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Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. Festival Initiate: Fibre, proudly presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. You are invited to garner a privileged insight into individual artists’ practice as they share histories, ideas and skills in a workshop and artist talk format.  Nationally recognised feature artist and Bathers Beach Art Precinct resident, Fiona Gavino will facilitate an open-access art installation, free for those who wish to learn the basketry technique of random weaving and contribute to this community artwork. Fiona’s work will respond to the site in and around her studio The Lab, 13 Mrs Trivett Place. Explore the many open studios and galleries along Captains Lane, Mrs Trivett Place, downstairs to J Shed (where you may wish to pause for a coffee), then along the beachside pathway to Kidogo Arthouse. To close Festival Initiate: Fibre we invite you to join us at Kelp Bar, open 5-8pm and celebrate the end of an epic day of learning and sharing. WHERE: Bathers Beach Art Precinct, Arthur Head & Bathers Beach, Fremantle WHEN: Sunday 27th May 9am–8pm BOOKINGS: Workshops (only) are designed for adults and bookings are essential. See here for listings.  Festival Initiate: Fibre sits within the City of Fremantle’s Heritage Festival 2018. Image courtesy of High Tide Fremantle and Ariane Palassis. Photo: James Whineray (2017).

Ariane Palassis: Totem Vessels - Crocheting & Shaping

Ariane will teach the techniques of crocheting and shaping to create a freeform ‘totem’ vessel. From starting a piece, extend on the basic ‘knots’ and be introduced to crochet as a tool for sculptural expression. You are invited to bring along small objects and items to incorporate into your piece. Ariane Palassis’ practice follows her architectural interest in analysis of place as a repository of human memory and experience. Being Australian with Greek heritage, the displaced old world rituals, family mythologies and cultural traditions, plus bibliophilic tendencies all play a role in her work.  Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium.  Image courtesy of High Tide Fremantle and the artist. Photo: James Whineray (2017).

Festival Close: Kelp Bar, Kidogo Arthouse

We invite you to join us at the Kelp Bar to celebrate the close of the first Festival Initiate. Enter into the rear of Kidogo Arthouse to snuggle into this intimate beachside gem, opening its doors especially for the occasion. Enjoy nostalgic drink prices as you watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, digesting an epic day of learning and sharing.  This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image courtesy of Kidogo Arthouse.

Fiona Gavino: Community Art Installation – Random Weaving

Drop in on Festival Initiate’s feature artist to learn the basketry technique of random weaving using cane. Contribute to this site-specific live art installation, situated within Bathers Beach Art Precinct, home to numerous artist studios, galleries and arts businesses including Fiona’s studio The Lab. Fiona Gavino is a nationally recognised fibre artist applying the potential of basket making materials and techniques to create sculpture and installation. With her Australian, Filipino, and Maori heritage, she’s been described as an intercultural artist working the traditional into the contemporary.   Open access, free and all ages (children must be assisted by an adult).  This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium.  Image: Fiona Gavino, Curvilinear.

Holly O’Meehan: Netting & Interlocking Fibres

A textile of open spaces, interlocking fibres knotted, fused or looped at junctions; netting is a versatile structure of varied properties and uses. Learn this technique to create diverse outcomes; from a suspended sculptural piece to a collapsible shopping bag. Holly O’Meehan is an emerging artist whose process heavy practice attempts to hero the handmade. Through the use of ancient craft techniques her work explores the laboured intervention of the maker within a contemporary art scene. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image: Holly O'Meehan.

Kelsey Ashe Giambazi: Illustration & Textile Pattern Design

Guided through a series of exercises, you will draw botanicals, patterns, clothing, figures, faces and textile designs.Participants will experiment with a range of media to develop a mini-portfolio of textile and fashion designs plus a final finished 'signature' Illustration. As a multi- disciplinary artist, Kelsey Ashe Gaimbazi works across several disciplines in a signature style of decorative exoticism. Nearing the completion of her PhD in Art, she lectures at Curtin University in Fashion Illustration, the History of Costume, Textile Design and Fashion Design. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image: Kelsey Ashe Gaimbazi, Dinner with George.

Lea Taylor: Coiling & Basket Making

Learn the ancient and widespread craft of coiling and basketry utilising Lea’s uniquely coloured, hand-dyed, natural raffia. Be treated to three hours of culture and yarning with likeminded women and take home a beautifully handcrafted basket. Lea Taylor is a proud Wadandi/Minang/Koreng English yok of the Bibbulmun nation and an award winning Aboriginal weaver and artist. Taylor shares her culture through conversation and her art practice.  Cultural content appropriate for women only. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image: Lea Taylor.

Louise Snook: Felting 3D Forms

Contrary to woven fabrics of interlocking warp and weft, felt consists of matted fibres with no apparent order, bound by moisture and agitation. Learn this physical and rewarding process utilising wool fibres– design, felt and stuff a creature, object or toy. Louise Snook is a textile artist, passionate about assisting others tapping into their own creativity. A past President of WAFTA; she has extensive experience facilitating community-art projects and textile process workshops drawing on her broad skill base. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image: Lea Taylor.

Olga Cironis: Introducing Meaning – Embroidery & Stitching

A stitch is a single, complete movement of a threaded needle and is also the foundation of embroidery, the embellishment of fabric with needlework. Learn stitching and extend this skill into embroidery as an art form whereby the process adds meaning to the clothing, fabric or object. Bring some fabric of significance from home. Olga Cironis is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the murky undertones and impact of history and memory on identity. She examines ideas of belonging in today’s cultural globalisation –notably, appropriated histories and accepted attitudes in Australia’s cultural and social landscape. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image: Olga Cironis, Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me, 1999, sandstone pieces washed up on WA coastline,wrapped in military fabric and stitched into place. Each stone has a tag attached for names of people who pick up the stone as their own, 230 pieces.    

Open Studios and Galleries

Bathers Beach Art Precinct, located within the historic Arthur Head area of Fremantle is home to many artists and galleries. Visit resident artist, Fiona Gavino who will facilitate an open access installation, free for those who wish to learn the basketry technique of random weaving and contribute to this community artwork. Fiona’s work will respond to the site alongside her studio The Lab at 13 Mrs Trivett Place.  Pop into the art studios and galleries along Captains Lane and Mrs Trivett Place, downstairs to J Shed (where you may wish to pause for a coffee), then along the beachside pathway to Kidogo Arthouse. To access art spaces other than those listed below, enrol in one of Festival Initiate: Fibre's many artist talk plus workshop sessions facilitated by a selection of accomplished local artists.  CAPTAINS LANE Glen Cowans Studio & Gallery City of Fremantle Studios Program - Tanya Schultz, Angela Ferolla & Rebecca Baumann Studio Eleven - David Giles and resident artists MRS TRIVETT PLACE The Lab - Mark Welsh & Fiona Gavino plus Random weaving with Fiona Gavino* *All ages welcome, children must be assisted by an adult.  J SHED J Shed Art Studio - Jenny Dawson & Peter Zuvela Greg James Sculpture Studio BATHERS BEACH Kidogo Arthouse WHEN: Sunday 27th May 9am–5pm This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image: Fiona Gavino, Curvilinear.

Sheree Dornan: Drawing on Japanese Boro – Hand Painting, Staining & Stitch

In Japan during the Edo period, family histories became embedded in garments through a process of patching, embellishing and repurposing cloth. Draw on this art of Boro; create a textile panel using hand painting and paint staining enhanced with stitch; an antidote to today’s fast-fashion industry. Sheree Dornan is an artist who employs digital and manual processes in the areas of painting and surface and garment design.  Her textile works have an heirloom quality with attention to detail and integral consideration of wastage, often using reclaimed items in design or production. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image: Sheree Dornan.

Sian Boucherd: String Making, Twining, Wrapping & Knotting

Learn the techniques of string making, twining, wrapping and knotting. Use these versatile processes to develop your weaving skills and discover how they can be applied to various media, with endless sculptural possibilities. Leaving her curatorial practice in London in 2012, Sian Boucherd’s focus has shifted to the studio. She employs natural fibres to create meticulously handcrafted vessels. Bouchard’s practice explores an interest in the ephemerality of the medium, implicit connections to nature and female lineage. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image: Sian Boucherd, Open weave hanging baskets, 2017, hand dyed mixed plant fibres, ~15cm x 10cm. 

Trudi Pollard: Shibori & Natural Indigo Dyeing

Shibori, an 8th century Japanese resist dyeing process whereby cloth is compressed, bound, stitched and/or folded to create unique patterns. Learn shibori techniques plus how to create and preserve an indigo fermenting vat using ingredients from your garden. Trudi Pollard is seen as a pioneer and foremost expert on WA’s natural dyes; working, studying, lecturing and teaching textile arts and ceramics for 30+ years. She is fascinated by the visual feast within our landscape and the geology and anthropology underpinning it. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its inaugural manifestation, this one-day festival will explore the theme fibre; presenting a selection of local artists who manipulate and create, exploring the physicality, social and cultural heritage inherent in this medium. Image: Trudi Pollard.

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