Fred’s Church by Marilyn Hawkins is part of her exhibition in Ballina which celebrates women’s craft.
Fred’s Church by Marilyn Hawkins is part of her exhibition in Ballina which celebrates women’s craft.

The art and craft of women

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina is currently hosting three exhibitions that honour the talents of women, past and present, in diverse crafts. The exhibitions are Crafty Ladies, The Quilt Room and Through the Eye of a Needle.

The three have their official opening at the gallery this Saturday, March 27, at 2pm.

Ballina Coastal Quilters were successful in obtaining a grant from the NSW Department of Human Services for their project The Quilt Room, which showcases the creativity of seniors in the community. The exhibition features both traditional quilting and the modern designs and techniques that have evolved with the development of high-tech sewing machines.

During Seniors Week, visitors to the gallery can actually watch quilters at work on their latest projects.

Crafty Ladies is a social history of women and their craft. This exhibition explores that history and the contribution of women from all walks of life through sewing and craft. Many items on show are on loan from the shires’ historical societies and private collections, and provide a rare opportunity for community members to view some of the important pieces held in local collections.

Through the Eye of a Needle by Marilyn Hawkins is a display of traditional whole cloth quilting and machine piecing as well as contemporary pieces that push the boundaries of traditional patchwork. Marilyn uses recycled fabric pieces, threads, wool, silk and paint in the construction of her pieces.

All exhibitions run till Sunday, April 25.

For more info phone the gallery co-ordinator (Eva Brown) on 6681 6167.


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