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Elizabeth McKay

I have been involved with the Capertee Valley for 15 years and have discovered a perfect stillness in the sheer beauty of the ever-changing landscape. From pastured rolling hills to rugged mountains with spectacular sandstone cliffs rising from the timber, the changing light and effects of different weather conditions, provides visual inspiration. But there is more to it than that. There is an inner stillness, internal peace, a link with ancient times; this is a special place. To be surrounded by such beauty it almost becomes an obligation to express your response through some form of art. Having been interested in sewing and various crafts all my life, it is a natural direction to explore textile art forms. The process of working with raw fibre and creating a unique piece is a rewarding experience. Each work, created with passion, is a tribute to the beauty of the fibre and the beauty in which they are created; a beauty that I would like to share with you.
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Welcome to Capertee Inspirations where you will find a treasure trove of hand-made creations. I do hope that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed making them.

Designs by Capertee Artist Elizabeth Mckay

Elizabeth McKay
I have been involved with the Capertee Valley for 15 years and have discovered a perfect stillness in the sheer beauty of the ever-changing landscape. From pastured rolling hills to rugged mountains with spectacular sandstone cliffs rising from the timber, the changing light and effects of different weather conditions, provides visual inspiration. But there is more to it than that. There is an inner stillness, internal peace, a link with ancient times; this is a special place. To be surrounded by such beauty it almost becomes an obligation to express your response through some form of art. Having been interested in sewing and various crafts all my life, it is a natural direction to explore textile art forms. The process of working with raw fibre and creating a unique piece is a rewarding experience. Each work, created with passion, is a tribute to the beauty of the fibre and the beauty in which they are created; a beauty that I would like to share with you.
Work 1 Title
Forest Details
Wool blend with silk and beads
Forest Details Forest Details Forest Details Forest Details

A stunning sleeveless lined jacket is made from wool blend fabric with embelishments of smocked sueded silk. It is finished with metal beadwork. Sueded rolls on the armholes reflect the Elizabethan age.

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

This garment is made from wool blend fabric and may be dry cleaned but select a specialist drycleaner who is familiar with cleaning beadwork and delicate fabrics.
$550
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Aubergine Jacket
Italian wool with smocked and beaded embelishments
Aubergine Jacket Aubergine Jacket Aubergine Jacket Aubergine Jacket

This flared, long sleeved lined jacket is made from pure Italian wool. The collar and cuffs are heavily embellished with smocked trails and streams of metal beads. Highlights of hand-spun silk cord have been applied to the seamlines of cuffs.

Size 14.

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

This pure wool garment may be dry cleaned only by a specialist drycleaner who is familiar with cleaning beadwork and delicate fabrics.

$550
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Butterfly Collar
Hand felted Merino collar with embroidery and beading
Butterfly Collar Butterfly Collar Butterfly Collar Butterfly Collar Butterfly Collar

This vibrant yellow Australian Merino felt collar is embroidered and beaded. It sits wide across the shoulders creating a wonderful butterfly effect.  It has been dyed using natural dyes and makes an outstanding accessory on a simple sweater or dress. Size 10 - 12

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

To clean this felted Butterfly Collar sponge with a damp cloth to remove spots. Use cool water and a little wool wash. Treat gently to avoid disturbing the embroidery and beading. Dry flat, out of direct sunlight.

 

$150
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Red Sky - Sleeveless Jacket
Alpaca fleece with bronze beading
Red Sky - Sleeveless Jacket Red Sky - Sleeveless Jacket Red Sky - Sleeveless Jacket Red Sky - Sleeveless Jacket

The beautiful soft fleece used to make this felted jacket came from an alpaca called Red Sky. The rich tonal variations are accented with drifts of tiny bronze beads complimenting the asymmetric style of the garment. Size 10

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

This felted jacket may be very carefully washed. Use cool water and very gentle hand wash using a little wool wash. Gently squeeze to minimise disturbing the beading. Then rinse thoroughly in clean cool water. Dry flat, out of direct sunlight. NOTE it is critical to use cool water and never rub as that will harden the felting. 

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$490
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Asymmetrical Knitted Cape
Mohair blend yarn, sueded silk and knitted cord
Asymmetrical Knitted Cape Asymmetrical Knitted Cape Asymmetrical Knitted Cape Asymmetrical Knitted Cape Asymmetrical Knitted Cape

Hand knitted from a blend of mohair and synthetic yarn, this cape has a free-flowing uneven hemline reflecting the natural environment. The work is enhanced with smocked sueded silk, knitted cord, couched thread and wire and beads.

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

This may be dry cleaned by a specialist dry cleaner or very gently washed in cool water with a little wool wash added. Rinse in cool water and gently squeeze dry taking care not to bend the wire. Dry flat out of direct sunlight.
$490
Includes postage anywhere in the world

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Stormy Clouds
Hand felted Australian Merino with beads and embroidery
Stormy Clouds Stormy Clouds Stormy Clouds

This impressive collar makes a statement. Felted from Australian Merino wool. It is embellished with antique bronze beads on the upper collar and tiny beads on the under collar, further enhanced with fine machine embroidery in gold. This may be worn in a number of different ways such as a scarf draped around the neck or even as a head piece. Approximately size 14-16

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

To clean, sponge gently with cool water with a little wool wash added. Rubbing and water harden the felt. 
$150
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Raspberry Collar
Hand felted, dyed with applied yard and beads
Raspberry Collar Raspberry Collar Raspberry Collar Raspberry Collar Raspberry Collar

A highly textured, very soft hand felted collar with applied yarn forming a floral effect with the addition of tiny beads. The subtle variations of colour and the texture of this Australian Merino piece create a superb accessory. May be worn as a collar or neckpiece. Suitable for size 12-16.

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

It is best to sponge gently with cool water with a little wool wash added. Rubbing and water will harden the felt.
$150
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Azure Skies
Hand felted from Merino and mohair fibre
Azure Skies Azure Skies Azure Skies Azure Skies

A striking blue collar of hand felted Australian Merino and mohair. The addition of mohair creates the most wonderful lustre to the piece. Very subtle beading has been applied to enhance the highlights. Suitable for a person of small frame.

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

It is best to sponge gently with cool water with a little wool wash added. Rubbing and water will harden the felt.
$150
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Ochre Majesty
Hand felted from Merino and mohair fibre
Ochre Majesty Ochre Majesty Ochre Majesty Ochre Majesty Ochre Majesty

Hand made from Australian Merino and mohair fleece this beautiful collar is hand dyed to produce an exceptional accessory. Hand embroidered with bronze and orange threads with tiny bells from found items. It is beaded with bronze and glass beads catch light and give life to the piece. Suitable for size 12-14

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

It is best to sponge gently with cool water with a little wool wash added. Rubbing and water will harden the felt.
$150
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Eucalyptus Collar
Hand felted from Merino and poodle wool
Eucalyptus Collar Eucalyptus Collar Eucalyptus Collar Eucalyptus Collar

This collar features creative felting with positive and negative spaces enhanced with soft gold, ochre and green beading. It is hand felted from Australian Merino and poodle wool. This unusual blend of fibres produces a variation in colour that is most effective. May be worn as a collar as shown or draped in a number of creative ways. Size 12-16

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

Sponge gently with cool water with a little wool wash added. Rubbing and water will harden the felt.
$150
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Landscape I
Felted alpaca with beading and embroidery
Landscape I

Inspired by the subtle changing tones in the landscape this piece exemplifies the Australian bush. Frame measures 72cm x 55cm

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

$330
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Morocco I
Felted alpaca with antique Moroccan jewelllery and embroidery
Morocco I

This series is inspired by the wonderful ethnic art of Morocco. Using Red Sky alpaca felt and embellishing with genuine Berber jewellery pieces and embroidery. 
Pieces may be purched individually or as a set of 3. Set of 3 $550.

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

$180
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Morocco II
Felted alpaca with antique Moroccan jewellery and embroidery
Morocco II

This series is inspired by the wonderful ethnic art of Morocco. Using Red Sky alpaca felt and embellishing with genuine Berber jewellery pieces and embroidery.
Pieces may be purched individually or as a set of 3. Set of 3 $550.

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

$180
Includes postage anywhere in the world

Work 1 Title
Morocco III
Felted alpaca with Moroccan jewellery and embroidery
Morocco III

This series is inspired by the wonderful ethnic art of Morocco. Using Red Sky alpaca felt and embellishing with genuine Berber jewellery pieces and embroidery.
Pieces may be purched individually or as a set of 3. Set of 3 $550.

This one-off piece is the result of a creative partnership to reveal, enhance and develop the inherent beauty of organic forms. To release the splendour lying within the material itself and by using a number of techniques to embellish the works, each unique piece is the result of an individual adventure that evolves during the creative journey. The depth of the effects of combining different fibres, textures, lustre and colours intrigues me.

$180
Includes postage anywhere in the world