Gran-jeans: 6,000-year-old indigo dyed cotton found in Peru Archaeologists have found the oldest known pieces of indigo-dyed cotton in Huaca Prieta, northern Peru, and it goes to show that a good pair of jeans will last you forever — the materials are at least 6,000 years old. Read more Thanks to member Margaret Ford for this fascinating piece of history.
One of our members recently submitted this information for sharing on the WAFTA blog. She often finds interesting snippets in newsletters. Click here for a special offer from Art Prof-Visual Art Essentials. Recent interest was shown at the newly-formed Wearable Art interest group meeting, about sketchbooks and visual diaries… and their uses to help in members’ creativity. Our contributor is sure…
The latest edition (Volume 40 No. 1) of the Surface Design Journal (https://www.surfacedesign.org/publications/sda-journal) published in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, has arrived in the WAFTA library. A quick flick through it gets you to page 12. The article is Marianne Penberthy : Flour on the Ground by Amanda Rowland. It contains many beautiful images of Marianne’s work and runs over a big…
WAFTA General Committee member Jo Franco has been busy making your WAFTA library more user-friendly. Read about two new book additions to the Library: Russian Kerchiefs and Shawls – Matisse, His Art and His Textiles – The Fabric of Dreams Smart phone/iPad or Computer/Laptop help is here. Thank you Jo.
MEMBER COMMUNICATION No Images? Click here Little joy for arts in election year budget At first glance the state’s arts and culture sector appears to have received little comfort from an election year budget that traditionally offers some good news. “We know that the fiscal environment is challenging but it is disappointing that there is little evidence of new investment…
This new series from Janet De Boer, on behalf of TAFTA, (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts Ltd) is titled ORIGINAL MATERIAL and goes into considerable depth about the trajectory of the selected artist’s career. Marion Gaemers – A Passion for Fibre
An interesting and helpful read from Carol Naylor: Applying & submitting art to galleries: Carol Naylor
Applying & submitting art to galleries: Carol Naylor Leading textile artist Carol Naylor shares some words of wisdom for artists submitting art to galleries and hoping to have their work shown at exhibitions. Recent TextileArtist.org interviewee and one of the UK’s leading artists in machine embroidery Carol Naylor has a wealth of experience both curating exhibitions and submitting art to galleries…
Agnes Martin She was; patient, philosophical, dedicated to daily practice, & her own best editor. The work that she is best known for is; arrestingly simple, spare, controlled, and meditative. She died aged 92 in 2004 Her work and her attitude to her work has a lot to inform many of us…. Listen to her….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=902YXjchQsk Posted by Jan Mullen…
I’ll fess up – I love books. I happily feed off their contents. Two of my favourite textile books are extensive in information and visuals but neither are technique based. Both are in the WAFTA library. TEXTILES by Mary Schoeser MAKE LACE NOT WAR (the LoveLace Catalogue) published through Powerhouse Publishing These are books to have on hand to delve into regularly….