Thursday, June 16, 2016

Curators 'Floor Talk' Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia

Last Saturday, Carol Cains, Curator Asian Art, National Gallery of Victoria and curator of 'Adorned: Textile and Jewellery from Central Asia' traveled to the Ararat Regional Art Gallery to conduct a floor talk, providing a wealth of knowledge of pieces in the exhibition. Many traveled long distances for the opportunity to learn more about the culture and expertise that produced these stunning works. Here Carol explained the techniques and significance of this piece, a 'Suzani' embroidered by a bride and her family were an important part of a bride’s dowry and used as hangings, bed covers, partitions, curtains,coffin covers and prayer mats.
  A detail of the central motif. Exquisitely embroidered.
Animals were highly prized possessions, the felt textile on the right is described as either a horse or camel blanket, which could also be used as a canopy for a yurt interior. The felted piece on the left is a horse blanket. The design incorporates slits for the girth strap that holds the saddle in place. 
A child's tunic, one of my favorite pieces in the exhibition. Decorated with plastic thimbles. Unfinished hems ensured the child would continue to grow and the mother would bear more children.
This tent band is the only purely decorative piece in the exhibition that is woven, other works are hand embroidered. Woven on a narrow cotton warp with wool for the weft, the band measures approximately 11 meters long. Tent bands served as practical and decorative functions inside and outside the yurt.
 'Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia' continues at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery until July 17th.
All photos copyright National Gallery of Victoria.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Official Opening of 'Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia'

I thought that I would share some photos from the opening of 'Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia'
The exhibition, comprising over sixty  works, explores textiles and jewellery from Central Asia through the distinctive traditions of two of the largest cultural groups of the region, the Uzbek and Turkmen peoples. Urban Uzbek mercantile communities were based in market towns along the Silk Road, and the nomadic Turkmen peoples lived on the steppes of Central Asia.
 Fine examples of Ikat weaving.
Beautiful examples of children's clothes.
The exhibition includes many intricate pieces of jewelry.
Gorgeous colour combinations.
The exhibition was officially opened by Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director of the National Gallery of Victoria.
 Ararat Regional Art Gallery Director Anthony Camm speaking about the collaboration between the two galleries which made this incredible exhibition possible. 
'Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia' continues until July 17th.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

WARM – a community textile art project

The WARM CommunityTextile Art Project is currently running across Rural Victoria, with workshops  held in Ballarat and Daylesford before continuing on to Ararat, Dunkeld, Geelong and Sale.
The project is run by SEAM Inc, a new art and environment enterprise based in Ballarat that aims to create events connecting people to issues of sustainability via art. Encouraging people to stay Warm with wool rather than burning fossil fuels. Workshops participants have created patterns including native flowers, gum trees and leaves, squares that can be sewn into blankets and wind turbines. The pieces will eventually contribute to a large-scale image of a landscape regenerated after the closure of a coal mine. A picture that has been designed by local Ballarat artist Lars Stenberg.

A workshop as part of this project will be held at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery
Thursday 5 July 2016: A children's school holiday workshop (ages 8-16) from 10.30am-12.30pm and general public workshop from 1.30pm-4pm.
If you are in the area, come along and join in.  

If you are unable to attend the workshops and would like to contribute to this project information is available here. Patterns can be found here.   
The project outcome will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ballarat  September 3 to 25 2016.
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