Textiles Out of Context, was the third ContextART exhibition at Braemar House and Gallery in Springwood, NSW, was a visual banquet of textile goodness. Check out photos and a review of the exhibition in issue 127 of Textile Fibre Forum! Shown here is Fiona Harper-Harwood's "Fire" - wool, silk organza, silk/rayon velvet, Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, hemp and wire (photo Camille Walsh)
We know you have been enjoying Rie Natalenko's series "The Not So Starving Artist". In this issue, Rie discusses commissions. A commission is making a piece of art which is specifically requested by a client, or by a public body. Shown here is Cheryl Bridgart's "Spanish Family", 2015, 84 x 51cm, free machine embroidery on cotton (faces and animals), watercolour wash (sky and background). — with Rie Natalenko and Cheryl Bridgart.
Woven Metaphors - Celina Grigore. Drawing on her fascination with cultures, myths of antiquity and the idea of archetypes, Celina develops themes and metaphors which she weaves into tapestries as a form of symbolic communication. Shown here is a detail from "Paris & Helen", 200 x 152cm, wool weft, cotton warp, part of the Trojan War series.
"Every Time I Have Sex I Think I am Going to Die" - there is meaning behind this installation by Brett Alexander, which was part of the "Holding: Contemporary Fibre Art" exhibition in the Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW ☺ (Brett Alexander: Every Time I have Sex I Think I am Going to Dye (PEP, PrEP version) 2016, 500 x 100 x 100cm, jute, fibre reactive dyes, found object)
Our Textile Fibre Forum editor, Moira, has a new series of articles for you: HIDDEN TREASURE Ararat Regional Art Gallery in Victoria is a treasure trove for lovers of textiles - it has a focus on collecting and displaying textile fibre arts. In this first article in the series, the Gallery's Director, Anthony Camm, explains how this came to be, and presents one of the first and most significant fibre artworks in the collection, Coraza en dos Colores, by Columbian artist-weaver Olga de…
Needle lace with coconut shell - Agnes Herczeg. "My name is Ágnes Herczeg. Originally I trained as a textile conservator. My experiences during my studies have been fundamental to my approach and relationship to my work. I worked on pieces made with many different fabrics and techniques. The technical skills of past masters evoked in me a sense of respect and wonder, and I wanted to learn the techniques used to make such works of art. I began studying from handicrafts books: embroidery…
Editor, Neroli Henderson, has an in depth interview with Annemieke Mein in Textile Fibre Forum issue 124, where Annemieke talks about her art, her career, and the effect of her debilitating illness. We also show the gorgeous piece which has not been publicly exhibited prior to the Habitat exhibition