DESIGN STAR: Fine glass artist Ann Matheson of Horsham and master costumier Sally Roberts of Dimboola show Roberts’ award-winning handcrafted costumes. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERA DIMBOOLA master costumier who has official permission to make Lord of the Rings costumes will be among exhibitors in a fine crafts show in Horsham.
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Fine glass artist Ann Matheson is organising the show, which will be in Trinity Waters Gallery in Sunnyside Lutheran Retirement Village from June 30 to July 1, from 10am to 4pm each day.

Dimboola’s Sally Roberts has won state-wide awards for her costume designs and hopes to show her entire set of Lord of the Rings costumes when it is complete.

Roberts is one of the few people in Australia permitted to make Lord of the Rings costumes.

Matheson said Roberts was not allowed to sell the costumes, but she could have them for her own pleasure and to show.

“It’s like Walt Disney giving someone the stamp of approval,” Matheson said.

“The fabrics Sally uses include gold thread fabrics from Dubai.”

Exhibiting artists include Bev Schwedes of Horsham who will show Golliwog dolls, Sylvia Figg of Murtoa who will show restored 1920s-style canisters, Julie Hannell of Stawell who will show handcrafted christening gowns and a baby boy suit, Trish Venn of Wartook who will show felted garments, Sharelle Nicholson of Stawell who will show abstract sculptures and Linda Niewand of Horsham who will show her handmade 1950s wedding gown and her grandmother’s 90-year-old handmade wedding veil.

Matheson said Niewand’s grandmother turned down an offer from Queen Elizabeth II.

“The Queen asked Linda’s grandmother to create a layette for Prince Charles when he was an infant,” she said. “But she turned down the offer because she was too busy.”

Matheson said the show would benefit older Wimmera people who needed extra help with paying for essentials.

She said registrations to exhibit would close on Friday and people could call 5382 5637 for more information.

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