Illustration and Puppets

Category: #handmade

Scenic World Shopping Night

The inaugural Scenic World Shopping Night occurred on November 10th in Katoomba. I was so excited to see the new Mountains Made display of my puppets and illustrations. I even made the Blue Mountains Gazette, pictured with the lovely Kelly Heylen, the Creative Industries Cluster Manager for Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE).


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Puppet Show at Morven Gardens

In August I had a wonderful time working on a puppet show with the residents from Morven Gardens. I held several puppet workshops and we made the puppets together and performed the show to students from Blackheath Public School!

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A big thank you to BANC (Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre) for funding the project.

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Pirates and Pirate Bikies!

Ahoy me mateys!

In September I was Captain for our CBCA Blue Mountains Sub-branch Talk like a Pirate Day at Katoomba Library!

I held a pirate finger puppet workshop with our budding little pirates!narelda-joy

And I also became a Pirate Bikey…well temporarily when Biblio Turismo arrived for their library visit!   See more of them at


Kinross Wollaroi School Talk

In October I had the most beautiful and inspirational day at Kinross Wollaroi School in Orange talking to kids from Kindergarten to Year 6 about design and illustration. We had enormous fun designing characters and I was greatly impressed with the talent I saw.

Definitely some future illustrators in the making!




Poppy and Belle Logo

Recently I was lucky enough to work on a logo for Poppy and Belle’s new range Needle Soup.

Needle Soup is a range of jewellery I adore made from vintage knitting needles!

The range is available at

or at the Poppy and Belle Etsy store.

Narelda Joy logo design

I love my new Needle Soup earrings!

Poppy and Belle

Poppy and Belle is based in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Australia.

Scenic World !

What an opportunity!

I am blessed to be one of 14 local artisans to be selected to have their work sold in the new Mountains Made section of Scenic World at Katoomba.

Scenic World have chosen my Australian Animal Puppet, Print and Card Ranges for display and sale in their new store opening in June 2016.

Over 850,000 people visit Scenic World ever year. It’s worth a visit if you’re ever in the Blue Mountains of Australia. The views are spectacular.

Here are some of my designs:IMG_7014

I’m at the Nook!

On January 9th I joined The Nook at Leura!

The Nook is a cooperative of around 35 artisans who share a lovely light filled space on the second floor of a heritage building on Leura Mall, right near Leura Railway Station.

There are four rooms of beautiful hand made items, all of which are made in the Blue Mountains of Australia. We each have a stand with our work displayed for sale.

Here is my stand upon opening. It has gone through many changes since then!

The Nook has been operating for 20 years this year!Narelda_Joy_Nook

Linking young and old!

At the moment I am working in a beautiful collaboration between Sheryl -the Assistant Principal from Blackheath Public School, the lovely Jo from Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre, and Nellie the lifestyle coordinator from Morven Gardens (an aged care facility at Leura).

13 amazing children were chosen from Blackheath Public School (from over 30 wanting to be involved!) to perform a play for the residents at Morven Gardens. We chose a book to perform as a play for the residents. So far, we have had 4 rehearsals and a costume making day, and the play is coming together nicely.

I held a workshop last week making the chicken costume with a group of 6 of the students. You can see the fabulous results in the photo attached!


Going Batty!

Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland ordered 20 of my flying fox bat puppets for their Bat Trailer! I hope you will support them if you see them at an event! My bat puppets are also available at the Craft Nook on Leura Mall at Leura, and The Blackheath Arts and Craft Hub on Govett’s Leap Road at Blackheath.


School Holiday Sewing Workshops

My new school holiday workshops are set to go!

Book now as places are limited!

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