Newcastle Herald today
Tactile textiles by top fibre artists
BY AMY EDWARDS Photo by Dean Osland
26 Aug, 2011 04:00 AM
THE best of Newcastle’s fibre and textile artists have welcomed the opening of a gallery in Islington to show their work.
Timeless Textiles, the brainchild of Newcastle fibre artist Anne Kempton, opened in Beaumont Street, Islington, last night.
‘‘I knew there was a niche and an important one for this style of art. This is high end work and it features 19 artists,’’ she said.
The exhibition Revealed: Uncovering the Beauty of Fibre Art features the work of Newcastle, national and international artists ranging from natural fibre clothing designs, wall art, sculptures and 3D hangings.
Wilma Simmons, a former high school principal, has created a series of dolls using natural fibres.
‘‘This is a really rare opportunity. There are so few galleries not only in NSW but Australia to promote excellence in fibre and textile art,’’ Mrs Simmons said.
‘‘Unlike conventional forms of art these are meant to be touched and felt. The whole experience is very tactile.’’Mrs Simmons began creating dolls and sculptures while she was principal at Callaghan College Wallsend Campus as a way to alleviate work stresses.
...... and hopefully this will help to introduce the new series of workshops starting next week.