NSW News & Events

     ARTS MUSTER for the Blue Mountains: www.artsmuster.com.au | www.facebook.com/ArtsMuster | artsmuster@gmail.com | 0416 104 033 VENUE & DATES: Hazelbrook (Korowal School) 5-7 October.  A new program of arts workshops and events is coming to the Blue Mountains, with the launch of Arts Muster currently the program for their first workshops, to be held 5-7 October this year at Korowal School. Full details from https://www.artsmuster.com.au/ The founders of Arts Muster are Barbara Hall, a long-term Blue Mountains resident, teacher and textile arts dreamer, and Samantha Tannous, a resident of Jervis Bay and a practicing fibre artist with a background in journalism and marketing communications. Arts Muster plans to offer more school-holiday events throughout the year in 2020, including the April 2020 holidays. We are also inviting expressions of interest for market stalls, traders, and other service providers such as a coffee van or massage therapist. Samantha said: “I have spent many years attending exceptional arts workshops around Australia, and this is a very special opportunity for us to deliver quality events for arts enthusiasts in NSW. The support from Korowal School and the Blue Mountains arts community has so far been amazing.” Anyone interested in finding out more, or offering their services or support, can contact Samantha Tannous on 0416 104 033 or visit https://www.artsmuster.com.au/  https://www.facebook.com/ArtsMuster/ or email artsmuster@gmail.com

     Sydney Craft Week 2019: Sydney Craft Week returns in 2019 with a mission to recognise the exceptional quality of local craft, while also unlocking our sense of joy in making with the theme “Play”. Follow Sydney Craft Week on Instagram and Facebook for all the updates or sign up to the e-news. When:  Friday 11 – Sunday 20 October.

     JANE THEAU at barometer gallery, 13 Gurner Street Paddington: October 6-20. Opening October 10, 6-8pm with a performance by Anca Frankenhaeuser. The exhibition is titled Touch me. Remind me I am here and it is open every day but Monday, 11am-6pm. Jane is offering an Embroidery Workshop from 1-3pm on Oct 15th. Bookings: 0415110123. Touch me. Remind me I am here is an exhibition that encourages us to touch the world. Woven, threaded and knotted horsehair binds together a diverse body of work comprising of bronze sculpture, dance performance and lace, the result of PhD research Jane Theau is pursuing at ANU.

FABRI CATIONS continues to 18th August at Fern St Gallery, 131 Fern St, Gerringong, NSW. Artwork by Sandra Lyons, Chris Kondratenko, Denise Sargo & Robyn Eves. This exhibition features four artists using textiles, stitch and fibre. The artists interpret seascape, landscape and the botanical in their own unique ways, through these textiles and colourful materials.

     REFLECTIONS ON FABRIC: An exhibition that includes weaving, tapestry, spinning, dyed fibre, shibori, textile printing and dyed silk jewellery  by Liz Calnan, Marie Clews, Sylvia French, Anne Lewis, Barbara Rogers, Sandra Shaw, Dawn Talbot, Lynda Vaculik and Denise Warren.  When: 10am-4pm 19-28 Nov, closes 12pm 29 Nov. Where: Palm House, The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

Tamworth Hand Spinners and Weavers Guild invite you to a wonderful fully catered weekend where fibre, spinning, weaving and friendship are in abundance. When: 3.30pm Fri 6 to 3pm Sun 8 Sept. Where: Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Centre. Info: facebook.com/events/396616957868652  Contact: Debra Farley dmfarley@bigpond.net.au

   Terra Femme from Kate Hughes: The work exists at the intersection of femininity and the culpability of colonial imposition. Seductive and feminine the intimate form of lingerie breaks the notion of landscape art as an uncontested neutral depiction of place. The exhibition continues until 25 August. AIRspace Projects 10 Junction st Marrickville NSW, 2204. Gallery hours: Friday 11-6, Saturday & Sunday 11-5.

     FLIGHT, an exhibition of textiles and mixed media art will be at the Balmain Watch House Gallery from 15-23 August. The gallery is open 11am-3pm Wed-Fri and 10 am-4pm on Sat/Sun. Balmain Watch House is located at 179 Darling St Balmain. Info: extratexturetextileartists.wordpress.com

     PATHWAYS:  An exhibition from the Frayed Group who are part of ATASDA NSW-multi-media and textile artists who have created works for the theme of ‘Pathways’. 23rd August – 1st September. Thursday & Fridays 11am – 3pm; Weekends 10am – 4pm. Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling Street, Balmain, NSW.

Jewelled Botanica Exhibition, Amy Jones. Opening night:  5-8pm, 28th August 2019. Gallery Hours:  11 – 4pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from the 29th August – 8th September. An exhibition based on the botanical world, with opulent pieces in collage, textiles and painting. I seek to explore the notion of memory and change over time, and the restorative power of the making process, creating dreamlike gardens. – Amy Jones

     A major survey exhibition of the work of DEBRA PORCH (Art should make life more interesting than art) continues until 7 September at UNSW Galleries, cnr. Oxford Street and Greens Road, Paddington 2021. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm; closed public holidays. The work of Debra Porch ()1954-2017) explores the potency of memory and its ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary using textiles, thread, hair and electroplated objects. This major survey is presented both as an archive and dynamic workspace, playing out different permutations of objects and images drawn from 30 years of practice.

  Giants by Isabel Avendano Hazbun continues to 25 September 2019. Australian Design Centre – 101—115 William Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney.. GIANTS is a feminist exploration of dress and adornment. This exhibition challenges our social order that, still in 2019, often places women second to men and points out misogynistic behaviours that reinforce this order. GIANTS suggests dress as a universal, non-verbal and accessible language that can be used as a tool to subvert gender conditioning.

Irit Dulman: The Australian Workshops Tour 2019: Leaf & Lichen is hosting internationally renowned botanical print and natural dye artist, Irit Dulman to teach workshops at the Kioloa Coastal Campus of the Australian National University in NSW and in WA at the Margaret River Eco Retreat. Our locations allow participants to retreat and immerse themselves in the natural environment, connecting with the local landscape and creating botanical print records of our learning experiences. Irit will be teaching fundamental principles of botanical printing and natural dyes as well as sharing her latest techniques: The first days of the class will be dedicated to learning by making samples and understanding the ways we get to know the secrets of local plants. The technical side of creating the final textile includes learning how to mordant cellulose and silk fabrics and how to construct bundles for both small and large pieces of fabric. We will also combine classic natural dyes with the prints in different ways and learn the ways of eucalyptus and wool…” PLEASE NOTE: the final program will be adapted to make the most of the plants available at the time in concert with the textiles we have sourced. NSW Seven Day residential workshops: Australian National University; Kioloa Coastal Campus; 496 Murramarang Road, Kioloa NSW 2539. http://www.anu.edu.au/about/campuses-facilities/kioloa-coastal-campus  When:  Workshop 1: 26 October to 1 November 2019 OR Workshop 2: 5 to 11 November 2019. Bookings: DO NOT CONTACT THE VENUE. Just complete the registration form and return it to Wendy, (wendy@leaflichen.com), then bank details will be provided for your deposit. Both venues offer comfortable and clean twin share accommodation, there will be limited single rooms available for an additional fee. At Kioloa there are cabins with twin share rooms and kitchenette.

News from CAROLE DOUGLAS: get the creative juices flowing this winter in a series of textile related workshops. Whether you want to learn about dyes, stitch or print, add to your existing knowledge and skills or to extend your imagination I am offering the opportunity to learn (almost) everything you need to know in enjoyable surroundings with like minded people. Workshops will take place at Shop 7, Galleria, Ettalong Beach on    weekdays through to late September. Length of workshops: 6 hours over one or two days (10am – 4pm); Cost will vary depending on materials and number of hours. Workshops include: Understanding Natural Dyes, Resist Dye Techniques, The Magic of Iron, Running with Stitch, Chunky Junky Jewellery, Bag Ladies (and Men), Memory Cloth, The Language of Stitch, Indigo Dreaming, Wrapping Up. For out of towners, Galleria has more than 20 boutique shops, 6 cinemas, 12 restaurants, several cafes and a quirky 40 room motel that is offered to my workshop participants at special rates. Please contact me directly to express interest, obtain workshop contents and proposed schedule. Carole Douglas 0438 772 795 info@desert-traditions .com

Kirsten Ingemar has an exhibition called NESTS in Ballina to 25 August. NESTS are plant materials imprinted onto cloth and paper, exploring places of safety, nurturing, nourishment and the potential for expansion and transformation. “I am interested in the way memories can be held in cloth and plant dyeing has become a way of articulating my relationship with nature and landscapes. I love the process of plant dyeing and leaf imprinting – the collecting of plant material in a given place, the extracting of dyes and imprints, and recording it in the cloth. There is a magic to the process due to the element of serendipity involved. I gather the leaves, perform the tasks required and bring my intentions to the mix, after which I have to let go and let the alchemy of the dye pots take over. In a sense, I just set the scene for the mystery to unfold.  In recent years my work has been a deepening of my exploration and understanding of home within myself, as well as exploring the plant imprints in a new way. The nests grew initially from accumulated leftover bits of plant material in my studio, a wish to use the plant material for more abstract imagery and an ongoing interest in the notion of home. The actual ‘nest-making materials’ – imprinted onto cloth or paper brings new life from seemingly insignificant or discarded bits of plant material.” Northern Rivers Community Gallery

   Exhibitions coming up at Gallery 76 (Embroiderers’ Guild NSW), 76 Queen Street, Concord West:

Quilters Guild Exhibition August 2019: Art Quilts in Focus  from 1-29 August. Art Quilts in Focus is a selection of works from the Sydney Quilt Show 2019 highlighting the art of the quilt. Presented by QuiltNSW in a gallery setting with support from The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. Helen Parsons September 2019.  Margaret Oppen Competition 2019 Exhibition, October 2019. Margaret Oppen was one of the founders of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. She always encouraged individuals to aim for a high standard of work. The Margaret Oppen Competition was initiated in 1978 to foster the achievement of excellence in original embroidery design and technique.Theme for this competition was “SENSATIONS” and there are three categories; Traditional technique(s), Contemporary technique(s) and Tutors and past winners . Winners will be announced at the Gala Opening on Friday 27 September 2019 and works will be exhibited at Gallery76 for approximately one month. Getting Ready for the 20’s; Saturday 2 November to Sunday 8 December 2019. Gallery76 is very excited to announce that in November of this year, the Guild will be teaming up with The Cavalcade of History and Fashion for a new exhibition ‘Getting Ready for the 20s’ featuring pieces of embroidered and beaded 1920s wear from both the Cavalcade and Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Collection. The exhibition will include talks and presentations on different aspects of 1920s fashion as well as two related workshops – an introduction to tambour beadings and a make your own 1920s headpiece. Education and New Work, December 2019. Exhibition of textile artworks from:Our Tutors and their students, Creative Correspondence Course years 1, 2 and 3, Introduction to Embroidery Course, Contemporary Stitch and Design Course.

The first major national touring exhibition for the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering was created in a partnership between Girringun Aboriginal Corporation from Cardwell in far north Queensland and the South Australian Museum, and is toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This exhibition features contemporary artworks by 19 artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, together with selected cultural objects drawn from the South Australian Museum (SAM) collection gathered from the Girringun region. Almost half the works in the show are basket forms made either from naturally sourced fibres from the rainforest, or created using found discarded materials like metal fencing wire. It has beautiful examples of both contemporary and traditional basket forms represented. Dates and venues for NSW: Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW: 16 October – 29 November 2020. http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=9264

     Southern Highlands Textile and Fibre Network Inc. Annual Exhibition: REVIST REVISE. Friday 16th August – 26th August; 10am -4pm. Bowral Art Gallery (BDAS), 1 Short St, Bowral 2576. All welcome to attend the official opening at 1pm on Saturday 17th August which includes an Art to Wear Parade.

Modern Quilt Show Australia is returning in 2019 through the combined efforts of Sydney and Wollongong Modern Quilt Guilds. The best modern quilts by Australian quilters will be on display from Friday 16th to Sunday 17th August 2019 at The Pavilion, Kiama. For details, visit and sign up for updates at www.modernquilters.com.au/

OPEN HOUSE 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial celebrates the open-ended, porous nature of textiles practice today. It introduces a group of artists who have not previously exhibited in the triennial. All are linked in some way to a sense of broader engagement with things outside of themselves and their studios. Many celebrate the process of belonging that comes from working with other artists, while others take on wide-ranging issues such as the landscape and the environment, and the artist’s place in a world beset by environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Bringing it all together is a kind of openness that comes through exhibiting, talking and creating which can involve both artist and viewer as equal participants. The making process is equally as important as the works themselves, and the conversations while creating and showing create an open house where all ideas and responses are welcome. Tamworth Regional Gallery’s association with textile art dates back to the early 1970s. The Tamworth Textile Triennial, held every three years, showcases the best of textile art from across the country, attracting artist participation from all states in Australia. The ARTISTS for the 3rd Tamworth Triennial are Sally Blake, John Brooks, GhostNets Australia, Gomeroi gaaynggal, ArtsHealth Program, Treahna Hamm, Joy Ivill, Carol McGregor, Rebecca Mayo, Noongar Doll Makers, Community Arts, Network, Raquel Ormella, Julia Robinson, Ema Shin, Jeanette Stok and Meredith Woolnough. Exhibition curator, Glenn Barkley. https://www.tamworthregionalgallery.com.au/ The exhibition is at Orange Regional Gallery, NSW: 8 February – 22 March 2020; Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW: 28 March – 10 May 2020. Exhibition Curator, Glenn Barkley. Read his catalogue essay here: https://keo-cms.appspot.com.storage.googleapis.com/sites/regional-gallery/assets/92041bd7-95dd-4a89-a132-a637ad1a1e82/TTT%20Barkley%20Essay.pdf

     The NEXT (4th) Tamworth Textile Triennial, TENSION(S) Performance, Interaction, Material Futures will be launched in Tamworth in August 2020. The curator is Vic McEwan. Tension(s) 2020 acknowledges that the world has long been a place under various tension(s), both harmonious and dissonant. In order to bear witness to, contribute to and respond to these tensions, the triennial will focus on the future of people and place through textile as a material and human experience as materiality.For more information go to: https://www.tamworthregionalgallery.com.au/

     OFF THE BEATEN TRACK will be exhibited at the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery from 15 August – 28 September 2019. Five textile artists have taken a journey ‘off the beaten track’ either literally, imaginary or creatively for this travelling exhibition. The artists; Donna Caffrey, Margaret Gollan, Prue Hill, Linda Taglieri and Diana Thomas have explored the theme through space travel and metaphysics to memories of adventures in distant lands, literature, magical design and the repetition of everyday life. Work practices include embroidery, weaving, 3-D works, quilt making, collage and felting.

     CRAFT NSW is offering workshops in its new location at 12 Argyle Place, Millers Point Sydney (open 10am-5pm daily). The workshops are usually one-day or two-day and run from 10am-4:30am on the days offered. Average cost of $100/day. For a complete list (or to sign up to get email bulletins) see https://craftnsw.com.au/collections/workshops

untethered fibre artists inc. is thrilled to present un:Seen, their fourth annual exhibition, each exhibition title forming part of a poetic interconnected narrative. Evolving from previous exhibition titles, the works explore human interaction, impart a message and share a passion through imagery and meaning. The 20 artists work in a wide variety of fibre and textile techniques to tell stories that draw on memory, history and relationships between people. Spend some time enjoying intricate works made with stitch, felt, print, dye, and many other traditional and innovative fibre art practices. Watch the “making of” slideshow for a glimpse into the artists’ studios. The exhibition tours regionally and interstate. From 5th Dec 2019 – 19th Jan 2020 the exhibition is at Manning Regional Art Gallery, 12 Macquarie St, Taree NSW 2430 Ph:02 6592 5455 Open Wed-Sat 10am – 4pm, Sunday 1-4pm.

Workshops at the Studio of Liz Jeneid (29-33 Stones Road, Mt Kembla NSW): Sept 14, 15 & 16: Plant dyed papers and books with Liz Jeneid. Paper will be dyed using a variety of plant based dyes. We will then change the surface of the paper, using the marks made during the dye process to guide the stitching, cutting or embossing of the pages. A book will be made using your dyed papers, adding extra pages or small objects stitched into the folds. Then on Dec 7/8 the offering is Boxmaking with Avril Makula. In this workshop you will learn to make a sturdy (yet elegant) double-walled, lidded, lined box, made-to-measure for a book of your choice. The construction techniques used to make this lidded box can be used to make other box structures, including a clamshell box, which we will also make. Details from  Phone (02) 4271.2460 or 0408.421.664. Email ejeneid@ozemail.com.au Web: www.lizjeneid.net

PLACE is a travelling exhibition of artists’ books curated by Liz Jeneid and Avril Makula. It will be at Orange Regional Gallery, 149 Byng Street, Orange – dates of 19 Oct – 15 Dec 2019 (the gallery is open 10am-4pm daily). There will also be a showing in Armidale at NERAM (106-1145 Kentucky Street, Armidale) in August 2020 – precise dates to be confirmed.

Sturt’s Short Course 2019 program is now online. The program includes classes in woodwork, fibre & textiles, ceramics and more! Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September: Contemporary stitching & fabric play with Cath Derksema; Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October (no fibre/textile offerings as yet). For information Sturt’s short course program, follow the link.  https://sturt.worldsecuresystems.com/education/short-courses

     OFF the BEATEN TRACK is an exhibition featuring textiles to be held at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery from 1-27 October. The works explore imaginary and real journeys in unusual ways and places. Featured are works by Donna Caffrey, Margaret Gollan, Prue Hill, Linda Taglierie and Diana Thomas. Cessnock Regional Art Gallery  https://www.crag.net.au/upcexhibition

Timeless Textiles Gallery 90 Hunter St, Newcastle East: until 31st August, the featured exhibition is Jan Clark: RIVERSONG: Four Seasons of the Rocky River: Textile artist Jan Clark uses a variety of techniques and mediums to express her spiritual connection to nature in a new exhibition at the Wetlands at Shortland in August. The vibrant habitat of the Wetlands will form the ideal backdrop for experiencing Clark’s diverse work. Her RIVERSONG works evoke the extraordinary beauty of tiny details observed during her frequent forays into the natural world. This exhibition runs at The Wetlands, Shortland from 5-31th August with the opening on Saturday 10th August at 4pm. More details from https://timelesstextiles.com.au/

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

     FEARLESS FLOWERS. Timeless Textiles’ International Women’s Day project theme for 2019-2020 has been announced and will raise funds for research into Ovarian Cancer. You are invited to make flowers out of any fibre/textiles …and as many as you like. All are gratefully received. The flowers will bloom amongst the Norfolk pines outside the gallery in Newcastle, next International Women’s Day (4pm 8 March 2020). For more about Timeless Textiles click here. Come and join into free workshops @ Timeless Textiles Gallery with The Wednesday Maker’s group (Wednesday 10.30-12.30pm) until March 2 2020. Follow ‘Fearless Flowers’ on Facebook.

      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.

The Theme title for ATASDA’s new Palm House Exhibition is INTERLUDE (think breathing space, cessation, discontinuance, stop, lull, a pause between acts of play).  The venue is The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the dates are 1-12 June, 2020. Entry is open to all ATASDA members.

      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)