Information about Sydney Craft Week (SCW) is presented in the first portion of this bulletin. Other news from NSW follows. Sydney CRAFT Week will take place from 6-15 October. Led by the Australian Design Centre and supported by an advisory group of craft sector professionals, Sydney Craft Week brings together contemporary craft organisations and individuals in a celebration of craft across the city as part of a ten-day festival from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 October 2017. Cultural institutions, galleries, retailers, universities, art and design schools, collectives, groups and individuals were invited to propose exhibitions, events, talks and workshops for Sydney Craft Week focusing on local contemporary craft. Included are live demonstrations, markets and retail events, open studios, interactive or immersive installations, cross-disciplinary projects, and projects that incorporate food and/or drink, or otherwise engage the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell). Sydney Craft Week will showcase the city’s textile artists, ceramicists, metalsmiths, jewellery-makers, glass artists, timber/furniture makers, leather-crafters, paper artists, Indigenous artists and other makers, designers and craft practitioners. See full details of the many many events at https://australiandesigncentre.com/sydneycraftweek/
SCW: Australian Design Centre is holding a special Makers Market on Palmer Street, Darlinghurst during Sydney Craft Week. A selection of makers who weave, hammer, throw, bend, twist, fire, decorate and create day in, day out, right across the greater Sydney area will be selling their wares in this special one day event. Makers include: Amy Tamblin, Blak Markets, Chase Fate, City East Community College, Clay Canoe, Cloth Fabric, Heirloom Fibrecraft, Herbert and Friends, IdeastoForm, Katherine Mahoney Ceramics, Little White Dish, Modern Murri, Molly Coombs Marr, Mukumono Ceramics, Outer Island, Public Holiday, Tara Burke, The Raconteur, the Raisin did It, Trade the Mark and Workshop 85. When: Saturday 7 October, 10am – 4pm. Where: ADC and Palmer St, Darlinghurst.
SCW: The Embroiderers’ Guild of NSW presents two exhibitions in their recently renovated premises and purpose-built gallery spaces: a contemporary textile display Order and Chaos and the Margaret Oppen competition, which is held every two years with the aim of fostering the achievement of excellence in original embroidery design and technique. In recognition of the Guild 60th year, the theme and title of this year’s competition is Diamonds and other Treasures. For Craft Up Late, the Guild will be hosting a talk by Mary Brown. ‘Embroidery Surprises in Contemporary Art’ will include a presentation on the unexpected appearance of embroidery in contemporary art exhibitions as well as looking at curated exhibitions in Australia and internationally which are specifically about stitch. Details: Exhibitions, Friday 22 September – Tuesday 31 October; Craft Up Late, Wednesday 11 October. Refreshments from 5pm, Talk commences at 6pm, Free (RSVP essential, 9743 2501) www.embroiderersguildnsw.org.au
SCW: As part of Sydney Craft Week in October- Meet a fibre artist and learn about their process and practice at this Open Studio organised by the Australian Textile and Surface Design Association (ATASDA). Members of ATASDA, a non-profit organisation formed to promote, foster and develop textile art traditions, fibre artists and surface designers, will be working on current projects. Activities will include an introductory card and printmaking workshop where participants will create a design, make a printing plate and print on card or collaged surfaces. When dry these can then be stitched or further embellished as desired. Participants will have a design and printing plate to take home. As part of Craft Up Late, ATASDA member Susan Shing will run a felted jewellery ‘Make and Take’ workshop. Details: Open Studio, Saturday 7 October, 3 – 6 pm; Craft Up Late ‘Make and Take’ workshop, Wednesday 11 October, 5 – 8pm; Free. More information online: www.atasda.org.au
SCW: Working Cloth textiles studio presents Directions, a multimedia exhibition in collaboration with composer and sound artist Alyx Dennison. The venue is at 374 Crown Street, Surry Hill. Gallery Hours: Saturday 11am – 7pm, Sunday – Tuesday 11am – 6pm, Wednesday 11am – 8pm, Thursday 11am – 6pm, Friday 11am – 4pm. The textiles will serve as artefacts of the maker. Lines drawn, stitched slowly as the story of a life. To pay homage to those who came before and those who will come after. To be reverent of the work of generations quietly stitching, quietly creating. In the spirit of utility, history, community, and beauty. To explore identity, a shared narrative pieced from separate fragments. To honour the silent voices unable to claim their participation. Details: Exhibition: Saturday 7 October – Sunday 13 October, Opening Event: Saturday 7 October, 5pm – 7pm, Craft Up Late Hand-quilting workshop: 11 October, bookings online: www.workingcloth.com
SCW: Data Lace is an ethereal paper lace installation suspended in space at the University of Technology Library. The work engages with particular ephemera collected from a selected environment – a workplace. Through a series of walking expeditions from a design office to the administration floor, shredded office documents were collected and transformed into a contemporary paper lace work. Fragments of texts, symbols, dates and numbers are re-imagined as a new material system – a Data Lace. The paper lace installation is accompanied by an artist talk with Textile Artist Cecilia Heffer and Visual Communications Designer Zoë Sadokierski. Together they will talk about their practice, ongoing collaborations in creating artist books, investigations into alternative forms of publications and present their joint publication, Lace Narratives: A Monograph 2005-2015, funded by UTS Library. Details: Wednesday 27 September – Friday 3 November, opening hours are 7am – 1am daily for UTS students and staff and 8am – 10pm for the public. Opening event and artist talk, Wednesday 11 October 5–7pm, with artist’s talk starting at 6pm sharp. www.ceciliaheffer.com
SCW: Come together for an evening of crochet and knitting at the fabulous Unravelled Textiles in Middle Cove. Bring along your favourite woolly project to work on or simply start from scratch. Wool workers will be on hand to advise and instruct along with bubbles and nibbles to keep the mood fun and enjoyable. Everyone of all levels is welcome. Led by Kirsten Fredericks (crochet, soft sculpture artist) and Belinda Gunn (textile artist). Details: Wednesday 11 October, 5 – 8pm, $20 www.kirstenfredericks.com
SCW: Sculptural Random Weave with Catriona Pollard: Slow down and gift yourself the time to find the secret life in natural objects. We are surrounded by the beauty of nature, but so often we are too busy or digitally connected to slow down and reconnect with it. This workshop is all about exploration and play, and unlocking your creativity. Experience and explore the sculptural basketry technique of random weaving with contemporary sculptural basketry artist Catriona Pollard, from The Art of Weaving. Learn how to create something from found material just using your hands and imagination. By the end of the experience, you will have a sculptural basket around a vase, a deeper understanding of the wonderful art of weaving and your own creativity. To be held at Mosman Village Yoga, 1/742 Military Road, Mosman. Sunday 15 October, 10am to 1pm, $82.50; bookings through Eventbrite
SCW: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney as part of Sydney Craft Week: Lace Study Centre, Saturday 7 October, 10am – 1pm. Visit the Powerhouse Museum’s Lace Study Centre to view lace from all over the world, including 300 of the most significant lace examples in the MAAS collection. MAAS has been collecting lace for more than a century and has one of the best collections in Australia, ranging from fine handmade lace from the late 1500s to more recent machine-made pieces. ALSO: Love is: Australian Wedding Fashion. Thursday 12 October, 11am–12pm. Join curator Glynis Jones for a tour of Love is: Australian Wedding Fashion at the Powerhouse Museum. The exhibition features more than 50 wedding outfits plus accessories covering nearly 200 years of Australian weddings including Australia’s first surviving wedding dress from 1822, elegant 1920s gowns, contemporary designer fashion and garments reflecting Australia’s culturally diverse traditions. Join us to tour wedding fashion, from the handmade to couture and learn about how the gowns were crafted. Both events free with general admission to the Powerhouse Museum: Adult $15; Children 16 years and under FREE. NSW Seniors Card holders pension & concessions $8. Student card holders $8. maas.museum
SCW: 60,000 Years in the Making – A Practitioner’s Yarn-up at Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences. A full day yarn-up showcasing the approaches and techniques of four Australian Aboriginal women whose work brings traditional cultural practices into contemporary contexts. In each session the artisans will share their knowledge and provide a window to new ways of thinking about how we can engage with, sustain and re-position skills that have been in development for over 60,000 years. For more information and bookings visit the website. Details: Saturday 14 October, 10am – 4pm maas.museum
SCW: UsefulBox is inviting sewists and crafters to our newest event, Frocks, Tales and Tea. Guests are invited to wear a garment or accessory that they have made to listen to Jennifer Irwin, the costume designer for Bangarra Dance Company and Opera Australia, talk about her career and her process for making costumes. Afterwards, it will be time to meet other sewists and crafters, plus Jenny, over an afternoon tea. The ticket price includes a sparkling wine on arrival, guest speaker and afternoon tea. Prizes and vouchers will be available on the day too. Details: Saturday 14 October, 2pm – 4pm, $80, book online: www.usefulbox.com.au
SCW: A handmade life by Six Inner West Makers: As women, the Six Inner West Makers face particular challenges as makers – juggling motherhood, building a creative career and at times a paying job. This exhibition is an opportunity for them to work in their own mediums but also experiment across a variety of other mediums including: basketry and weaving, eco-printing, jewellery, textile work and more. It also affords them the opportunity to develop professional practice, build confidence in the public sphere and engage with their community. The value of the camaraderie between makers, the scope for cross pollination, and the benefit of having a support network is also paramount. The six Inner West makers showcasing vibrant, new work are: Gill Brooks – feltmaker; Romana Toson – contemporary jeweller; Ro Cook – textile artist; Meryl Blundell – contemporary jeweller; Kim Davies – textile artist; and Lorri Evans – leather worker. Details: Wednesday 11 October – Sunday 22 October thecreatory.com/journal Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Pidcock Street, Camperdown.
SCW: Galeecha: Cultural Textiles Design is an exhibition presenting work designed by students enrolled in the 2017 Cultural Textiles course which ran in Gujarat, India in January / February 2017. One of the course projects involves students designing for handblock-printed rugs or yardage. Having undertaken a course in Gujarat, India, students translate patterns and motifs of their experience in India into designs for rugs or yardage. Selected designs will be block printed by hand with natural dyes onto cotton dhurrie rugs by Dr Ismail Khatri’s and Sufiyan Khatri’s studios in Ajrakhpur, Kutch, Gujarat, India. Curated by Liz Williamson. Details: Wednesday 11 October – Saturday 21 October. Opening Night, Tuesday 10 October, 5pm – 7pm. UNSW Art & Design, E Block, Corner Napier Street and Greens Road, Paddington. www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au
SCW: Rachel Timmins: Unexpected Companions and Zoe Brand: Break it to me Gently exhibition. Rachel Timmins: Unexpected Companions exhibition: Metamorphosis and mutants, recovering value in the devalued, and finding comfort through building a place to belong are concepts that are prominently featured in Rachel’s wearable work and in how she chooses to live her life. Many of her works include soft textures and vibrant colour. Rachel’s strange adornments use materials and forms that are familiar to the general public, creating an accessible point of departure to understand the work. She uses both humour and irony in her pieces and strives for her works to create a push-pull feeling between the viewer and the objects. Rachel’s current work demonstrates how our experiences can consume and change us into something that we never knew we could be. Details: Wednesday 4 October – Saturday 28 October, Opening Thursday 5 October 6–8pm. Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst. Open Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm. www.stanleystreetgallery.com.au
SCW: Meet the Maker: Lads with Looms from 11am-1pm on 13th October at Object Shop, Australian Design Centre, 101-115 Williams Street, Darlinghurst. Studio A artists Adam Mandarano and Damian Showyin are working to keep Sydneysiders warm in winter, producing woven wraps, loop scarves and sometimes even contemporary cushion covers. These blokes are never happier than when they’re at the loom. On Friday 13 October Adam and Damian will be weaving in store, offering first-hand experience of how their textile works are produced. Come along to see the artists in action and stay for a chat as both Adam and Damian are keen to take questions. Studio A staff will also be on hand to discuss how they support both artists. Studio A is a supported studio providing professional development to artists with intellectual disabilities. Details: Friday 13 October, 11am – 1pm. www.australiandesigncentre.com
SCW: ARTISANS IN THE GARDENS presents an exciting and diverse range of artworks inspired by nature in all its forms. A celebration of the natural world, Artisans in the Gardens, now in its 17th year, brings together an extraordinary range of artwork. The exhibition showcases some of Australia’s best established and emerging artists and craftspeople with over 2,000 artworks including sculpture, ceramics, hand blown glass, jewellery, textiles, plus so much more. The exhibition is full of thought-provoking, awe-inspiring, functional and beautiful pieces of art. The artistic inspiration for the works draws on the intrinsic beauty of nature as well as current environmental issues and sustainability. All items in the exhibition are for sale over the nine-day event, with proceeds going to the artists and to assisting Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens, not-for-profit membership organisation, to continue supporting the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust’s horticulture, conservation, scientific research and educations programs. Details: Saturday 14 October – Sunday 22 October. www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/artisans
SCW: Biotextilogy: The Cellular Catwalk, Renaissance engineer Professor Melissa Knothe Tate turns art and science on their heads. Having studied engineering in an era of Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided-Manufacturing (CAD-CAM), she has invented a new platform for Microscopy-Aided Design And Manufacture (MADAMe). MADAMe creates scaled-up textiles that mimic the natural cellular weaves of living tissues. This transdisciplinary, interactive exhibition presents her multifunctional textiles and smart materials inspired by nature, tying together the fields of cell biology and textile design on “The Cellular Catwalk” at the Australian Design Centre, Darlinghurst. Details: Friday 6 October – Wednesday 15 Nov www.australiandesigncentre.com
SCW: LIZ WILLIAMSON Open Studio. Liz Williamson is an academic and weaver whose practice is wide ranging. She has designed for industry, produced unique works for major exhibitions and maintained ongoing studio production, specializing in hand-woven scarves and wraps, since establishing her own studio in 1985. Passionately researched over three decades, her knowledge and skills in relation to textiles are a remarkable resource. In her work, she embraces some of the oldest techniques of her craft along with new and innovative computer aided processes. Visit Liz Williamson’s weaving studio in Stanmore and enjoy demonstrations of loom weaving. There will also be an opportunity to purchase handwoven textiles. Saturday 14 October, 10am – 4pm.
SCW: Weaving Labour at Barometer Gallery. Jessica Hemmings, Professor of Crafts at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden will deliver a talk at the Barometer Gallery about the work of Emelie Röndahl and contemporary craft practices in Scandinavia. Barometer Gallery is exhibiting Weaving Labour, the work of current University of Gothenburg PhD candidate Emelie Röndhal. Röndahl’s practice-based research in hand-weaving investigates low resolution pictures in fluffy overgrown pixels woven in a traditional manner with wool-piles on a linen warp. Hemmings writes about textiles. In 2010 she edited a collection of essays titled In the Loop: Knitting Now published by Black Dog and in 2012 edited The Textile Reader (Berg) and wrote Warp & Weft (Bloomsbury). Her most recent editorial and curatorial project, Cultural Threads, is a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury: 2015) accompanied by a travelling exhibition Migrations which was exhibited at the Australian Design Centre in 2016. Details: Weaving Labour exhibition, Saturday 7 October – Saturday 21 October; Professor Jessica Hemmings in conversation with artist Emelie Röndahl, Saturday 7 October, 3pm. Barometer Gallery is at 13 Gurner Street, Paddington. www.barometer.net.au
SCW: The Seed Stitchers, an exhibition by The Seed Stitch Collective. The artworks in this exhibition are informed by textile techniques, material qualities and making processes. They extend traditional craft practice into new areas of technical and conceptual terrain. Common to all is the connection formed between maker and material, material and ideas through intimate and considered engagement and their relationship with the textile medium. The Seed Stitchers are seven Sydney contemporary textile artists who collaborate on exhibitions and have initiated a biennial textile art prize: Soraya Abidin, Sky Carter, Alana Clifton-Cunningham, Suzanne Davey, Gillian Lavery, Niki McDonald and Emma Peters. Details: Sunday 8 October – Monday 16 October. Tap Gallery, 259 Riley Street, Surry Hills. www.instagram.com/seed.stitch.collective
SCW: some other events happening concurrently: MARION HALL BEST INTERIORS – Museum of Sydney until 12th November. This exhibition colourfully charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers, displaying original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes. Best’s career spanned four decades from the mid–1930s, a period of transition from the department store decorators and art furnishers of the 1920s, to the independent professional designers of today. Her interiors vibrated with bold colours and patterns and a signature of her commissioned interiors was her vibrant glazed painted finishes on walls and ceilings. Best introduced the latest of international modernism in design to Australians through her shops in Rowe Street Sydney and Queen Street Woollahra, which were an inspiration to the local design profession. Exhibition talk, 7th August from 2-3pm; Museum of Sydney Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000. https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/museum-of-sydney ALSO: MEET THE MAKERS at Craft NSW October 4 – October 29, 2017, entry is free. Featuring 33 members of the Society, ‘Meet the Makers’ is a programme of daily demonstrations, talks and displays about specific crafts. We are also holding a simultaneous exhibition featuring the work of these 33 craftmakers, showcasing a range of ceramics, wirework, weaving, jewellery, glass, felting, paper and surface design with the work of Glenn Doyle, Ksenija Benko, Jan Spencer, Heidi Francis, Ceramics; Vera Alexanderova, Margaret Ramsey, Pat Hayward, Sara Hong, Margo Alexander, Liz Gemmell, Grace Whitehouse, Elaine Farrington, Lynda Vaculik, Maret Kalmar, Jane Hinde, Wendy Cartwright, Liz Hardy, Sandra Shaw, Dawn Talbot, Margaret Olah, Joy Dodd, Vicki Lowery, Liz Calnan, Helga Muschinski, Helen Wilder, Gwen Gibb, Margaret Conway, Sylvia Riley, Cynthia Retter, Natalie Fong, Michael Ripoll, Jude Skeers.
Michelle Hamer is exhibiting ONE WALL TWO JAILS from 1-29 September at the NSW Institute of Architects, Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Points NSW 2011. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm daily. This is a solo exhibition of new work exploring language around border zones expressed through stitch. http://www.michellehamer.com/
Saskia Everingham has curated an exhibition titled THE ELEMENTS which will be at Braemar Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood until Sept 17. The opening (all welcome) is on 2nd September, 2-4pm. This is part of the Blue Mountains Arts Trail weekend (2-3 Sept) and features artists in BMAN (Blue Mountains Artists Network). The gallery is open Thurs-Sun, 10am-4pm daily.
COLOURS OF AUSTRALIA is a collection of quilts which originated with Quilt NSW and wil be on display at the Manning Regional Art Gallery in Taree as part of the gallery’s exhibition The Australian Quilt which runs from 19th October to 26th November 2017. The Colours of Australia quilt exhibition came from a show first displayed in 1994 at QuiltNSW Sydney Quilt Festival held a the Sydney Opera House. From this display of over 100 quilts, 40 quilts were selected for a 5-year tour around Australia with displays in over 300 venues and inclusion in the book “Colours of Australia: Directions in Quiltmaking.”
BAROMETER Gallery at 13 Gurner Street, Paddington Sydney is featuring turn around: Textiles from Barbara Rogers from 13-30 September. The Gallery is open Wed-Sat, 12noon-5pm.
SAKURA – Japanese culture is an exhibition at Spiral Gallery, Bega from 13-25 October. Reiko Healy & local artists celebrate Japanese culture with a display of textiles, clothing, jewellery, paintings, ceramics, antiques and collectables. Opening 5pm 13 October with Japanese food & music, Taiko drumming and shinobue bamboo flute. The location is 47 Church Street, Bega NSW. Phone 02 64925322. email@example.com
Hours M-F 10-4pm Sat 10-1pm/ http://www.spiralgallery.org.au https://www.facebook.com/SpiralGalleryBega
Kelly Leonard – MESH. A Woven Response To The Local Landscape will show from 2-25 September at Number 47 Gallery, Louee Street, Rystone. “Growing up in Mudgee in the 1970’s Kelly first became interested in learning to spin and weave from the local Spinners and Weavers Guild. Her early weaving training was with a second-generation Bauhaus Master Weaver, Marcella Hempel. Marcella’s emphasis on the importance of sound craftsmanship and the development of a signature style has underpinned Kelly’s own approach to the art making process. ‘The mark of the hand’ is an important element in her work. Kelly works on a European 8-shaft floor loom; her body works with the loom to create fabric. Kelly enjoys the meditative process of weaving. The loom allows her to engage in the conversation that occurs in weaving between the materials and the structure selected. Kelly uses traditional patterns and techniques within a contemporary art context to develop a signature style. Kelly has studied a Masters of Art at the Canberra School Of Art and Masters of Arts Management at the University Of Technology, Sydney. She has travelled and contributed to community development craft projects in PNG, Vietnam & Laos. In 2007, Kelly received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant to travel to Laos to study weaving, natural dyeing and sericulture. Since moving back to Mudgee in 2016, Kelly has made work responding to the local landscape. A deep empathy for landscapes at risk from the impact of coalmining and global warming informs her work. Her current work often uses stitched text to deliver messages about the importance of caring about the local environment. Kelly photographs the work in the landscape to explore the relationship between land and weaving. Kelly’s grandfather, Joe Loy, grew up at Wilpinjong via Wollar. Some of the work in the exhibition was made as a type of mapping of Wollar. Other locations informing the work are the Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve, The Drip, Bylong Valley and Ferntree Gully. Kelly is a passionate advocate for the regional arts. She believes in cultural democracy, the idea that art opportunities and resources should be available for everyone. Art produced in local regional areas needs to be supported, nurtured and valued as it locates us all in time and place.
The Australian Cotton Fibre Expo takes place in Wee Waa from FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER to SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017. Location: Little House on Rose (76 Rose Street), Wee Waa. Details from www.australiancottonefibreexpo.com.au Four major prizes will be awarded. A very special couple of days is planned with Internationally acclaimed knitwear designer Claudia Chan Shaw as the Master of Ceremonies at our Friday night “Glow in the Dark” Cocktail Party which is being held in a marquee at the Little House on Rose Gift shop and Garden. The Exhibition will be held in a hall which is part of the Little House on Rose complex. The cocktail party is sponsored by Namoi Cotton, and we are giving a percentage of income raised to the Raise Youth Mentoring program. Tickets have been released online. Claudia Chan Shaw will also be the key speaker on Saturday morning at the Little House on Rose and there will be locally catered morning tea and an additional speaker arranged by the Wincott network. Sunshine Coast Designer Jenny King is coming out with a beautiful display. We are also pleased to welcome Meriel Chamberlain of Full Circle Fibres in Brisbane with a pop up shop and speaking point on Saturday morning, where there will be a High School fashion parade.
BUNDJALUNG WEAVING: This ambitious visual arts project will bring together Indigenous weavers from across the Bundjalung Nation to showcase their techniques and celebrate their culture in Lismore as part of Artstate NSW, a project that partners Arts Northern Rivers with Regional Arts NSW from 30th November – 3 December 2017. “Created in the lead up to Artstate our weavers will meet regularly to create a unique weaving installation that will be launched at Lismore City Hall and displayed throughout NORPA’s premiere season of Djurra – a Bundjalung Creation story. The Northern Rivers is home to many Indigenous weaving groups dedicated to reviving ancient weaving techniques and re-establishing and incorporating traditional grasses and reeds from the region. The Wake Up Time women from Casino and Kyogle based Gulibal Living Culture group are just two groups who have been successfully working to retain weaving traditions and to share their work through workshops and exhibitions locally and nationally. The installation will offer a unique insight into the different techniques and materials that have been used in the Bundjalung region for generations.” http://www.artstate.com.au/artstate-arts-program/arts-events/bundjalung-weavings/
CAMP CREATIVE Inc. (Bellingen NSW) 8-12 January 2018. Phone: (02) 6655 9326. Web: https://www.campcreative.com.au/ or https://www.campcreative.com.au/faq-s/bellingen or https://www.campcreative.com.au/course/index Several workshops with a Fibre/Textile emphasis are offered. For example, LIZ POWELL (http://www.studio13paper.com.au/) is offering Plant Paper Making and Indigo. Participants will get the opportunity to learn how to make plant fibre paper that can be manipulated using indigo and shibori techniques. Folding, stitching and clamping, dyeing and painting with indigo is a lovely way to combine these two media in both traditional and new ways. Early in the week we will be making our paper using some local fibres harvested from the immediate surroundings and combining it with some prepared oriental plant fibres. Then we’ll play with the wonderful properties of an indigo vat with our Bellingen paper, including making indigo paper string as well as a variety of shapes and sizes of paper sheets. People may decide to stitch their indigo paper into paper quilts or sampler books using original designs or traditional Japanese quilt and sashiko patterns and Japanese albums.
In addition Alice Spittle will offer Maori Traditional Basket Weaving at Camp Creative; there’s Free Style Felting with Samantha Everett; Indigo & Plant Dyeing with Anne Leon; Natural Dyed and Indigo Shibori with Cathy Moon and Sewing to Fit You with Agnes Lowe. Also Weaving the Natural Way with Mirra Winni Gaza. Details from https://www.campcreative.com.au/course/index
WONDERMENT is an exhibition from The Seed Stitch Collective that opened on 31st August and continues until 11th September at gaffa gallery, 281 Clarence Street Sydney. Artist talks: Saturday 2nd September, 12:30pm. Artists: Soraya Abidin , Sky Carter, Alana Clifton, Suzanne Davey, Niki McDonald and Emma Peters.
Ruth Hadlow is running a 4 day Creative Research Masterclass in Sydney from October 3-6. The venue is Addison Rd Community Centre, Marrickville, NSW, 2204. Times: Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm. Cost: $ 430 per person (part-payment options are available for this workshop). More details from firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Watson puts her heart on her sleeve for The Fabric of Fantasy – an autobiographical collection of works riddled with personal symbols, stories and humour. Spanning the past 40 years, the works marry unexpected text, image and objects. Continuing until 2nd October at MCA: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Jenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Curated by MCA Curator Anna Davis this survey exhibition features works from the 1970s to the present, including examples of Watson’s early realist paintings and drawings, and a number of key series of works on fabric. Inspired by both punk and feminism, Watson’s work uses distilled imagery and abbreviated text to create an intimate interior world. She has travelled widely since the 1970s and employs textiles collected on her travels as the surface for many of her paintings, which also often include collaged materials such as images from magazines, horse’s hair, ribbons, bows and sequins. Many of Watson’s works feature self-portraits and alter egos, a cast of longhaired women, horses, ballerinas, rock guitarists and cats, who enact life’s ongoing psychodramas. Intertwining autobiography and fiction, her work incorporates a diary-like voice that is delivered with deadpan wit and seems to relay the everyday experiences, dreams and desires of a self-proclaimed suburban girl. The relationship between text and image is central to her work, which frequently includes a small panel of hand painted text that sits alongside a larger image, undercutting or changing its meaning. MCA Location: 140 George Street, The Rocks Sydney. Entry: Free. See https://www.mca.com.au/exhibition/jenny-watson/ for many associated workshops and events.
News from the Japan Foundation: ECO-ANXIETY, continuing until November 4th presents contemporary Japanese and Australian artists and designers responding to the changing environment, to reflect the rising tide of shared (eco) anxiety, and ecological empathy, in the Anthropocene. The Australian landscape serves as a sounding board and metaphor of internalised anxiety in works by Ken and Julia Yonetani, and Hiromi Tango, channelling an empathic dialogue of breath between plants, humans, and landscape. A design response reflecting a societal concern for environmental emergency, Kosuke Tsumura’s FINAL HOME garments encapsulate ideas of ‘prepping’ as catalogues of personal identity for survival. Described as ‘philosophical fashion’, the garments can be pocketed with an evacuee’s unique inventory: from food and ID documents, to soft toys and precious mementos. Drawing on butoh references, performance artist Yumi Umiumare’s AnxieaTEA Pop Up Tearoom invites contemplative audience engagements exploring eco-anxiety. Butoh’s awareness of human suffering and existential meaningless resonates in Umiumare’s tearoom, where the calming exchange over tea stirs deep thoughts. Eco-Anxiety is presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney as part of The Big Anxiety festival. Location: The Japan Foundation, Sydney. Level 4, Central Park 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008. GALLERY HOURS
Mon-Thu: 10am-8pm; Fri: 10am-6pm; Sat*: 10am-1pm/ Closed *Saturday (Oct 21), Sundays and public holidays (Oct 2).
GREEN ASYLUM by Charlotte Haywood, Australian Design Centre located at 101 – 115 William St, Darlinghurst, NSW. Green Asylum is a large-scale experimental textile and video installation that blurs the boundaries between tapestry weaving and architecture, landscape and language by multi-disciplinary creative Charlotte Haywood. Haywood’s architectural tapestry and video works tell stories within the Australian landscape seeking narrative and language from the past-present-and-future. Her work is influenced by ephemeral, temporary and sacred shelters, specifically the structures of Indigenous Australia, Asia, Euro-centric steeples and refugee tents from which she creates multi-threaded and multi-narrative architectural forms. The exhibition continues until 27th September.
Join textile artist Julie Paterson on 23rd September at the Australian Design Centre for a fun and hands on workshop using scrap fabric. Learn how to put scrap cloth to good use, slow stitching and reworking old favourites to create something new. When: Saturday 23 September, 12-3.30pm. Where: Australian Design Centre
Tickets: $110 per person (+GST and booking fee). www.eventbrite.com.au/e/scrapcloth-new-things-from-old-bits-with-julie-paterson-tickets-37405533959. The ADC is located at 111-115 Williams Street, Darlinghurst Sydney.
The 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial Exhibition Dates: The 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial will be launched at the Tamworth Regional Gallery on 14 October 2017. (Dates are 1 October – 1 November for the show itself) with the gallery located at 466 Peel St, Tamworth NSW 2340. www.tamworthregionalgallery.com.au/triennial.php The exhibition will be available for tour from 1 July 2018, throughout 2019 until 30 June 2020. Tour: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. Exhibition Curator: Glenn Barkley, co-founder of The Curators’ Department, is a Sydney-based independent curator. He was previously senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2008–14) and curator of the University of Wollongong Art Collection (1996–2007). In 2007–8 he was director and curator of the Ergas Collection. He has a diverse area of interest and knowledge, including ceramics, textiles, public art, artist books and ephemera, outsider art and other marginal art forms, and public and private collection management and development. The panel for the selection of artists in the 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial included: Glenn Barkley, Curator; Bridget Guthrie, Director, Tamworth Regional Gallery; Valerie Kirk, Head of Textiles, Australian National University; Laine Rossler, Independent Artist, designer, curator and arts advisor; Brian Robinson, Indigenous Artist, previously curator at Cairns Regional Gallery. The artists selected for the 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial provide a strong Indigenous, multi-cultural and environmental focus. They include Indigenous artists Treahna Hamm, Carol McGregor, the Noongar Doll Makers of Western Australia, the Gomeroi Gaaynggal Centre and GhostNets Australia. A multi-cultural focus is present in the works by Jeanette Stok and Ema Shin. Environmental responses are represented in the works by Rebecca Mayo, Sally Blake and Raquel Ormella; and conversations about society are evident in the works by Joy Ivill, John Brooks and Meredith Woolnough.
The first Australian woven tapestry retreat is to be held from 16-21 September 2018 at Stanwell Park, NSW. Activities: own tapestry weaving, drawing, presentations, exhibition of registrants’ works, possible speaker. No tutoring. This is a non profit retreat. Contact Marie Clews email@example.com or Yvonne Eade firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and registration form.
DLux Media Arts and Community Connect Central West’s #fashtech workshops were organized to combine fashion, design, art and technology to create wearable tech-art. #fashtech is one of the projects supported in 2017 through the Regional Arts Fund. What is #fashtech 2017? A collaborative community event which brings together fashion, design, art and technology to create wearable tech-art. Participants mix materials and technology to design and create garments and accessories; combine clothing, fabric, cardboard and objects whilst learning new digital skills. They will use creative thinking and problem solving while making light, sound and interactive components for their designs. “#fashtech workshops will encourage and assist students to collaboratively design and develop a technology enhanced garment. By utilising a variety of technical skills, students will focus on creative use of everyday technology such as arduinos, circuits, touch sensors, vibration motors, light, sound and music,” creative director at Community Connect Central West Vince Lovecchio said. All works will then form part of a public showcase and exhibition. Workshop: dLux Media Arts has presented a series of workshops scheduled for delivery between June and October 2017 (one week of workshops per month). Workshops will cover concepts, design thinking and coding, team work, modular design, working with light; programming and making; physical design; experimentation with fabrics, cardboard, objects and circuits. The Orange Regional Art Gallery’s 1980’s wearable art collection will provide workshop participants with an opportunity to compare their future design ideas with those of the past. Week 4 remains as an option: October 11-13, 4-6pm, East Room Orange Regional Gallery; #fashtech exhibition Friday 13 October – Sunday 17 December. To take part send your contact details (name, email, phone to email@example.com or 0407 454 832). Exhibition: Workshop participants have an opportunity to see their creative works displayed alongside the gallery’s’ 80’s wearable art collection in a major exhibition at the Orange Regional Art Gallery. This exhibition forms part of the Orange Youth Arts Festival in October 2017, and will also feature a catwalk ‘fashion parade’ showcasing samples of both local and national wearable art. “#fashtech is an inclusive event that can be enjoyed by the whole community. It provides people with an opportunity to engage with others in a fun and creative way,” Vince Lovecchio said. Read more: http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/2017/05/raf-project-fashtech/#ixzz4ijmjXPsM
The Australian National Maritime Museum located in Sydney (2 Murray Street) has recently unveiled a stunning new large-scale embroidered work by Melbourne textile artist Melinda Piesse that illustrates the tragic story of the wreck of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) flagship Batavia in 1629. The Batavia tapestry is on display in Sydney until 29 October and included in the free galleries ticket. Find more information about this spectacular piece on the museum blog: https://anmm.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/the-batavia-tapestry/ The Museum itself can be found at www.anmm.gov.au/
SOMETHING / NOTHING is an exhibition of the work of Michael Ripoll, paper cutting, and Jude Skeers, web knitting, that will be held at Braemar Gallery in Springwood NSW from 16th November to 10th December 2017. The works that investigate the space between and explore light / dark, holes / solids, angles, directions, static and rotating images that are seemingly not there and yet in a different light appear. This is a concept exhibition, investigating and experimenting with old techniques and new materials. Knitted Webs and Paper Cuts will be exhibited in the same space. Jude Skeers – Handknitting is an ancient technique and tradition redefined in wire and glass – cube, dodecahedron, and tetrahedron created from circles. Objects that are not what they appear to be. Jude works with wire, thread, fencing wire and perspex to reinvent his 30 year old iconic web. Old techniques created in modern materials, light reflective ribbon and thread, cotton coated stainless steel wire. Michael Ripoll – Paper Cuts – first practiced in China around the 6th century, paper cutting relies directly on negative and positive spaces. Michael Ripoll has been exploring images that fleet in and out – on what is there and what is not. The picture changes fleetingly as people walk around or between paper panels – the audience itself becomes part of the picture. Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to interact with the knitted webs and paper cuts which change depending on one’s viewpoint. By using a smart phone, camera or flashlight the viewer will be able to see the works in a different light, literally.
At the Powerhouse Museum (MAAS), Sydney until 8th October: STUDENT FASHION 2017. Student Fashion is an annual display that provides a glimpse of the exciting potential of the next generation of Australian fashion designers. The exhibition showcases outfits from the final-year ranges of top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools. With inspiration as varied as the rural landscape around Orange and Chinese calligraphy, and fabrications ranging from hand-woven to 3D printed garments, each student presents two signature garments alongside fascinating documentation of their creative process. Illustrating their diverse design signatures and technical skills, this year’s display features: Ann Xiao, Fashion Design Studio, TAFE NSW, Sydney Institute; Laura Davis, Raffles College of Design and Commerce; Meredith Bullen, University of Technology, Sydney; Erin Pritchett, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia. Student Fashion is presented as part of the MAAS Centre for Fashion. https://maas.museum/event/centre-for-fashion/
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 NSW as follows: Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW until 17 September 2017. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW – 11 August – 28 October 2018.
LOLO GREENO. Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is the eighth in The Australian Design Centre’s Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Greeno is a shell worker and artist from Tasmania, whose career spans 30 years. She is an award winning talent in shell-working and the exhibition includes 50 highly visual and textural works, each uniquely championing the traditions and culture of the Indigenous women of Tasmania’s Cape Barren and Flinders Islands. Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW from 18 September until 17 Dec 2017.
STURT SUMMER SCHOOL 2018 – Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 January 2018. For 2018, 23 adult courses will be offered, and daily children’s courses. (Material cost for each course is yet to be determined. Accommodation and meals packages are available.) Julie Ryder is teaching Natural Dyeing; Glenn Skien will offer Print Book Box; Sue Walker is teaching Weaving; Harriet Goodall will teach Basketry and Valerie Kirk will teach Texture and Tapestry Weaving. As well, Angahard Rixon is offering Texties + Wire: Knit, lace weave. Details from http://www.sturt.nsw.edu.au/education/summer-school
Weekly classes at STURT Workshops, Mittagong NSW: weekly classes are offered at Sturt. See www.sturt.nsw.edu.au for full details or contact Sturt Gallery on (02) 4860 2083.
Coming up at Liz Jeneid’s workshop: PLANT DYED PAPERS & BOOKS with Liz jeneid, November 24,25 & 26 . A non refundable Deposit of $50 will secure a place in the workshop and can be mailed to Liz Jeneid, 29-33 Stones Rd., Mt Kembla NSW 2526 Please make cheques out to Elizabeth Jeneid, or transfer to BSB 732 695 Account 660972.. please identify yourself on the transfer. Please confirm transfer by email to Liz – firstname.lastname@example.org For those of you who live outside the Illawarra area, please note that we have a few extra beds that you can request when making your booking for $20 a night. The 3 day workshop (10-4pm each day) will give us time to work with the dyed papers over the weekend. Participants will explore ways of dyeing & printing papers with plant material & making book structures made with the dyed paper. Cost: $285 for the 3 day workshop plus a materials fee. Tea and coffee will be provided – participants are asked to bring lunch to share. Liz has been making books since 1990 – they are often shown in conjunction with prints and paintings dealing with the same subject. www.lizjeneid.net
2018 – a sneak preview from Liz Jeneid (see information above). January: Tuesday 30, Wed 31, February: Thursday 1, Friday 2, (free day), Sat 3 & Sunday 4, 2018 from 10-4pm each day – a workshop titled ARE WE THERE YET? (cont) with Tim Winters & Liz Jeneid. “This is a continuation of the very exciting course we ran at the beginning of 2017. Friday, the free day, is market day in Wollongong and a visit to the Wollongong City Art Gallery is possible or you can work in the studio at your own pace. Are we there yet…the journey continues: from Drawing to Artist’s Book Making, with a detour to the little known place Nofussprintmaking… Cost: $600.00 plus a materials fee. A non refundable deposit of $100 will secure a place. (You don’t have to have attended the 2017 workshop to be able to attend.)
Exhibiting until 10 September at Timeless Textiles Gallery (90 Hunter St, Newcastle East. T: (02) 49265888. M:0408483913): MARGARET ADAMS with Musings. “Local artist Margaret Adams has created a highly-evocative series of small works that reflect her personal memories over 30 years, in her second exhibition for Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles Gallery, opening this month. The tiny, complex works she has created for the ‘Musings’ exhibition use materials that reflect significant and meaningful events in her life. “I have collected memorabilia – maps and tickets from my past meanderings as a 20-year old hitching around Europe, letters home, as well as documents from my father’s collection of receipts and papers,” Margaret says. While the items themselves are relatively commonplace, it is Margaret’s placement of one element against another that elevates the works into complex constructions. Her training as a sculptor, and the influence of Japanese ascetics, shine through in the simple, yet thoughtful and mindful composition in her works. “I’m interested in words and have read and written most of my life,” Margaret said. “My interest – in forming words, in the shapes and lines made when I am writing them – seems weighted in the age of computers.”
Exhibiting from 14 September – 8 October at Timeless Textiles Gallery 90 Hunter St, Newcastle East: LOIS PARISH-EVANS with Nature’s Exuberance. Lois subscribes to the view by social researcher Hugh Mackay, articulated in his book What Makes Us Tick, that humans have an inherent desire to connect not only with ourselves and with each other but also with nature. In our busy lives, we often filter out much of the natural environment around us. It becomes ordinary and seemingly unremarkable. We live in an extraordinary world. If we take the time to stop and experience it we can feel a greater sense of connection and appreciation. In the ‘Nature’s Exuberance’ exhibition, Lois shares her vision of the lush growth, the exuberance, the vibrancy, the luxuriance, as well as the colour, pattern, line and structure in nature. She connects to the natural world in the street, the reserve, the bush and in the ocean. Lois sometimes uses artistic licence to playfully add her own creative flair in re-imagining the subject. An example of a leaf or petal design is enriched using colour, pattern, line and structure as she seeks to portray the exuberance, the vitality, the energy, richness and luxuriance of what she sees.
Check out all the exciting creative workshops for 2017 & 2018 at Timeless Textiles Gallery http://www.timelesstextiles.com.au/page19825/shop.aspx?categoryID=1791
Macarthur Textile Network Inc. presents its biennial exhibition: TEXTILES…. COLOUR DANCE from Wed July 4th to Sunday July 15th, 2018 at Campbelltown Arts Centre, 1 Art Gallery Road, Campbelltown. 10am-4pm daily. The official opening will be by Kate Oszko, editor of ‘Down Under Textiles’ at 2pm on Saturday 7th July. This exhibition promises the festive feel of colour and movement. Enjoy a coffee in the Art Centre Cafe and a stroll in the Japanese garden. Macarthur Textile Network Inc. is supported by Campbelltown Arts Centre. Susan Wilson can be contacted for details: email@example.com
ATASDA’s 2018 PALM HOUSE Exhibition will take place at The Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road from Monday, May 21 May until Friday, 1 June 2018. The theme is The Space in Between.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at PO Box 1090 Epping NSW 1710.
ATASDA South is a relatively new and 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 The ATASDA South Group is presenting the exhibition “Reflections” on Saturday & Sunday September 23th & 24th at The Old Courthouse Cnr Cliff Rd & Harbour St Wollongong. This exhibition depicts reflections through many varied mediums including: textile art and surface design, hand and machine stitching embroidery, felted items, printing, dyeing, weaving, encaustic works, millinery, art to wear and all mixed media. For more information email: email@example.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.Ten years ago Vicki built a spectacular studio on her sheep and cattle property that would draw like minded people into a community of creativity. Over the years she has taught contemporary lace making and brought tutors to The Studio from Europe, the US and from within Australia. Apart from the weekly meetings of the lace makers the workshops had been occasional. Now, with the addition of Vicki’s daughter, Kath, doing the technical magic, and Jan Clark as artist-in residence, The Studio can realise its full potential as a creative retreat, offering 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. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com)