Local Colour: experiments in nature
- When 28 Jul - 15 Sep 2018
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Presented by UNSW Galleries, Local Colour: experiments in nature features artists and designers with an interest in sustainable practices, local ecologies and an appreciation for the world’s natural resources.
Participants in this project have a common interest in experimenting with locally sourced plant materials to extract unique colour for artworks created from naturally coloured materials. The exhibition highlights the resurgent international shift towards natural dyes, the increased interest in ‘slow textiles’, the handmade and holistic practice of textile making.
Social, cultural and political issues ranging from climate change, land use, individual and environmental wellbeing are expressed in works coloured by plant dyes and pigments. The dye process requires diverse expertise ranging from growing, identifying, harvesting, collecting, processing, tending and caring for plants. By steeping, printing, dyeing and painting, locally grown or collected plants, barks, leaves, minerals, mud, sands, weeds and waste are used as a source of colour for cloth, fibre, pandanus or paper. Presenting contemporary work by Australian and international artists, designers and social enterprise groups, Local Colour illustrates the vitality, diversity, breadth and beauty of this practice that’s now enjoying a renaissance across the world.
Aranya Natural, Adiv Pure Nature, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Dorothy Caldwell, Margaret Djogiba, India Flint, Helen Ganalmirriwuy, Mandy Batjula Gaykamangu, Leanne Guymala, Judith Kentish, Abduljabbar Khatri, Rebecca Mayo, Gabrielle Mordy, Sarah Nadjalaburnburn, Emma Peters, Margaret Rarru, Rowland Ricketts, Julie Ryder, Lucy Simpson, Holly Story, and Elsje van Keppel
Associate Professor Liz Williamson
3pm to 5pm Friday 27 July 2018
Location: UNSW Galleries, Free
This seminar includes a curatorial overview by exhibition curator Liz Williamson and illustrated talks by exhibiting artist Julie Ryder and Dr Julie Montgarrett on the work of the late Elsje van Keppel.
Julie Ryder’s practice combines her knowledge of science with textiles and the use of nature as both muse and co-collaborator. Her textiles included in the exhibition relate to local colour and place, with dye plants collected locally. Dr Julie Montgarrett (Charles Sturt University) has written extensively on the work of Elsje van Keppel, the Dutch-born Australian textile artist, curator and educator. The influence of van Keppel’s philosophy of materiality has shaped and now widely characterises the non-indigenous fibre and textile art of Australia.
3pm to 5pm Saturday 28 July 2018
Location: UNSW Galleries, Free
Join curator Liz Williamson and artists Emma Peters, Lucy Simpson, Holly Story and Judith Kentish for a tour of the exhibition and gain insights into their practice. Dr Louise Hamby, researcher, curator, writer and collector will discuss artwork by Injalak Arts artists included in the exhibition, on loan from her collection.
Workshop 1: 10am to 5pm Saturday 4 August FULL
Workshop 2: 10am to 5pm Saturday 11 August FULL
Workshop 3: 10am to 5pm Saturday 25 August
This special plant dye workshop will teach participants how to dye fabric with local plant dyes using dyebaths and ‘eco’ bundles’. Conducted by artist Emma Peters and curator Liz Williamson, the workshops will use local plants. As part of the workshop, Williamson will provide a tour of the exhibition and discuss specific plant dye used in the exhibited works.
Free with Eventbrite booking plus $20 materials fee to be paid on the day.