Monday, November 21, 2011

Textile Art Exhibitions and Christmas Sales

Last week I said I was not ready for Christmas. This week I don't think I ever will be - not this year anyway.   While I have been distracted this week from Christmas preparations, it has been worth it. A  very talented textile artist friend Wendy Scott had the opening of her solo exhibition, Rainbow Journey, at Timeless Textiles Gallery on Thursday night. I really recommend that you take the time out to see this one - a magical visual journey of colour, excitement and pure joy.  The exhibition is open until 7 December at Timeless Textiles Gallery, 7 Beaumont Street, Islington  (Newcastle NSW) - just a 2 minute walk from Hamilton (NSW) Railway Station.  Congratulations, Wendy - it is an absolutely beautiful exhibition and a wonderful testimony to your artistic talent. 
Wendy Scott and self portrait 

We are very fortunate to have opportunities to exhibit and see great textile art here in Newcastle. The next textile art exhibition opens this Thursday night at Wallsend Library and it will be the annual exhibition of NCEATA - Newcastle Creative Embroiderers and Textile Artists. The exhibition is entitled "Archi-Textiles" inspired by architecture - there will be some really innovative textile art on display I am sure. I am delivering my contribution " East-West" this afternoon. It is the first time I have used paint, digital prints and  hand made foam printing blocks as well as stitching in a piece of work - not sure about it, but my husband likes it... 
East-West : exhibition piece 
What an exciting  week ... this Saturday is also the annual  Handmade Treasures Christmas Sale for charity. This year, the  recipient of the profits will be a local and global  charity " Give Love to Children" which supports orphanages in the Philippines and provides free health services to disadvantaged children here in the Hunter. Already beautiful work from my lovely sewing friends has arrived - here is a preview of the great gifts you can buy at Saturday's sale supporting local artists and artisans and a very good cause. 
table napkins and  appliqued place mats 
hand sewn quilts 

embroidered cushions, patchwork pouches, Christmas cakes 
colourful aprons - for children, men and women 
appliqued and embroidered sewing bags and babies'wear

  I am looking forward to a great day. If you live nearby, I hope you will come to see  these hand made treasures and lots more...  I have heard this week that the Hunter East Timor Sisters will also be bringing their hand woven tais, many of which have been made by village women in East Timor to raise much needed funds  for teacher scholarships to East Timorese young women.... At least I will have my Christmas shopping done after Saturday...    

1 comment:

  1. Hi -

    Love your blog. Looks like you are having lots of fun being creative so I wanted to share what my 6-9 year old students have created using textiles and other eco-friendly items.
    Cheers - Neko


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