13 July - 5 August


Larger Than Life

an exhibition of contemporary textiles by members of the
Fibre Artist' Network (FAN)

This whole gallery exhibition brings together 31 textile artists who work in a range of styles. All work has a uniformity of size (75 x 100cm), and are either portrait or landscape orientation.  Work is in the form of wall hangings or framed canvasses, and includes techniques such as embellishments, printing, stamping, painting, fabric collage, machine and hand stitching, as well as fabric manipulation or distortion.

The artists were given the theme of ‘Larger than Life’ to ignite their imagination and to create bold, original pieces of work. They have interpreted this wide and diverse subject in their own unique style.

Some of the artists are current and former students from accredited vocational courses run at Marden Senior College; others are well-known textile artists who have exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. They continue to develop their art practice through attendance at workshops and participation in public exhibitions.

Many also belong to other organisations such as local Guilds, RSASA and the T’Arts Collective. Some are professional art teachers or people who run classes and workshops locally and interstate.

The Fibre Artists Network (FAN) is informally structured but members gather at least four times each year. Artists often work in isolation and therefore FAN meetings provide a vital opportunity for networking and keeping in touch with what is happening locally and in the wider world of textile arts.  Members show their work, discuss challenges and concerns, offer reports on books, resources, recent exhibitions and other activities. 

This group came together over ten years ago and FAN has continued to host workshops and arrange group exhibitions since its inception.

FAN members involved in the exhibition are Jenny Bates, Chris Beardsley, Cathy Boniciolli, Sue Buxton, Margaret Carberry, Liz Collinge, Gem Congdon, Stephanie Eland, Maxine Fry, Ruth Galpin, Rosi Gates, Suzanne Gummow, Jennifer Gunson, Julie Haddrick, Alvena Hall, Karlyn Hanchard, Joy Harvey,
Michelle Jahn, Pam Kelly, Annette McRae, Francie Mewett, Sandra Obst, Gill Oswald-Jacobs, Francesca Portolesi, Sue Prothero, Vicki Smith, Liz Steveson,
Jan Strachan, Sue Whittaker, Dianne K Wood &Victoria Yurkova


2pm Sunday 22 & Sunday 29 July
Free entry, all welcome