Chinese New Year celebrations in Newcastle, with ‘Where is Wooly? ’
The Chinese Year of the Sheep starts February 19th….and it seems that the
sheep (goat, or ram) is among the animals that people like most. It is gentle and calm. Since ancient times, people have learned to use its fleece to make writing brushes and skin and wool to keep warm. As it is white, people describe delicate and precious white jade to be 'suet jade'. Thus it is close to the meaning of good things.
To celebrate the Year of the Sheep, a hand crafted felted sheep will be peeping out where least expected in very iconic locations around Newcastle.
Local Chinese fibre artist, Wilma Simmons says “Chinese New Year is the most important celebration, focusing on the family in Chinese culture. While there will be many events celebrating Chinese New Year in Newcastle, Timeless Textiles will be welcoming the good fortune of the lunar year by sharing a fibre art creation in the form of a sheep. For eight days, 19-26 February inclusive, the fibre art sheep will appear in eight different lucky locations in Newcastle. Clues to find the location of the sheep will be provided each day on social media - similar to a treasure hunt! And the treasure? Sharing the Timeless Textiles sheep on Instagram in its eight locations will win someone a lucky red Chinese New Year envelope (containing a $200 gift voucher to spend at Timeless Textiles on a workshop of your choice or a piece of beautiful fibre art).”
The indigo dyed felted sheep , complete with a special Chinese charm for each day, will be seen grazing up and down Hunter Street precinct….come and join in ‘Where is Wooly?’
For more information or to register interest, contact Wilma Simmons, Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter st, Newcastle East
Hours of opening: Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm