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Coming up at Tuggeranong Arts Centre 137 Reed Street, Greenway ACT – the inTransit fibre art exhibition. Opening Night Thursday 10 May, 6-8pm with speaker Dr Sharon Peoples, Chair of Craft ACT. The latest exhibition by the untethered fibre artists inc, from 10 May to 2 June 2018, will offer visitors to the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in ACT a journey through place and time, memory and states of being. inTransit is the untethered group’s third annual exhibition, in which members create an interconnected series of works using a wide variety of materials and techniques. Each artist has interrogated, interpreted and responded to the theme to produce a diverse exhibition. The works in inTransit take the viewer through stories of journey and destination, or leave them in a state of suspense with no end in sight or mind. Viewers are invited to spend time with the works, to delve deeper into their complexity of surface and structure, to dwell within the layers of technique and meaning each artist has committed to tell their story. There are 40 works in the exhibition by 20 artists who stitch, print, dye, weave, felt, embellish, patch, paint, wrap, mould, manufacture, fashion, shape, warp, melt, coil, fuse, reuse. The essence, the core, of group exhibiting for untethered is human interaction – imparting a message and sharing a passion. untethered made a conscious decision to structure the group so that artists feel they belong to a collective working on a single theme, engage in shared dialogue and operate by mutually supporting each other so that everyone’s practice grows. untethered fibre artists inc is an independent group of 20 fibre and textile artists based in NSW. Formed in 2014, untethered’s shared goals are challenging the perceived boundaries of fibre art, and creating an environment for members to support and encourage each other’s art practices and growth as artists. Hours of opening for Tuggeranong Arts Centre: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm. You can also contact Samantha Tannous for media inquiries ( or Kirry Toose, Convenor:

     At CRAFT ACT (London Circuit Canberra) from 22 March to 5 May: Marilou Chagnaud. 2017 Artist‐in-Residence Marilou Chagnaud will present a new body of work exploring material language through wear, inspired by clothes, costumes and textile objects from the Australian War Memorial collection. In our everyday life, we develop a strong and sensorial connection to fabrics. Protective, wrapping, in direct contact to the skin: we have an intimate relationship with the clothes we wear. What interpretations can we make of the marks of a worn uniform or the stained canvas of a military camp–‐bed? What power of remembrance do these objects have? Marilou is a French artist and textile designer who has recently moved to Canberra. She mainly works with fibre materials, printing and folding, navigating between the disciplines of visual art and design. Presented in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service and the Australian War Memorial.

     KAREN TORRISI in the ACT: Whether you want to bead garments, costumes, evening wear, interiors or just learn and make something beautiful, come and spend a day learning the French Tambour Beading Technique. Date: 21st April. 10am-4pm. For CANBERRA Bookings Email:  The Crafty Frog at  or Tel: 02 6296 6240. The Craft Frog is located at 4/107 Marconi Crescent, Kambah ACT.

     In November 2018 there will be an installation of 62,000 knitted and crocheted poppies on stems for Remembrance Day (11 November) at The Australian War Memorial. In 2018 this date marks the centenary of the end of WWI. The number (62,000) represents the loss of Australian lives in WWI. There is a deadline of August 2018 to forward your poppies if you wish to make them. More information and poppies from You will find patterns for poppies here: