Category Archives: textile

feminism design craft

My mum came to Australia as a refugee after World War Two; her ship set off from Italy somewhere, got to Fremantle where it was quarantined for a suspected smallpox outbreak onboard. Then she disembarked at Melbourne, travelled by train … Continue reading

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beginner’s mind and the democracy of colour

I like the concept of beginner’s mind; oriental, martial artsy idea that you empty the consciousness of preconceptions, allowing space for fresh energy to flow in. My T’ai Chi teacher thought I practised it well. It applies to my work … Continue reading

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Archie Brennan can comfortably be given the accolade of having done most for the development of tapestry in the last 40 years. His partner is Susan Maffei, no slouch either as both student and practitioner of tapestry. They have given … Continue reading

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Australian indigenous dot paintings

The friend with whom I share my house worked as a teacher in Alice Springs in 1984. I visited him for a two week holiday, during which we bought four small dot paintings and I bought a larger work [1 … Continue reading

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before & after

A previous chapter focussed on the moment when a work materialises on the loom. Left is the idea, right is the finished work, bristling with physical inaccuracies. But, it achieves a crisp bovver boy zine-look. Title: Zine Guy, woven tapestry, … Continue reading

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a messy surface

Look closely at the surface of a tapestry and what do you see? Bumpy edges, hairy bits floating off, the joins, the crossovers, the abrupt changes; perhaps here and there, the variations in pressure applied by the weaver to tamp … Continue reading

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that exact moment

Does anyone recognise this syndrome? You made a cartoon or drawn outline for your next art project. The work is going ok; it’s not throwing up problems, things are not knotting up. But it’s regular and a bit unexciting. You … Continue reading

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