Details of the 18th GEELONG FIBRE FORUM for spring of 2018 have been posted: www.taftainc.com.au DATES: 30 September – 6 October 2018. Classes on offer include: Control Dyeing Unleash Imagination with Monoleena Banerjee. Inspired by Nature…Felt and Nuno-Felt Hats & Ruffle Scarves with Dawn Edwards. Painting with Felt with Olga Finkel. Creative Coiling for Colour and Form with Fiona Hammond. Metal 101 with Maris Herr & Margaret Mueller . New Directions for Surface Embellishment – Fiber, paper, Fabric, Jewelry, Basketry and more with Mary Hettmansperger. Sketching with Machine with Rosie James. Quilt Experiments: In Search of Your Creative Edge with Kay Kahn. SALMAGUNDI-(an eclectic mix of process, materials, function and design) with Jan Kierzkowski. Adventuring into Artist Books – Structures and Surfaces with Peta Lloyd. Zero Waste Fashion with Holly McQuillan. & Surface design for wearable art felted garments with Charity Musoma van der Meer. Paper, Cloth, Stitch with Dale Rollerson. Sculptural Papermaking, East meets West with Gail Stiffe. Permission to Play with Lisa Walton. Full details are available from www.taftainc.com.au The Geelong Fibre Forum will; again be held at the Geelong Grammar Campus, Corio. Both residential or non-residential options are available. Hurry to enrol.
The SCARF FESTIVAL 2018 is again a project of NWM – The National Wool Museum located in Geelong Victoria. This year’s theme is Living on the Land and scarves will be exhibited, awarded and sold at the NWM from 8 June – 26 August. To find out how to enter your work go to: http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/nwm/default.aspx.
Collective Notions will exhibit at Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon Street, Carlton South 3053 from 14 – 21 April 2018 with ‘UNCHARTED’ – Textile and mixed media works from this exhibiting artist group. 10am – 4 pm daily at Steps Gallery: http://miesf.com.au/steps-gallery
GRAMPIANS TEXTURE 18 has the dates of 17 – 22 March 2018 and will again be held in Halls Gap. An enticing set of workshop opportunities, for the opening weekend (2-day) and/or for the weekdays to follow (4-day). Full details from www.grampianarts.com.au
The Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival (https://vamff.com.au/ takes place from 1-18 March in Melbourne. The Johnston Collection will be part of the Festival Program and three special lectures are available. Find out more from https://www.johnstoncollection.org/lectures
Louise Saxton’s creation The Linen Project will be on show at Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn from 26 October – 18th December 2018. This is a very large exhibition/installation on which the artist will have been working for nearly three years by the time it appears. It is intended to celebrate the materiality of linen and its role in caring for home and community. It also celebrates Saxton’s work with domestic linens for over a decade.
ENMESHED: woven artworks from the Ararat Regional Art Gallery Collection is showing at the newly renovated Horsham Regional Art Gallery in Horsham Victoria until 4th March 2018. Alison Eggleton, Curator of the Horsham Regional Art Gallery and Anthony Camm, Director of the Ararat Regional Art Gallery have co-curated a selection from this significant compendium of textile and fibre art to bring Enmeshed: woven artworks from the Ararat Regional Art Gallery collection into the newly renovated spaces of the Horsham Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition spans the heady days of the 1970s through to now and features works by formative influences such as John Corbett, Ewa Pachuka and Jutta Fedderson alongside more contemporary artists including Kate Just, Sebastian Di Mauro and Lucy Irvine who take the idea of weaving in fresh, new directions. Enmeshed explores the ways artists use textile and fibre materials and techniques to push the boundaries of contemporary practice; from large textile works which soften public spaces; works which reference gender, cultural identity and the relationship to the body; through to innovative works that combine unconventional materials with reference to weaving traditions. Curator Alison Eggleton says ‘Ararat Regional Art Gallery is Australia’s most dedicated presenter and collector of contemporary textile art. Since the mid 1970’s the gallery has boldly asserted its leadership in this field with works that revive and re-imagine traditional and modern textile craft. They could not have imagined that within 40 years the gallery would hold such a premier collection in Victoria and arguably in Australia. It is this we wish to acknowledge.’ Artists included: Mary BEESTON & Larry BEESTON; Megan CAMPBELL; Roma CENTER; Annabelle COLLETT; Lorraine CONNELLY NORTHEY; John CORBETT; Olga DE AMARAL; Kate DERUM; Sebastian DI MAURO; Elizabeth DJUTARRA; Jutta FEDDERSEN; Douglas FUCHS; Ann GREENWOOD; Newell HARRY; Mona HESSING; Lucy IRVINE; Nola JONES; Kate JUST; Virginia KAISER; Kay LAWRENCE AM; Sara LINDSAY; Marcel MAROIS; Tass MAVROGORDATO; Ewa PACHUKA and Sue WALKER.
Papermakers of Victoria WORKSHOPS in 2018 (for details and registration: www.papermakers.org.au )
MARCH 2018, CREATIVE MONOPRINTING WITH STENCILS. Tutor Sandra Pearce 24 and 25 March 2018. Closing date to enrol: 5 February 2018. $160 members $180 non-members. “We’ll explore the creative technique of monotypes using plants, stencils and other found materials to create one-of-a-kind and often unexpected images. This is a spontaneous and imaginative form of printmaking without the technical processes of other printmaking techniques.”The workshop will cover ghost printing, composition, and developing complex colour relationships in your prints. www.sandrapearce.com.au http://sandrapearce.blogspot.com.au
Materials Fee $10 to be paid to Papermakers of Victoria on enrollment.
APRIL 2018, PAPERMAKING FOR A PURPOSE. Tutor Barb Adams 22 April 2018. Closing date to enrol 12 April 2018. $80 members $90 non members. Handmade paper can vary greatly. For a handmade paper project to be a success it is helpful to know which paper you should make. This workshop will concentrate on making a variety of pulps which will be made into sample sheets. You will learn how to make paper suitable for book pages of different shapes and sizes or pages with pockets included when you form the wet pages. Recipes will be provided for pulp making suitable for cards, strong paper for paper casting, paper into which other items can be included or paper suitable to print photos or text onto. You will take home a book you have made, in which you can store your specific paper pulp recipes and samples of your handmade paper. This class is suitable for beginner or advanced papermakers. Materials fee $8 to be paid to the tutor at the class
MAY 2018, COLOURING PAPER WITH NATURAL DYES AND CLAY. Tutor Gail Stiffe 20 May 2018. Closing date to enrol 10 May 2018. $80 members $90 non members. In this workshop we will explore ways of colouring paper with natural dyes and with found pigments. We will also discuss the ways in which dyes and pigments differ and how they can be applied to paper and paper pulp. Materials used for dyeing include avocado skin,loquat leaves, onion skins and gum leaves. Materials fee $5 to be paid to the tutor at the class.
JUNE 2018, SPECIAL EFFECTS WITH DRYPOINT ETCHING. Tutor Liz Powell 16 and 17 June 2018. Closing date to enrol 1 May 2018. $160 members $180 non-members. Experiment with achieving aquatint and mezzotint effects on dry point etching plates without the chemicals. We will be using cardboard and acetate plates in this workshop to push dry point past the usual line work and cross hatching and into the world of tone and chiaroscuro. There is also an emphasis on using fine and handmade papers with some tricks of the trade to make handling plant fibre papers easier to use in etching. Short cuts to multiple colour prints will be another area to explore including experiments with collage techniques through the press like chin de colle. Intaglio printing is full of exciting techniques with lots of possibilities that don’t necessarily require much specialist equipment so this workshop is suitable for beginners and the more experienced print maker alike. We will be using turps based inks but will have odourless turps for clean up so smell is minimal. Materials Fee $25 to be paid to the tutor at the class.
BREAKING TRADITIONS: a decade of adventure. Exhibition March, Friday 16 – Sunday 18, 10am – 3pm daily. Free entry. The Shearers Arms Gallery , 202 Aberdeen St, Geelong West. Tickets for the official opening by Glenys Mann on Thursday March 15 at 6pm are $10 – see website www.embroiderygeelong.org.au Geelong Textiles Arts Group (GeeTag) is an active element of the EGV Geelong Branch. At our monthly meetings we work on combining stitch with mixed media to create art focused textiles. Our members take turns to run workshops and outside tutors add their expertise. A technique or stitch variation is the subject of each month and usually combine to produce a project such as a book or set of items for the year. We are excited to offer all EGV members the opportunity to see the work of this group. The inaugural exhibition showcases textile art pieces that stretch the boundaries of traditional embroidery and explore a range of ways to use stitch. There will be 2D and 3D pieces and many items will be available for purchase. 2018 is the tenth anniversary of the formation of the group so there is a wealth of experience on show that will interest a broad audience.
News from ATW (Australian Tapestry Workshop): We are delighted to announce that artist Guan Wei will be delivering a free public lecture on 8 February 2018 at 6:30pm as part of the Friends of the ATW Lecture series. Guan Wei will discuss his career and tapestry design Treasure Hunt, which is currently on the loom.
ATWAIR17 is an upcoming Exhibition at ATW that includes the Australian and international artists who took part in the Artist in Residence program at ATW in 2017. Featured are works by Freÿa Black, Emma Greenwood. Chris O’Brien, Drew Pettifer, Debra Porch, Elena Redaelli, Gina Ropiha, Carly Snoswell, Superpleased (Sue Buchanan and Eli Giannini) and Zilverster (Goodwin & Hanenbergh). The opening is Thursday 15 February from 6-8pm and the exhibition continues until 27 April 2018.
ATW Artist in Residence talk: Please join 2018 Artists in Residence Britt Salt, Anne Marsh and Carolyn Cardinet for a series of free talks as they discuss their artistic practices and experiences at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Tuesday 6th March 2018 | 6:30 pm, refreshments from 6:00 pm. Free admission. RSVP essential. www.austapestry.com.au
EMERALD THREADS WITH SLOW ART COLLECTIVE: Saturday 3rd – Saturday 10th March | Town Hall Reserve (in front of the South Melbourne Town Hall), Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205. In the past 7 years, Slow Art Collective has created various large scale participatory artworks that play with ideas of sustainability, improvisation, on-site learning and experimentation often incorporating various elements of DIY sound, weaving, food and plant production and gameplay. In their latest project Emerald Threads, Slow Art Collective will build an evolving structure that will house a series of resting places for the public. Inviting public participation and intervention from interested members of the South Melbourne community and residents, these resting places will offer people a chance to take a break and enjoy a space of relative peace and calm. It will be a site for experimentation, play and gathering. Emerald Threads is a collaborative project between the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Slow Art Collective and supported by the City of Port Phillip.
FRESH! 2 FEBRUARY – 10 MARCH 2018. For its 25th anniversary of Fresh! Craft (Victoria) presents the work of 13 recent graduates in contemporary craft, design and fine art practice. Last year, a panel of professional craft practitioners, curators and industry experts were invited by Craft to attend graduate exhibitions of over 30 departments within Tertiary and TAFE institutions across Victoria. From these exhibitions, the freshest works that explore contemporary craft and design practice were selected to become part of this years’ Fresh! exhibition program. Presented annually since 1993, Fresh! showcases the energy, skill and innovation of some of the best graduating students from throughout the State practicing within craft, design and fine art disciplines. The exhibition provides an important opportunity for graduates beginning their career as makers. FINALISTS: Ana Petidis | Anna Dunnill | Ashleigh Jessup | Brooke Coutts-Wood | Cassandra Prinzi | Dannielle Faran | Jess Merlo | Josephine Mead | Madeleine Thornton-Smith | Michelle Stewart | Nigel Vogler | Seala Lokollo Evans | Te’ Claire Craft Victoria is located at Watson Place, off Flinders Lane behind Supernormal, Melbourne 3000. Craft’s Opening Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11am-6pm; Thursday – Friday 11am-7pm; Saturday 10am-5pm. 03 9650 7775 email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Just and Jennifer McCamley are currently exhibiting at ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) as part of the exhibition Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism. This exhibition surveys the diverse scope of feminist art practices including painting, performance, photography and film to community engagement and cultural activism. The exhibition continues until 25 March 2018. www.acca.melbourne
Entries are now open for the Petite Miniature Textiles exhibition at Wangaratta Art Gallery and will remain open until March 16, 2018. Artists are invited to submit contemporary textile works no larger than 30x30x30cm for the exhibition, which will run at the gallery from 2 June – 29 July 2018. http://wangarattaartgallery.com.au/petite-miniature-textiles/ WAG is located at 56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta VIC 3677. T: 03 5722 0865 | Email: gallery @ wangaratta.vic.gov.au
COPACC together with RRRTAG are very excited to announce that entries for the CrossXpollinatioN 2018 Art Awards are now open! 2018 Textile and Fibre Art Exhibition : JOURNEYS. Two venues showcasing excellence in textile and fibre practice: COPACC (Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre) and 3D Textile/Fibre Artwork exploring the theme ‘Journeys’. Awards: Journeys Award, Tarndie Fibre Art Award and People’s Choice Award & RRRTAG (Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery) 2D and 3D artworks using or referencing textiles/fibre to explore the theme ‘Journeys.’ Awards: Scissor Award and People’s Choice Award. Entries Close Monday 21st May 2018. The event/exhibitions take place from 7-29 July 2018. For more information and to download entry forms and guidelines go to www.copacc.com.au/Exhibitions/CrossXpollinatioN or www.redrockarts.com.au
At Heide Museum of Modern Art in (Bulleen) Melbourne until 18th March 2018: a new exhibition that celebrates recent acquisitions to Heide Museum of Modern Art’s Collection from the past three years: New acquisitions: The Heide Collection. Among the diversity of works presented are sculptures and prints by Aleks Danko, major paintings by Peter Booth and Rick Amor, a large suspended ceiling installation by Koji Ryui, and garments with textile designs based on Mirka Mora’s art, created by the fashion house Gorman in collaboration with the artist. www.heide.com.au
At Heide Museum of Modern Art (Bulleen) in Melbourne from October 2018 – March 2019 (Central Galleries): MIRKA MORA: Drawings and Dolls. A beloved and central figure in the cultural life of Australia, Mirka Mora has long captured the public imagination with her distinctive art and inimitable personality. In celebration of Mirka’s 90th birthday, this exhibition brings together some of the artist’s most personal work: drawings and soft-sculpture dolls from her home and studio where she has kept them close for many decades. For Mirka these two art forms go hand-in-hand: ‘My dolls are my drawings in three-dimensions’. The myriad works on display offer a glimpse into Mirka’s enchanting private universe, where hybrid characters derived from fairy tales, folk art, surrealism and the artist’s vivid daydreams intermingle. Together they create a compelling portrait of Mirka’s innermost self. The gallery is open Tues-Sun, 9am-5pm. Closed Mondays. www.heide.com.au
MCA’s Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy is at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Originally shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, works drawn from this show have been selected for Heide in Melbourne and the exhibition continues there until 4th March 2018. Jenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy, will feature 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. Heide Museum if located at 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105 https://www.heide.com.au
The inaugural NGV Triennial in on until 15th April 2018. www.ngv.vic.gov.au There will be much to interest Textile Lovers in this dynamic global exhibition of art. More than 60 artists from over 30 countries will be part of this free, unprecedented global showcase of art, design and architecture. Art and design will be shown together with 3D printing and robotics, and performances, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture. www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/triennial
AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) is showing REFLECTION. The accepted quilts are on show to 21 December 2017 at Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, Box Hill, Melbourne. More information from www.australianquiltersassociation.com
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. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC from 8 Feb – 15 Apr 2018.
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 Victoria as follows:
Shepparton Art Museum, VIC until 18 March 2018
Ararat Regional Art Gallery, VIC – 31 March – 10 June 2018