BRIEF: The aim of the eleven artists is to create a textile and mixed-media travelling exhibition. The initial inspiration was the map of the Western Hemisphere embroidered by Elizabeth Cook (c.1800) that shows the voyages of her husband James Cook currently housed at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney. Elizabeth Cook’s map provided a starting point from which the concept of ‘map’ can be understood and interpreted in both concrete and abstract ways. Maps can be about many things; geography, history, geology, personal space, migration, movement, memory, travel, genealogy.

Exhibition Dates

Museum of the Riverina,

Botanic Gardens site, Wagga Wagga: March 15 to April 29, 2012

Shoalhaven City Arts Centre,

12 Berry Street, Nowra: May 31 to July 26, 2012

Launch Saturday, June 2, 12noon to 2pm

McGlade Gallery, ACU Strathfield campus, June 15 - July 6, 2013

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, 16 Vincent Street, Cessnock, Feb 19 to March 16, 2014

Thursday, 31 March 2011

PHM visit

We spent a pleasant hour in the textile storage area of the Powerhouse Museum basement on Tuesday. As usual we took too long on each item so that we didn't see all that we had chosen from their collection of textile maps. But each item we saw was very interesting.

Following our visit to the Mitchell Library, we chose to see a piece of tapa cloth that was collected before 1900. It would make a very striking waistcoat. And it is much thiner than the piece that Elizabeth Cook was "working on."

Her embroidered map of Australia was (dimly) reflected in a doiley that brough back a rush of memories of the printed linen of my youth.

We inspected and discussed a couple of fabrics lengths printed by Jenny Kee.

There was the cotton handkerchief issued to passengers on an Orient Line cruise from Sydney to Japan in 1957. I expected this to be the most ho-hum of our selection but it is delightful.

But the tour de force is an 8 metre long, hand dyed, double woven sequence of sketches woven by Kelly Thompson.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Indomitable Explorers

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society will present a lecture on Monday, May 16, 2011 by Paul Brunton who is a Senior Curator at the Mitchell Library, NSW. There is a $20.00 fee for lecture which will be held at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts theatre, Great Western Highway at 10.30 for 11.00am.