Want to share a story? Want to learn new skills?
Want to contribute to the artwork to reflect local community and landscape?
City of Marion is calling for members of the community with a connection to Mitchell Park (past and present) to help shape a community textile piece for the new Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre.
This project is to engage, connect and actively promote participation across residents, students, broader community members and businesses within Mitchell Park and adjoining areas.
No experience necessary – and many different ways to get involved.
You can also share your stories here that will help shape the piece of artwork.
Join us for a series of free art and textile workshops to learn new skills and ultimately help shape the final art piece.
Learn to craft your own beautiful baskets or mats using the coil and stitch technique. The beauty of this style of basketry is in the flexibility of the materials you can use – raffia, grasses, recycled fabric scraps or even soft plastics can be turned into something useful. If you have any of these at home you’d like to donate to the workshop, feel free to bring them along.
Learn the basics of lino printing, a great form of block (or relief) printing which doesn’t require a press. We’ll design and carve a lino block, then print onto paper and fabric.
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces beautiful blue prints on paper or cotton fabric. They can also be tinted to make then sepia. Bring along small, interesting shaped objects from home or we’ll find things from nature to print.
Polychromatic printing is a method of screen printing which incorporates many colours at once, to print a single unique artwork. Using reactive dyes, we paint directly onto the screen, which is a bit like working with watercolours.
Learn the basics of screen printing onto fabric using stencils. Bring a light-coloured t-shirt from home, if you’d like to print your design onto it!
Learn the traditional Japanese indigo resist-dyeing technique of Shibori, and add appeal to textile items. Every piece is unique! Explore a range of folding, clamping and stitching techniques. You may like to bring some light-coloured natural fibre garments to dye.
Explore a range of hand stitched and machined techniques for creating interesting surface textures with fabric. Bring along any interesting fabric scraps you might like to work with, and your sharpest pair of pointy scissors!
Sashiko is a traditional Japanese stitching technique used to reinforce, mend or beautify cloth items. It is particularly decorative, and can be used in all sorts of creative ways. Feel free to bring any woven fabric garments which might need mending. No prior sewing skills required.