WILD ABOUT TEXTILES: Patti McCandless, Helen Basch, Eileen Taylor, Mitzi Ruzicka show off their felted capelets, just some of the many diverse pieces on show as part of the Wild Women Textile Journeys through Colour, Stitch and Texture exhibition at Robina Community Centre Art Gallery from September 12-23.
WILD ABOUT TEXTILES: Patti McCandless, Helen Basch, Eileen Taylor, Mitzi Ruzicka show off their felted capelets, just some of the many diverse pieces on show as part of the Wild Women Textile Journeys through Colour, Stitch and Texture exhibition at Robina Community Centre Art Gallery from September 12-23.

Textile talents go wild for rare exhibit

THE Wild Women Textile Arts Group is holding its first exhibition in eight years, so you know they must have something pretty special planned.

"We're very excited: an exhibition like this takes a lot of work and our members are very creative, multi-talented and fantastic ladies," co-ordinator Helen Basch said.

While only becoming a formalised group in 2016, members have been meeting informally for many years, and now number 16, aged from their 50s to 80s.

"The group is really about expressing ourselves, offering each other help and support and pushing the boundaries of textile arts in all areas," Helen said.

Materials can include fabrics, fibres and found objects, which can be painted, dyed, printed, embroidered, felted or otherwise manipulated.

Helen said there was a real sense of inspiration in attending the meetings, with members keen to share their skills and love of their craft, and equally eager to try their hands at new techniques.

On display for the Wild Women Textile Journeys through Colour, Stitch and Texture exhibition at Robina Community Centre Art Gallery from September 12-23 will be approximately 60 individual pieces of wearable, as well as decorative art, and small group displays.

Helen explained there were shawls (or capelets) incorporating silk, merino wool and precious antique fabrics, indigo dyeing, quilts, embroidery, hats, handbags, silk scarves, fabric journals, and beyond.

"They are all so colourful and creative," she said.

Meeting on the third Saturday of each month at Palm Beach Library, members take part in a range of activities and also conduct community workshops, with upcoming events including a Luggage Tag Trail on August 18 and Stitch a Star for Christmas on November 17.

To find out more, phone Helen on (07) 5530 3754, go to www.wildwomentextilers.blogspot.com, or phone Palm Beach Library regarding workshops on (07) 5581 1671.


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