June is the time to find Comfort in Tasmania.
Tasmanians have felt the winter cold for years; this year, the cold will be felted. And dyed. And woven. And spun…
June may be one of the colder months in Tasmania but this is all the more reason to visit the “Comfort” exhibition. The Handweavers, Spinners & Dyers Guild of Tasmania Inc. are once again celebrating the Guild’s diverse collection of technical talent and design skills with their biennial exhibition. This year The Design Centre (Cnr Tamar and Brisbane Streets, Launceston Tasmania) will host the exhibition from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 1 July 2012.
The month long exhibition will showcase amazing works that have been handwoven, spun, dyed and felted to create all manner of visual feasts. Upon entering the main gallery 4.5-metre lengths of textiles will be hung within the space, forming a maze of different levels of transparency and showcasing many different techniques and textures. The beautiful Tasmanian winter light will cast shadows amongst the textiles. As you walk around these large works smaller pieces will reveal themselves: traditional items worn for comfort, items we have at home that we find reassuring and items that soothe our soul.
During the exhibition the Guild will also be hosting lunchtime talks about different techniques used in the various textile fields represented. There will also be artists in residence discussing their specific works, inspirations and techniques.
This biennial exhibition is one not to be missed. I am sure it will have you coming back again to admire the amazing and diverse skills that members of the Handweavers, Spinners & Dyers Guild of Tasmania have to offer.
More info @ www.hwsdguildtasmania.org