What's On Elsewhere

LOVE, DESIRE & RICHES The Fashion of Weddings

Rippon Lea House, Elsternwick until 30th September.

This is a collection of over 50 famous and rarely seen wedding gowns and accessories sourced from around the world. The collection spans over 200 years of fashion, including pieces from the designers such as Valentino for Princess Marie Chantal of Greece. A mini-retrospective of leading Australian designers showcase their fashion careers. Celebrity gowns include dresses designed for Jennifer Hawkins (Maticevski) and Kyly Clarke (Alex Perry) to film and television pieces worn by Kylie Minogue (Charlene in Neighbours), Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep.


TAFTA's 2014 Geelong FORUM

If you hurry you could still enrol (to 20th September) to work with Carolyn Sullivan, Ilka White or Kath Wilkinson at this year's Geelong FORUM. Get all the details from www.tafta.org.au/geelong There's ample accommodation including single rooms, and of course there's a fantastic program as ever.

Closing date for enrolment: 20th September 2014

Geelong FORUM FREE Open House on Saturday morning, 4th October

Trades Hall will be buzzing; the Selling Bazaar and Displays of work created over the week will feature; a Barista will operate and you can enjoy Installations in the grounds along with the Tutor Exhibition in Sinclaire which is also the venue for a very special show: A Drawer Full of Worms featuring Liz Evans, Maris Herr and Liz Powell.


MATERIAL EDGE: Contemporary Textiles

until 19 October

The gallery is open 12-5 Mon/Tues; 10-5 Wed/Fri and 12-15 on Sat/Sun.


Open day invitation at Granite Haven Llamas and Gotland Sheep

Wednesday 12th of November 2014

Freshly shorn fleeces will be available for sale as well as knitting yarn and rovings.

To find out more visit www.granitehavenllamas.com.au

or Email Cheryl



14-19 March 2015 (a change from the usual February dates)

Enjoy the beautiful autumn weather in the Grampians with fantastic Australian and international textile tutors offering 2-day and 4-day workshops. Full program now released. Further information from grampianstexture@gmail.com or www.grampianstextures.com.au Phone 0428.805.971

CONTEXTART in the Blue Mountains. April 11-16 2015

For full details of the program for CONTEXTART for April 2015 consult www.contextart.com.au

Cross Pollination: Colac/Cororooke, Vic.

What is CrossXpollinatioN?
CrossXpollinatioN is a feast of textile and fibre art happening at Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre and Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery
at Cororooke.

There will be exhibitions at COPACC and RRRTAG, a busy program of inspiring workshops led by influential artists and teachers, plus a Wearable Art Market.

COPACC will host Love, Loss and What I Wore, a fibre and mixed-media exhibition between June 28 and July 13.

RRRTAG will host Made with Love, a fibre and mixed-media exhibition, at the weekends between June 28 and July 13.

CrossXpollinatioN was planned to celebrate the rich talents and strong grass-roots interest in textile arts in and beyond the Colac Otway region.

The title stems from local artists who had a vision to celebrate and encourage a cross-pollination of artistic ideas, styles and practices.

Expressions 2014: The Wool Quilt Prize (Biennial):

Dec 2014 - Feb 2015, National Wool Museum, Geelong, Vic, Australia

To promote excellence in this art form, the National Wool Museum is offering an acquisitive award of$AU3000 with the winning entry to be acquired for the Museum’s contemporary wool quilt collection. The exhibition features finalists from around Australia in a visual feast of colour, design and texture, highlighting the unique qualities and versatility of wool as a creative medium. Maximum size 200 x 200cm. Minimum size 75 x 75cm.

Closing date for entries: end Sept 2013

For an entry pack, contact Sara Gillies | 03 5272 470603 5272 4706 | expressions@geelongcity.vic.gov.au


Alice Springs Beanie Festival Competition:

Exhibition Jun–Jul 2014, Alice Springs, Australia

Theme: Beanies from the Heart - A Celebration of Friendship.

On now! www.beaniefest.org/

Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show:

18, 19 and 20 July 2014, Vic, Australia

This is the ultimate fibre and fun mix of them all! This is the place to support farmers, fibre producers and independent "Indie" dyers and crafters and have some great fun discovering new things and even win prizes! Woolcraft schedule available here: Dotv5@optusnet.com.au


Chocolate Wonders of Wearable Art:

early Jul 2014, Latrobe Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe, Tasmania, Aust

This competition provides artists, designers, recyclers - anyone with imagination and flair for garment design - to fashion a costume inspired by chocolate. Imagine the body as the hanger and let your imaginations soar with whatever materials you can lay your hands on, to reflect your chocolate creativity! More info here: www.chocolatewinterfest.com.au/taking-part.html

Participation Commitment: mid Jun each year (Garments to be delivered early July).


Art on Legs: Catwalk show,

mid Sept 2014, The Friends' School, Farrall Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania's answer to New Zealand's WOW Wearable Art Awards, Art on Legs provides an opportunity for international textile artists, national and state craftspeople and students to air their creativity to a wide audience. Fashion is taken to its limit: the body is the canvas on which an installation, an idea, anaesthetic creation or a fine example of saleable wearables in the numerous areas of textile craft (machine embroidery, silk, felt, knitting, weaving, crochet, dyeing, collage from recycled products and any new media) is exhibited to an audience, whilst giving the maker/designer/creator an opportunity to make an impact as an artist.

Deadline: early Jul annually (delivery early Aug annually)

Entry forms here: www.artonlegs.com.au  | info@artonleg.com.au


Wearable Art Awards:

Show date 26 Oct @ 7.30pm, Araluen Theatre, Araluen Cultural Precinct, 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, NT, Australia

If you're a NT local wearable art creator, be a part of this spectacle and design your own awe-inspiring creation in wearable form! Past entries have included outfits made of bottle corks, plastic bags, wallpaper, thermal film ribbon... and broccoli. (Be warned though, foodstuffs are no longer allowed after hot lights made short work of a liquorice bikini!)

2013 Categories: Natural Fibre, Recycled and/or Found Objects and Open Fantasia.

itchin2stitch – Aug 2013 page 99 of 108

More info here: www.centralcraft.org.au/index.php?/wearable-art-awards/

Email Expressions of Interest: 23 Sept (include contact name, telephone no and/or email address) Central Craft | wearablearts@centralcraft.org.au  | 8952 4417


Sculpture Forbes Competition and Exhibition:

Forbes NSW

This is a national sculpture competition with a cash prize of $6,000, plus People’s Choice. Entries will be displayed in shop windows and in Albion Park, Forbes, throughout October. Winners will be announced at the Festival on 26th October

Deadline: mid Aug 2014


Contemporary Wearables '14 (Biennial):

Toowoomba, Qld, Australia

This award exhibition of Australian and New Zealand jewellery, curated by the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is open for entrants. This award is open to entrants who are permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand. All entries should reflect the theme Contemporary Wearables.

Entries close: early May (odd years)

More info here:

 2015 Fibre Arts Gippsland

This event will host 5 international tutors

Date: 28 March - 2 April 2015

Where: Gippsland, Victoria

Enrolment: Fibre Arts

 2015 Fibre Arts @ Ballarat

Various fibre art tutors

Date: 5- 11 April 2015

Where: Ballarat, Victoria

Enrolment: Fibre Arts

9th Cheongju International Craft Biennale:

Exhibition in Sept–Oct 2015, Cheongju, Republic of Korea

This exhibition is the largest and most outstanding fine craft-based biennale in the world. Over 1000artists from more than 40 countries participate each year, with over half a million visitors in attendance during the month-long event. Entry is free and cash prizes include a grand prize of $30,000 [Korean].

Entry deadline: early Jun 2015

Stitched Up Textile Festival 2015 (Biennial):

Exhibition early Jul, Wangaratta, Vic, Australia

Theme: Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent.

Garment, Accessories, Wall Art and Sculpture categories - Entries must contain 50% recycled or reused materials and at least 75% textiles.

Deadline: early Jun 2015 (Delivery mid Jun).

More info here: www.stitchedupfestival.com/program/competitions

3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial:

Exhibition to be held Aug 2017

There are few events in Australia that can demonstrate such a strong tradition of promoting and sustaining the unique cultural heritage associated with both the history and technology of textile practice than the Tamworth Textile events.

Deadline for EOI: end Jan 2016

The Victorian Feltmakers Inc

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