Oakura's artists open their studios for arts trail

Fibre artist Susan Imhasly will appear in this year's Oakura Arts Trail.
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Fibre artist Susan Imhasly will appear in this year's Oakura Arts Trail.

Tucked away on the slopes of Oakura's Kaitake Range Susan Imhasly can be found massaging fleece together with warm soapy water.

The fibre artist has an art studio next to her home on Surrey Hill Rd and it is in this small, bright room that she dedicates much of her time to the felting process.

She is a long way from Switzerland, her country of birth, but when the 38-year-old relocated to New Zealand a couple of years ago she brought with her a well-established passion for wool.

"When I started felting in Switzerland I was looking for a medium where I could express myself without having any limitations," Imhasly, who is creatively inspired by nature, said.

"I think with a drawing or a painting you can only have a picture, nothing else, and it's always two-dimensional. With felt you can do everything."

Now well immersed within Oakura's growing community of arts and craftspeople, Imhasly continues to create clothes, slippers, flowers and key rings- just to name a few - for exhibition and for sale from her studio Twinfelt.

As an official artist in this year's Oakura Arts Trail, Imhasly is set to open her art space to the public at the end of the month.

In addition to the exhibition of her felted goods the mother-of-two will run hour-long workshops for her guests.

Established in 2003, the arts event represent local artists who wished to share their creativity with the public.

This year 15 artists of all different varieties would put on show their paintings, photographs, jewellery, prints and glass works.

Imhasly, who is a regular exhibitor in both the Oakura and the Taranaki Arts Trails, said the event was always inspiring.

All studios are open both weekends of the Taranaki Garden Festivals, October 31 - November 1 and November 7 and 8, with some artists open seven days a week.

Information on the arts trail was available at www.oakuraarts.co.nz

 - Stuff

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