Sweety – Belinda Jessup and Melanie Olde @ Belconnen Arts Centre

11 March – 2 April 2017

The web page for this exhibition reads

A homage to the decadence, frivolity, beauty and expression of couturier Christian Lacroix.Jessup and Olde communicate their aesthetic pleasure in responding to Lacroix’s garments and reverie: the colours, textures and patterns.

The items on display are richly coloured, intensly woven and visually attractive. Some woven materials are are created from natural colours and have an earthy look.  These works are brilliant, glimmering, intense, visually beautiful items.

The intricate nature of these works are visible in the pics below but in the room they glow in a much more attractive way.

High Rise Low Rise @ Canberra Contemporary Arts Centre Braddon

9 Dec 2016 – 11 Feb 2017

High Rise Low Rise is a delight through its diverse methods and styles of art brought together in one exhibition.

Claudia De Salvo has created a city on a wall out of woven wire on a black background – it has an urban intensity expressed in the detailed representation of city living.

Monique Montfroy represents beach culture in all its diversity with a sense of fun and great composition of large coloured photographic images.

Anna Carey’s two buildings point to the fragility of much urban construction coupled with its banality. She photographs models with a light that is almost barbie-esque.

Anja Loughead reflects Australian culture through words cut into old tea towels. The language and choice of 50s tea towels embodies a bygone culture in a convincing way.

Millan Pintos- Lopez uses house paint on circular pieces of plywood to tell a story. The final works in the room are a set of stark white steel works set at angles from walls created by

Kael Stasce. Feeling naughty I touched them to check if they were cardboard or steel. The works have a delicateness for steel  that surprised me.

The catalogue is below with a couple of my phone pics.

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The Uniform Project @ Craft ACT

3 Nov – 17 Dec 2016

One of the current exhibitions at the galleries of CraftACT in Civic is called The Uniform Project. It consists largely of a small set of beautiful blazer type coats designed with geometric layouts and strong colours. Each of them are beautiful and would be a great improvement on most uniforms you see today.

Gallery page

https://craftact.org.au/blogs/current-exhibitions

Sample pics

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Repeat – Exhibition of Print Pattern and Textiles @ Megalo Studio and Gallery

Print studios develop lots of product. The gallery at Megalo shows lots of varieties of print making techniques and forms of expression on many media. It is not often that the gallery is filled with fabric.but this time it is a beautiful set of long hangings and smaller examples of how themes can be represented in repeated patterns and with use of striking colours.

Some of the themes are fairly abstract such as, Jemima Parker’ Brick. Others are much more exact and precise such as Estelle ‘Breideis’ Bridges. We were intrigued by another Estelle Breidis one titled Pentagon. We could see lots of other geometric shapes but nothing five sided. Every piece in this exhibition is strikingly attractive.

See sample pics and gallery material below.

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Encircle – Ruby Berry @ Belconnen Arts Centre

22 July – 14 August 2016

Ruby Berry is a practitioner of slow fabrics. Her work begins with the arts and crafts of creating the materials she used in her art. Her sculptural works that in this show encircle spaces and people to contain and give warmth start with the spinning the wool or creating the cotton and materials for the basketry.

The works on display range from heavy woven almost carpet like wovens to small delicate fun hanging baskets. There must be a great deal of satisfaction in the finished article after all the steps have been yours to work with.  Ms Berry is running a basketry workshop at the Arts Centre on August 7 and the booking link is on the gallery sheet below.

Pics and gallery sheets below

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Here and there @ Belconnen Arts Centre

Sharron Peoples, Barbara Rogers, Julie Ryder have joined together in a current exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre. All three artists work with textiles and thread.There are geometric designs, There are stories told in stitched net. Walking  through the gallery space you are constantly struck by natural rustic tones, shapes that can be seen in nature and those that do not appear and thelives of people and their experiences woven into beautiful art works.

Below are some pics and some gallery materials

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Canberra Feltmakers outdoors @ Belconnen Arts Centre

There is a richly colourful set of totem like felt creations in the exhibition courtyard at the Belconnen Arts Centre right now. Each pole is unique and is created with a dominant colour. The poles are soft and variegated in texture and layout. The great thing is they are displayed in a concrete courtyard with lots of hard glass walls to contrast with the soft colourful felt poles

Some pics below

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