For the past two years Trish Robertson has been pouring all of her spare time into her love of arts and crafts – literally. The talented Bellbird woman is the creator of Tresin Art – a range of stunning resin-coated homewares adding a unique pop of colour to households across the Hunter and beyond thanks to her stall at the Handmade in the Hunter markets.
“I have always been interested in arts and crafts and over the years have undertaken a number of types of crafts from knitting, crocheting, cake decorating, patchwork and quilting, and folk art,” she said.
“I saw an exhibition of resin art at work and was immediately taken with it and thought I needed to try it. So initially, I started with acrylic pouring and then ordered my first lot of resin.
“I went through a very difficult time personally and found that I was able to de-stress by working with resin. I then discovered so many more objects I could work with, and so my art/ hobby grew from there.”
Since 2017 Trish has been adding her own colourful touch to a range of products including cheese boards and serving platters, as well as a series of Mandela dotting pieces that she also coats with resin.
“Colours and new shapes inspire me; I cannot go into a homewares shop without looking for items that I can put resin on,” she said.
“I love experimenting with colours to see what they look like together, and I love how the colours react, as well as the different effects you get from the various types of colourants used in resin.
"The best thing about resin is that you can never recreate the same piece twice as each piece is an original."
"I have several favourite pieces and for various reasons, whether they be because I made them for a particular person or because I was able to get the special effect I was looking for. I just love the process of creating and not really knowing what the final result will be.”
Trish has been showcasing her work at the Handmade in the Hunter markets for the past 18 months and said she loves talking to all the people who visit the markets, as well as the sense of family spirit that exists amongst the stallholders.
You can check out her designs at this month’s markets, which will be held at Kevin Sobels Wines from 9am to 3pm on December 7 and 14, and 9am to 2pm on December 27 to 29.