Bernie Varkevisser

I grew up in a very creative family where my siblings and I were encouraged to express ourselves with painting, drawing, needlework, music and mosaics.

I graduated from Teachers College in 1957 and taught for 35 years.  In 1974 I enrolled at Gymea Technical College in an Art Diploma course which I completed part time majoring in Colour and Design.  In 1986, I applied for a teaching position in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.  Consequently I was appointed to Maningrida where I taught tribal Aboriginal children for 8 years.

After retiring from teaching, I moved to Guerilla Bay where my husband and I had built a holiday house I the late 1960’s.  I open the “Calico Cat” shop in Mogo where for 12 years, I supplied materials for creative textiles and taught my craft.  After closing the business, I continued to teach embroidery and design which continues to occupy my time.

My current work encompasses freeform embroidery utilising silk ribbons, beading, laces and cords.  My signature pieces are handbags, creative glasses cases and necklaces with a glamorous twist.

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