6X6 Artist Talks with Artsource

Sun 14 August marked the end of Machines and Makers. We tailed off with a terrific set of talks from 5 of the exhibiting artists and the curator Jude van der Merwe.  

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Fascinated by Sewing Machines

Machines & Makers attracted many individuals and groups fascinated by sewing machines - a group from Donovan Village were thrilled to have the curators of both shows, Jude van der Merwe and Sarah Toohey, on hand to discuss the works.

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Inspiration for the Project

Long-time Parkerville resident Charles Lithgow was a school principal for over 40 years, but began his working life as a 14 year old in Sydney in the 1940’s repairing Singer Sewing Machines. Find out more about the inspiration behind the project through our short documentary!

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It's a wrap! Machines & Makers Open Day

What a day was had by all! So many stories shared and experiences had - what a pleasure to be involved with such a happy event. To see so many people just having a lovely time was priceless. A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone involved and everyone who enjoyed the inaugural Machines & Makers Open Day. Here are just a few pics that capture (nearly) the atmosphere.

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MACHINES + MAKERS OPEN DAY Program

The Machines & Makers Open Day whet the appetite of many sewing machine collectors and sewing enthusiasts with Collectors Gordon Freegard and Charles Lithgow showing samples from their respective collections and being on hand to discuss machines with other enthusiasts.

Visitors learnt how to cut a pattern; use a dressmakers mannequin; try a treadle machine and sort their cuffs from their collars in the ironing competition that got the large and enthusiastic crowd all steamed up!

Visitors also shared their sewing stories, brought in their old clothes, textiles, sewing tools for expert advice in the Old Stuff Road Show whilst browsing through the eclectic vintage and collectable stalls.

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Behind the Collections

Sewing Machine Collections are fascinating to view and the Collectors behind them are equally as fascinating with their wealth of knowledge about machines and their history. 

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Reviewed by Laetitia Wilson: Makers cut their cloth to fit

My grandmother recently bequeathed me her old sewing machines, one dating from the 1950s and the other a Singer belonging to her mother made around the turn of the 20th century.

As historical artefacts sewing machines maintain an enduring presence that triggers many associations, be they personal, social, political or economic.

Such meanings emerge in the exhibition Machines and Makers curated by Jude van de Merwe and partly inspired by a collection of 200 sewing machines owned by former Singer repairman and Hills resident Charles Lithgow. A strong line-up of local artists has explored the sewing machine as a device that works upon the imagination as much as it does upon social relations.

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Machines & Makers Art Exhibition

Mundaring celebrates our regions sewing history with leading contemporary artists responding to the political, social and economic impacts of the invention and use of the domestic sewing machine (1850’s -1980’s) as well as selected historic sewing machines from the Collection of Charles Lithgow.  

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A Needle Pulling Thread Community Art Exhibition

With a cornucopia of stitched objects assembled in a shrine to the sewing machine, A Needle Pulling Thread is an exhibition of works created by community groups, high school and primary school students working with textile artist Sarah Toohey.  They tell stories of personal connections to the sewing machine and local history through stitch, fabric and embellishment.

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Machines & Makers Events Calendar

With so many exciting events planned as part of the Machines & Makers Community project you can now get organised with the Machines & Makers event list and calendar. 

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Free Art Event & Workshop

To complement the Machines & Makers exhibition at Mundaring Arts Centre we are hosting a FREE artist talk and workshop. Be sure to read on to see what we have on offer and for all the details! 

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Behind the scenes preparations are in full swing for our next exhibition 'MACHINES & MAKERS'! Thank you to all of you who have been hand sewing buttons onto each of these cards! To be distributed in local businesses and venues, and if you bring one back to us we will give you a 10% discount on any purchases during the exhibition, keep an eye out for them!

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Volunteer Call Out for the Open Day

SUN 17 JULY 10AM TO 4PM

A wide range of artists, historians, community groups and volunteers have planned an exceptional Open Day, which promises to be a highlight of the Machines and Makers program.

THE PROPOSED PROGRAM INCLUDES

  • Old Stuff Road Show
  • Experts in sewing machines giving talks and demonstrations and discussing peoples sewing machines
  • Experts in textiles and clothing providing advice on age, construction, care and maintenance of objects
  • Amazement – a display of some of the most astonishing early sewing machines in WA
  • Flatten It – Ironing Competition, using irons from the 1960’sand 70’s with a high profile judging panel
  • Sewing Machine Display – a selection of one of Australia’s most comprehensive sewing machine collections
  • How Grannie Did It – demonstrations of cleaning a flatiron, cutting paper patterns, using a mannequin
  • Tryout a Treadle – an opportunity to try out a treadle machine under the watchful eye of volunteers
  • Story Sharing – Mundaring Library community project –memory stories written onto paper dress cut outs and pinned up
  • Vintage and Collectables Swap Meet – clothing, textiles, machines and parts
  • Quilting Now – a display of quilts from members of Mundaring Sharing
  • Snap It – a display of sewing themed photographs by Mundaring Camera club
  • Guess Wot Film – a competition to name the films from which still images of sewing and machines come
  • Cuppa tea, a Bex and a nice lie down - Morning and afternoon tea provided by the CWA
  • Good gravy - Lunch time soup provided by Save the Children Fund

WE NEED YOU…MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK

PLEASE EMAIL INFO@MUNDARINGARTSCENTRE.COM.AU OR CALL 9295 3991 IF YOU CAN LEND A HAND ON THE DAY (SETTING UP, ASSISTING VISITORS AND PACKING DOWN) IT CAN BE AS LITTLE AS A COUPLE OF HOURS OR JOIN US FOR A MEMORABLE DAY OUT!

Machines and Makers Call Out

Mundaring Arts Centre and the Mundaring and Hills Historical Society would love your help showcasing the fabulous Machines and Makers community festival of events centred around the use of old and new sewing machines from 1850’s to 1980.

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