Pushing the Boundaries Lorna Crane

Course Overview

Pushing the Boundaries ‘An experiential Masterclass to redefine your limits’

Why do we make art and how do we regenerate fresh ideas within the making process?

This will be a workshop with a strong emphasis on creative risk taking by exploring different materials with a fresh and exciting approach.

Let new materials speak to you through experimentation and by challenging the way you work through a series of guided exercises.

Uncover fresh ideas and ways of thinking by letting go of any preconceived ideas or expectations as building blocks to add to your repertoire.

So to do this I would like you to consider answering these questions below before the workshop commences.

 > What made you decide to attend this workshop?

 > How do you define yourself as an artist?

> What is your preferred medium?

 > What is your greatest source of inspiration?

 > Tell me which artists inspires you and how have they shaped the way you work?

 > Why did you decide to attend this workshop?

 > What are your biggest stumbling blocks?

In answering these questions earlier it gives you (and me) more time to reflect and think more concisely rather than responding to these questions on the first day.

 If you feel like emailing them back to me that is fine too but not essential.




Teacher Profile

Since my arrival to the Bega Valley in 2003 I have set up my studio practise on a full time basis in the rural coastal village of South Pambula, NSW. Educated in Wollongong and graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Distinction) my career highlights include residencies with the Bundanon Trust, Alice Springs, Broken Hill Art Exchange, Berlin, New Zealand and most recently Venice and Italy. During September 2016 I traveled to Barcelona for a two week residency at Art Print Residence to make a series of unique prints.

‘Over the past few years my work has been about the landscape of place. To me the most important aspect of being an artist is to be authentic through the act of mark making. To be able to create a narrative about the places I inhabit is an essential part of this process. 

My abstract landscape landscape inspired works speak about moments of time where narratives form via my own visual lexicon in an experiential and gestural manner. It is from a place deep within where shapes form and are distilled into fragments of past and present merging together in an abstract form. It is about seeking questions and revealing an intimate personalised glimpse into my inner landscape – both physically and metaphorically – known and unknown’.

Most recently I have been obsessed with making my own brushes and sourcing a variety of materials from my natural environment including native plant fibres, driftwood, bamboo, organic fibres and found objects, including ocean and marine debris . Since February 2015 I have been teaching brush making workshops within NSW, Victoria, ACT and QLD.

Upcoming workshops for 2017 will be with Kiama Art Workshop, Fibre Arts Australia at the Winter School Ballarat, Victoria and Woodlawn, Lismore NSW as well as teaching a masterclass artist camp at Maryborough Queensland exploring Visual Lexicon.


Materials List


When preparing materials for the workshop remember to think ‘less is more’.

Consider a limited palette when selecting the colour choices for your materials



> Derivan Pigmented Ink (500ml bottle) (black and other colours of your choice)  

> Sumi Ink (if available in stores) but not essential

> Acrylic paint  – your choice of colours with the limited palette

> an assorted of crewel needles used for binding and hand stitching

> scissors

> pre washed plain cloth a choice of lawn, silk, cotton, linen and muslin – 1/2 metre lengths        

> recycled offcuts – or older stitched pieces that can be redefined in a different form

> An assortment of papers for collage

> A3 Sketch Book for warm ups and mark making or loose leaf sheets of paper

> your choice of threads for hand stitching and binding

> crochet cotton and other threads for embellishment of your choice

> Small bowls to dip into ink

> Containers to dilute ink and water rinse ups

> Glue Sticks

> PVA, Mod Podge or Matt Medium

> pencils, crayons or markers

> ruler and cutting mat – rotary cutter or Stanley Knife

> assorted brushes and your favourite mark makers from your toolbox

> Apron

> Protective covering for your work area




I will also be supplying an assortment of donated materials for use during the workshop

Looking forward to an exciting three days working with you all


Further Information about the workshop please contact me >



m: 0414 725 348

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.


21 - 23 Nov 2020


9:30 am - 4:30 pm