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By Judy Richards-Norris
JANE Silk had achieved her
life ambition in 2010 and was
happily settled into a peaceful
and satisfying country life.
The retired theatre nurse had
great relationships with her partner,
daughter, friends and family and
lived on a large rural property on the
outskirts of Clarendon, the home of a
number of beloved pets.
She then felt it was time to pursue
another lifelong aim to be creative
and fill her need to be ‘arty’ – but she
couldn’t draw or paint.
“I always wanted to be an artist but
was told by a teacher at school that I
didn’t have a hope in the world to make
a career of it,” she said. “I gave up the
idea and looked to other ways to keep
“I was always good with my hands so
I went into nursing and later became a
“It was a good alternative and it gave
me a long and fulfilling career.
“When I retired I decided to once
again try to do something creative and,
after some research, I discovered the
world of mosaics.”
She enrolled in classes and was
delighted to find a talent that has since
won her wide acclaim and Statewide
Her plaques, plates, wall hangings
and sculptures, many featuring
traditional nursery rhyme figures and
nature-inspired objects, are admired by
art-lovers and collectors around SA.
Using a variety of materials including
polished mussel shells, rocks, NZ Paua
shells, glass, beads, tiles, pebbles,
broken crockery and imported pieces
from Italy and Mexico, she creates
her handiwork. Many are inspired by
childhood memories and from nature
around her. “I just love everything
about mosaics,” she said.
“Designing, selecting and adapting
the pieces from an endless variety
of materials is addictive and when
the images appear, just like a jigsaw
puzzle, it is a real thrill.
“It’s a very meditative process – I
work with my dogs asleep at my feet
and the sound of music filling my
“It’s a wonderful life as I’ve gained my
ultimate goal and great satisfaction.”
A member of the Mosaic Artists of
Australia and NZ, her unique mosaic
pieces have been successfully exhibited
around the State.
Her artwork won both first and
second prize in the mosaic art section
of last year’s Royal Adelaide Show.
Her unique pieces are very popular
and she reluctantly sells them.
“I put so much into each piece that a
part of me doesn’t want them to go, but
I know I can’t keep all I make and am
delighted that other people find them
attractive,” she said.
Ms Silk was born in Sussex UK in
1952 and spent her childhood in rural
Wales with her two brothers and
parents Bill, a teacher, and Edith, a
Welsh National ballet dancer.
“I was pony mad and have never lost
that love of horses,” she said.
After completing her education,
she travelled around Europe before
beginning her long career as a
During the 1970s she met her
working as a theatre nurse in Cardiff.
“When we moved to London, I decided
to defer nursing and study to become
a horse-riding instructor, so began my
certificate course with the British Horse
Society,” she said. The couple relocated
to Australia in 1978 and bought an
historic property in Clarendon.
She set up a riding school at her home
and taught numerous young horse-
lovers from far and wide the equine
skills she had acquired over her life.
Later, after the birth of her daughter
Jaime, she returned to nursing and
worked at hospitals around Adelaide
and the Hills.
Single again in 2002, she met her
partner Mick Bulman, a motorcycle
enthusiast and local Clarendon
“We both love nature, animals and
country life,” she said.
“Our dogs are our best friends and
we enjoy being surrounded by our
beautiful natural surroundings.
“Clarendon is a well kept secret – it’s
20 minutes to the beach, 30 minutes to
the centre of Adelaide, but it has the
peace and quiet of the country.
“Many of Clarendon’s residents
have been here most of their lives
and newcomers stay a long time after
realising how good it is.
“Mick’s 94-year-old mother lived here
most of her life and only recently moved
through ill health and his 92-year-old
aunt still lives in the house she bought
“Many of the street names are the
same as some local residents, who have
originated from early settler families.
“It’s a lovely community in which
we all know and support each other if
“We have wonderful friends all
around us and enjoy regular social
events within the town.
“I spend most days in my studio while
Mick tinkers in his shed.
“It’s a brilliant life and we’d be lucky
to get one better anywhere else.”
Nursing an ambition for art
– Jane Silk
Town wins bronze
Macclesfield was awarded the bronze
prize in the best dressed town competition
as part of this year’s Santos Tour Down
The competition invited residents, businesses
and communities to show their festive
involvement in the event through appearance,
environmental initiatives or innovative designs.
The overall winning town was Williamstown,
followed by Norwood then Macclesfield.
Mary Rhode from the Macclesfield Hotel with the
pub’s social club president Nick Sanders accept
the $500 award from the Tour Down Under.
Build your rural land
8-week bushfire recovery course
commences Thursday 7 May 2015
7.30 – 9.30pm
Landholders wanting to learn about effective
land management, post fire are invited to
attend a practical course.
• bushfire preparation
• pasture management
• livestock management
• property planning
• land capability
• soils – theory and practical
• weed identification and control
• watercourse and dam management
• biodiversity and revegetation.
The course incorporates a farm walk on a
Saturday morning, covering all course topics.
Cost: $150 (inc. GST) per property.
Free for bushfire affected landholders
This course is subsidised by the NRM levy.
For further information or to register
please contact Taryn Mangelsdorf,
Sustainable Agriculture Officer, on
8523 7703, 0427 188 125 or email
Tuesday 12 May
6:30 – 8:30pm
Mt Barker Bowling Club
Mann Street, Mt Barker
Wednesday 13 May
6:30 – 8:30pm
ac.care Meeting Room
11-21 Kennett Road
Murray Bridge (near Speedway)
Could you provide a safe and
nurturing home for a child?
To find out more about the
different types of foster care
that may be right for you,
attend an information session.
1300 2 FOSTER
(1300 2 367 837)
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