GARDENS OF THE HEART, an International Poetry & Textiles Project by INDIA FLINT & FRIENDS: Poets from around the world have joined hands in this gentle project involving words, cloth and thread. Each participant was given a random number and invited to compose and stitch a text to be a first, a middle, or a closing line. None of the writers knew what the others were writing about, there was no common theme decided… but when such deeply considered lines are placed together, curious beauty unfolds. The ‘Gardens of the Heart’ Exhibition is open 11am – 4pm weekends until the 17th March 2019 at ‘Fabrik’ Arts & Heritage in Lobethal, South Australia. The Exhibition is part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. For further information see

DARE TO DIFFER 2019: Contemporary Quilt Exhibition: The Quilters’ Guild of South Australia Inc invites all quilt/textile artists resident in Australia to participate in this selected exhibition at Gallery M – Marion Street, Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park e: P: 8377 2904 Mon – Fri 10 – 4pm, Sat 10 – 4pm, Sun 1 – 4pm Closed pub holiday. Dare to Differ will be in place from 5-29 September 2019.  Online Applications to enter become available from 1st May 2019.  Or contact the Convenor, Suzanne Gummow (08) 8268 7005 (h) Email:

Internationally renowned Canadian felt artist Fiona Duthie will be teaching two innovative feltmaking workshops in the Adelaide area through Moira Simpson. Workshop 1 – Fibre + Paper + Ink – 29-31 March 2019: innovative approaches to creating and embellishing felt with print and surface decoration. Workshop 2 – Tactile Metaphors – 1st, 2nd, 3rd April 2019: surface decoration and texture on felt, as well as looking at helping individuals to develop their own personal visual voice.  For illustrated brochures with workshop descriptions  and to book your place, please go to  The price for each workshop is $460 which includes tuition, refreshments all day, and a delicious lunch. All payments are now by online booking which is quick and easy – select the workshop you wish to book, click on the link, and you will be taken to the payment page where you enter your credit card and other details. Don’t forget to print out a copy of the payment confirmation for your records. The venue will be Cherry Gardens Memorial Hall in Cherry Gardens (near Blackwood / Coromandel Valley and just about 30 minutes drive from Adelaide). It’s a terrific venue – a huge hall with lots of space and 2 work tables per person, as well as indoor/outdoor works areas, etc.

Introduction to Wet Feltmaking and Nuno Felting, taught by Moira Simpson.  If you wish to book a felting workshop with Fiona Duthie or Natalya Brashovetskaya (see below) but lack the basic skills, Moira Simpson is offering one-day beginners’ felt-making workshops on 10 or 12 March or 17 April, and beginners’ nuno-felting on 9 and 14 March or 18 April. Details and bookings at

Moira Simpson has also organised two more workshops in the second week of May, when Natalya Brashovetska will be teaching  felt shoes / ankle boots and bags (5 days from 12-16 May) and sandals (3 days from 9-11 May): Bookings are now open for the two workshops that are being run by Ukrainian feltmaker and footwear designer, Natalya Brashovetska with a booking deadline of 28th February to allow for the ordering and delivery of essential materials from overseas.

   From 15-18 July, Alysn Midgelow-Marsden is offering a workshop on Rich & Lustrous Surfaces through Moira Simpson and E-vocative Arts for mixed media and fibre artists using colour, stitching, fusing, burning and gilding to create rich and lustrous surfaces, and you will explore as many of the properties of Angelina heat fusible fibres as we can fit in! Check out the website to see the many amazing effects that can be achieved.

     From 30 August – 1 September: Tangled Felt with Wendy Bailye, offered through Moira Simpson and E-vocative Arts . Create handmade felt with patterns inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing and Wendy’s unique embossed felting techniques. Details and bookings at

     Using Your Sewing Machine as a Creative Tool – A workshop by Kathryn Harmer Fox, award-winning textile artist from South Africa. 5-8 September 2019: E-vocative Arts, Adelaide area. This is a workshop that Kathryn has developed in order to share the different techniques she has developed; you will you learn how to make a piece of textile art and to develop your signature style. See the website for images of Kathryn’s amazing work:  To register your interest for Kathryn’s workshop and receive priority for booking, please contact the workshop convener: Moira Simpson, Evocative Art and Heritage, at You will then be sent details of price and venue as soon as they are available, and will have first chance to book for what is likely to be a very popular workshop.

     More workshops are being organised by Moira Simpson of e-vocative arts for 2020 and beyond, so keep checking the website for details.  To join the mailing list for details of future workshops by other artists, visit

Moira Simpson herself offers workshops in Encaustic Art. She can provide detailed information; several dates are available for each workshop with a minimum of 2 people required. Download an illustrated flyer and booking form at or contact Moira Simpson or 8388 2371. As well you can find out about 1-5 day workshops in felting, stitching, dyeing, encaustic, collage, painting, pastels, printing, jewellery, paper-making, artist’s’ books and more. Download a brochure at for details of workshop content and prices.

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. March 15th  – April 7th  2019 – Gallery M, 287 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park SA 5046 Ph: 08 8377 2904. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1-4pm.

T’ARTS: Textile Arts Collective to 30th March. Window 1: Sandra Shaw – Colour Splash, printed tunics, new prints & styles Window 2: Margaret Marsh – influenced by the colours of Morocco, New collection of bags & jewellery focusing “Layers, Lace & Leather” An exciting shop and gallery run by the artists themselves. Over 35 Australian Artists & Designers. One off pieces and limited editions. Wearable, decorative. Handwoven items, shawls, scarves and much more. Where: 10G Gays Arcade, Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide. Ph 8232 0265 Also find T’Arts on the Wildside at Barossa Regional Gallery till 17 March 2019.

    Pilgrim Church to 15th March: Arts & Crafts by Alon Kaable who is a visual artist from Uganda in East Africa. Featured are paintings antiques, batiks & sculptures. 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide, Open Mon – Fri 9.30 – 3.00pm but days vary. Check the Adelaide Fringe Festival magazine or website for times.

     RSASA Members’ Autumn/Fringe Exhibition “Outburst” to 17 March: A mix of artworks, painting, photography, mixed media, textiles, sculpture by RSASA Members including Kate Holmes and Bev Bills Where: RSASA Gallery, Level 1, Institute Bldg, Cnr North Tce & Kintore Ave, Adelaide Ph 8232 0450 Open Mon – Fri 10.30 – 4.30pm, Sat & Sun 1 – 4pm.

    The Artisans Café, 7 March – 3 April: Locali-tea by Wild Fibre Artists Bev Bills, Gem Congdon, Jackie Pearce, Charmian Quintrell, Lynne Radcliffe, Liz Steveson, Kaaren Temme, Yvonne Twining, Vikki Waller, Liz Yates. ‘Join us at the opening celebration Sunday 17 March 5.30 – 7.00pm. 252 Main Road, Blackwood.’

     PEPPER STREET ARTS CENTRE (558 Magill Road) : Friday afternoons 12.30 – 3.30pm Wilma Bajka-van Velze is the weaver in residence, at work at her loom, bringing artists and the community in contact with each other. Open Tues – Sat 12 noon – 5pm Closed public hols Pepper Street Arts Centre, 558 Magill Road, Magill, cnr of Pepper Street. Ph 8364 6154  Check out the workshops offered at Pepper Street Art Centre.

      At Mrs Harris’ Shop to 17th March: Connected by Thread, Inspired by the 1930s décor of Mrs Harris’ Shop, the artists have utilised found fabric from the era thread, paper and vintage notions to present a series of works that evoke memories an emotions of years gone by. Artists Chris Bowden, Sue Buxton, Margaret Carberry, Victoria Pitcher, Wendy Redden, Sue Whittaker. Location: 36 Jervois Street, Torrensville, Ph 0452 614 613 Open Sat & Sun 11 – 3pm

     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: Venues in South Australia: Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, SA: 28 July – 8 September 2019; Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield, SA: 4 October – 24 November 2019.

The National Basketry Gathering 2019 takes place from 3-9 April, 2019 in Aldinga at the Aldinga Beach Holiday Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula.   Full details now available including registration and bookings (full payments due by 25th January 2019) – places are limited. Use email address to commence process of registering interest.

     To apply for an ANNE AND GORDON SAMSTAG International Visual Arts Scholarship (tuition, travel and US$30,000 stipend for students and recent graduates) contact the Samstag Program, SA School of Art, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide SA 5001 – phone 08.8302.0195 –Email  Website  Entries close in June each year, for the following year. Location: Cherry Gardens Hall, 312 Cherry Gardens Rd, Cherry Gardens, Adelaide, SA 5157 (30 mins from Adelaide city centre).
     FAN (Fibre Artist Network) is a group of fibre artists, friends and those interested in textiles. “We wish to encourage the sharing of ideas, exhibitions, information, books, historical connections, show & tell, etc. We hope to exhibit and have workshops regularly.” FAN meets every three months on the second Monday of the month (Feb, May, Aug, Nov), anyone welcome. Convenor: Suzanne Gummow )- (08.8268.7005); Email  Meetings are usually held at Marden Senior College, Marden Road, Marden (Adelaide) in the Art Room, 7pm open; 7:30pm start. Cost of $3 per person. Plenty of parking available.