ACT – News & Events

     A Weaver’s Dozen Workshop, hosted by FIBRELICIOUS and presented by Margaret Coe (USA) is booked for 6 and 7 April 2019, in Canberra, Australia. This is a round robin weaving workshop where participants will leave with woven samples of drafts and all samples woven.  For this workshop participants will arrive with a fully warped loom. Drafts will be allocated to individual weavers at the beginning of February, giving plenty of time to purchase yarn if necessary, and to warp your looms. For those weavers travelling from interstate, and unable to bring their own looms, FibreLicious has purchased five brand new 8S Ashford table looms available for use. For interstate and international weavers, the conference room has accommodation attached, and FibreLicious has secured a 15 % discount on accommodation costs for all weaver’s who require accommodation to attend the weaving workshops.  Registration for these workshop requires full, or partial payment, which, once payment is received, confirms your place in the workshop.Registration closes January 31 2019.Registration cost is $325.00 per workshop and includes morning and afternoon tea for both Saturday and Sunday. Contact Belinda Rosee at bmrosee@internode.on.net for further details.

   Laptop and Looms Workshop, hosted by FIBRELICIOUS and presented by Margaret Coe (USA) is booked for 27 and 28 April 2019, in Canberra, Australia. This workshop is solely computer based. Participants will need to have a laptop which has FiberWorks already downloaded onto the computer, and with USB capability. Margaret Coe suggests that participants download the free Silver version of FiberWorks onto their computer. Please be advised, this workshop is designed so that weaver’s can learn to create their own drafts/patterns. You do not need to have a computerised loom. For interstate and international weavers, the conference room has accommodation attached, and FibreLicious has secured a 15 % discount on accommodation costs for all weaver’s who require accommodation to attend the weaving workshops. Registration for these workshop requires full, or partial payment, which, once payment is received, confirms your place in the workshop. Registration closes January 31 2019. Registration cost is $ 325.00 per workshop and includes morning and afternoon tea for both Saturday and Sunday. Contact Belinda Rosee at bmrosee@internode.on.net for further details.

DESIGN Canberra 2019: Utopia: From 4-24 November 2019, DESIGN Canberra will transform the nation’s capital, hosting over 150 events. Now in its 6th year, DESIGN Canberra increases its reach and engagement each year, linking makers and designers with new audiences and forging unexpected collaborations and marketplace connections. DESIGN Canberra is the major outreach activity of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, a not-for-profit membership-based organisation which supports artists, craft practitioners, designers and makers at every stage of their careers. As Canberra’s fastest growing festival, DESIGN Canberra is calling for projects for the 2019 festival that celebrate and promote Canberra as a living design laboratory, a global city of design. Check out the 2018 festival report The 2019 festival theme is… Utopia. Submit your proposal(s) by 4 March 2019. Click HERE to make a proposal. To do more research see https://designcanberrafestival.com.au/2019program/?utm_source=Craft+ACT+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=d5573e3893-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_12_02_24_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9239826a9b-d5573e3893-156527741

THE HIDDEN SEX  –  a solo exhibition by Julie Ryder, exploring creative ways of using seaweed as a medium for artistic expression and incorporating natural dyes and threads for further embellishment. Botanical and algae collections were a popular pastime for women in the 19th century, and their drawings or paintings are an inspiration for the artist who uses them as a contemporary metaphor for gender inequality. Ryder also pays homage to the Victorian passion for science, seaweed and botany from the women’s point of view, with a series of wall pieces that will include digital prints in the way of large glass microscope slides. Dates: 31 January – 16 March 2019. Venue: Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.

    At the National Library Treasures Gallery, Ground floor until 3 February 2019: In Cook’s Wake – Tapa Treasures from the Pacific. Before the world knew cloth there was tapa, or barkcloth, which worked its way into the heart of human interactions throughout the Pacific. Made from the inner bark of trees, it was used for clothing and furnishings, to wrap babies and the deceased, as wicks in oil lamps, and presented at important ceremonial occasions and in performances by Polynesian people. It was a crucial part of the world which Captain James Cook and his fellow travelers encountered, and it is through this precious and rare material that we can reveal many stories. Discover hidden tapa treasures from the Library’s collection, many of which have rarely seen the light of day since Cook’s voyages. This exhibition is free and the exhibition  is open daily from 10am-5pm.

The Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT will hold an exhibition at the Australian National Botanic Gardens Gallery from 12-30 June 2019.