Sunday, 27 May 2018

The Space IN Between: Exhibition opening

Saturday afternoon was the official opening of the ATASDA 2018 Palm House Exhibition - 'The Space IN Between'. We had a great turn out with wonderful Sydney weather. Many thanks to our generous Guest Speaker and Textile Artist Meredith Woolnough. The day started with a visit from the Sydney Sketchers Club, who then spent the morning drawing in the gardens capturing the beautiful Palm House building. We had a lot of guests to the exhibition throughout the day and a large number of sales of both artworks and shop items. With several works finding their way into new homes overseas!

Pictured L-R: Meredith Woolnough, Rae Woolnough (NSW President) and Katherine Kachor (PH Convenor).
The exhibition is in it's final week. Open daily from 10am to 4pm and closes on Friday 1 June at 2pm. We hope to see you there - so please drop in and say hello!



'The Space IN Between' Exhibition
Where: The Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
When: Tuesday 22 May to Friday 1 June 2018
Open daily: 10am-4pm (closes 2pm Friday)

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Palm House Exhibition 2018 - The Space IN Between - Invitation


ATASDA's biennial Palm House exhibition display's members' skills while responding to a theme. This year the theme is 'The Space IN Between' and is an opportunity for members to share their knowledge and encourage others to become 'textile lovers' and to celebrate their creativity.

The artworks within the exhibition showcase a diversity within the textile and fibre art world. These include dyeing, printing, weaving, felting, machine and hand embroidery, millinery, surface embellishment, three-dimensional sculptural forms, basketry, bookbinding techniques, shibori, quilting, knitting and more.

The exhibition showcases the talents and skills of our members. Works appeal to one's sense of adventure, love of traditional fibre art skills and the textile 'unknown', challenging and taking the opportunity to pass on traditional fibre art skills and inspire future generations of textile and fibre artists.


Accompanying the exhibition is a shop of member works. High quality original textile and fibre wearables and decorative items are available for sale.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 4pm from Tuesday 22 May until Friday 1 June 2018 (when it closes at 2pm) in The Palm House at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.

Please join us for the official opening on Saturday 26 May 2018 at 2pm with Guest Speaker and Textile Artist Meredith Woolnough.


Friday, 18 May 2018

Call for entries: Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards 2018


Seed Stitch Collective, in partnership with Australian Design Centre (ADC), is calling for submissions from NSW textile artists to take part in the inaugural Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards (SSCTA). An exhibition of shortlisted works will be held at ADC during Sydney Craft Week in October 2018.

SSCTA are seeking submissions from textile artists at any stage of their career residing in NSW to participate in the awarded exhibition hosted at ADC's William Street gallery in Sydney.

SSCTA is an open competition aimed at recognising the highly skilled and diverse textile artists of NSW.

Submissions open: 5 May 2018.
Deadline: 3 August 2018.





For more information go to: 


Thursday, 17 May 2018

Call for entries: Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2018




















Sydney Living Museums is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2018 Meroogal Women's Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.

Female artists from across NSW are invited to submit works, in any medium, that respond to Meroogal and its sense of place. Selected artworks will be displayed throughout the property, throwing new light on the personal stories of the people who once lived there and the rich collection of objects that are still contained within the house.

The Meroogal Women's Art Prize is a regional, non-acquisitive competition and exhibition. It is open to a work of any medium made by a woman aged 18 years or over who is a resident of NSW. The entry fee for each artwork is $30 with a maximum of 2 works.

Entries close: 31 July 2018 at 4pm.
Selected artworks for display in the exhibition will be displayed throughout the house, gardens and grounds from September 2018 to March 2019.

For more information go to: Sydney Living Museums

Exhibition: Love Is.... Australian Wedding Fashion



Extended until Sunday 20 May 2018 at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney.

Love is... Australian Wedding Fashion. From the simple to the stunning, Love is: Australian Wedding Fashion features more than 50 wedding outfits plus accessories covering nearly 200 years of Australian weddings.

The exhibition includes Australia's first surviving wedding dress from 1822, gold rush fashions, elegant 1920s gowns, unconventional sixties styles and spectacular contemporary designer fashion, as well as garments reflecting Australia's culturally diverse communities.

Memorabilia, photographs and letters reveal the stories and traditions behind the outfits within the context of the social, economic and political changes in Australian society. The exhibition showcases examples of exquisite contemporary gowns from well-known Australians (a wiggles wedding and Nicole Kidman's gown among others) at the vanguard of international wedding fashion.

The Powerhouse Museum is open daily from 10am - 5pm.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

WS18.3: Helen MacRitchie - Layered Marks in Felt and Stitch

This workshop is suitable for new or experienced felters. Participants will use sample sizes to combine the fun of wet felting with design and hand stitching. If you enjoy felting and feel in need of some inspiration with design then this is the workshop for you.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, 26 - 27 May, 2018.

Registration is open until: Friday 11 May, 2018.

Location: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, EPPING

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fees: ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Requirements: TBC

Helen will help you explore shape, scale, mark making, colour layering, transparency within various felting and nuno felting stages.


Helen is a textile artist recently moved back to the UK after 13 years in Australia. She continues to work in Australia, however, actively teaching and exhibiting with Untethered fibre artists. She has a diploma in Embroidery and Stitched Textiles with City and Guilds, London and has been working particularly in felt for 8 years.


To see more of her work go to her website or Facebook.

Workshop Code: WS18.3

WS18.4: Christine Wheeler - Beads for Impact: Basics and Bling

Don't miss out there are still places available in this fabulous workshop! Get in quick to avoid disappointment!

This is a techniques based workshop, which will focus first on some materials and techniques to make working with beads much easier and then move to exciting variations and the use of other material.

Date: Saturday & Sunday 9 - 10 June, 2018

Registration is open until: Friday 25 May, 2018

Location: Embroiderer's Guild, 76 Queen St, CONCORD WEST

Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Fees: ATASDA Member: $150
Non-Member: $200

Requirements: TBC



Day 1 - participants will master basic stitches, then move on to adding height and texture, and combining beads, experimenting with some simple but dramatic combinations and motifs. We will try some fringing and netting. We’ll also discuss how to take these techniques further and to mix in other materials.


Day 2 - many will be able to start on a small project of their own. At the end of the workshop, new beaders will be able to apply beads with confidence, while those who have already tried bead embroidery should come away with lots of new ideas.




Christine Wheeler lives and teaches in WA and has studied with Dior’s bead embroiderers in Paris. She is interested in achieving density and texture and making use of fabric, ribbon, novelty beads and found objects.

Workshop Code: 18.4