Our business is based in a converted garage / service station in St. Marys, Tasmania, Australia. In 2004/2005, my husband Ian (a highschool and tertiary teacher) did most of the work of transforming the disused building into a studio and gallery in his spare time.

In 2012 the building was repainted inside and out in two shades of grey, with white and red trims.20140514-154116.jpg

This is where I make, display and sell my own work (as well as other people’s quality handmade items), teach classes and host exhibitions of local artisans and travelling displays through Tasmanian Regional Arts.gone rustic studio + gallery sept 2012 - 7

[Before we bought this building, we rented an old church.  To find out more about this (and about my earlier textile works), click here.]

I also create art at home, especially the items made by hand which I work on during the evenings.  I create whenever I can, because I love it and it’s integral to my life – has been ever since I can remember. I teach classes at our studio and gallery, as well as doing my own stuff. I enjoy putting my creations “out there” as exhibition entries and on the net.  I try to communicate something through my work, and often there is a hidden as well as an obvious message.Collage - random years, infusion - rita summers 2014

I invite you to spend time browsing through my posts and pages – I update this blog whenever I start/complete new work or host an exhibition or event.

To read my artist statement (‘credo’), please click here.

To find out about how we help the locally disadvantaged, please click here.

degree-bachelor of education (art major, distinction)
diploma-art craft design (textiles)
certificate iv-visual contemporary art & craft
certificate iv-assessment & workplace training

recent awards/achievements
2015 – ‘written in the cloth (art quilt, 3rd prize, art quilts, island quilts exhibition, tas)
2015 – ‘unplugged’, ‘birdsong’, ‘fusion’, ‘collaboration’ (set of 4 art quilts included in group display for performance of tasmanian chamber orchestra, kettering, tas)
2015 – ‘writting in the cloth’ (fibre and textile scroll, juried into biblio art award, port fairy, vic)

2014 – ‘genesis’ (art quilt, juried into ‘regeneration’ exhibition, women’s shed, sydney nsw) 2014 – ‘doorkeepers’ (art quilt, island quilts tas, 2nd prize)
2014 – ‘rivers’ (textile art scroll, island quilts tas, best use decorative/mixed media, judge’s choice)
2014 – ‘infusion (mixed media, zen 10 exhibition qld, by invitation)
2014 – ‘the random years’ (mixed media, juried into biblio art award exhbition vic)

2013 – ‘timelines’ (art quilt, finalist in joint award and exhibition by tas museum and art gallery, hobart, and tas quilting guild)
2013 – ‘agatha’s wardrobe (mixed media, grand prize win of $1,500 for biblio art award, port fairie, victoria; entry also purchased by sponsors for permanent collection)
2013 – ‘doorkeepers’ (art quilt, featured in quilting arts magazine, issue 63)
2013 – ‘lost/found’ (textile art/wallhanging, featured in quilting arts magazine, issue 63)
2013 – ‘blue roses’ (street art, wrapped in st marys, 1st prize, greater esk tourism)

2012 – ‘4’ (power pole wrap/textile art, wrapped in st marys, 1st prize, greater esk tourism)
2012 – ‘odyssey’ and ‘doorkeepers’ (mixed media journals, island quilts tas, each highly commended)

2011 – ‘odyssey’ and ‘doorkeepers’ (art quilts as part of display of australian work, international quilt show, houston, texas, usa)
2011 – ‘lifting the veil’ (mixed media journal, island quilts tas, 1st prize)
2011 – ‘apron for a driad’ (textile art, judges commendation, island quilts tas)
2011 – ‘narnia’ (art quilt, island quilts tas, 2nd prize)
2011 – ‘forbidden fruit’ (textile art, finalist, one step further exhibition, vic)
2011 – nomination for australian of the year (services to art and music, break o’day municipality)

2010 – ‘remember me’ (art quilt, island quilts tas, 2nd prize)
2010 – ‘journey of life: light’ (art quilt, island quilts tas, 2nd prize)

2010 – ‘remember me’ (textile art, break o’day stitchers exhibition, tas, judge’s choice)
2009 – ‘survival’ (art quilt, professional, island quilts tas, 1st prize)

in print
click here


Gone Rustic Studio & Gallery, 37 Main Street, St Marys, Tasmania, Australia 7215

03 6372 2724 or gonerustic@gmail.comWhat's in a name - rita summers 2012

[to see more interior views of the gallery, please click here and here; for more exterior views, please click here]

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  3. Congratulations I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! if you feel like you can accept, head over to my site to have a look at what you have to do and remember to copy and paste the award onto your own blog.


  4. Thanks for looking at and taking time to comment on my blog today , it is so lovely to know there are people enjoying some aspect of my work. I love your passion for textiles and your shop looks marvelous, shame it is so far away. I wish you luck with it. Annemarie


  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. It has been fun visiitng yours as well. Some day I will get to your part of the world and I will look you up!


    • Thank you – we think it is charming, and it’s about to get better! Renovations and repainting starting Monday. And I’m only Aussie by default – born Canadian, but became an Australian citizen in 2008! =D


  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments about my prints. I had to take a look at yours and I love your work. One day maybe I’ll get to Tasmania and see it in the flesh. We have very long standing friends from Cape Town who live in Hobart so you never know.


  7. Hi Rita, just to let you know that I am about to nominate you for ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ – congrats! The nominations and guidelines for the award will appear on my next post.


  8. Hello Rita – I’ve enjoyed browsing your blog and looking at your textile work. Art textiles was was my favourite subject at school – I wish I had pursued it! I have family in Tasmania, although I have never been there. I’m not sure which part I will have to check! Thanks for visiting my blog! Emily


    • Thank so much for the visit and the comment, Emily – and it was a pleasure to visit your blog! Hope to see you in Tassie one day – it’s a great place. I consider it to be my home now, although I was born in Canada … =D


  9. This is another great reason to visit Tasmania… it’s my dream to do so one day and I’ll definitely put your studio on my itinerary! I’ve just looked up where St |Mary’s is… this adds the east coast to my dream travels!


  10. Thanks so much for visiting my little corner of blogland and leaving comments. I’ve spent some time looking here at yours, and boy, am I impressed! Your creations are wonderful…so unique and diverse! The art purses are beautiful. How exciting to have your own gallery and studio….bliss 🙂 I’ve been to Toronto a few times now….it’s a great city…there’s so much to see! I’m off now to check out your etsy shops. Take care!


  11. I am impressed by your art and your lifestyle – you have obviously worked long and hard to make your dreams come true – kudos to you and thank you for exploring and Following art rat cafe – I am truly honoured…


  12. Thank you for your generous comments on my photos and for choosing to follow my postings. I’ve enjoyed a quick tour round your site but I’m frustrated by the fact that when I click on the individual galleries I get only a solid black rectangle. Am I not doing something?


    • It’s a pleasure, Louis – your photos are stunning! The black rectangles are slide shows, so you just need to give them a bit of time to load. Hope you visit again soon! =D


  13. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Exciting and scary times to open my own gallery. I love these leaves in the picture above. Have you sewn on paper or cloth? I incorporate a lot of sewing on paper in my collage pieces and with my watercolor paintings.


    • Great to meet you here on my blog, and thank you! The leaves are made using the ‘fabric’ from used teabags … I drink black tea (no milk, no sugar), and dry the teabags in the sun before emptying, ironing,cutting, fusing and stitching them … =D


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