Work­ing with fi­bre on show

Stratford Press - - News - By RHONDA BUNYAN Percy Thom­son Gallery Di­rec­tor

Taranaki Cre­ative Fi­bre’s bi­en­nial ex­hi­bi­tion, Fi­bre­works 2018, opened at the gallery over the week­end.

It is an out­stand­ing ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights the myr­iad ways that all types of fi­bre can be ma­nip­u­lated and worked to cre­ate gar­ments, blan­kets, wall hang­ings, sculp­ture, rugs and much more. The only pre­req­ui­site is knowhow , in­spi­ra­tion and imag­i­na­tion.

Classes are reg­u­larly of­fered for those who want to get started on the all-con­sum­ing jour­ney of fi­bre­work. We will have ex­perts here at the gallery dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion so make sure you come in and have a chat with them.

The tal­ented and in­no­va­tive group cov­ers a wide ar­ray of dis­ci­plines — weav­ing, knit­ting, spin­ning, felt­ing, dye­ing. Many of the artists hold na­tional awards and are ex­perts in ma­nip­u­lat­ing tex­ture and form.

Each piece was judged and prizes were awarded across sev­eral cat­e­gories rang­ing from de­sign ex­per­tise to the use of colour and spe­cific fi­bres such as silk, al­paca, flax, wool, linen and cot­ton in­clud­ing a re­cy­cled cat­e­gory.

There was also an award for a first-time en­trant to en­cour­age new mem­bers and an­other for the most cre­ative use of New Zealand de­sign or ma­te­ri­als, with par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence to Taranaki.

Co­in­cid­ing with the Fi­bre­works 2018 ex­hi­bi­tion is an ar­ti­san mar­ket in the Strat­ford War Me­mo­rial Hall on Satur­day Septem­ber 1. The mar­ket has a strong fo­cus on fi­bre traders. There will be a num­ber of lo­cal traders and ar­ti­sans who make their own prod­ucts. The30 stall­hold­ers will in­clude hand­spun, hand-knit­ted, hand-wo­ven and felted items from lo­cal Cre­ative Fi­bre mem­bers.

Also fea­tured is gar­den art, hand-made cloth­ing and bags, chil­drenswear, photography, wall art, laven­der prod­ucts and soap. Food con­nois­seurs will be able to se­lect from home-made pre­serves, sauces and chut­neys, and donuts and In­dian snacks.

The mar­ket will open at 9.30am and close at 2.30pm.

■ The gallery’s next ex­hi­bi­tion is the well-re­spected and pop­u­lar Adam Por­trai­ture Award se­lec­tion show­ing here from Fri­day Septem­ber 21. Gallery 2 will have the first solo ex­hi­bi­tion by lo­cal artist Sue El­lis, Mys­te­ri­ous Mis­chief.

If you would like to be­come a Friend of the Gallery it is time to re­new. This will en­sure you re­ceive in­vites to all the open­ing events.

Fi­bre­works 2018 guest se­lec­tors Vanessa Bolton and Tracy White in­spect en­tries.

Taranaki Sun­set, a felted merino and silk pic­ture, by Gill Evans.

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