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Machines & Makers Exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre

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'Machines & Makers' is a special exhibition, coming to Mundaring Arts Centre this winter.

Opening to the public on Saturday 9th of July, 2016 'Machines & Makers' showcases and celebrates the advent of the humble sewing-machine.

Curated by Jude van der Merwe, 'Machines & Makers' has so far proved to be an inspiring project bringing together a range of talented and passionate artists, community groups and eager school students who reminisced about childhood memories, dug out their very first sewing machines and got busy stitching!

Lhasa, Tibet 2007 by Susie Vickery

With 'Machines & Makers' you are invited to view the exceptional craft skills of the past. The exhibition features the works of contemporary artists Paul Caporn, Mikaela Castledine, Geoffrey Drake Brockman, Stuart Elliott, Eva Fernandez, Judith Forrest, Tee Ken Ng, Coral Lowry, Angela McHarrie, Nalda Searles, Linda van der Merwe and Susie Vickery.

The artist's works are complemented by a community exhibition of works stitched in a shrine to the sewing machine (both at Mundaring Arts Centre); and an historical display of sewing machines and paraphernalia (at the Mundaring District Museum), in a partnership between Mundaring Arts Centre, the Mundaring and Hills Historical Society, St John of God Hospital Midland, Community Arts Network WA and the Shire of Mundaring.

Of Mice and Hems by Tee Ken Ng

Visitors are sure to be inspired by the diverse showcase and can get hands-on with an exciting public program of talks, workshops, displays and events, with the highlight being the 'Machines and Makers' Open Day on Sunday 17th July, 10am - 4pm - which promises a compleat day of fun for all the family.

The Ironing Mistress for the Machines & Makers Open Day

During the Open Day, collectors Gordon Freegard and Charles Lithgow will show examples from their respective collections including the oldest Singer sewing machine in Australia as well as be on hand to discuss machines with other enthusiasts.

Visitors will also be able to learn to cut a pattern; use a dressmakers mannequin; share sewing stories; bring in old clothes, textiles, sewing tools for expert advice in the Old Stuff Road Show; browse through vintage and collectable stalls; try a treadle machine; and sort their cuffs from their collars in an ironing competition that is sure to get you all steamed up!

Edgars Bad Shirts by Mikaela Castledine

All are welcome to visit the exhibition and Open Day. Entry is FREE.

Mundaring Arts Centre is located in the heart of Mundaring at 7190 Great Eastern Highway (corner Nichol Street). Entry is free and the Shop and Gallery are open Tuesday Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am 3pm (closed Mondays and Public Holidays).

For further information please call 9295 3991 or visit

The Machines & Makers Project has been made possible through a partnership between Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring and Hills Historical Society, St John of God Midland Private Hospital, Community Arts Network WA, Shire of Mundaring, local community groups and schools.

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When: 9 July - 14 August 2016
Where: Mundaring Arts Centre, 7190 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring WA 6073
Cost: Free entry
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