February 2020 Newsletter

February 6, 2020
News | WAFTA Threads

Welcome from WAFTA Team

Hello, from the WAFTA President's desk.  The WAFTA Committee would like to pass on its warm regards to you all for the new year.  We are back on track with a full Committee on board.
Over the past couple of months, we have been busy behind the scenes preparing for the year ahead.

Working to launch the 2020 Members Exhibition Hanging by a Thread, and confirm the 2020 workshop and speakers program.  We will be reformating our Member meetings to provide more opportunities to network and learn from each other.  

We are also keen to engage with our regional members and grow the member base.

So lots of work ahead! I encourage you all to reach out to your WAFTA team members - we are here to work for you all.

Tracy Destree, WAFTA President
2020 WAFTA Committee members, 8 women standing and seated

WAFTA Committee and Roles

Seated (L - R):
Jane Stone (Workshops), Tracy Destree (President)

Standing (L - R):
Iris Whitelock (Speakers), Julia Andrijasevich (Memberships), Emma Seaton (Secretary), Jo Franco (Library), Elsie Payne (Treasury), Pauline White (Exhibitions)

WAFTA Members February Meeting

7:00PM Tuesday 18 February 2020 at Alexander Park Craft House


Mikaela Castledine  -  What Next?
It's a great pleasure to kick-off our 2020 Speaker Program with local artist and writer, Mikaela Castledine.

Mikaela has participated in many solo and group shows, winning the prestigious Mandorla Art Award in 2018, the Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2013 Sculpture Scholarship and the 2016 Sculpture Inside prize.

Mikaela's creative impulse is to make things out of anything that comes to hand; paper, thread, wire, wood or words.

"I am inspired by everything that crosses my path. With both my collage work and my writing I try to capture the feelings that places evoke in me. With my crochet work inspiration often gets caught up with the logistics and facts of my craft. "

IMAGE:  Mapping, Mikaela Castledine 2019  http://www.castledine.com.au/

Get to Know Your WAFTA  Members

Following feedback from Members at the October 2019 meeting, there was strong support for meetings to facilitate members getting to know each other, and learn about their own creative style.

The Committee has agreed that we will kick this off with a monthly Creatives Corner - Showcasing three members each meeting.  We will provide time at the start of the meeting to meet and share some creative inspirations from their collection.  

Three members have put up their hand to get the ball rolling at this meeting.  Come along and show your support.  We will be asking for three members to take up the Corner for our March meeting.

WAFTA Members Exhibition 2020

We will provide a briefing and try to answer any curly questions.  There will also be laptops available to help anyone register online if you wish to do so on the night.



To align with Mary's travel to Australia, the March meeting will move one week back to the Tuesday 24 March 2020.

IMAGE: "Organic Charm Choker", Mary Hettmansperger.

Textile Toolbox - Studio Visits - WAFTA Workshops

WAFTA is offering the following events to Members, with the aim of developing skills, techniques, and knowledge as you develop your artwork.  All events and registration details will be emailed to members and publicised across social media once registrations open.

~ Textile Toolbox ~

7 March   Lousie Wells:  Where do I begin?  How do I start?
15 March   Anne Williams:  Exploring Hand Stitch
15 March   Marie Haas:  Colour Pencil Techniques

~ Studio Visits ~

8 March   Susan Roux:  Artsource, Fremantle
TBC   Trudi Pollard:  Dying Paper Open Studio
13 May   Trish Bygott:  Madame Bukeshla, Fremantle

~ WAFTA Workshops ~

29 March   Louise Wells:  Printmaking techniques cloth & paper
5 April   Jane Ziemons:  Subtraction cutting technique
25 - 26 April   Penny Jewell:  Botanical printing cloth & paper

Tides: Swan River Stories and the Statue of Eliza

The City of Perth has confirmed the WAFTA Swan River Stories Exhibitions will be held in mid-March at the City of Perth Town Hall.

Any final pieces still in production will need to be delivered to Alexander Park Craft House (APCH) at our next Members Meeting on 18 February 2020.  
Any questions, please email info@wafta.com.au

FIBRE is an unwrapping, unrolling and unfolding of fibre and textile artworks from the Janet Holmes à Court Collection, together with works from local artists.
The exhibitions features WAFTA members - Sujora Conrad, Nalda Searles and Marjorie Coleman.  Explore the Holmes a Court Gallery for inspiration for your Hanging by a Thread artwork.  Fibres runs to 14.03.2020 at Gallery@no.10, 10 Douglas St, West Perth.

Final Teaser: Online Fabric & Sewing Equipment Auction

Gregsons is currently running an online auction of fabric and sewing equipment.

Auction Opens: Monday 3 February
Auction Closes Monday 10 February from 6pm
Auction Link:

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