Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bus Trip to Cabramatta Fabric Shops


Come on a 33 seater bus (with a trailer for all the shopping) to the 10 or so fabric shops in Cabramatta, Sydney. The bus will also be making a side trip to a couple of haberdashery shops close by. Up and back in one day.

v      Saturday 2nd April 2011
v      Early pick up both sides of town
v      Same drop off points around 9pm
v      Cost $40/per head

PHONE: 6254-6997

Friday, February 25, 2011

Landscape with the emphasis on colour workshops

Weekend Workshops with Merv Moriarty
10 am to 4 pm at the Wallogoot studio
Workshop one: March 5th and 6th
Workshop two: tentatively April 2nd and 3rd subject to convenience to those who attended the first workshop

Fees: single 2 day workshop $200.00
Workshops one and two combined (4 days) $385.00
Early bird discount paid in full by 10 Feb $350.00
Morning and afternoon tea provided BYO lunch

Venue: Many Swans 1478 Sapphire Coast Drive
Wallagoot. Between Tathra and Merimbula on the far South Coast NSW

Phone/fax 02 64945144 or phone 02 64941033
E-mail -

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Adventures in weaving @ ANU Textiles

Visual Arts Access, Semester I, 2011
13 Tuesday nights (March-April-May), 6-9pm, Weaving at the ANU School of Art Textiles Workshop. 
Suitable for beginner and intermediate weavers. Young and old!
Tutor: Monique van Nieuwland

See following web link:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Shibori Workshops

World Shibori Network artists, Barbara Schey and Joan James will be giving a 2 day workshop in shibori techniques on 12th and 13th March, 2011, at the Village Hall, Strathnairn Homestead. Both Barbara and Joan have exhibited their work in exhibitions overseas and have taught extensively throughout Australia. 
Barbara will work with DISAPPEARING SHIBORI!  on Saturday 12th March, 9.30 – 4.00
This workshop will involve discharge or colour removal on silk and cotton in new and innovative ways using techniques Barbara learned in Japan.  Degumming of silk and meltoff of lame will also be included if time permits.  Barbara has been teaching this workshop for some time now and it is very popular.  Students need to bring pure silk in a dark colour, also pure cotton in a dark colour.   Barbara gets good results from pure cotton (black) voile available from Spotlight (makes great sarongs!).  For the silk discharge, she recommends black silk georgette.  Silk organza is needed for the degum and small amount of lame for meltoff.

On Sunday 13th March, 9.30 – 4.00 Joan will cover SHIBORI and INDIGO dyeing on silk and cotton, and shibori techniques on synthetic fabrics.  Joan will cover the making and upkeep of the indigo vat and will introduce a ‘fruit indigo vat’, which Yoshiko used while teaching recently in Australia.  The use of the steamer for setting the fabrics will be discussed. 
Students need to bring pure silk and well washed cotton (it may be coloured, but not dark navy or black) and some sheer polyester fabric.  Fine wool may also be used.
Cost of workshop:  $250 for the two days.
 To book your place, please contact Joan on   A requirement list will be sent out when a deposit of $20 is received to book your place in the workshops.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Handmade Market is on today

Canberra's Quarterly Upmarket brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all at one destination.  It is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate quality, handcrafted and locally designed items.

11am- 4pm this Today   

How to get there
The National Convention Centre is located at 31 Constitution Avenue Canberra ACT 2601

Does the NCC have undercover car parking?

Yes, parking is available underneath the National Convention Centre for 260 cars, with internal lift access from the top level. There is also FREE parking across the road for over 1000 cars.

Is there disabled access?

Yes, there is disabled access inside the NCC, as well as ramps located on the Constitution Avenue and Glebe Park entrances to the building and disabled accessible lifts in the car park.

How do I get a taxi?

A taxi rank is located at the National Convention Centre entrance as well as a convenient Cab Spot destination. This can be booked by our complimentary taxi phone.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Community Art Show at Queanbeyan Public School

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March

Queanbeyan Public School is holding its inaugeral Community Art Show in the school hall, Isabella Street, Queanbeyan. Mayor Tim Overall will open the Art Show at 6pm on Friday 4th March.

On show will be artworkd from local artists. All artwork displayed will be available for purchase.

The Art Show will be the school's major fundraiser for 2011 and will be enjoyed by the Queanbeyan community as a whole.  Artists interested in showcasing their work should contact Melinda Hayward on 0417 692578 or

Saturday, February 12, 2011

South Coast and Country Quilters weekend workshops

Bead embellishment workshops at the South Coast and Country Quilters Guild's biennial quilting weekend in Cobargo in early March (the weekend of March 5 and 6). 

As of this month, any vacancies in workshops are now open to non-members. There were two vacancies in bead embellishment workshops, and also some vacancies in Carol Divall's felting workshops . The workshop cost for non-members is $75 per day.

For workshop bookings and more information, contact Raine Phillips (president of the group), on (02) 4454 1756, or email her on

Bead Embellishment for Creative Textiles and Jewellery, It runs across the two days, it is possible for participants to attend just one of the days instead of both.

The first day of this workshop consists of my one-day workshop called Bead-Embellished Brooches (check out my website for more details and some pictures of brooch samples:

The second day participants will create a peyote-stitch beaded bezel around a cabochon. Participants will also be guided in the designing of their own beaded neckpiece. Participants will most likely not get past this design stage, as these neckpieces take some time to complete.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

On the edge - Call for expressions of interest


ON THE EDGE An exhibition of sculptural works by Canberra region artists

Applications due: 1 March 2011
Notification: 15 March 2011
Exhibition dates: Friday 13-Sunday 29 May 2011
Exhibition opening: Friday 13 May at 6.00pm
Meet the artists: 22 May 2011 at 3pm

Emerging and established artists are invited to contribute sculptural works to an exhibition which explores the theme of On the edge

Belconnen Arts Centre is located on the shore of Lake Ginninderra and with this living on the water’s edge, comes a unique opportunity to engage with the environment on a daily basis. This engagement infuses our creative responses and affects both those who work in and those who visit the space.

How does place influence us? How does space affect our responses, our actions, our dreams? How do we interject ourselves into the universe? How do we live on the edge?

Artists are asked to explore these ideas and respond with works in all mediums for an exhibition at the Arts Centre Main Gallery and Outdoor Gallery spaces in May 2011.
• A maximum of 3 works by each artist (dependant on size of works and number of pieces constituting an individual work) will be selected from submissions.
• Up to 12 artists will be selected for the show, from applications that include completion of the EOI form, a cv and 6-8 images of current work or work created within the last 12 months (a sketch or early images of the proposed work/s are also encouraged).

• The proposed work for On the edge, must be newly created work not seen in the Belconnen/Canberra region within the last 12 months.

• All works may be for sale with a commission of 25%plus gst (27.5%) taken by the Arts Centre.

• Exhibition cost per artist: $150.00 (this includes portion of gallery hire fees; design and printing of invitations (each artist to receive 25 hard copies & e-version); catering costs for opening night; exhibition signage and media releases and publicity to BAC media sources and the extensive database of over 2000 individuals and organisations.

Artists will be required to assist with installation and available to ‘sit’ the exhibition for some time during the exhibition period.

The exhibition will be coordinated by Dianne Libke, exhibiting artist and 2009 Graduate, ANU Sculpture Workshop.

Selection process:
Works will be selected from submissions by an independent committee which will include Wendy Teakel, Head, Sculpture Workshop, ANU; David Broker, Director Canberra Contemporary Artspace; and Jacqueline Schultze, Exhibitions Coordinator, Belconnen Arts Centre.

Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by 15 March by email or phone (whichever is preferred by the applicant).

Selection is entirely at the discretion of the committee, and all decisions are final.

Works that relate and interpret the exhibition theme in unique and unexpected ways will be favourably considered. On the edge aims to highlight the use of a variety of mediums, as well as to exhibit works by both emerging and established artists. Works to be considered for the Outdoor Gallery space need to be able to withstand changeable weather conditions, and are not to leave any permanent marks on the pavement.

Artists are encouraged to visit the Arts Centre and view both gallery spaces and discuss any technical issues before submitting their applications.

• Complete the attached Expression of Interest form
• Include your current CV
• Include 6-8 images (jpgs of at least 500dpi) of current work or work created within the last 12 months
• You may include a sketch or early images of the proposed work/s for On the edge

Further information from

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fine Felt with a Glow workshop with Phillipa Rooke

The workshop will work with silk fibre on the surface of the felt, making a silk and wool ‘scarf’ which uses silk sliver on a single layer of wool to make a very fine lustrous fabric.  Working with silk caps and a very fine laying out process is developed for the wool layer to make a larger piece of felt which can be used for a wrap or made into a garment

Phillipa has been making felt for 25 years,  currently teaches felting students pretty much full time for most of the year.  She is passionate about quality felt in Australia.  Her work has been exhibited in Australia and Europe and is in several private collections.  Her main area of interest is fine felts.
Date: 12/13 MARCH   2011
Time:  9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Location: Textile Room Radford College College Street Bruce ACT   2605         

Textiles workshop in Sydney

Working with Light Molding Paste

Monday 28th Feb & Tuesday 1st March 2011   9.30 – 4.30
Enrollments will be limited to 12

Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park, 26 Stanley Road, Epping

In this workshop you will make a variety of “paste fabrics” which are all suitable for stitch. Some will lend themselves to machine Embroidery & some to hand stitching. As the stitching will take place on the second day, you will have time to decide whether to do one or both. Vessels, bags & jewellery will be our focus. If you have brooch backs you may use those, if you have fastenings for bracelets they may be useful and if you have brass bangle bases you might want to use those. Come prepared to experiment under Isobel’s tuition & you will go away with useable items. No expertise in drawing is required and when you have mastered the techniques, there is ample scope for further creativity.

$140 members, $190 non-members
A kit will be supplied with the more unusual supplies - materials fee to be confirmed
Contact Jane Bodnaruk 94988790 or for further details & enrollment form

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

FOCO Photographic Competition - Entries close tomorrow.

The FOCO Photographic Competition and Exhibition, sponsored by the ACT Multicultural Arts Officer. Entries for this event close at 5pm on Friday 4 February.

The FOCO Exhibition and Competition is open to all ages and skill levels.

Photo Access is offering the $900 Big Print Award which includes Photo Access membership and courses to the value of $300 .

For entry forms and more information contact: or phone 02 6230 5994 or 0450 960 897.

• Entrants may submit a minimum of 3, maximum of 10 photographic prints.

• All photo prints must be the original work of the entrant.

• Photographs need to be A5 (148x210mm) minimum size, but entries for the Big Print Prize need to be at least A3 (297x420mm) in size.

• The photographs need to be unframed.

Opening Friday 11 February to Sunday 6 March 2011 simultaneously at Belconnen Arts Centre - Tuggeranong Arts Centre – Civic Library

Opening Night : The Exhibitions will be launched at the Belconnen Arts Centre on Friday 11 February at 7pm.

An initiative of the ACT Multicultural Arts Officer, ACT Community Arts Office supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Governments Regional Arts Fund. Proudly Supported by PhotoAccess