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Textile exhibition gets “Out of Hand”

STITCHING, quilting, painting, dyeing and a range of mixed media arts.

There will be something for everyone when statewide textile art group Stitching and Beyond once again hosts its biennial exhibition “Out of Hand” at the Long and Sidespace Galleries in Salamanca from 27 September to 6 October.

Formed in Hobart in 2005, Stitching and Beyond is a group that celebrates the work of textile artists through the exploration of innovative and diverse approaches to fibre and mixed media arts.

The group’s biennial exhibition will feature a diverse range of works from its many members across Tasmania.

Stitching and Beyond secretary Bridget Nichols, who is a member of the Out of Hand organising committee, said the exhibition was a chance for members to share and sell their work.

“The exhibition gives our members the confidence and opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional gallery, which immediately raises the standard of everybody’s work,” she said.

“The exhibition is just glorious and there is nothing else like it in the state.

“It is such a display of creativity and diversity and we always find that people come back for multiple viewings.”

A member of the group for seven years, Ms Nichols said Stitching and Beyond welcomed anyone from beginners to internationally-experienced artists.

“It’s just such an inclusive and diverse group and that’s why I wanted to be a part of it,” she said.

“You build such great friendships and every person brings their own knowledge and expertise, which they readily share with other members.”

In addition to members sharing their knowledge and love of textiles through regular meetings and workshops, the group also offers an extensive workshop program with tutors coming from around the world to teach new skills, processes and media.

These sessions are open to all members.

The Out of Hand exhibition will be held from 10am to 4pm daily from Friday 27 September to Sunday 6 October at the Long and Sidespace Galleries, located at 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart.

For more information about Stitching and Beyond or the Out of Hand exhibition, visit www.stitchingandbeyond.com or email stitchingandbeyond@gmail.com.

Caption: Stitching and Beyond members, from left, Jenny Blake, Karen McCrone, Bridget Nichols and Sandra Champion showcase their range of textiles.