Lizzie Anscombe with her mythical creations at the Coffs Coast Craft Expo.
Lizzie Anscombe with her mythical creations at the Coffs Coast Craft Expo. Leigh Jensen

Craft expo brings out the myths

FROM delicate doll houses and hand-made teddies to felt food items and mythology-inspired figures, the Coffs Coast Craft Expo was one to remember.

With more than 30 exhibitors, the annual event at the C.ex Coffs proved a spectacle for the 700 people who passed through the doors at the weekend.

Along with impressive creative displays, the workshops and a people's choice award kept things bubbling.

Lizzie Anscombe of Lizzie's Lair was there to showcase her work which included dragons, goblins, wayward fairies and creations from the realm of Greek mythology like Cerberus the three-headed hound.

“I started making them 10 years ago purely as a stress release and hobby,” Ms Anscombe said.

“I make all my own patterns and hunt for the right fabric, letting the characters develop rather than planning exactly how they will look from the beginning.”

Ms Anscombe said she was inspired to broaden the scope of her work after last year's expo where her dragons were well received.

“This year I've gone bigger, better and bolder, and have been getting some great feedback.”

Walking around the expo was a feast for the senses with myriad colours, shapes and textures. Life-like dolls stared at you; mind-boggling origami stood proudly and felt treats looked fit for eating.

Gabe Kovacs said his wife Tracey started making felt food as children's toys, which were easily washed and more pleasant to touch than their plastic counterparts.

Kids create their own mock meals with a huge variety of items, like sausages, eggs, vegetables, pizza, pancakes and fruit.

“They have also become popular as caterer's displays and even pin cushions,” Mr Kovacs said.

“The idea has continued to develop with demand.

“One cob of corn used to take Tracey more than four hours and now she does it in 20 minutes.”

The people's choice award went to Lidi Stroud for Nambucca's Little Shoppe: a doll house-sized fisherman's cottage that was fitted with furniture and homewares and even had a red light to show the fire burning away in the corner.

The ninth annual Coffs Coast Craft Expo saw another successful year of creative-folk coming together to showcase their craft.

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