Friday, 24 March 2017

Art Almanac Newsletter, Exhibitions

"The act of observing is imbedded in the daily routine of contemporary culture", writes Anja Loughhead. "Tuna sandwich in one hand and a device in the other, 30 minutes can pass by as we trawl through a mass of images, hyperlinks in bios, news updates, memes, GIFS featuring flying pepperoni pizza slices and advertisements. Despite this change in the rate of consumption, and apparent material qualities, the digital screen still produces a similar effect to the photographic image."

Exhibition, Deper Voice of Textiles

Timeless Textiles - Centre of fibre artisans
Deeper Voice of Textiles project

The Deeper Voice of Textiles is a community based project offering workers of the Hunter Region with a new means of creative expression through fibre art.
The Deeper Voice of Textiles project is the brain-child of Timeless Textiles curator, textile artist and gallery owner Anne Kempton and is a vehicle for local Newcastle businesses to work collaboratively in a uniquely creative way.
Approximately twenty local businesses, primarily employing men, have been busy making alongside Tim Johnson, a highly-regarded UK-based artist and basketmaker and local artist Graham Wilson. Creating art works using their skills, the tools of their trade and applying fibre art techniques the men have created a challenging body of work exploring the materials, traditions and history of textiles from their own unique perspective.

You are invited to the launch of the Deeper Voice of Textiles exhibition at:
23 Tudor St Newcastle West
Exhibition opening : 6pm - 8pm, Friday 21st April
Exhibition continues:
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April

Friday, 17 March 2017

Calling for.......

2017 Emerging Artist Craft Award
Craft NSW is pleased to announce its 3rd Emerging Artist Craft Award.
Entry is open to residents of NSW, so if you are interested in participating, please go to our
 webpage for the Award entry form.
And If you have a friend, colleague, student or other contact who you believe may be interested, please forward this email to them. 

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Craft NSW is open 7 days 9.30 to 5.00 - entry is free. 

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Exhibition: ebb and flow from untethered fibre artists

On now, at Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen, ACT

ebb and flow fibre arts exhibition delves into the intricacies of life

10 March – 2 April 2017
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT
Opening Hours:
 Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

From landscapes to moonscapes, from migration to memory and from the sea to the bush, ebb and flow is the latest exhibition from the untethered fibre artists that reimagines a familiar theme in an exciting range of fibre and textile mediums and techniques.

“A vibrant exhibition filled with works that challenge us to reconsider countless aspects of our lives and the world around us.” Jacqueline Schultz, independent curator and arts consultant

Both the gentle rhythms of life and the momentous shifts that shape our world and ourselves are represented in more than 40 works that tell social and environmental stories as ebb and flow travels from its premiere at Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre in Hornsby to Belconnen Arts Centre (and on its way to Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in May).

At ebb and flow, an extraordinary array of fibre and textile techniques and mediums are on display in the form of hangings, wearables and sculptural works.
Stitch, print, felt, dye, embellish, weave, quilt, knit, patch, paint, wrap, mould, manufacture, fashion, shape, warp, melt, coil, fuse, collect, reuse… Materials include new and reclaimed fabrics, fibres of wool silk cotton flax linen, threads, yarns, wire, paper, acrylics, tape, plaster, plastic, beads, natural and synthetic dyes, wax, ceramics, neoprene, found objects.

“… what a wonderful array of fine textile works you are exhibiting. They show imagination, thoughtful consideration, a range of challenging techniques, clever uses of material and great beauty. Above all they give us an insight into their maker’s dreams, stories and ideas.” Maisy Stapleton former CEO of (Museums & Galleries) M&G NSW

untethered fibre artists was formed in 2014 from members of ATASDA (Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association), with the shared goals of challenging the perceived boundaries of fibre and textile art, and creating an environment for members to support and encourage each other’s art practices and personal growth as artists.

ATASDA is a national non-profit and voluntary organisation promoting and fostering textile and fibre arts; and interaction and co-operation between textile artists.
For further information please contact:
Samantha Tannous, media inquiries 0416 104 033 or via email
Kirry Toose, convenor untethered email

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Calling for.....

ATASDA NSW are asking current members to volunteer as demonstrators, and to fill the member's stand roster for Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair, June 2017.

The demonstrations are very popular with people attending the show, and we need to fill the roster by March 15th, so they can be included in the publicity that Expertise Events sends out. Some spaces still available each day.

Contact Beverley Chow to volunteer, or ask questions.

Running a demonstration may sound rather daunting, but it isn’t at all. The people attending the show love to see what we do. Some things we might think ‘everyone knows how to do’, but this is not so. Demonstrations will interest beginners, and start great conversations with the visitors to our stand.

Also please get in touch if you would like to have more info about this year’s "Meet a Member Day"; similar to "Feature Artist", for a day.

It was wonderful to see some ‘Magical Creatures’ at the quarterly meeting at Dence Park, and some that are under construction. Even photos of a couple that are winging their way to Sydney from Port Macquarie (thanks Gloria). ATASDA certainly is ‘where to make them’!!
Remember, this is open to ALL ATASDA members, wherever you live. More details are on the website, and the forms should be there very soon. Email us if you want an ‘advance copy’.