BEYOND the SEAM: conceptual works in fibre art
Beyond the Seam: conceptual works in fibre art brings together the work of 12 outstanding national and international contemporary artists. Curated by Martien van Zuilen, the exhibition explores how fibre art, its materiality and the various processes of making can engage our understanding of the tactile and transformative potential of working with cloth, natural materials and thread.
Individually and together, the artists extend the possibilities of fibre traditions within a contemporary setting, and by extension provide a timely platform (and tactile surfaces) to document and communicate their explorations of socio-cultural topics, concerns and ideas.
When: May 26 - June 24, 2018
Where: Contemporary Art Space Mandurah (CASM)
63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah Western Australia 6210
Curated by Martien van Zuilen
Three fibre workshops will be run in conjunction with this exhibition. See HERE for details
BEYOND the SEAM | Exhibition Events
When: Sunday 27 May at 2pm
Where: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM)
63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
Light refreshments provided
Curators Talk and Designers Welcome Reception
Join us for this special event, set amongst the beautiful contemporary artworks of the Beyond the Seam artists. As well as listening to guest speaker and curator Martien van Zuilen, this event serves as a welcome reception for Wearable Art Mandurah Designers – past and present. Meet our local, national and international designers who are in Mandurah for Saturday’s Awards showcase.
When: Friday 8 June at 6pm
Where: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah
63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
Light refreshments served.
Anita Larkin is an artist. Within her art practice she makes sculptures using collected objects, the medium of felt, and direct casts of the human body. These artworks often focus on socio-political issues, and our interaction with functional objects.
Ruth Halbert is a full-time artist working with textile processes, installation and text. She uses traditional textile hand-making practices with local and found materials to explore liminal space beyond fixed ideas, where change can happen. Ruth is influenced by her background in science which informs her use of repetition, duration and number play. Her practice is motivated by feminism and social justice. Since graduating from Edith Cowan University in 2012, she has undertaken residencies in Australia and Sweden and exhibited in Perth. She lives in Denmark, Western Australia www.ruthhalbert.com.au
Kate is a visual artist who as well as exhibiting widely, has worked in community arts, public art, teaching, curating, and mentoring. She has participated in group exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally in Chile and Japan. Kate has a strong affinity with fibre/textiles in her practice, often using low tech processes such as hand stitch and adapted basketry techniques. Her work often draws on references from local flora and the natural world, and conveys ideas around regeneration and growth, ephemerality and place.
South Perth WA
Robi Szalay is a textile artist from Western Australia with a love of drawing in stitch, particularly free hand machine embroidery and deconstruction, creating contemporary lace to evoke a sense of the visceral while exploring the mind/ body connection.
I am particularly compelled by jiseung, a Korean method of cording strips of paper to twine, practiced hundreds of years ago to reuse scraps of precious paper—nothing went to waste because paper was so labor intensive to make. Civil service examinations could become paper armor while independence fighters sent secret messages twisted into woven cups; books, birth certificates, and genealogy records were stolen to make shoes and vessels. I repurpose the form and energy of wedding ducks given to new couples to encourage fidelity and fertility and make new versions that can stand alone and tell us their own stories.
Amanda McCavour received a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and in 2014 she completed her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, USA. She shows her work in galleries nationally and internationally with solo exhibitions in 2017 in State College, PA (USA), Seattle, WA(USA), Okotoks, AB, Brantford, ON, Auburn, NY (USA) and St. Catharines, ON. McCavour has travelled for many residencies across Canada including Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto, the Maison des Metiers D’art de Quebec in Quebec City, the Gros Morne Craft Residency, Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, NL and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon. www.amandamccavour.com
Beneath the ‘show pony fun’ of Vicki Masons wattle and eucalypt brooches lie issues that seek to reveal something of our need to address water sustainability in the Australian domestic garden, and the important role trees play in our predominantly hard surfaced and densely built city environments.
When the Swan River Colony was in its infancy, housing was temporary, crops were failing. With this tenuous start, resourceful colonists turned to birdlife as an easy source of nutrition. They hunted extensively for their quotidian three meat meals - to the extent of extreme scarcity. Local birds…. our unsung heroes.
Helen Coleman is a mixed media artist based in Mandurah, WA. She works primarily with salvaged and natural materials, exploring the hidden beauty and potential of the discarded or overlooked objects all around us. Icarus Rising, winner of the Architectural category of 2017 Wearable Art Mandurah, uses these salvaged materials and beeswax, to pay homage to the ingenuity and determination of mankind to conquer gravity and take to the skies.
Alice Springs NT
Philomena Hali’s art practice has always included textiles and fibre in one form or another. She continue to use very traditional techniques to create objects - She uses ‘the stitch’ to hold & secure her ‘sculptural forms’ or wearable articles. As the making is slow and repetitive, there is a great deal of thought and contemplation in the process of making - each work retains the memory of events, places, feelings & thoughts. Shibori & Bojagi are techniques that Philomena continue to use as complementary methods in her work. She dyes using indigo and other earthy colours. She knits to diffuse stress and anxiety - accumulating a great number of various sized swatches with texture that excites.
Martien van Zuilen
North Perth WA
Martien van Zuilen is a felt artist and tutor living in Perth, Australia. She exhibits her high-quality and distinctive felt art nationally and internationally. Since the late 1980s she has delivered felt-making workshops at all levels of experience; throughout Australia, in Europe and the USA. Martien is the founder of the Victorian Feltmakers, the current editor of Felt, Australia’s national felting magazine and the Convenor of Fibres West Inc. In 2013, she completed her PhD in Anthropology with an ethnographic thesis on the significance of women’s textile art in Australia