29 October 2011

Meet the Presenters - Alison Hurley

Alison Hurley is passionate about textiles. You can tell that the moment you walk into her house: her antique lace collection in a special cabinet in the lounge, boxes of her vintage clothes collection spilling out form under the beds, textiles everywhere.

She has spun, knitted and woven but felting and dyeing are her love now.

Alison is past national president of Creative Fibre, long term president of the Geraldine Historical Society, farmer, and teaches Dyeing at Timaru Polytech.
Hand dyed silk cards

Alison will present "To Dye For".


26 October 2011

2012 National Exhibition


Forms and fees to arrive by Thursday 1 March 2012

Parcels to arrive between Tuesday 6 March and Monday 12 March 2012

Forms can be downloaded at here or ask your Area Delegate.

Rose Pelvin ‘Ebony and Abalone’ woven throw
Dale Smith ‘Sunrise Maybe’ machine knitted
Margaret Mecchia ‘Boxed Colour’ handwoven
Susan Anne Broad ‘Vase 1’ crochet
Janet Hainsworth ‘Leaf Lace’ knitted
Jane Bennett, Jane Bennett ‘Mohair Threads’ handspun
Sandra Thompson ‘Wondrous’ felt


22 October 2011

National Exhibition

 ‘Windows on White’ an exhibition by the Aotearoa Felters in the Millenium Gallery, 2008

The Millenium Public Art Gallery is funded by a Marlborough District Council grant, fundraising and sponsorship. There is a gallery shop offering local and New Zealand made artworks, jewellery and books.

The Art Gallery receives conceptual and practical support from their patron Michael Seresin, a world-renowned New Zealand born cinematographer based in Marlborough.

Cressida Bishop, Director of the Gallery is looking forward to the National Exhibition being staged there. She is supportive of all forms of applied arts and craft being showed to the public.

Director Cressida Bishop and Exhibition Conveenor Rose Pelvin discuss plans for next year’s National Exhibition

Creative Fibre Festival 2012 is very appreciative of the opportunity to mount the National Exhibition at this Gallery. Not all galleries welcome textile exhibits and many do not have the expertise to show them well. The Millennium, however, has had considerable experience, and success, showing both felting and hand weaving at a national level as well as Maori weaving in flax and other fibres.

Joan & Rose

14 October 2011

National Exhibition

The 2012 Creative Fibre National Exhibition will be hung in the Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim, from Saturday 24 March to Sunday 29 April.
The Millennium Art Gallery is the public art gallery for the Marlborough region, located in the centre of Blenheim. The Gallery, which opened in December 1999, operates as a not for profit organisation, governed by a Charitable Trust and professionally managed. The operation is supported by an extensive network of volunteers

An average of 23 exhibitions are presented per year and these are accompanied by public programmes such as artist and curator talks and educational workshops. At the Gallery you will see work from leading local, national and international artists in a fantastic range of regularly changing art exhibitions, programmes and events.

Exhibitions feature New Zealand and overseas artists and have included the work of significant artists such as Ralph Hotere, Bill Culbert and Frances Hodgkins in both nationally touring and locally generated exhibitions.

Emphasis is also placed on high quality community-focused exhibitions that are developed in conjunction with other local events and organizations, and display the work of Marlborough artists, iwi and school children.

Art displayed at the Blenheim gallery ranges from paintings, photography and sculpture to a variety of forms of applied arts and craft.

Joan & Rose

13 October 2011

Clarification on Payment

To clarify the ambiguity that has arisen; the CREDIT CARD [Visa/Mastercard] option for Festival payment is for OVERSEAS PAYMENTS ONLY.

People living in New Zealand please either pay by Direct Credit into SBS bank account no. 031 355 0654358 00 [use your surname and initials as reference] or send a cheque with your registration form.

We apologise for the confusion.


08 October 2011

Meet the Presenters - Jill Gunn

I have been creating with fabric and fibre most of my life. In the past six years I have mainly used wool fibre creating 3D figures, trees and masks using wet and dry felting techniques.

I love using my barbed felting needles and I now have a collection of 100 or so plus about 20 holders both bought and home made.

I find needle felting to be an exciting technique that has so many possibilities to explore. I also like to felt in the traditional way with soap and water and then decorate the fabric with yarns and fibre using felting needles.

I love adding little details to the figures I make and am constantly making felt beads, flowers and other little embellishments to add to my pieces.

Jill will present "Demonstrating the Detail" and "It’s All about the Detail".


07 October 2011

STOP PRESS: Kim Thittichai's post Festival workshop is full

You are very welcome to put your name on the waiting list [unfortunately people's circumstances change so there are often withdrawals later] but please do not send workshop fees at this stage.

There are still a few places left in Karen Selk's workshop. But don't delay.

04 October 2011

A Feel for Fashion

There will not be a formal fashion parade at Festival 2012, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be fashion. Participants are asked to make a real effort to wear handmade garments and accessories that demonstrate creative fibre.

This will not only showcase some of the fabulous fibre work that members are doing but also be a great catalyst for conversation and camaraderie. Wear your handmade garment with pride and be prepared for a tap on the shoulder [the celebrated weavers’ spinners’ knitters’ felters’ handshake], with the comment ‘Hey, I like what you’re wearing. Did you make it?’ That’s often an introduction to a new friendship at Festival.

Remember, you are the fashion!

Creative Fibre National President, Pat Old, photographed at the opening of the Nelson/ Marlborough Area Exhibition. Pat is wearing a hand crafted knitted necklace – what better example of a creative fibre accessory?


01 October 2011

Meet the Presenters - Heather Baskiville-Robinson

My fibre of passion is harakeke - Phormium Tenax - New Zealand flax. For many years I have woven with it and in the last decade or so I have been integrating handmade paper, weaving and muka into my sculptures, collages, prints and installations. Other fibres and fabrics and threads and grasses sneak in wherever the processes of creating take me.

I live by the sea in the Marlborough Sounds with influences unspoken. A lacebark log arriving on the beach giving me the most exquisite fibre from nature, traditional techniques learnt from my ancestors and workshops attended are all encompassing, bringing together the diverse dimensions of my artwork.

When a group of people passionate in the sensual nature of fibre meet together dialogue and knowledge sharing are powerful facilitators.

Heather will present "Dimensions of Diversity".