Threads of connection at Stitched Up festival
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.