She was meant to stay for three months but fell in love with the region and has never left.
She says the Scenic Rim is the ideal location for her work and over the years has worked on productions in Boonah, Canungra and Tamborine Mountain.
Her film credits include Anna and the King, Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Hobbit and The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, set to release in July.
“We were filming out there and I got to go to these amazing locations and these beautiful properties. I came up for a three-month job and that was 13 years ago. We’ve filmed throughout the Scenic Rim; it’s just a spectacular place.
“I work on set. I dress the actors, keep the continuity on customers, make sure they’re in the right costume at the right time.”
Roberta will be the artist-in-residence at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard on June 1 and 2, for the final weekend of Open Studios of the Scenic Rim.
Over the weekend Roberta will exhibit her felt and textile art, her clothing and accessory designs and her sculpture and wall pieces. She will also happily talk about her experiences working on big budget film and television productions.
“I always wanted to work in costumes since I was 12,” she says.
“I went to fashion school in Sydney, where’ I’m originally from. Then I worked in a fancy dress shop and we used to do a lot of TV commercials.
“I love textiles and the tactile quality of that side of it. I love fabrics and I love the history of fashion and that’s why I always come back to film because I am always learning things. I love researching the costumes, particularly for war films and things like that.”
Roberta discovered felt making 10 years ago and has been hooked ever since and loves being able to make a garment from the fibre stage. She also creates accessories in silver and resin although admits she struggles to find time for her art outside of her film commitments.
“At the moment I’m working six days a week,” she says.
“On my day off I go off to my workshop at Canungra and do whatever takes my fancy that day.
“During Open Studios of the Scenic Rim I will be demonstrating some of my work, I have various textile and felt works in progress at the moment.”
Meet Roberta Shaw during the Canungra-Beechmont Open Studios weekend. Roberta will be the artist-in-residence at the O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard, along with painter Tamlyn Geiger.
Other participating artists include photographer El Hogan at Boyland, Sharon Louise at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and an artists collective at the Wallaby Ridge Retreat.
For information on all of the participating Open Studios artists and events go to www.liveatthecentre.com.au