Judith Smith from Northern Rivers Creative Tapestry and Embroidery.
Judith Smith from Northern Rivers Creative Tapestry and Embroidery. Patrick Gorbunovs

Alstonville is arty and crafty

YOU can get much more out of Alstonville's arts and craft market than the odd knick-knack and a decent browse.

The Quota Club of Alstonville-Wollongbar Annual Arts and Craft Fair, held Saturday and yesterday at the leisure centre, gave people the chance to hone their creative potential.

"This year we've got a focus on look, learn and create," Quota Club of Alstonville-Wollongbar president Robyn Powell said.

"There's patch work, beading, quilting, hand-made jewelleries, glassware, paintings and we've had demonstrations going all weekend.

"Last year we did mainly textiles and had models, but this year we've gone with the floristry, which is going really well."

A whopping 3000 people walked through the market's doors at the weekend.

"We've had people here from Melbourne, Brunswick, Tea Gardens down the coast, Bendigo, and outback South Australia. It's just amazing," Ms Powell said.

The arts and craft fair also gave more than 70 niche businesses a chance to show off their creative flair.

Ann Verran of Yamba, who began hand-making pearl jewellery after injuring her shoulder, was one of them.

"I couldn't move my arm but I needed something to keep my hands going," she said.

"Jewellery making meant I could use my hands without putting pressure on my shoulder.

"I threw my job in and now I do it full-time."



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