The Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Artist Group ( EFTAG) is holding its annual Wearable Art Parade on Sunday 21st May as part of Eurobodalla’s ‘River of Art Festival’ – a 10-day festival of live music, theatre, film, visual arts, literature, creative workshops and cultural experiences.

Julie Brennan, the wearable art working party convenor, explains that the parade has been a huge success over past years with tickets quickly selling out.  In the style of ever-changing art, this year the format has evolved from a sit down dinner to a Champagne and canapés event, to be held at The St Marys Performing Arts Centre in Moruya. The show promises to be more theatrical and professional than ever and is once again expected to be a sellout.

The parade is a wonderful opportunity, Julie explains, for EFTAG to showcase garments created by the artists throughout the year to the best possible advantage. Many items from the parade sell on the night, as the show features unique, hand-made clothing. However, one of the drawcards to the parade is the outrageous designs that are not necessarily designed for everyday wear. This section of the show is highly creative and very entertaining.

There are two main events that EFTAG present each year to showcase their work – the Wearable Art Parade and an annual exhibition, which is held at The Mechanics Institute, Moruya. There are also a number of workshops held throughout the year where expert tutors teach the artists new skills and techniques. The group currently has around 40 members and has been going strong for over 10 years now, with their statement of Vision and Values offering insight into their purpose- “To create an environment that supports, encourages, challenges and promotes creative risk taking and experimentation in fibre and textile arts practice.” They hold regular monthly meetings Julie explains, where the artists come together and inspire each other. It is a wonderful way for artists who have studied and learned various techniques to keep the creative juices flowing and learn from like–minded people. They work with any number of different materials including wool, silk, paper and recycled materials, with techniques stretching from printing and dyeing to felt-making, basketry techniques, weaving, stitching and knitting to create 2D wall hangings, free-standing sculptural pieces and wearables.

Tickets for the Wearable Art Parade are on sale in early April through the River of Arts website: www.riverofart.com.au

The Eurobodalla Fibre and Textile Group:

www.eftageurobodalla.com

By Lesley Roulston

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