Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Graduate Programs at ANU School of Art - Textiles

Applications are invited for Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters study. The programs are open to people with qualifications ranging from TAFE to Bachelor level.  Professional experience may be taken into account. 

Programs involve on campus/ flexible delivery in practical/concept development courses. These courses are suitable for people wanting to re-invigorate their practice, extend their skills, knowledge, creative ability and ideas development. The qualifications can lead to a new level of independent art practice, work in the creative arts industry or major national institutions, teaching positions at a more advanced level or continued study at Higher Degree Research level.

For Further information see
Contact: Dr Patsy Hely | Honours & (acting) Graduate Convenor
 +61 (0)2 6125 5804  | w: | 

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Picture This $10,000 Prize and Exhibition - Entries Close Sunday

Deadline midnight Sunday 3 April

Picture This $10,000 Prize and Exhibition

You now have less than one week to get your entry in for our annual Picture This photographic prize and exhibition.
Photographers can enter up to 4 images on any theme, any size, framed or unframed.
Deadline for entries midnight Sun 3 Apr 2011
50 Finalists will be selected for the exhibition
Show runs 15-28 Apr 2011

More information and online entry
Brunswick Street Gallery has 9 spaces under one roof and is open Tue-Sun 10am to 10pm.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Handfelted Jewellery Workshop with Carol Cyper

APRIL  2 & 3 (Sat & Sun) 2011
All skill levels                                                           
Ccost $180 members/$200 non members

From her 2002 VISIT  which was so much fun.
We immersed ourselves in a magical weekend of felt making.  Flowers as big as pizzas, and the skewer method, not to mention suchi rolls.  This sounds more like a foodie weekend than felting.

Carol created a room full of fellow felt magicians, and introduced us to many traditional, as well as alternative ways of creating sculptural shapes and profiles.
Many dimensional and beautiful flowers were created using a plastic bag as a resist. This resist allowed us to create a flower with a calyx separated from the petals and incorporating the ‘Skewer Method’ to create colourful layers within the petals.  Very soon our outside drying table resembled a creative flower garden and captured the likeness of the real thing in wool. Some very busy souls added stamens and stems, which were further embellished with the option of beading.

We moved on to discover felts sculptural capability within the making of a lariat.
Starting with the ‘felt a rope’ method, we rolled, and bashed and shocked our wool into a carved sculpted necklace.  To our horror, Carol showed us a use for that razor blade. By making shallow slashes, so that a V-piece of wool could be removed, this revealed the layers of colour within.  This method we also applied to making a sculptural carved beaded bangle.

Our felt obsession was led further into an encounter with Swirled Felt Beads.  This is the best explanation of what I called suchi earlier on. Layers of wool are rolled up using the ‘Skewer Method’, then felted, and finally sliced diagonally or straight to produce swirled-felt beads.  Carol is no shrinking violet when it comes to colour as we found out. The more Brights, the better.

The effect of glass beads on felt is very pleasing, and we were introduced to bead it and enhance it. Carol shared her small collection of beads between us all, resembling sharing the bread and fish from the bible. She sang the praises of Magatama beads and Power Pro thread, and demonstrated a South African, Xhosa, beadwork technique that creates a double series of intertwined swags along an edge.  We happily beaded our way around our flowers with a picot edge, reflecting the definition of glass beads against the warm and fuzzy light absorbing felt. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

6:00-8:00pm Tonight at Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank Belconnen
Tickets $25

To help reach the goal of $20,000 Badenoch Real Estate will be holding an Auction night for CanTeen and we would love for you all to attend.
If you would like to purchase a ticket simply call Badenoch Real Estate on 62640900 or email or click here for more details.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Pecha Kucha Volume 9 at CraftACT

Volume 9 of Pecha Kucha Canberra will take place on Thursday March 24 at the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, from 7pm.

Pecha Kucha is a global initiative that brings together creative people. Presenters discuss their ideas, inspirations and experiences within the patented Pecha Kucha system- 20 slides, each running for 20 seconds.

Previous instalments of Pecha Kucha Canberra have featured photographers, architects, designers, musicians, painters, sculptors, and many many more creative people from our city. Submissions to present at Volume 9 will be open until COB Monday 20 March. For information regarding how to submit, click here.

Pecha Kucha nights are informal, lively and entertaining. We seek to bring together various strands of the Canberra arts community and get everyone talking. There’s cheap drinks, complimentary magazines from the InDesign group (publishers of InDesign, DQ and Habitus), and a whole lot of good, healthy noise.

For more information on Pecha Kucha Canberra, go to:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

You Are Here Pop-up Shop in Civic this weekend

For YOU ARE HERE, Re-Loved will be taking over a vacant shopfront and transforming it into a fashion mecca. The space will be used as a studio throughout the festival, where designers will create and sell new garments in a co-operative pop-up shop. Designers participating in the event include; Lisa Barrett, Tamara Russell and Hanny Dewar’s own label, Hanny-d Creations. Under the label Tango & James, Lisa produces accessories, clothing and even furniture updated with her own fabric designs. Tamara Russell is a textile artist who uses recycled materials and free needle machine embroidery to create painterly textile designs.

You too can promote the importance of sustainable fashion by bringing along your unwanted clothing to Re-loved Creations Clothes Swap on Sunday March 20 and getting yourself a whole new outfit, guilt free! Shopping AND helping the environment, it doesn’t get better than that.

When: 5-9pm Friday 18 March, 9am-5pm Saturday 19 March, 10am-4pm Sunday 20 March
: The Mall, former NRMA shopfront, City Walk (between the fountain and Akuna Street)

Tamara Russell

Monday, March 14, 2011


Instructor Jen Tattam
Intermediate Ring Class

During this workshop we will be making one ring. The rings depicted above are all wrap around rings and we will be making a wrap around style ring on the day. You may choose to make a ring that is similar to one of these or you may prefer to use your own ideas to come up with unique wrap ring design. Either way you will end up with a beautiful 99.9% Fine Silver Ring!

WHERE: Lex’s Studio: 9 Cheel Place, Farrer, Canberra

WHEN: Sunday 19th March

TIME: 10.00am (*sharp) until 4.30pm with a short break for lunch.

COST: CCIP Artisans or Instructors : $150.00 Non – CCIP Members : $170.00
Class Price includes 16g PMC3 Clay, Information Sheet and Use of Kiln and Tools. $50 non-refundable deposit required.

TO BOOK – Contact Lex on 02 6290 1376 or email

National Gallery Culture Lecture

The Museums and Collections: Public Culture Lecture and Conversation Series Presents


Robert Bell (Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the National Gallery of Australia) in discussion with Emeritus Professor David Williams and comments from Dr Sharon Peoples.

Wednesday 16 March 2011,  12.30 to 2pm

Venue:  Small theatre, National Gallery of Australia

All welcome

Sunday, March 13, 2011

PMC3 Workshop with Lara Le Reveur

Using PMC3 we will make end caps or cones plus a pendant with a bail.
 At: Lex’s Studio, 9 Cheel Pl. Farrer, Canberra.
Date: Sunday 20th March 2011 
Time: 10am (sharp) until 4.30pm with a short break for lunch.

Cost: CCIP Artisans or Instructors: $145 Non CCIP members: $165

Class includes:-
*16.9gm PMC3
* Use of tools
* Tea & coffee.

Extra Clay & tools will be available for purchase on the day.

Please  bring  lunch.

*$50 non-refundable deposit required to hold your place.

To book contact Lex on 02 6290 1376 or email

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Imagery in Stitched Textiles with Sandra Meech

DATE: 9-10 APRIL 2011

With personal themes from photographs (landscape to architecture, fashion to world textiles – anything goes), we will create collage compositions, paintings and drawings. Heat transfer methods of imagery onto cloth with mixed media collage will prepare surfaces for stitch. Several textile pieces will be finished and include wireform for dimension and added texture with plastics and wool. A review of simple ways with Photoshop Elements will also be included.

For further information or to book contact Bonnie Begg's Textile School at

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SCARF Shibori Exhibition

Members of World Shibori Network Australia and New Zealand (WSN A/NZ)
invite you to SCARF an exhibition of contemporary shaped resist dyed scarves and shawls

Strathnairn Homestead Gallery
90 Stockdill Drive Holt ACT

Opening - Friday 11 March at 5.30 pm by Sydney and international textile artist Barbara Schey
Exhibition Hours: 10.00 am to 4.30 pm, Saturdays & Sundays, until 3 April 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

It's Art Month in Sydney 1 - 31 March

Art Month Sydney is a month-long festival celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of Sydney’s thriving contemporary visual arts scene. From March 1 to 31 in 2011 Art Month Sydney will inspire, educate and engage new audiences with the work of contemporary artists. The not-for-profit festival is unique in uniting each of the various elements of Sydney’s art world under one umbrella.

The program for Art Month Sydney 2011 includes an exciting new offering of art exhibitions and events for people of all ages and levels of art appreciation. More than 80 of Sydney's leading commercial galleries, artist-run initiatives and other venues in f
eatured arts precincts from Waterloo to Woollahra, Marrickville to Potts Point will host free artist talks, studio tours and after-dark fun with late night openings and art bars.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Belconnen Art Centre Harvest Festival Market this weekend

Harvest Festival Markets Art, Design & Wine

Saturday 5 March > 12:00–5:00pm

Celebrate the summer harvest with a relaxing afternoon checking out the fine, the frivolous and the flavoursome fare of local artisans, craftspeople and wine producers, all created in an environmentally friendly way. Entry is free and delicious refreshments and lunch snacks available throughout the day at the kiosk.

Artists/Producers: Barton Estate Wines, Belconnen Artists Network Inc, Carole Osmotherly,, Esmee Smith, Fibre Studio Design, Four Winds Winery, Kemarre Arts, Laura Mulligan, LiveFyre Glass Art, Mount Majura Vineyard, Paperart, Raintree Ceramics, Sara Hogwood and Sue Hewat, Silver Glass, Tamara Russell.

Estate grown wines; fused and slumped glass art, jewellery and sculptures; ceramic wares; hand felted and woven clothing and vessels; contemporary Aboriginal designed glass and vintage silk products; paintings; photos; cards; sarongs; wineracks; book marks; silver jewellery; decorative boxes; furnishing and fashion accessories.