Fiona Moore, Larissa Jackson and Roslyn Ware working on garden sculptures at Injune's Creative Odyssey.
Fiona Moore, Larissa Jackson and Roslyn Ware working on garden sculptures at Injune's Creative Odyssey. Jorja McDonnell

Injune showcases craft

INJUNE Creek Gallery and the neighbouring memorial hall were abuzz on Saturday, as members of the community and the extended Perrett family gathered for a celebration of arts and crafts.

Hulda Perret has been a craftswoman her entire life but the work on display is just from her retirement years, daughter Valda Perret said.

"It was 1981 when she retired and really started crocheting and making rugs,” Valda said.

"We have 80 on display at Injune and that's half of what she's made.”

Hulda is not just crafty with wool though; she's made a variety of things for her children since settling in Injune in the 1940s.

"Mum can do anything: she was good at carpentry and used to make our furniture, as well as all of our clothes when we were children.

"I'm very proud of my mother.”

Hulda Perrett.
Hulda Perrett. Jorja McDonnell

Next door in the hall, Sue Pukallus, co-ordinator of Injune's Creative Odyssey was splattered with paint, and full of excitement.

"This is our fourth year of Creative Odyssey, and it's a fantastic opportunity for rural women to come together and learn new skills.

"It's also become a regional tourism event - we have people here from Miles, Wandoan, Goondiwindi, Chinchilla, and Emerald.”

Craft has become a huge part of the community in Injune, according to Sue.

"We have an amazing array of hidden talent in the Maranoa, and some of the people here are coming back for their third or fourth time

"The odyssey has proven over the years that with little experience you can have an amazing day and go home with a wonderful completed article.”

She said it wouldn't have continued without the support of Maranoa Regional Council.

"Their support for creative arets in the region is fantastic.

"They give us the hall rent-free for the occasion.”

For a small town, Injune hosts a lot of crafty events and social groups, said Sue.

"Injune is a very creative area, and artists are very active here.

"We have Injune Patchwork, Creative Injune, and Bymount Creative circle.

"In one year, Injune might host twelve to thirteen workshops.

"In a place like this I think it's keeping the women sane, and the area alive,” she joked.


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