10 February - 5 March 2017

TWO EXHIBITIONS


X.L

weaving, felting, tapestry & rugs by

Handspinners & Weavers Guild of SA Inc

The Handspinners & Weavers Guild of SA was founded in 1963, and celebrated 50 years in 2013. Their main focus is to help maintain skills and techniques that have been passed down for generations, and encourage the development of new techniques and ideas that make these crafts more relevant to modern lifestyles.

The Guild boasts of its many experienced and talented members who explore and create exciting works in various fibrous mediums. Not just spinning & weaving, but handmade felt, kumihimo braiding, paper making, origami, dyeing & basket weaving. And in each medium there are limitless techniques of learning and pushing ideas. The guild has specific groups that meet regularly on all of these disciplines, sharing and learning new skills and challenging the processes.

There are eleven members exhibiting in XL, Heidi Adami, Bev Bills, Karina Irvine, Maria Korps, Jan Lowe, Janet Maughan, Pat Michell, Sandra Tredwell, Katharina Urban, Helen Vonow & Elly Webb. The challenge for this exhibition was that works were to be no less than 1 square metre in size. This exhibition highlights diverse works created by these talented fibre artists.

This exhibition features large scale works that are often not displayed, due to their size and weight. Works include large rugs, woven and felted tapestries of a pictorial nature, and decorative felted work.

The title ‘X.L’ was chosen as it represents excellence, and also denotes the sizing classification of ‘Extra Large’. There is an added element of complexity when creating large textile works; it takes enormous effort and requires a great deal of space.  The eleven exhibiting artists have overcome these challenges, and the result is an impressive display of textile art on a grand scale.

The works incorporate a large kilim tapestry woven wall hanging by Elly Webb, Water Lily tapestries by Bev Bills, plus a handmade paper and wire jacket. Sandra Tredwell & Helen Vonow are showing exquisite hand felted items. Katharina Urban has amazing large woven wool tapestries. Jan Lowe’s work has a Peruvian weaving influence, the result of a three week workshop she attended in Peru learning traditional techniques. There are also be large quilts that have been hand woven, and feature indigo dyeing, by Janet Maughan.

Textile crafts know no national boundary and are as ancient as human history. The threads of spinning and weaving bind us to our ancestors, but these crafts are as modern as today and continue to develop and change. The Guild’s aim is to promote the growth of spinning, weaving, and associated crafts, which are a part of the heritage of the world.

The Guild also showcases handcrafted works by members in Little Glory Gallery on South Road, Mile End.

More information on the Guild can be located at sites.google.com/site/handspinweavesa or phone 8352 4843 or email spinweavesa@gmail.com  Located at 196 South Road, Mile End 5031. Little Glory Gallery hours: Wed & Sat 11 – 3pm, Sun 1 – 4pm.

 Art of Respect

aerosol artwork by local enthusiasts of aerosol art and culture

The Art of Respect exhibition is a culmination of artworks by local enthusiasts of aerosol art and culture. The artworks are the result of a series of workshops facilitated by recognised aerosol artists Narisha Cash and Macrae Wilson.

Art of Respect is a City of Marion cultural development and crime prevention program. It aims to foster respect between the community and young artists, recognising aerosol as a valid artistic medium.

The Art of Respect engages young people who have much to express, but few opportunities to get their message heard. Professional aerosol artists ran a series of workshops with 17 aerosol enthusiasts. Each participant created an artwork on canvas. This is the 12th round of the Art of Respect workshops, following the success of the program over past years.

The Art of Respect program uses art as a platform to begin a dialogue between the community and those younger people who struggle to find their place in society and can find themselves on the outer fringes of our community due to their passion for aerosol and its culture.

While the exhibition is a showcase of art inspiring in it’s own right, it also represents an ongoing process that promotes mutual respect and understanding between the wider community and this group of young people. It allows the artists to share skills and ideas with each other, the facilitators and council staff and helps all parties involved gain an appreciation of each other’s opinions, values, lifestyles and work.