WA – News & Events

     To keep current with news from Western Australia, visit the WAFTA website: www.wafta.com.au  and click on NEWS. This site is regularly updated by the website manager. WAFTA stands for Western Australian Fibre and Textile Association and it’s a useful and active group, find out more via the website. All evening (General) meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month (from Feb-Nov) at 7pm at Alexandra Park Craft House, Clyde Street, Menora. You sign in and pay $4 at the door (non-members welcome; they pay $8). Fabulous supper provided. WAFTA’s evening meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, Feb to Nov each year. For the WAFTA events calendar see https://www.wafta.com.au/events?mc_cid=3cd3686b8d&mc_eid=040eab0df7#!calendar

     WAM (Wearable Art Mandurah) is a major event in the world of wearable art with selected garments becoming part of a well staged performance held over two nights which will be 7/8 November in 2020. (This is a change from previous years when the Showcase was held in June). The deadline for entries is 1st March 2020 (entries open in November 2019). An award winning brand, Wearable Art Mandurah is rapidly becoming a global wearable art leader and receives entries from across the world. The categories for 2020 are Avant Garde, Tertiary, Youth, Migration and Black & White. All the 2020 info will be available on the website, www.wearableartmandurah.com  There are associated workshops – when they are determined you can find    out the details here: https://wearableartmandurah.com/workshops/

     Wearable Art Mandurah Bridge Walk in partnership with West Australian Opera, November 9, 2019; 5:30pm to 6:30pm. At Eastern Foreshore near Gloria Jean’s Cost: Free. Event website: https://wearableartmandurah.com Join us for a magical Wearable Art Mandurah journey as 15 of this year’s garments are transformed into a stunning, moving story that takes viewers from the Eastern Foreshore, through the Rogue Forest in Tuckey Lane, under the Mandurah Bridge to Dalrymple Park. The show features West Australian Opera’s Pia Harris, Theodore Murphy-Jelley, conductor Matt Reuben James Ward, accompanist Adrian Soares and the Lakelands Community Choir. Where? From the Eastern Foreshore near Gloria Jean’s, along Mandurah Bridge boardwalk to Dalrymple Park. Dress for the sea breeze! This event is part of the 2019 Mandurah Wearable Arts Festival being held from 2-17 November.

     Mundaring Art Centre: Worn Out Worn Art  Wearable Art Parade on Sat 9 Nov. For over 14 years Mundaring Arts Centre Inc. has coordinated the Worn Out Worn Art (WOWA) parade captivating audiences and showcasing wearable costume designs by local primary and secondary school students, in a celebration of creative thinking and environmental consciousness. Previously held at the annual Darlington Arts Festival, the performance was held for the first time in 2018 at Midland Junction Arts Centre and welcomed school students and adults to participate in this celebration of wearable art for the body. In the lead up to the parade, workshops are held for children and adults to customise recycled materials and upcycle clothing to reconnect with ‘lost skills’. Working with industry professionals including designers, makers and artists, workshops explore fabric manipulation techniques, clothing deconstruction/reconstruction and sculptural forms using all using recycled, upcycled and repurposed materials. https://www.midlandjunctionartscentre.com.au/

Irit Dulman: The Australian Workshops Tour 2019: Leaf & Lichen is hosting internationally renowned botanical print and natural dye artist, Irit Dulman to teach a workshopin WA at the Margaret River Eco Retreat (19-23 Nov). Our locations allow participants to retreat and immerse themselves in the natural environment, connecting with the local landscape and creating botanical print records of our learning experiences. Irit will be teaching fundamental principles of botanical printing and natural dyes as well as sharing her latest techniques: The first days of the class will be dedicated to learning by making samples and understanding the ways we get to know the secrets of local plants. The technical side of creating the final textile includes learning how to mordant cellulose and silk fabrics and how to construct bundles for both small and large pieces of fabric. We will also combine classic natural dyes with the prints in different ways and learn the ways of eucalyptus and wool…” PLEASE NOTE: the final program will be adapted to make the most of the plants available at the time in concert with the textiles we have sourced. Web: www.margaretriverretreat.com.au Workshop dates:  19 to 23 November 2019. Bookings: DO NOT CONTACT THE VENUE. Just complete the registration form and return it to Wendy, (wendy@leaflichen.com), then bank details will be provided for your deposit.

     Belinda Rosee of FibreLicious has secured Stacey Harvey-Brown (The Loom Room, France), as the International Weaving tutor for 2020, and will be bringing Stacey to Australia in August 2020. For those who are not familiar with Stacey, she has been teaching  weaving since 2005, firstly at The Loom Room in the UK, and now from her new studio near Nerac, in the heart of Gascony, SW France. Further information regards Stacey can be obtained from her website: https://www.theloomroom.co.uk  The two workshops being offered are: 1. Three Techniques for Texture Workshop—Texture in weaving can mean creating a flat tactile surface, but it can also mean so much more than that… What if you could create ruffles and seersucker, rocks and rills, lava flows and tree bark? 2.  Honeycomb Hybrid Workshop—Honeycomb is very versatile and crosses many perceived boundaries in weave. This workshops is packed bull of variations and forays into different subject areas such as DDW, honeycomb lace based on overshot threadings, huck lace, weft-faced motifs as well as designing for traditional  honeycomb with a twist. Both of these workshops are round robin style workshops over a two day period.  The cost is likely to be around $150 to $200 per workshop. If you are interested in either of these workshops, please let me know on magnpete@activ8.net.au 

The first major national touring exhibition for the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Manggan – gather, gathers, gathering was created in a partnership between Girringun Aboriginal Corporation from Cardwell in far north Queensland and the South Australian Museum, and is toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This exhibition features contemporary artworks by 19 artists from the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, together with selected cultural objects drawn from the South Australian Museum (SAM) collection gathered from the Girringun region. Almost half the works in the show are basket forms made either from naturally sourced fibres from the rainforest, or created using found discarded materials like metal fencing wire. It has beautiful examples of both contemporary and traditional basket forms represented. The exhibition will be at Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, SA: July – 14 September 2020. http://www.magsq.com.au/cms/page.asp?ID=9264

Design your own workshop experience in Margaret River: find out more about accommodation (in a self contained studio apartment with ensuite in the village of Margaret River) and learning experiences with Elisa Markes-Young and Christopher Young here: http://no29.com.au/accommodation.html  Elisa writes: “You will notice that we have various workshops on offer as well which you can book via Eventbrite. We can do anything you’re interested in doing – basic techniques, idea development (you might have a story, but are unsure how to approach it, or you love a particular material but lack ideas as to what to do with it, or you’re stuck somewhere in between, or you struggle finding out which techniques or materials to focus on, or you’re simply interested in following my process and see if you can adapt certain aspects of it for your work). Hands on assistance with a project is available should you require it, editing of work, stamping, embroidery, bead and sequin work, book making, creative mending… There is also the possibility to tailor something especially for you, for example if you’d like to do a really intensive and extensive class, like, 3 or 4 days intensive and extensive – we can do that. Enquire, suggest something and we’ll see if I can help you. Of course you can also learn everything there is to learn about photography, design and typesetting by booking a workshop with Chris. And if you just want to sit on the deck watching sunsets and do nothing else – we cater for that, too.” If you’re interested in anything but it all looks a bit too confusing you can contact Elisa via the email address elisa@zebra-factory.com or via the contact page on website: http://no29.com.au/contactus.html

http://no29.com.au/workshops-intensive.html In the interest of connecting to other artists and giving them an opportunity to access this remarkable region, we have set aside heavily discounted accommodation for creative practitioners. You will have shared access to the larger studios as well as your own private space. It is the ideal stage from which to explore the region, create new work, write, think or engage with other creatives in the region. Just send a brief CV, your planned outcomes and proposed dates to info@no29.com.au.