NSW News & Events

YVONNE LINE is having a solo RETROSPECTIVE exhibition: Australia – a land of contrasts  commencing 1st June and continuing to 23rd June, 2018 at Q Gallery in Queanbeyan. Art Exhibition Area, Performing Arts Centre, 253 Crawford Street, QUEANBEYAN 2620. Hours 10am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday,  10am to 2pm Saturday.  Closed Sunday. The venue has ample parking and is close to shops and the Tourist Bureau.  Just a 15 minutes drive from Canberra.  If a group of six or more is attending, an Artists Talk can be arranged.  Contact Yvonne on 46561550 or email:   yvonneline@optusnet.com.au Retrospective Book catalogue is available at the above email address at $69.95 by cheque, cash, DD. Floor talks will be held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11am and 2pm throughout the exhibition.

The SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS TEXTURE & FIBRE NETWORK’S  next Exhibition LAYER ON LAYER , will be staged at the BDAS (Bowral District Art Gallery) , 1 Short Street, Bowral, NSW from 2 – 12 November, 2018 with the official opening on Saturday, 3rd. November at 1pm followed by an Art-to-Wear Parade.  The Exhibition features textile displays from members of the Group and will include millinery, knitting, crocheting, shibori, felting and much more.  Most of the items on display will be for sale and the Gallery is wheelchair friendly.  Visit www.shtfn.org for more details.

KAZ MADIGAN is offering Saori weaving workshops in August in Maitland, hosted by the Friends of Grossman House. Dressed looms, yarns and empathetic tutoring provided. There are two one-day workshops on Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th. For more information please contact Barbara Osmond at 0405 430 851.

     Spinners’ Cotton and Finite Gallery  (Caves Beach) are hosting Laverne Waddington’s Begin Backstrap Weaving course: 18 – 19 August 2018. The venue is Finite Gallery, Caves Beach, NSW, maximum 10 participants, $210 for two-day workshop including lunch, tea & coffee. Information and bookings at  https://finitegallery.com/eventitem/backstrap-weaving/ or phone Elizabeth Woods (0439 408 159).

Newcastle Spinners and Weavers are hosting Laverne Waddington Backstrap weaving (Follow-up course). A 2 day workshop scheduled for August 15/16. Maximum of 10 participants. The venue is at Tocal College, Paterson, NSW. The cost will be approx. $160 for members, $170 for public. Please contact Deb Bilbao (0412 436 255) to enrol or for more details. There is hotel-style accommodation available at very reasonable prices if you want to use it. Please contact the College directly.

AUSTRALIAN TAPESTRY RETREAT: come and join fellow tapestry weavers at the inaugural Australian woven tapestry retreat in a beautiful bush setting just south of Sydney. You will be able to draw, paint and design, both inside and outside, and spend time weaving. Thomas Cronenburg, well known German tapestry weaver, will be the main speaker. There will also be informal presentations by attendees as well as demonstrations of techniques. There will be exhibitions of registrants’ works and the AuNZ Tapestry Challenge. Dates: 16-21 September 2018. Venue: The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Park, NSW. Cost: $450 includes accommodation and all meals. Contact Marie Clews mclews@tpg.com.au or Yvonne Eade ylouisee@gmail.com for further information and registration form.

     2018 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize: Sydney Living Museums invites female artists to submit artworks that respond to Meroogal, an 1880s house museum in Nowra.  Selected artworks will be exhibited throughout the property from 22 September 2018 until 20 March 2019. Entries close on 31 July 2018. website for full details: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/meroogal-womens-art-prize-2018-call-entries

Lindie Ward, Independent Curator announces: We have just opened a wonderful exhibition ‘Tales from the East’ at Old Government House Parramatta for the National Trust. The exhibition studies the life of Governor Macquarie who spent 20 years in India and how that experience affected his governorship in NSW from 1810-1821. On display are textile and dress items from the National Trust  Collections and elsewhere. Exquisite sarees, early chintz quilts, colonial dress, the toile that tells the fascinating story of Tipu Sultan and an amazing elephant blanket.  A campaign tent, silver candelabra, Indian plants, herbs and spices and the recreation of a colonial room in Patna are among the fascinating displays. The exhibition at Old Government House is open Tuesday to Sunday 10-4 and will run until August 26th.

     See sARTorial, the fashion, art & technology showcase at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney on the 16th Junehttp://us16.forward-to-friend.com/forward/show?u=ea5db32043afc2c5070769971&id=add7b8a522

North Shore Craft Group 61st Annual Exhibition & Sale – Thornleigh Community Centre cnr Phyllis & Central Aves., Thornleigh. NSW. Timing: Thursday 19th July 10am-9pm- Official Opening 7pm, Friday 20th & Saturday 21st  July 10am-5pm, Sunday 22nd July 10am-4pm. Contemporary art and craft sale. Member’s challenge: Text & Texture. www.northshorecraftgroup.com

SPIRAL GALLERY in Bega NSW features ADORNMENT until 20th June.  Adornment is an accessory or ornament that enhances the beauty or status of the wearer and their surroundings. Adornment – a new creation to embellish, distinguish and define your cultural and social status. This is a group exhibition featuring Spiral Gallery members and invited artists. www.spiralgallery.org.au

There is a Deadline of 29th June for entry forms for The Clarence River Arts Festival, Maclean NSW. The Festival is an annual event run by the Lower Clarence Arts & Crafts Association and is held in Maclean every year in July. The festival includes an exhibition across nine sections with over $15,000 in prize money on offer. Both professionals and enthusiast of the arts and crafts are encouraged to enter. Wearable Art, and Jewellery are among the sections. https://clarenceriverartsfestival.com.au/ Download an entry form here: https://clarenceriverartsfestival.com.au/entry-forms/ The Festival opening night will be on Thursday 12th July 2018  at 6pm and the following times over the weekend. Friday 13th July 9am to 4pm; Saturday 14th July 9am to 4pm; Sunday 15th July 9am to 2.30pm.

ABSENT FRIENDS an exhibition from Ro Cook is on at Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby NSW continues until 17th June; the gallery is open Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm. Textile artworks that honour death and friendship. Mark Stiles, writer, artist and curator will speak at the opening event which is set for 6-9pm on 1st June. rocook@rokoco.com.au  More details: The works are all unique representations of friends from Cook’s long career in film and the art world and connect the themes of friendship and death. From artist Martin Sharp: writer and radio presenter Angela Webber; Journalist Adele Horin to her own Auntie Ann, Ro Cook explores the love and loss of deep friendship. “Death is all around us. No one can escape the loss of great friendships. Yet our society prefers to distance the experience to the point where we no longer have an intimate connection to the loss of people we love… Creating beautiful textiles has always been a traditional way of honouring life, love, loss and friendship. I am reviving that in this exhibition, ” says Cook. The artist, Ro Cook, investigates the way textiles unite people in different communities – through special garments, furnishings, swaddling cloth and shrouds. The works weave together Ro Cook’s skills and experience as a print maker, designer, textile designer and eco-dyeing warrior. She works using traditional techniques on hand-loomed fabric with hand printing, stitching and embellishment. About the Artist: Ro Cook is a well-known Sydney artist specialising in print making. She also has a background in design for film and television. In the last 20 years she has created artworks using textiles with natural dyes, printing and stitching. She is a keen researcher of the culturally specific use of textiles, specialising in the Asia Pacific region. Cook lectures in Visual Art, Design and Artisanal practice.

  ANNOUNCING THE SEED STITCH CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE AWARDS: Seed Stitch Collective (SSC), in partnership with Australian Design Centre (ADC), is calling for submissions from NSW textile artists to take part in the inaugural Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards (SSCTA). An exhibition of shortlisted works will be held at ADC during Sydney Craft Week in October 2018. SSCTA seek submissions from textile artists at any stage of their career residing in NSW, to participate in the awarded exhibition hosted at ADC’s William Street gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney. (The Exhibition Opening Night is 5th October, 6-8pm and the show continues at ADC until 14th November.) SSCTA is an open competition aimed at recognising highly skilled and diverse NSW textile artists. AWARDS: Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Award – $1000 sponsored by Skein Sisters; Australian Design Centre Award – Object Space Gallery window exhibition; Skein Sisters Yarn Innovation Award – $250 Gift voucher and $250 cash; Seed Stitch Collective Award – Membership opportunity and Invitation to exhibit with SSC in 2019. JUDGES: Soraya Abidin, Artistic Director, Seed Stitch Collective; Lisa Cahill, CEO & Artistic Director, Australian Design Centre; Associate Professor Liz Williamson, UNSW Art & Design. Submissions opened on 5th May and close on 3rd August. 31st August sees the notification of shortlisted artists.  Details from seedstich.com.au

     SYDNEY CRAFT WEEK 2018: Sydney’s annual festival of craft is on again from 5 – 14 October 2018. “In October 2017, the inaugural Sydney Craft Week exceeded our expectations in participation, audience numbers and quality content. The first festival featured 90+ events (including 50+ workshops) held in 45 suburbs across Greater Sydney. We’re looking forward to a fantastic festival this year with the call for Expressions of Interest opening on 3 May and closing on 14th June. Those accepted are notified at the end of July. Festival. Galleries, retailers, art and design schools, cultural institutions, organisations, collectives and individuals are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to host an event during the festival. This could include exhibitions, events, talks, workshops, markets, retail events, open studios and installations www.sydneycraftweek.com

NATURE NURTURING will show at Braemar House and Gallery – Macquarie Rd. Springwood in the Blue Mountains from 19th July – 12th August. The Official Opening by Jude Skeers takes place on 21st July from 3-5pm – all welcome. Artists: Jillian Culey, Carolyn Dance and Ellen King. Nature Nurturing is an exploration of the fragile and complex physical world we live in, by feltmaker Ellen King and weavers Jillian Culey and Carolyn Dance.  The woven and felted forms in this exhibition take their inspiration from how nature can both provide and receive nurturing.  Felting and weaving techniques have been used collaboratively and independently to evoke the sense of power, vulnerability and caring apparent in the natural world, both underwater and on land.

     Five Weavers & Fibreworkers present ENTWINED. This Exhibition and Sale of their handcrafted items is a very special one. It will be held in the Old Fireshed Gallery at Wollombi, over 2 weekends in June: 10am-4pm June 2&3, 9,10,11. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to phone Lyn 0419 408140 or Email: brulynabbott1@tpg.com.au Lyn Abbott. My brain works overtime and ideas just pop into my head, or I may see something and just go for it. It is all about the feel at the time. Most of my weaving is done on the Saori, using either a 4 shaft or the two shaft Piccolo. Wearable Art is what I love to design the most. “It is a great feeling when an item you have made, is loved and worn out the door, after the purchase. Lorraine Banks: I love weaving with beautiful fibres like silk, alpaca, and fine wools to create very special fabrics and wearables. But I complement this by using plant materials, chunky fibres and found objects to create hangings and vessels. Carol Doubleday: For me colour and texture are the turn ons. Now trying my own drafts as well. I Love varying the freedom of the Saori Loom, versus the structured designs I create on the 8 shafts. Ken Hall: Creating an article from yarn is a journey. I like strong colours with texture and design for function, using up to 16 shaft looms. Gillian Mould: I like playing with all fibres and patterns intrigue me. Working out how to duplicate them in weaving means a never-ending supply of new challenges to create a usable and beautiful fabric.

Commencing 2nd August The Australian Design Centre Sydney (101/113 William Street Darlinghurst) will partner with the Australian Tapestry Workshop to present Painting with Thread in Sydney, an exhibition of small tapestries, samples and materials that runs for Aug/Sept. A panel talk, Unravelling Tapestry: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives will follow the formal opening. This is a ticketed event: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/unravelling-tapestry-contemporary-and-historical-perspectives-tickets-46594919659  During October ADC will be the Sydney venue for the touring exhibition In these Hands ‘Mara nyanganka’ – 70th anniversary exhibition of Ernabella Arts curated by Sturt Craft Centre.

The dates of the Sturt Winter School (Mittagong, NSW) have been announced: 9-13 July, 2018. Accommodation packages available. Sixteen adult courses being offered plus daily children’s courses. Some of the options include: Saori Weaving with Kaz Madigan; Wild Knitting with Loani Prior; Contemporary Embroidery with Carolyn Sullivan; Textile printing for texture with Angharad Rixon and Basketry in Sculpture with Brooke Munro. Online registration will be available in early March. www.sturt.nsw.edu.au/education/winter-school

CULTIVATE Inspired by Nature is a group exhibition of new works in jewellery, ceramics, basketry and textiles being planned for Sturt Gallery, 10 June – 29 July 2018. The opening by Dr Shelley James (Manager Collections, National Herbarium of NSW) takes place at 11am on Sunday, 10th June. The Artists: Mollie Bosworth, Sophie Carnell, Sue Codee, Helen Earl, Cathy Franzl, Beth Hatton, Cara Johnson, Simon Lownsborough, Leanne Marshall and Julie Ryder. Sturt Gallery in Mittagong NSW is open daily, a10am-5pm except public holidays. Phone (02) 4860.2083. www.sturt.nsw.edu.au

     The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. is pleased to announce The Festival of Contemporary Machine Stitch 2018 Sep – Nov. See http://embroiderersguildnsw.org.au/events/festival-of-contemporary-machine-stitch With machine embroidery workshops, demonstrations, artist talks from renowned international and domestic artists, and an exhibition of works from the Embroiderers’ Guild Collection. The highlight will be a juried exhibition in the new Galleries at Concord West, entitled THREAD STITCH CLOTH. Inspired by Bernina’s 125th anniversary, this Festival is a mechanism for the promotion of machine stitch, past, present and future. Along with the development of technology, so too has the application and use of technique evolved and blossomed. On its own or used in conjunction with other techniques, machine stitch is part of all our lives. Where would we be without it? The festival is an all-ages event, with opportunities for all aspects of community involvement. For more information on what we have to offer, please keep updated with our social media platforms and website. August 1st: Entries close for ‘Thread Stitch Cloth’ Exhibition: https://embroiderersguildnsw.worldsecuresystems.com/Events/festivalThreadStitchCloth All entrants notified of results by August 20th. Opening Celebration 6-8pm Sept 21st. The last day of the Festival is Nov 6thWorkshop, demonstrations and artist talks to be announced! Centre of Excellence for Embroidery and Textile Arts, 76 Queen Street, Concord West Sydney.

The JUNE exhibition of The Embroiderers Guild of NSW at Galleries at Concord West (see details above) is Lives Across the Centuries – the Untold Story, a solo exhibition by HELEN PARSONS curated by Mary Brown. It opens on June 1st and closes on June 26th.  Helen Parsons has created a research based body of work on the poignant history of infant mortality and the creation of new life through technology in the 21st Century. It is site-specific art, in that Helen considered the EGNSW’s new galleries when planning and creating this very new body of work. The exhibition has been carefully curated by Mary Brown. An interactive work will be hung in Gallery 2. Visitors will be able to touch this work and embroider the it. Helen will be hosting multiple events at the Gallery throughout the duration of her exhibition. All proceeds from the events/workshops will be entirely donated to the Embroiderers Guild Furniture Fund. Booking is required and can be done through calling or emailing the Guild. Phone 02 9743 2501 or 02 9743 2293. Email: info@embroiderersguildnsw.org.au

Frances Larder’s exhibition LANDSCAPE OF THE SOUL continues at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery until July 7th, and will also be on show at Casula Powerhouse Museum Sydney, opening on the 10th November. There will be 8 wallhangings using painting techniques and fabric manipulation depicting the journey of 9 Dutch Eurasians children who were born and caught up in Indonesia during WWII and the Indonesian war of Independence. Frances Larder says “the  surviving children, who are now in their seventies and eighties that I interviewed for my research, told me their stories about those horrific times, and how they eventually settled on the Sunshine Coast to start a new life. It has also been an amazing journey for me, researching that part of history, as I was also a child living in Java during that time, and wanted to know more about my own background. Here in Australia there is little known about this time, even though Australia was involved in assisting Indonesia obtain their Independence…. It was a traumatic, emotional time for these children and yet they were never allowed to talk about it, which has left an imprint on the rest of their lives and families. It has only been in the last two years that their stories are becoming known. It is a part of history that needs to be acknowledged and recorded for future generations including here Australia.”

     Showing at BAROMETER Gallery, 13 Gurner Street, Paddington Sydney: Barbara Rogers exhibits The Square until 16 June. The gap between the expectation that a particular medium is likely to evoke, and the fact of its content disruption within traditional fabric making processes. www.barometer.net.au phone +61 (0)2 93584968. The Gallery is open Wed-Sat, 12noon-5pm.  Coming up at Barometer Gallery from 25th July – 11 August: PAMELA FITZSIMONS Diary of a Landscape. This series of work was made after moving from the city, to live in a landscape rich in geological and indigenous history, a place marked by  the passing of time. Barometer Gallery. NOTE: this exhibition is being held in conjunction with the LOCAL COLOUR SYMPOSIUM: 28 July to 22 September 2018 with the symposium to be held at the end of July (the official opening will be 27th July). Liz Williamson will released details for posting.

KALEIDOSCOPE – this exhibition is comprised of contemporary works by textile artists Kerry Beaumont, Petal Davies, Mandy McAlister, Barb Morris, Barbara Veitch and Ellen King. The group formed because of their passion for textiles and their desire to push the boundaries in contemporary embroidery, quilting and felting. The notion of Kaleidoscope allows each artist to look at colour and shape and the inspiration they find in nature and the environment. The exhibition takes place at The Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney from 28th August – 7th September 2018.

The LADY AND THE UNICORN exhibition. This exhibition is a series of medieval tapestries, some of the rarest masterpieces of French art from the Middle Ages. They’ll be on display exclusively at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) from now until 24thJune 2018. The series of tapestries may never be seen again in Australia so this is truly a once in lifetime opportunity to see the masterpieces in Sydney. Travelling for only the third time outside France since they were designed in Paris circa 1500, the six magnificent tapestries of The Lady and the Unicorn can be viewed exclusively at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney in 2018. On loan from the Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris, The Lady and the Unicorn is often referred to as the ‘Mona Lisa of the Middle Ages.’ Considered a French national treasure, it is the number one attraction at the Musée de Cluny, one of Paris’ most-visited museums. If you wish to read more about the exhibition, there is information available from https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/the-lady-and-the-unicorn/

All are welcome to attend the seventh exhibition of the Illawarra Feltmakers Inc in June. When: 10am-4pm, 8-13 June. Where: Old Fire Station, Kiama. ALSO: enter your own creatively constructed ‘sheep’ in the 2018 Best Sheep on Show competition during the Illawarra Feltmakers bi-annual South Coast Muster. Come and meet Kev the alpaca. Traders and spinning and weaving groups will also be in attendance. When: 11th  August 9am-4pm, 12th August 9am-3pm .Where: Gerringong Town Hall, Fern Street Gerringong. Information: illawarrafeltmakers.blogspot.com.au

Workshops coming up later in the year at the studio of Liz Jeneid (29-33 Stones Rd., Mt Kembla NSW); tel 42 712 460 or 0408 421 664; email ejeneid@ozemail.com.au). October 27/28: Printing from the Land with Gabriella Hegyes. Explore the natural and made environment using alternative printmaking methods onto fabric and paper. Prints will be created from boiled vegetation onto paper and fabric. We also create wet clay plates embossed with found natural and made materials and print from these embossing’s onto fabric and onto paper with acrylic paints inks and soils. November 10/11: Basketry with Natural Fibres – Lissa de Sailles. Over this two day hands on workshop participants will learn how to identify, harvest and prepare natural materials for weaving sculptural and functional baskets. A number of basketry construction techniques will be taught including twining, looping, braiding, plaiting and random weave. Please note that participants need to have reasonable manual dexterity. www.lizjeneid.net

     At MAAS (Powerhouse Museum Sydney) until 14 October 2018: Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th century to the present.  A riot of colour and style, Reigning Men is the largest and most important menswear exhibition ever assembled, and explodes the myth that menswear is restrained. Featuring over 130 garments by renowned menswear designers including Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, Reigning Men makes illuminating connections between history and high fashion. Drawing primarily from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s renowned collection, the exhibition traces cultural influences over the centuries, examines how elements of the uniform have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals how cinching and padding the body was, and is, not exclusive to women. This exhibition was organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and presented by the MAAS Centre for Fashion.

  Currently at MAAS (Powerhouse Museum Sydney) 40 years of fabulousness. This display, featuring costumes by Peter Tully and Brenton Heath-Kerr celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Since 1978 the annual parade has transformed the streets of Sydney into a colourful and lively spectacle celebrating the pride, diversity and creativity of LGBTQI* communities. It has grown from a small political march commemorating the Stonewall Riots in New York to the world’s biggest gay and lesbian festival attracting crowds of over half a million local, interstate and international spectators. The Mardi Gras parade has created opportunities for talented LGBTQI artists, designers and craftspeople. Every year they create costumes, posters and events that dazzle the crowds with their extravagance and playful humour. https://maas.museum/event/40-years-of-fabulousness/

Also at MAAS (Powerhouse Museum Sydney): STUDENT FASHION 2018 until 2 September. Student Fashion is an annual display that provides a glimpse of the exciting potential of the next generation of Australian fashion designers. It showcases outfits from the final-year ranges of top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools: Fashion Design Studio, TAFE NSW, Ultimo Campus, Raffles College of Design and Commerce, University of Technology, Sydney and Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia. https://maas.museum/event/student-fashion-2018/

     Presented by Museums & Galleries NSW SOFT CORE  is a major national touring exhibition that opened at Sydney’s Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in December 2016.  Other NSW centres for this touring show are listed below.  As the project title suggests Soft Core seeks to creatively explore notions of ‘softness’ in contemporary art. Curated by UNSW Art & Design graduate Michael Do and drawing together 13 international and Australian artists, the participants each reveal different approaches to ideas and experiences of softness. The results range from large-scale inflatables that spectators are encouraged to interact with, to smooth, small, flesh-like objects. The artists participating in Soft Core include Tully Arnot, Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Tully Moore, Tony Oursler, Michael Parekowhai, Patricia Piccinini, Todd Robinson, Koji Ryui, Kathy Temin, Louise Weaver, Simon Yates, and Paul Yore – each variously utilises air, inflatable nylon, unfired clay, and plastics bags as examples of materials co-opted for their versatility and mutability between function and emotion. Some of the works in the show are activated through electricity and inflation while others simply inhabit their softness. The exhibition is supported by an extensive catalogue with contributions from writers, curators and directors. See Soft Core in 2018 at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW – 11 August to 28 October 2018.

Timeless Textiles Gallery 90 Hunter St, Newcastle East:   Exhibition Program: Incubating Fibre (Creator Incubator) to 10 June; Kindred of the Dust: Jess Forster (13 June- 8 July);  Subterrain: Australian feltmakers with Charlotte Scmeish  (11 July – 4 August); Evolia: Sophie Munns (8 August – 2 September); Place: Stitched Masterpieces: Cathy Jack Coupland (5 Sept – 7 Oct); Crossing Borders Jette Clover (10 Oct – 4 November); Jo Hamilton (13 Nov- 24 Nov); Pam Hovel (28 Nov – 22 Dec).

Commencing on 13th June at Timeless Textiles in Newcastle: Emerging textile artist Jess Forster uses natural materials from her Riverina home’s environment to create the evocative Kindred of the Dust exhibition, opening at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles in June.  The exhibition runs from 13 June to 8 July with the opening on 14 June 2018. Forster’s sculptured felt artworks feature locally collected fibres, native seeds and earth pigments. Her work is an experimental inquiry into the emotionally constructed relationship between humans and the natural environments that surround us. The Kindred of the Dust collection questions our connections to place. The works are embedded and dyed into powerful topographic landscapes, hollowed felt totems, and three-dimensional limbs. Some pieces have been left outside at various locations that are meaningful to Forster. This has allowed natural weathering, colouring and the germination of seeds. The forms have become a conceptual mapping-tool. They are physical representations of Forster’s land and location. They also seek to capture her emotional connection to place and ‘home’. Forster’s works are observations of the cyclical, miniscule natural processes in our world. She observes a tiny seedling poking through the earth, ant highways, dripping sap, opening seed-pods, bark of ancient gums and the organic patterns of silt drying on the edges of billabongs.

     Check out all the exciting creative workshops for 2018 at Timeless Textiles Gallery  http://www.timelesstextiles.com.au/page19825/shop.aspx?categoryID=1791

Macarthur Textile Network Inc. presents its biennial exhibition: MOVEMENT THROUGH COLOUR from Saturday 16 June (there is an opening event on that day) to Sunday 29 July 2018 at Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown. 10am-4pm daily. Kate Oszko, editor of ‘Down Under Textiles’ will speak at 2pm on Saturday 7th July which is the exhibition Open Day that includes artist talks and the sale of members’ work. The exhibition’s theme considers how light and movement make our world dance with colour. Contemporary textile practice has a tactile, visual and emotional impact. Through this unique and diverse medium, the Macarthur Textile Network artists have responded to this theme. Enjoy light refreshments in the Arts Centre Café overlooking the Japanese Gardens. For further information, please contact Macarthur Textile Network via email macarthurtextilenetwork@gmail.com

     Two-Day Annual Winter Wool Fair: Sutherland Shire Spinners & Weavers Inc invites you to the come and enjoy our annual Exhibition and Sale of members’ work. Woven, knitted and felted items, hand spun and hand dyed yarns will all be there to view and to buy. There will be traders offering other yarns, spinning and weaving supplies, including spindles, and there are books for sale. Spinning and weaving demonstrations will be held regularly over the 2 days. Morning and afternoon tea and light lunches are available throughout the two days of the Winter Wool Fair. This year all money from raffle tickets goes to the Amelie Sutherland Shire Women’s Refuge. Dates: Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd June 2017; Times: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm each day. FREE ENTRY.  Location: Sutherland Uniting Church Hall, Flora Street (directly opposite Merton Street), Sutherland NSW. (There is wheelchair access at the venue which is a short walk from the Sutherland Rail Station).

      ATASDA The Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Association NSW branch offers 2 day Workshops and 1 Day Textile Tasters with noted Australian and International tutors on a variety of textile related subjects. Details and enrolment forms for upcoming workshops and tasters are available on the ATASDA website www.atasda.org.au or email the workshop or taster co-ordinators at nswworkshops@atasda.org.au / nswtasters@atasda.org.au. All events (workshops, tasters, General Meetings – usually featuring guest speakers, and social days) are held in Sydney at Dence Park, Epping. Members and non-members are welcome – members attend workshops and tasters at discounted rates. The workshop/tasters program for the next year is announced with great fanfare at the December (1st Saturday) general meeting each year. We will always consider applications by prospective local and interstate tutors. For these and any other general enquiries contact ATASDA NSW at nsw@atasda.org.au or by post at PO Box 1090 Epping NSW 1710.

      ATASDA South is an enthusiastic group of ATASDA NSW, which meets in Sutherland on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Members come from the Southern Suburbs of Sydney, Southern Highlands, The Illawarra and down to Berry. More information from ATSADA South Group: www.atasda.org.au www.fibretribe.blogspot.com

     GO CREATE! New England is a textile and art retreat situated in beautiful pastoral country in the New England Tablelands on property owned by well known contemporary lace maker Vicky Taylor and her husband. Participants can choose from classes with on-farm accommodation including meals, or any level of B&B and hotels available in the Uralla/Armidale district. Many creative classes on offer including dyeing, no-rules printing, textile painting, shoe making, contemporary surface embellishment, contemporary lace making, design and personal development. Most have a textile theme but there is also painting, photography, drawing, encaustics, jewellery and felting classes, taught by professionals drawn from the region and abroad.  Ph: 0412 351 792 www.gocreatenewengland.com  They are now offering a  “Go Creators” rewards program. It is designed to help those who have lots of workshops on the “to do list” to make it more affordable. Join “Go Creators Rewards” for significant workshop discounts. Pay $200/month for your choice of 6 workshops within a 6 month block. (6 month block will start from first payment). Or pay $1200 up front for your choice of 6 workshops within a 12 month period. Workshops must be chosen at least 1 month in advance, so tutors and Go Create staff have time to prepare. There will be no refunds for missing workshops, however you can opt for another workshop within your time period if proper notice is given. Late workshop changes or workshop cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances will be at Go Create’s discretion and “Go Creators” will have their workshop rescheduled on a case by case basis. Please ring or email us to purchase a Go Creators reward programme. Call Kath: 0412 251 972 or email us at admin@gocreatenewengland.com (mailto:admin@gocreatenewengland.com)