Pow­er­tex turns fab­ric into art

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‘‘It’s the most ful­fill­ing thing I have ever done. I loved it. I was hooked.’’

Says Donna Rusling, pow­er­tex tu­tor re­gard­ing the first work­shops she took prior to tu­tor­ing for her­self.

Pow­er­tex is a ver­sa­tile en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly liq­uid fab­ric hard­ener, it is weather re­sis­tant and suit­able for use with any por­ous ma­te­rial, such as pa­per, fab­ric, glass, dried flow­ers and con­crete and is most ef­fec­tive with 100 per­cent cot­ton.

Rusling runs work­shops out of her Wa­haroa based busi­ness No­mada Gallery and Gifts, which she co-owns, where she also show­cases and sells her work.

Two years ago Rusling came across a pow­er­tex stand, at the Hamil­ton quilt and craft show and says she was in­stantly in­trigued by what pow­er­tex artist Joanne Bouma was show­cas­ing.

‘‘I was just mes­merised by what they were do­ing with this fab­ric hard­ener. So I thought that’s it, that’s what I want to do, so I bought a cou­ple of bot­tles and for a year I just played around with it.’’

Last year Rusling con­tacted Bouma say­ing she wanted to teach and she has now com­pleted four cour­ses on dif­fer­ent as­pects of pow­er­tex and is hold­ing work­shops , but she says the par­tic­i­pants are also teach­ing her.

‘‘Some of the peo­ple who come to the work­shops make things bet-

‘‘"I was just mes­merised by what they were do­ing with this fab­ric hard­ener. So I thought that's it, that's what I want to do."’’

ter than mine I look at them and think wow, I’m gonna try that on my next one. .’’

Each full day work­shop, run through­out the week 9am-4pm, costs $125 and all the sup­plies are pro­vided. Rusling stocks pow­er­tex at the gallery, so peo­ple can go home from a work­shop with a prod­uct.

Pow­er­tex al­lows artists to pre­serve mem­o­rable trea­sures such as baby shoes and clothes, feet or hand im­pres­sions, or cre­ate a stun­ning wall art dis­play or cen­tre piece.

‘‘It’s so re­lax­ing, every­one I have done a work­shop with has al­ways said it’s so much fun, and it re­ally is.’’

A Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts Inc mem­ber, Rusling’s work is on dis­play and for sale at the West­pac bank through­out the month. Pohlen Hos­pi­tal re­ceives 20 per cent of all prof­its made.

Peo­ple can find out more about Pow­er­tex by ring­ing 027 486 0470.

Pow­er­tex tu­tor Donna Rusling is hold­ing work­shops from her shop No­mada Gallery and Gifts in Wa­haroa.

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