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 the new WAFTA Members’ Exhibition for 2017 which is taking the form of a challenge. It will open on September 15, 2017 and runs until 23 September, 2017 in the foyer of Perth Town Hall on Hay Street Perth.

 WAFTA members are invited to a talk by AIMEE LEE on July 18th. Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, writer and the leading hanji researcher and practitioner from the USA. Her Fulbright research in Korea led to her award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled. Her work is exhibited internationally and collected in numerous libraries including MOMA, Brooklyn Museum and Yale University. Aimee has lectured extensively throughout the USA. www.aimeelee.net  She will also offer a workshop: Paper to Thread and Beyond . Students will use handmade papers to create various lengths and thicknesses of paper yarns. They will be crumpled, dampened, rolled, cut and spun to create thread. Students wil come away with a one-of-a-kind paper yarn.

     FIBRES WEST 2017 (Explore. Create. Be Inspired) will be held at Muresk Institute in W.A. from Sunday July 2 – Saturday July 8, 2017.  Martien van Zuilen, Convenor. Enrolments have currently closed as all workshops are full, but do ask about waiting lists – vacancies can still come up.  www.fibreswest.com.au Fibres West 2017 is a unique residential Fibre Art event in Western Australia, organised by Fibres West (Inc).

WA Inspired Art Quilters (a WAQA group) will be holding an exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre until June 18th 2017. (The Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 3pm. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays.) The principal theme for the exhibition is ‘Primary Production in Western Australia’. Triptychs on Central Wheatbelt Farming (wheat, sheep and canola), the wine and fishing and forestry industries are included. Some designs are graphic and others pictorial. Floor talks for groups for the exhibition are available by arrangement.WAQA stands for Western Australian Quilters Association.

 Jen Crossley returns to Perth to teach 12,13,14 August 2017. Jen will be teaching Metal etching, Resin, molding . For more information Email info@amarkintime.com

STITCHED AND BOUND 2017. Residents of Western Australia were invited to enter this juried exhibition which pushes the boundaries of the quilt concept, showcasing an innovative range of work from WA artists. Dates: July 14 – 30 2017. Venue: Zig Zag Gallery, 50 Railway Road Kalamunda. The gallery is open 9am-4pm weekdays; and 10am-4pm weekends. To help you enjoy the exhibition, a stitched and bound committee member will be at the gallery from 10am to 2pm, on: Sunday July 16, Saturday July 22, Sunday July 23, Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30 . And a committee member will be present weekdays from 11am – 1pm, on: Friday 14 July, Thursday 20 July, Friday 21 July, Thursday 27 July and Friday 28 July. More information from Pat Forster or Lesley Clugston, Conveners. waqasandb@gmail.com Web: stitchedandboundblog.wordpress.com, waquilters.com

     Common Threads Wearable Art Mandurah has been rebranded as WAM (Wearable Art Mandurah) http://wearableartmandurah.com/ The Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase presents the finest wearable art from across Australia and beyond through a highly entertaining stage performance. This show has developed from a small fashion show into an international wearable art competition and performance that offers a new exciting experience for textile practitioners and audiences. This full-length theatrical production promises to delight the audience, presenting spectacular wearable creations alongside professional theatre, dance and song. Due to the 2016 Showcase selling out, two shows have been booked for the 2017 season:  Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June.  Note that one of the two new prizes on offer is THE TAFTA INC AWARD with the prize being a week long workshop at its Geelong Fibre Forum from 1 – 7 October 2017. Includes accommodation, meals and workshop fees, excludes airfares. TAFTA Inc is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2014 by Larissa Murdock and Bronwyn Packwood. It presents week long workshops for artists, crafts people and like-minded individuals. Tickets for the performances are on sale now, available from www.manpac.com.au, in person at the Box Office, or by phone on (08) 9550 3900.