc.

A hot glue gun with glue sticks.  A sheet of baking paper.

Bring some small fabric scraps to add texture to your pieces. Look for texture, colour, opacity, sheer etc.

 A small needle nosed squeeze bottle.  These can be found in $2 shops in the Craft section.

Gather a manilla folder of various papers to use e.g. old book pages, handmade paper, newspaper clippings etc.The manilla folder will also be used.

Gather and press plant material that appeals to you.  This can be leaves, grasses, reeds etc. Nothing sharp

Rubber Gloves or barrier cream to protect your hands if you are inclined

Baby wipes.

Sticky backed craft foam (Supplied)  An A4 sheet of cardboard (recycled)

Black ink (Supplied)

An iron to be shared with everyone  (Supplied)

Newspaper (One newspaper per student)

A jar of cheap, strong coffee. (Supplied)

A hairdryer

A bottle of baby oil (Supplied)

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.

Book Event

Workshop Ticket $460
Available Tickets: 10
The Workshop Ticket ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Available Tickets: 10
The ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


05 - 07 Oct 2024


9:30 am - 4:30 pm




Timeless Textiles Gallery


Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia