Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Exhibition dates and venue....

The Design Centre, Launceston. Tasmania.
Set-up Thursday/Friday 31 May / 1 June 2012
Opening Saturday 2 June 2pm 2012
Pack-up Monday 2 July 2012

exhibition entry/ies by
no later than Friday, 18th May, 2012
An Exhibition Fee of $10 for the first item and $2 for each additional item is to be paid when your items are delivered.

June is the time to find Comfort in Tasmania.
Tasmanians have felt the winter cold for years; this year, the cold will be felted. And knitted. And woven. And spun…
June may be one of the colder months in Tasmania but this is all the more reason to visit the “Comfort” exhibition. The Handweavers, Spinners & Dyers Guild of Tasmania Inc. are once again celebrating the Guild’s diverse collection of technical talent and design skills with their biennial exhibition. This year The Design Centre (Cnr Tamar and Brisbane Streets, Launceston Tasmania) will host the exhibition from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 1 July 2012.
The month long exhibition will showcase amazing works that have been handwoven, spun, dyed and felted to create all manner of visual feasts. Upon entering the main gallery 4.5-metre lengths of textiles will be hung within the space, forming a maze of different levels of transparency and showcasing many different techniques and textures. The beautiful Tasmanian winter light will cast shadows amongst the comforting textiles. As you walk around these large textile works smaller pieces will reveal themselves: traditional items worn for comfort, items we have at home that we find reassuring and items that soothe our soul.
During the exhibition the Guild will also be hosting lunchtime talks during the exhibition about different techniques used in the various textile fields represented. There will also be artists in residence discussing their specific works, inspirations and techniques during the exhibition.
This biennial exhibition is one not to be missed. I am sure it will have you coming back again to admire the amazing and diverse skills that members of the Handweavers, Spinners & Dyers Guild of Tasmania have to offer.

Spinning, weaving etc in the Gallery  
Please note we do not need to “man” the exhibition, but we have the opportunity to spin, weave etc in the gallery space and talk to people about the exhibition.

Sat 2nd June – Design Centre Launceston

2pm – exhibition opening – all welcome.

Sunday 3rd June
State wide meeting at Northern Branch rooms - Uniting Church Hall, Chant St. East Launceston.

During the exhibition we are encouraging people to “have a go.” To try knitting and spinning. So donations of skills, fleece, commercial knitting yarn for first time knitters, maybe even simple cardboard weaving loams would all be greatly appreciated so we have items on hand so that when we have guild members spinning/weaving/dry felting etc at the Design Centre we have materials and tools that may be used so people may have a hands on experience.

If people are using the gallery space to spin/weave/dry felt/knit their home spun or dyed yarn etc and the finished products are for charity or any event that is news worthy please let me know so that we have a chance to try and organise media coverage.