Fibre Art the focus of new Guyra gallery

John and Sarah Hunt welcome visitors to ‘Our Little Gallery”, the newest addition to Bradley Street
17th Nov 2020
Janelle Stewart

Opening a gallery to display their work has always been a dream for Sarah Hunt, her sister Louise Pearson and daughter Leah Gilroy. This week they realised their dream launching “Our Little Gallery” bringing another bright spot to the southern end of Bradley Street.
They hope to add to the vibrancy of the Guyra CBD with a colourful array of fibre art produced in line with their ethos of sustainability and love of natural fibres. What makes it unique is that everything on display is handmade and the work comes from their family, friends and community.
Louise creates wearable art using Nuno Felting techniques and also knits using fine fibres from her own flock of alpaca, merino, border leicester and corriedale sheep. She controls the whole process from skirting, washing, carding, and spinning to creating the finished product.
The result is art that you can wear or hang on your wall she produces felted capes, pictures, and art as well as hand-knitted shawls, scarves and other items.
Sarah sews a range of products also using natural fibres such as muslin, cotton, terry towelling, and flannelette. The items she makes range from baby items and travel packs to gorgeous scarves and Christmas decorations, as well as her own watercolour art and photography.
While they are new to the main street they are not new to town. Sarah and husband John are proud to call themselves locals having lived in Guyra for 15 years. Louise’s job currently sees her working away, however she is also a long term resident of Guyra, while daughter Leah is based in Armidale.
“This is our hobby and we always thought we needed a gallery or somewhere to show it off,” Sarah said. “We are excited to share this with the community and hope this will be something that will add to what is already here and attract more people to come here and browse.”
“I think that with more stores like this we can promote Guyra as a destination and we are more than happy to be part of the ‘arty’ revival in the southern end of the street.
“It is good to be part of the community and we have already had great support. We would welcome other people who want to display their work, produced along similar lines, to call in and talk to us.”
They had their first sales while they were setting up and say they have been made welcome by nearby businesses and locals who called in for a chat.
Future plans include training and workshops to share their love of what they do with others.
‘Our Little Gallery’ is located in Bradley St, next door to the GALA Centre.