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.

     NARRATIVE THREADS, exploring history, place and identity Wanneroo Gallery 30 June – 11 August, 2018. Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo WA. Work by Wendy Lugg and invited artists Helena Bogucki, Trish Little, Elisa Markes-Young and Janie Matthews. Among the artists are collectors, re-users of other people’s discards, explorers of everyday life and domestic traditions; those who draw on family stories and memory; and migrants whose work investigates the divide between different landscapes and cultures.  The exhibition will include textiles, jewellery, installation and photographic works, as well as artefacts, tools and samples that give insight into the artists’ inspiration, ideas and processes.

REVEALED MARKET at Fremantle Arts Centre on 7th April. 10am-5pm. Big variety of objects available including a large selection of Tjanpi baskets, sculptures, jewellery and merchandise all available for purchase. Revealed Exhibition: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists 7 April – 20 May. Fremantle Arts Centre.


     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 in June 2018 (June 9th & 10th, 2018). The competition is open to participants of all skill levels, ages and design forms. Wearable Art Mandurah encourages new ways of viewing the world through thought-provoking works of art for the body. More than a competition, it builds capacity through workshops, showcase events and exhibitions of works. Stories are shared, connections formed and skills developed through participants’ creation and presentation of wearable art. The Wearable Art Mandurah team supports and encourages participants throughout the entire design, creation, judging and presentation process. An award winning brand, Wearable Art Mandurah is rapidly becoming a global wearable art leader and receives entries from across the world. https://wearableartmandurah.com/2018-competition/

     A MATTER OF RESPONSE continues at BRAG (Bunbury Regional Art Gallery) untl 8th April. Opening times: 10am-4pm daily. BRAG (City Gallery) is located at 64 Wittenoom Street, Bunbury WA 6230. is an exhibition by South West artists Sue Dennis, Yvonne Dorricott, Myrto Angelouli, Elliot Lee Welsford, Christopher Young and Elisa Markes-Young. These artists have been invited to collaborate in pairs, responding to their choice of artworks and associated stories from the City of Bunbury Art Collection. The exhibition creates new connections and relevance to key artists and works, offering fresh ways for audiences to engage with the collection as well as new inspiration for local artists. Elisa Markes-Young was also selected for South West Now, a major biennial exhibition at BRAG that continues there until 13th May.  

     As well, Elisa Markes-Young has an entry in the Collie Art Prize that continues until 15th April at Collie Art Gallery, 134 Throssell Street, Collie, WA 6225. Opening times: Tuesday – Monday, 10am – 4pm.

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 will take place in July 2018. 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