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Ali Merrin pictured with her works. Image: Contributed

Ferry Par – Artist of the Month

Ferry Park Artist of the Month for July is Ali Merrin who is displaying her colourful textiles. She describes her creative journey,

“Sewing and knitting are my passion, I don’t recall a time when I haven’t been doing either. I’m mostly self-taught from my grandmother who introduced me to many basic skills, and this set me on the path of creating. I love the use of colour and texture giving things dimension.

I moved to the area in 2009 and soon found the Maclean Patchwork and Quilters group. I had always wanted to learn more about quilting and soon found myself making quilts, then using the techniques to make other things, such as bags and clothes. I have accumulated so much fabric and own many sewing machines, which became too much for the house. I now have a dedicated studio in the garden which I came my happy space where I spend many hours creating.”

Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association Inc (LCACA) is a ‘not for profit’ community organisation promoting and showcasing artisans of the Clarence Valley. LCACA opened Ferry Park Gallery in 1993 for members to display and sell their work. LCACA welcome new members to join us as an exhibitor or volunteer to work in our gallery. Ferry Park Gallery is on Big River Way, and easily accessed from the Maclean Interchange on the Pacific Motorway. The Gallery has a COVID safety plan and is managed by our members and open seven days from 9am – 4pm. For more details. Phone: 6645 3700; Email: [email protected]; Web:; Socials: Facebook and Instagram.


Di Nixon