The conference will be held in association with the exhibition ReCoil, Change & Exchange in Coiled Fibre Art and curated by Margie West.
The innovations occurring in Indigenous fibre practice, is nothing short of revolutionary. ReCoil: Change and Exchange in Coiled Fibre Art explores the influences underpinning some of the most recent and often dramatic changes to contemporary Indigenous fibre art happening in many parts of Australia.
The Selling Yarns 2: Innovation for sustainability conference held at the National Museum of Australia on the week-end was a huge success. The conference was fully booked and thanks to the Museum for opening the Studio to accommodate those who would have otherwise missed out. The Sunday Indigenous market was a sell-out affair, with demonstrations and workshops adding to the liveliness of the day.
Selling Yarns 2: Innovation for sustainability is a conference and workshop program that addresses contemporary Indigenous craft and design practice. It follows the success of the first conference, Selling Yarns: Australian Indigenous textiles and good business in the 21st century, held in Darwin in 2006 that looked specifically at Indigenous textiles practices.
Selling Yarns 2: Innovation for sustainability will be held at the National Museum of Australia in March, 2009 during International Women's Day. It will expand on the themes of the first conference and focus on innovative Indigenous craft and design practices, the relevance of mentorship, networking and skills development. Importantly the artistic work and experiences of Indigenous urban artists from the south east region will be paralleled with those of top end and non-Indigenous artists.
The aim of this conference is to demonstrate that through cultural practice a dialogue can be had that draws all interested parties together for the benefit of a rich and sustainable Indigenous culture.
In addition to the conference a series of practical workshops will be presented for the delegates and the general public that address artistic professional development and traditional craft techniques. These programs are complimented by an Indigenous craft·design mart that will be held on the lawns of the Museum and is open for the general public with all proceeds going to the artists.
The Call for papers and workshops has now closed and the programs are currently being developed. Keep an eye on the website for news and updates. For enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org