Snail Mail workshop with Wilma Simmons

Snail Mail workshop with Wilma Simmons

Course Overview

“Snail Mail Art” is a two day creative workshop designed to introduce and develop techniques in art collage.  In this workshop recycled paper, envelopes, postcards and postage stamps will be used   Fabrics and other recycled items and found objects will also be introduced to create imaginative and unique small artworks. 

Day 1  will be devoted to learning, practising and imaginatively extending techniques. 

These will include: 

Choosing a theme and materials; Collage Basics -Conveying a message. or feeling through collage.: Adding stitch to collage – hand stitching /machine stitching: Adding text to collage and adding photos to collage.

Day 2 will be a day of creating, inspiring and reimagining your own ‘snail mail’ art project which may take the form of a series of mixed media art postcards and envelopes or an artist book and envelope cover. 

Teacher Profile

I am a mixed media and textile artist because what I do makes me happy and ‘reminds me that I have a soul.’ It took me a long time to take up an art practice as I worked in a diverse range of jobs before settling to teaching and high school administration as a career. I think we are all born artists but it takes some of us longer to develop and in my case, not until my “retirement” in 2005.
Some of the artistic highlights of the last few years have been:
teaching creative workshops at various levels and in diverse places;
exhibiting, solo and collaboratively;
co-curating and exhibiting “Stitched Up”, and “Stitched Up in Sydney” – an exhibition and installation celebrating the lives of child inmates of The Newcastle Industrial School (1867-1871).
co-ordinating community art programs including a village women’s project in Papua New Guinea and anti-domestic violence and homelessness projects with Timeless Textiles Gallery and a short artist residency at Studio Artes , Hornsby.
My art works are “handmade treasures”, inspired by special people, political and cultural issues and a sense of place and heritage. I like working with a mix of materials, especially those which are naturally found and recycled.
I hope that my art celebrates diversity, with a harmonious mixture of techniques, materials and ideas and will encourage others to create.

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.


29 - 30 May 2021


9:30 am - 4:30 pm