Arts & Culture

A Covid safe Diane Nixon. Image: Contributed

Ferry Park Artist of Month for August is Diane Nixon

In 2016, after much travel and spending many years living in remote areas of Western Australia, Diane returned to her home state NSW, to live on the mighty Clarence River and pursue creative interests. It was made easier here in the Clarence Valley since there are so many artisans who are willing to share their knowledge and skills.

Diane opened her Wearable Art retail outlet in Ulmarra, selling mostly her textile creations and vintage collectables, but closed the shop during the COVID lockdown. The following is her Artist Statement.

Diane Valerie Nixon (aka DivaNix) creates unique and eclectic wearable art jewellery and fashion pieces, from her riverside studio in Brushgrove, northern NSW.

DivaNix Jewellery is handcrafted using gem, glass and pearl on string, wire, leather and whatever comes to hand. Her designs are distinctive due to her use of colour, shape and texture. She blends gemstone nuggets, spikey corals, smooth glass and glossy, misshapen pearl in her distinctive and recognisable DivaNix style.

DivaNix also hand dyes silk to create “one off” scarfs and wraps. She has added another dimension to her botanical dyed silk scarfs and wraps with hand felted designs using locally grown merino wool. These pieces are richly coloured, luxuriantly soft, warm and so, so stylish.

Diane’s eclectic nature means she is an op shop tragic where she sources quality pre-loved, vintage and contemporary clothing and textiles which she strings and wraps with Japanese Shibori techniques, and then dyes in indigo. The Shibori range includes women’s, men’s, baby wear and exquisite table linens. These are available in her home studio, or Facebook and Instagram sites. Visitors are welcome at her Brushgrove studio, as are custom orders.

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 7 days from 9am – 4pm. For more details. Phone: 66453700 Email: Web: Socials: Facebook and Instagram.