A unique exhibition aimed at repositioning textiles as an extension of sculpture while incorporating seven Eucalypt species in the dyeing of silk and wool will be staged at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 21 October for House of Hope.
Artist Susan Fell-McLean invites an alternative awareness of the beauty of natural dyes through House of Hope.
Specialising in shibori and natural dyes, Fell-McLean draws on her recent attendance as guest presenter at the UNESCO Madagascar Festival of Plants Ecology and Colour, where scientists, writers, dye experts, artists and traditional practitioners gathered to share the latest research.
The Mullumbimby-based artist said this exhibition was the consolidation of her extensive research into Eucalyptus.
“Eucalyptus colour for protein fibres – wool and silk – does not have historical parallels anywhere in the world. While Indigenous weavers and twiners, particularly in northern Australia, have used Eucalyptus to colour baskets and the like, the use of Eucalyptus as a protein colourant does not have a heritage in this country.”
“My exhibition demonstrates the glorious possibilities of Eucalyptus leaves to provide colour.”
Exhibition Opening Event
Friday 19 October from 6.30pm
Sunday 21 October, 10am
Includes morning tea and insights from exhibiting artist Susan Fell-McLean.
Free entry to exhibition:
Sunday 21 October – Sunday 2 December 2018