extraTexture is a Sydney based group of six textile and mixed media artists who work towards creating works that reflect an interest in a particular theme or technique.
extraTexture's group members include Jane Bodnaruk, Cindy Cooper, Barbara McLennan, Margaret Millar, Kay Murray and Kerry Shelberg. All women are also members of ATASDA (the Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Association).
Their third biennial group exhibition, entitled 'Flight', opens on Saturday 15th August and runs until Sunday 23rd of August, 2015 (on selected days and times) at the Balmain Watch House.
The exhibition features sub-themes centred on the concept of 'Flight', with each artist expressing their own unique ideas. Three artists explain their process and the ideas behind their works below:
As well as working within the Flight theme, Jane Bodnaruk explores 'domestic cloths' and eco-printing. Items from her 'Liberate, Renovate and Celebrate' series as well as Botanical printed scarves will be for sale.
Kerry Shelberg has an ongoing desire to incorporate both traditional and contemporary techniques and materials to build up layers of colourful patterns and textures. "Fabric books have become a new passion as they allow the exploration of stitch and embellishment techniques as well as design ideas on a small scale. They also allow for the display of treasured items which would otherwise be hidden away" Kerry explains.
Cindy Cooper originally came from a hand embroidery designing and teaching background. Cindy notes that she greatly enjoys the artistic process: "I enjoy taking a piece of cream fabric and turning it something with colour, mark-making, where it has been stencilled, painted, stamped, machine stitched and hand embroidered, maybe ripped up and reassembled to produce an art work".
You can view the 'Flight' exhibition in person at the Balmain Watch House from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd August 2015. A 'Meet the Artists' event will also commence at 2pm on Saturday 15th August 2015.
The gallery is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10am to 4pm and Wednesday to Friday from 11am to 3pm.
Entry is FREE.
For more information on this upcoming exhibition and extraTexture, please visit the official website.