Threads of con­nec­tion at Stitched Up fes­ti­val

North East Tourist News - - Wangaratta -

Wan­garatta Stitched Up Tex­tile Fes­ti­val 2015, run­ning from July 4-12, has the theme Con­nect­ing Threads, and one of the ex­hi­bi­tions is ti­tled “Con­nect­ing Threads to Post­cards”

Back in April 2014 the Stitched Up com­mit­tee in­vited par­tic­i­pa­tion in a post­card project where artists would com­mit to mak­ing one post­card a month for 12 months.

The post­cards were to be 15 x 10 cm and made from tex­tiles.

Silk em­broi­dered post­cards were very pop­u­lar dur­ing WW1 and con­tem­po­rary tex­tile artists to­day en­joy us­ing the post­card for­mat for mak­ing small and beau­ti­ful tex­tile art works.

Each month par­tic­i­pants re­spond to a theme re­lat­ing to the AN­ZAC 100 year com­mem­o­ra­tions, and can re­flect on con­flicts from all na­tions over the last 100 years.

The word spread through the tex­tile com­mu­nity and it struck a chord with over 40 tex­tile artists par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Many of the par­tic­i­pants have re­flected on their own fam­ily his­tory while oth­ers have delved into gen­eral re­search on the wars.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Kathy Beilby has been co­or­di­nat­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the project.

“I have learned a lot about my par­ent’s ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing WW2 , while oth­ers have re­flected on WW1, Vietnam and Afghanistan,” she said.

“Like many oth­ers in the project I have had dis­cus­sions with fam­ily, pored over old pho­to­graphs and re­searched what ships my fa­ther served on as a Marine En­gi­neer in the Mer­chant Navy, while my mother worked in a mu­ni­tions fac­tory in Aberdeen.

“The suf­fer­ing through hard­ship, loss and sep­a­ra­tion, the in­ge­nu­ity of ne­ces­sity, sur­vival sto­ries, his­tory and sym­bol­ism have been thought through and in­ter­preted into over 420 cre­ative and beau­ti­ful tex­tile post­cards.

“They will be dis­played over the 12 themes and will wrap around The Bainz gallery at Wan­garatta Li­brary from July 4-31.”

The themes are: Flow­ers (pop­pies and other sym­bolic flow­ers have been used), Maps, Home, Badges and Medals, Flags, Trans­port, Christ­mas, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Ser­vice­men and Women, Fash­ion, Sou­venirs and Mem­o­ries.

More in­for­ma­tion on the Stitched Up Tex­tile Fes­ti­val is avail­able by pick­ing up a brochure from the Wan­garatta Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre or head­ing to the web­site at www. stitchedupfes­ti­val.com, or the event Face­book page.

Some of the in­tri­cate con­tri­bu­tions to the Con­nect­ing Threads to Post­cards project.

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