Wood turner and carver, Rowan McFarlane, has a number of pieces on display at a Ballina exhibition.
Wood turner and carver, Rowan McFarlane, has a number of pieces on display at a Ballina exhibition. Contributed

Husband and wife duo flaunt art talent at exhibition

A UNIQUE exhibition is currently on show at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.

It features the works of husband and wife team, Deb & Rowan McFarlane, each talented in their selected crafts.

Deb is an award-winning freeform weaver.

She specialises in scenic picture weaving using a traditional frame loom.

Deb uses both new and recycled yarns and is passionate about natural fibres.

She has produced some gorgeous wall hangings.

Freeform weaving is a very slow working process and the larger pieces take three months to complete when doing a 25+ hour week.

However the outcome is amazing, as the textures in the yarns create extraordinary depth, shading and movement.

Deb has exhibited at the Rocks in Sydney and won the textile section at the Byron Arts Classic 2016.

Rowan is a wood turner and wood carver.

He learnt his skill from his late father Ken, whom was also very talented in this field.

Rowan was a primary school teacher and after retiring ventured into creating his unique style.

He has a woodturning stall at the Bangalow Markets but has produced some very ingenious pieces for this exhibition.

Stunning carved bowls and beautiful inlayed boxes are his speciality.

He uses local reclaimed timbers.

Rowan has a reputation for quality and his woodturning pieces are often sent as gifts all over the world.

The title and theme evolved from their use and blending of raw materials, and is inspired by the spirit of their homeland on the North Coast, and its vibrant coastal landscape.

Weaving, Wood and Water has been a priority for Rowan and Deb over the last two years.

It features creative new designs never exhibited before.

The launch was a tremendous success with big crowds and sensational reviews.

The exhibition runs until January 29 at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, located at 44 Cherry St, Ballina.

Hours are Wednesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and weekends 9.30am to 2.30pm.



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