There is something truly magical about the creation of art from fibre. The tactile beauty of the end product has the ability to invite a more visceral response in the viewer, as is the case in the current exhibition at The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, ‘Follow The Thread’.
The exhibition represents 1000’s of hours of work and the many varied skills of the Dorrigo Plateau Fibre Group, which has been active for more than 20 years. “We are a varied group who are aged from their mid 30’s to their late 80’s and originate from South Africa, New Zealand, Greece, Switzerland, Persia, Germany and Australia and who are now proud to call the Dorrigo Plateau home.”
For centuries this medium has served as a form of cultural expression and this exhibition certainly draws from the many varied backgrounds of this group of artists. Spinning, Weaving, Knitting, Crochet Needlepoint, Teddy Bear Making, Textile Recycling, Sewing, Botanical Dyeing, Acid Dyeing, Felting and
Eco Leaf Printing are all on display.
“If you purchase a hand crafted item from us you are buying more than an object, you are buying the result of many hundreds of hours of practice, failure, research and experimentation. You are’nt just buying a thing you are buying the maker more time and materials to do the things they are most passionate about.”
The Dorrigo Plateau Fibre Group meet at the Dorrigo Scout Hall on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. “Our weekly meet ups are engaging and collaborative occasions where we share our experience and expertise with each other and welcome new members who wish to learn from us.”
The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is open 7 days a week 9 am – 4:30 pm.