Thread Connections Exhibition 2011

‘Thread Connections’ was a collaboration with 2 fellow textile artists from Perth – Marilyn Farrow and Jennie Abbott. So, with months of planning and creating, it all came together in a successful exhibition at the Old Bakery, Maylands, Perth. While this venue no longer exists, because of its size, it was a perfect place for us at the time.
Carl Altmann opened the exhibition with some high praise, but also a lot of hilarity! He has been involved in Art Education, Design, Visual Literacy, Drawing, Painting and Textiles for many years as well as judging. In addition, his own artworks have been exhibited both in Australia and internationally.

My thread connections

As a result as many hours of happy creating, 14 pieces came to fruition. Most are shown below with links to more information.

sara quail layered textile
Rainbow Burst – Sold
Cornucopia in fabric and fibre
Firebird fantasy – In gallery
Sara Quail carrier rods organza
Pik-a-Poppy – Sold
3d textile with zips
Sara Quail free machine embroidery
Enchanted forest – Sold
silk paper machine embroidery
Ember glow – Sold
free machine embroidery applique
Seeds of the sun – Sold
kookaburras in textiles
Mates at sunset
Sara quail glue and fabric
Sundowner dunes – Sold
3D textile Sara Quail
Sara Quail indigo shibori
Moody blues
Layered organza stitched sara quail
sara quail wire and fabric
Billabong blues


The gallery above contains some candid shots of the opening night and general layout of my exhibits in the gallery.

Exhibition: Cervantes Art Festival 2010

The Cervantes Festival of Arts is an annual event which began as part of the Cervantes 40th birthday celebrations in 2003. It has grown to become the major culture event in the Dandaragan Shire, drawing statewide entries from Artists and Craftspeople vying for $5,750.00 in prize money (2013) and the prestige of winning the Shire of Dandaragan Acquisition Prize.

These photos were taken in 2010 when 8 of our members exhibited in the textile category:

Exhibition: The Travelling Thread 2010

The Travelling Thread – 2010
The travelling thread exhibition
Inspiration from Richard Woldenthorpe photo

This highly successful exhibition was held at the Old Bakery Gallery in Maylands in 2010 by the 84 contemporary textile group. Because ‘The Travelling Thread’ exhibition was  a group effort, there were 116 textile artworks by 22 members.

Individual pieces were inspired by the ‘thread’ or the ‘travel’ theme. As a result there was a great variety of techniques, fabrics, fibres, yarns, threads and colour combinations on display.

WA photographer Richard Woldendorp opened the exhibition. Hence his photo ‘Oceans Well Travelled’, being the inspiration for a large group exhibit comprising 28 pieces. Each member contributed a panel of the landscape, demonstrating a variety of fibre techniques and teamwork.

While items vary from functional to frivolous, they include art to wear, wall hangings, vessels, books, jewellery and more.

And the final group piece, now hangs in Alexander Park Craft House –  as a permanent reminder.

84 group textile collage

Contributing artists:

Jennie Abbott, Barbara Barnett, Beryl Burns, Lisa Christophers, Marilyn Farrow, Kerry Grove, Elaine Harrold, Helen Jones, Michelle Josephson, Joy Knight, Jan King, Jocelyne Leath, Lucille Miller, Yvonne Moore, Elizabeth Morley, Lyn Nixon, Charlene O’Brien, Karen Pantlin, Phyllis Pearson, Margaret Perkins, Ann Prietz and Sara Quail

 Article from the Community Group Paper

Embroidering a new thread

Secretary of The 84 Group Jennie Abbott with some of the works on display in The Travelling Thread exhibition.

A COLOURFUL collection of intricate machine embroidery is on display in Maylands.
The 84 Group has put the work of 23 of its members on show in an exhibition entitled The Travelling Thread.
This is the second time the group has exhibited at the Old Bakery on 8th Gallery and Cafe.
Secretary and founding member Jennie Abbott said the main aim of showcasing the work was to develop the focus of the group. It provides an opportunity for some of the newer members to experience the process of presenting an exhibition of their work.
“Our main challenge for this exhibition was to produce the group project. An opportunity for even the most inexperienced to share their knowledge and skills in the creation of a large piece. This group project was based on a photograph taken by eminent photographer Richard Woldendorp ,” she said.
Decorative and wearable artwork also forms part of the show.
Mrs Abbott said the group formed in 1984 after a series of workshops at a time when there were few embroiderers exploring the techniques of free machine embroidery.
“We all believed we were completely alone, so discovering others out there with the same interest was very exciting,” she said.

Exhibition -What lies beneath 2014

What Lies Beneath – Exhibition 2014

Over 150 exhibits created by 20 members of the 84 Contemporary Textile Group to celebrate 30 years of their existence. The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Wanneroo – Tracey Roberts in the Gallery of the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre. Exhibits interpreting the theme of ‘What lies beneath’, were of a very high standard and pushed the boundaries of textile art to the delight of over 500 visitors from 13-23 November 2014.