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.

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. Perth exhibition link: https://www.ecofashionweekaustralia.com/textile-art-designer-exhibition-1/

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.

AFFINITY – Cross Currents is the second exhibition of textile and fibre arts by Pam Manika, Glen Hall, Irene McBride and Helen Jones at Zig Zag Gallery, Kalamunda.  The artists work together to develop their own styles and ideas with textiles, fibre, mixed media and contemporary stitching.  They have shared their knowledge and creativity with each other, inspiring differences and unexpected combinations of exhibition works in two dimensional and sculptural forms.  The exhibition opens 7th June and continues until 24th June, with the official opening on Saturday 9th June at 2pm. Hours of opening: Mon-Fri 9-4; Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. www.zzcc.com.au/art-gallery

     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.

      Noongar Country, WETLAND GLIMPSES (Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain) by WA Inspired Art Quilters. Dates: July 8 – July 29 at the Museum of the Great Southern, Residency Road, Albany, 10am-4pm Monday-Sunday. Then from August 21 – November 19, City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, library hours. 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 in June 2018 (June 9th & 10th, 2018 – Wearable Art Mandurah Awards Showcase: Saturday 9 June at 6.30 pm; Wearable Art Mandurah Matinee Showcase: Sunday 10 June at 2.00 pm). Venue:  Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC). 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/ Check out Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Foyer from 6-14 June for the South Metro TAFE Exhibition: “Exploring the intersections between art, floristry and fashion, South Metropolitan TAFE students collaborate to showcase artisanship on human form. The activation transforms the foyer, celebrating Wearable Art Mandurah’s Showcase weekend – see website: https://wearableartmandurah.com/events/ As well, A selection of secondary school students present their headpiece artwork, representing the positive impacts of the Act-Belong-Commit mental health message. Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Foyer. When: 9 – 10 June 2018. See website: https://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/about-us/what-is-act-belong-commit.html

Associated WAM (Wearable Art Mandurah) workshops are open for enrolment (see website above) – To register your interest email wearableart@mandurah.wa.gov.au CREATING FORM WITH FIBREA workshop with Kate Campbell-Pope on Sat/Sun, June 9/10. As well, on 11/12 June you can take a workshop with Martien van Zuilen: FELT THE BODY: Armatures, Frames and Skeletons in Handmade Felt. And on Sunday, June 10th there is a workshop with Helen Coleman: Creating Movement in Wearable Art.

      An associated EXHIBITION is BEYOND THE SEAM: conceptual works in fibre art (Contemporary Textile Art) which brings together the work of 12 outstanding national and international contemporary artists. Curated by Martien van Zuilen, the exhibition explores how fibre art, its materiality and the various processes of making can engage our understanding of the tactile and transformative potential of working with cloth, natural materials and thread. Individually and together, the artists extend the possibilities of fibre traditions within a contemporary setting, and by extension provide a timely platform (and tactile surfaces) to document and communicate their explorations of socio-cultural topics, concerns and ideas. The exhibition opened in late May and continues until   24 June. Venue: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) 63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah. Participating artists: Helen Coleman, Mandurah WA; Kate Campbell- Pope, Albany WA; Ruth Halbert, Denmark WA; Philomena Hali, Alice Springs NT; Anita Larkin, Shellharbour NSW; Aimee Lee, Ohio, USA; Vicki Mason, Melbourne VIC;  Amanda McCavour, Toronto, Canada; Jan Mullen, Fremantle WA; Caitlin Stewart, Walpole WA; Robi Szalay, South Perth WA; Martien van Zuilen, North Perth WA. On Friday 8th June at 6pm you can take part in a Designers Welcome Reception set amongst the beautiful contemporary artworks of the Beyond the Seam artists. As well as listening to guest speaker and curator Martien van Zuilen, this event serves as a welcome reception for Wearable Art Mandurah Designers – past and present.  Meet our local, national and international designers who are in Mandurah for Saturday’s Awards showcase. Venue: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM). The event is free.

WAM (Wearable Art Mandurah): Audio Description for the Visually Impaired. An accessible matinee showcase package includes a behind the scenes meet and greet with designers, a chance to get up close with some wearable art, premium showcase seating and access to a live audio description of the event. An Auslan Interpreter will also be available. Audio Description and Tactile Tours is a Disability in the Arts Disadvantages in the Arts (DADAA) initiative.

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