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 at CASM (Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah): 9 August – 22 September. These revolutionary works of art need to be viewed up close and personal to appreciate the innovative choice of materials and the level of skill and thinking that sits behind these extraordinary works. The exhibition’s calendar of events will include a workshop and artists talks. Web:  https://www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/contemporary-art-spaces-mandurah/

     Mundaring Art Centre: BODY ADORNMENT & WEARABLE ART with SARAH ZEL CHESCOE on Sat 17th August, 11am-3pm at Darlington Main Hall, Owen Road, Darlington WA. Suitable for 12-18 years. Explore costume construction and sculptural techniques using recycled materials to create wearable art accessories with high visual impact. Extend the skills you learn in the workshop and use your body adornment creations to complement an entry in the Worn Out Worn Art  Wearable Art Parade on Sat 9 Nov.

    Gallery East in conjunction with Gallery Central (North Metropolitan TAFE) presents BETWEEN THE SHEETS:  Artists Book Exhibition at Gallery Central, Aberdeen Street, Perth from August 29 to September 21.

Irit Dulman: The Australian Workshops Tour 2019: Leaf & Lichen is hosting internationally renowned botanical print and natural dye artist, Irit Dulman to teach workshops at the Kioloa Coastal Campus of the Australian National University in NSW and in 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.

     THREADS OF GOLD: Friday 20 to Sunday 22 September 2019. The Embroiderers’ Guild of WA is proud to be presenting ‘Threads of Gold’, a three day convention in historic Fremantle in September 2019 to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. The timing of this coincides with ‘Wildflower’ season in WA so a perfect time to visit!  A brochure in glorious colour and full detail as well as online booking is is available from website  http://www.embroiderersguildwa.org.au  There are a number of post-convention workshops that may be of interest in addition to the 3-day convention at Tradewinds Hotel Fremantle. Embroiderers’ Guild of WA   Email:  jennique@optusnet.com.au   Mobile:  0400 682 078.

stitched and bound 2019: planning is underway for the 12th stitched and bound exhibition which will be held from 11-27 October 2019 at the Zig Zag Gallery Kalamunda.  ()The gallery suits small to medium quilts hung on walls, large quilts (one-sided,multi–sided or transparent)hung from rafters in the ceilingfor viewing at eye-level, and 3D works on plinths or hung from rafters. Any WA resident may enter within the timeframe of 15th May – 30th June 2019. WAQA (West Australian Quilters Association) hosts this contemporary art-quilt exhibition. A hallmark is free choice of subject — no theme is specified. Works must consist predominately of at least two layers held together throughout with quilting or tying filament. Modular works area accepted. waquilters.com or https://stitchedandboundblog.wordpress.com/ The specific conditions of entry are here: https://stitchedandboundblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2019-SandB-Conditions-of-Entry-Form.pdf

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.