Looking for some ‘shed sheilas’ to share
‘‘Girls, we want your sheds... If you don't have a shed, we can set one up for you in one of our gardens.’’ Marilyn O'Halloran
3D dichroic glass artist Serena Mercer likes taking risks.
The self-taught designer and teacher has never been one for rules, forging her own way to unique artworks by trial, error and experimentation.
Mistakes often turn up trumps, Mercer said, but the ones that don’t, well she has a way with those too.
‘‘Mistakes I don’t like, go under the hammer.’’
This is no auction she is talking about.
‘‘I smash them up, rearrange the pieces and re-cook them.’’
Dichroic glass has a special coating so that it changes hue depending on lighting, and Mercer makes one-off jewellery and ornaments as well as bespoke pieces to order.
Last February, Mercer bought a ticket to Takaro Rotary’s Girls Sheds fundraiser, a tour of 20 Manawatu sheds showcasing female crafts and hobbyists.
‘‘I loved it. I really enjoyed meeting new people and talking to all the incredibly creative women, and seeing what they were doing. It was just a really good day.’’
Rapt by the experience, Mercer now finds herself the poster girl for the 2017 Girls Sheds.
Takaro Rotary’s Marilyn O’Halloran recruited Mercer, who will be showing off her kilns, her glass classes, and her crafts on February 19 next year. In 2016, the Girls Sheds raised $8000 towards community and youth projects and O’Halloran would love to do the same again.
To do that, she needs more tal- ented women to share the contents of their sheds.
‘‘Girls, we want your sheds. If you have a shed that houses a hobby or an income, we’d love to include you on next year’s tour. The only cost to you is that we ask for one item to be donated towards our giant raffle on the day, which runs from 9am to 4.30pm,’’ O’Halloran said.
Last February, the sheds included heritage furniture restoration, leadlighting, soap making, metal and stone art, craft cheese, porcelain dolls, bears, and edible gardens.
‘‘We run the day a bit like a garden tour. If you don’t have a shed, we can set one up for you in one of our gardens, but more people please.’’
To join next February’s shed sisters or ‘‘sheddies’’, contact O’Halloran on 355 8638.
Glass artist Serena Mercer is joining Takaro Rotary’s 2017 Girls in Sheds fundraiser.