Following Lines: Art and Ecology from Merrepen, installation showing front window: Gracie Kumbi, Merrepen (Livistonia Palm), 2014. Screenprint on linen, 145 (w) x 200 (l).

Following lines: Art and Ecology from Merrepen Arts

…printed by Basil Hall. Chairs upholstered in Kieren Karitpul, Yerrgi, screenprint on linen. Two hundred and twenty five kilometres southwest of Darwin, artists from Merrepen Arts are at the forefront of a resurging Indigenous textile movement. What began in the late 1970s has re-emerged over the past five years as an exciting contemporary art form that is rapidly drawing national and international attention. What we are doing by making this art,… Continue reading

What's in the Box?, from The Material ConneXions library, instructions to open. Photo Rita Bila.

What’s in the Box? Fashion Edition…

‘What’s in the Box’ represents an opportune moment for designers and researchers/ curators at the Powerhouse Museum to get together and discuss new developments in materials and technology. November’s ‘What’s in the Box?‘ gathering represented the Fashion Edition of what’s hip and emergent in the world of materials. The textile theme encouraged the museum to invite speakers who are quite hip and emergent at making t… Continue reading

UTS Group Exchange Textile Symposium

GROUP EXCHANGE symposium 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial

1.00 – 5.15 pm This symposium continues in the spirit of an open studio where we engage with various disciplines in conversations around shared knowledge and emerging textile practices. Five artists from the exhibition Group Exchange and two invited guest artists will share their insights into ways of extending our perception of textiles through an engagement in cross disciplinary practice. As leading creative thinkers they demonstrate a d… Continue reading

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Regional Design alive and kicking

…lient how rural producers use design thinking. Nicole Barakat joined forces with The Cad Factory  Nicole is a visual artist with a wealth of experience working on community art projects. Nicole has been busy this year holding textile workshops in Narrandera with an enthusiastic group of women – now called the Narrandera Textile Group, producing large textile hangings for “Shadow Places”. artist Nicole Barakat and Narrandera Textile Group make fl… Continue reading

Image courtesy of QUT and The Edge

Biotechnology, kombucha and textiles have a lot in common

At a time when we are concerned about live transportation and slaughter of animals, and pollution caused by petrochemicals in the textile industry, bio-engineered clothing could not come fast enough. It would be a sustainable alternative to the unrelenting fast fashion cycle. Production waste is so excessive and toxic today that it has become a major landfill problem and contributor to climate change. Image courtesy of QUT and The Edge We are n… Continue reading

Group Exchange: 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial

Group Exchange: 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial

Group Exchange: 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial is a touring exhibition organised by the Tamworth Regional Gallery and curated by Cecilia Heffer, Senior Lecturer and Course Director of Fashion and Textiles in the School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney. Bringing together the work of 22 textiles artists from around Australia Group Exchange celebrates collaboration and experimentation, examining the creative outcomes of shared knowl… Continue reading


Positive spaces

…d combining ‘the sensitive and the small with the powerful, large and industrial.’ (Joep Verhoeven). Lenka Suchanek comments ‘When I make lace, I am totally at peace and in sync with the inner rhythm’. Textile and metal works, some large and bold, some tiny and delicate, feature prominently in the submissions. Bethany Linton follows a family tradition of four generations of silversmiths in Western Australia. Her hand cut t… Continue reading


Textile treasure trove

Every year Powerhouse fashion and textiles curators usher countless design students and researchers into the Museum’s basement to look at our fashion swatchbooks. These books, full of hundreds of small fabric samples compiled by manufacturers and merchants to record and promote the latest fabric designs, provide an amazing resource for artists and designers researching fashion history or seeking inspiration. Now two volumes of the Museum&#… Continue reading

Land fill

Fashion saving the world, one season at a time

…d issues that point to an increasing emergency to be solved by designers. On average each individual in the USA discards 65 LBS (almost 30 kilos), of clothing each year. According to the Atlantic, “New York City, clothing and textiles account for more than six percent of all garbage, which translates to 193,000 tons tossed annually. A small percentage is recycled and about 10.5 million tons a year goes to landfills. Clothing has one of the poores… Continue reading

Liesl Hazelton - Fungi Sporalis

Artisan Liesl Hazelton’s imagination is inspired by new Woven Image Dino Stripe

When it came time to launch their new colour range of Dino Stripe textiles – designed in collaboration with Dinosaur Designs – Woven Image invited artist Liesl Hazleton, to let her imagination go. Known for her work with objects sourced from e-waste and computer graveyards, Liesl’s individual perception on design has seen her awarded the 2009 Design NSW: Travelling Scholarship, a solo show at the Powerhouse as part of Sydney Design 2010,… Continue reading


Jill Kinnear talk at ‘Smart works: design and the handmade’ symposium

Since moving from Scotland to Australia in 1989, Jill Kinnear has responded to her experiences as a Scottish-Australian ‘ both as an artist making large public art works, and as a textile designer and maker. She believes that emigration and textiles have defined her life. In 2005, based in Toowoomba, Kinnear began to make printed textiles that focus on the experience of emigration. Using her own cultural textile heritage she made metal str… Continue reading

Portrait Bertjan Pot

Bertjan Pot takes a fresh look at design

…n Rotterdam and only works on projects that he can develop in the Netherlands. Pot feels that being involved in the process is essential. Pot’s ‘Jumper’ chair for Established & Sons released in 2010, uses a tight fitting textile that zips in place to cover the entire chair. “The types of products I design need regular visits to the factory so I can develop the design through fully understanding the manufacturing process. For that reason they… Continue reading


Craft and design as the future: Australian Design Alliance report launch

The AdA members are: Australian Craft and Design Centres Network (ACDC). Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Australian International Design Awards, Standards Australia Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) Craft… Continue reading

Design by Caitlin Murray, Photo by Jean-Luc Batchelor

UTS Graduate Fashion Show 2011

View the inspiring UTS Graduate Fashion Show highlighting designs of the next generation of fashion and textile design. Eagerly anticipated by industry and fashion aficionados alike, this year’s UTS graduates will showcase a diverse range of fashion and textile collections including mens and womens wear, swimwear and knitwear. Also represented are graduates of fashion media, textiles and footwear design. Each show will feature 20 runway co… Continue reading

The future is wearable

The Future is Wearable

…oncepts. Bradley directs his own consultancy and carries out research projects with laboratories and institutes around the world. He has written 15 books, including Techno Fashion, The Fashion of Architecture, UltraMaterials, Textile Futures, Design Futures, Fashion Futures and Textile Visionaries, each presenting inspiring visions of fashion’s emerging future. Introductions by: Professor Peter McNeil – Professor of Design History, School of Desi… Continue reading

Ventura Lambrate Fifth Edition, Milan 2014

Ventura Lambrate 2014: part 1

…fabric. That‘s the designers Bernotat & Co hiding there. The ‘Radiolaria’ collection of pendant lights is a little different to the norm. While functioning as a regular pendant light with soft organic shapes in a textured textile, there is an inbuilt surprise that isn’t immediately evident. When you turn the lights out, the seams of the lights glow quite vividly. The lights absorb light in much the same way that watch dials do then glow in th… Continue reading

Orla Kiely wallpaper stem print, Credit Aidan Griffin, via Flickr

The wonderful world of Orla Kiely

…ong. After nearly 20 years of trading, the company has always been in profit. So, what is the secret behind this success? The daughter of university lecturers, Kiely grew up in the suburbs of Dublin. She went on to train as a textile designer at Dublin’s National College of Art and Design and later gained an MA at the Royal College of Art in London, where she is now a Visiting Professor. Kiely worked as a designer for brands including Esprit and… Continue reading


The State of the Crafts

…;s similar 2003 study, Don’t Give Up Your Day Job, the proportion of craft practitioners engaged mostly as ceramic artist/ potter was the same as for metal worker/ jeweller (24%), while 21% were mainly working as fibre/ textile artists. The employment status of craft practitioners While there may be challenges in clarifying trends in the number of professionals working across all occupational groups within the crafts, one thing is fairly cl… Continue reading

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Re Rag Rug

Re Rag Rug is an experimental design and crafts project by two very talented Swedes, Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans. With backgrounds in textile design, product development and needlework, the duo were brought together through a shared interest in knitting, embroidery and recycling and have collaborated on projects since 2001. Their latest collaboration brings together their shared passions and explores new ways of using a variety of text… Continue reading

Sydney MMF

Sydney Mini Maker Faire

…range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, scientists to garage tinkerers, and all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. From robotics, electronics and gaming to textile, arts and crafts, and everything in between, Sydney Mini Maker Faire is the perfect platform to share your home-grown design, project or product. Applications are open to individuals, groups, schools and other organi… Continue reading