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.

ALTERED STATES is touring – this exhibition was an initiative of WAFTA and the tour dates are: Venue One: The Painted Gallery, Northcliffe Visitors Centre from Saturday September 1st till Sunday 16th. Venue Two: Lake Grace Arts Centre, 25 Stubbs St, Lake Grace from Saturday September 22nd till Saturday October 13th. Coming up in September: ‘Found, Collect, Dye and Stitch’ workshops with Aukje Boonstra which will coincide with the Altered States tour of Western Australia’s Southern region.  Dates are as follows: Southern Forest Arts Centre Northcliffe, September 15, 16 & 17th. Tromp Studios Williams, September 21, 22 and 23rd. Henderson Environment Centre North Beach, Perth, September 29, 30 and October 1st.

FOUND, COLLECTED, DYED and STITCHED: During this relaxing retreat style workshop with Aukje Boonstra you will explore the found and collected objects we gather from time to time. You will look into what you can do with these objects. Eco dyeing also fits into this theme and the vegetation we dye with is found, collected and stored. You’ll explore ways of attaching found objects onto cloth and as well as embroidery stitch. The pace will be gentle, the focus on feeling content and relaxed in a peaceful environment. Aukje Boonstra is a textile artist from Tasmania, see her website: http://www.ausrag.com.au There are two options coming up; and two venues: Venue 1:  Southern Forest Arts Centre, Northcliffe. Dates: Saturday, September 15 – Monday, September 17, 2018 from 9 am till 4pm. Cost: $237.  Wafta Members.Closing date:  September 14, 2018. $272 for non-members. Closing date:  September 14, 2018. Materials list supplied after registration. Please note:  Billetting at Northcliffe is available. Enquire: info@wafta.com.au Go to:http://www.wafta.com.au/events#!event/2018/9/15/found-collected-dyed-stitched-aukje-boonstra Venue 2: Henderson Environ Centre, Stirling, Perth. Dates:  Saturday, September 29 – October 1, 2018 from 9.30 – 4.30pm. Cost: $295 for Wafta Members. Closing date:   September 28th. Cost of $339 for Non-Members.Closing date:   September 28th. Materials list supplied after registration Go to: http://www.wafta.com.au/events#!event/2018/9/29/found-collected-dyed-stitched-aukje-boonstra

Fremantle (Perth) in November: Artist Marie Mitchell is curating a textile, fibre art and design exhibition with a difference: WE ARE ALL ATLAS for Eco Fashion Week Australia. https://www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com/ The Call for Entries is on the website and the event receives international media coverage. There will be two exhibitions this year, one in Port Douglas (Nov 4-10) and one in Perth, WA from 15-21 November. The venue for Perth is Fremantle Navy Club, 64 High Street, Fremantle. Entries are being sought from all textile and fibre artists worldwide for both exhibitions. The Deadline for entries is 30 September. Perth exhibition link: https://www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com/textile-art-designer-exhibition-1/

The Blues for the Bush festival will be held on 21-22 September 2018, at the Charles Darwin Reserve, Perenjori, about 4.5 hours from Perth. It will include a concert (ticketed event) and open day, which will be free to attend and offer something for everyone: activities for the young, and young at heart, inspiring talks, guided tours of Charles Darwin Reserve, workshops and much more. This year’s theme is Textiles. For more information contact Ange Dring on 0400 927 800 or 9951 1036.

      Noongar Country, WETLAND GLIMPSES (Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain) by WA Inspired Art Quilters. To November 8, City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, library hours, with talks in the library auditorium on Sept 24th, 12noon-1pm; and October 20th, 2-3pm. A celebration of wetland diversity in stitch, and of the resourcefulness of Aboriginal people in surviving on food from wetlands prior to European settlement.

     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 (June 15/16) in 2019. An award winning brand, Wearable Art Mandurah is rapidly becoming a global wearable art leader and receives entries from across the world. All the 2019 info and entry form is now in the website, www.wearableartmandurah.com and if you would like to view any images from the 2018 showcase, they are all in this link:
http://www.stephenheathphotography.com/mwas2018 The best of WAM’s emerging and established artists’ works will be presented at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) from 3rd August to 9th September 2018. CASM is located at 63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah.

     Wearable Art Mandurah, a retrospective 2011 – 2018. This supporting exhibition presents one Wearable Art Mandurah garment from each year, 2011 – 2018, celebrating our journey from a small local competition to the premiere wearable art event in Australia. As well as the garments, have a look at some images and follow our journey.  And we feel as if we have just begun! Where: Lakelands Library and Community Centre, Lakelands Village, 49 Banksiadale Gate, Lakelands to 9 September.

The committee of FIBRES WEST Inc. is delighted to announce the dates for FIBRES WEST 2019: JULY 7 – 13  (2019). Lock it in!  Fibres West events are renowned for hosting outstanding and inspiring workshops with national and international fibre art tutors. Our 2019 program promises to be no exception! The launch of the 2019 program has taken place. www.fibreswest.com.au

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 We are currently accepting applications for the No.29 Artist Residency Program. 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. http://no29.com.au/residency.html