QLD News & Events

     SCRAP FASHION BAZAAR Sunday March 31st, 9am-1pm. Venue: the home of Julie Foster-Burley, 24 Joffre Street, Ashgrove. Come and discover for yourself SCRAP FASHION’s full range – a treasure trove of genuine vintage, retro and contemporary fabrics, in lengths, patches and offcuts. You will find cottons, linens, silk, lace, polyester jersey, wool, exotic evening fabrics, calico, linings and furnishing fabrics.  Also unfinished sewing projects, vintage haberdashery and embellishments, scarf lengths, embroidery threads (modern, vintage), dress patterns, buttons, buckles, braids, trims, craft books and pattern books, etc.  SCRAP FASHION is sourced from two creative studios:  97 year old Isabel Foster, Melbourne fibre artist, weaver and embroiderer; and her aunt Rene Cornell, who in the 1950s and 60s supervised the sewing rooms of Melbourne’s exclusive bridal/couture boutique, Le Louvre. All SCRAP FASHION stock is ironed, measured, described, priced and packaged – ready to go and ready to sew! The SCRAP FASHION BAZAAR will be a fun day for home sewers, fashion and costume designers, students, quilters, embroiderers, up-cyclers, hoarders, and dreamers. Spread the word through your own creative networks and come with your friends! For more details: Julie Foster-Burley, 0424.066.003. scrapfashion@aapt.net.au

     TAASA, The Asian Art Society of Australia is holding a Textile Interest Group Event on Saturday 30th March from 2pm. Non-members of TAASA are welcome to attend (The cost is $10 for members; $15 for non-members). At 2pm Maria Friend will present an illustrated talk about Textile Connections between Indonesia and Japan – from the Dutch East India Company to Contemporary Woodblocks and Batiks. This includes her research at the archives of the Dutch trading houses in De Haag, examining their textile trade with Japan, as well as a visit to a batik workshop in Java that works for the Japanese market.  Maria Friend’s talk is followed by a film viewing and textile handling session– 50 minutes – Women’s Business – establishing a Weaving Collective in Northern Laos –  This newly released film, narrated by Amanda Keller, and produced and directed by Iain and Trish Clark will be shown alongside examples of textiles woven by the weavers. Venue and Times:  2pm to 4.15pm Brisbane Square Library Ground Floor Meeting Rooms – 266 George Street (opposite the Treasury Casino in the City Centre). followed by afternoon tea. Doors open at 1.45pm. Cost:  Members $10 and non-members $15. RSVP: to taasa.qld@gmail.com

WOVEN AND TIED : WOMEN’S WORK? shows from 2nd March – 6th April at Art From The Margins 136 Brunswick Street, Brisbane.  Art from the Margins (AFTM) presents our second Inspired AIR exhibition Woven and Tied: Women’s Work?, a showcase of fibre and textile artworks from Artist-in Residence Therese Flynn-Clarke and AFTM Outsider Artists: Vanessa Buiskool, Felicity Clarke, Rebekah Copas, Aunty Dawn Daylight, Uncle? Duane Doyle, Jen Heathwood, Aunty Marlene Wilson, Karen O’Neill and Maureen Young. In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, the exhibition is the culmination of a mentorship program where artists, using basketry skills and stitching techniques, have explored the stereotypes of what is considered ‘women’s work’ within the art world. Traditional skills have been reinvented and repurposed to make art that is both thought-provoking and challenges notions of the ‘domestic’ and ‘feminine’.

HEDA BAILEY of Caloundra will have an exhibition of her batik paintings titled Behind the Brain in THE HUB – Regional Council Gallery (4 Hasking Street Caboolture) from 5-30 March. More than 20 works explore the nature of life and grieving.

     PARALLEL runs from 8 March to 14 April 2019 – This is an exhibition by Catharine Ellis and Kay Faulkner to celebrate over 20 years of their independent yet simultaneous development of woven shibori. The exhibition will be opened on Friday March 8th at 6:30pm by Janet De Boer. There will be a FLOOR TALK by the artists: 10am Sunday 10 March 2019. Contact the gallery to RSVP: (07) 3829 8484. Redlands Art Gallery, Cleveland Qld, 95-97 Bloomfield Street, Cleveland, QLD 4163.  http://artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/

     The Australian Wearable Art Festival 2019 will take place on May 24th in Eumundi on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Entry categories include trashion, sustainable, avant-garde and floriana with prizes to be awarded to the best in each category as well as over-arching categories such as haute couture, headpiece and first nations. Gourmet food and drinks will be available during the showcase. Mingle with designers, models and acrobats wearing featured creations. Following on from two successful events at Horizon Festival, this inaugural main event kicks off an international wearable art showcase Australia has never seen before. When: Friday, 24 May 2019 – opens at 5pm with event start at 6pm. Where: 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, QLD 4562 (Eumundi Original Markets location). Early Bird Tickets: $20 standing; $35 seated; $100 VIP. http://australianwearableart.com.au/

The next Fibre Arts Expo from QSWFA (Qld Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists) is at Brisbane’s Mt Coo-tha Botanical Gardens from 28-30 June.

Darling Downs Textile Art Group’s ‘downSIZE’ exhibition is to be held from 22-27 September 2019.  It is held as part of the Quilts, Stitches and Textiles Trail Event during Carnival of Flowers week in Toowoomba. The venue is Glennie School, 246A Herries St, Newtown, Toowoomba. ‘downSIZE’ is an exhibition and sale of small, unique textile art works displaying members’ creativity.  Demonstrations of some techniques used will occur. The exhibition is free and open 10am-4pm daily.  To find out more about the Stitches & Textiles Trail  taking place from 20-28 September contact  Margie Creek  Mob: 0424 816 896 or Janice 0409 634 272 and/or www.facebook.com/Quilts  6 venues around Toowoomba  are part of the Textiles Trail: Salo Centre, Rome St; St Luke’s Church Hall, Herries St; The Glennie School, 246 Herries St; St Ursula’s College, Warra St; Downlands College, 72 Ruthven St; 7 Crestview Cres,  Blue Mtn Hts. Special Features of the event: Displays of 100’s of Quilts, Art Quilts, Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Textile Art works, Embroidery, favourite Quilts and more.  Demonstrations.  Quality handmade items for sale.  Light refreshments at most venues.   Opening hours vary, also cost of entry.  Check timetable on Facebook page.

Fresh Eyes – Recent landscapes of the Moreton Bay RegionThe Moreton Bay Region features a diverse range of natural and man-made landscapes. This exhibition explores what draws artists to depict certain landscapes and what connection they hold to them.  The exhibition continues to 16th March at Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Unit 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine (Brisbane). P: (07) 3480 6941. E: PineRivers.Gallery@moretonbay.qld.gov.au  Email: PineRivers.Gallery@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

KAREN TORRISI is offering beading workshops in Brisbane in March. The venue in all cases is Motel On Gregory, Function Room, 89-90 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill, Q4000. Workshops run from 10am-4pm and are suitable for Beginners and Enthusiasts. Kits provided with all materials needed. Bookings: karentorrisibeading@gmail.com  SAT 9th Mar – Sequin Flowers: Couture Hand Bead Embroidery Group Class; Class Fee: $200 + Kit fee: $100 = $300; Max Class size: 20. Sat 30th MAR – Silk & Metal: Couture Hand Bead Embroidery Group Class. Email Karen for your booking: karentorrisibeading@gmail.com

Tricia Smout’s Calligraphy, Books & Paper Classes in 2019: the Venue for all classes is Wellers Hill Hub, 140 Weller Road, Tarragindi (UBD map 180, G15 (near a bus stop). All workshops are suitable for complete beginners as well as those wishing to refine their skills.  For Bookings & enquiries: contact Tricia  (phone 07 3379 1406 or ts@triciasmout.com.au) or through Eventbrite. INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY (including Layout & Design), 13 & 20 October; and 10 & 17 November (4 Sunday afternoons, 1-5pm) –  Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calligraphy-class-4-sunday-afternoons-tickets-53633207367  MAKING ARTIST BOOKS (FOLDED BOOKS)  Sunday morning 8 September 9am-1pm. Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-artist-books-folded-books-tickets-53633339763. MAKING ARTIST BOOKS (STITCHED BOOKS) Sunday afternoon 8 September, 1:30-5:30pm. Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-artist-books-stitched-books-tickets-53633746981

FIBRE ARTS FESTIVAL: October, 4th, 5th and 6th – Sunshine Coast Hinterland (the site, Maranatha Recreation Camp near Yandina, is just over 2 hours drive from the Gold Coast and 1.5 hours from Brisbane city).  Last year’s inaugural festival was a great success so the next iteration is being planned and a new website will soon be announced. The festival is a celebration of fibre arts and artists, and also a gathering of like minded individuals who want to come together to create, share, nurture and connect with others. You also get to enjoy the beautiful surroundings by swimming or relaxing by the pool, join in our daily yoga sessions, go on a guided walk in the rain forest or just relax under a tree and read a book. There will also have a nightly bonfire, live entertainment, a meet the makers night with wine and cheese, an art exhibition, cultural performance and much more. The festival will again be filled with three and four hour workshops with fibre artists from Australia and NZ. Numbers are strictly limited to 200. Accommodation (dorm style, in bunk beds) and food provided. As the accommodation is in shared dormitories, they will be offering a ‘snorers’ dorm, ‘early birds’ dorm as well as a ‘women’s only’ and ‘light sleepers’ dorm. It is also possible to bring your own tent, and camp. www.fibreartsfestival.com.au  

     EXHIBITION AT MOB (Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall): The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive to 22nd April 2019 Gallery 2. Hours: 10am-5pm daily; and to 7pm on Friday nights. https://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/whats-on/easton-pearson/ info@museumofbrisbane.com.au or on +61 7 3339 0800. The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive features 200 garments personally selected by designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson to reveal the artistry, techniques and demi-couture practices that placed the label at the forefront of Australian fashion from 1989 – 2016. For the first major exhibition from Museum of Brisbane’s Easton Pearson Archive, we worked together with Pam and Lydia to select the designs they felt highlighted the greatest innovations of their design practice and to share the stories behind the evolution of each garment: the design process, techniques, collaborations, experimentation’s, successes and set-backs.The garments will be showcased on more than 60 forms in Gallery One, alongside accessories, look books, sketches and range plans. Slow fashion, sustainability, design practice and experimental future fashion will also form the basis of the exhibition’s public programs to begin in December. Tickets are $12 each.  $9 Concession discount; also group discounts. And Family passes. Season tickets available ($20; $15 concession). Find out more about the Archive here: http://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Media-release-Australias-largest-fashion-archive-donated-to-Museum-of-Brisbane-5-July-2017.pdf

      OPEN HOUSE: Tamworth Textile Triennial at Artisan Gallery Brisbane to Saturday 27th April.  Experience the best textile art from across the country in this nationally acclaimed exhibition. 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 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial has been curated by Glenn Barkley using an Open House theme, intended to celebrate 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 studio. 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.” Artisan is located at 45 Kings Street, Bowen Hills. https://artisan.org.au

Queensland Quilters Inc., STATE OF THE ART 18, has been juried by Brenda Gael Smith (who has been invited to exhibit one of her quilts as part of the show), and the exhibition of 34 works will be Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery to March 10th 2019. SOTA19 will open at Gympie Regional Gallery on Saturday April 27th at 1.30pm. It will be there till May 18th.

Major new works by artists Jonathan Jones (Australia) and Aisha Khalid (Pakistan), as well as two projects involving more than 30 women artists from the Pacific are among the highlights of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9) at the Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) running until 28th April 2019). See more than 80 emerging and established artists, collectives and filmmakers from more than 30 countries. ‘Building on the legacy of previous Triennials, we’re thrilled to present the specially commissioned Women’s Wealth Project, that will introduce audiences to the unique cultural and artistic practices of women artists from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) and nearby islands in the Solomon Islands archipelago,’ Director Chris Saines said. ‘Cane and pandanus weaving, shell ornamentation, pottery and body adornment feature in this project, as well as an immersive multi-channel video installation by rising star, AROB/Australian artist Taloi Havini, and drawings created from the 1930s through the tragedy of the Bougainville Crisis in the 1990s to today. ‘Supported by an Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant, the Women’s Wealth Project developed out of a week-long workshop initiated by QAGOMA in Bougainville, and it highlights the significance and endurance of women’s creative practices in this locale, expressing a quiet but powerful resilience in the face of major historical and political change,’ he said. Among the other must-sees in APT9 is an immersive installation and soundscape by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones in collaboration with his long-time mentor Wiradjuri Elder Dr Uncle Stan Grant Snr AM. Jones’ large-scale work includes hundreds of hand-made objects and explores the Wiradjuri gulbanha (philosophy) of dhawura (wind). Aisha Khalid, one of the most respected and sought-after Pakistani artists working today has created a major new work for APT9, a striking large-scale sculptural tapestry. The monumental work, created with fabric and gold and silver pins, weighs up to 200kg and has been commissioned with support from The Myer Foundation to commemorate the 25th anniversary of QAGOMA’s Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. The Jaki-ed  Project, developed with poet and environmental activist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, introduces audiences to the cultural significance of Jaki-ed weaving and its connection to the traditional spiritual and social structure of Marshallese life. Free, and curated for audiences of all ages, APT9 is presented across the entire Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and key spaces in the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) until 28 April 2019. For more information visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/apt9

     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; 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 exhibition is at Artisan – Queensland’s Centre for Craft and Design: to 27th April 2019. It finishes its nationwide tour at Bundaberg Regional Gallery, QLD: 25 June – 23 August 2020.

     Presented by Museums & Galleries NSW SOFT CORE is a major national touring exhibition. 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.

Soft Core tours QLD as follows:

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD now until 20th April 2019

Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD – 3 May 2019 – 23 June 2019

Why not ask about KAY FAULKNER’s WEAVING SCHOOL which has been set up at 30 Barron Rd, Birkdale, Qld. All looms and weaving equipment are provided for all classes. For full details please go to either her blog: www.kayfaulkner.wordpress.com or her website: www.kayfaulkner.com.au  To book either email magthrds@optusnet.com.au or phone (07) 32071481 (please leave a message and Kay will return your call). As well there are also many opportunities for the individual who would like to take advantage of weaving in the studio – it is possible to hire a loom for a week or part thereof for you to work on your own project. If required, tuition may be organised at an hourly rate. Full details of the program at www.kayfaulkner.com.au or www.kayfaulkner.wordpress.com Phone (07) 3207 1481. Email magthrds@optusnet.com.au

     ATASDA Queensland chapter is a group with varied interests; ATASDA stands for Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association. Details from www.atasda.org.au  At quarterly meetings there are Traders Tables, Show & Tell, 1pm meeting with Guest Speaker.  Meetings are held at BVAC, 140 Weller Road, Tarragindi. For the latest information: visit www.atasda.org.au, email qld@atasda.org.au or write to PO Box 307, Toowong Qld 4006.

     STUDIO West End is managed by Adele Outteridge and is located at 241 Station Rd, Yeerongpilly, Qld, 4105. Classes available in the Book Arts, Adele Outteridge, (suitable for all levels). PRIVATE LESSONS are designed to suit those who may not be able to attend regular classes or workshops, or who may have a specific project in mind. All media available.  Announcing our first visiting tutor for 2019: Cathy Moon will teach a workshop on indigo dying and shibori on paper and fabric on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th April 2019, 9.30am to 4.00pm. The fee is $300.00 plus a materials levy of $15.00 to be paid to the tutor. A deposit of $75.00 will secure a place, (cash, credit or cheque).  Spend the weekend exploring the possibilities of Indigo and Eco dyes on paper, cotton and silk using Shibori techniques including Itajime, Arashi, Wrapping and Stitching.  Papers and fabrics will be dipped into a natural Indigo vat to produce the wonderful blue and white designs that give shibori its distinct markings.  We will experiment with full strength Indigo as well as with an Indigo wash to create beautiful pale blues.  Colour will be introduced into your Shibori designs by under or over dyeing with tea, onion skins and eucalyptus. Expect to make a selection of papers and fabric scarves.  Natural fibres such as paper, cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo and silk are all suitable for Indigo and Eco dyes. All levels of experience are welcome and you will have the opportunity to work on individual projects.  The only requirement is that you come prepared to have fun learning new skills. Cathy Moon’s website is www.camoon.com.au To find out more from Studio West End:

 www.studiowestend.com. Ph: 07 3892 4570 Mobile 0418875769.

  PAA (Pacific Arts Association) XIII International Symposium MARCH 25-28, 2019, Brisbane, Australia

Save the date: “We are happy to announce Brisbane will be the next host of PAA’s XIII International Symposium, 2019. The dates of the conference are confirmed for Monday-Thursday 25-28 March, 2019. We hope to follow the conference with a weekend of events on the cultural precinct taking advantage of the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery.” The theme is RESILIENCE:  sustaining, re-activating and connecting culture https://pacificarts.org/announcement/paa-xiii-international-symposium-march-25-28-2019-brisbane-australia-call-full  To register: https://pacificarts.org/announcements