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Learn how to create an entry in the Hay Bale Challenge

Want to enter the Hay Bale Challenge but are stuck on how to get started?

Learn some of the techniques you can use from two artists who entered the inaugural Hay Bale Challenge in 2016.  Although working with the same base material, Natalie Tonkin and John Ilmenstein used markedly different techniques, to achieve surprising and distinctive results.

In Splash, constructed mainly using glue, John Ilmenstein manages to capture the moment a drop hits water.  In contrast, Natalie used painstakingly intricate stitchwork to create her entry Mouse Nest. Both artists’ skilful dexterity enabled them to achieve remarkable outcomes and demonstrated what can be created out of a single bale of hay.

The artists are offering workshops in York and Moora on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July which will kickstart your creativity and have you vying for the $1200 prize pool in the 2017 Hay Bale Challenge. For more information or to register, click here.

Splash by John Ilmenstein. Photo: NJ Humphrey Photography
Splash by John Ilmenstein
Mouse Nest by Natalie Tonkin. Photo by NJ Humphrey Photography
Natalie Tonkin’s Mouse Nest