Media Release  – 2 June 2011

The Old Bus Depot Markets in Canberra is getting set to host its unique creative theme day, Creative Fibre, to be held on Sunday 17 July.

Now in its eighth year, and with around thirty extra stallholders who come especially to exhibit at the Creative Fibre event, it’s a favourite for anyone with an interest in textile arts.

“We have so many talented textile artists both locally and in the surrounding regions who weave, design and make knitted garments, embroider, hand dye fabrics and yarns to the highest standards,” said Old Bus Depot Markets manager, Diane Hinds.

This is one of my favourite annual events at the markets because there is so much gorgeous and artistic work on display, and so much technical skill involved in what the textile artists present.

“They screen print on fabric which is so exacting, making it into things such as tunics, scarves or tea towels.  They spin, dye and felt wool creating everything from jazzy tea pot covers and pouches to put treasures in, to really out-there headwear. And everything is on sale directly from the designer” Ms Hinds continued.

One of the event’s keen participants is Gill Brooks who is a self taught textile artist specialising in contemporary handmade felt pieces. She designs and makes an evolving range of one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade felt pieces to adorn both the body and the home. Her products and projects have featured in various magazines and books, including the US publication 1000 Artisan Textiles, and the soon to be released 500 Felts.

At Creative Fibre visitors can speak to the artist about their textile speciality and learn about the processes involved.  Regional educational offerings will be presented and Canberra Textile related Guilds will demonstrate on the day and be available to answer questions.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are open every Sunday from 10am – 4pm. More information available at www.obdm.com.au

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