‘Texploring’ fabric art | Gawler Bunyip – Australia News


TEXTILE art will be on full display this month when the ‘Texplorers’ bring a fascinating variety of fabric-based art to the Gawler Community Gallery.

The Texplorers are a group of 10 enthusiastic women who meet monthly to exchange techniques and learn about the many methods of fabric embellishment and manipulation.

Texplorer members Sue Prothero, Liz Collinge and Steph Eland are joining forces this month to display their work at the Gawler Community Gallery, in an exhibition called ‘Fire, Air, Wind and Earth’.

All three women have been strongly influenced by their love of nature and have become great friends, meeting up on weekends to work on their textile art, while sharing a glass of wine.

It is because of this the group has given itself the nickname ‘Inspired by Plonk’.

Sue said of the four elements in the exhibition name, she particularly connected with the fire aspect and found inspiration from the devastation caused by the 2015 Sampson Flat bushfires.

“I was really inspired by the fire element, and the red fabrics that I chose for some of my pieces really resonated with me,” she said.

“When we began work on the exhibition, the Sampson Flat fires were really fresh in my mind.

“I used photographs of both the fire and the devastation it caused to the land to find inspiration for my work.”

New exhibitions will be on display at the gallery from September 14, with the official opening taking place on Sunday, September 17.

The gallery is located in the old stationmaster’s house at the Gawler railway station, and is open Thursday to Saturday from 10am-4pm and on Sundays from 9am-3pm.

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