Upcoming Tutors

The MMG team are delighted to introduce this years tutors. The tutors for the 2024 Misty Mountain Getaway Workshops will guide you through all you need to know regarding their individual subject matter. 


BGSmith Profile 1080Brenda Gael Smith lives and creates on the land of the Darkinjung people at Copacabana on the Central Coast. She creates textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of  her hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching demonstrating the transformative power of stitch. Abstraction is a persistent and insistent force. Working improvisationally, she captures the essence of my subjects to impart a sense of wonder of the natural world and a strong affinity to place.

Brenda’s teaching focus is on freeform piecing, effective design and the use of colour – to promote fun and encourage creative momentum. Her presentations and workshops draw upon her experience and insights as an exhibiting artist, curator, judge, quilt judging educator, writer and mentor. Learn more at www.serendipitypatchwork.com.au and www.brendagaelsmith.com


misty mountain getaway chris timmins

Chris Timmins from Grafton, NSW is an enthusiastic and dedicated tutor of patchwork. She loves to inspire both school and adult students in her weekly workshops. As a past Textile & Design teacher Chris can teach a variety of projects in the one workshop.

Website www.christimmins.com

julieJulie has been a student of textiles for most of her life, exploring colour, design, ornamentation, techniques and media. Part time work has enabled her to attend a multitude of courses, none of which led directly to quilting, but in 1998 she leapt into quilt making. This journey into quilt making has been the highlight of her creative pursuits and she feels very comfortable with what she does.A fine arts training, majoring in drawing and painting and many years employed teaching high school students art, craft and design has kept Julie within creative contexts. So much of Julie's paid work has been giving out, nurturing and engendering the creative expression of others; Now through quilting that frustration to express herself has finally been addressed. Having grown up in a creative family and lived in an artistic environment all her life, it seems that the burning desire to communicate and express aesthetically had been ‘smoldering’.  Writing was one outlet that came naturally and she has recorded many significant life events in word; A book lurks in a time when her family commitments reduce (if ever) and it will be a quilt book.

ProfileKaren Styles is an Australian quilt designer who has been fabricating works of art with reproduction fabrics for the past 20 years. Karen loves stars, hexagons and medallion/frame quilts and is a Master at English Paper Piecing (EPP). Her book is a gourmet feast of these passions, including a sublime Sampler, where color, creativity, techniques and gorgeous fabrics abound.

Karen’s quilting journey began as a teenager when she learned the basics of EPP. The quilting bug didn’t gain hold until after the birth of her children when a dear friend convinced her to take some classes at a local Melbourne shop. And as the French say, voilà, she was hooked! Karen began reproducing quilts and eventually purchased the shop that sparked her quilting rebirth! Karen loves to find unique and uncommon works to reinterpret. She adores the precision required in assembling stars (a common motif in her quilts), as well as in circular forms and hexagons. Karen is a renowned, international teacher and her inspirational personality is as bright and warm as her quilts.

Sharon Nicholls Thomson 600x600Sharon Nicholls-Thomson is a prolific maker with Visual Art Education qualifications. She’s been making patchwork since she was 15 when she made an entirely patchwork outfit of shorts and t-shirt one school holidays. She has worked as a patchwork and quilting teacher for the past 15 years. Sharon is the owner of Berry Quilt & Co. an online and pop-up shop specializing in fun, scrappy kits packs and makes.  (Berry Quilt & Co was until early 2024, a busy and vibrant brick and mortar patchwork and quilting store in Berry NSW) . Sharon has interest in both modern and traditional quilts, entering both styles in various member shows nationally. Sharon is the current Vice President of Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild, undertaking Modern Quilt education programs there. In her down time, Sharon makes all styles of quilts and plays with alternative techniques for teaching. She judges quilt challenges and shows and has had projects published in the  Australian magazines Quilter’s Companion and Homespun. 

Sharon has a tertiary teaching qualifications and plenty of experience teaching adults, teens and children. She has visual arts and design training and worked in the contemporary crafts and touring exhibition fields.  She currently operates a retail business in the Australian quilting market and is involved in voluntary roles in a number of local and state quilting guilds. 

Sharon is on Instagram as @marmalade_hill 

Her online shop is on Instagram and Facebook as @berryquiltandco

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