Shepp Lifestyle


Kaiela Arts works on show in National Gallery of Victoria

- Campfire Series - Designs from Kaiela Arts Campfire series have made their way to the National Gallery of Victoria. The Campfire series has been created by local indigenous artists who have pressed and transferred charcoal onto linen. The patterned linen was then made into cushions, t shirts and purses which are now available to purchase at NGV Design Store in Melbourne. Kaiela Arts Manger Angie Russi said the gallery wanted to embed the country into their art.“Australia doesn’t produce its own pigments anymore, so any printing or artists pigments mainly come from Germany,” Ms Russi said. “But charcoal has been used for centuries to draw with, to colour with and their it is in the campfire we sit around in Shepparton.”“So we tested and worked with the fallen timbers we found along the river here,” she said. Melbourne design studio Spacecraft collaborated with the artists to help make the idea come to life. The artworks which were designed to sit in an engaging space such as a lounge or on a person represent the significant communal space that brought about by a campfire. Ms Russi said the artists found that using materials found directly from their country was a lot more meaningful. “The artwork transfers into a very human and very connected piece in it’s expression” she said. Although the artwork is currently available in Melbourne the designs won’t be available to purchase in the Shepparton gallery until later next month.  Ms Russi said the response from the community has been really exciting. “People get very involved in the process and can hardly believe that it’s charcoal and it gets people thinking about the origins of it too” she said. The gallery have created a video for the public to fully understand how the local designs have been created. For more information or to watch the video visit

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My Pet: Lambie from Wunghnu

Lambie is the local ewe from Wunghnu who spends her days helping keep the grass down at her owner Tamara Rathbone’s family rental. Ms Rathbone raised the lamb from a young age after a farmer alerted her of the orphaned animal. Ironically the lamb became a permanent resident in the town nicknamed 1U. Ms Rathbone said once the lamb grew up she became quite the handy lawn mower. ‘Between mum and dads property and nans, she even went out to a family friends property to be a lawn mower out there,‘ she said. ‘She always had purpose, if a paddock was filled with wire, Lambie was the best ewe for the job.‘ While keeping the grass down at the Rathbone’s family rental, friend and tenant Lawrence Rice found comfort in having the animal around. ‘He just took over caring for her,‘ Ms Rathbone said. ‘He started feeding her fresh hay and keeping up with her water - I think it gave him something to do,‘ she said. Mr Rice lived the life of a sheerer for more than 30 years and managed 10 thousand acres of land on the Mornington Peninsula before settling in Wunghnu. ‘It bought back my interest in sheep and memories of the good old days, having that lamb here,‘ he said. Mr Rice exclaimed a recent hospital visit left him worried about the ewe. ‘I came home and she wouldn’t leave the fence, she was bellowing out all the time - I think she missed me,‘ he said. ‘I’d miss her if she wasn’t here.‘ Happy to greet anyone who might feed her, Ms Rathbone said Lambie enjoys getting special treats. ‘She used to eat all sorts of weird things - popcorn, left over food from the pantry, but her favourite treat is pringles,‘ she said. ‘No particular flavor, she just loves pringles.‘ She said Lambie enjoys the company of people more than being a part of the flock. ‘She’s more like Lawries pet dog than a sheep.‘ Still, a born and bread wooly ewe, Lambie is known to throw a few head-butts now and then. ‘She’s knocked me over a few times, but it’s always playful,‘ Ms Rathbone said. Lambie may not by the only ewe in the small town - she is the one ewe in the Rathbone’s family and Mr Rice’s life.

Madeleine Caccianiga