Archive for August 21st, 2008

ATASDA exhibition and conference

There has been a lot happening lately and I’ve fallen behind on blog reading and writing. My thanks to those who have left comments.

ATASDA’s Out of the Blue exhibition is one reason. If you can get to Sydney between now and next Tuesday morning make sure you visit – the Palm House in the Botanic Gardens, open each day 10 – 4 except Tuesday (the last day) when we close at 2.

There are major pieces, employing a wide variety of textile techniques and materials (my Ocean Scarf plays a very small part), plus the results of our charm challenge. We had groups of 9. Each person chose a theme and made a base and the first charm, then posted the result to the next in line. Each month we’d make another charm, fitting with the originator’s chosen theme. After 8 months my original piece came home, including all the charms made for me by the others in my group. My theme was memories of a walk along the water with friends, based on a quote from Nick Lyons. I sent a little book around and got some wonderful comments and thoughts from the others. Thank you so much Margaret, Chrissy, Val, Barbara, Christine, Norma, Dinah and Terry – plus Kirry, our amazing mastermind.

Another ATASDA event coming up is our Art Textiles Conference (supported by COFA) on Saturday 13 September. We have 8 fantastic speakers, with the keynote from Jane Dunnewold on her first visit to Australia. We’re in the final frantic weeks of organisation (with our AGM the week before). There are still some seats, so come join us if you can. I’m in that mixed state – really looking forward to it, since I think it will be inspiring and thought provoking (Liz Williamson at COFA is an excellent weaver and spoke at a recent ATASDA NSW meeting. She’s not presenting but is closely involved with the conference organisation), but rather daunted by what needs to be done in the meantime.


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